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Featured battle : Autrain

Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Date : 20 November 1793 - 21 November 1793

The Republicans following up on their victory at Granville were stopped and defeated, incurring heavy losses, five days later at Autrain.

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World War 1 sentry's body armour

World War 1 sentry's body armour

A rare example of body armour used by the German Army during World War 1. It was incredibly heavy and simply hung from the shoulders and protected the chest and abdomen (the lower portion is articulated by means of canvas straps to allow a little flexibilty) and would only have been practible for use on sentry duty.

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

Featured review :

Code Talker

Nez, Chester & Avila, Judith Schiess
A touching account of both the creation and use of the Navajo code used by the US Marines in the Pacific theatre from one of the original 29 code talkers recruited in 1942. It recounts Chester Nez's involvement in the creation and use of the Navajo code, unfathomable by anyone who wasn't a native speaker and considered impossible to learn, hence unbreakable by the Japanese.

But not only is this an account of his and his fellow Navajo specialists' traumatic war from Guadalcanal to Guam and Peleliu. It is also a moving account of life as a Native American child growing up in a harsh land in the 1920's and 30's, caught between two cultures. It deals sensitively with his post traumatic stress disorder on returning from the pacific and his tribal, community approach to dealing with it. Running throughout is a strong sense of faith in the Navajo 'Right Way' of living and of justified pride in the way the native American community contributed to the war effort.

A unique account, from one of the originals and highly recommended for anyone studying either the Pacific Theatre of operations or pre-war America.
Berkley Caliber, New York, Oct 2012

Reviewed : 2013-02-11 00:00:00