July 20th, 1866 | The Battle of Lissa

July 20th, 1866 | The Battle of Lissa

“Ramming Speed!” Ah, ancient times, you little fox, you. Galleys scudding across the open waves, dodging into combat, maneuvering, positioning, and then finally beating on that drum to encourage the oarsmen to “stoke the boiler” and bring those knots up: it’s ramming...
August 19th, 1812 | USS Constitution Defeats HMS Guerriere

August 19th, 1812 | USS Constitution Defeats HMS Guerriere

1785, and a fledgling America has a bit of a problem: the Barbary corsairs were making a right royal pain in the ass of themselves. Sure, the 17th Century was the height of their pirating-like ways, but even as late as 1785, they were proving to be a nuisance to the...
July 21st, 1861 | The Battle of Manassas: “Bull Run”

July 21st, 1861 | The Battle of Manassas: “Bull Run”

1861, and the United States of America – less than 100 years old at the time – was showing some “growing pains” in the form of a darn good fallout between pals; primarily led by a bloke called “South Carolina,” who tended to be extremely vocal on Facebook and ranted...
June 18th, 1815 | The Battle of Waterloo

June 18th, 1815 | The Battle of Waterloo

Foreword: I’ve never written up a battle with a foreword before. That makes this special. The Real Foreword: How the heck do you write about one of the most famous, and well covered, battles in history? Waterloo: it has more historians falling over themselves to...
June 18th, 1815 | The Battle of Wavre

June 18th, 1815 | The Battle of Wavre

A couple of days prior, and the French forces under Napoleon had smashed Blücher’s Prussian line at Ligny, sending them reeling into the night and scampering for safety. But it was ultimately a short-lived victory, for it left much of the Prussian forces intact...
June 16th, 1815 | The Battle of Ligny

June 16th, 1815 | The Battle of Ligny

Marshal Blücher held up the field glasses and scanned the ever-forming French lines from his vantage point of Bussy Mill on the heights of Brye. From here he had a commanding position over his entire line, and it was extremely impressive. The area was a watershed...
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