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Friday, 22 September 2017

Epic History: Alexander the Great Part 1

Epic History: Alexander the Great Part 1

The incredible story of Alexander the Great and his conquest of the known world is brought to life with animated maps, images from Osprey Publishing and Total War game footage. In Part 1, we look at the background: Persia's invasion of Greece in 480 BC, the rise of Macedonia under King Philip II, and the formation of the Hellenic League. Following Philip's assassination, his 20 year old son Alexander inherited the kingdom and a formidable army. In 334 BC he used this army to launch a invasion of the Persian Empire, winning a crucial victory at the River Granicus.


Epic History TV

Osprey: Titles Available From August 2017

Osprey: Titles Available From August 2017

The Splintered Empires

The Splintered Empires

At the beginning of 1917, the three empires fighting on the Eastern Front were reaching their breaking points, but none was closer than Russia. After the February Revolution, Russia's ability to wage war faltered and her last desperate gamble, the Kerensky Offensive, saw the final collapse of her army. This helped trigger the Bolshevik Revolution and a crippling peace, but the Central Powers had no opportunity to exploit their gains and, a year later, both the German and Austro-Hungarian empires surrendered and disintegrated.

Concluding his acclaimed series on the Eastern Front in World War I, Prit Buttar comprehensively details not only these climactic events, but also the ‘successor wars' that raged long after the armistice of 1918. New states rose from the ashes of empire and war raged as German forces sought to keep them under the aegis of the Fatherland. These unresolved tensions between the former Great Powers and the new states would ultimately lead to the rise of Hitler and a new, terrible world war only two decades later.


The Sea Devil

The Sea Devil

In 1916, a three-masted windjammer bearing Norwegian colours sailed out of a quiet anchorage in Germany, loaded with cargo and apparently bound for Australia. Her true mission was quite different.

The ship was, in fact, the SMS Seeadler, commanded by swashbuckling German aristocrat Felix von Luckner. Over an epic voyage, he used cunning and deception to destroy fourteen merchant ships, all the while evading the utterly foxed and infuriated British Admiralty in a daring game of cat and mouse.

This rip-roaring World War I story depicts a life of espionage, counterespionage and piracy of the most gentlemanly kind.


MiG-21 Aces of the Vietnam War

MiG-21 Aces of the Vietnam War

Having learned their trade on the subsonic MiG-17, pilots of the Vietnamese People's Air Force (VPAF) received their first examples of the legendary MiG-21 supersonic fighter in 1966. Soon thrown into combat over North Vietnam, the guided-missile equipped MiG-21 proved a deadly opponent for the US Air Force, US Navy and US Marine Corps crews striking at targets deep in communist territory.

Although the communist pilots initially struggled to come to terms with the fighter's air-search radar and weapons systems, the ceaseless cycle of combat operations quickly honed their skills. Indeed, by the time the last US aircraft (a B-52) was claimed by the VPAF on 28 December 1972, no fewer than 13 pilots had become aces flying the MiG-21. Fully illustrated with wartime photographs and detailed colour artwork plates, and including enthralling combat reports, this book examines the many variants of the MiG-21 that fought in the conflict, the schemes they wore and the pilots that flew them.


Maginot Line Gun Turrets

Maginot Line Gun Turrets

The Maginot Line was one of the most advanced networks of fortifications in history. Built in the aftermath of World War I, and stretching along the French eastern border from Belgium to Switzerland, it was designed to prevent German troops from ever setting foot on French soil again.

Its primary defensive weapons were the gun turrets. Beginning development in the 1870s and improving on German designs, they were constructed out of steel wedges and could revolve and disappear from sight after firing, making them impervious to enemy bombardment. They were deadly accurate and created havoc on the German units that attacked the line during their invasion of France in 1940.

This fully illustrated study will examine the technical details of the French artillery turrets. It will show the evolution of the design of the guns and turrets used in the French forts before and during World War I, than those built exclusively for the Maginot Line to give a comprehensive overview of the weapons designed to protect France from invasion.


