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Featured battle : Abensberg

Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Date : 20 April 1809

While Davout's corps [III] continued to hold against the superior numbers of the Austrian right wing and Lefebvre's corps [VII] held the Austrian left wing Napoleon sent Lannes provisional corps through the very weakly held centre. The Austrian army was hopelessly split with half the army retreating north east and half moving south east. Between three and four thousand Austrians were captured.

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"Dads Army" - Home Guard being put though his paces

Members of the 'Mainwarinings Mob' re-enactment group who recreate a unit of the British Home Guard during WW2. Although too old to join regular units and some have argued of potentially limited value during an actual invasion, they were of great morale value to the home front. They also pay homage to the classic British television series 'Dad's Army' which first aired in 1968.

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

Featured review :

Battle of the Bulge. The German View

Danny S Parker Ed.
A book both enjoyable and frustrating. Enjoyable because of its insights into the complexity of planning the campaign and for the remarkable different view one gets of Hitler. In my view worth reading for that alone. The content is all meat, no padding, and rich in depth and width. A thoroughly worthy piece of work. The frustration comes with the paucity of maps for which I had to compensate with a much larger scale map. If I were Prime Minister I would make it a law that in any work of fact every place named in the text must appear on a map in the book. Also frustrating was the lack of a glossary. Many German general staff ranks are mentioned in abbreviated form and lots of formation initials are used which one has to reference elsewhere. This detracts from the enjoyment and makes reading in bed difficult. Even with those criticisms I would commend this book to anyone interested in a fuller understanding of how wars/battles are planned or with an interest in the Battle of the Bulge.
Frontline Books. Pen & Sword Books \ltd., 2016

Reviewed : 2016-11-28 17:18:40