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21st December 2012

Anyone who follows the 30th Foot through ‘Diary of a Regiment’ or looks for an article at the end of the month will be aware that I have posted nothing since the 25th October. Sadly, my husband suffered a brain haemorrhage at the end of October and died three weeks later. Not only was I too shocked and upset to think about my website, I was also dependant on John to post material for me. Although I have now posted an entry for the 25th November, regular readers will recognise that it lacks the finesse of the regular postings.

23rd October 2012

I am very pleased to tell you that my new book, Wellington’s Worst Scrape, is now published. It tells the story of Wellington’s failed siege of Burgos and the subsequent retreat, which saw the troops march all the way back into Portugal.

The retreat from Burgos started just about two hundred years ago, on 21st October 1812,  and lasted until 18th November when Wellington’s army finally arrived back in Portugal. Those who recorded events at the time said that conditions on the Burgos retreat were even worse than on the retreat to Corunna several years earlier.

Burgos is an interesting story, in fact the title of the book comes from Wellington himself who described it as his “worst scrape”.

The book is now available from bookshops and from Amazon, see: Wellington’s Worst Scrape. Alternatively, you can buy the book direct from me, in which case I will be happy to send you a copy, signed if you wish. Contact me at: [email protected]

I look forward to hearing from you.

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3rd October 2012

In Preston Lancashire there is a superb military museum, the Lancashire Infantry Museum, and there you can view exhibits relating to a number of regiments. In these times of austerity this museum is a great day out with free parking and free admission.

The Lancashire Infantry Museum, Preston.

My own particular interest is the 30th Regiment of Foot, usually referred to as the Cambridgeshire Regiment, which was at one time a part of the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment. The 30th are very well represented at Preston.

Last weekend saw the a gathering of the Waterloo Association which was held at Preston to coincide with the opening of the new Waterloo gallery. Lieutenant Colonel John Downham spoke on siege warfare, after which I was asked to give an account of the failed siege of Burgos and the subsequent retreat, which happens to be the subject of my new book (of which more very soon when the book becomes available).

This is me giving my presentation on the failed siege of Burgos and subsequent retreat.

John Downham has been the inspiration and driving force in the creation of the new gallery and after the presentations he conducted tours of the Waterloo gallery. This is a very rich collection of artefacts, all of which is very well detailed in the museum catalogue.

Lt. Col. John Downham shows visitors round the new Waterloo Gallery 

Here are some links which you may find interesting:

For the Waterloo Association click the link:  http://waterloocommittee.org.uk/welcome.html

 For the Lancashire Infantry Museum click the link: http://www.lancashireinfantrymuseum.org.uk

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19th July 2012

I was delighted to hear from an American reader just recently, telling me that my latest book Napoleonic Lives has been favourably reviewed by an organisation called “the Irish Book Club”.

It is always really gratifying to be recognised and I have to say that I am often contacted by fellow Napoleonic enthusiasts from just about every corner of the globe. The “paper trail” in this case leads from a publication called the Irish American News which is published in Idaho. It is a very interesting publication and if you have an Irish connection it is required reading. Take a look at: Irish American News.

In the review section I found:

Carole Divall has uncovered the inner workings of the military establishment between 1790 and 1820, and in the process reveals that the men and women of Ireland played a significant role while working for the British forces.

The full article contains some very useful links which you may find interesting, and you can go directly to the review if you go to:  : Irish Book Club book review.

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18th July 2012

The event at Bexhill was a really pleasant evening. The location was the Manor Barns, a 12th Century building which has a very long history and which has been restored to a high standard, but still retaining its essential character.

Manor Barns at Bexhill-on-Sea

My audience was the members of the Bexhill Hanoverian Study Group, some Napoleonic enthusiasts with a strong interest in the Hanoverian elements of Wellington’s allied army in the Peninsula and at Waterloo, and during the time when they were stationed in Bexhill. It is always good to meet fellow enthusiasts and last night was no exception. My audience was knowledgeable and I had the chance after my talk to discuss with individuals items of special interest.

