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Featured battle : Tarvis [Saifnitz]

Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Date : 22 March 1797 - 23 March 1797

The retreating Austrians under Archduke Charles made this their last serious stand in Italy. Both sides lost heavily in killed and wounded. The Austrians had 3,500 captured as well as losing 25 guns and 400 vehicles.

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British Fox CVR(W)

British Fox CVR(W)

An image of a Fox Combat Vehicle, Reconnaissance (Wheeled) or CVR(W) formerly in service with the Queens Own Yeomanry, a British Territorial Army or volunteer regiment but now serving as a gate guardian. It was equipped with a 30mm Rarden gun in it's rather over-sized turret which caused it to be notoriously top heavy. It could reach speeds of up to 65mph (105km/h) but had a tendency to roll if cornering at speed, sometimes with fatal results. It was built by Royal Ordnance, Leeds and served in the mid to late 1970's and 1980's.

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