Thursday, 30 November 2017

Ancient Warfare XI.5, Jan-Feb 2018

Ancient Warfare XI.5 with Riding into battle

Horse cavalry has long played a role in warfare. But other, more exotic mounts were also used in the ancient world.

Theme: Riding into battle

Evan Schultheis, 'Historical introduction - Riding into history'.
Dr. Jan Eschbach, 'Roman dromedary troops - Patrolling the desert frontier'.
Robert C.L. Holmes, 'Anti-war-elephant tactics and stratagems - Bane of behemoths'.
Paul McDonnell-Staff, 'The Battle of Thapsus, 46 BC - Final fight with elephants'.
Murray Dahm, 'Running with the horses - The Hamippoi'.
Valentine J. Belfiglio, 'Veterinary services in the Roman army - Keeping the horses fit'.

Michael Livingston and Myke Cole, 'The Paullus Monument & The Battle of Pydna - Physical sources'.
Joseph Hall, 'The tombstone of Q. Atilius Primus - A man of many talents'.
Tacticus, 'Tekne Taktike, part V - Pila on the battlefield'.
Duncan B. Campbell, 'Who were Hyginus' Vexillarii?'.

Ancient Warfare

Miniature Wargames 416, December 2017

Miniature Wargames 416, December 2017

Issue 416 of Miniature Wargames is about to be released. What are the goodies on offer?

The lead story this month is a double deal: Who would live in a house like this takes the scenery builder through the construction of a typical ruinous building in 28mm for use in eastern Europe with a multitude of period choices. Dave Tuck and Malc Johnston show wizard work with cork, foam board and dolls house furniture!

To follow on from that is Street Fighting Man. Jim Webster shows how to take ruins – like the one in the previous article – and use them in a game (with some scenario outlines) for a WW2 Warsaw uprising.

Gaslands: Keep the motor running and head out on the highway! Yes if you’re truly looking for adventure (and whatever comes your way) try these unique scenarios by the author of the latest Osprey rules release.

In Send Three and Fourpence Conrad Kinch offers a personal guide to worthy YouTube locations for wargamers with some spare time on their hands or those, like the author, who are busy juggling babies and other demands on their time.

Reinventing an Old Friend sees Jon Sutherland offering scenarios and army lists for his re-invented Ancients Hoplite rules in the final of a four part series.

Shows: the editor takes a camera along to Derby Worlds and SELWG.

Making scenery and whole armies! In Building Fenris Jeremy Claridge builds a host of robots from some fairly unexpected items for his award winning game and the Wargames Widow builds bridges to go with the river sections from last month.

For reviews we have Fantasy Facts (with its sweep over non-historical gaming with releases from from Lucid Eye, Titan, Osprey, North Star, Ion Age, Skull & Crown and Brigade. On the other hand, Forward Observer has (mostly) historical wargaming reports on Rubicon, Warlord, Deep Cut, Daemonscape, Stoessi and Victrix.. Finally we have Recce for a dozen book reviews and the free (small but still perfectly formed) Club Directory!

Miniature Wargames

The wait is almost over! "Panzerkrieg Volume 1"

The wait is almost over! "Panzerkrieg Volume 1"

The wait is almost over! The Australian shipment of "Panzerkrieg Volume 1" has arrived and orders are being despatched. The shipment bound for the US is still at sea but is due to land shortly. We had hoped to start dispatching the books in mid-November but a production issue delayed our schedule.

The printer inserted the endpapers in the wrong order, meaning the front endpaper (with map and signature box) was at the back, and vice versa. This was unacceptable, so the entire print-run had to be fixed with a new cover and endpapers. The final result, however, is spectacular. Just wait until the book is in your hands! As the US shipment has not yet arrived, we've decided to extend the pre-publication offer for everyone, so if you haven't yet ordered a copy, hop on over to our website:

Leaping Horseman Books

A Foreign Field

A Foreign Field

A Foreign Field, A skirmish battle in the mud and blood of World War 1. Imagine a small section of the front, with nothing but the lowest ranks involved on both sides, attacking the enemy at range and hand-to-hand, once the Hell that is No-Man's-Land has been crossed. There is no mercy to be had or given and the only way is forward, whatever you're walking into.

A print and play game with all you need (except dice and pencils) in pdf format.