This was the second time I have spoken to the Bexhill Hanoverian Study Group and I would be more than happy to visit them again.

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15th July 2012

In Bexhill-on-Sea there is a very active group of Napoleonic enthusiasts, The Bexhill Hanoverian Study Group. They have a most informative website, click the link to go there: Bexhill Hanoverian Study Group

This coming Tuesday, the 17th July, I shall be speaking at a meeting of the group and my subject will be the involvement of German troops at Chateau Hougoumont during the Battle of Waterloo, with particular reference to the important part played by the King’s German Legion.

The evening starts at 7:30pm and, having spoken there before, I can assure you of a warm welcome from the members, and the chance to meet a very well informed group of enthusiasts.

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8th July 2012

This is turning out to be the busiest year since I had my first book published and I started my website. In recent weeks I have undertaken something like nine speaking engagements.

But please don’t get me wrong, I enjoy these events where I meet fellow Napoleonic enthusiasts. I have always found my audiences to be interesting and well informed people and it is a real pleasure to meet them.

The conference programme

 

So let’s look at the events, starting with the most recent, the 24th annual conference of the Schools History  Project in Leeds, this past weekend. This event was very well attended and I was there are part of the Education Committee of Waterloo200. I believe there is a very good case for the Battle of Waterloo to be taught in our schools and I thought our audience was very receptive. At the very end of Saturday, not usually a good time to attract an audience, I was delighted to talk to a good audience at a fringe meeting.

 

 

The Napoleonic exhibition at the Wrexham Museum

In the middle of June I spoke to an audience of the Friends of the Wrexham Museum about the life of a soldier and his family in WEllington’s army. The museum at Wrexham is a super place to visit, not least for the current exhibition of military and medical artefacts from the Napoleonic era.

If at any time you find yourself in north Wales then here is a chance to see a representative cross-section of the items with which every soldier in Wellington’s army would have been familiar.

 

Bookmark is an award winning independent bookshop in Spalding, Lincolnshire. Here you can talk to staff who are knowledgeable and able to advise, and if a book exists, they will get it for you.

The shop, as well as being a book-lover’s haven, is home to an excellent coffee shop, and it was there in June that I spoke to an audience about my book Napoleonic Lives.

The home of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers at the Tower of London

Just about everybody will have in their mind an image of the Tower of London. It is a central feature of the London skyline and houses the gems of our constitutional heritage.

The Tower is also home to the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, and it was in their officers’ mess that I spoke on behalf of the Battlefields Trust to an invited audience. My brief was to explain the Battle of Waterloo in about 45 minutes and I think I covered most of it. However, as you are probably aware, the Battle of Waterloo is the subject of so many books, memoirs, articles, and pictures that I could have spoken for two days!

 

 

 

Also in June I was invited to attend the AGM of the Cambridgeshire Association for Local History. It emerged that I had been given an award in recognition of my book Napoleonic Lives. Unfortunately I had a long standing prior engagement so my husband John went on my behalf and to collect the award. I find it very gratifying to have my work recognised by others engaged in historical research, and my certificate now occupies pride of place in my study.

 

 

The logo of the OMRS

And looking even further back on the calendar, to May, I was very glad to receive an invitation to speak at the annual conference of the Orders and Medals Research Society in Runcorn. If ever you want to know anything   regarding medals and orders these are the people to ask; their knowledge is impressive and, like many other researchers I have met in connection with my work, they are always ready to share their knowledge. And as well as being able to speak and listen to other experts in their field I saw at the medal fair on the second day a Waterloo medal to Sergeant Benjamin Detheridge of the 30th Regiment. The medal was displayed by an auction house, Messrs. Moreton and Eden, and I am very pleased to say that in the auction a short time later I bid successfully and added another medal to my collection of the 30th Foot.

