Battle of Novi (15 August 1799)

Battle of Novi by Alexander Kotzebue A major battle between French and Austro-Russian armies near the town of Novi in the Italian Piedmont. As the Allies liberated Lombardy and Piedmont, the French Directory made a new effort to turn the tide of the war by appointing a new commander in chief, the young and energetic […]

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Battle of Agincourt

In 1413 King Henry IV of England died and was followed on the throne by Henry V. The Hundred Years’ War (1337-1453) continued, with English kings claiming the throne of France and its territory and the French kings seeking to expel the English. In prosecuting the war, Henry V concluded an alliance with Duke John […]

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Henrys V/VI and the War with France

King Henry V’s, pictured top right at Battle of Agincourt The Battle of Formigny (15 April 1450), a decisive victory for the French. Henry V inherited a realm that was sufficiently peaceful, loyal, and united for him to campaign extensively in France (from 1415) and to spend half of the next seven years abroad. With […]

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Lazare Nicolas Marguerite Carnot

(1753-1823) Lazare Carnot made his name as a mathematician and artillery officer under the ancien régime before turning to politics during the Revolution. A man of strong republican principles, he sat with the Mountain, a group formed by the more radical Revolutionaries, in the National Convention, becoming a member of the Committee of Public Safety […]

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Jean-Etienne Vachier Championnet

(1762-1800) The French general and army commander Jean-Etienne Championnet was born on 13 April 1762 at Valence (Drome) and would distinguish himself during the siege of Gibraltar in 1782. In July 1789 he joined the National Guard of Valence and quickly rose through the ranks, becoming sergeant in December 1789, lieutenant in March 1790, and […]

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Charles Nungesser

A much bemedalled Charles Nungesser is seen wearing both French and foreign decorations, including the British Military Cross Charles Eugene Jules Marie Nungesser was born in Paris on 15 March 1892. Dropping out of school, he travelled to Brazil to work in his uncle’s sugar plantation, but ended up finding employment in Argentina as a […]

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French and Indian War (1754-1763) III

British imperial and colonial forces had, by 1759, fulfilled most of the initial military objectives developed four years earlier; now they were to mount a direct attack on the heart of New France reminiscent of the failed attempts of 1690 and 1711, and the plans of 1746. A seaborne attack on Quebec was to be […]

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French Navy, 1946–1954, Vietnam

Richelieu served as a command vessel for the 6th French Infantry off French Indochina during France’s war against Vietnamese insurgents there; including a heavy bombardment of Nha Trang. Both ships served during the Suez crisis in late 1956 (the only time they ever operated together), with Jean Bart landing French marines at Port Said, Egypt; […]

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BATTLE OF FORMIGNY, (1450)

One of the closing battles in the Hundred Years’ War (1337–1453). Fought on 15 April 1450, the battle of Formigny destroyed the last English field force in Lancastrian NORMANDY and thereby ensured the French reconquest of the duchy. In June 1449, three months after the English sack of FOUGĖRES, CHARLES VII repudiated the Truce of […]

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