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Featured battle : Elixhem [Lines of Brabant]

Part of The War of the Spanish Succession

Date : 17 July 1705 - 18 July 1705

On the 17th the Dutch under Overkirk move slowly and obviously westwards. Marlborough had bridges constructed over the Mehaigne, the river between the Dutch and the British, which the French interpreted as Marlborough moving South to link up with the Dutch. Overnight the Dutch marched North and so did the British. By the first light of dawn 5 am the British were through the defences and when the first support/counter attack rushed up from the south Marlborough had a sizeable advanced guard in place. The battle of Elixhem took place between 7 and 8 am and was mainly a cavalry encounter, Marlborough himself leading one of the charges. By 8am the Franco-Bavarians were routed and although some of their infantry left the field in good order the impetus of their defeat was conveyed to the whole army which fell back rapidly on Louvain.

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HMS Warrior

HMS Warrior

HMS Warrior, the largest, fastest, most powerful warship afloat when she was built in 1860.

Gallery updated : 2016-02-21 17:33:57

Featured review :

Lockheed SR-71 Owners Workshop Manual

Davies, Steve & Crickmore, Paul
An excellent book on one of the world's greatest aircraft! It follows in Haynes tradition of 'manual' style books on equipment we'd love to own with fascinating detail gained from people who were intimately involved with the Blackbird, or 'Habu' as it was known amongst those who flew it. As well as detail of its genesis, history and missions there is plenty of detail on equipment, engines and of particular interest to myself, what it was like to actually fly one. The book includes a full list of the fate of each aircraft and a glossary of terms used. Full of photographs, diagrams and detail but still very readable. Highly recommended.
Haynes, 2012

Reviewed : 2013-01-29 00:00:00