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Featured battle : Princeton

Part of American War of Independence

Date : 03 January 1777

Having drawn General Cornwallis' main British force to Trenton, Washington realised that his small and poorly equiped force couldn't match it, but rather than wait to be attacked, they moved against the smaller force left in Princeton. A short, sharp, hard-fought battle at the point of the bayonet swung Washington's way and the British were driven from the town.

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Sir Thomas Fairfax's Tomb & Memorial

Sir Thomas Fairfax's Tomb & Memorial

The tomb and memorial to Sir Thomas Fairfax, one of the most prominent and skillful commanders of Parliamentary forces during the 1st English Civil War. He was a Yorkshireman, and is buried in his local church near York. A fine soldier, he was always for conciliation and disagreed so strongly with the execution of King Charles I he retired from military life and went back to his lands and tennants. A man who could be admired by both sides.

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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