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Friday, 30 June 2017

Panzer Krieg by Jason D. Mark

Panzer Krieg by Jason D. Mark

The first volume of our Stalingrad panzer series is much larger than originally planned. At almost 580 large-format pages, the combat histories of Panzer-Abteilungen 103, 129 and 160 are examined in depth, both in text and photos.










The pre-publication will be announced in the next few weeks. Thanks to everyone for their patience. The wait will be worth it!

Leaping Horseman Books

New 1/144 BRDM 2 in 10mm from TimeCast

New 1/144 BRDM 2 in 10mm from TimeCast

Our new 1/144 scale (10mm) BRDM-2 and several variants are now available for advance orders on our website. The production moulds are almost ready to go and models will be despatched as soon as the moulds are up and running.

BRDM-2 Reconnaissance Vehicle

BRDM-2 Reconnaissance Vehicle

Sturdy, reliable and simple to operate, the BRDM-2 was the main Soviet recce vehicle,
seen throughout GSFG in the recce and HQ defence roles

BRDM-2 AT-5

BRDM-2 AT-5

A BRDM anti-tank variant. Equipped with AT-5 Spandrel ATGMs this vehicle was found in Soviet Regimental and Divisional Anti-Tank units.

BRDM-2 SA-9

BRDM-2 SA-9

An anti-aircraft variant of  the BRDM-2. Equipped with SA-9 Gaskin
surface to air missiles, this vehicle was found in the Regimental Air Defence Batteries.

BRDM -2U

BRDM -2U

A command variant of the BRDM-2, equipped with extra radios.

Prices from
£3.00 GBP GBP – £3.50 GBP GBP

TimeCast

Gaius Marius: The Rise and Fall of Rome's Saviour

Gaius Marius: The Rise and Fall of Rome's Saviour

Gaius Marius was one of the most remarkable and significant figures of the late Roman Republic. At a time when power tended to be restricted to a clique of influential families, he rose from relatively humble origins to attain the top office of consul.

He even went on to hold the post an unprecedented seven times. His political career flourished but was primarily built on military success. First serving in the Numantine War in Spain, he later rose to high command and brought a long-running war in North Africa to a successful conclusion, bringing the Numidian King Jurgurtha back in chains.

His return was timely as northern barbarian tribes threatened Italy and had previously defeated several Roman armies.

Marius reformed and retrained the Republic's forces and decisively defeated the invaders that had easily overpowered his predecessors. Marius' subsequent career was primarily that of an elder statesman, but it was dominated by his rivalry with his erstwhile subordinate, Sulla, which ultimately led to the latter's bloody coup. Marius, once hailed as the saviour of Rome, eventually became a desperate fugitive, literally fleeing for his life from his pursuers.

However, after several harrowing brushes with death, Marius seized an opportunity to return to Rome and mete out justice to his enemies, which tarnished his once-enviable reputation.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Osprey: Available This Month

Osprey: Titles Available This July 2017


Storm of Eagles

Soaring high above the fields and cities of Europe and Asia as well as the vast expanse of the Pacific, Allied and Axis pilots engaged in a deadly battle for control of the skies in World War II. Whoever won the skies would win the war.

Published in association with the National Museum of World War II Aviation, Storm of Eagles is a fully illustrated coffee-table book that brings together classic as well as never-before-seen wartime images. Compiled by one of the world's premier aviation photographers and historians, this remarkable volume is a must-have for anyone interested in World War II aviation.


Canadian Corps Soldier vs Royal Bavarian Soldier

Canadian Corps Soldier vs Royal Bavarian Soldier

In 1917 the soldiers of the Canadian Corps would prove themselves the equal of any fighting on the Western Front, while on the other side of the wire, the men of the Royal Bavarian Army won a distinguished reputation in combat. Employing the latest weapons and pioneering tactics, these two forces would clash in three notable encounters: the Canadian storming of Vimy Ridge, the back-and-forth engagement at Fresnoy and at the sodden, bloody battle of Passchendaele.

