Friday 30 December 2011

TUCKASEEGEE CHRONICLES: Historical Novels of the Great Smoky Mountains

A tale of discovery, acceptance, war, love, and loyalty.....

Set in America's first frontier during the French and Indian War, the TUCKASEEGEE CHRONICLES (1750-1764) are a long series of short novels, a multigenerational saga following the Scottish MacNeills as they interact with the Cherokee during a time of political upheaval when the Cherokee Nation is at war with other Indian tribes and has become a pawn in the conflict between England and France for control of the Atlantic seaboard

Tuesday 27 December 2011

Washington crossing the Delaware by Mort Kunstler

Thanks to Thomsonfeld for this link to a new accurate depiction of this December attack.

Washington Crossing the Delaware and the Battles of Trenton

Revolutionary war re-enactors cross the Delaware River and participate in the re-enactment of the battle of Trenton. 225th anniversary

Tuesday 20 December 2011

Terezin 2011

Film of the Seven Years War event in the Czech Republic made into a cool music video for some pleasing folk rock. Enjoy.

Monday 19 December 2011

Sunday 18 December 2011

Happy thanksgiving

Today in 1777 was America's first thanksgiving - celebrating the victory at Saratoga.

Tuesday 13 December 2011

Sunday 11 December 2011

Wednesday 7 December 2011

Seven Cities of Gold (1955)

Just had this nice email from Kyle Dalton
I just came across this movie about Spanish California I thought you'd find entertaining.
Although it takes place in the 1760s and 1770s, the Spanish all wear inexplicable conquistador helmets and are accompanied by what appear to be dragoons wearing breastplate armor. Also, the clearly 19th century stagecoach re-purposed for the Spanish officers do little to help their case. It would also be remiss not to mention the entire silly notion of the Spanish being convinced of cities of gold in Alta California this late in their colonial period.
Even so, good for a laugh!

More from Wabash 1791

Monday 5 December 2011

Wabash 1791

Thanks to the Mocassins forum for alerting me to this new Osprey - looks really interesting...I shall get this. This battle was the US's worst defeat at the hands of a native force and I salute Osprey for publishing this.

Tuesday 29 November 2011

Monday 28 November 2011

Fort Rosalie

Was attacked by Natchez Indians and its garrison massacred today in 1729. Wiki here.
More here and here. Images and text on the subject of Natchez Indians here

Thursday 24 November 2011

Bunker Hill in 1:1 ratio

Here at Uwe's blog is a great diorama of the battle using 1/72 scale figures. Recommended.

Lauzun's Legion

Thanks for finding this image Thomsomfeld - captures the spectacle of this glamorous unit very well.

Death of Von Donop

Red Bank/Mercer was notable for the death of this Hessian. He is said to have said this on his deathbed “It is finishing a noble career early; but I die the victim of my ambition, and of the avarice of my sovereign.”[3]

Red Bank/Fort Mercer

Images here of a demo game based on this action in 28mm.

Wednesday 23 November 2011

Fort Niagara - 1/3

PBS documentary about this important place.

Studio Tomahawk forum

Thomsomfeld noticed this forum for the game Mousquets et Tomahawks - some good links. English edition of this F&I game system coming soon.

Attack on Fort Mercer

Found this image on the Hessian Reenactors USA facebook page. The caption reads
The assault on Fort Mercer, NJ, Oct. 22, 1777. Grenadiers attack on the left and IR Mirbach and grenadiers attack on the right.
Anyone know anything about this picture?

Sunday 20 November 2011

Armies of the Seven Years War: Commanders, Equipment, Uniforms and Strategies of the 'First World War'

Thomsomfeld spotted this book coming out in 2012 by Digby Smith. Bumph says

Drawn from many international sources, most not seen before in English-language publications, Armies of the Seven Years War is the definitive reference work for students, readers and enthusiasts of the period. It details the senior commanders, uniforms, weapons, equipment, artillery, strategy, tactics and combat involvement (military and naval) of the forces that fought for survival and world supremacy from 1756 to 1763. States covered include Austria, Bavaria, Britain, Brunswick, Denmark, Hanover, Hessen-Darmstadt, Hessen-Kassel, Holland, France, the Palatinate, Portugal, Prussia, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Wurttemberg and the minor contingents of the Holy Roman Empire. Coverage of the intricacies of the uniforms, colours and standards is on an unprecedented scale, many details of which are previously unpublished. The tactics of the 'horse and musket' era are examined, as is Frederick the Great's abilities as a war leader who led his armies against the rest of Europe. With over 150 illustrations and maps and drawn from wide-ranging research, Armies of the Seven Years War is an invaluable resource.

Thursday 17 November 2011

Hessian diaries

If you are interested in the experiences of individual Hessian soldiers then this series of books might be of interest to you if you are an English speaker.

Fusilier Regiment von Knyphausen

Reenactment group webpage here. Troiani painting here.
Page with service history.

Wilhelm von Knyphausen

Yesterday was the anniversary of the capture of Fort Washington by a mainly Hessian force. So to celebrate it and to continue my interest in things Hessian we look at the career of Wilhelm Von Knyphausen. He had an interesting military life starting out in the army of Frederick the Great. See a Don Troiani painting of the capture of Fort Washington here

Wednesday 16 November 2011

A couple of new Don Troiani paintings

Thanks to Thomsomfeld for alerting me to new paintings by DT - a chasseur of the French forces in the Revwar and a US rifleman frm the War of 1812. Here

Gooch's Regiment 1740

Thanks to Thomsomfeld for this image.

Tuesday 15 November 2011

Wolfe by Lelieprve

Unusual to see Wolfe depicted mounted. Thanks Thomsomfeld.

More Lake George tactical photos

Thanks again to Dubois for sharing some of his photos of the Lake George event held every Fall near Fort Ticonderoga. Some of these photos show the British flag we captured in 99 - well when I say 'we' I was already 'dead' at that point back in camp drinking coffee.

Monday 14 November 2011

Troupes de Marin

Pic from 98 of our Canadian Compagnies franches de la Marine/Milice group - I am on the right.

Images of the Lake George Tactical

Thanks to Dubois for sending these photos of the Lake George event which takes place every year in the autumn in Upstate New York. On the top picture I am on the right (in 1999) with the small paddle! It is a free form wargame that is on land among the trees and rocks and on water with canoes and bateaux. It's a perfect way to enjoy and appreciate the terrain which was the backdrop to the skirmishes of the F&I war.

Compagnies franches au Canada

Another great Lelieprve painting. It's definitely got my vote for a Christmas card image... love the atmosphere of this painting. What M. Lelieprve loses for not really depicting irregulars that accourately he gains for the overall artistic feel. Thanks Thomsomfeld.

De la Reine

By the great E Lelieprve.

Hesse-Hanau artillery

Thanks to Thomsomfeld.

Portrait of an officer Stephen Slaughter