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Featured battle : Roncesvalles Pass

Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Date : 25 July 1813

After Vitoria Wellington had spread his forces to cover two sieges and the passes over the Pyrenees [see Maya Pass]. At Roncesvalles General Cole had 13,000 men including Morillo's Spanish Division. Soult with his main force of 40,000 men sent two strong columns, under Reille and Clausel, onto the plateaux either side of the main road. The British were in excellent defensive positions and Clausel's column was held for four hours by General Byng's Brigade, [odds of almost ten to one]. Heavy late afternoon fog came down and Cole, contrary to his orders to 'hold to the utmost' decided to withdraw on Pamplona. This he did under cover of fog and darkness.

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HMS Leander - F109

HMS Leander - F109

Name ship of the Leander class of Frigates. Converted to carry Ikara Anti-Submarine Missile System [1973-76] Built 1963 by Harland and Wolf. Displacement 2,860tons Dimensions 113m x 12m x 5m. Speed 29 knots. Complement 240. Armament Ikara Anti-Submarine System, 2 x 40 mm guns, 2 x Sea Cat missile systems, 1 Mortar Mk10, 1 Wasp helicopter.

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

Featured review :

Securing the Narrow |Seas. The Dover Patrol 1914-1918

Steve R. Dunn
There is quite a story about efforts in World War One to control that narrow strip of sea which separates Britain from the continent. If not the whole story this book gives a very good impression of covering most of it. From the lowest ranks with 'ordinary men doing extraordinary things' to the damaging petty jealousies and rivalries at the top of the Admiralty. It covers the failures in understanding that sea warfare was changing, failure in ships not really designed to fulfill the tasks asked of them. It illuminates the superhuman efforts and devotion to duty shown by the middle and lower ranks when they were asked to compensate for strategic inadequacies. The ships ranged from drifters taken in from the fishing fleet to monitors fitted with 15 inch guns. The tasks ranged from patrolling the anti-submarine boom, to bombarding enemy troops in Flanders, to the attacks on Zeebrugge and Ostend. Personal stories abound as in the sinking of H M S Sanda taking with it the oldest serving officer at sixty-seven and a signal boy of fifteen. In another incident on the death of a sailor he was found to have two wives, a problem for the pay-office!
The book is well written, thoroughly researched, well illustrated. While reading this book I occasional put it down because I was enjoying it so much I didn't want it end. It really is that good.
Seaforth Publishing. Pen and Sword Books Ltd., 2017

Reviewed : 2017-04-25 18:46:40