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Featured battle : Solebay 1672

Part of Anglo-Dutch War, Third

Date : 28 May 1672

A combined fleet of about 90 English ships and Thirty French ships were at anchor in Sole Bay. The Dutch fleet of '75 large ships and 40 frigates' came upon the combined fleet at 0800 hrs. The Dutch immediately attacked and some of the combined fleet had to cut their cables to prepare for action quickly enough. The French took the first attack, fought for awhile then left the battle. The English took a lot of punishment before their squadrons were united then the battle raged until evening. The two fleets parted 'as if by mutual consent' both having suffered severely neither pursued the other. Losses were about equal on both sides.

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Spanish Civil War, International Brigade - The Commissar

Spanish Civil War, International Brigade - The Commissar

A member of La Columna, a re-enactment group representing the International Brigade during the Spanish Civil War. He is recreating the role of the Commissar, the person responsible in a Communist unit for morale, education, propaganda etc. He was also involved in disciplining those not thought 'of right mind' and would be able to order summary trials and executions. He is seen here typing up a report for higher command.

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

Featured review :

Pilot Cutters Under Sail

Tom Cunliffe
Not only an authorative review of the development of these special craft but a social history of a 'special' working group. There is plenty of well researched 'meat' for the specialist but it is so well written as to be accessible and to be enjoyed by the interested reader. Some previous knowledge of small boat sailing is helpful otherwise read the last two chapters first. Although it could be a 'coffee-table book' once started I found it difficult to put down.
Seaforth Publishing, Pen & Sword Books Ltd., 2013

Reviewed : 2013-12-20 19:57:26