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Featured battle : Tudela

Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Date : 23 November 1808

Another classic example of poor generalship/coordination on the Spanish side. Two Spanish armies [of Aragon commanded by Palafox; of The Centre commanded by La Peña] allowed themselves to be engaged as separate entiies by the French III Corps commanded by Marshal Lannes. While he held La Peña at arms length with one division he used the remainder of his corps to crush Palafox. La Peña's loss was about 200 men, Palafox's were over 4,000.

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French 75mm gun and limber

French 75mm gun and limber

This important field gun was introduced in 1897 and was the standard French fieldpiece into the 1930's. It played an important role in the German defeat at Verdun in 1916 and could fire a 7.2kg shell a maximum of 6850 metres.

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

Featured review :

The Dutch in the Medway

P. G. Rogers
Before reading this book you wonder why Seaforth would re-published a 1970 book. When you have finished it you'll say 'I'm glad they did'. The subject is one small but very important battle in the Second Anglo-Dutch war. The author places it in its historical context both the before and after. The writing style is such that reading it is easy, it is detailed enough for the military buff, but not at the expense of the general reader. The text is supported by sufficient maps and a few well chosen illustrations which includes a print of a contemporary map. The author's explanations and opinions are well supported by quotations, included in the text, from the writings of people at that time. His sources, listed at the end of the book, are many and varied.
We thoroughly recommend this book.
If you are left wanting to know more about the Royal Navy in the latter half of the Seventeenth century then 'Pepys's Navy' by J.D.Davies, reviewed elsewhere on this site, is the book for you.
Seaforth Publishing. Pen and Sword Books Ltd., 2017

Reviewed : 2017-04-04 06:37:43