Thursday, November 23, 2017

Siege of Norba (82 BC)

The siege of Norba (82 BC) was a minor incident during Sulla's Second Civil War, and saw the town hold out against Sulla's forces for some time after the anti-Sullan forces had been destroyed at the battle of the Colline Gate.

Siege of Nola (to 80 BC)

The siege of Nola (to 80 BC) was an intermittent Roman attempt to recapture the city after it fell to the Samnites during the Social War, not ended until after Sulla's Second Civil War.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Occupation of Cecil Island (31 January 1944)

The occupation of Cecil Island (31 January 1944) was one of the first steps in the invasion of Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, and was achieved only after a false landing on the wrong island (Operation Flintlock).

Occupation of Carter Island (31 January 1944)

The occupation of Carter Island (31 January 1944) was one of the first steps in the invasion of Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands (Operation Flintlock).

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Bell X-14

The Bell X-14 was a jet powered VTOL aircraft that was used extensively for tests and experiments between 1957 and 1981

Bell X-5

The Bell X-5 was an experimental swept wing aircraft inspired by the wartime Messerschmitt P.1011.

Monday, November 20, 2017

30.5cm schwerer Küstenmörser 09/ Beta-Gerät 09

The 30.5cm schwerer Küstenmörser 09/ Beta-Gerät 09 was the second in a series of very heavy German guns designed to deal with strong French and Belgian fortifications, and was developed alongside the more famous 42cm gamma-gerät.

30.5cm schwere Küstenmörser L/8 or Beta-Gerät

The 30.5cm schwere Küstenmörser L/8 or Beta-Gerät was the first in a series of designs that eventually produced the famous 'Big Bertha' howitzers that played a part in the early German victories in 1914.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Wellington’s Headquarters – The Command & Administration of the British Army during the Peninsular War, S.G.P. Ward

A classic history of the administrative side of Wellington’s army in the Peninsular War, looking at the systems involved, the people who made them work and their relationship with the duke of Wellington. Demonstrates that Wellington largely worked within the existing system (even to the extent of not having much control of the staff officers under his command), while moulding it to suit his individual method of command
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Taranto 1940 - The Fleet Air Arm's precursor to Pearl Harbor, Angus Konstam


A useful account of the Fleet Air Arm's most dramatic achievement of the Second World War, sinking three Italian battleships in harbour at Taranto a year before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. A good text that covers the complex series of wider operations that accompanied the raid on Taranto, along with a detailed account of the attack, and supported by some particularly useful 3D maps of the attack itself
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