Featuring carefully chosen archive photographs and specially commissioned artwork, this study assesses these three hard-fought battles in 1917 on the Western Front, and offers a new take on the evolving nature of infantry combat in World War I.


Luftwaffe Emergency Fighters

Luftwaffe Emergency Fighters

In late 1944, the German Air Ministry organised what it called an ‘Emergency Fighter Competition' intended to produce designs for quick-to-build yet technically and tactically effective jet fighter aircraft capable of tackling the anticipated arrival of the B-29 Superfortress over Europe, as well as the British Mosquito and US P-38 Lightning which were appearing in ever greater numbers.

Thus was born a cutting-edge, highly sophisticated series of aircraft including the futuristic and elegant Focke-Wulf Ta 183; the extraordinary Blohm und Voss P.212, and the state-of-the-art Messerschmitt P.1101 series. Armed with heavy cannon and the latest air-to-air rockets and missiles, these were designed to inflict carnage on American bomber formations at high speed. Using stunning three-view illustrations of each prototype along with full colour artwork, aviation expert Robert Forsyth traces the history of the extraordinary aircraft of the ‘Emergency Fighter Competition', Hitler's last throw of the dice in the air war against the Allies.


Nakajima B5N ‘Kate’ and B6N ‘Jill’ Units

Nakajima B5N ‘Kate’ and B6N ‘Jill’ Units

Entering service during the Sino-Japanese War, the Nakajima B5N (code-named ‘Kate') excelled and went on to achieve surprising and dramatic successes in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It also contributed to the sinking of the US aircraft carriers USS Lexington at the Battle of the Coral Sea, USS Yorktown at the Battle of Midway, and USS Hornet at the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands. Its replacement, the Nakajima B6N ‘Jill', while a marked improvement over its illustrious predecessor, was never able to achieve its full potential in combat due to advances in Allied aircraft, finding itself relegated to the dreaded Kamikaze strikes in the latter part of the war.

Using previously unpublished photographs as well as colour illustrations, this book will cover the history of the ‘Kate' and ‘Jill' torpedo/attack bombers, including their design and development, as well as the combat highs and lows of the Imperial Japanese Navy's premier torpedo-bombers.


St Lô 1944

St Lô 1944

Following the D-Day landings on 6 June 1944, the First US Army engaged in a six-week struggle to break out of the Normandy beachhead. The hedgerow country of lower Normandy, called the Bocage, presented unanticipated tactical problems since it proved to be ideal for German infantry defense.

This book examines the brutal attritional struggle in June-July 1944 to overcome the determined German defense and secure St Lô. The city was the site of a crucial cross-roads and was thus a vital target for the invading Allied forces; the initial bombing attacks were so severe that the journalist and poet Samuel Beckett would later report that it had been 'bombed out of existence in one night'. The attack by ground forces turned into a brutal attritional struggle to overcome the determined German defense. Using full-colour artwork, photographs and maps, this is the engaging story of one of the key engagements in the Battle of Normandy.


Soviet Lend-Lease Tanks of World War II

Soviet Lend-Lease Tanks of World War II

The Red Army suffered such catastrophic losses of armour in the summer of 1941 that they begged Britain and the United States to send tanks. The first batches arrived in late 1941, just in time to take part in the defence of Moscow. The supplies of British tanks encompassed a very wide range of types including the Matilda, Churchill, and Valentine and even a few Tetrarch airborne tanks. American tanks included the M3 (Stuart) light tank and M3 (Lee) medium tank and the M4 Sherman tank, which became so common in 1944-45 that entire Soviet tank corps were equipped with the type. With these Western tanks, the Soviets were finally able to beat back the German tide in the East.

This study examines the different types of tanks shipped to the Soviet Union during the war, Soviet assessments of their merits and problems, and combat accounts of their use in Soviet service using full colour artwork, contemporary photographs and detailed cut-away illustrations.


