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Featured battle : Hatteras Inlet, Capture of

Part of American Civil War

Date : 26 August 1861 - 27 August 1861

Union Flag Officer Silas Stringham with 14 ships and a force of soldiers under Maj. Gen. Ben Butler attacked Forts Clark and Hatteras at the mouth of Pamlico Sound in North Carolina. Since the ships' guns had a longer range than those of the garrison, they were able to stay just outside the shore batteries' range and shell them into submission for little or no loss.

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M561 Gama Goat 6x6 truck

M561 Gama Goat 6x6 truck

An unusual 6 wheel drive, roll-articulated vehicle designed in the US in the 1970's as an all-terrain transport. It is fully amphibious, and the joint in the middle allows the front and rear halves to pitch and roll up to around 40 degrees from each other. It can carry a payload up to 2,500lbs and has a top speed of 55 mph. This example is used to give pleasure rides along the north Norfolk coast from the Muckleburgh Collection's museum.

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

Featured review :

A Scots Grey at Waterloo

Gareth Glover
The sub-title on the cover is ‘The Remarkable Story of Sergeant William Clarke’ and that is just what this book is – a truly remarkable story. Clarke has written of his life from being a farm hand until, with the rank of Troop Sergeant Major, he left the regiment in 1825. The language is typical flowery early 19th prose. In the initial chapters much is in the Scots vernacular. Glover warns that the reader may find this challenging. But thanks in large part to Glover’s translations and annotations, which on occasions correct Clarke on matters of fact, I found the style of writing gave authenticity to the text. The whole book is a good read but some sections deserve special mention. The Gypsy King’s tale of his life as a soldier in the Seven Years war is illuminating. The account of the retreat from Quatre Bras is, in its detail, a clear indication of how well it was commanded and executed. What might have been a rout was anything but. Naturally the charge of the Union Brigade figures large and again shows us how every individual in a battle sees only his fight and never the whole battle. The final highlight, full of raw emotion, is Clarke’s description of the killing field as he was one of the regiment’s burial party on the 19th June. For example he reports seeing, among the heap of amputated limbs as he passed the field hospital, a leg which had belonged to a Highlander because it still wore the long socks which accompany the wearing of the kilt.
At times the book reads like a novel, other times a journal and at other times like the report of a war correspondent; at no time is it dull. The discovery, recognition and publication of an important manuscript are to be applauded.
I highly recommend it.

Frontline Books. Pen & Sword Books Ltd., 2017

Reviewed : 2017-12-03 16:26:22