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Featured battle : Castlebar

Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Date : 27 August 1798

This was the first contact made by the French after their landing. The Anglo-Irish defenders were for the most part local militia. Apart from the company of the 6th Foot, the Artillery men and Roden's Fencible Dragoons the British panicked and fled. An easy first victory for what was a small French force.

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M4A4 Sherman V Tank

M4A4 Sherman V Tank

Between 1942 and 1946, 40,000 of these important tanks were built, pouring much-needed Allied armour into the push against the previously indestructable German Panzers. This one is in the colours of the British Guards Armoured Division and was armed with the standard 75mm gun as main armament along with a .50 cal and a .30 cal machinegun for infantry supression. The 75mm gun proved unable to puncture the armour of the Panzer V and VI so a variant mounting the british 17lb gun, known as the Sherman Firefly, was produced which could

Gallery updated : 2019-01-06 16:35:56

Featured review :

Waterloo. The Campaign of 1815, Volume 2

John Hussey
The discerning malt drinker respects the distiller’s craft and savours the whiskey for at least a second for each year it was matured. Having read the first thirty chapters of this book, in volume one, I rationed myself to one chapter a day so that I could prolong the enjoyment. This volume, containing chapters 31 to 54 is just as good as volume one. [see review elsewhere on this site] The pace and the style of the writing match the nature of the events being described and carry the reader along with it. The immense scholarship is just as much in evidence but not stuffily presented but woven into an easily readable narrative.
Hussey shows respect for the reader in instances of uncertainty – here’s the evidence, -this is what I think, -others differ, -you make up your own mind. He draws out the details which create the big picture. For example, he names Prussian Horse Battery Nr14, which was retreating easterly after Ligny because it was lost, as being the key to the French high command sending Grouchy’s force away from Wavre. Illustrating in passing how the outcome of the big event is determined by the outcomes of many small happenings. The author helps the reader to see that if anything was different then maybe everything else would be different. Although he does not indulge in it himself he shows how this often leads to the fun game of ‘what ifs’.
Physically this volume is similar to volume one at 50mms thick with a total of 582 pages, a few good illustrations, and sufficient detailed maps. The notes and appendices fill out what is already an extensive text.
In summary I cannot over state how much I enjoyed this book. What other authors have brought into a spotlight Hussey has brought into the sunlight. Not only do we see an event illuminated we also see the context by which and in which it has relevance.
If you want to understand Waterloo you have got to read this book.

Greenhill Books, 2017

Reviewed : 2018-02-26 20:37:02