Shanghai and Nanjing 1937

Shanghai and Nanjing 1937

From 1931, China and Japan had been embroiled in a number of small-scale conflicts that had seen vast swathes of territory being occupied by the Japanese. On 7 July 1937, the Japanese engineered the Marco Polo Bridge Incident, which led to the fall of Beijing and Tianjin and the start of a de facto state of war between the two countries. This force then moved south, landing an expeditionary force to take Shanghai and from there drive west to capture Nanjing.

This fully illustrated book tells the story of the Japanese assault on these two great Chinese cities. The battle of Shanghai was the first large-scale urban warfare of World War II and one of the bloodiest battles of the entire Sino-Japanese War. The determined resistance by Chinese inflicted sizable Japanese casualties, and may well have contributed to the subsequent massacre of prisoners and civilians in the battle of Nanjing, tarnishing Japan's reputation in the eyes of the world.


Soviet T-10 Heavy Tank and Variants

Soviet T-10 Heavy Tank and Variants

When it was introduced into service in 1953, the T-10 represented a return to the "classic” Soviet heavy tank. Although considered a major threat to NATO tank forces, it also represented the end of an era. All gun heavy tanks like the T-10 would eventually be made effectively redundant by later models like the T-62 which had powerful next generation armament and new ammunition types. The tank was gradually withdrawn from service in the 1970s, though the last tanks would only leave Russian service, by decree of the President of the Russian Federation, in 1997. As such the T-10 outlived the Soviet state that had created it.

Never exported outside of the Soviet Union and rarely used in combat, the T-10 has remained a mysterious tank, with many of its variants unknown in the West until very recently. This study, written from original Russian and Ukrainian primary source documents that have only recently been made available, uncovers the history of this enigmatic tank using 130 stunning contemporary and modern photographs of the T-10 as well as full colour side-view artwork.


Mad Dogs With Guns

Mad Dogs With Guns

In 1919, the US Government declared the production, distribution, and sale of alcohol illegal. America officially became a ‘dry' land. That didn't stop people from drinking, however, and the rise of the ‘speakeasy' offered huge new opportunities for organized crime. Soon, cities both large and small became battlegrounds as various crime syndicates vied for control of the underground alcohol trade. In Mad Dogs With Guns, players form their own small gangs of fedora-wearing, tommy gun-wielding gangsters and battle it out with their rivals. With numerous different gangs to choose from, including cops and G-men, a fully integrated campaign system, and rules for special situations such as car chases, the game offers a huge variety of tactical challenges. Bribe public officials, attend a gangland funeral, but always watch your back - there is always another gang waiting to poach your territory.


Frostgrave: Ulterior Motives

Frostgrave: Ulterior Motives

The Frozen City harbours many secrets, and not all of them are ancient. While most adventurers who brave the dangers seek wealth and lost magic, some journey into Frostgrave for more personal reasons.

This expansion for Frostgrave consists of 40 Ulterior Motive cards, which add variety, depth, and new tactical challenges to wargames in the Frozen City. Each card presents the player with a specific task to accomplish and offers rewards if they succeed. Some of these missions must be revealed to all of the players, others must be kept secret. Will your wizard seek to slay a great demon? Rescue a desperate captive? Bring retribution to an enemy? All wizards seek power, but what are their ulterior motives?


Elf Warfare

Elf Warfare

Although few in number, elves produce the most skilful and deadly warriors of all the races. Renowned for their archery and agility, they are mostly associated with hit and run tactics; however, they should not be underestimated in open battle. This book compiles all of the information known about these elegant warriors and how they practise war. From an initial examination of the fighting methods of the individual elf fighter, it expands to look at how they do battle in small companies and vast armies. It covers all of their troop types from their justifiably famous bowmen and swordmasters to their lightning fast cavalry, making note of regional variations and highly specialized fighters such as war mages. Accompanied by numerous illustrations in both colour and black and white, this book examines specific battles in great detail in order to fully demonstrate the elf way of war.


