Monday, 16 September 2019

Friday, 13 September 2019

Battle of the Plains of Abraham 260th

Today's anniversary. Wiki
Give this song a spin. It's a really old Canadian song I think.

Stewart MacPherson as Monsieur me Marquis 1999

Tuesday, 10 September 2019


Back in the 90s in the UK French and Indian war society we used to from time to time hire a wood in Wales for the weekend to do wargames. It wasn't expensive - about 10 pounds a head - but we had some great times.

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Book to look out for!

Raiders from New France: North American Forest Warfare Tactics, 17th–18th Centuries (Elite) Paperback – November 26, 2019

By René Chartrand (Author), Adam Hook (Illustrator)

Supported by full-color illustrations, this study explores in startling new detail the “musket and tomahawk” forest warfare by which the French colonists and their allies battled to ensure the survival of “New France.”

Though the French and British colonies in North America began on a “level playing field," French political conservatism and limited investment allowed the British colonies to forge ahead, pushing into territories that the French had explored deeply but failed to exploit. The subsequent survival of “New France” can largely be attributed to an intelligent doctrine of raiding warfare developed by imaginative French officers through close contact with indigenous tribes and Canadian settlers. The groundbreaking new research explored in this study indicates that, far from the opportunism these raids seemed to represent, they were in fact the result of a deliberate plan to overcome numerical weakness by exploiting the potential of mixed parties of French soldiers, Canadian backwoodsmen, and allied indigenous warriors.

Supported by contemporary accounts from period documents and newly explored historical records, this study explores the “hit-and-run” raids which kept New Englanders tied to a defensive position and ensured the continued existence of the French colonies until their eventual cession in 1763.

Battle of Lake George 1755

Today's anniversary this battle.

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Barkskins (2019)

They are shooting this in Quebec at the moment. Based on a novel from 2016. The imdb says

Based on the novel by Pulitzer-winner Annie Proulx, BARKSKINS follows a disparate group of outcasts who must navigate brutal hardships, competing interests, and tangled loyalties at the crossroads of civilization - late 1600s New France.

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Canadian Iroquois in the Seven Years War

Ebook here
Dundurn24 Jan 2012 - History - 248 pages

The participation of the Iroquois of Akwasasne, Kanesetake (Oka), Kahnawake and Oswegatchie in the Seven Years’ War is a long neglected topic. The consequences of this struggle still shape Canadian history. The book looks at the social and economic impact of the war on both men and women in Canadian Iroquois communities. The Canadian Iroquois provides an enhanced appreciation both of the role of Amerindians in the war itself and of their difficult struggle to lead their lives within the unstable geopolitical environment created by European invasion and settlement.