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Featured battle : Girona
Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars
Date : 06 June 1809 - 10 December 1809
The two French Corps were assigned to Siege Force and Covering Force. The majority of French losses were due to sickness, two of their generals died of malaria. The Spanish defence was exceptionally determined including many local volunteers and a battalion of women. Girona was reinforced on two occasions. Only 4,248 were fit at the time of the surrender.
Featured image :
Battle of Lansdown Hill, Waller's second position
A view south from the centre of the battlefield looking at the plateau at the top of the hill. This is where Waller and the Parliamentarians fell back to form a second line after the ferocious initial assult of the Cornishmen.
Gallery updated : 2016-02-21 17:33:57
Featured review :
Fighting for the French Foreign Legion - Memoirs of a Scottish Legionnaire
There are quite a number of memoirs out there of men attracted by the legion, and I've read most of them. Luckily, this one ranks quite highly amongst those I've read. The author manages to join the legion at quite an advanced age - 38 - and so brings a different viewpoint to the training and life as an older man. His training and experience as a member of their special forces is usual for this kind of book - he serves in Tchad, Bosnia, Desert Storm, but he becomes a technical specialist in photographic techniques and brings a sensitivity to his writing that is sometimes lacking in others. It's a more thoughtful book, and should be a good addition to anyone's Legion library.
Pen & Sword Military, 2013
Reviewed : 2015-05-27 20:14:20