So, as you can see, this has been an extremely busy year so far. It’s good to be busy, and the interest which people show in my work is most gratifying. But my new half-year resolute is to keep my website more regularly updated. I have more speaking engagements lined up later in the year, starting in Bexhill with the Hanoverian study group very soon. I shall post details of that in the next day or two

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30th May 2012

 

I have come across some very favourable book reviews on line. For the Irish Book Club reviews go to: Irish Book Club reviews.

The British Genealogy news and events reviews go to: British Genes bloodspot

This coming Friday 1st June I shall be speaking to the Boston branch of the Lincolnshire Family History Society. My subject will be the life of a British soldier and his family in Wellington’s army. The event takes place at the Church of the Latter Day Saints, Woodthorpe Avenue, Boston, PE21 0LY, starting at 7:30pm.

Another date for your diary is Monday 18th June, which of course is the day on which the Battle of Waterloo was fought. On that momentous date I shall be speaking in the Officers’ Mess of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Museum at the Tower of London.  My talk will cover events within the battle and is given on behalf of the Battlefields Trust. Admission is by a donation of £25 (£20 for members of the Battlefields Trust), the event starts at 12:30pm and a sandwich lunch is included.

For more detailed information on this event go to: Battlefields Trust at the Tower

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19th May 2012

It’s not just News International……

It seems I have been a victim of computer hackers, which is why my website has been off-line since last weekend. My brilliant website host tells me that there was an attempt to divert anybody accessing this website to some disreputable site trading in illicit good. He has now restored everything so we are back to normal. My apologies if you have been unable to make contact or if you have been offered goods and services which have no connection with www.caroledivall.co.uk.

26th April 2012

A couple of dates for your diaries……

Firstly, On the Bank Holiday weekend, 6/7th May,  I shall be at Woollaton Park in Nottingham as part of the re-enactment weekend with the Napoleonic Association. I would be very happy to meet and chat with fellow Napoleonic enthusiasts, and if some of you would like to buy a copy of my latest book Napoleonic Lives at a special event price I shall be more than happy to sign your copy if you wish.

Woollaton Hall seen across the lake in the park

Admission to the event is free, all you pay for is car parking. The re-enactors are great fun and are experts in their field. All in all it’s a really good family day out, and in these times of tight family budgets you would be very hard pressed to find a cheaper Bank Holiday event.

Click the link for more information on Woollaton Park and to find out more about what the Napoleonic Association do, go to Napoleonic Association

Secondly, on June 18th, which is the 197th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, I shall be giving a lecture in the officers’  mess of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in the Tower of London. The event, which includes a sandwich lunch, begins at 12:30pm and is intended as a fund-raiser for Project Hougoumont. If you care about the battlefield, and in particular, the future of Chateau Hougoumont then this is a great opportunity to show your support.

For full details of this event click on the link: Hougoumont event, Tower of London. You can also find out more about the project by clicking on Project Hougoumont.

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31st March 2012

Tomorrow, Sunday 1st April, I am being interviewed on the Howard Leader show at BBC Radio Lincolnshire, when Howard and I will be talking about my new book, Napoleonic Lives. The programme starts at 3pm and my interview starts at about 4:15.

You can find BBC Radio Lincolnshire at 94.9 or 104.7 FM, and if you miss the she you can use the “listen again” feature at: BBC Radio Lincolnshire.

12th March 2012

NEW BOOK!


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I am very happy to tell you that my latest book is about to be published. It’s called “Napoleonic Lives”, it is about individual people in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. As well as detailing the exploits of an array of officers and men, and women, some heroic, others not quite so edifying, it contains some guidance for family history researchers who have ancestors from this period.

I have a few advanced copies but the book should be widely available in bookshops or through Amazon on or about 15th March. For the Amazon link click on: Napoleonic Lives at Amazon

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1st February 2012

An apology.

