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Featured battle : Soldau

Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Date : 25 December 1806

Ney [VI Corps] forming the northern flank of the Grande Armee sent forward one division in an effort to cut the communications between the Prussians and the Russians. Ney was successful with the Prussians withdrawing to the northeast and the Russians forming around Pultusk they lost contact.

Featured image :

EH101 Merlin Helicopter

EH101 Merlin Helicopter

An Augusta Westland EH101, in service with the Royal Naval Air Service as a Merlin HM.1 No. R269. It's primary roles are anti-submarine and Anti-surface warfare, but can also be used in the Airborne early warning, Search and Rescue, Medevac and transport roles. In this picture it's innovative high-lift rotor tips and 5 rotor design can clearly be seen. Also note the Blue Kestrel radar dome beneath the nose.

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

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