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Battle of Falkirk, 17th January 1746

The second major engagement of the 1745 Jacobite rebellion to restore the Stuart monarchy, Falkirk was yet another swift success for the rebel Highlanders against Hanoverian government forces under Lt Gen Henry Hawley. Depicted above is a scene from the opening phase of the battle. The government forces, having marched uphill in wet and windy…

Japanese 28cm howitzer, 1904-05

On this day in history – 2nd February 1905 – the garrison at Port Arthur (modern Lushunkou) surrenders to Japanese forces after a lengthy siege, in one of the pivotal moments of the Russo-Japanese War (1904-05). The conflict, initially a power struggle between Imperial Russia and Japan over control of the Manchurian region, ushered in…

Rearguard retreat at Culloden, 16th April 1746

The movement to restore the Stuart line of monarchs – known as Jacobitism – was first assembled in 1689 after the ‘Glorious Revolution’ had removed James II from power. The rebel leaders sought manpower wherever they could find it, but perhaps their most famous source was from the Highlands of Scotland – the House of…

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