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Featured battle : La Rochelle

Part of The Hundred Years war

Date : 22 June 1372 - 23 June 1372

La Rochelle was being besieged by the French. An English fleet was sent to its relief. The Spaniards were allied to the French and they interposed their fleet between the English and the port. There were sixty Spanish to the forty English. After the first day the two fleets anchored for the night and the battle resumed on the 23rd. The Spanish ships each carried more knights and men-at-arms than did the English and the result of the battle was an overwhelming victory for the Spanish.

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Featured review :

Wellington's Foot Guards at Waterloo

Robert Burnham & Ron McGuigan
This book by Robert Burnham and Ron McGuigan is a thorough exposition of who the Foot Guards were and what they did. Some readers will think it is telling them more than they need to know. For example when it comes down to colour of eyes and hair why should that matter? It doesn’t ‘matter’ but it, along with the other factors described, does build a strong picture of who those men were as people and incidentally indicates the thoroughness of the authors research. The authors are also to be admired for sticking to their subject and not being pulled into more general descriptions of the battles; even so it is still a large 380 page volume.
Within those pages are some rather apt plates which support the text and there is an extensive bibliography. The very useful Name index allows the reader to follow many persons through the action, some with over twenty references in the text. I also liked the way that the rank and file are treated which is as well as any other book I have read. There is far more information concerning officers available to the researcher and, while acknowledging this, the authors have compensated for the lack to some extent. This includes the contents of the fifteen appendices which contain a mass of detailed information for the reader to access easily.
There are some minor criticisms which do not detract from the overall value of the book. The maps are reproductions of those appearing in a book published in 1874 which would have had, and still need, keys and supporting text. The plan of Hougoumont appears on page 136 rather than page 171 as shown in the list of maps.
In our opinion this book successfully bridges what is a difficult divide between a reference book and a good sit down read and, as such, will delight both the Waterloo buff and the casual reader.

Frontline Books, 2018

Reviewed : 2019-01-03 14:27:20