Operation Torch 1942

Operation Torch 1942

Following the raid on Pearl Harbor and the entry of the United States into World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt identified the European theatre as his country's priority. Their first joint operation with the British was an amphibious invasion of French North Africa, designed to relieve pressure on their new Soviet allies, eliminate the threat of the French navy joining the Germans, and to shore up the vulnerability of British imperial possessions and trade routes through the Mediterranean.

Operation Torch was the largest and most complex amphibious invasion of its time. In November 1942, three landings took place simultaneously across the French North African coast in an ambitious attempt to trap and annihilate the Axis' North African armies between the invading forces under General Eisenhower and British Field-Marshall Montgomery's Eighth Army in Egypt. Using full colour artwork, maps and contemporary photographs, this is the thrilling story of this complex operation.


Sea Harrier FRS 1 vs Mirage III/Dagger

Sea Harrier FRS 1 vs Mirage III/Dagger

Following Argentina's military operation to take possession of the Falkland Islands/Islas Malvinas, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's government launched a major naval operation to return them to British rule. Defending the Royal Navy task force were two small squadrons totalling 20 Sea Harriers (SHARs). Initial clashes between SHARs and Argentine Mirages and Daggers on 1 May 1982 failed to eliminate the Sea Harrier defenders. FAA fighter-bomber pilots relied on daring and courageous ultra-low level attacks, frequently escaping the Sea Harrier's limited capabilities, against Royal Navy warships and auxiliaries, causing considerable damage during Operation Corporate, the large-scale amphibious operation to repossess the islands.

Publishing 35 years after the end of the conflict, this fully illustrated volume offers a balanced and objective examination of the SHAR and the Argentine Mirage and Dagger aircraft, highlighting the attributes of both and the skills and courage of the pilots flying them.


D-Day Beach Assault Troops

D-Day Beach Assault Troops

In the early hours of June 6, 1944, the first of over 150,000 Allied soldiers stormed five beaches in Normandy against fierce German resistance. They were specially trained and task-organized in a range of different landing teams depending on their means of transport, their tasks, and the resistance they anticipated. The first assault infantry were accompanied by tankers, combat engineers, and other specialist personnel, to breach German obstacles, knock out defensive positions, and to defend and prepare the beaches for the follow-on waves. On some beaches the plans worked, on others they were disrupted by bad weather, faulty timing, or enemy fire, with consequences that varied from survivable confusion to absolute carnage. This is an in-depth study of the uniforms, equipment, weapons, passage, landings, and tactics of US, British and Canadian assault units during the period from before H-Hour on June 6 to dawn on June 7.


US Grenade Launchers

US Grenade Launchers

In an effort to provide the US infantryman with more firepower to cover the range gap between the hand grenade and the light mortar, the 40mm M79 grenade launcher - a shoulder-fired, single-shot weapon - entered service with US forces in 1961.

Reliable, easy to use, and lethally effective, the M79 soon became an iconic symbol of the Vietnam War and had a profound influence on small-unit tactics. As the Vietnam conflict continued, it was joined on the front line by experimental models such as the magazine-fed T148E1, as well as two launchers intended to be fitted under the barrel of the new M16 assault rifle: Colt's XM148 and AAI Corporation's M203. The M203 remains in US Army service today, while the US Marine Corps now also fields the M32 multiple grenade launcher - like the M79, a standalone weapon. Featuring full-colour artwork, this is the story of the rugged and formidable grenade launchers that equipped the United States and its allies in Vietnam and beyond from the 1960s to the present day.


Pershing vs Tiger

Pershing vs Tiger

During the final battles on World War II's Western Front, the legendary German Tiger I heavy tank clashed with the brand-new M26 Pershing fielded by the United States. The Tiger I had earned a formidable reputation by the end of 1944, although its non-sloped armour and poor mobility meant it was being superseded by the Tiger II or 'King Tiger'. While the Tiger I had been in the front lines since 1942, the US Pershing first entered combat in late February 1945, and more than 20 Pershings would see action before war's end.

This book examines the dramatic Tiger/Pershing duel at Elsdorf in Germany, and also assesses the clashes between German armour and the sole 'Super Pershing' deployed to Europe. Featuring full-colour artwork, carefully chosen photographs and specially commissioned maps, this is the story of the first US heavy tanks in combat with the fearsome Tiger I during the last months of World War II in Europe.


