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Featured battle : The Battle of Montgisard

Part of Second Crusade

Date : 25 November 1177

A massive Saracen army under Saladin invaded the Kingdom of Jerusalem, but was ambushed by a numerically far inferior Frankish force. The result was a stunning and decisive victory for the Crusaders, with the Saracens suffering some 90% casualties.

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New Model Army 'Lobster Pott' Helmet of the English Civil War period

New Model Army 'Lobster Pott' Helmet of the English Civil War period

This three-barred pott helmet was worn by an harquebusier, a more modern type of cavalryman armoured just with a buff coat, back and breastplate and this type of helmet. It became known as a 'lobster pott' due to the plated rear neck protector and this type of reduced armour protection made it easier for the cavalryman to fire a carbine as well as giving him the greater visibility needed for the faster-paced battlefield of the 17th century.

Gallery updated : 2022-04-04 08:33:43

Featured review :

The Japanese Navy in World War II

Evans, David C (Ed.)
The subtitle for this substantial book (568 pages) is "In the words of former Japanese Naval Officers", and from their seniority in their brief biographies (in an appendix) there is a risk that this book could become either a description of grand strategy, a justification of and blame for ultimate defeat, or both. And the contributions from these professional naval men, written in some cases not long after the events they describe do indeed carry much of that. But they also contain immediate and personal details from the glinting of the sun from the wings of bombers heading for Perl Harbour, to the difficulty of abandoning a burning carrier during Midway, to the mixed emotions of setting sail upon one of the biggest battleships ever built on a one way trip to Okinawa. All this makes it book well worth reading for both the informed and the inquisitive. I found it hard to put down and had to read a whole chapter at a sitting.
Naval Institute Press, Annapolis MD., (2nd Edn, paperback) 2017, (original) 1986

Reviewed : 2018-01-08 14:30:20