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Featured battle : Danzig

Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Date : 16 January 1813 - 29 November 1813

This important city port had been blockaded for almost a year. The Prusso-Russian figures refer to those present at the final capitulation; during the course of the siege their numbers had been as low as 15,000. An Anglo-Russian flotilla blockaded the seaward side of the port. Total casualties for the Prusso-Russians are not known. The French suffered 6,000 killed a further 6,000 sick, and 8,000 deserters, the remainder were captured.

Featured image :

Boers blending with the Veldt

Boers blending with the Veldt

An excellent photograph of two members of the Oranje Vrijstaat Artillerie Corps blending with the veldt. It can readily be imagined how difficult these sharpshooters with smokeless cartridges would have been to target and hit. Their rifles appear to be the M1896 Mauser, the most common rifle used by the Republican forces at the beginning of the 1899-1902 Ango-Boer War. They carry their ammunition in pockets on bandoleers.

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

Featured review :

Nelson's Navy

Brian Lavery
I am tempted to write a very short review. This book is a masterpiece! The author himself says that this book does not exhaust the subject but I defy any reader to ask a question this book does not answer; masses of drawings, photographs and pictures round out the text. The book is big, beautiful and is a must for any Napoleonic historian's and interested general reader's bookshelf. Don't just take my word for it Patrick O'Brian, in the introduction, is full of high praise for the author's achievement.
Conway Maritime Press Ltd., 1989

Reviewed : 2016-10-10 15:51:57