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Featured battle : Moshaisk

Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Date : 10 September 1812

Marshall Murat commanding the French Advanced Guard caught the Russian II Corps around the town. The Russians although outnumbered fought well, attempting to protect some 10,000 men who had been wounded at Borodino. The Frenc took all these wounded prisoner.

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Rimington's Tigers. Scouts at rest!

Rimington's Tigers. Scouts at rest!

An image from Underwood and Underwood entitled "Remington Scouts enjoying lunch in a Boer home wrecked by Kaffirs, Yaasfontein, S.A." and gives a good impression of this renouned and somewhat irregular unit of Irregulars. It would be interesting to speculate precisely who it really was who ransacked the house in which they are taking their lunch. The scouts, known as 'Tigers' because of their distinctive wild cat fur around their hats, had a reputation for laying waste to Boer villages through which they passed. Please note, Clash of Steel

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

Featured review :

The Battle for the Maginot Line, 1940

Donnell, Clayton
If you've ever wondered what the point of the Maginot Line was, this book will tell you. It begins with a decent overview and history of the construction and layout of the forts and other works, along with a brief description of the concepts. It then jumps into an exceptionally detailed account of the battle for each fortified section including the types of casemate, the units and composition of both sides involved, and the date, time and nature of their demise. It also covers the unsung resistance of the southern section of the line which proved very successful against the Italian advance, but to me the most affecting sections are those where the interval troops, infantry support and artillery backup are withdrawn, leaving small handfuls of men to delay panzer regiments. The book concludes with a thought-provoking section on the strengths and weaknesses of the line and whether it's reputation as a military 'white elephant' is undeserved, and caught up in (and often blamed for) the whole debacle of June 1940 which was so psychologically damaging the French nation.

As with many military history books, this one could do with more and better maps. Most chapters contain tactical diagrams of offensives but they are quite small and difficult to read, so I had an atlas to hand (and google maps!) to get a better impression of the spatial situation. On the whole though, an excellent and very well researched read, though perhaps a little too detailed to keep the casual reader's attention. I for one, however, am already planning my next trip to SF Maubeuge, Haguenau and Ouvrage Sainte-Agnes, and this book will be in my hand-luggage.
Pen & Sword Military, Barnsley, 2017

Reviewed : 2018-01-08 14:28:58