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Featured battle : Philiphaugh

Part of The Civil Wars of the Three Kingdoms

Date : 13 September 1645

Montrose with his Royalist force reduced to about 600 was surprised by Leslie commanding the Covenanter army of 6000. In spite of the gallantry of the Royalists, especially Montrose leading the 100 cavalry the engagement was more of a massacre than a battle. Montrose was only saved by his friends leading him from the battlefield.

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FMA Pucara, No. A-522

FMA Pucara, No. A-522

The Pucara is a ground support and counter-insurgency aircraft used in various airforces around the world, most notably by the Argentinian Air Force during the Falklands War. There it was also found to be effective against hellicopters but vulnerable to 'Blowpipe' anti-aircraft missiles. This particular aircraft saw action during the war in 1982 and was captured at Port Stanley when that town was taken. It's armament comprised 2 x 20mm cannons, 4 x 7.62mm machine guns and up to 4,000 lbs of bombs or rockets.

Gallery updated : 2018-09-21 16:58:22

Featured review :

Securing the Narrow |Seas. The Dover Patrol 1914-1918

Steve R. Dunn
There is quite a story about efforts in World War One to control that narrow strip of sea which separates Britain from the continent. If not the whole story this book gives a very good impression of covering most of it. From the lowest ranks with 'ordinary men doing extraordinary things' to the damaging petty jealousies and rivalries at the top of the Admiralty. It covers the failures in understanding that sea warfare was changing, failure in ships not really designed to fulfill the tasks asked of them. It illuminates the superhuman efforts and devotion to duty shown by the middle and lower ranks when they were asked to compensate for strategic inadequacies. The ships ranged from drifters taken in from the fishing fleet to monitors fitted with 15 inch guns. The tasks ranged from patrolling the anti-submarine boom, to bombarding enemy troops in Flanders, to the attacks on Zeebrugge and Ostend. Personal stories abound as in the sinking of H M S Sanda taking with it the oldest serving officer at sixty-seven and a signal boy of fifteen. In another incident on the death of a sailor he was found to have two wives, a problem for the pay-office!
The book is well written, thoroughly researched, well illustrated. While reading this book I occasional put it down because I was enjoying it so much I didn't want it end. It really is that good.
Seaforth Publishing. Pen and Sword Books Ltd., 2017

Reviewed : 2017-04-25 18:46:40