Monday, 19 August 2019

Raiders from New France teaser

Osprey have released an image from the forthcoming book by Rene Chartrand and Adam Hook.
The illustration depicts a clash between Abenaki warriors and Dragoons in 1707. As the Dragoon riders came up, other hidden warriors opened fire on them from the edge of the trees in what was obviously a deliberately planned ambush. During the five‑hour running fight that followed, the Albany militiamen never succeeded in catching up with the elusive warriors, who eventually vanished – taking some scalps with them, and seemingly suffering no casualties themselves.

Fallen Timbers Battlefield 1794 Trailer

Tomorrow's anniversary is the 225th. Here's the battlefield trailer

Friday, 16 August 2019

Bennington by Don Troiani

'The Brunswick Dragoons at the battle of Bennington Vermont. Lt. Col Baum is ordering his men to draw their broadswords to try to cut their way out. Didn't work and Baum was mortally wounded. Four of the enlisted dragoon swords and one officer's sword still survive . They captured ones were issued to the 2nd Continental Light Dragoons. '
From the forthcoming book on the Saratoga campaign.
Pennington wiki

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Villasur expedition 1720

The Villasur expedition of 1720 was a Spanish military expedition intended to check New France's growing influence on the American Great Plains, led by Lieutenant-General Pedro de Villasur. Pawnee and Otoe Indians attacked the expedition in Nebraska, killing 36 of the 40 Spaniards, 10 of their Indian allies, and a French guide. The survivors retreated to their base in New Mexico

The Pawnee and their French allies surround and defeat the Villasur expedition, painted on buffalo hides.[a]

Fall of Oswego 1756

Today's anniversary - the capitulation.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Monday, 12 August 2019

Raiders from New France Osprey

Raiders from New France

North American Forest Warfare Tactics, 17th–18th Centuries

Elite 229
  • Author: René Chartrand
  • Illustrator: Adam Hook

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 Indian tribes and Canadian settlers. The ground-breaking new research explored in this study indicates that, far from the ad hoc 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 Indian 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.

Friday, 9 August 2019

Fred Ray

I have a Facebook group Seven Years War Living History and we were talking about Fred Ray who also drew comics for DC.

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Monday, 5 August 2019

Compagnies franches de la Marine in the UK

Here in the UK we have a small but dedicated Marine group. Here's one of them.

Compagnies franches de la Marine in France

Excited to see there is a good Seven Years War period group in France - in Britany I think. Here's the article. They say

Hi we are a french reenactment group of french marines and civilians from 1740 to 1760.
We would like to celebrate the common history between Canada and France and the marines are perfect to do that.

Don't hesitate to ask me some question and to like our facebook page:

Sunday, 4 August 2019

New France Old England by Nick Coffin

UK French and Indian war society in action this weekend at  East Carlton. Facebook page here

Bushy Run 1763

Anniversary 5th August, Video released by PHMC in 2008 as part of the Pennsylvania Trails of History

Monday, 29 July 2019

Hold the line

The Plastic soldier company do board games with plastic figures - Hold the Line is American Revolution and there is a French and Indian expansion. They sell the figures separately.  I think they are 1/72. I am tempted to check them out

Sunday, 28 July 2019

Bushy Run 1763

Pic from BushyRunBattlefield,com. Next weekend is this battle reenactment. Local press here

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Battle of Belle-Famille 1759 24 July

Painting by Geoff Harding
Part of the larger Battle for Fort Niagara this fight saw the French relief column driven off.
Wiki here

Monday, 15 July 2019

Quebec after the siege

A. Bennoist, engraver, after Richard Short (fl. 1754-1766), A View of the Church of Notre Dame de la Victoire, built in Commemoration of the raising the Siege in 1695 and destroyed in 1759. Hand-colored copperplate engraving. London, 1761. Graphics Division, Prints B-7.

Friday, 12 July 2019

Epic Battle Brought to Life at Fort Ticonderoga in Spectacular 2-day event, July 20-21

Experience one of Fort Ticonderoga’s signature events, “Montcalm’s Cross,” a two-day battle reenactment, Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21. Featuring hundreds of reenactors, cannons, drums, muskets and more, this is the largest battle reenactment of the year at Fort Ticonderoga. The battle will highlight the epic Battle of Carillon fought between the British and French in July 1758, considered the bloodiest battle in North America until the American Civil War. Read more here

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Monongahela 1755

British defeat has its anniversary today. 

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Happy 4th of July

Image by Greg Harlin.

