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Featured battle : Jena

Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Date : 14 October 1806

A hard fought victory for Napoleon over Prince Hohenlohe's Prussians which could have gone either way when Ney launched his attack too early and Lannes was beaten back trying to join him. Further French divisions arrived later in the day and numbers began to tell. The Prussians had held their line throughout the day but had failed to take advantage of their success, and when French reinforcements forced their way through the Prussian centre, the Prince ordered a retreat. Murat's French cavalry caused the retreat to descend into a rout and only darkness saved many of the Prussian soldiers. Along with the concurrent battle at Auerst├Ądt the Prussian army was effectively beaten.

Featured image :

HMS Victory, the Quarterdeck

HMS Victory, the Quarterdeck

A section of the Quarterdeck showing, in the foreground (and in the detail picture), a brass plaque marking the point where admiral Nelson fell during the Battle of Trafalgar to musket fire from the Redoutable. He died later, on the orlop deck with the knowledge that the battle was his. In the background can be seen one of the 12-pounder cannon arming this deck.

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