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The title palindrome is rather like the standard reconstruction of Hannibal’s intentions for the battle of Zama. It looks neat but something is missing.”
The primary source throughout is Polybius (mainly Book XV, reverting on occasion to Book I) – Livy’s version of the battle is too confused and irrational to be of value for this exercise.
Where did it all start?
And then I found it, the veritable “Holy Grail” for those possessing a historical interest and wanting to “do history” with miniature soldiers! Whilst perusing an issue of “Model Railroader” magazine I came across an article by one, Joseph Morschauser, in which he described how he had created an American Civil War layout on which he reenacted the battles of that period using miniature figures with a set of rules which he had devised!
Best of all he had published his own rules in a book entitled “How to Play War Games in Miniature” which I duly became the proud owner of! It is still in my possession today, holding pride of place on my bookshelf. It was the beginning of a lifelong interest and “love affair” devoted to “playing with toy soldiers”
Another “Victorian Gentleman” worthy of note in our “war gaming universe” is Robert Louis Stevenson, a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Little mention is made however, of the fact that one of his favourite past-times was war-gaming, to which he devoted countless hours of his life both as a child and as an adult
The Wombat, Newsletter of the Eastern Province Wargames Group
Shawn Comrie and I have already begun a kind of “collaboration” in placing useful resources as well on this page. Your comments, contributions etc. are also invited and most welcome (just use the commenting facility below.) Let us share the wealth of our knowledge and expertise in our unique hobby!
A Free Resource which will enable you to chronicle your battles with ease! Please also feel free to create your own Battle reports for submission to this page!
Send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and for now I will endeavour to publish them here! We would specifically welcome them! (Don’t let this deter you but please note that all contributions will be moderated to help ensure a high standard.) You can also use the commenting facility to add captions to existing albums for consideration.
Archive of published Photo Albums Here you can post comments on the photos and download them for your personal collection.
Battle of Waterloo (Captions please!)
(more albums to come) * Important note: should club members feel uncomfortable about specific personal photos of themselves in these albums, please communicate this to me as soon as possible and I will ensure that they are removed. Remember your privacy is always respected!
If your curiosity is insatiable and you are academically inclined:
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“Getting into the Laager” – by Robin Lamplough
The concept of the wagon circle has a history which stretches back much further than the late 19th century .
By Robin Lamplough
Anyone who has done even a little reading about the British Army’s tank corps during the Second World War will be aware that, while awaiting action or further direction armoured vehicles were often drawn up in a defensive circle called a laager.
By 486 the Western Roman Empire had been reduced to four provinces in northern Gaul: Lugdunensis II, Lugdunenis III, Lugdunensis IV Senona and Belgica II. These were governed by Afranius Syagrius, senator, whose father Aegidius had been supreme commander of the imperial army in Gaul.
To the north in Belgium the young chief of the Salian Franks of Tournai, Clovis, had formed a confederation of all the Frankish tribes on the west of the Rhine with the purpose of defeating Syagrius and conquering Roman Gaul. The two armies met near Soissons to decide the fate of western Europe. Let the thumpery begin!