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Featured battle : Frankfurt am Main

Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Date : 02 December 1792

The French captured Frankfurt 22 nd October 1792 but attempted to hold it with too small a force. The town populace mostly overpowered the garrison and let in the coalition troops.

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Morris Commercial CDSW Field Artillery Tractor

Morris Commercial CDSW Field Artillery Tractor

The Morris 6x4 Tractor was brought into service in the 1930's to tow heavy field guns like the 25 pounder but was not as manouverable as the later Morris Quad which replaced it. Many CDSW's were left on the beaches at Dunkirk after the evacuation and were repaired and used by the German Army.

Gallery updated : 2015-04-29 22:28:38

Featured review :

Luck of a Lancaster

Thorburn, Gordon
Now this is an excellent book. It is ostensibly the career of one Lancaster bomber ā€“ W4964 J-Johnny ā€“ 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 ā€˜Jā€™ 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