Wargame Vault

Samurai Armour

Samurai Armour

For beauty, precision and strength, nothing has ever matched the combination of form and function found in the armour of the samurai. For a samurai, the consummate warrior, his suit of armour was so much more than 'just' protective equipment that could save his life in the heat of battle – it was the embodiment of his personality, social status and very soul.

This volume, the first in a two-part series on the armour of the samurai, traces first the history of the samurai themselves and then examines the history and evolution of the cuirass or dou, the armour protecting the samurai's chest. Drawing on over 20 years of research and technical work by Trevor Absolon, a leading expert, this is a complete study of this fundamental aspect of samurai armour construction. Illustrated throughout with photographs and diagrams, this is more than just a detailed technical exploration, it is a meditation on a process that was, and still is, nothing short of an art form.

Case Red: The Collapse of France

Case Red: The Collapse of France

Even after the legendary evacuation from Dunkirk in June 1940 there were still large British formations fighting the Germans alongside their French allies. After mounting a vigorous counterattack at Abbeville and then conducting a tough defence along the Somme, the British were forced to conduct a second evacuation from the ports of Le Havre, Cherbourg, Brest and St Nazaire. While France was in its death throes, politicians and soldiers debated what to do - flee to England or North Africa, or to seek an armistice.

Case Red captures the drama of the final three weeks of military operations in France in June 1940, and explains the great impact it had on the course of relations between Britain and France during the remainder of the war. It also addresses the military, political and human drama of France's collapse in June 1940, and how the windfall of captured military equipment, fuel and industrial resources enhanced the Third Reich's ability to attack its next foe - the Soviet Union.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

First evidence for Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain discovered

First evidence for Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain discovered
Lidar model of topography of Thanet showing Ebbsfleet
Image courtesy of University of Leicester
The first evidence for Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain has been discovered by archaeologists from the University of Leicester.

Based on new evidence, the team suggests that the first landing of Julius Caesar's fleet in Britain took place in 54BC at Pegwell Bay on the Isle of Thanet, the north east point of Kent.

This location matches Caesar's own account of his landing in 54 BC, with three clues about the topography of the landing site being consistent with him having landed in Pegwell Bay: its visibility from the sea, the existence of a large open bay, and the presence of higher ground nearby.

The project has involved surveys of hillforts that may have been attacked by Caesar, studies in museums of objects that may have been made or buried at the time of the invasions, such as coin hoards, and excavations in Kent.

The University of Leicester project, which is funded by the Leverhulme Trust, was prompted by the discovery of a large defensive ditch in archaeological excavations before a new road was built. The shape of the ditch at Ebbsfleet, a hamlet in Thanet, is very similar to some of the Roman defences at Alésia in France, where the decisive battle in the Gallic War took place in 52 BC.

The site, at Ebbsfleet, on the Isle of Thanet in north-east Kent overlooking Pegwell Bay, is now 900 m inland but at the time of Caesar's invasions it was closer to the coast. The ditch is 4-5 metres wide and 2 metres deep and is dated by pottery and radiocarbon dates to the 1st century BC.

The size, shape, date of the defences at Ebbsfleet and the presence of iron weapons including a Roman pilum (javelin) all suggest that the site at Ebbsfleet was once a Roman base of 1st century BC date.

The archaeological team suggest the site may be up to 20 hectares in size and it is thought that the main purpose of the fort was to protect the ships of Caesar's fleet that had been drawn up on to the nearby beach.

Dr Andrew Fitzpatrick, Research Associate from the University of Leicester's School of Archaeology and Ancient History said: "The site at Ebbsfleet lies on a peninsular that projects from the south-eastern tip of the Isle of Thanet. Thanet has never been considered as a possible landing site before because it was separated from the mainland until the Middle Ages.

"However, it is not known how big the Channel that separated it from the mainland (the Wantsum Channel) was. The Wantsum Channel was clearly not a significant barrier to people of Thanet during the Iron Age and it certainly would not have been a major challenge to the engineering capabilities of the Roman army."

Caesar's own account of his landing in 54 BC is consistent with the landing site identified by the team.

Dr Fitzpatrick explained: "Sailing from somewhere between Boulogne and Calais, Caesar says that at sunrise they saw Britain far away on the left hand side. As they set sail opposite the cliffs of Dover, Caesar can only be describing the white chalk cliffs around Ramsgate which were being illuminated by the rising sun.

