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Featured battle : Raismes
Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars
Date : 08 May 1793
An easy win for the Allied army in a battle which neither side pressed very hard. Not all of the much larger coalition army was engaged, and the 11,000 Prussians played barely any part at all.
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British MOBAT anti-tank weapon
An artillery piece looked after by members of the 20th Century Revisited group. It was a prominent infantry fire support weapon from the 1960's. It was a 120mm recoilless rifle and had a range of between 800 and 1000 yards. It fired a HESH round which was pretty effective against most tanks of the period but was heavy and had an immense back-blast which could quickly give away it's position, as well as being hazardous to it users. It could be towed behind an Austin Champ, or Land Rover. It was a lighter weight development of the BAT weapon which had a protective screen for the gun-team, and was phased out in favour of the later WOMBAT which was of magnesium construction and much lighter. Displayed by the 20th Century Revisited group.
Gallery updated : 2016-02-21 17:33:57
Featured review :
Fighting for the French Foreign Legion - Memoirs of a Scottish Legionnaire
There are quite a number of memoirs out there of men attracted by the legion, and I've read most of them. Luckily, this one ranks quite highly amongst those I've read. The author manages to join the legion at quite an advanced age - 38 - and so brings a different viewpoint to the training and life as an older man. His training and experience as a member of their special forces is usual for this kind of book - he serves in Tchad, Bosnia, Desert Storm, but he becomes a technical specialist in photographic techniques and brings a sensitivity to his writing that is sometimes lacking in others. It's a more thoughtful book, and should be a good addition to anyone's Legion library.
Pen & Sword Military, 2013
Reviewed : 2015-05-27 20:14:20