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Featured battle : Amarante

Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Date : 18 April 1809 - 03 May 1809

Of the Portugese forces [10,000] only 1,600 were trained soldiers. The remainder were Militia and local people. They successfully held off determined French attempts to take the bridge over the Tamega river for 12 days. This kept French attention away from Wellesley's advance north on Oporto.

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German 88mm Anti-Aircraft Gun and Argentine 20mm AA gun

German 88mm Anti-Aircraft Gun and Argentine 20mm AA gun

The premier, multi-purpose gun of the second world war, the German 88 was respected and feared wherever it was encountered. A high muzzle velocity, good accuracy and penetrating ammunition, as well as plentiful production meant that this AA gun could double as an anti-tank gun, which could destroy almost any allied armour from considerable range. Although as an AA gun it was inferior to the British 3.7in Mk6, it was available in considerably greater quantity and was much more flexible. This particular example is a Flak18 barrel mounted on a Flak36 cruciform mount, dates from 1939 and fired a 9.4kg shell with a ceiling of 9900 metres - the anti-tank variant could fire a 10.4kg AP shell 17,500m. Also included in the left-most picture, to the left of the 88, is a twin-barreled 20mm Anti-aircraft gun used by the Argentine Air Force during the Falklands War of 1982. It is a Rheinmetall Rh 202 mk20 and is still used by several NATO forces in the light, mobile AA role.

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

Featured review :

Secret Flotillas Vol 1 - Clandestine Sea Operations to Brittany 1940-44

Richards, Sir Brook
A fascinating insight into small-boat operations between the British south coast and northern France. This volume covers Breton fishing boats as well as naval motor gun boats and the missions they ran to insert agents, collect/deliver intelligence and pick up down'ed aircrew smuggled to the coast by the resistance. Full of detailed references and anecdotes which begin to give some idea of how information was learned the hard way. Particularly relevant, as the author was himself involved.
Pen & Sword Military, 2012

Reviewed : 2013-04-29 12:06:21