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Wellington: The Consummate Professional

Biography British 13 Min Read

Wellington would give orders to anyone who needed direction, from division commander to lowly soldier. THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON Napoleon on the eve of Waterloo was to confront Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington for the first time. His Marshals urged caution, but Napoleon brutally put them down. `Because you have been beaten by Wellington, you consider him a great…

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British Fortification 7 Min Read

Harlech

Reconstruction of the castle in the early 14th century, seen from the sea. Gatehouses The King’s gate at Caernarfon is one of the most powerful of gatehouses, begun in 1283. In front of the entrance is a turning bridge; the front end rose up into a recess while the rear…

British Personnel 12 Min Read

British Regimental Officers in Combat – American War of Independence I

The Battle of Bunker Hill by Percy Moran In eighteenth-century conventional linear warfare, the regimental infantry officer took part in four main activities: he motivated his men, directed them, kept them in good order, and engaged in personal combat. At least on European battlefields, perhaps the first of these four…

British Personnel 13 Min Read

British Regimental Officers in Combat – American War of Independence II

Banastre Tarleton Officer casualties were probably disproportionately heavy in those engagements in America where British bayonet attacks failed to dislodge the enemy quickly because sustained fighting gave the rebels more opportunity to single out officers and shoot them down. Burgoyne later claimed that this had unfortunately very much been the…

British History 8 Min Read

MONMOUTH’S REBELLION AND THE BLOODY ASSIZES

James Scott, Duke of Monmouth. Battle of Sedgemoor (c) Manchester City Galleries; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation PRINCIPAL COMBATANTS: England vs. the duke of Monmouth PRINCIPAL THEATER(S): Somersetshire, England MAJOR ISSUES AND OBJECTIVES: Monmouth sought to succeed Charles II to the throne. OUTCOME: The rebellion was crushed, Monmouth beheaded,…

Aircraft British 21 Min Read

The British Army Air Corps’ ‘Whistling Chicken Leg’

Affectionately known by Army Air Corps pilots as the ‘Whistling Chicken Leg’ and the ‘Tinny-Winny’, the Westland-built Gazelle AH.1 has been in continuous in service for more than forty-five years. Three AH.1s were officially accepted to the Gazelle Intensive Flying Trials Unit (IFTU) at Middle Wallop on 3 May 1973.…

AFV British 8 Min Read

Matilda at Arras

By the outbreak of war with Germany in September 1939 there were only two Matildas in service, though 16 had been issued to 7th Royal Tank Regiment in France by early 1940 where they were used with success in the Battle of Arras just prior to the Dunkirk evacuation. The…

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AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT IN BRITTANY, 1758

British coastal assault on St Cast in Brittany in September 1758. A German map, published…

The Hanoverian Army at Waterloo

The Hanoverian contingent in Wellington’s army was integrated fully into the British divisional structure; it…

Elizabeth towards War I

European matchlock musketeers of the Elizabethan period. By the early 1570s the Puritans had grown…

Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) Vehicles

Artist Christophe Camilotte Long Range Desert Group Motto: Non vi sed arte – Not by…