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Featured battle : Tippermuir

Part of The Civil Wars of the Three Kingdoms

Date : 01 September 1644

The Covenanters under Lord Elcho numbered 7,000 infantry, 700 cavalry and nine guns. Montrose's Royal army had at most only 2,700 men, none of them mounted. Also the Royal 'artillery' consisted of about 500 bowmen and those carrying guns had only enough ammunition for two shots at most. However a desperate wild highland charge took the fight to the Covenanters who immediately broke and ran. The pursuit continued to the gates of Perth with over 2,000 Covenanters being killed in the rout.

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French AMX 10 Light Tank

French AMX 10 Light Tank

An AMX 10 Light Tank of the French Foreign Legion, probably the 1st REC, as part of the Coalition forces against the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. Note that this useful item of light armour is wheeled, rather than tracked for speed and durability on roads as well as a descent off-road capability. It is armed with a powerful 105mm gun.

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

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