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Featured battle : Roliça

Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Date : 17 August 1808

The first serious meeting between the British expeditionary force and the French. General Delaborde, with a division [5,000 men] of Junot's corps took up a strong defensive position to delay the far superior British force [13,000] under Wellesley [Wellington]. Due to a misinterpretation of orders the 29th foot, instead of moving to threaten out flanking attacked frontally up a steep slope. The French counter attack obliged Wellesley to send forward his whole line to rescue the 29th. The French were driven off in disorder leaving their guns and some equipment.

Featured image :

British 1,000lb bomb

British 1,000lb bomb

A de-activated example of the ubiquitous British 1,000lb bomb carried by most of the RAF's ground-attack aircraft and although not sophisticated, effective and cheap.

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