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  • Warhammer Historical  El Cid by James Morris
    characters described in El Cid And has the wait been worth it I have to say resoundingly yes This publication is excellent and superior in my own view to the very popular Shieldwall published last year The format is familiar Softback A4 64 pages packed with historical info rules painting details and wonderful colour pictures of some superlative models The history of Christian Spain during this period is extremely complex and I have had some trouble in the past trying to get the details straight in my own head However the short overview given in the pages covers all of the salient points which is a great help Mind you the story of the Muslim kingdoms is hardly less problematical and then their applecart was totally turned over when the fundamentalist Almoravids crossed over from Morocco All of this is covered in the text But it is the colour photography that makes this volume so impressive The models used are of the very highest quality the terrain is excellent and you simply cannot fail to sit in stunned admiration of the work displayed in these pages And the painting and modelling tips included in the text and supported by a

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/Pending/Archive/July03/ElCid.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Sharpe
    is the recapture of Oporto by the Allies commanded by Wellesley and the chosen men are in the thick of the action So there is plenty for the wargamer to enjoy More to the point there are loads of potential wargames scenarios throughout the story Sharpe s riflemen are joined by a group of Portugese infantry led by a keen but inexperienced officer They also come across groups of Portugese

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/Pending/Archive/July03/sharpe.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Napoleons Road to Glory  J David Markham
    expert on the Napoleonic period by any means However what I did find was a eminently readable account of the life of Bonaparte that places in an understandable context the interaction of a host of characters and personalities that impact on the rule of the great man I particularly enjoyed reading about the various members of Napoleon s family and their attempts to prove worthy of their blood relation A

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  • Osprey Men
    given me food for thought The Goring Division Luftwaffe cannon fodder I hear you say well this publication may change your view on that The book starts of with their humble start in 1933 with just 400 men and pre war they were more like police but slowly under Goring this group got bigger and bigger by the time war started They stayed in Berlin to perform duties there but they were committed to action in 1940 and they started to earn a good reputation This book has the limitation of all Ospreys because of space it just scratches the surface This book tells you of their battles in Tunisia Sicilly Italy and their very brave rearguard action on the Russsian front as slowly the Russians pushed the Germans back The book follows the normal Osprey format detailing unit history equipment and uniform details These including the slight differences from other Wehremacht units are detailed in some great Colour plates and Black and White Pictures This is a great book by Osprey on a very under rated German Unit which eventually grew to be two full Divisions in strength and a elite unit and which Fellow Germans respected has a

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  • Historical Maps of the Napoleonic Wars By Simon Forty and Michael Swift
    making sense of the historical actions Mind you maps can also deceive Paddy Griffith has a large map mounted on his dining room wall that looks very very impressive however Paddy who has studied and walked that particular battlefield is very clear about the inaccuracies that it contains But in some ways those very inaccuracies add to the fascination I was looking forward to studying this volume that collates a number of maps held in the archive of the Public Records Office And a very diverse and encompassing collection it is Many of the major battles are included with the principle sieges involving British troops in the Peninsular featuring prominently I also like the more unusual subjects covered So the detailed fortifications of Quebec and the physical charts of the United States are truly fascinating But perhaps it is the maps of the naval actions that are of the greatest interest especially because of the detail that is included when portraying the fleets themselves with accompanying frigates or perhaps shore installations There is one major problem though and that is that the maps have necessarily had to be reduced in size in order to be reproduced in this book so

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    8am the fIrst attack on Dolitz which was garrisoned by Semele s division commenced The French employing a tactic they had developed for village defence drew the allies into the village and then counter attacked into their flanks The allies were forced to pull back and regroup after suffering heavy casualties 3 The second attack preceded by an artillery bombardment and with Prussian support forced the French out of both Dosen and Dolitz The French then fell back to their main defensive position around Probstheyda Phase 2 2PM 4PM 1 The Prussians now launched an attack on Probstheyda However the French position was well defended forcing the Prussians to launch no less than three attacks against it Using the tactic they had employed in defending Dolitz the French drew the Prussians into house to house fighting while simultaneously deploying infantry around the flanks of the village prior to counter attacking Recent research by Scott Bowden 1 has demonstrated that the French used these tactics with great success other examples being the action of Haslach Jungmgen 1805 Auerstadt 1806 and the defence of Aspem Essling 1809 Interestingly the Probstheyda example demonstrates that despite the dramatic decline in quality of the French army after the Russian campaign of1812 the old tactics were still feasible even with ill trained conscripts 2 A further attack was attempted by Wurrtemburg s division however it fared no better Phase 3 4PM Nightfall Following consultation between Schwarzenburg and the Czar in which the former suggested that if a further attack was to be attempted against the Probstehyda position it would be necessary to commit the Russian Guard Not surprisingly considering the weakened state of this formation due to casualties suffered at Dresden and Kulm the strength of the French position as well as Allied successes elsewhere on

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  • S
    ex Hamilton s Portugese Division of Da Costa s Buchan s Brigades U nknown to Soult was the fact that the rising rivers had temporarily affected the pontoon bridges used for communications A replacement was under construction but it would be many hours troops could arrive via the rear Soult was constricted by a single road out of Bayonne but on the morning of 10th December under cover of a small cavalry screen a battery of 22 guns was set up within 800 yards of the Portugese position This was followed by Abbes Division who was to assault the centre ridge The Divisions of Daricau and Darmagnac part following splitting off to the right left to engage Pringle Byng respectively Darmagnac s second brigade supported Abbe Maransin s Taupin s Divisions followed later as reserves The French attacked several times pushing the Portugese back up the ridge Hill fed in Barne s Brigade as required by Battalions keeping the French at Bay Eventually as the French were massing for one last push Le Cor s Division was brought onto the ridge skyline and the French decided to that further attacks were futile This game is played using the late Peter

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/Pending/Archive/Nov/sods.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • TSSStandard
    hill TSS 7 Large Fields central area TSS 8 Small Field scattered around the board TSS 9 Rough Grassland TSS 10 Moor TSS 11 Flat heathland Purple Red coloured Heather TSS 12 Raised Heathland purple Red coloured Heather TSS 13 Small Pond TSS 14 Large Pond or Lake TSS 15 Straight through Rjver 3 wide TSS 16 Corner Rjver TSS 17 Road crossing river TSS 18 Rough Road Crossing Rjver TSS 19 Straight Stream l 5 wide TSS 20 Corner Stream TSS 21 Straight Track 30mm wide approx TSS 22 Corner Track TSS 23 Y or T Junction Track TSS 24 Village Track base TRENCHES 20mm deep trenches suitable for 15 20mm figures TSS 111 Straight Trench zig zagging across the board with rear dispersal trench bunkers and artillery positions TSS 112 Corner Trench zig zagging across the board with rear dispersal trench bunkers and artillery positions TSS 113 Shell pocketed board no man s land with various sized shell holes Hill PACKS Available in Green Sand Slate Grey Deep Red or Black TSS 150 Small hill pack 10mm high TSS 151 Medil1m hill pack 10mm high TSS 152 Large hill pack IOmm high TSS 153 Small hill pack 20mm

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