If some of you were expecting my usual monthly article to pop up this morning on my “Articles” page then I owe you an apology. Pressure of work, coupled with the demands of getting a new book manuscript to my publishers, have combined to put me into “overload”. So I am very sorry but there will be no article this month.

But by the time the next article is due on 1st March the pressure of work will be diminished and I can get back into my usual routine. Many thanks for our patience.

On a more positive note, if you go to my “Articles” page you will now find that there is a new presentation format which enables you to find, by title, any given article without having to trawl through page after page of material. The articles are presented in chronological publication date, but with a brief title and introduction only, after which you have the chance to read the full piece if you wish.

Also on the good news front: I have once again been booked again to give the lunctime lecture at the National Army Museum in London on 15th November this year. The lecture starts at 12:30, admission is free, and the title is: “Wellington’s Worst Scrape”. I shall be dealing with the failed siege of Burgos and the subsequent retreat. If you can come along I shall be very pleased to meet you. It is always good to talk to fellow enthusiasts of the Napoleonic era.

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2nd January 2012

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A question:

I notice from my Google Analytics programme that I have a good many hits from Leicester, and virtually none of those “hits” are from new visitors.  I wonder, are you the person who is such a regular visitor to this website? Do you have connections with a local study group, maybe a local history or Napoleonic group? If so, I would be very pleased to meet you. You can contact me direct at: [email protected] Looking forward to hearing from you.

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New Year’s Day 1st. January, 2012

New Year greetings to all who visit this website. I hope that 2012 will be a good year and that you enjoy good health and prosperity. For my part I look forward to researching and writing more on the Napoleonic era, and I especially look forward to meeting fellow enthusiasts – there are a great many of you out there. When my next book, Napoleonic Lives, is published late in February I shall undertake some book signings, and through the year I like to attend various Napoleonic re-enactment events, so there should be plenty of opportunities for us to meet. I will post the relevent dates and locations here on the Stop Press page. In the meantime, enjoy 2012.

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Christmas Eve, 24th December, 2011

Author carole Divall

Firstly, and at this time most importantly, I send Christmas Greetings to everybody, wishing you peace and good health. Thank you for your interest in the past twelve months, and to the many people who have been in direct contact a profound thankyou for your continued interest. The coming year promises to be busy and exciting, and I hope you will all have an equally rewarding time.

I have been rather neglectful of my web pages recently, mostly because the second half of the year has been, to say the least, hectic.

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In October I was in Spain to take photographs for my fourth book, which is about the failed siege of Burgos and subsequent retreat in 1812. Many of the critical points during the retreat featured actions at bridges and fords, and since the weather in 1812 was unseasonably wet a good many of the rivers were in spate. By way of contrast, when I was in Spain in October the weather was unseasonably hot, with temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees each day. Consequently, many of the rivers were dry! So early this month I went back to Spain and successfully obtained photographs of the rivers in a more appropriate state.

And while all of this was going on I have been involved in the final preparations of my third book, Napoleonic Lives, which Messrs. Pen and Sword plan to publish in February. This book is an attempt to detail the lives of individuals during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, and at the end of each chapter I have added guidance for those wishing to research ancestors of the 19th Century who have a military background. When this book is published it will be my third in just under three years – life is hectic indeed! For a sneak preview of the cover, and to pre-order if you wish, go to: Amazon Napoleonic Lives

One of the high points of the year was an invitation from Alexander Mikaberidze (editor in chief) to contribute to the journal entitled Napoleonic Scholarship, which is the organ of the International Napoleonic Society. I have just received the finished product and I am delighted to have also received notification from Rowayda Guirguis, assistant to the President of the Society, J. David Markham, that I have been elected a Fellow of the Napoleonic Society.  Recognition by one’s peers is a particularly gratifying experience. To find out more about the International Napoleonic Society go to: http://www.napoleonicsociety.com/

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20th August 2011

Right now I am working on my next book which deals with Wellington’s failed siege of Burgos and the subsequent retreat in the autumn of 1812. I was delighted to hear from Messrs. Pen and Sword that they want to publish it. I am rather hopeful that this latest book will be on sale late in 2012, to coincide with the bi-centenary of events at Burgos .

