Sunday, 15 July 2018

Vellinghausen 1761

Ammiversary of this SYW battle today. Here's a diorama. 

Dancing plague of 1518

500 years ago today, in the city of Strasbourg, a woman named Frau Troffea woke to begin the second day of her manic and mysterious dance. Soon she would be joined by hundreds of others, compelled to dance for seemingly no reason at all, some so monomaniacally that only death would have the power to intervene..
Read more here

Thursday, 12 July 2018


Released today on the anniversary of the Battle. By Michael McNally. New title from Helion

Carlo Fantom - a famous Croat in the English Civil War

Carlo Fantom (died December 1643) was a Croat mercenary in the English Civil War who had the reputation of being impervious to bullets and is quoted as saying "I care not for your Cause; I come to fight for your halfe-crown and your handsome women. My father was a Roman Catholique, and so was my grandfather. I have fought for the Christians against the Turkes, and for the Turkes against the Christians." Initially serving in Arthur Goodwin's regiment of horse, where he was valued by the Earl of Essex for training cavalrymen how to fight on horseback, in 1643 he changed sides to fight for the King. He was reportedly hanged at Bedford for raping a woman, while the army was marching to relieve Gainsborough.[1] Wiki
If you think this would make great fiction it's been done by Charles Underhill. Not sure what they're like. Maybe you know?

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Bristol and the Civil War John Lynch

 Got this today.  Looks really good. Has pictures by Alan Turton. Kindle edition is less than three quid

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Gerry Embleton retires at 77

One of Osprey's most respected artists is retiring at 77. Read more about him here
See some of his work here

Friday, 6 July 2018

Sedgemoor 1685

Today is the anniversary. Go to Steve Carter's excellent Warwalks site to read about it. 

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Recently unearthed an account of Culloden

Alex Burns of Kabinettskriege Blog is on a research trip to Europe and has unearthed this account of Culloden from Lt. Colonel George Stanhope. Page here

Nearly Sedgemoor anniversary

Sedgemoor gif from reenactments of the battle I did in the late 90s

Lansdowne 1643

The battlefield today, with Sir Bevil Grenville's Monument, at the place where he fell
Today's anniversary. One of my local battles. Thanks to David for the reminder. Wiki

Detail from plaster relief sculpture c. 1643 (see below) from overmantel, no. 8A The Quay, Bideford, Devon. Popularly supposed to depict Sir Bevil Grenville (1596–1643)

Image from here

Swedish troops at Gadebusch 1712

Had these on the blog before but I thought I would repost them as they are so good. Wiki on the battle

Monday, 2 July 2018

The Swedish Army of the Great Northern War, 1700-1721 (Century of the Soldier) Lars Ericson Wolke

Cover by Steve Noon

Flags by Lesley Prince

SergeyShamenkov does the colour plates of uniforms
I first discovered Charles XII and his adventures through a rather chauvinistic biography the Life of Charles XII by Frans G Bengstton (1961) it was enough to thrill me and start a life time interest in these epic battles and sieges in the Northern lands. Surrounded by enemies, Russia, Denmark, and Saxony they had an aggressive doctrine - was this myth? So when I discovered Helion had published a companion to the recent classic on the Russian army of the period by Boris Megorsky I was very optimistic. A modern treatment without the old Nationalism of the early Swedish writers. 
   First of all you have to say there are two armies under the glass - roughly speaking before and after  the disaster at Poltava (1709). The mythology of the Swedes is examined - their anachronistic use of the pike and its legendary cavalry all are examined. Chapters on the tactics and Battlefield performance get to the bottom of these areas in a scholarly and balanced manner. Uniforms are dealt with very comprehensively with reconstructions by Shamenkov of the Swedish army from 1700 until 1721. There are also uniform schematics. 
    For a wargamer there is all you need to field a Swedish force but as the Great Northern War lasted so long you will probably have to decide on an early GNW Swede force or later. The basic Swedish secret weapon (spoiler alert) was training pure and simple. The early Swedish army was drilled to perfection making battlefield manoeuvring easy and effective.
    Helion are to be congratulated on another excellent addition to the study of the Great Northern War.  

Marston Moor 1644

Prince Rupert of the Rhine (1619–1682)

Today is the anniversary of this the largest and bloodiest battle of the English Civil War.