Dutch Armies of the 80 Years’ War 1568–1648 (2)

Dutch Armies of the 80 Years’ War 1568–1648 (2)

Throughout the 16th Century, the Spanish had an aura of invincibility. They controlled a vast colonial empire that stretched across the Americas and the Pacific, and held considerable territories in Europe, centring on the so-called ‘Spanish Road'. The Dutch War of Independence (also known as the 80 Years' War) was a major challenge to their dominance. The Dutch army created by Maurice of Nassau used innovative new tactics and training to take the fight to Spain and in so doing created a model that would be followed by European armies for generations to come.

The second in a two-part series on the Dutch armies of the 80 Years' War, focuses on the cavalry, artillery and engineers of the evolving armies created by Maurice of Nassau. Using specially commissioned artwork and photographs of historical artefacts, it shows how the Dutch cavalry arm, artillery, and conduct of siege warfare contributed to the long struggle against the might of the Spanish Empire.


The Philippine Sea 1944

The Philippine Sea 1944

After suffering devastating losses in the huge naval battles at Midway and the Soloman Islands, the Imperial Japanese navy attempted to counter-attack against the US forces threatening the Home Islands. Involving the US Fifth Fleet and the Japanese Mobile Fleet, the battle of the Philippine Sea took place during the United States' amphibious invasion of the Mariana Islands during the Pacific War.

The two fleets clashed on 19-20 June 1944 and the Japanese carrier fighters were shot down in devastating numbers by US aircraft in what became known as the "Great Marianas Turkey Shoot”, before US counterattacks and submarine strikes forced the withdrawal of the Japanese fleet. Fully illustrated with stunning specially commissioned artwork, Mark Stille tells the enthralling story of the last, and largest, carrier battle of the Pacific War, the one that saw the end of the Imperial Japanese Navy as a formed fighting force.


Panther

Panther

The German Panther is one of the most famous, and greatest, tanks of World War II. Often considered the most elegant tank design of the war, it embodied a balance of firepower, armour protection, and mobility unmatched by any other tank of the period. This new study by German armour expert Thomas Anderson draws upon original German archival material to tell the story of the birth of the Panther in response to the Soviet tanks encountered in 1941. He then analyzes its success on the battlefield and the many modifications and variants that also came into play. Illustrated throughout with rare photographs and drawings, many of which have never been published in English before, this is a unique history of one of the most famous tanks of World War II.


Tiger

Tiger

One of the most feared weapons of World War II, the Tiger tank was a beast of a machine which dominated the battlefields of Europe with its astonishing size, speed and firepower, which continues to fascinate more than 70 years after it was first designed. Revealing its design and development history, Thomas Anderson draws upon original German archival material to tell the story of the birth of the Tiger. He then analyzes its success on the battlefield and the many modifications and variants that also came into play. Illustrated throughout with rare photographs and drawings, this is a unique history of what is easily the most famous tank ever produced.


Osprey Publishing Ltd

The Ground Where Chamberlain Made His Final Charge

For a young nation, the United States is blessed with an unusually large number of fascinating and dramatic historic events.

For a young nation, the United States is blessed with an unusually large number of fascinating and dramatic historic events. There is no denying, however, that the defining event of American history was the Civil War. Not only did 620,000 brave young soldiers lose their lives, the very meaning of America was determined for all time.

If the Civil War was the defining event of American history, the surrender of the fabled Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House just may be the defining moment of the American Civil War. The magnanimity and compassion in victory demonstrated by Ulysses S. Grant and the humility in defeat shown by Robert E. Lee continue to serve as examples to people of all ages. Grant, for his part, later wrote, “I felt like anything rather than rejoicing at the downfall of a foe who had fought so long and valiantly, and had suffered so much for a cause, though that cause was, I believe, one of the worst for which a people ever fought, and one for which there was the least excuse. I do not question, however, the sincerity of the great mass of those who were opposed to us.”

The Civil War Trust is now trying to save three properties at this legendary place where brave men on both sides came together to begin the hard work of rebuilding America. With your help, we can honor those men by forever preserving 74 acres which encompass a portion of the ground over which Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and his men made their final charge of the Civil War.

