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Featured battle : Myton

Part of Anglo-Scottish Wars

Date : 20 September 1319

While Edward II was laying siege to Berwick on Tweed, the Scottish under the Earl of Moray and Lord James Douglas launched a diversionary attack into England to take some of the pressure off the besieged garrison. The English in York found out about the invasion and hastily put together a force to intercept, which it did at the village of Myton-on-Swale. The Scots were a trained and battle hardened force arrayed on the ridge overlooking the river. The English, on the other hand were a scratch force of towns-people of York and ecclesiastics under the Archbishop of York, and lined up on the marshy pasture below the ridge after crossing the river via the small bridge. The result was never in doubt as the Scots advanced in schiltron and crashed into the loose formation, scattering and routing the townsfolk. The battle is known as the 'White battle' because of the number of churchmen in their pale habits who were left dead upon the field

Featured image :

Battle of Lansdown Hill, Waller's first position

Battle of Lansdown Hill, Waller's first position

A view of the hill itself from the track (now a road) in the vale between Lansdown Hill and Freezing Hill where the Royalists initially formed up. The woods to the right and left of the crest of the hill were there at the time, and Waller formed a defensive position between them. It;s not difficult to see why Hopton initially chose not to assult it.

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

Featured review :

Into Battle with Napoleon 1812. The Journal of Jakob Walter

Jakob Walter. Edited & Annotated by Bob Carruthers
This is a re-presentation of the jounal which was first translated and published in America in 1938. Bob Carruthers has done a really good job in bringing this wonderful work up to date. His inspired selection and inclusion of the watercolours of Albrecht Adam, who witnessed many of the same events as Jakob Walter, makes the book even more enjoyable. That is if the brutal reporting of such a train of harrowing events can ever be enjoyed. The reader is left with an understanding of the life of a soldier in Russia in 1812 and thankfulness that Jakob kept a jounal. A must read.
Pen & Sword Military, Pen & Sword Books Ltd., 2013

Reviewed : 2013-04-30 19:15:12