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Featured battle : Battle of Hastings

Part of War of the Confessor's Succession

Date : 14 October 1066

Harold drew up his Saxon army in a strong defensive position, but he had only 2000 housecarls supported by the Fyrd, local levies poorly equipped and ill-trained. William's Norman army including about 2000 mounted knights, attacked up hill. The battle raged from 0930 to early evening when Harold was killed.

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The Burma campaign, captured items.

The Burma campaign, captured items.

Items commemorating the 2nd Battalion, Manchesters Rgt, and their actions in Burma 1944-45. They include a pair of Japanese Infantry officers' swords, a Japanese prayer flag, and British headgear used in the campaign. Also shown are rough wooden crosses commemorating the Burma railway victims.

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

Featured review :

Snipers at War

Walter, John
The subtitle to this quality volume is "An equipment and operations history" which neatly but a perhaps inadequately describes what it contains. Primarily this is a detailed history of the rifles and optical sights that sharpshooters have used around the world since the term and the technique gained popularity around the mid 1800's. There is a complicated introduction to ballistics with a considerable number of comparison example targets showing the spread of shots over measured distances for various rifles, and detailed discussions of the progress of the optics that went into producing ever more accurate and effective sights.

However as any military tactician will tell you, the weapon is more than just the rifle. This is where the book becomes more than just a small-arms guide. It includes an introduction into how sharpshooting became a recognised specialisation, taking it from the days of crossbows to the American Civil War. It also describes how sniping went in and out of military fashion over the 20th century, and even include a number of short biographies of some of the more prominent snipers of the 'glory days' of the First World War and the Eastern Front of the Second World War. It ends with a review of modern sniper weapons in use today, along with some notes on what it takes to be a sniper and how the craft has changed over the last 150 years. The book has plenty of good quality photographs throughout to illustrate the kit and personnel involved. All in all, it is a beautifully produced, impeccably researched study of the subject by someone who definitely knows what he's talking about, with enough detail to interest the knowledgeable while still being accessible to the interested. Highly recommended.
Greenhill Books, 2017

Reviewed : 2018-04-24 19:12:00