If we don’t act, there is a chance that this hallowed ground could be lost forever. Help us save Appomattox Court House!

The Civil War Trust

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Osprey: September 2017 Book Vote

Osprey: September 2017 Book Vote

A new month means a new book vote, and September's looks at our newest series, Air Campaign. We have five fascinating titles, looking at campaigns across the globe, but which one will win your vote?

Last month's book vote saw five New Vanguard titles pitted against each other, click here to see the full results.

Have Your Say!

Osprey Publishing Ltd

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Aotrs Shipyards Sep 2017 Release: Marder 1A3

Aotrs Shipyards is a webstore on Shapeways.com, a 3D print house which had production and shipping facilities located in the USA and the Netherlands.

This month we have the Marder 1A3 in 144th.

Marder 1A3

Marder 1A3

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As with the 1A1 and 1A2, there is a version with the MILAN dismounted.

MG144-G07B.1 Marder 1A3 (no MILAN)

MG144-G07B.1 Marder 1A3 (no MILAN)

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There is also a sprue of spare turrets available (six MILAN, six without MILAN) for the 1A3 here:

MG144-G07B.2 Marder 1A3 Turret spares

MG144-G07B.2 Marder 1A3 Turret spares

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If there is interest, I can quickly knock-up similar sprues for the 1A1 and 1A2 (or versions with all of one or other variants etc).

Photo is in the currently-beta testing HP grey strong and flexible.

Despite the mottled appearance, the surface finish is a little bit smoother than WSF, and the details are slightly sharper. From all our tests thus far, it seems to be otherwise pretty much like WSF in the other respects. The current price-point in beta suggests that it will be about a quid (or whatever that translates to in your currency, not far about one to one these days!) more expensive than WSF. At that, and even if it is more expensive on release, it is likely to be a good alternative to the more expensive frosted detail materials.

Next month, back on typical track and with no outstanding commissions, we should be getting back to a more normal schedule. Nominally, I am looking at perhaps the T-80U.

Shapeways, Aotrs Shipyards

30th Anniversary Milestones: Antietam

30th Anniversary Milestones: Antietam

This year marks an important milestone in the history of battlefield preservation: the Civil War Trust’s 30th anniversary. This month, however, marks another important anniversary: 155 years ago, on September 17, 1862, the Union Army of the Potomac halted Robert E. Lee’s offensive into Maryland with a day of brutal and bloody fighting beside Antietam Creek, near Sharpsburg. With the Union’s victory, President Abraham Lincoln felt emboldened to issue his Emancipation Proclamation, setting the United States of America on the path to a “new birth of freedom.”

Thanks to your help, over the last three decades the Civil War Trust has been able to preserve 314 acres of hallowed ground at the site of one of our great nation’s most important turning points, including land just south of the Dunker Church, the Reel farm, and sections of the East and North Woods. Perhaps most importantly, in 2015, you helped us save Antietam’s “Epicenter,” a 44-acre tract of land that witnessed some of the fiercest combat in American history.

As you know, the Battle of Antietam was part of a larger campaign that saw fighting at South Mountain, Harpers Ferry, and Shepherdstown. Among other victories at Harpers Ferry, where the Trust has saved 342 acres, we led the successful effort to hold Jefferson Utilities to account for their unconscionable desecration of School House Ridge on the Harpers Ferry battlefield in 2006. You have also helped save 343 acres at Shepherdstown, including the old cement mill and adjoining lands. At South Mountain, we have saved 635 acres together — the majority of the land preserved at that battlefield!

In total, the Civil War Trust has preserved 46,355 acres of hallowed battlefield ground in the past 30 years. We are the most successful private heritage land organization in America, and none of these victories would have been possible without you.

The Civil War Trust

Monday, 18 September 2017

What Will Your Legacy Be?

What Will Your Legacy Be?

Have you ever wanted to do more to preserve battlefields? If you have, I encourage you to consider joining me in including the Civil War Trust in your will, trust, or other estate plans. We have a new webpage on our website that has lots of free resources that can help you make the Civil War Trust a part of your estate plans.

On our website you can download free brochures, view suggested bequest language, learn about ways to give, and share your story.

