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Featured battle : Cadiz 1596

Part of Anglo-Spanish War

Date : 21 June 1596 - 05 July 1596

Fearing a repeat of the Armada an expedition was sent to destroy Spanish ships preparing in the port of Cadiz. The English fleet, commanded by Lord Howard, consisted of 126 ships in total including troop transports. The soldiers were under the command of the Earl of Essex. The attack was a surprise the soldiers took the town and its fortifications and the fleet either captured or destroyed a total of forty Spanish ships.The fortifications were destroyed and the harbour blocked with sunken vessels. The fleet sailed from Cadiz on the 5th July 1596

Featured image :

German infantry machine-gun

German infantry machine-gun

A German infantry machine-gun dated 1917

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

Featured review :

United States Army Armoured Divisions of the Second World War (Images of War series)

Michael Green
What the title should really say is 'The organisation and structure of ...' as the text of this book is much more about how the command structures that became the US Armoured divisions came about and how they were organised. It gives a brief history of armour development before the war, and how the US Army responded to it.Then it goes into some detail on the ethos behind the various commanders' reorganisations, and how the establishments ended up. There is a very brief section at the end on the battles of the different divisions, but if you were looking for unit histories, I wouldn't choose this. Where the book comes into it's own is, as you'd expect from the series, in the imagery. Basically after the text detailing what vehicles each division was authorised to maintain, there are extensive photographs of all the vehicles and equipment mentioned, showing wherever possible each variant. Using the usual, well produced mix of contemporary black and white photos alongside modern colour images of museum exhibits and restored examples, after going through this book you'll definitely be able to spot an M4A1 from an M4A3(76) Wet. The sometimes dry main text is well balanced by the detailed annotations to the photos. All in all, a thorough coverage for the armoured enthusiast, modeller or re-enactor.
Pen & Sword Military, Barnsley, 2019

Reviewed : 2019-01-01 11:03:07