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Featured battle : Breitenfeld 1631

Part of The Thirty Years War

Date : 17 September 1631

King Gustavus ll headed the Swedish/Saxon army which outnumbered the Catholic League army under Count Tilly. However the Saxon contingent were raw inexperienced troops. Tilly chose the ground and arranged his force in a traditional way. Gustavus was an innovative commander who brought a new arrangement to the battlefield. The battle looked lost to the Swedes when Tilly's men broke the Saxons who fled the field. But the flexibility and all-arms set up enabled the Swedes to counter attack successfully, now against superior numbers, and to win a decisive victory.

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M3A3 Grant Tank 'Monty'

M3A3 Grant Tank 'Monty'

This British version of an American tank was used in the North African desert campaigns of 1941 and fought at El Alamein. It was originally armed with a 75mm gun in the hull, and a 37mm gun in the turret which gave it a fighting chance against the German Panzer III. This particular example was actually used by Field Marshal Montgomery as his command vehicle, and the 37mm gun is in fact a wooden dummy, to allow him more room in the turret for maps and radio equipment.

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

Featured review :

Battle on the Seven Seas

Gary Staff
Here we have a good read, a narrative of the German cruiser battles 1914-1918, with lots of quotes from the people who were there. Battle locations are world wide from the Pacific to the Black Sea with both global strategy and engagement tactics described. The account of the battle of Jutland, Skagerrak to the Germans, with its focus on the cruisers, is refreshingly different to the usual version of events. Also there are some excellent photographs of the warships including some uncommon ones showing battle damage.
Three things stop this book from being excellent. The first is my very regular complaint about maps. There is an absence of scales on most of the many maps [28 maps only 2 with scales], and a few with too much information which is confusing. However, the six maps which cover the phases of the battle of Jutland are most helpful.
The second is an absence of any detailed description of the ships involved, and I had to turn to my Jane’s Fighting ships of WW1 to get a real understanding of the comparative worth of opposing vessels. A drawing and a specification of each class of cruiser would have been of great help to the general reader. And lastly a glossary of technical terms and abbreviations used, including translations of the many German terms, would have been more than helpful. The addition of these things to the 232 pages would not have made the book unmanageable.
In spite of those criticisms I still think this is a book well worth reading by anyone with an interest in World War One at sea.

Pen & Sword MARITIME, 2018

Reviewed : 2018-10-02 08:58:17