I know it is easy to put off estate planning, but if you make your plans before the end of 2017 and let us know, I’d like to sign a beautiful battlefield photograph and send it to you.

The Civil War Trust

September 2017 Sale - 20% Off AVG, NVG & WPN

September 2017 Sale - 20% Off AVG, NVG & WPN

Throughout this month we've discounted our Air Vanguard, New Vanguard and Weapon titles by 20%.

To help you choose from the hundreds of titles, click here to read about the history of NVG & WPN on the blog.

to delve into the history of our New Vanguard and Weapon series on the blog, which you can read by clicking here.

As always, Gold and Silver members can use their membership discounts alongside the monthly promotion to get an even better deal!

Browse the Deals!

Osprey Publishing Ltd



Thursday, 14 September 2017

Napoleonic Prussian Additions from Pendraken Miniatures

We had some extra Prussian sculpts done earlier this year for one of Napoleonic customers (yep, that chap with the 40,000 figure games!) so we've got some photos of them taken and added them to the website.

Napoleonic Prussian

NPR18    Grenadiers, march attack (16)    £2.65

NPR18    Grenadiers, march attack (16)

NPR19    Grenadier mounted officer (5)    £1.65

NPR19    Grenadier mounted officer (5)

NPR20    Cuirassiers (15)    £4.95

NPR20    Cuirassiers (15)

Forum Discussion
Pendraken Miniatures

Help Reach the Finish Line at Sackets Harbor!

Help Reach the Finish Line at Sackets Harbor!

Late on the night of May 27, 1813, a British task force under the command of Sir George Prevost, Canada’s consul general, began moving across Lake Ontario. Prevost – who was intent on retribution after the destruction of York, Canada, by American forces a month earlier – had received intelligence indicating that the U.S. naval base at Sackets Harbor was vulnerable. After a quick detour to block the arrival of American reinforcements, Prevost began landing his troops in the predawn hours of May 29.

The Americans at Sackets Harbor under the command of General Jacob Brown were ready for the British assault. Brown correctly surmised that if the British chose to attack, they would land their forces on Horse Island to the southwest of town. Unfortunately, the militiamen to whom Brown had assigned the role of defending the island were not up to the task, giving way before the British advance and retreating back across a small causeway linking Horse Island to the mainland. Prevost’s men followed the Americans across the causeway only to come under fire from more of Brown’s men. After driving the Americans back from the causeway, Prevost’s men advanced on the town of Sackets Harbor, only to come up against entrenched U.S. regulars who gamely put up a stiff resistance. Recognizing that victory has slipped from his grasp, Prevost ordered his men to fall back.

More than two hundred years later, you and I have a chance to achieve another victory. Earlier this year we successfully came together to save Horse Island. It was the first time the Civil War Trust, through our Campaign 1776 initiative, had ever preserved hallowed ground from the War of 1812. Now we have a chance to save a small but important property where some of the most dramatic events of the Battle of Sackets Harbor occurred: the causeway between Horse Island and the mainland. While we have already raised $6,485 with your help, we need another $3,550 to reach our goal of $10,035 and purchase this property.

Together, we can not only preserve an important piece of American history, we can better tell the story of some of America’s forgotten heroes.

We have nearly reached our goal at Sackets Harbor. Help save the Horse Island Causeway.

Campaign 1776
The Civil War Trust

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

New Emplacements Available from Pendraken Miniatures

We're still working on replacing some of our older resin models, so next to get the revamp treatment are our emplacements!  The old ones were a little rough around the edges and weren't quite up to par with the more recent resin models, so John has done us these cracking new versions!  Both types have been designed to suit 30mm square artillery bases, so the 2 gun emplacement has an internal measurement of 65x30mm (90x50mm overall), while the 3 gun version has an internal of 65x65mm (110x110mm overall).

Scenic Items Emplacements

SCN-EMP2    2 gun emplacement    £3.00

SCN-EMP2    2 gun emplacement picture 1

SCN-EMP2    2 gun emplacement picture 2

SCN-EMP3    3 gun emplacement    £5.00

SCN-EMP3    3 gun emplacement picture 1

SCN-EMP3    3 gun emplacement picture 2

The smaller U-shaped gun revetment will be getting redone soon as well, along with some new types as well.

