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Featured battle : Neumarkt-St Vieth

Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Date : 24 April 1809

Only part of Hiller's Austrians were in contact with the Bavarians on whom they inflicted significant casualties. Bessières came up with a French division [Molitor's] but assessed the situation and ordered a withdrawal on Vilsbiburg.

Featured image :

English Civil War Foote

English Civil War Foote

A pikeman and a musketeer from the 17th century. The pikeman in this picture actually holds a halberd, which would have been particularly effective against mounted opponents. He is also armed with a mortuary sword hanging to his left, and is protected by a pikeman's back and breast armour with a pot morion helmet. The musketeer in the left of the picture shows the much lighter arms of this branch. His only protection is his buff coat and his weapons. He carries the match-lock musket of the time, with a rapier for close combat and the powder charges and priming flask can clearly be seen. The event was an archelogical open day on The Mount, York, where evidence of a Civil War battery or sconce had been found prior to building work.

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

Featured review :

The Battle for the Maginot Line, 1940

Donnell, Clayton
If you've ever wondered what the point of the Maginot Line was, this book will tell you. It begins with a decent overview and history of the construction and layout of the forts and other works, along with a brief description of the concepts. It then jumps into an exceptionally detailed account of the battle for each fortified section including the types of casemate, the units and composition of both sides involved, and the date, time and nature of their demise. It also covers the unsung resistance of the southern section of the line which proved very successful against the Italian advance, but to me the most affecting sections are those where the interval troops, infantry support and artillery backup are withdrawn, leaving small handfuls of men to delay panzer regiments. The book concludes with a thought-provoking section on the strengths and weaknesses of the line and whether it's reputation as a military 'white elephant' is undeserved, and caught up in (and often blamed for) the whole debacle of June 1940 which was so psychologically damaging the French nation.

As with many military history books, this one could do with more and better maps. Most chapters contain tactical diagrams of offensives but they are quite small and difficult to read, so I had an atlas to hand (and google maps!) to get a better impression of the spatial situation. On the whole though, an excellent and very well researched read, though perhaps a little too detailed to keep the casual reader's attention. I for one, however, am already planning my next trip to SF Maubeuge, Haguenau and Ouvrage Sainte-Agnes, and this book will be in my hand-luggage.
Pen & Sword Military, Barnsley, 2017

Reviewed : 2018-01-08 14:28:58