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Featured battle : Maguilla

Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Date : 11 June 1812

In the finest tradition of British cavalry attacks this one met with great initial success but then galloped out of control. The French reserve squadron took the scattered toopers in the flank and caused mayhem. Of the French troops who had been captured [about 100] most of them escaped.

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British WW1 Soldiers of Manchester Regiment - MUR3_tommy

British WW1 Soldiers of Manchester Regiment - MUR3_tommy

Re-enactors of the Manchester Regiment portray Tommy Atkins with his kit and equipment

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