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END OF THE CALIPHATE: MONGOL SACK OF BAGHDAD 1258

On February 13, 1258 a Mongol army entered the city of Baghdad, capital of the Abbasid Caliphate.  There followed a week of rapine and destruction, as the city was sacked. The Khan ordered the death of the last Caliph, Al-Musta’sim. … Continue reading

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SABRES IN THE SNOW: MURAT CHARGES TO GLORY AT EYLAU, 1807!

AS DEFEAT LOOMS, MURAT’S CAVALRY SAVES THE DAY IN PERHAPS THE GREATEST CAVALRY CHARGE IN MILITARY HISTORY. In October of 1806, the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte decisively defeated the Prussians in a lightning campaign that culminated at the twin battles of … Continue reading

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A PERFECT BATTLE: SMITH SMASHES THE SAVAGE SIKHS AT ALIWAL, 1846

THE TURNING POINT OF THE FIRST ANGLO-SIKH WAR COMES AT ALIWAL AS SIR HARRY SMITH FIGHTS THE PERFECT BATTLE, AND THE 16th LANCERS RIDE TO GLORY. Following their humiliation in the First Afghan War (1839 to 1842), British prestige on … Continue reading

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ZULU: DEATH AND REDEMPTION IN THE AFRICAN SUN!

On 11 January 1879, a British Army crossed the Buffalo River, the boundary between the British Natal province and the independent native African kingdom of the Zulus. After the refusal by the Zulu king Cetshwayo of an insulting British ultimatum, … Continue reading

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THE AGE OF ARTHUR, PART TWELVE: ARTHUR’S LINDSEY CAMPAIGN

Unique among the territories of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century, Britain succeeded in holding back and even reversing the tide of Germanic conquest for nearly two centuries. This was an age of heroes… It was the Age … Continue reading

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“OLD HICKORY” BREAKS THE THIN RED LINE AT NEW ORLEANS!

“OLD HICKORY” SHATTERS THE BRITISH ATTEMPT TO CONTROL THE MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI AT NEW ORLEANS; AND SAVES THE FUTURE OF THE UNITED STATES! The War of 1812* was a mere sideshow for the British, desperately committed as they were … Continue reading

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MASSACRE IN THE PASSES: BRITAIN’S FIRST AFGHAN WAR DEBACLE

Foolish political policies and dithering indecision lead to bloody disaster for the British in the First Afghan War! In 1876, George Armstrong Custer and some 268 some members of the US Army’s 7th cavalry were “massacred” in battle against native … Continue reading

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