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Featured battle : St. Pierre

Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Date : 13 December 1813

After the four day battle of Nive a sudden rise in the river levels destroyed Wellington's internal lines of support. Hill's Corps were holding strong positions on three hills near the village of St. Pierre. Soult concentrated a force against them with more than a two to one advantage. The British conducted a dogged defence from 8 am until early afternoon when Wellington arrived with the first of four reinforcing divisions. Before the British could launch a counter-attack Soult withdrew his troops into the town of Bayonne.

Featured image :

Pembroke War Memorial

Pembroke War Memorial

The war memorial outside the main entrance to Pembroke castle.

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

Featured review :

The Dutch in the Medway

P. G. Rogers
Before reading this book you wonder why Seaforth would re-published a 1970 book. When you have finished it you'll say 'I'm glad they did'. The subject is one small but very important battle in the Second Anglo-Dutch war. The author places it in its historical context both the before and after. The writing style is such that reading it is easy, it is detailed enough for the military buff, but not at the expense of the general reader. The text is supported by sufficient maps and a few well chosen illustrations which includes a print of a contemporary map. The author's explanations and opinions are well supported by quotations, included in the text, from the writings of people at that time. His sources, listed at the end of the book, are many and varied.
We thoroughly recommend this book.
If you are left wanting to know more about the Royal Navy in the latter half of the Seventeenth century then 'Pepys's Navy' by J.D.Davies, reviewed elsewhere on this site, is the book for you.
Seaforth Publishing. Pen and Sword Books Ltd., 2017

Reviewed : 2017-04-04 06:37:43