Siege of Burgos, Francois Joseph Heim

The Siege of Burgos, by Francois Joseph Heim

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14th July 2011

ATTENTION MILITARY HISTORIANS AND WARGAMERS!

Garry David Wills, who I first met at one of my lunchtime lectures at the National Army Museum, has written and published a book, Wellington’s First Battle, which is a detailed account of a less well known event in Wellington’s career. The book is profusely illustrated and thoroughly researched. As well as maps and pictures Garry also uses wargaming models and ideas to illustrate the text, giving the book an additional sphere of interest. More details at: caseshotpublishing.com

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13th July 2011

On Thursday last week, 7th July,  I gave the lunchtime lecture at the National Army Museum. My subject was “Crime and Punishment in Wellington’s Army”, and the large audience in the picture gallery, a superb venue for any lecture, seemed to enjoy the event.If you were there and you have a question to ask then please feel free to contact me at : [email protected]

A canon at the entrance to the National Army Museum

In case you have not been to such an event I can tell you that admission is free (as it is to the museum itself), the range of topics on offer is very broad, and the one hour lectures take place on Thursdays, in the picture gallery, starting at 12:30. For more information go to: http://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/lunchtime-lectures

BUSY TIMES INDEED!

Life has been hectic this summer. In May we went to the Waterloo battlefield for the annual event where we met a lot of old friends, saw some wonderful sights, and sold a lot of books. After arriving in what looked like a cloudburst, complete with a thunder storm, the weather for the whole weekend was typical, historically accurate even, in that there was a great downpour the day and night before the battle.


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Waterloo weather!

We also had some sunshine between the showers and at other times hailstones coming down so thick that the ground in front of our tent became quite dangerous. At the end of the weekend we sold our faithful old bell tent to a man who made an offer we could not refuse, and we have ordered a new, larger, square tent which will be large enough to offer visitors a degree of hospitality.


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Troops prepare to resist cavalry

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RECENT EVENTS

On Saturday 30th April I was at Red Kite Books in the George Centre, Grantham. This book shop is a new venture and since the closure of the “Buy the Book” is the only specialist book shop in Grantham. Jacqueline and Oliver Tasker who run the shop (open on Fridays and Saturdays only) are helpful and a mine of information when you are looking for a particular book. While there I met and chatted with fellow Napoleonic enthusiasts, always a pleasure.

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Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire

On Sunday and the May Bank Holiday Monday I was at  Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire where there was a re-enactment weekend by units from the Napoleonic Association. These events are always very much family orientated, they are entertaining and informative. It’s a good way to see what it was like to be a soldier in the Napoleonic era and is especially good for youngsters who always enjoy a good battle.  On this particular weekend teh management of the venue set the admission price to the grounds at only £5 per car, meaning that a whole family could have a great day out without breaking the bank. If only more venues would adopt a more family friendly approach! Newstead Abbey itself is an interesting place and, once you in the grounds admission to the re-enactment activities is free.  For more information go to: www.newsteadabbey.org.uk

 

Tuesday 19th April 2011

More on my new book, Inside the Regiment, which has now been available for just about three weeks. I have two very good reviews which I thought you might like to take a look at:

The first is by Pam Norfolk, books editor for the Lancashie Evening Post, and she says:

“…Carole Divall, an expert on the history of the British Army during the Napoleonic wars, has all the answers and more in a fascinating new book which gives us the inside story of a typical infantry regiment 200 years ago.

Rather than a detailed account of the 30th Foot’s military actions and campaigns, Inside the Regiment is a superbly entertaining and revealing exploration of its organisation and traditions, its rigid hierarchy, the ethos that held it together and, of course, the soldiers who fought and died under its colours.”

