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Featured battle : Monte Becco

Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Date : 11 May 1800

One of the Austrian positions around Genoa was on Mounte Becco. A French force of 2 battalions of light infantry and three battalions of line infantry sallied out from Genoa an successfully defeated their besiegers.

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The Trincomalee, Stern gallery

The Trincomalee, Stern gallery

The stern gallery of this heavy frigate showing the beautiful lines and carved woodwork of a frigate of this period.

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

Featured review :

Messines 1917

Craig Deayton
Craig Deaton tells the story of the Anzacs attack on the Messines Ridge on the 7th June 1917. An attack which began with the greatest explosion of mines ever executed, continued with the rapid achievement of the first objective and then dissolved into a chaotic bloodbath gaining the final objectives. The story moves seamlessly between the micro to the macro within a few paragraphs without any confusion to the reader. We see the role and hear the voice of the General and the private.
This is a super read for anyone wanting to gain insight into the very essence of the First World war. There is brilliant staff work contrasting with the appalling blunders by senior officers. There are expectations of command which are beyond reason and there are achievements beyond possible. There is the heroism, occasionally amounting to suicidal actions, among men and especially among front line officers. There is compassion and savagery, carrying a wounded comrade back to safety under fire contrasting with the shooting of enemy soldiers who had surrendered.
There are very many photographs scattered throughout the text and contemporary maps at the appropriate points. Here is my usual complaint about most modern books, there are not sufficient maps with scales and keys. A picture is worth a thousand words and so is a good map.
What Craig Deayton cannot be faulted on are the appendices, the endnotes, the bibliography and the index all of which are of great help to the reader and point to the massive amount of research which has gone into the writing of this book.
Clash-of-Steel thoroughly recommends this book.

Pen & Sword Military. Pen & Sword \Books \Ltd., 2018

Reviewed : 2018-09-23 13:12:09