"Caesar describes how the ships were left at anchor at an even and open shore and how they were damaged by a great storm. This description is consistent with Pegwell Bay, which today is the largest bay on the east Kent coast and is open and flat. The bay is big enough for the whole Roman army to have landed in the single day that Caesar describes. The 800 ships, even if they landed in waves, would still have needed a landing front 1-2 km wide.

"Caesar also describes how the Britons had assembled to oppose the landing but, taken aback by the size of the fleet, they concealed themselves on the higher ground. This is consistent with the higher ground of the Isle of Thanet around Ramsgate.

"These three clues about the topography of the landing site; the presence of cliffs, the existence of a large open bay, and the presence of higher ground nearby, are consistent with the 54 BC landing having been in Pegwell Bay."

The last full study of Caesar's invasions was published over 100 years ago, in 1907.

It has long been believed that because Caesar returned to France the invasions were failures and that because the Romans did not leave a force of occupation the invasions had little or no lasting effects on the peoples of Briton. It has also been believed that because the campaigns were short they will have left few, if any, archaeological remains.

The team challenge this notion by suggesting that in Rome the invasions were seen as a great triumph. The fact that Caesar had crossed the sea and gone beyond the known world caused a sensation. At this time victory was achieved by defeating the enemy in battle, not by occupying their lands.

They also suggest that Caesar's impact in Briton had long-standing effects which were seen almost 100 years later during Claudius's invasion of Briton.

Professor Colin Haselgrove, the principal investigator for the project from the University of Leicester, explained: "It seems likely that the treaties set up by Caesar formed the basis for alliances between Rome and British royal families. This eventually resulted in the leading rulers of south-east England becoming client kings of Rome. Almost 100 years after Caesar, in AD 43 the emperor Claudius invaded Britain. The conquest of south-east England seems to have been rapid, probably because the kings in this region were already allied to Rome.

"This was the beginning of the permanent Roman occupation of Britain, which included Wales and some of Scotland, and lasted for almost 400 years, suggesting that Claudius later exploited Caesar's legacy."

The fieldwork for the project has been carried out by volunteers organised by the Community Archaeologist of Kent County Council who worked in partnership with the University of Leicester. The project was also supported by staff from the University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS).

Kent County Council cabinet member Matthew Balfour said: "The council is delighted to have been able to work in partnership with the University of Leicester to help build on the incredible findings made during our road development. The archaeology of Thanet is very special and we are particularly pleased that such important findings have been made with the involvement of volunteers from the Kent community. When we built the road we ensured that the community played a big part in the archaeological works and it is satisfying to see the legacy of our original work continuing."

Principal Archaeological Officer for Kent County Council Simon Mason, who oversaw the original road excavations carried out by Oxford Wessex Archaeology, said: "Many people do not realise just how rich the archaeology of the Isle of Thanet is. Being so close to the continent, Thanet was the gateway to new ideas, people, trade and invasion from earliest times. This has resulted in a vast and unique buried archaeological landscape with many important discoveries being regularly made. The peoples of Thanet were once witness to some of the earliest and most important events in the nation's history: the Claudian invasion to start the period of Roman rule, the arrival of St Augustine's mission to bring Christianity and the arrival of the Saxons celebrated through the tradition of Hengist and Horsa. It has been fantastic to be part of a project that is helping to bring another fantastic chapter, that of Caesar, to Thanet's story."

Andrew Mayfield said: "The project has been a fantastic opportunity for us to explore the extraordinary archaeology of Thanet alongside the University of Leicester team. Volunteers, both locally from Thanet and further afield in Kent, enthusiastically give up their time and the success of the dig is very much down to their hard work and commitment. We were also lucky to welcome students from both Canterbury Universities, a local branch of the Young Archaeologists Club as well as the local school. This was very much a team effort."

The findings will be explored further as part of the BBC Four's Digging For Britain. The East episode, in which the Ebbsfleet site appears, will be the second programme in the series, and will be broadcast on Wednesday 29 November 2017.


University of Leicester archaeologists suggest Caesar’s fleet first landed in Pegwell Bay, Isle of Thanet, Kent in 54BC and constructed fort nearby

Major Overhaul Of The 10mm Napoleonics by Magister Militum

Yay! We've just finished a major overhaul of the 10mm Napoleonic infantry and cavalry brigade packs which are often played with our Colours & Guns rules.

They all now have all relevant pictures and our highest resolution photographs - some of which will enlarge as you hover over them.

