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Featured battle : Pyramids [Embaleh]

Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Date : 21 July 1798

The Egyptians were in a strong defensive formation with the town of Embaleh bristling with heavy guns. The only reliable troops were the 6,000 Mameluke horsemen, fierce individual fighters each with a small group of retainers. The remaining infantry were mostly Egyptians stiffened with a few Turks and about 20,000 Arab levies. The French army, mostly experienced troops from the Italian campaign, advanced in echeloned division squares. The Mameluke horsemen simply broke against the discipline ranks, this demoralized the Egyptian infantry and defeat became a rout.

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Fleet support vessels, RFA Sir Galahad, Sir Bedivere and Sir Tristram

Fleet support vessels, RFA Sir Galahad, Sir Bedivere and Sir Tristram

Round Table class Landing Ship Logistics and Falklands War veterans. In June 1982, the Sir Tristram and Sir Galahad were damaged off Fitzroy, with the loss of 48 Welsh Guards and crew on Galahad. Sir Tristram was towed back to the UK and refitted, Sir Galahad was sunk as a war grave (this picture is the replacement from 1988). Sir Bedivere was lightly damaged in San Carlos Water by a bomb dropped from an Argentine Skyhawk, but returned home in November 1982 carrying the bodies of many of those service personnel who'd fallen in the conflict.

Gallery updated : 2022-04-04 08:33:43

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