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King of the Lions by Simon Smith.


King of the Lions by Simon Smith.

The British Lions Tour in 1971 saw the begining of the golden era of British Lions Rugby, the side Magnificently captained by John Dawes and coached by the inspirational Carwyn James, containing the legendary Barry John, Gareth Edwards, Willie John McBride, Mike Gibson, JPR Williams, Gerald Davies and David Duckham who achieved the first ever series win against the Mighty All Blacks.
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Item Code : SPC0500King of the Lions by Simon Smith. - This Edition
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Simon Smith

Simon Smith was born in 1960 into a military family and quickly developed an interest in history and the armed forces. He has worked continually as an illustrator in the historical field since leaving art college in 1982, having graduated with a First in Fine Art and Illustration.. He has work on permanent display in London and countries as far afield as Taiwan and Israel. Simon owes his lifelong interest in military subjects to his family connections with the services.

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 At the Battle of Marston Moor, July 1644, prince Rupert had nearly won the battle after an initial cavalry charge routing three quarters of the Parliamentary Army, But he continued the pursuit to far. The remaining part of the New model army, including Cromwells regiment. after a long hard fight won the day.

Oliver Cromwell after the Battle of Marston Moor by Ernest Crofts. (Y)
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 Lance Corporal Mel Townsend, 22 SAS, in action in Dhofar, 6th January, 1975, for which he was awarded the DCM.  Mel Townsend, of the Royal Corps of Signals, was a member of a squadron of the 22nd SAS Regiment controlling Arab Irregulars in support of the Sultan of Oman's Armed Forces in Dhofar from September 1974 to January 1975.  He was the leader of a four man SAS liaison patrol attached to a company of the Sultan's Armed Forces in a battalion operation against guerrilla forces on 6th January 1975.  His company was demoralised after coming under heavy enemy fire and Mel noticed that very little fire was being returned.  He ran forward with two other men and began returning fire.  He then encouraged the Arab soldiers to fire their weapons and inspired them to do so by his personal example.  His initiative saved the day.  He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his <i>inspiring example of the highest gallantry and military ability.</i>

Lance Corporal Mel Townsend by David Rowlands. (GL)
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Richard the Lionhearts tactical skills and military training played a substantial role in the capture of Acre in 1191 by the Crusaders. But Richard the Lionheart was ruthless and after the capture of the city he marched 2,700 Muslim soldiers onto the road of Nazareth and in front of the Muslim army positions, had them executed one by one.  But Richard the Lionheart was up against a great leader in Saladin and the crusades did not always go his way.  After he negotiated the Treaty of Jaffa with Saladin and secured the granting of special rights of travel around Palestine and in Jerusalem for Christian pilgrims, Richard the Lionheart started his journey back to England in 1192.  He was shipwrecked, and captured by the German Emperor Henry VI, only being released after a 150,000 mark ransom was paid.  This money was raised by taxes in England.

Richard I (The Lion Heart) During the 3rd Crusade by Chris Collingwood (GL)
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DHM186.  The Charge of the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons at Tolnay by William Barnes Wollen.

The Charge of the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons at Tolnay by William Barnes Wollen.
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 Icy rain adds its misery to the bitter conflict on Drumossie Moor. In the shadow of the Black Isle, two English ships on the waters of the Moray Firth, await the outcome of the decisive battle. Pounded by Cumberlands gunners and raked by steady musketry, the Princes brave men can make no headway. Although the Irish and French regulars refuse to give ground, the Jacobite lines gradually disintegrate. Tired, cold and hungry men flea past Culloden House for the relative safety of Inverness. On the Scottish right the Argyll Militia, supported by Hawleys Dragoons, tear down the walls of the Culwiniac and Culchunaig enclosures in an outflanking attack. Avochies men offer some resistance but Major Gillies McBean stands alone on the breach. He cuts down more than a dozen Argylls, including Lord Robert Kerr, who lies mortally wounded, but his foes are too many. The hero eventually falls to a vicious cut to the forehead, his thigh bone is also broken. Despite the cries of a mounted officer to save that brave man, the major is ruthlessly bayonetted, his back against the wall. The victory is complete and nothing more can be done. In the distance, the Young Pretender is forced to abandon the field and Scotlands hope of claiming the British Throne.

Battle of Culloden by Mark Churms. (P)
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DHM827.  Holding the Line at All Hazards by Gilbert Gaul.
Holding the Line at All Hazards by Gilbert Gaul.
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Into the Storm by Ivan Berryman. (GS)
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 Montenegro, Yugoslavia, January, 1942. 75mm Skoda Mountain Gun of 5th Alpine artillery Regiment, 5th Alpini Division, 'Pusteria' in action against Tito's partisans.

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