The Lost Expedition

The Lost Expedition

Number of players: 1-5
Ages: 14+
Playing Time: 30-50 minutes
Components: 6 Character cards, 9 Jungle cards, 56 Adventure cards, 2 Reference cards, 2 Playing pieces, 24 Health tokens, 24 Food tokens, 12 Ammo tokens, 2 Expedition leader tokens

Legendary explorer Percy Fawcett marched deep into the Amazon in search of El Dorado. He was never seen again. Your team is following in his footsteps, but in searching for riches you must be careful not to lose the greatest treasure of all - your life.

Make the best of your food, your ammunition and your health, as you plunge deep into the jungle. Choose your path carefully to ensure you're ready for the pitfalls which may occur. Play solo or co-operatively to survive the expedition, or play head-to-head to see which group can reach the lost city first.

From award-winning designer Peer Sylvester and acclaimed comic artist Garen Ewing, The Lost Expedition is a game of hard choices on the road to El Dorado.


Experience the 154th Battle of Gettysburg Anniversary!

Experience the 154th Battle of Gettysburg Anniversary!

Experience the 154th Battle of Gettysburg anniversary commemoration with the Civil War Trust like never before, both physically and virtually! We will be on site and online to help you share in this meaningful event, while showcasing some of what we have all accomplished together.

Join us Saturday, July 1st and Sunday, July 2nd at our restored Lee’s Headquarters site on the Gettysburg battlefield. The Civil War Trust will host living history demonstrations, debut some brand-new signage from Civil War Trails, and you will even have the opportunity to venture inside of the actual Mary Thompson house itself; from 10am to 3pm on both days. Our living history encampment will open to the public Saturday morning with drill demonstrations at 10am, 2pm, and at 4:30pm. Sunday’s demonstrations will be held at 10am and 2pm.

And on July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd join us on our Facebook page where we will be broadcasting live from all over the battlefield and town with special guests, artifacts from the battle, and with access to sites rarely visited. Expect to see something carried by General Lee at the Battle of Gettysburg (with the help of our friends at the National Civil War Museum), go to a rarely visited sharpshooter’s nest, and whether you are a novice or a full-on Gettysburg nerd, expect to learn things you didn’t know before. I promise you plenty of cool experiences, good energy and lots of solid history. Specific times and general subjects can be found on our web site.

The Civil War Trust

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Aotrs Shipyards Jun 2017 Release: T-80BV

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

Little late because of the holidays, but here is this month's Shipyards release - the T-80BV in 144th! Just one model again this month - I've not started to catch up on things after all those commissions (I've still got a small one to go, in fact!)

T-80BV

T-80BV

 link

Photo of Replicator 2 prototype. As often is the case with the ERA versions, it's not the best print, I'm afraid! However, I am planning to put an order in in the next few weeks to Shapeways (partly to test their new HP plastic material as part of the closed beta), so I will get one of these done in WSF and that material - photos will follow!

For July's release (which may be more towards the back end of the month again), I am nominally planning to have a break from Russian tanks for a bit and do something different. I am half-planning either the M114 or the Marder 1 (possibly the latter because it might be theoretically simple). We shall see how I get on, though - I need to do a few bits of starships, and I REALLY would like to get my starship rules out for Other Partizan in August, so that might take some time as well.

Shapeways, Aotrs Shipyards

You're Invited to a Preservation Announcement at Antietam!


Please join the Civil War Trust, the National Park Service, and the National Park Foundation for a special ceremony announcing battlefield preservation efforts at Antietam National Battlefield and throughout the nation. The event will be held on the historic Antietam battlefield just north of the National Park Service Visitor Center.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 11:30 a.m.
Antietam National Battlefield
5831 Dunker Church Rd., Sharpsburg, Maryland

Please send RSVPs and questions to rsvp@civilwar.org. Follow Civil War Trust signs for parking. Refreshments will be available throughout the event. A public tour of the battlefield will follow the ceremony.

