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Featured battle : off Yarmouth Roads

Part of Anglo-Dutch War, First

Date : 02 June 1653 - 03 June 1653

The English fleet of 87 ships which had been lying in Yarmouth Roads took on the Dutch fleet of 104 ships in the southern area of the North Sea. On the 2nd June the battle raged from 11 am until 6 pm. Overnight Blake rejoined the English fleet with his squadron of 18 fresh ships. During the 3rd June the battle became a running fight with the Dutch heading for their own coast. In the course of the battle the Dutch lost twenty ships [eleven taken, nine sunk] no English ships were lost but many were badly mauled. This was the last battle of the First Anglo-Dutch War.

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Medieval cooking - MUR3_yklvycook

Medieval cooking - MUR3_yklvycook

Members of the York City Levy prepare medival dishes.

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

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