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Featured battle : Erigo

Part of Operations against the "Mad Mullah"

Date : 06 October 1902

In Somaliland the battle against Mohamed bin Abdullah Hassan (The Mad Mullah) at Erigo on the 6th October 1902 brought to an end the first campaign against this very mobile Dervish leader. A British Officered Somali Levy with Central African Rifles and Indian support (total force of 1,500) fought off an attack by 12,000 horsemen and 3,000 spearmen on foot. Victory for the Somali Levy forced the Mullah to withdraw his forces to the eastern Nogal area of Somalia.

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HMS Ark Royal

HMS Ark Royal

Ark Royal, moored alongside the Portsmouth dockyard.

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Featured review :

The Waterloo Archive. Volume II

Gareth Glover [Ed]
The second volume of this six volume series is a collection from German sources. Like the first vol. it is full of amazing, vivid first hand accounts which give insights into the many personal battles which made up Waterloo. These accounts are written by men of the King's German Legion, the Hanoverian and Nassau regiments and others. The translations manage to convey what I am sure were the facts and feeling of the original texts. The fog of war made real as 'We didn't see the enemy at all. We just loaded and fired at their musket smoke.' And the horror of the aftermath described 'the next day we marched passed a barn, outside was a huge pile of amputated limbs, some with uniforms still on. Inside the surgeons were still hard at work.'
Gareth Glover has brought together a mass of rare and previously unpublished work and presented it in a readily accessible form.
We cannot recommend it too highly.
Frontline Books, Pen & Sword Books Ltd., 2010

Reviewed : 2015-01-08 11:41:25