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Featured battle : Spandau

Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Date : 25 October 1806

The commander of this rather weak fortress was negotiating a surrender when the French rushed the guard gate and overwhelmed the garrison. The garrison were released on condition that they did not fight again in this war.

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The Home Guard

The Home Guard

A re-enactor from the The Victory in Europe Reenactment Association (VERA) showing the uniform and weapon of the British Home Guard during World War 2. He is dressed in the traditional serge 37 pattern battledress with Field Service cap. In these pictures he is armed with a Lee Enfield SMLE rifle although the Home Guard were latterly more commonly armed with the Pattern 14 or US-manufactured Pattern 17 rifle.

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

Featured review :

The Waterloo Archive. Volume II

Gareth Glover [Ed]
The second volume of this six volume series is a collection from German sources. Like the first vol. it is full of amazing, vivid first hand accounts which give insights into the many personal battles which made up Waterloo. These accounts are written by men of the King's German Legion, the Hanoverian and Nassau regiments and others. The translations manage to convey what I am sure were the facts and feeling of the original texts. The fog of war made real as 'We didn't see the enemy at all. We just loaded and fired at their musket smoke.' And the horror of the aftermath described 'the next day we marched passed a barn, outside was a huge pile of amputated limbs, some with uniforms still on. Inside the surgeons were still hard at work.'
Gareth Glover has brought together a mass of rare and previously unpublished work and presented it in a readily accessible form.
We cannot recommend it too highly.
Frontline Books, Pen & Sword Books Ltd., 2010

Reviewed : 2015-01-08 11:41:25