You can find the complete review in the Lancashire Evening Post at:

http://lep.co.uk/lifestyle/book_review_inside_the_regiment_by_wp_divall_1_3276523

The second review is by Keith Oliver, who reviews for the Napoleonic Association. Of the book he says:

“…Using primary records including pay rolls, inspection returns, court martial reports and pension records, as well as personal biographies, Carole has pieced together the life of the Regiment which is so often overlooked in the official histories which deal solely with the campaigns and battles, but which make up only a small proportion of the activities of any Regiment.

The book looks in detail at the officers, non-commissioned officers and privates, as well as examining how the regiment maintained discipline, dealt with its sick and wounded and even how regimental families were accommodated.”

The full review will soon be posted on the Napoleonic Association web site, and at that time I will provide a direct link for you to follow.

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19th March 2011

My new book, Inside the Regiment, published by Pen and Sword,  is now in the shops. There is more information on my website page “The new Book”, and the book is available from Amazon, see:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Inside-Regiment-Officers-Revolutionary-Napoleonic/dp/1848844530/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpi_2

If you would like more information, or if you read the book and have a comment or a query then I would be very pleased to hear from you. My e-mail address is: [email protected]

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6th March 2011

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Live in the studio with Howard Leader

This afternoon I was interviewed on BBC Radio Lincolnshire by Howard Leader. My publishers had sent an advanced copy of my new book Inside the Regiment to Howard and we spent a very pleasant twenty minutes or so chatting about the publication. Howard is a real pro. – it was clear that he had read the book and the questions he asked me showed that he  knows a good deal about the subject matter. If you missed the interview or if you would like to listen again then go to: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/radio/bbc_radio_lincolnshire, find Howard’s programme for today, then select the “listen again” function at the top right of your screen. The show runs from 3pm every Sunday and my interview was at just after 4pm, about an hour into the show.

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1st March 2011

If you enjoy a good read of Napoleonic story then you might care to take a look at a friend’s new book. Here is the book jacket design:

Adrian book jacket - Copy

Adrian is better known as an expert on Roman matters. This is his first foray into the world of fiction and follows the activities of the (fictitious) 106th Regiment of Foot as they experience the initial stages of British involvement in the Peninsular War (Roliça, Vimeiro). With a fascinating range of characters and meticulous attention to historical detail, this is a tale which will give pleasure to anybody with an interest in the Napoleonic Wars. To find out more visit Adrian’s web site by following the link on this page.

Another friend, Peter Youds who, like Adrian Goldsworthy, writes fiction set in the Napoleonic era has just published his third book in the Ties of Blood series. You can visit his web site by following the link on this page. He has also written a summary of events in the Peninsula for each of the years 1808, 1809 and 1810, and thse will appear very shortly as articles on the Waterloo 200 web site (see www.waterloo200.0rg).

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8th February 2011

FOR YOUR URGENT ATTENTION

Anybody who has ever read about the Battle of Waterloo will know that the Chateau Hougoumont is a site of major importance. The Chateau itself was destroyed by fire during the fighting but the gardener’s house, the barn and the chapel still stand and there is a plan to restore the site and to make it into a study centre.

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In the chapel, which has been partially restored stood a crucifix, a 15th Century work of art which testified to the ferocity of the battle. The feet were burned off but the rest of the sculpture survived.

Notice I say “stood”, for now we hear that this work of art has been stolen. Nobody is quite sure when it was taken, but whoever did it managed to take the “oak Christ” and leave the chapel seemingly intact. Surely, nobody steals this sort of artefact “on spec”, and the conclusion must be that it was probably stolen to order: this crime was commissioned.

Let us hope that the authorities both, Belgian and international, can apprehand without delay the perpetrators of this despicable crime.

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6th January 2011

If you are into blog sites and your interests lie in the Regency/Victorian eras then you might care to have a look at:

http://onelondonone.blogspot.com, where you will find a good mix of material to interest you, quite varied in content and very nicely presented.