Forum Discussion
Pendraken Miniatures

Live from Antietam

Live from Antietam

We are getting all geared up for the Battle of Antietam's 155th anniversary commemoration and hope you can join us, no matter where you may be! The Civil War Trust and the National Park Service will be on site and online to help you share in this meaningful event and in some of what we have done together.

On September 14 and 17, join us on our Facebook page where we will be live on Facebook at key Maryland Campaign and Antietam battlefield sites with special guests, artifacts from the battle, the best photographs and with special access to restricted sites. Our travels will take you to Monocacy, South Mountain, Harpers Ferry and Sharpsburg with park rangers and historians Tom Clemens, Carol Reardon, Dennis Frye, Tim Smith and National Civil War Museum leader Wayne Motts, who will have actual Antietam artifacts on the field that day! We’ll visit the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area at the Newcomer House and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine at the Pry House. Special surprises await viewers at several turns. And perhaps best of all, we’ll see some of the hallowed ground we have preserved together with Civil War Trust board member and Antietam aficionado Mary Abroe. We’ll share and hopefully even bump into other National Park Service events along the way.

From the West Woods to the Bloody Lane, from Burnside’s Bridge to the Cornfield, and from the Lost Order to battlefield preservation, we’ll cover as much as we can. Expect to learn things you didn’t know and visit places you haven't seen before, whether you are a novice or a full-on history nerd! Times and general subjects can be found on our website. Join us for Antietam Live!

Experience the Gettysburg Facebook Live events, again

You can still watch our Facebook Live events that we filmed during the 154th anniversary of Gettysburg. Watch 7-plus hours of live videos on our Facebook playlist some of the highlights include Seminary Ridge, Pickett's Charge, and Gettysburg Aftermath at the Rose Farm.

Antietam Animated Map

When you step onto this beautifully preserved battlefield, it’s hard to imagine the horrors that took place there. Now, you can see the entire engagement from start to finish. More than just a map, our Antietam animated map features documentary-like coverage with precise battle depictions and spectacular special effects.

Virtual Tour: Antietam
Our Antietam 360 allows you to virtually traverse the battlefield. This interactive panorama allows you to “walk” through the battle’s events and click through historical details, photographs, and videos.

Antietam Battle App

Onboard historian videos, audio accounts of soldiers from the battle, photos, orders of battle, chronologies, key facts, and more are just a click away. Download our GPS-enabled app as the perfect Civil War touring partner for your exploration of the Antietam battlefield either from the couch, or from the land itself.

Battle of Antietam: War Department

Hear our experts discuss and analyze the cause, course, and consequences of the Battle of Antietam. Featuring Park Ranger Keith Snyder as well as Civil War Trust Director of History and Education Garry Adelman, this episode covers the varying command styles displayed on the battlefield and answers the age-old question: Who won the battle?

Antietam Itinerary

We encourage you to visit Antietam and see the land that you’ve helped to save! We’ve put together a 3-day itinerary from Frederick, Md., to Harpers Ferry, W.Va. The entire tour covers events from John Brown’s Raid (1859), the Maryland Campaign (1862), the Confederates’ march on Washington (1864), and much more.

The Civil War Trust

The British in China: Gallant Deeds in the Reign of Queen Victoria


The British in China: Gallant Deeds in the Reign of Queen Victoria.

A compilation of WHG Kingston's writings on British actions in China during the reign of Queen Victoria.

This PDF gathers together Kingston's articles written for two volumes that charted the wars and campaigns fought by Great Britain in various parts of the world.

Details

The PDF contains:

-- Four pages for the cover and legalese, a short biography of WHG Kingston and the table of contents (with active links to each section of the text).

-- Fifteen articles describing and discussing particular actions, campaigns and wars fought by the British Army and Navy in China.

-- Each of the four major sections is preceded by a title page illustrated with an image or map appropriate to the subject.

Also Available (or Coming Soon)

This series includes PDFs covering wars and campaigns fought in Afghanistan, Africa, China, the Crimea, Egypt and the Indian subcontinent, as well as British exploration of the Arctic.

