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Featured battle : Walcourt

Part of The War of the Spanish Succession

Date : 25 August 1689

Prince Waldeck commanded the Allied army, Marlborough commanded the British contingent under him. The vanguard of the French army under Marshal d'Humières surprised foragers who were being protected by Colonel Hodges' Regiment [16th Foot] a brilliant brave rearguard action by the 16th allowed time for the army to form up and the town of Walcourt to be brought to readiness. d'Humières flung attacks against the town and then against the formed Allied army. He suffered severely. When the time seemed right, about 6pm, Waldeck launched a double attack, General Slangenberg's Dutch against their left and Marlborough, at the head of the Life Guards and the Blues, against their right. The French broke and retreated but valuable service by the French cavalry prevented the retreat from becoming a rout.

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The latest British assault carrier HMS Ocean (L12) in dock

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Luck of a Lancaster

Thorburn, Gordon
Now this is an excellent book. It is ostensibly the career of one Lancaster bomber – W4964 J-Johnny – 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 ‘J’ 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