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Featured battle : San Lorenzo de la Muga

Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Date : 19 May 1794

The French carried the war over the border and took San Lorenzo on the 6th May. This attempt to retake the position , against a superior force, met with failure.

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A German Marder III Tank-Hunter

A German Marder III Tank-Hunter

This Marder III Ausf-H is run by the 21st Panzer Division re-enactment group ans is depicted in the desert colours of the Afrika Korps of 1943. It was armed with a 75mm PaK 40/3 anti-tank gun and a Czech 7.92 MG37 machine-gun in the front hull. The variant was different from other Marders as the engine was mounted aft with the fighting compartment further forward but in common with others of it's type, the open top and rear meant the crew was vulnerable to artillery and in urban warfare. It's armour was quite thin but it could destroy most light or medium tanks it was pitted against.

Gallery updated : 2021-04-01 18:52:49

Featured review :

Napoleon and the Art of Leadership

William Nester
When I first saw this book I was fearful that it was just another biography of Napoleon. But part of the title ‘the art of leadership’ intrigued me. I was pleased to find that the author stuck faithfully to his brief for at least the first three-quarters of the book. The focus was very clearly on the leadership actions and thinking of Napoleon himself and includes on the way the large amount of advice on leadership he gave to others. The final quarter reverts to more of a biography which perhaps reflects the absence of fresh thinking on Napoleon’s part.
Almost incidentally to the main theme we end up with a rather good biography of this ‘flawed genius’. We see the initial energy and drive of the genius become more and more egocentric until the flaws take over. This narrative flows through the book and beautifully draws out the increasing mismatch between what Napoleon said/wrote and what he did.
It is quite a large book as befits the subject with 395 pages of well written text and with over a hundred further pages of supporting notes.
We highly recommend this book to those who only want a good read about the life of a ‘flawed genius’ and those who want more will get more.

Frontline Books, 2020

Reviewed : 2021-05-07 15:23:33