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Welcome to Clash of Steel

Featured battle : Santiago de Compostela

Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Date : 22 May 1809

The Spaniards were mainly guerrillas [10,000 of the 12,000] of whom only 7,000 were armed. Most of the French were able to withdraw with most of their guns.

Featured image :

HMS Warrior from the bow.

HMS Warrior from the bow.

HMS Warrior, the largest, fastest, most powerful warship afloat when she was built in 1860.

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

Featured review :

Luck of a Lancaster

Thorburn, Gordon
Now this is an excellent book. It is ostensibly the career of one Lancaster bomber – W4964 J-Johnny – which managed to survive the war but in fact it is a testament to the lives (and more often deaths) of the RAF heavy bomber crews. It introduces different crews who flew WS-J at different times for No.9 squadron and, through their particular missions and experiences, tells the story of all such crews including the shocking and saddening toll.

While W4964 made it through to VE Day, 103 of the 244 men who flew in her at one time did not. The book covers the experience of downed aircrew escaping from France when some former ‘J’ crew are shot down in another bomber. It details the Battle of Berlin in 1943 when the RAF attempted use cunning and technology to reach their targets and quotes the German night-fighter pilots trying to shoot them down. It even covers the hunt for the Tirpitz that W4964 took part in, carrying a Tallboy bomb to try to sink the battleship. Funny, thrilling, fascinating, shocking, sobering and above all, well written. Read this book.
Pen and Sword Aviation, 2013

Reviewed : 2015-05-27 20:02:56