Medieval Wars: The Siege of Orléans 1429

In 1428, the English sought to assert Henry VI's claim to the French throne through the Treaty of Troyes. Already holding much of northern France with their Burgundian allies, 6,000 English soldiers landed at Calais under the leadership of the Earl of Salisbury. These were soon met by another 4,000 men drawn from Normandy by the Duke of Bedford. Advancing south, they succeeded in capturing Chartres and several other [...]

By | 2017-10-30T10:33:53+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|Categories: Medieval|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Medieval Wars: The Battle of Poitiers

On September 19, 1356, the English delivered the second of their three devastating Hundred Years War defeats of the French with a victory at Poitiers. What had begun decades earlier as a power struggle for control of ancestrally-held English fiefs in Normandy and Guyenne had evolved into a war over territory and the rule of France that was to last over a hundred years. The English had enjoyed success [...]

By | 2017-10-30T10:54:22+00:00 February 12th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Battle of Waterloo: Defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte

The Battle of Waterloo, which took place in Belgium on June 18, 1815, marked the final defeat of French military leader and emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), who conquered much of continental Europe in the early 19th century. Napoleon rose through the ranks of the French army during the French Revolution (1789-1799), seized control of the French government in 1799 and became emperor in 1804. Through a series of wars, [...]

By | 2017-10-30T12:56:51+00:00 February 8th, 2017|Categories: Renaissance|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

World War I: First Battle of the Marne 1914

The First Battle of the Marne was fought in September 1914. By September 12th, the end of the Battle of the Marne, the war of movement seen since August 1914 had gone and the trench warfare associated with World War One had come into being. When Germany invaded Belgium on August 3rd, 1914, their movement across Western Europe was swift and in accordance with the Schlieffen Plan. The Belgium army [...]

By | 2017-10-30T13:17:24+00:00 February 1st, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, World War I|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

World War I: The Battle of Mons August of 1914

Mons was the Agincourt of 1914, another heroic stand against the odds. Having spent 10 weary days marching through dusty France, 70,000 men of the British Expeditionary Force, or BEF, reached the Belgian mining town of Mons on August 22. Ordered to hold the Mons-Conde canal, the Tommies dug in along the tree-lined bank where they smoked their Woodbines beside the still waters. Germany’s Schlieffen Plan was war by [...]

By | 2017-10-30T13:26:49+00:00 January 30th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, World War I|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Mega Structures: The Eiffel Tower of France

Whether you're lucky enough to have visited Paris or have only ever dreamed of going there, chances are you know of the French capital's most beloved landmark: the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower, La Tour Eiffel in French, was the main exhibit of the Paris Exposition — or World's Fair — of 1889. It was constructed to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution and to demonstrate France's industrial [...]

By | 2017-10-30T13:42:09+00:00 January 25th, 2017|Categories: Constructions|Tags: , , |0 Comments

World War II: French Battleship Richelieu

Richelieu was designed in 1934, as an answer to the modernization of the Cavour class, itself designed to counter the French Dunkerque design. Design The Richelieu was initially meant to receive 406mm guns, which proved to be non-practical. 380mm was judged to be the maximum that could be used in a quadruple turret. Alternative research to use triple 406mm turrets brought the ship's weight way over the 35,000 tons [...]

By | 2017-10-30T14:25:09+00:00 January 17th, 2017|Categories: Constructions, World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Medieval Wars: The Battle of Agincourt 1415

The Battle of Agincourt was fought on October 25, 1415 (Saint Crispin's Day),in northern France as part of the Hundred Years' War. Immortalized by William Shakespeare's play, Henry V, Agincourt is remembered as an iconic moment in British history. Its memory has often been evoked to raise morale and to stir patriotic loyalty in the face of great odds. The armies involved were those of the English King Henry [...]

By | 2017-10-30T17:16:34+00:00 January 10th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, Medieval|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Medieval Wars: The Battle of Crécy 1346

Saturday, August 26, 1346: after a long march from Cherbourg to the town of Crécy, the invading English forces faced off against an overwhelmingly larger French and Genoese army. The battle of Crécy, it was a battle royale that shook France to the core and established an English presence in France that was to last for over one hundred years. Phillip IV of France, called le Bel or "the [...]

By | 2017-10-30T20:02:45+00:00 January 9th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

French fortification: The Maginot line

The Maginot Line dominated French military thinking in the inter-war years. The Maginot Line was a vast fortification that spread along the French/German border but became a military liability when the Germans attacked France in the spring of 1940 using blitzkrieg – a tactic that completely emasculated the Maginot Line’s purpose. France had suffered appalling damage to both men and buildings in World War One. After Versailles in 1919, there [...]

By | 2017-05-06T17:01:59+00:00 December 3rd, 2016|Categories: Constructions, Historical Events|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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