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Ireland’s Wars: Marlborough At Cork

The Jacobites had survived a bitter autumn, and had inflicted a defeat on the Williamite army at Limerick that was considerable. There was now no danger that the Jacobites would be totally defeated in 1690, but the campaigning season had … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The 1690 Siege Of Limerick

Patrick Sarsfield had done his part in stemming the oncoming Williamite tide, but the final blow had only been delayed, not deflected entirely. As the autumn continued, William was determined that Limerick City would fall and a gateway over the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Sarsfield’s Ride

The Williamite advance had been almost irresistible. In the space of just a few weeks, William and his massive army had swept down from the north, inflicted a stringing defeat on the Jacobites at the Boyne, and then seized most … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Relief Of Londonderry

As NFB has been away on a short holiday, this weeks’ Ireland’s Wars is a little shorter than normal, but is plenty important all the same. In mid-July of 1689, with Londonderry on the verge of starving, negotiations were opened … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The 1689 Siege Of Londonderry

For an event with all of the historical power that this siege has, it is a remarkably unexceptional affair in military terms. The reasons for that are worth going into. Richard Hamilton, outside the walls and now in firm command … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Robert Lundy

The Siege of Londonderry in 1689 is a pivotal enough event that I feel comfortable spending a bit of extra time on it, and part of that is the events in the immediate proceeding weeks before the siege had actually … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The First Confederate Victory And Defeat

One of the things I feel I should state here is that I cannot hope to cover everything. Starting around this point, the military history of Ireland begins to become better recorded and more complex, far more than earlier days … Continue reading

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NFBs Decisive Battles Of The World: Vienna

The Ottomans and the Austrians tore much of Europe apart for three centuries. Today’s entry can be considered the apex of that conflict. Name: The Battle Of Vienna (which followed the Siege of Vienna) also known as the Battle of Kahlenburg … Continue reading

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NFBs Decisive Battles Of The World: Constantinople

When making my initial list of decisive battles, I shied away from final battles, those clashes that ended a war. Those battles like Appomatox, Berlin, Yorktown, between a nearly beaten force and a rampant one. I find that those clashes … Continue reading

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It Is Not War #4: Helm’s Deep, Part Two

Part One, for those who aren’t caught up. And we’re back with Aragorn seeing red. This assault can’t work. The defenders don’t have the numbers to push the Uruks back at this stage. The escape route that leads to the … Continue reading

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