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Featured battle : Dego

Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Date : 21 September 1794

As might be expected from such a superiority in numbers the French took the ground. Casualty reports from the French put their losses at 160 and Coalition losses at 2,000. The Coalition reports give the French losses as 2,000 and their own as 203.

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The Baker Rifle

The Baker Rifle

This image of the classic Baker Rifle of the British Rifle regiments during the Napoleonic Wars also shows its sword bayonet and powder flask. It had a 0.625 in (15.9 mm) calliber and a quoted range of 200 yards (more than twice that of the standard 'Brown Bess' musket) but skilled marksmen recorded hits considerably beyond that. The key to it's accuracy was a tight-fitting ball, wrapped in a greased patch (stored in the butt) which was rammed down the barrel, giving little windage, and fitting into the rifled bore. Because of this, though, it was considerably slower to load. Local militia were also issued with the Baker Rifle for home defence during the panic over threatened invasion of Britain by Napoleon's troops. The North York Militia had two companies of skirmishers so armed.

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

Featured review :

Securing the Narrow |Seas. The Dover Patrol 1914-1918

Steve R. Dunn
There is quite a story about efforts in World War One to control that narrow strip of sea which separates Britain from the continent. If not the whole story this book gives a very good impression of covering most of it. From the lowest ranks with 'ordinary men doing extraordinary things' to the damaging petty jealousies and rivalries at the top of the Admiralty. It covers the failures in understanding that sea warfare was changing, failure in ships not really designed to fulfill the tasks asked of them. It illuminates the superhuman efforts and devotion to duty shown by the middle and lower ranks when they were asked to compensate for strategic inadequacies. The ships ranged from drifters taken in from the fishing fleet to monitors fitted with 15 inch guns. The tasks ranged from patrolling the anti-submarine boom, to bombarding enemy troops in Flanders, to the attacks on Zeebrugge and Ostend. Personal stories abound as in the sinking of H M S Sanda taking with it the oldest serving officer at sixty-seven and a signal boy of fifteen. In another incident on the death of a sailor he was found to have two wives, a problem for the pay-office!
The book is well written, thoroughly researched, well illustrated. While reading this book I occasional put it down because I was enjoying it so much I didn't want it end. It really is that good.
Seaforth Publishing. Pen and Sword Books Ltd., 2017

Reviewed : 2017-04-25 18:46:40