Major Overhaul Of The 10mm Napoleonics Magister Militum

The vast array of nations includes:

King's German Legion,
French Service,
Dutchy of Warsaw,
Dutch Belgian,
and we might add Swedish and Ottoman Turk for good measure!!
They are easily found using the search box of our website or by clicking the link.

Magister Militum

You Did It!

You Did It!

I have learned time and again to never underestimate the incredible generosity of our members. Thanks to supporters like you, we surpassed our goal of $10,000!

This represents a promising start to this year’s giving season. I know I can count on you to make the rest of the season just as successful.

We will be able to use this money to preserve some of the most sacred sites in our nation, including Second Manassas, North Anna, and New Market Heights.

It has never been more important to protect the battlefields where America was forged, before they are forever lost to development.

Your generosity is a gift that will benefit future generations for years to come.

The Civil War Trust

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Wargames Illustrated 362, December 2017

Wargames Illustrated 362, December 2017

The December issue of Wargames Illustrated is available now! As always, the magazine comes in three different formats – Print, Interactive (for iPad), and PDF – as part of your WIPrime membership.

The theme for this issue is The Machine Gun, and we present six articles on wargaming with this revolutionary weapon.

Our latest look at what’s new and upcoming in the world of wargaming.

Mike Bradford discusses the history of this iconic early machine gun and how it may be used during tabletop encounters.

We venture forth on an adventure to the Lost Isles trying out these new Osprey rules.

Jim Graham takes a close look at machine guns in World War One and considers how to use them in our games.

In the spirit of the Christmas season, we present a game that the whole family can enjoy, if they are of a certain mindset.

From dropped bricks and sidearms, to Maxims and Lewis guns, the evolution of aerial warfare is directly linked to the creation and usage of the machine gun.

Weld on some armour plating, create a housing for a weapon or two and top off that gas tank – we provide an insider’s look at these new rules from Osprey Games.

Exclusive rules for using our latest Giants in Miniature figure with Dracula’s America.

Dom Sore takes us through the history of World War Two machine guns and how these work with various rule systems.

Following on from our Cavalry theme in WI361, Nick Buxey presents an insight into a brave group of men who overcame prejudice to fight for their country.

Here in the WI Studio, Jamie Walker had a play around with creating a model of an improvised site for a MG and its crew.

We caught up with Ian Smith to talk more about his wonderful 40mm Napoleonic game – one of the award winning tables at The Other Partizan this year.

Just how can you give your armoured warriors that ‘weathered veteran’ look? Perhaps by adding some rust to their armour using these simple techniques.

Inspired by our recent Dunkirk themed issue, Gary Mitchell takes us through a German World War Two evacuation.

Another great game from Partizan, themed around an epic naval battle from the Russo-Japanese War of 1904 – 1905.

We take a tour of (Wargames) Foundry’s production facility and store at East Stoke Hall in Nottinghamshire.

Every gamer has one, that collection of miniatures that are just waiting for a little bit of attention, whether lead, pewter, plastic or resin – it’s time to discuss the Sassanid elephant in the room.

Wargames Illustrated

The Art of Ancient Warfare

The Art of Ancient Warfare

Originally conceived as a reward for Ancient History Magazine Kickstarter backers, the 2016 special edition of Ancient Warfare is a compilation of covers, battle scenes and unit reconstructions from the first fifty issues of the magazine. Compiled and edited by Josho Brouwers, with contributions from the rest of the Ancient Warfare staff, this 100-page full-colour book features artwork by favourite illustrators such as Igor Dzis, Johnny Shumate, Radu Oltean and Rocío Espin, to name but a few. Also included are articles by the staff with insight into our philosophy for commissioning artwork, and a "behind-the-scenes" look at how illustrations are produced.

Ancient Warfare

It's Giving Tuesday

It's Giving Tuesday

Today is Giving Tuesday, a day when millions of Americans choose to give to the causes about which they are most passionate. During a season when the focus is all too often on shopping and spending, this is a wonderful opportunity to make a real difference.

At the Civil War Trust, we are confident that we can count on the continued generosity of supporters like you as we work to honor the men and women who sacrificed so much to build, defend, and define our great nation.

There are many easy ways to support our mission:

If you’re planning on doing your holiday shopping online, register with the AmazonSmile program and select the Civil War Trust as the organization you wish to support. A percentage of the money you spend will be donated to the Trust every time you place an order!