Please forward this invite to your friends in the Maryland and Washington, D.C. area.

The Civil War Trust

Monday, 26 June 2017

10mm Ogre Mammoth Riders from Black Gate Miniatures

10mm Ogre Mammoth Riders from Black Gate Miniatures

Great looking old school 10mm Ogre sculpts, cast in the Lead free Pewter. In this phase two release wave, meet the Ogre Mammoth Riders.



Welcome back to Black Gate Miniatures' range of 10mm Fantasy Ogres for the upcoming Kings of the North Miniatures Game (KotN).

Phase two will bring to life the fearsome Ogre Mammoth Riders. Consisting of 3 individually sculpted rider models plus 3 Mammoth mounts. They are cast from Lead-free Pewter and scaled at 10mm.

I need £500 to cover the remaining sculpting and production costs in order to bring these bad boys to life.

The price of £9 per unit featured in pledges of Ogre Warrior is exclusive to this Kickstarter. The regular price will be £10 per unit after the Kickstarter ends.

For the first time ever, we are also offering an Early Bird Special, 50 lucky backers will be able to purchase Mammoth Riders for the incredible price of £8 per unit.

Ogre Mammoths Concept Art

Ogre Mammoth Riders

Test Mammoth Miniature (no tusks yet)

PLEDGE LEVELS:

Greenling £1 - For those people who want to help the project succeed but don't want any Ogres themselves. You get a big thank you from me and a Karma boost.

Ogreling £10 - One unit of Ogre Mammoth Riders. In addition you may purchase further units @ £10 per unit and access any add-ons. (Postage charged separately*)

Ogre Warrior (Early Bird Special) £16 - Two units of Ogre Mammoth Riders. In addition you may purchase further units of mammoth Riders @ £8 per unit and access any add-ons. (Postage charged separately*) Limited to 50 backers

Ogre Warrior £18 - Two units of Ogre Mammoth Riders. In addition you may purchase further units of mammoth Riders @ £9 per unit and access any add-ons. (Postage charged separately*)

STRETCH GOALS:

Stretch Goal 1: £1000 - Character pack add-on for £10 per pack.

Unlocks the Character pack. Featuring two Chieftain models and two Shaman models, all on foot. Available to all pledge levels for £10 per pack. Each pack contains one of each of the four models.

Chieftain Models

One of the Shaman characters

Stretch Goal 2: £1500 - Mammoth Rider Character Pack add-on for £6 per pack.
Unlocks the Mammoth Rider Character Pack add-on. Choose from either a Chieftain or Shaman model riding a Mammoth. Available to all pledge levels for £6 per pack.

Shaman on Mammoth

Chieftain on Mammoth

Stretch Goal 3: £2000 - Yeti unit add-on for £8 per pack.

Unlocks the Yeti unit add-on. Featuring 3 individual sculpts and available for a Kickstarter exclusive price of £8 for a pack of 9 miniatures. Once the Kickstarter is finished they will revert to the normal price of £9 per pack.

More stretch goals will be released as the pledge level rises...

ADD-ONS:

£9 One Unit of Phase 1 Ogres- One unit of Ogre Warriors, Armoured Ogre Warriors or Cannoneers. (Postage charged separately*)

£32 Four Units of Phase 1 Ogres - Four units of Ogre Warriors, Armoured Ogre Warriors or Cannoneers. (Postage charged separately*)

Ogre Warriors

Ogre Cannoneer

Armoured Ogre Warriors

40x20mm Basing Packs - Laser cut from 2mm MDF, supplied in packs of fifty (50) bases for £3.

