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Featured battle : Blockades and Sieges

Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Date : 24 October 1813 - 14 May 1814

Many major fortified places were held by the French and only surrendered on hearing of Napoleon's abdication or later. They tied up some 98,000 French soldiers many of the highest quality. The figures for the besiegers are less accurate because they exercised the option of changing the size and composition of the besieging forces. Actual casualties in battle are low but many garrisons lost many men to sickness, the besiegers less so. Six main blockades were: W├╝rzburg [Marienburg] 24/10/1813 to 2/5/1814 Antwerp 14/1/1814 to 4/5/1814 Mainz 21/11/1813 to 4/5/1814 Wesel 18/12/1813 to 10/5/1814 Hamburg 24/12/1813 to 12/5/1814 Magdeburg 15/9/1813 to 14/5/1814

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Indian Sub-Continent, Africa and the Caribbean Memorial Gates, London.

Indian Sub-Continent, Africa and the Caribbean Memorial Gates, London.

This memorial is dedicated: "In memory of the five million volunteers from the Indian Sub-Continent, Africa and the Caribbean who fought with Britain in the two World Wars." It was inaugurated on 6 November 2002 by Her Majesty the Queen. The four portland stone pillars bracketing the top of Constitution Hill are topped with bronze urns and bear the names of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Africa, Caribbean and Kingdom of Nepal. The inside ceiling of the dome on the pavillion records the 74 names of the Victoria Cross and George Cross holders from these areas in both wars.

Gallery updated : 2015-04-29 22:28:38

Featured review :

Salamanca 1812. Wellington's Year of Victories.

Peter Edwards
A high level of research is presented in a most readable way. The book has a pervading quality in its insights which can only come from an experienced 'military mind'. Throughout the author uses appropriate and varied selection of original text providing both colour and veracity. The maps are few and lacking in detail, in Further Reading the author recommends Ian Robertson's Atlas of the Peninsular War which I would have found most useful in this case. That said however this book is difficult to put down once started and thoroughly recommended.
The Praetorian Press, Pen & Sword Books Ltd., 2013

Reviewed : 2013-05-30 08:26:31