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Featured battle : Vimeiro

Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Date : 21 August 1808

Junot commanding the French Army of Portugal, 13,000, attacked the recently arrived British expeditionary force, 15,000, commanded by General Wellesley [later the Duke of Wellington]. Junot hoped to find the British off guard and disorganized and threw in repeated frontal attacks. The well placed British defenders repulsed every attack and the French were forced to retire on Lisbon. The battle was important in that the 'invincible' French were beaten and Wellesley's defensive tactics were tested and proved successful.

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Inside Yorks Cold War Bunker - stairs up to the entrance

Inside Yorks Cold War Bunker - stairs up to the entrance

Views from a tour around the York Cold War Bunker

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

Featured review :

In the Peninsula with a French Hussar

A J M De Rocca. Intoduction by Philip Haythornthw
De Rocca's account was first published in English in 1815. This book is the unabridged presentation of that work with a new introduction by Philip Haythornthwaite and additional maps. De Rocca was not involved in any of the major battles in the Peninsula and that is the most valuable part of this book. It is a rich insight into all the other tasks performed by light cavalry in support of an army of occupation. Garrison duties, scouting, escorting and dispatch carrying all feature in the day to day tasks which De Rocca carried out. The underlying theme running through all his duties was finding enough to eat for himself and his horses.
For the general reader I would recommend this book as a jolly good read maintaining interest from beginning to the end. For the military buff I can recommend this unique insight into the effects of the Spanish Guerrillas on the front-line fighting ability of the French as seen through the eyes of one who was there.
Frontline Books. Pen & Sword Books \ltd., 2017

Reviewed : 2017-06-30 10:58:36