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Featured battle : Bautzen

Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Date : 20 May 1813 - 21 May 1813

The Allies formed up on the heights to the east of the river Spree near the town of Bautzen. They anticipated Napoleon's main attack would come on their left and made dispositions accordingly. On the first day of the battle Napoleon merely held the Allied left, in sufficient strength to suggest that maybe the main attack would develop there, while strongly attacking the centre of their line. On the second day, with all reserves having been drawn into the centre or to the left wing, Napoleon brought up Ney's and Lauriston's Corps to out-flank the right wing of the Allies. In spite of Ney's tardiness the move was successful in causing the Allies to withdraw. However the Allies were able to pull out in fairly good order thanks to their superiority in cavalry which they had not exploited earlier in the day.

Featured image :

World War 1 Russian Imperial Machine Gun - MUR3_ww1mg1

World War 1 Russian Imperial Machine Gun - MUR3_ww1mg1

A recreation of a Soldiers from the 13th Imperial Regiment manning a Maxim heavy machine gun position

Gallery updated : 2022-04-04 08:33:43

Featured review :

A Noble Crusade

Richard Doherty
This is the story of the fighting Eighth Army from its creation in 1941 to its disbandment in 1945 . The many levels of action are covered from the strategic thinking which determined its use and its composition, which changed over time, to the individual hero charging a machine gun emplacement. In reading this book one becomes very aware of the changes in the character of their battles from the mile after mile dashes through the desert to the yard by yard slog through Italy. The author draws out the multi-national nature of this ‘British’ army with troops from all over the world from Canada to Poland, the long way round, and even Italians after their country’s capitulation. The index of VCs reflects the multi-national nature; the largest number of VCs being from India and the only double VC of the war was a New Zealander.
There is an interesting set of photographs, some useful maps and the bibliography is extensive. The research must have been considerable and has resulted in a most readable, at times gripping, story which can be enjoyed by a very wide range of readers.
After enjoying the book so much it may appear churlish to enter a major criticism but this is the story of less than half the Eighth army. For each man in the firing line there were seven or eight behind the lines, and occasionally in front, enabling the fighter to do his job. For example in the battle of Mareth, when the New Zealanders went through Wilders Gap they were guided by Military Policemen who had been carried well in advance by the LRDG and had signed the route some then stood as individual pointsmen at special places on that route. A chapter on the support Corps would have moved this book from very good to superb.
Given that caveat we highly recommend it to a wide range of readers.

Pen & Sword Military, 2020

Reviewed : 2021-03-02 12:12:26