40mm x 20mm bases

DELIVERY:

* Based on past experience (of us and others), we will be charging shipping after the Kickstarter concludes based on the actual costs incurred to ship. We will collect this via Paypal after the campaign ends. This is so we can be fair to all our backers (shipping is rarely one size fits all).

UK The costs between £1 and £4 for 2nd class delivery depending on weight.

Europe The costs are likely to be around £6 for 500g (10 units), £10 for 1kg (20 units) and £14 for 2kg (40 units).

World Zone 1 (North America, South America, Africa, the Middle East, the Far East and South East Asia) the costs are likely to be around £8 for 500g (10 units), £14 for 1kg (20 units) and £21 for 2kg (40 units).

World Zone 2 (Everywhere else) the costs are likely to be around £9 for 500g (10 units), £15 for 1kg (20 units) and £23 for 2kg (40 units).

CREDITS:

Production - Barry James Pittman

Sculpting - Robi Baker

Art - Christian Schwager

Painting - Jon Webb (Single Model)

Painting - Richard Bowker (Units)

Video music is "Into the Storm" by Brandon Liew


Risks and challenges

The only real risk apart from if the Kickstarter doesn't fund, is that it funds too well!

This is our second Kickstarter and the first was delivered on schedule in April 2017.

The production is all being done in-house and so if the order book gets too big then I may have to delay the shipping date a little from the October 2017 deadline or send orders out in batches.

Kickstarter
Black Gate Miniatures

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Save Oak Ridge at Gettysburg

Save Oak Ridge at Gettysburg

Over the years, you and I have done some tremendous work to preserve hallowed ground at America’s most famous battlefield, Gettysburg. In a number of key transactions we have reclaimed significant portions at the first day's battlefield of the Civil War's bloodiest battle. In 2011, we helped save the ground over which General Henry Heth’s Confederates made their initial assault against the Union Army’s Iron Brigade. Just last year, we protected 35 crucial acres associated with the fighting on Barlow’s Knoll. And, of course, we have preserved and restored the site of Lee’s Headquarters on Seminary Ridge, itself the site of heavy action on July 1, 1863.

Now, you and I have the opportunity to save yet another piece of the First Day’s battlefield, a two-acre parcel on Oak Ridge that saw intense combat on the afternoon of July 1.

On Oak Ridge, men from Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania let loose deadly fire into the faces of Colonel Alfred Iverson’s North Carolinians. The Yankees waited until the Rebels were within 50 yards before unleashing a furious volley at close range. “Unable to advance, unwilling to retreat,” the survivors of Iverson’s brigade hugged the ground for safety, waiting for a renewed Confederate assault to sweep the Federals from Oak Ridge.

With your help, we can save this important piece of the Gettysburg battlefield. We are not only adding to the more than 1,000 acres we have already saved at Gettysburg; we are preserving the memory of the brave Americans who fought here and ensuring that future generations will know their story. Help us save this key piece of American history.

The Civil War Trust

Friday, 23 June 2017

Sign a Petition to Support a Congressional Gold Medal for Ed Bearss!

Sign a Petition to Support a Congressional Gold Medal for Ed Bearss!

This month marks the 94th birthday of our dear friend, Ed Bearss. I think you will agree with me that few Americans have done more to keep our nation’s history alive than Ed. He has been lavishly praised as a living legend, a national treasure, and America’s storyteller. Considering Ed’s work with the National Park Service, his countless tours of American battlefields and historic sites, and his invaluable leadership in support of historic preservation, who could argue otherwise?

I am writing today to ask again for your support for a special birthday present for Ed: the Congressional Gold Medal. It is one of the highest honors Congress can bestow on an American citizen. In 2017, Congress reintroduced this legislation and is once again attempting to present the award to Ed. In previous Congresses, more than 110 members of the House agreed to co-sponsor this bill a testament to Bearss’ national recognition and impact. Because the legislation did not pass before the end of 2016, we need your help to make sure Ed gets this honor in the 115th Congress.

