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Featured battle : Landrecies

Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Date : 21 April 1794 - 30 April 1794

During the siege and capture of the fortified town the French defenders lost about 2,000 men killed, or died of illness. The remaining 5,000 were taken prisoner by the Coalition troops.

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Firepower through the ages - WW1 Steyr Mannlicher Carbine - MUR3_ftastmn2

Firepower through the ages - WW1 Steyr Mannlicher Carbine - MUR3_ftastmn2

The main rifle of the Austro-Hungarian forces of the First World War, it was unusual in having a straight-pull blt mechanism rather than the more usual rotating bolt.

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

Featured review :

The Forgotten War against Napoleon

Gareth Glover
Initially I was confused. I'm not sure what I expected but it wasn't this. It didn't seem like a Gareth Glover, a writer I admire immensely. It is about conflicts around the Mediterranean which I knew of and were in no way forgotten. The chapters were short and pithy, with a wealth of footnotes. However once I got into the swing of the book, and it does swing along, I found I was greatly enjoying it. In effect it became a Gareth Glover. It is written in a most readable style with loads of well researched information. The book has 56 chapters, the shortest only one page long, 16 illustrations, all contemporary with the events, and 33 maps. For me the true value of this book is that it connects events which are most usually only studied in isolation. What the author has demonstrated is the inter-connection between seeming disparate events. The connection coming about because they are on or of the Mediterranean. When I finished this book I was sorry it wasn't longer. It is a tour de force and reminded me of areas which I now want to revisit and to read more about in greater detail. It is an excellent overview. The only thing wrong with it is the title.
Pen & Sword Military. Pen & Sword \Books \Ltd., 2017

Reviewed : 2017-09-13 19:07:46