The first of an occasional series of wargame books under the title Wargaming in History has arrived, including inspiring photographs of wargames, beautiful uniform illustrations, maps and accounts of the historical battles and the way they might be wargamed. Concentrating on the Seven Years War, the authors have picked three unusual or less well-known battles, not least because they did not involve Frederick the Great, but rather Ferdinand of Brunswick who was commanding the Allied army in western Europe against France.
Each battle is described as it took place and the campaign background to it has been briefly set out. After each battle, there is a section developing a particular aspect. The first battle, Krefeld, is a big battle and it was fought as a big wargame. However, the authors have then presented Klein Krefeld, a cleverly scaled-down scenario and next, Sandershausen, a delaying action and one which is sufficiently small to represent every unit.
It introduces Freicorps and Legions and a chapter covers in more detail how these can be represented. Bob Marrion, the military artist, has provided a colourful selection of "exotics”, mid-eighteenth century irregular light troops. The third battle, Lutterberg, is a big battle, but is an example of how the wargamer can select one piece of the action. A short section follows on taking a part of a historical action, rather than fighting the whole thing, as a subject for a wargame.
Lavishly illustrated with colour plates, maps and photographs throughout, this wonderful book is surely this year's"must have” purchase for every wargamer.
About the Author
Charles S Grant is one of the leading names in the world of military history and wargaming. Following in his late father's footsteps, Grant is continuing to break new ground in the hobby.
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