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Featured battle : Mons Graupius

Part of Roman Occupation of Britain

Date : 84

From 79AD onwards Agricola, Governor of Britain, drove northwards from York,in the east, and Chester, in the west. By 83AD he had reached the Highlands. In 84AD the Caledonian tribes under Calgacus assembled at Mons Graupius and awaited the Romans. Numbers were about equal. Agricola only used his auxillaries where superior tactics and training carried the day. Tacitus claimed 10,000 tribesmen were killed for the loss of 360 auxillaries.

Featured image :

RAF Tucano T1

RAF Tucano T1

This picture of a Tucano of No.72(R) Sqn taxiing to the hold on the main runway at Linton-on-Ouse prior to a training exercise vividly shows off the RAF's new training colour scheme. They have concluded that contrary to normal military aircraft, trainers need to be very visible and easily spotted. Tests showed that the most noticable colour against both the sky and the ground is black. Hence this has replaced the older red and white common to RAF trainers since the war.

Gallery updated : 2019-01-06 16:35:56

Featured review :

How the Navy Won the War

Jim Ring
To the general reader the idea of the Navy winning the First World war may appear odd. ‘Everyone’ knows of the mighty battles the army fought and that the Navy had only one major engagement. Reading this book will change their minds. As the author points out in the introduction ‘This story, by no means unfamiliar to naval and military historians, is one which has never captured the public’s imagination…’
Throughout this book the interesting premise is well developed. Jim Ring has done his research well and could have presented a dry academic exercise but the story flows from event to event at a pace to reflect the developing situations in a gripping and most readable way. The land story, the sea story, the political and the military are intertwined and have a cohesion which makes for easy understanding.
The book is not large, 232 pages, including a group of thirteen photographs. The content is, therefore, an overview with very little detail but the extensive seven page bibliography points the reader towards an extension of any of the events and persons they wish to follow up.
This is a book should capture the public’s attention and imagination, as the author intended, and we thoroughly recommend it. After reading it the First World war will never appear the same again.

Seaforth Publishing, 2018

Reviewed : 2018-10-22 10:11:35