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  • Book Review
    in depth analysis as well as technical data photographs and drawings on not just weapons but also radar fire control systems and mountings It covers everything from ordnance to guided missiles and mines torpedoes and all anti submarine weapons There is even data on the number and types of torpedoes available to some of the combatants at certain periods during the conflict the sort of data that is bread and butter to wargamers and even expenditure figures on certain types of ordnance munitions If the book has a fault it is not one of the author s making for most of the data on the Soviet Union was compiled in the days before Glasnost from German intelligence reports Were John Campbell still with us I am sure that this would have been remedied by now Nonetheless the chapter on the USSR gives more information in a single volume than anything else that this writer has seen to date Perhaps modern Russian websites can now fill the gaps In covering so vast a field minor omissions do occur and this is perhaps my one criticism Campbell gives us the torpedo hitting rates for British aircraft surface ships and submarines based on the expenditure of torpedoes against known and probable hits achieved data that incidentally is also available from the Submarine Museum in Gosport but he does not set this in context by giving data on known the sinkings of targets attacked Similarly the author merely states that US Navy submarines fired 14 748 torpedoes and that another 1287 were fired by US aircraft We thus need to go to other sources to ascertain that officially Royal Navy submarines and those of allies under British operational control sank 169 warships and 493 merchant ships of over 500 tons in size with just

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/BookReviews/Navalweapons.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Osprey Publishing
    of this series of revolts but as they were often swiftly passed over in history tomes that I had not read about them in any detail except for the odd article from The Pike and Shot Society or some other worthy periodical Douglas though takes the reader through the series of increasingly murderous insurrections step by bloody step producing a history that is readable interesting and enjoyable The text is

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/BookReviews/Osprey/ospreyPeasantwar.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Osprey Publishing
    dramatically different from the rest of contemporary culture And when I holidayed a couple of years in the shadows of the Taygetos Mountains I became very aware of the continuing pride felt by the descendents of the Spartans of their forbears Nick Sekunda has managed to produce a compact history of these warrior peoples with a brief but detailed precise of the history of the Spartans richly supported by photographs or archeological artifacts of the period There is an interesting section discussing the organisation of the hoplite units and of the battle preparations and tactics which will be of interest to wargamers but also to the casual reader There is also detailed descriptions of the arms and accoutrements of the Spartan warrior which will certainly help the ancient modeller As usual with Osprey the colour illustrations this time from the talented brush of Richard Hook are sumptuous and inspiring Check out plate I for something a bit different and then try and copy the shield design in 15mm if you dare Despite knowing something about the subject and having watched the TV series I found enough in this volume that was new and interesting to hold my attention and I

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/BookReviews/ospreyspartan.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Matthew Hughes Politics and Contemporary History University of Salford Greater Manchester M5 4WT GB Tel
    are a mix of soldiers and scholars and include big names such as Michael Howard Robert O Neill and Brian Holden Reid This is reflected in the quality of the scholarship While some of the chapters are rather short on footnotes they are all well written and interesting They provide a range of case studies looking at contrasting styles of leadership and command from the US civil war through the

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/BookReviews/br1.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • History Today
    famous war anti war film Gallipoli directed by Peter Weir and starring a young Mel Gibson It compares the films apparent opinions and comments on the campaign with historical fact There is a lot in this article to get you thinking especially for gamers whose view of war is based more on Hollywood than regimental histories The main article is Stonewall Jackson God s General contributed by Professor James I

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/BookReviews/historytoday.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Flags and Uniforms of the French Infantry under Louis XIV
    the C17th and C18th Driven by the political desires of a ruthless and avaricious monarch French forces dominated Europe and formed the principle focus of British military preparation However this was still a period in which the National Military will was not supported by a National military model and process Regional governments influential individuals and regimental colonels all had their own responsibilities and influences on the raising equipping and training of military units Consequently record keeping was not of the best nor maintained in a national archive and this means that tracing the details of individual units uniforms and colours is an investigation of Holmesian proportion Robet Hall however was not daunted by the task and the resulting work is of the highest order and I am not really able to find sufficient words to praise it highly enough Credit must also be given to The Pike and Shot Society as sponsors of the publication of this record The book itself is in A4 and available in both softback and hardback format The 140 pages of text presenting the most comprehensive listing and unit histories of French regiments of the period that I have seen is supported by 115 pages

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/BookReviews/flagsanduniforms.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Essential Histories
    to a romantic end the glorious history of this legendary empire Contents Chapters deal with the following subjects Introduction Chronology Background to war The political world of Byzantium Waning sides Neighbours and Enemies Outbreak Why and how did Byzantium fight wars The fighting Organising for War Portrait of a soldier Recruitment discipline and life on campaign The world around war War and peace Portrait of a civilian Metrios a farmer How the war ended Death of an Empire Conclusion and consequences War peace and survival Further Reading List of Byzantine Rulers 527 to 1453 The book is copiously illustrated with both colour and black and white contemporary illustrations and art as well as photographs of Byzantine sites and archeological finds In addition there are useful maps and some intriguing diagrams of military camps battle plans and orders of march Recommentation I can thoroughly recommend this book to anyone thinking of wargaming with a Byzantine army or indeed any of their historical enemies It is clear and concise a veritable mine of information on all aspects of Byzantine military history and represents extremely good value for money Author John Haldon is Professor of Byzantine History at the University of Birmingham His

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/BookReviews/Osprey/Byzantines.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • West Wind Gothic Horror
    were not cheap to buy and I must have read them once or twice standing at the stall until I decided to buy them but I am glad I did The book is split into a number of sections the first is the rules All measurement is in inches which seems a bit old fashioned but Dad likes it Different characters use various types of dice depending on their special ability or powers so a Vampire Master may use a 20 sided die while a villager will use a 6 sided die Who has the initiative in each move is decided by the use of playing cards so you never know just who will move next and this adds to the excitement of the game There are a variety of weapons available to players including repeating rifles shotguns revolvers crossbows swords and of course wooden stakes There is also a full range of monster characters each with special powers strengths and weaknesses For example vampires are of various types including acolytes Nosferatu and the Master There is also a whole range of characters who are fighting the undead each with their own aims which they are quite ruthless in pursuing Full details of all these character types is given in The Tomes of the Unholy section 2 and these also include details of magical items such as Holy Water and special weapons and their effects The third part of the rules gives a whole range of scenarios for players these include terrain maps objectives victory conditions and details of the West Wind figures needed to play the game I have been playing with these rules now for over six months and I have found every game to be really enjoyable Dad enjoys playing them too and has used them at

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/BookReviews/Rules/horror.htm (2016-02-16)
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