Once more we go into the festival of the winter soltice, whether it be under the guise of celebrating Mithras, Yule, Saturnalia or Christmas, plus no doubt many others.
As I've been emptying my various drawers and boxes to present my old 7YW collection (which I've roughly calculated at over 2000 foot, about 1000 horse and 30 artillery pieces) I thought another photograph or two of my Prussian Pioneers around a snowy fir tree would fit the bill (and pad this post out a bit -Ed,).
Whilst reminising of my battles past I've also dug out my copy of Savoury's "His Britannic Majesty's Army in the Seven Years War", which although highly scholarly is also a damn good easy read. It still amazes me how the armies managed to manouevre, considering the conditions they served under, night marches in the poring rain and infantry havng to push and pull artillery through mud on almosy non-existent 'roads' .
I've also bought myself a copy of rules that weren't available when I did most of my 7YW games. I thought of it as an earlier Xmas present to myself. I used "Principles of War" for many years, using 6mm armies. The game is designed around division level actions but we used them for corps level games culminating in a huge action of five Prussina corps against three French ones in the Franco-Prussian war. The French corps are about twice the size of a Prussian on, but the Prussians still won ! It was played over a 24 foot by 6 foot tabe using rolling terrain and ocassionally having to move the tables too ! To the best of my knowledge, like our Minden game, no photographs of this battle remain.
|My new 18th c. rules (more blattant padding -Ed)|
I have though, found some very old photographs (from the early 70's) of my Napoleonics (now all gone) and other things I did then. These photos will be presented at some future time when they are scanned and photshopped !
For my 7YW games I'd ammended the PoW rules to fit the 7YW and my version is very close to the one shown.
Let me thank everyone who has visited this blog and an especial thank you to those that have commented on my efforts over the years I've been blogging.
Here's hoping you have a very enjoyable break over the holiday period in these very trying times and stay safe and well.
|Merry Chrstimas from all on the western front in the 18th century too!|
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Merry Christmas !