There are also accompanying maps collections covering the key battles and campaigns described in this series.

Please Note

Please be aware that the text of this PDF was written in an age when sensibilities were somewhat less delicate and attitudes to peoples not of the British Isles were considerably less enlightened.

About WHG Kingston

Though most famous as a writer of adventure stories and historical fiction, William Henry Giles Kingston also wrote a number of factual accounts of travel, discovery and military exploits. His lifelong love of the sea was the source of much of his work and began when he travelled to and from Portugal as a child. He would later receive a Portuguese knighthood, his earlier writings having proven influential in the Anglo-Portuguese treaty of 1842.

About Matomaton

I've long been fascinated by military history and over the years have gathered a collection of reference books and images like those included in this PDF. This series of books covers a period of British history that I find particularly interesting and will be returning to in future texts.

Legal

These PDF files may not be resold or redistributed. If you are interested in using copies of the individual images for use in commercial projects, please contact me via my website.

Wargame Vault

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Prussian, Cuirassiers, Fusiliers and Artillery from Lancer Miniatures

Just added to my Prussian range, Cuirassiers, Fusiliers, and Art with crew, shamefully no pictures yet, but. I am handing them over to strong oak painter tomorrow night with strict instructions to make them high priority, he may even do one of his you tube videos.


Cuirassiers


Fusiliers


Artillery 6pdr x 3 + 12 crew

Lancer Miniatures

Monday, 11 September 2017

Anniversary of the Battle of Brandywine

Anniversary of the Battle of Brandywine

On this day 240 years ago, Washington's men went toe-to-toe with the powerful British Army in one of the longest and largest battles of the Revolution: a sprawling, 11-hour slug-fest along Brandywine Creek.

As dawn broke on the morning of September 11, 1777, fog clung along the banks of the creek near Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Gen. George Washington posted his nearly 14,000-man Continental Army among several small hills overlooking the creek. His goal was to prevent the 15,000-strong British forces from occupying the young nation’s capital at Philadelphia.

Washington, thinking that his position was impenetrable, failed to cover all of the potential crossing points across Brandywine Creek. A massive British flanking column caught the unaware Continentals on the right flank. Washington and his battle-worn army soon faced ferocious attacks on their front and flank. The Americans stood up bravely to the British, stunning British Generals Howe and Cornwallis with their tenacity.

Though the Continentals were ultimately defeated, the fierce and determined performance of Washington's men ultimately convinced the French to support the nascent nation in its war for independence. Today, we remember the troops and the bravery and resilience they displayed.

Although most of the present-day battlefield is threatened by development from the Philadelphia

suburban area, it is our charge to protect what is left. This Friday, we will be holding a special ceremony announcing battlefield preservation efforts at these hallowed acres that tell the story of our country.

Please join us alongside U.S. Representatives Patrick Meehan and Ryan Costello, Chester County, Brandywine Battlefield Park Associates, the Brandywine Battlefield Task Force and Natural Lands:

Friday, September 15, 2017, 11:00 a.m.
Dilworth Farm, Brandywine Battlefield
1370 Birmingham Road, West Chester, PA
Please send RSVPs and questions to rsvp@civilwar.org.

If you can’t make it to Pennsylvania for the event, catch the Facebook Live video coverage starting at 11:45 a.m. on the Civil War Trust’s Facebook page.

The Battle of Brandywine In4

Learn about the battle of Brandywine in less than 4 minutes! Author and Revolutionary War expert Thomas McGuire helps you experience one of the largest battles of the American Revolution and the resilience of Washington’s army.

Brandywine Battle Map

Although Washington’s army lost, the men managed to hold together, rally, and regroup. Examine our detailed map of the 11 hours of fighting that took place 240 years ago at Brandywine. Follow the movements of both American and British forces at one of the largest battles in the Revolution.

Marquis de Lafayette

The Battle of Brandywine was Marquis de Lafayette’s first military engagement. He suffered a wound in one of his legs early in the battle but managed to calmly lead a Patriot retreat. Because of his composure and courage, Washington commended him for “bravery and military ardour” and recommended him to Congress for the command of a division.

