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Featured battle : Spanish Armada

Part of Anglo-Spanish War

Date : 29 August 1588 - 08 September 1588

In order to invade England Philip of Spain needed to transport his army from the Netherlands across the English Channel. He assembled an armada of ships, under the command of the Duke of Medina Sidonia, most of which were transports/supply vessels and with an escort of warships sailed up the Channel. The English fleet harried but did no serious harm until the Armada anchored at Calais. Here fire-ships were sent in and the Spaniards were scattered. English action and the wind ensured that the Armada never regained its composure. The victory owed as much to the weather as to English action but the tactics employed displayed in embryo form the future course of naval warfare.

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk 1a (Replica)

Supermarine Spitfire Mk 1a (Replica)

One of the finest combat aircraft in service during the second world war, the Spitfire entered service in June 1938. This replica is painted in the colours of 'R6690' of No. 609 (West Riding) Squadron and serves as a monument to that squadron. The original flown by Pilot Officer Daunt was shot down on 15th Sept 1940 and he was killed.

Gallery updated : 2019-01-06 16:35:56

Featured review :

The Badges of Kitchener's Army

David Bilton
This book has the wow! factor. Packed full of information, a real reference gem.
In its 351 pages, the badges of sixty nine infantry regiments are covered with explanatory text and over a thousand illustrations. Also, oft neglected, Divisional and Brigade badges are included. Every one of the illustrations of badges and of men wearing them is an original photograph. The text, often as an annotation to a photograph, is fully informative and where the author doesn’t have the necessary knowledge he says so. I rather fear that, after his thirty years research, if David Bilton doesn’t know then it is unlikely that the knowledge is anywhere to be found.
This book will be of interest to many people from the person with a passing interest to the most knowledgeable collector. I defy anyone who picks it up intending to look at one regiment to put it down with out looking at a few more.
We highly recommend this invaluable research tool.

Pen & Sword Military, 2018

Reviewed : 2018-11-16 14:35:17