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Featured battle : Povoa de Lanhoso

Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Date : 20 March 1809

Soult, commanding II Corps, ordered a direct frontal assault against a much larger force. However most of the Portugese were local peasants virtually unarmed given the nature of warfare at that time. About 4,000 were butchered.

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Dassault Mystère Mk IVa number 146

Dassault Mystère Mk IVa number 146

The Mystère first flew on 28th Sept 1952, and more than 480 of these single-seat fighter-bombers flew with the French, Indian and Israeli Air Forces in the 1950's and 60's. They were armed with 2 x 30mm DEFA cannons, rockets in an under-fuselage pack, and up to 2,000lbs of bombs or rockets on wind hardpoints. This particular aircraft flew with the French Armée de l'Air in Algeria in the 1950's.

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

Featured review :

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