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Currently we have 5,530 articles, 2,306 pictures, 395 maps, 849 unit histories, 1,088 book reviews and over 4,058,800 words in original articles. We don't just cover the best known conflicts, although we do have good coverage of the First and Second World Wars, the Napoleonic Wars and the American Civil War.

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Sikh Troops, c.1914

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18 May 2016

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Our section of reviews of new book and DVD releases was last updated on 24 May 2016


Most Recent New Articles

The battle of Arcis-sur-Aube (20-21 March 1814) was Napoleon's last major battle during the campaign of 1814 and saw him misjudge his opponents, march into a dangerous trap and then manage to extricate much of his army.

The battle of Rheims (13 March 1814) was Napoleon's last significant success during the 1814 campaign, and saw his troops recapture Rheims in a night attack, briefly causing a panic amongst the Allied commanders.


We now have a day-by-day history of the Second World War, covering the 2,214 days of the war from the German invasion of Poland on 1 September 1939 to the Japanese surrender in Hong Kong on 16 September 1945 (two weeks after the surrender in Tokyo Bay), and currently containing 5,308 individual facts.

Our 1,000th book review is Teenage Tommy: Memoirs of a Cavalryman in the First World War, ed. Richard van Emden, a young cavalryman who was present when the BEF fired its first shots of the First World War and was still at the front, with the cavalry, at the end of the war.

Our 5,000th article is a biography of Gaston de Foix, Duke of Nemours (1489-1512), a daring French commander of the Italian Wars who was killed at the battle of Ravenna. Our 4,000th article looks at the Great Peloponnesian War of 431-404 BC. Our 3,000th article looks at the battle of Truillas (22 September 1793), a Spanish victory early in the War of the First Coalition. Our 2,000th article is a look at the German battlecruiser Von der Tann, part of our recent focus on the First World War. Our 1,000th article, on the Supermarine Spitfire Mk XII came during our War in the Air themed month in 2007.

Our four millionth word comes in a biography of Marshal Ney, Napoleon's bravest marshal. Our three millionth word comes in a biography of the Sicilian Tyrant Hippocrates of Gela. Our two millionth word came in our biography of the Roman general Manius Aquillius (died 89/88 B.C.), our 1000th battle was the battle of Rivoli of 14 January 1797, our 500th military aircraft, the Kawasaki Ki-48 Army Type 99 Twin-engined Light Bomber (Lily) and our 500th article on the Napoleonic Wars, a biography of General Freidrich Bianchi

In 2006-2007 we ran a series of themed months, on the Napoleonic Wars, the American Civil War and War in the Air in which we created subject home pages which bring together all of the information we have on those subjects. We also have a subject home page on the Second World War.

In 2006 two of our authors walked Hadrian's Wall for the Perthes Disease Association

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