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Featured battle : Sicily. Allied Landings

Part of Second World War

Date : 10 July 1943 - 13 July 1943

The capture of Sicily was essential to the Allied effort to invade Italy. A two pronged assault was planned. a] British 8th Army landing south of Syracruse on a 30 mile front including the Pachino Peninsular. b] US 7th Army landing on a 50 mile front on the south west coast. A 30 mile gap was left between the British left and the American right. There was little serious opposition due in part to the bad weather making 'it unfit for a landing'. The bad weather contributed to the airborne troops [glider and parachutists] suffering very badly, only 12 of 140 British gliders landed in or near their designated targets, many falling short into the sea.In spite of increasing opposition by the 13th the beachhead was firmly established and included the ports of Syracruse and Augusta.

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Firepower through the ages - Flintlock musket of the 1770s - MUR3_ftamusket2

Firepower through the ages - Flintlock musket of the 1770s - MUR3_ftamusket2

Loading and firing an American flintlock musket of the American War of Independance

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

Featured review :

The Transformation of British Naval Strategy

James Davey
This is a book aimed more at the specialist rather than the general browser. Having said that it is written in an easy flowing style which makes the subject matter easy to understand. The subject of the book, sub-titled 'seapower and supply in Northern Europe 1808 to 1812' is the logistical problem of keeping a substantial fleet supplied with all its needs far from any base. The story is one of the evolution and development of systems which brought together the different branches of the supply chain to become a very efficient 'machine'. The end user, Admiral Saumarez's fleet, contributed greatly, in terms of the feed back, to the vast improvements made. The text is supported by very few illustrations and maps but with a wealth of tables and graphs.
A book not to missed by students of Napoleonic naval warfare.
I warmly recommend a fascinatingly good read.
The Boydell Press, 2012

Reviewed : 2017-08-25 18:33:26