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Featured battle : Landrecies

Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Date : 21 April 1794 - 30 April 1794

During the siege and capture of the fortified town the French defenders lost about 2,000 men killed, or died of illness. The remaining 5,000 were taken prisoner by the Coalition troops.

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk 1a (Replica)

Supermarine Spitfire Mk 1a (Replica)

One of the finest combat aircraft in service during the second world war, the Spitfire entered service in June 1938. This replica is painted in the colours of 'R6690' of No. 609 (West Riding) Squadron and serves as a monument to that squadron. The original flown by Pilot Officer Daunt was shot down on 15th Sept 1940 and he was killed.

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

Featured review :

United States Army Armoured Divisions of the Second World War (Images of War series)

Michael Green
What the title should really say is 'The organisation and structure of ...' as the text of this book is much more about how the command structures that became the US Armoured divisions came about and how they were organised. It gives a brief history of armour development before the war, and how the US Army responded to it.Then it goes into some detail on the ethos behind the various commanders' reorganisations, and how the establishments ended up. There is a very brief section at the end on the battles of the different divisions, but if you were looking for unit histories, I wouldn't choose this. Where the book comes into it's own is, as you'd expect from the series, in the imagery. Basically after the text detailing what vehicles each division was authorised to maintain, there are extensive photographs of all the vehicles and equipment mentioned, showing wherever possible each variant. Using the usual, well produced mix of contemporary black and white photos alongside modern colour images of museum exhibits and restored examples, after going through this book you'll definitely be able to spot an M4A1 from an M4A3(76) Wet. The sometimes dry main text is well balanced by the detailed annotations to the photos. All in all, a thorough coverage for the armoured enthusiast, modeller or re-enactor.
Pen & Sword Military, Barnsley, 2019

Reviewed : 2019-01-01 11:03:07