You can help make this legislation a reality by signing a petition in support of a Congressional Gold Medal for Ed. Even if you have signed this petition previously, it is important to once again make your voice heard to your member of Congress. I can think of few better ways to celebrate Ed’s birthday and to honor the historian, preservationist and veteran who has taught us to cherish our unique American heritage.

Sign here to become a supporter of a Congressional Gold Medal for the incomparable Ed Bearss.

The Civil War Trust

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Ancient History Magazine 11, Jul-Aug 2017

Ancient History Magazine 11, Jul-Aug 2017

This issue focuses on the changes that occurred in Late Antiquity (including the fall of Rome), during which the ancient world transitioned into the Middle Ages.

Theme: The end of Antiquity

Josho Browers, 'The end of antiquity - Historical introduction'.
Claudia Devoto, 'Constantine and the rise of Christian Rome - Crossing the Milvian Bridge'.
Eugenia Russell, 'The last non-Christian Roman Emperor - Julian the Apostate'.
Fabian Schulz, 'How St. Ambros tried to influence rulers - Christian advice'.
Jeroen Wijnendaele, 'The end of the Roman Empire in the west - Attack of the Visigoths'.
Russell Dewhurst, 'The link between ancient and medieval - Augustine of Hippo'.
Olivier Gengler, 'Closure of the Academy at Athens - Plato's second death?'.
Josho Brouwers, 'Recommended books on late antiquity - Beyond the magazine'.

Features:

Shelby Stanfield, 'Vultures in the ancient world - Rejected or revered?'.
Cristian Violatti, 'The quest for immortality in ancient China - Forever alive'.
David L. Reinke, 'An enigma tailor-made for Hollywood - Pontius Pilate'.

Ancient History Magazine

Saving the Land Where US Colored Troops Fought

Saving the Land Where US Colored Troops Fought

As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, I'd like to look back at some of the properties saved by the Civil War Trust at battlefields where the United States Colored Troops fought. Ultimately, more than 180,000 men of African descent enlisted in the 175 USCT regiments that served in the Union Army.

These soldiers quickly earned a reputation for courage under fire. They fought valiantly at the Battle of the Crater near Petersburg and charged into seas of gray and butternut at New Market Heights and Fort Wagner. In honor of their legacy of service and sacrifice to the United States, the Civil War Trust works to preserve these sacred places, from the plains of Oklahoma to the shores of South Carolina.

To date, the Trust has secured 256 acres of land at Port Hudson, 118 acres on Morris Island -- where the 54th Massachusetts famously assaulted Fort Wagner in July 1863 -- and more than 520 acres associated with the siege of Petersburg, including the infamous Battle of the Crater, in July of 1864. Other preservation successes include protected land at Cabin Creek, Honey Springs, and USCT-related sites in North Carolina, Arkansas, Mississippi and beyond, totaling more than 1,000 acres of hallowed ground! This is an incredible achievement and you should be proud to share in these successes.

The stories of courage and bravery surrounding the American Civil War are not limited by color or creed, and the Trust remains committed to preserving an array of sites that reflect the full diversity of this era. It is truly remarkable what you have helped us to achieve, and I would like to personally thank each and every one of you.

The Civil War Trust

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

WW1 Austro-Hungarian Dragoons and Hussars by Kallistra

A preview of the master figures for the WW1 Early War Austro-Hungarian Dragoons and Hussars, both mounted and dismounted - to be released shortly.

WW1 Austro-Hungarian Dragoons and Hussars by Kallistra

Kallistra

Save Oak Ridge at Gettysburg

Save Oak Ridge at Gettysburg

Over the years, you and I have done some tremendous work to preserve hallowed ground at America’s most famous battlefield, Gettysburg. In a number of key transactions we have reclaimed significant portions at the first day's battlefield of the Civil War's bloodiest battle. In 2011, we helped save the ground over which General Henry Heth’s Confederates made their initial assault against the Union Army’s Iron Brigade. Just last year, we protected 35 crucial acres associated with the fighting on Barlow’s Knoll. And, of course, we have preserved and restored the site of Lee’s Headquarters on Seminary Ridge, itself the site of heavy action on July 1, 1863.

