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Featured battle : Alesia

Part of Caesar's Gallic Wars 58-51bc

Date : 25 July 0052 bc - 30 October 0052 bc (estimated date)

Vercingetorix with 90,000 men fortified themselves in the town of Alesia and called the tribes of Gaul to his aid. Caesar attacked the town, driving the Gauls back then he built 2 sets of walls and seige fortifications for 14 miles around the high ground both to fence in the Gauls and to protect the Romans from the approaching relief army of quarter of a million Gauls. The Romans were well provisioned and fought hard on both sides of the walls, preventing the Gauls from coordinating their attacks to cause a breach. Soon conditions inside the town with so many to feed became desperate. When no breakout was achieved, and to save his people, Vercingetorix surrendered and the uprising was broken.

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Falklands Memorial to the Royal Marines.

Falklands Memorial to the Royal Marines.

A memorial to the Royal Marines who fell in the Falklands War 1982 presented by the people of the Falklands themselves. It is situated outside the former Marine Barracks in the memorial gardens and the inscription reads: "These stones come trom the areas of Two Sisters and 'Mount Harriet' in the Falkland Islands. They were selected and donated by the islanders, shipped to this garden as a gift by Jeppesen Heaton Ltd, and erected in memory of those Royal Marines who fell during the Falklands War in 1982." Two Sisters, and Mount Harriet were two important battles fought by 42 and 45 Commando (RM) on 11th June 1982 as part of the battle for Port Stanley.

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

Featured review :

Code Talker

Nez, Chester & Avila, Judith Schiess
A touching account of both the creation and use of the Navajo code used by the US Marines in the Pacific theatre from one of the original 29 code talkers recruited in 1942. It recounts Chester Nez's involvement in the creation and use of the Navajo code, unfathomable by anyone who wasn't a native speaker and considered impossible to learn, hence unbreakable by the Japanese.

But not only is this an account of his and his fellow Navajo specialists' traumatic war from Guadalcanal to Guam and Peleliu. It is also a moving account of life as a Native American child growing up in a harsh land in the 1920's and 30's, caught between two cultures. It deals sensitively with his post traumatic stress disorder on returning from the pacific and his tribal, community approach to dealing with it. Running throughout is a strong sense of faith in the Navajo 'Right Way' of living and of justified pride in the way the native American community contributed to the war effort.

A unique account, from one of the originals and highly recommended for anyone studying either the Pacific Theatre of operations or pre-war America.
Berkley Caliber, New York, Oct 2012

Reviewed : 2013-02-11 00:00:00