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Featured battle : Phillippi

Part of American Civil War

Date : 03 June 1861

Maj Gen. George B McClellan's Ohio Volunteers fought and defeated opposition in the form of local Confederate forces to begin the clearing of West Virginia.

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4th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers - Great War Memorial Arch

4th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers - Great War Memorial Arch

An arch, over the entrance to the central park, dedicated to the 4th Battalion raised from Hexham men.

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

Featured review :

With Napoleon’s Guard in Russia - The Memoirs of Major Vionnet 1812

Louis Joseph Vionnet. Translated & Edited Jonathan
A book I finished reading wanting more of the same. I suspect desperate hunger, numbing cold and the struggle to keep his troops together caused Major Vionnet to make few notes from which these memoirs were constructed. Jonathan North has written an excellent introduction, especially the Peninsular War background to the regiment, and there is an appropriate selection of maps and illustrations to support the text. He has also used other personal accounts to broaden the perspective and add detail. My one minor complaint is that the many footnotes are gathered at the end of the book. If, like me, you always read footnotes, and these are most helpful, then having them on the relevant page is so much more convenient. This book is about detail having a broad overview of the Russian campaign, while not essential, is most useful.
With only a little imagination the reader will gain insights into the hell which engulfed and killed so many of Napoleon’s troops in the retreat from Moscow. And crucially how some of the survivors survived.

Pen & Sword Military. Pen & Sword Books Ltd., 2012

Reviewed : 2013-02-25 00:00:00