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Featured battle : Stones River (Murfreesboro)

Part of American Civil War

Date : 31 December 1862 - 03 January 1863

Rosecrans' Union army of the Cumberland faced Bragg's Confederate Army of Tennessee at Murfreesboro on the 30th. The Confederates attacked at dawn on the 31st, catching much of the Union force at breakfast as they had before, and drove them back in dissarray into a hooked position 3 miles away. On the 2nd, the Confederates attempted to dislodge Union positions on the important high ground east of the river. The rebels fought hard, routing the Union troops but were then caught in the enfilading fire from the guns across the river and cut down. When the 3rd dawned, with Rosecrans sitting tight, Bragg had no choice but to withdraw. Thought of as a marginal Northern victory, in practice both side suffered in excess of 30% casualties and were crippled for some time after.

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British 25 pounder Gun and Morris C8 Quad Tractor

British 25 pounder Gun and Morris C8 Quad Tractor

These images show a 25 pounder gun with it's tractor, the Morris C8 Field Artillery Tractor (FAT) known as the Quad in WW2 colours. The Morris Quad was based on a pre-war 4x4 and continued inservice along with the 25lbr through the Second World War and the Korean War. It measures 4.5m long, 2.2 m wide and 2.28m tall and was shorter and more manouverable than the Model 1935 6x4 Morris Commercial CDSW FA Tractor it replaced.

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

Featured review :

Man of War

Anthony Sullivan
Having very recently read about the development of the supply system for the Baltic fleet [see Transformation of British Naval Strategy review on this site] I developed an interest in the career of Admiral Saumarez. Quite fortuitously I found Anthony Sullivan's new book on the life of the man himself. The book covers the whole of his life and, as one would expect from the title, gives a lot of information about his naval career. The ships he served on, the ships he commanded, the squadrons and fleets he eventually led, as well as the actions he was in are all there. Saumarez did not fight in the battle of Trafalgar and, to the authors credit, that battle gets only a paragraph in passing. The author has done his research and does not need to pad out the narrative. The book is without illustrations but has a sufficient number of maps and battle plans to support the text.
Saumarez was a remarkable fighter, a true naval hero, a family man and a man of his time who was not free of some minor blemishes this I know from reading this excellent book.
Frontline Books. Pen & Sword Books Ltd., 2017

Reviewed : 2017-08-30 18:45:44