Other features

Other Features

Choosing subjects beyond one’s normal hunting grounds is good practise and it can be exciting to explore new historical vistas or personalities. The Gurkhas in Borneo feature was a chance to delve into one of the many ‘small wars’ that flared up during Britain’s retreat from Empire 1945-1982, a period of military history often overshadowed by the Superpower proxy wars between the USA and USSR.

During my research, I also visited the excellent Gurkha Museum and learnt more of their amazing history. That included the notable role Gurkha soldiers played under the command of General Roberts’ during the Second Afghan War, a conflict that offers many interesting and important comparative lessons for today. Meanwhile, I always found the Third Crusade a fascinating period and investigating the wars between Richard and Philip in France soon afterwards felt like exploring a new and exciting chapter added to an old favourite. I hope to add this feature shortly.

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The Lion Roars in France

Richard I's greatest rival, Philip II of France, captured many of his Norman lands as he wallowed in captivity at the hands of the Holy Roman Emperor. Released in February 1194, would the Lionheart have his revenge? 

The Long Road to Kandahar

The Second Afghan War was a mix of imperial intrasegence and Great Game realpolitik. Frederick Roberts and his men would find themselves in the midst of this, making a gruelling dash to the relief of Kandahar.

Gurkhas in Borneo

With the sun setting on the British Empire, it was time to support the newly-independent Commonwealth nations. This included helping Malaysia retain control over northern Borneo, with Britain's formidable Gurkha units at the vanguard.

Revolutionary Rifleman

Daniel Morgan's first taste of command was one of bitter disappointment. He would not make the same mistakes again and, along with his famous riflemen, he achieved crowning success at the Battle of Cowpens in 1781.