I was invited to contribute to the blog, and you can find my piece by scrolling down the page until you find a picture of my book “Redcoats against Napoleon”. Alternatively, http://onelondonone.blogspot.com/2011/01/researching-30th-regiment-by-guest.html#more will take you directly to the article I wrote for the blog.

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1st January 2011

To everybody who has visited this site in the past year, may I wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

On a personal basis 2011 promises to be a good year. My second book “Inside the Regiment” is with my publishers, Messrs. Pen and Sword, and scheduled for publication in February/March. If you look at my profile on the Amazon web site you can see what the book will look like, in fact I understand that Amazon are already taking advance orders. While all this is going on I am currently working on a third book, details of which I will publish when everything is in place.

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A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY.

On Monday 10th January 2011 I shall be speaking to the Grantham Local History Society, and for my subject I shall be taking a close look at the siege of Badajoz of 1812 and trying to establish exactly what happened at that decisive siege and assault. I hope to convince my audience that the accepted account might not be quite as exact as it is generally assumed.

The event is at Grantham Museum, starting at 7:30pm. Admission for non-members is £2.

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As promised, my monthly article went on line on 23rd December. This latest piece is about how soldiers in Wellington’s army spent the festive season I thought it appropriate to publish immediately before Christmas, rather than wait until the 1st of January which would usually be the date for publication. This article is entitled “Christmas in Wellington’s Army” and is largely a collection of quotations from soldiers’ journals of the period. I wonder how they will compare with soldiers’ journals of today, when they are looked at in a couple of hundred years’ time?

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On  9th December  I had the pleasure of delivering the lunchtime lecture at the National Army Museum in London. My subject was the Egypt campaign of 1801 and, despite the adverse weather conditions, people turned up in numbers. If ever you find yourself in London on a Thursday then these events really are worth a visit. There you will find a very knowledgeable audience of military history enthusiasts! Admission to the Thursday lunchtime lecture, which starts at 12.30pm,  is free, as is the case with the museum itself.

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My thanks to all those who atended my lecture; I hope you enjoyed it, and many of you have been in contact subsequently. I am always pleased to hear from people, either through my website or directly by e-mail: [email protected]

The latest entry in my “Diary of a Regiment” feature is now on line. This feature is updated on the 1st and 15th of each month, and on the 1st of each month I also publish an article. My next article, “Christmas in Wellington’s Army” would normally appear on 1st January, but I thought a seasonal touch would be appropriate, so this next article will appear on Christmas Eve, 24th December.

If you want to see a first class demonstration of how a musket is fired, then take a look at the latest addition to my video page. There you can see in high definition Corporal “Tapper” Eeles, a re-enactor with the 33rd Foot, going through the full drill.

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RECENT EVENTS

I have recently returned from a battlefield tour of Spain and Portugal organised by the Friends of the Queen’s Lancashire Regimental Museum in Preston. The tour numbered about 30 of us and was led by Lt. Col. John Downham, who is the nearest thing I can imagine to a walking military encyclopedia! If ever you want to go on such a trip then I suggest you contact the museum, see the link here on my web pages. It is worth noting that the tours organised by the friends cover a wide range of campaigns, for instance next year’s projected tour covers the events at Arnhem in WWII.

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BOOK REVIEWS

You may have seen the link on my web site to “The Napoleon Series”, which is a vast archive for students of the Napoleonic era. On that site Robert Burnham has reviewed my book: “Redcoats against Napoleon” and, very briefly, this is what he writes:

Redcoats against Napoleon superbly illustrates the problems that a 2nd Battalion on active service underwent…

and he goes on…

Ms. Divall should be commended for bringing back to life the history of a regiment with a proud record of accomplishments during the Napoleonic Wars.  Redcoats against Napoleon is an enjoyable read and I recommend it to those who are interested in the British Army.

For the full review go to:  http://www.napoleon-series.org/reviews/military/c_Redcoats.html