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Featured battle : Cropredy Bridge

Part of The Civil Wars of the Three Kingdoms

Date : 29 June 1644

The King, after deciding not to assault Waller's troops near Banbury, made for the bridge over the Cherwell at Cropredy. Waller, seeing that the Kings forces had become spread out, attacked and attempted to block the Royalist path across the bridge. Valiant action by the Royalist horse under Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Cleveland permitted King Charles to regroup and repulse Waller's main attack who fell back.

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'Her Majesty's Heroes' - British troops in South Africa

'Her Majesty's Heroes' - British troops in South Africa

Another image from Underwood and Underwood (from a stereoview) clearly showing the uniforms and equipment in use by the British troops during the Anglo-Boer War. It is entitled "Her Majesty's Heroes marching into Colesberg, S.A. after the Boers retreat, Dec 31st.

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

Featured review :

Luck of a Lancaster

Thorburn, Gordon
Now this is an excellent book. It is ostensibly the career of one Lancaster bomber ā€“ W4964 J-Johnny ā€“ which managed to survive the war but in fact it is a testament to the lives (and more often deaths) of the RAF heavy bomber crews. It introduces different crews who flew WS-J at different times for No.9 squadron and, through their particular missions and experiences, tells the story of all such crews including the shocking and saddening toll.

While W4964 made it through to VE Day, 103 of the 244 men who flew in her at one time did not. The book covers the experience of downed aircrew escaping from France when some former ā€˜Jā€™ crew are shot down in another bomber. It details the Battle of Berlin in 1943 when the RAF attempted use cunning and technology to reach their targets and quotes the German night-fighter pilots trying to shoot them down. It even covers the hunt for the Tirpitz that W4964 took part in, carrying a Tallboy bomb to try to sink the battleship. Funny, thrilling, fascinating, shocking, sobering and above all, well written. Read this book.
Pen and Sword Aviation, 2013

Reviewed : 2015-05-27 20:02:56