Friday, 21 June 2019

Looking forward to this

Raiders from New France: North American Forest Warfare Tactics, 17th–18th Centuries (Elite) Paperback – 28 Nov 2019

Monday, 17 June 2019

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Tuesday, 28 May 2019


I would like to see a Hessian group start in the UK. Hessian troops were stationed in the UK during the Seven Years War as well as fighting in the Revolution. The uniform was slow to evolve so you could happily take part in Seven Years War events as well as Revolution ones. Anyway I made a Pinterest page to show the best Hessian images I could find. 

Jumonville Incident 1754

Clip for today's anniversary. 

Friday, 17 May 2019

Vintage New France and Old England Pinterest page

I have organised the images into categories like French, Natives etc.
French marines in Wales - I am lying down!

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Fort Chambly and Compagnies franches de la Marine

There's not a lot of good stuff in English on the CfdlM but this article on Recruitment and daily life is worth a read.
Apparently the info I posted about Chambly was incorrect. Apparently The stone fort, the fourth fort on the same site, was built in 1709-1711. It was restored to its 1750s appearance in the early 1980s. The first three forts were wooden pallisades with inner buildings, the first dating from 1665.

Friday, 10 May 2019

Lorsque le roi de France habillait ses soldats a la Canadienne by Bruno Helias author and artist. Tradition magazine no 144 1999

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Compagnies franches de la marine certificat de congé

This I found on Wikimedia commons. Not sure of the sate but it could be useful.
Certificat de conge des Compagnies franches de la Marine. Document administratif que remplissait le commandant du port.

60th foot in Wiltshire 2009

Found these photos I took on a visit to see New France Old England. They are still going and have a Facebook page - His Majesty's 60th regiment of foot

Monday, 6 May 2019


De 1682 à 1704, la Nouvelle-France est un territoire fort convoité, et politiquement encore fragile. Un homme, Pierre LeMoyne d'Iberville bataille dur contre les Anglais de Boston et les Hollandais de Manhattan . Ses expéditions le mènent là où il faut lutter contre la prédominance de la Compagnie du Nord, à la Baie d'Hudson. C'est un pays grand comme un continent qu'il doit conquérir avec quelques centaines d'hommes. La série D'Iberville raconte ses aventures.

Résumé :  Une méprise

Une Méprise.
D'Iberville accompagne Charles LeMoyne et son oncle LeBer à Québec. LeMoyne et LeBer doivent y rencontrer de La Barre, nouveau gouverneur de la Nouvelle-France. Perrot, gouverneur de Montréal, voulant manœuvrer de La Barre selon son bon vouloir, cherche à retarder le voyage de LeMoyne. Il demande à Haaskouan, chef Iroquois, de capturer les trois voyageurs. Ce plan échoue car les Iroquois font une erreur d'identité et arrêtent Perrot au lieu de LeMoyne ! Furieux de cette méprise, Perrot se voit finalement délivré par un de ses compagnons.

Diffusion: le mercredi 18 octobre 1967

Attack of Fort Nelson/York Factory (Fort Bourbon) in 1697 by D'Iberville's troops.

 Fort taken by D'Iberville on September 13, 1697. Drawing made to illustrate the fighting in Newfoundland and Hudson Bay during the war of the League of Augsburg (1688-1697). Drawing published in 1722 then in 1753. Translation of letters ; A : disembarkation of ammunition and food. B : French camp called Camp Bourbon. C : Mortar hidden in a wood. D : Skirmishes. E : Fort Nelson (York Factory).

Friday, 3 May 2019

Fort Chambly

The stone structure was built 1718-20 so it's approximately 300 years old. Wikipedia

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Sainte-Foy 1760

The Battle of Sainte-Foy, sometimes called the Battle of Quebec, was fought on April 28, 1760 near the British-held town of Quebec in the French province of Canada during the Seven Years' War (called the French and Indian War in the United States). It was a victory for the French under the Chevalier de Lévis over the British army under General Murray. The battle was notably bloodier than the Battle of the Plains of Abraham of the previous September, with 833 French casualties to 1,124 British casualties. It was the last French victory in North America.
At first the British had some success, but the advance masked their artillery, while the infantry became bogged down in the mud and melting snowdrifts of the late spring. The battle turned into a two-hour fight at close range; eventually, as more French soldiers joined the fray, the French turned the British flanks, forcing Murray to realize his mistake and to recall the British back to Quebec without their guns, which Lévis then turned on the city.

Saturday, 27 April 2019

Bath F&I event 1998

Bath UK in 98. From right to left - natives and Canadians, French, Provincials and 42nd and the 36th and 13th. My Marine group weren't present but you can see it is a pretty good turnout. The Indians were supplemented on this occasion by our friends from Germany the Iroquois (Oneida). See more photos of our reenactment efforts here