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Featured battle : Ligny

Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Date : 16 June 1815

One of the 'Waterloo' quartet of battles.The right wing of the Armee du Nord under Grouchy supported by additional cavalry and Imperial Guard attacked three hastily assembled corps of the Prussians. The French were approximately 70,000 to the Prussian 80,000 but were more experienced troops supported by more guns. The Prussians held for six hours until 9 pm before, with rain falling heavily, withdrawing in reasonable order. A failure to maintain a hot pursuit made Ligny less of a French victory than it might have been.

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War memorial, Poppleton, York

War memorial, Poppleton, York

A simple obelisk monument to the men of the village of Upper Poppleton near York who gave their lives in the Great War positioned on a small roundabout in the centre of the village green.

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

Featured review :

Pilot Cutters Under Sail

Tom Cunliffe
Not only an authorative review of the development of these special craft but a social history of a 'special' working group. There is plenty of well researched 'meat' for the specialist but it is so well written as to be accessible and to be enjoyed by the interested reader. Some previous knowledge of small boat sailing is helpful otherwise read the last two chapters first. Although it could be a 'coffee-table book' once started I found it difficult to put down.
Seaforth Publishing, Pen & Sword Books Ltd., 2013

Reviewed : 2013-12-20 19:57:26