Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Join us on Facebook to see Lee's Headquarters!

Join us on Facebook to see Lee's Headquarters!

If you haven’t heard the exciting news, we are hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Gen. Robert E. Lee’s headquarters site at Gettysburg battlefield on Friday, October 28th. We are holding an event where we will unveil the restored Mary Thompson House, showcase a landscape returned to its 1863 appearance, and open a new interpretive battlefield trail.

Unable to attend the ribbon cutting in person? Tune in to our Facebook Live event! Mark your calendar for Friday, October 28th at 11:10 a.m. Garry Adelman, our Director of History and Education, will give viewers a live tour of the restored house and a look at the interpretive trail. The live broadcast will be featured on the Civil War Trust Facebook page.

This project has involved some of the Trust’s most ambitious work to date, and the support of our members was essential to acquiring this site and returning it to its wartime appearance. So even if you are unable to make it to Gettysburg on Friday, get the next best thing and join us for an up close look at the site!

To watch, head to the Civil War Trust Facebook page on Friday, October 28th at 11:10 a.m. You can leave questions for Garry in the comments section of the live broadcast.

This ground-breaking preservation victory has been made possible thanks to many of you. Help us celebrate this extraordinary achievement and tune in to see and tour the finished site!

P.S. If you are unable to attend the Lee’s Headquarters ribbon cutting, you can take a tour with a Facebook Live broadcast on Friday at 11:10 a.m.

The Civil War Trust

Hold at All Costs!: The Epic Battle of Delville Wood 1916

Hold at All Costs!: The Epic Battle of Delville Wood 1916

Delville Wood in the Somme was the most famous battle ever fought by South Africans. Through this action other nations learnt to respect the fighting qualities of the men from the fledgling Union of South Africa.

Erstwhile foes, Boer and Briton, fought shoulder to shoulder against the pride of the German Army. They withstood waves of attacking infantrymen; were subjected to savage artillery fire which reached a crescendo of seven shells a second, pulverising the wood and obliterating the defences; then fought hand to hand until overrun; threw back the enemy; and fought on with unbelievable tenacity. The bone-weary survivors defended the wood through five days and six nights of hell, eventually being forced into a corner of the wood. The orders were to hold on at all costs - and this they did despite appalling casualties.

 The saga of Delville Wood will never be forgotten by South Africa, yet the story of the battle, told through the eyes of the participants was never fully documented - accounts read like fiction, yet are wholly true. We learn about youngsters from the plains of Southern Africa who earned the admiration of their enemy. After being shelled for eight hours they stood up from the mud to repel fresh assaults. We read of the Victoria Cross won through rescuing a wounded officer under fire; a man blown up and buried who continued on to deliver his message and earn the DCM; the officer who was captured then knocked out his guard to return to the fighting; the colonel who fought like a private with rifle and mills bombs; and many more.

 The Germans' experiences are also chronicled. Extracts from their regimental histories paint a picture of their dogged determination to retake the wood. Their order was that the enemy was not to advance except over corpses! The author interviewed many of the South African survivors, now long gone, and has visited the wood on many occasions during the past thirty-three years. The trilogy of books he wrote on the battle has been combined into a riveting account of 'the bloodiest battle hell of 1916'. In 1917 The Times of London recounted, 'No battlefield on all the Western Front was more bitterly contested than was "Devil's Wood"...[where] South African forces won their imperishable fame - grimly hanging on against overwhelming odds and repulsing counter attacks by troops five and six times their number. " Contains 200 b/w photos, 8 colour maps


War over the Steppes: The air campaigns on the Eastern Front 1941-45

War over the Steppes: The air campaigns on the Eastern Front 1941-45

The air war over the Steppes was more than a brutal clash in which might alone triumphed. It was a conflict that saw tactical and technological innovation as the Soviet air force faced off against Herman Göring's Luftwaffe. As Germany and the Soviet Union battled for victory on the Eastern Front they had to overcome significant strategic and industrial problems, as well as fighting against the extreme weather conditions of the East. These factors combined with the huge array of aircraft used on the Eastern Front to create one of the most compelling conflicts of the war.

Told primarily from the strategic and command perspective, this account offers a detailed analysis of this oft-overlooked air war, tracing the clashes between Germany and the Soviet Union over the course of World War II. Historical photographs complement the examination as author E. R. Hooton explores these epic aerial battles between the Third Reich and the Soviet Union.


Much Embarrassed – Civil War, Intelligence & the Gettysburg Campaign

Much Embarrassed – Civil War, Intelligence & the Gettysburg Campaign

Before the first shots were fired at Gettysburg - for many, the most significant engagement of the American Civil War - a private battle had been raging for weeks.

As the Confederate Army marched into Union territory, the Federal Forces desperately sought to hunt them down before they struck at any of the great cities of the North. Whoever could secure accurate information on their opponent would have a decisive advantage once the fighting started. When the two armies finally met on the morning of 1 July 1863 their understanding of the prevailing situation could not have been more different.

While the Rebel Third Corps was expecting to brush away a group of local militia guarding the town, the Federal I Corps was preparing itself for a major battle. For three brutal days, the Rebel Army smashed at the Union troops, without success. The illustrious Confederate General Robert E. Lee would lose a third of his army and the tide of the rebellion would begin its retreat. Robert Lee himself would begin the argument on the contribution of military intelligence to his defeat by seeking to blame his cavalry.

Generations of historians would debate into what factors played a decisive role, but no one has sought to explore the root of how the most able General of his era could have left himself so vulnerable at the climax of such a vital operation. Much Embarrassed investigates how the Confederate and Union military intelligence systems had been sculpted by the preceding events of the war and how this led to the final outcome of the Gettysburg Campaign.

While the success of the Confederate strategy nurtured a fundamental flaw in their appreciation of intelligence, recurrent defeat led the Federal Army to develop one of the most advanced intelligence structures in history.

Lee was right to highlight the importance of military intelligence to his failure at Gettysburg, but he would never appreciate that the seeds of his defeat had been sown long before. Contains 49 b/w ills, 3  colour ills, 9 maps.


Sunday, 23 October 2016

Pendraken Miniatures add more Napoleonic pictures to their website

kev1964 has been painting all of our Napoleonic ranges for us recently, so here's the next batch.  Next to be sent over to Kev will be the new Prussians as well as some of our SYW ranges as well.

This British range was painted by the talented Kev Rouse, with more of his work available here:

All available on our website:

This French range was painted by the talented Kev Rouse, with more of his work available here:

All available on our website:

We hope you like them!

Pendraken Miniatures