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Featured battle : Riga [Blockade]

Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Date : 24 July 1812 - 18 December 1812

The Franco-Prussian force failed in their attempt to take the fortified city-port. Figures given are for the total number engaged on each side during the course of the 148 days. Towards the end the French element [Macdonald's X Corps] was withdrawn from the area. The Russians then commenced efforts to persuade the Prussians to defect. After a clash at Pikupönen 26 December the Prussians signed the Convention of Tauroggen and became allies against the French.

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GAZ-46 Russian amphibious vehicle

GAZ-46 Russian amphibious vehicle

The GAZ 46 was inspired by US amphibious vehicles supplied to Russia during the War, but entered service in the 1950's an has been used by many easter-bloc allied forces since. It could carry up to 5 people, and due to it's steeply raked front and rear and 4 wheel drive, could manage reasonably steep river banks before swimming across. It had a road speed of 90 Km/h (56 mph) and a range of 500km (310 miles).

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

Featured review :

Hitler's Ardennes Offensive

Danny S Parker Ed.
This second book from the same stable [see 'Battle of the Bulge, a German view' reviewed earlier] follows on to deal with the period of attack and its ultimate failure. I felt a privileged and fascinating insight into the Battle of the Bulge. I particularly valued the detail about the attempts to take Bastogne. I have come to realise that the seemingly exaggerated American accounts of the 'glorious defence' are neither exaggerations nor understatements. The book suffers from the same fault as its predecessor in being short on maps, the reader needs a fairly large scale map to fully understand the detail of the manoeuvres. Reading with a map really rewards the effort.
Our view is that this a very good piece of work by the editor and is thoroughly recommended to all who who wish to gain greater insights into the Second World War in Europe.

Frontline Books. Pen & Sword Books Ltd., 2016

Reviewed : 2017-03-20 09:38:23