Now, you and I have the opportunity to save yet another piece of the First Day’s battlefield, a two-acre parcel on Oak Ridge that saw intense combat on the afternoon of July 1.

On Oak Ridge, men from Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania let loose deadly fire into the faces of Colonel Alfred Iverson’s North Carolinians. The Yankees waited until the Rebels were within 50 yards before unleashing a furious volley at close range. “Unable to advance, unwilling to retreat,” the survivors of Iverson’s brigade hugged the ground for safety, waiting for a renewed Confederate assault to sweep the Federals from Oak Ridge.

With your help, we can save this important piece of the Gettysburg battlefield. We are not only adding to the more than 1,000 acres we have already saved at Gettysburg; we are preserving the memory of the brave Americans who fought here and ensuring that future generations will know their story. Help us save this key piece of American history.

The Civil War Trust

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

More 10mm ECW from Lancer Miniatures

Couple of new bits added to the 10mm ECW range. Rupert and Boy, mounted dragoons and command and a new dragoon kneeling firing to add a bit more variety to dragoon pack

Awaiting Pictures

Dragoon foot command 1 officer 1 drummer

Dragoon mounted command 3 figures

4x Mounted Dragoons

Rupert or any other commander you want him to be

Prince Rupert and Boy

Lancer Miniatures



Monday, 19 June 2017

The Three Battles of Sand Creek: In Blood, in Court, and as the End of History

The Three Battles of Sand Creek: In Blood, in Court, and as the End of History

The Sand Creek Battle, or Massacre, occurred on November 29-30, 1864, a confrontation between Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians and Colorado volunteer soldiers.

The affair was a tragic event in American history, and what occurred there continues to be hotly contested. Indeed, labeling it a “battle” or a “massacre” will likely start an argument before any discussion on the merits even begins. Even questions about who owns the story, and how it should be told, are up for debate. Many questions arise whenever Sand Creek is discussed: were the Indians peaceful? Did they hold white prisoners? Were they under army protection? Were excessive numbers of women and children killed, and were bodies mutilated? Did the Indians fly an American flag? Did the chiefs die stoically in front of their tipis? Were white scalps found in the village? Three hearings were conducted, and there seems to be an overabundance of evidence from which to answer these and other questions. Unfortunately, the evidence only muddies the issues. Award-winning Indian Wars author Gregory Michno divides his study into three sections.

The first, “In Blood,” details the events of November 29 and 30, 1864, in what is surely the most comprehensive account published to date. The second section, “In Court,” focuses on the three investigations into the affair, illustrates some of the biases involved, and presents some of the contradictory testimony. The third and final section, “The End of History,” shows the utter impossibility of sorting fact from fiction. Using Sand Creek as well as contemporary examples, Michno examines the evidence of eyewitnesses all of whom were subject to false memories, implanted memories, leading questions, prejudice, self-interest, motivated reasoning, social, cultural, and political mores, an over-active amygdala, and a brain that had a “mind” of its own―obstacles that make factual accuracy an illusion. Living in a postmodern world of relativism suggests that all history is subject to the fancies and foibles of individual bias.

The example of Sand Creek illustrates why we may be witnessing “the end of history.” Studying Sand Creek exposes our prejudices because facts will not change our minds we invent them in our memories, we are poor eyewitnesses, we follow the leader, we are slaves to our preconceptions, and assuredly we never let truth get in the way of what we already think, feel, or even hope. We do not believe what we see; instead, we see what we believe. Michno’s extensive research includes primary and select secondary studies, including recollections, archival accounts, newspapers, diaries, and other original records. The Three Battles of Sand Creek will take its place as the definitive account of this previously misunderstood, and tragic, event.