Join us at Brandywine Battlefield

Mark your calendars for September 15 to attend a special ceremony celebrating the recent preservation successes at the Brandywine Battlefield. Refreshments will be available throughout the event.

Campaign 1776
The Civil War Trust

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Strikemaster / Jet Provost from Miniwing

I would like to let you know, new Miniwings plastic kit in 1/144 scale will be Strikemaster / Jet Provost. I hope for releasing after new year 2018. Do you like this...?

Strikemaster  / Jet Provost picture 1

Strikemaster  / Jet Provost picture 2

Strikemaster  / Jet Provost picture 3

Miniwing

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Gettysburg & Brandy Station Generations Events, Antietam Facebook Live, Save More Battlefields

Gettysburg and Brandy Station Generations Events, Antietam Facebook Live, Save More Battlefields

Those of us who love (or obsess about!) American history share a valid concern will young people and future generations be taught about our past? Will they ever come to understand how this country was formed and learn about the men and women who made it possible?

At the Civil War Trust, we are doing our small part to address these concerns through our teacher programs, our educational videos, our Field Trip Fund and perhaps most of all our Generations program, a series of history events specifically designed to help adults share their passion for history with young people. We’ve walked Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg, charged the West Woods at Antietam, stood like “Stonewall” Jackson at Manassas, and lived like soldiers at Petersburg and battlefields beyond. We’ve done this together, sharing our own love of history with thousands of kids, grandkids, neighbors and friends.

Just last weekend, we “Marched in the Footsteps of Heroes” at Gettysburg. Despite some rain, 91 people came out as we donned coats and hats, marched like soldiers, and learned about Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and Gettysburg “hero” John Burns. One attendee wrote me to say, “My grandson really enjoyed the day and is overwhelmed with the history of Gettysburg. You are doing a good thing… please continue.” And that’s enough for us! Reaching more young people is critical to all that we do together. After all will the youth of America support battlefield preservation if they know nothing of the conflicts fought on those battlefields?

You are already making a difference by simply receiving these emails. Check out our videos and articles on our website. If you are able, come on out to one of our Generations events, the next of which will be on September 30, where you can experience a Cavalry Charge at Brandy Station in Culpeper County, Virginia! The kids can learn to use a saber and even sit atop a trooper’s horse on the site of the nation’s largest cavalry battle, fought on June 9, 1863 opening the Gettysburg Campaign. For those of you farther away, we will try to bring the event to you live on our Facebook page. And we are looking at other ways to hold digital events that can accommodate people from anywhere.

10 Facts About Brandy Station

Did you know that many of the Confederate troopers rode bareback during the Battle of Brandy Station? Brush up on your knowledge of the battle in advance of our Generations event, with these 10 key facts.

Antietam Facebook Live

Wet’ll be holding a series of Facebook Live events on September 14th & the 17th at key Maryland Campaign and Antietam battlefield sites with special guests, artifacts from the battle, photographs, and access to restricted sites. All you need to do is visit our Facebook page to watch.

Antietam In4
In 1862, the rolling farm fields outside of Sharpsburg, Maryland, became a scene of unrivaled carnage, and American history was altered forever. In this In4, Garry Adelman discusses the bloodiest single day in American history.

Save More Battlefields

It’s never been easier to continually support the preservation of America’s historic battlefields. Now, you can join the ranks of the Civil War Trust’s supporters with our monthly giving plan. Your tax-deductible gift will help us to preserve this irreplaceable hallowed ground  forever.

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M4 Sherman & French Staff Car from Pendraken Miniatures

Along with all the new Modern vehicles, we've also got a couple of additions to the WWII ranges with the M4 Sherman released, along with a Citroen staff car for your French armies.

We'll have some of these with us at the Colours show next weekend, but if you'd like to pre-order any for collection just drop us an email.

WWII

American

AMV30    M4 Sherman, 75mm    £3.00

AMV30    M4 Sherman, 75mm

French

FRE61    Citroen staff car    £2.80

FRE61    Citroen staff car

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SYW Russian Photos by Pendraken Miniatures

The next batch of impressive work from kev1964 sees the SYW Russians all done and up on the website.  He's currently finishing off the French, Hanoverians and the items in the miscellaneous section for us, so we're hoping to have those soon.
































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