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Featured battle : off North Foreland

Part of Anglo-Dutch War, Second

Date : 25 July 1666

The fleets met off the North Foreland both formed into three squadrons. The battle lasted for three hours at full intensity with all ships being engaged. Dutch losses were considerably heavier than the English. The Dutch broke off the engagement and made for their own ports, the English ships still in a condition to pursue kept up a running fight until the Dutch reached the Wellings off Ostend.

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British Airborne Field Engineers

British Airborne Field Engineers

Two members of the Normandy Arnhem Society portraying officers of the 9th Airborne Field Company, Royal Engineers during Operation Market Garden - the paratroop attack on Arnhem in the Netherlands in 1944. They are pictured in front of their Willy's Jeep 'Arnhem Ahoy!'.

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

Featured review :

Grouchy's Waterloo

Andrew W. Field
Very early on in this book the author endeared himself to me with two statements. On page 6 he expresses his intention not to name any places without including them on a map. As one who hates having to read with a map open by my side I applaud this notion in spite of the fact that he doesn't always succeed in mapping every place all though the book. On page 12 he refers readers elsewhere for the lead up to Waterloo stating that there is to a plethora of fine books on the subject. Again I was both surprised and pleased to find a 'Waterloo' book that did not start with Napoleon's escape from Elba.
The book is written from a factual rather than a judgmental position with many insertions of contemporary and post event quotations from reports and diaries. However the last chapter 'Analysis and Conclusions' , where he does discuss the key controversies, is particularly worthy of note.
My overall opinion is that the research has been thorough, the style of writing clear and lucid with many maps and illustrations. A book not to be put down until it is finished. Very highly recommended.
Pen & Sword Military. Pen & Sword \Books \Ltd., 2017

Reviewed : 2017-06-26 15:48:11