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Featured battle : Mons [1709]

Part of The War of the Spanish Succession

Date : 06 September 1709 - 20 October 1709

Only a token investment was initially made but this seige was responsible for bringing the French to battle at Malplaquet. The full investment started on the 20th September and by the 26th trenches had been opened and heavy mortars were in action. Wet weather and French sorties hampered Allied action. On the 1st October a 30 gun seige battery opened fire. Little by little the seige went ahead in the classic manner. The protective works of two gates were in Allied hands by the 17th and at midday on the 20th Grimaldi, the Governor, sought terms of capitulation. The garrison were allowed the honours of war and were permitted to leave without their cannon.

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British Churchill Mk VII Tank

British Churchill Mk VII Tank

The Churchill was designed before the war and early, unreliable versions were rushed into service, proving disastrous. Between 1942 and 46 however they were improved and were used as heavy infantry support tanks in North Africa and Italy, then later in the Northern Europe campaigns. This example from 1944 was armed with the better 75mm gun, rather than the earlier versions sporting a 2 or a 6 pounder gun.

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

Featured review :

Code Talker

Nez, Chester & Avila, Judith Schiess
A touching account of both the creation and use of the Navajo code used by the US Marines in the Pacific theatre from one of the original 29 code talkers recruited in 1942. It recounts Chester Nez's involvement in the creation and use of the Navajo code, unfathomable by anyone who wasn't a native speaker and considered impossible to learn, hence unbreakable by the Japanese.

But not only is this an account of his and his fellow Navajo specialists' traumatic war from Guadalcanal to Guam and Peleliu. It is also a moving account of life as a Native American child growing up in a harsh land in the 1920's and 30's, caught between two cultures. It deals sensitively with his post traumatic stress disorder on returning from the pacific and his tribal, community approach to dealing with it. Running throughout is a strong sense of faith in the Navajo 'Right Way' of living and of justified pride in the way the native American community contributed to the war effort.

A unique account, from one of the originals and highly recommended for anyone studying either the Pacific Theatre of operations or pre-war America.
Berkley Caliber, New York, Oct 2012

Reviewed : 2013-02-11 00:00:00