Early Modern

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Battle of Steenkirk, 3 August 1692

The struggle for supremacy between Britain and France dominated the History of the British Army from 1688 to 1815. the struggle began with a ferocious infantry-battle in wooded ravines on the edge of the Ardennes in 1692. King William had his men on the move long before dawn on 3 August 1692. Pioneers went ahead […]

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Battle of Naseby, 14th June 1645

Two years of amateur warfare had changed nothing.The English Civil War remained in the balance. Then, in February 1645, Parliament created the New Model Army. Cromwell had raised a regiment of cavalry in Cambridgeshire. He deliberately recruited ‘men of a spirit’ and allowed complete ‘liberty of conscience’. His men – the original ‘Ironsides’– became the the deepest […]

Jacobean State Torture and Execution

Military Times assesses some of the corporal punishment techniques employed by the English government in the time of Guy Fawkes, during its ‘war on terror’. State Torture The manacles The English Protestant state employed two forms of torture in its ‘war on terror’ in the early 17th century. The manacles were used to suspend victims […]

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Naseby: Then and Now – Battlefield

Martin Marix Evans describes the scene of the New Model Army’s victory over King Charles and Prince Rupert on 14 June 1645. The 17th century campaign was beset with difficulties. Moving through the countryside was hard to plan, given the lack of maps and knowledge of your enemy’s location. The condition of roads and bridges […]

Flodden Field and the Campaign of 1513

John Sadler takes us on a tour around Flodden Field, and explains how the terrain played such a major part in the campaign. The Battle of Flodden was fought because Henry VIII planned to invade France in 1513 in support of the Habsburg Emperor. His fear was that his brother-in-law, James IV of Scotland, an […]

The Battle of Turnham Green Remembered

Military Times remembers the Battle of Turnham Green, the strategically significant English Civil War confrontation, which celebrates its anniversary this weekend. 11th November is traditionally associated with the Day of Armistice 1918, when the Great War finally ended, after five gruelling years of turmoil and suffering.  When considering the huge-death toll and global devastation of […]

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The Stonewall Brigade – Regiment Profile

Brigadier-General Thomas J Jackson, a professor of Virginia Military Institute, and his foot cavalry. It was the first major battle of the American Civil War in the eastern theatre. The Union men afterwards knew it as First Bull Run, the Confederates as First Manassas. It was fought on 21 July 1861 by two armies of […]

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