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Featured battle : Monte Settepani

Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Date : 10 April 1800 - 11 April 1800

An Austrian attack on a French strong point held by Suchet commanding the centre of the army of Italy. Although the Austrian commander, General Ulm, had 10,000 men available only 3,000 were committed to the attack which failed.

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The Battle of Stamford Bridge

The Battle of Stamford Bridge

The view from Battle Flat - the ridge on which the Vikings formed for the later stages of the battle after the river had been forced by the English. The view looks down towards the river and the English lines.

Gallery updated : 2019-01-06 16:35:56

Featured review :

Waterloo. Myth and Reality

Gareth Glover
It is an under statement to say there have been many books written about Waterloo. I have over ninety on my bookshelves; the earliest in my collection was printed in 1896 and there is a steady progression up to the present day. Why read another one? My first reason is that I am a Gareth Glover fan. The second reason, which is what drew me to this book, is the intriguing sub title ‘Myth and Reality’.
Glover sets out to separate the two by referencing hugh amounts of primary source material; much of which the reader can access for themselves in ‘The Waterloo Archives’ [Edited by Glover and reviewed on this site]
The author really does succeed in his aim to dispel most of the myths which appear in so many books. He presents cogent arguments in favour of ‘reality’ and for every case he has the supporting evidence. Where there is certainty it is stated with conviction, where there is doubt the balance of evidence is presented. The method employed is to give the appropriate weight to any piece of evidence by asking who wrote it, when and why. He goes on to show how some received wisdom is the result of the uncritical acceptance of records of events written by participants, or long after the event by their supporters, wishing to put down on record the version which shows them in the best light.
Glover also criticises those historians who base their judgements of commander’s decisions made in the heat of battle, when those decisions were based only on information available to them at that time. The fog of war and the difficulty of clear rapid communication do not cloud hindsight but did hamper all levels of command at that time.
It is not a large book, only 245 pages, but of well written engaging text. The sixteen pages of illustrations are superb. In such an excellent book it is a shame that my usual criticism of many modern books applies here. The maps are not good, without scale, without the conventional military mapping differences between cavalry and infantry, and a fancy type face which does nothing to aid the reader.
Maps apart I believe that for every person interested in the battle of Waterloo this book is more than a ‘would like’ it is a ‘must have’.

Pen & Sword Military. Pen & Sword \Books \Ltd., 2014

Reviewed : 2018-01-03 12:46:19