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Featured battle : Glatz

Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Date : 20 June 1807 - 24 June 1807

The fortified town was stormed by the Bavarian and Württemberg troops of Vandamme's X Corps. The defenders were mainly second rate troops stragglers, invalids, miners, and sappers boosted by 600 men of the Schützen companies and 850 cavalry. The French were successful in taking the town without paying too high a price for it. News of the armistice [ratified 23 June] had not reached these combattants.

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Battle of Lansdown Hill, Waller's first position

Battle of Lansdown Hill, Waller's first position

A view of the hill itself from the track (now a road) in the vale between Lansdown Hill and Freezing Hill where the Royalists initially formed up. The woods to the right and left of the crest of the hill were there at the time, and Waller formed a defensive position between them. It;s not difficult to see why Hopton initially chose not to assult it.

Gallery updated : 2014-11-18 16:57:25

Featured review :

With Napoleon’s Guard in Russia - The Memoirs of Major Vionnet 1812

Louis Joseph Vionnet. Translated & Edited Jonathan
A book I finished reading wanting more of the same. I suspect desperate hunger, numbing cold and the struggle to keep his troops together caused Major Vionnet to make few notes from which these memoirs were constructed. Jonathan North has written an excellent introduction, especially the Peninsular War background to the regiment, and there is an appropriate selection of maps and illustrations to support the text. He has also used other personal accounts to broaden the perspective and add detail. My one minor complaint is that the many footnotes are gathered at the end of the book. If, like me, you always read footnotes, and these are most helpful, then having them on the relevant page is so much more convenient. This book is about detail having a broad overview of the Russian campaign, while not essential, is most useful. With only a little imagination the reader will gain insights into the hell which engulfed and killed so many of Napoleon’s troops in the retreat from Moscow. And crucially how some of the survivors survived.
Pen & Sword Military. Pen & Sword Books Ltd., 2012

Reviewed : 2013-02-25 00:00:00