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Johann Ewald began as a commoner in one of the states of the Holy Roman Empire who rose above the constraints of his time. As a soldier he fought in all of the great conflict of the latter eighteenth century, the Seven Years’ War, the American War of Independence and the Napoleonic Wars. He keenly recorded his observations of both the people he met and places he encountered throughout these adventures. Through all of his experiences, he remained a soldiers’ soldier. Due to his observations on the conduct of irregular warfare in his time, he has become on the most important authorities on eighteenth century small-unit tactics. His writings provide a unique insight on the major events of the later eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
Johann von Ewald stood as one of the most accomplished practitioners of irregular warfare in the eighteenth century. Beginning his military career in the Seven Years’ War, and continuing through the American War of Independence, he amassed a vast wealth of experience leading troops in the art of irregular warfare or petite guerre. He later wrote several works based on his experiences, and at least one of these received the favorable comment of Frederick the Great, the warrior King of Prussia. In addition, Ewald composed for the members of his family a diary of his experiences in the American War of Independence. Later on, he served in the Danish Army during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Among all but a small group of dedicated scholars of the American War of Independence, however, Johann von Ewald has vanished into obscurity. There are no other English language biographies of Ewald, and only a few articles in German that date to the nineteenth century. It is the purpose of this work to rescue him from oblivion.
Telling Ewald’s story, therefore, tells much of the story of warfare in the second half of the eighteenth century. Instead of focusing on the great battles, however, Ewald’s biography focuses on the conduct of irregular operations: raids, ambushes and the like. Ewald allows readers a view into this often neglected dimension of eighteenth century warfare, and the proposed biography will thoroughly explore the topic through his writings, both his military treatises and his diary of the American War of Independence.
Wednesday, 2 December 2020
Tuesday, 1 December 2020
This manufacturer of quality figures has announced its next set - US regular infantry for the War of 1812. There are some test shots on their Facebook page. Should be out in January. Here is what is available in the range at the moment. They are really impressive models.
British Light Infantry in the American Revolution: (Elite) By Robbie MacNiven (Author), Stephen Walsh (Illustrator) Paperback
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Wednesday, 11 November 2020
|by Ralph Mitchard|
The Cherry Valley massacre was an attack by British and Iroquois forces on a fort and the village of Cherry Valley in central New York on November 11, 1778, during the American Revolutionary War. It has been described as one of the most horrific frontier massacres of the war. A mixed force of Loyalists, British soldiers, Seneca and Mohawks descended on Cherry Valley, whose defenders, despite warnings, were unprepared for the attack. During the raid, the Seneca in particular targeted non-combatants, and reports state that 30 such individuals were slain, in addition to a number of armed defenders.
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Wrote about this back in May so thought it might be interesting to see how it progressed. Very well. Some nice miniatures Here
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From hereA 1750 account of Swedish botanist Peter Kalm, or the 18th-century letters of the Abbé Pierre Antoine Simon Maillard, may be the basis for this illustration. The artist shows a Mi’kmaq man with light hair, European features, and fictionalized accoutrements. From an engraving published in an encyclopedia by J. Grasset St. Saveur, 1796.
Saturday, 17 October 2020
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|James Johnson's battalion of mounted riflemen smash British General Proctor's lines. (ExpForce figures seen in the far right)|
Tuesday, 13 October 2020
Here. I believe the ncos and drummers were in blue and red. To see more from the Strelets-r WSS range go here. For more info on the look of the Cfdlm try my Pinterest page Compagnies franches de La Marine - the early years.
Full movie here . This was shown by the BBC in the 80s as part of their 3D night. It's not a great movie. Wiki
This maker of figures is working on miniatures based around the theme Braddock's disaster. First up Natives and Canadians followed by B...
I have painted a few F&I forces in this scale a few years ago. I used the Freikorps 15 range augmented by some Essex 15s. These days B...
This is the first stage of an excellent project. This is the corner tower of a recreation of the fort in the movie Drums Along the Mohawk...