For the history buff in your life, you can give the gift of a membership to the Civil War Trust. Your recipient will enjoy all the benefits of membership, including a subscription to our award-winning quarterly journal, Hallowed Ground.

You can make a symbolic gift of protected battlefield land with our “Give an Acre” program. A notice of your generous contribution will be sent to your intended recipient.
With our Stocks & Securities donation model, you have the opportunity to save on taxes by making of gift of financial assets. Your broker can transfer stocks, bonds, and securities directly to the Civil War Trust.

And, of course, you can always give toward our latest fundraising appeal. Right now, we are engaged in a national campaign to save three pivotal Virginia battlefields: Second Manassas, North Anna, and New Market Heights. More than 30,000 Americans were killed, wounded, or captured at these famous battlegrounds.

It has never been more important to protect and preserve the battlefields where America was forged, before they are forever lost to development. Your generosity today is a gift that will benefit future generations for years to come.

The Civil War Trust

Monday, 27 November 2017

Responding to Call of Duty: Critical Essays on the Game Franchise

Responding to Call of Duty: Critical Essays on the Game Franchise

Responding to Call of Duty: Critical Essays on the Game Franchise, Call of Duty is one of the most culturally significant video game franchises of the 21st century. Since the first game was released for PC in 2003, the first-person shooter has sold over 250 million copies across a range of platforms, along with merchandise ranging from toys and comic books to a special edition Jeep Wrangler. Top players can compete for millions in prize money in tournaments sanctioned by the Call of Duty World League.

While the gaming community has reported on and debated each development, Call of Duty has received little scholarly attention. This collection of new essays examines the ideologically charged campaign mode of major franchise releases, with a special focus on militarism, realism and gender.

This digital edition includes the PDF version of the book.

Wargame Vault

Modern Armor – West German and German Armor Cards

Modern Armor – West German and German Armor Cards

Modern Armor – West German and German Armor Cards, Armored Vehicle Quick Reference Cards for the Modern Armor rule system.

West German and Post-Unification Germany's medium and main battle tanks, tank destroyers, infantry fighting vehicles, and anti-aircraft from the start of the Cold War to the present. Technical readout and weapon information for Modern Armor, including ballistic tables.

(These cards are not required to play the game)

Wargame Vault

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Chaos Risk

Chaos Risk

Chaos Risk, Risk has been a staple of the board gaming scene since it's original debut in 1957, and alongside Monopoly it's seen more variations and reskins that any other product available. But have you ever wished it were a bit more . . . insane?

Chaos Risk is a free downloadable supplement for Risk, a tactical board game produced by Hasbro. As such it requires a standard (sometimes referred to as ‘classic’ or ‘traditional’) copy of the game that features the 42 territories divided into 6 continents.

Chaos Risk is not an officially licensed Risk game, and was developed as a free supplement to an official, boxed version of the game. It has been produced and distributed digitally by Cascade Studios at no profit under their ‘Print and Play’ range of games as a high-resolution PDF document.

Wargame Vault

SeaLion Supremacy Supplement 1 Forgotten Flotillas

SeaLion Supremacy Supplement 1 Forgotten Flotillas

SeaLion Supremacy Supplement 1 covers additional ship specifications for the game. The supplement expands the details for the navies listed in the main rules, as well as other navies not listed.

You'll find material from midget submariens and transports right up to big battlewagons.

The navies covered by this supplement include:

United Kingdom - Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada
United States of America
Thailand (Siam)
And you get details about the Plan Orange expectations for Japana nd USA for hypothetical naval campaigning.

A must have supplement for SLS gamers.

Wargame Vault

Broken Axles: Complete Rulebook

Broken Axles: Complete Rulebook

Broken Axles is a 15mm vehicle combat game (which can easily be utilized at any scale from 15mm to 28mm) that is fast and fun, where every dice roll has the potential to range from disaster to triumph. To move their vehicles, players will roll a number of Maneuver Dice, with each success converting into an action.

Rolling below the required result, however, causes a Mishap, which vary in intensity depending on the number of failures rolled. Will you play it safe and roll only one dice to shimmy into position? Or will you throw caution to the wind and roll all four dice provided by your growling V8 engine, and risk catching fire or blowing a gasket if you roll poorly? The same risk is attached to most dice rolls in the game.

Broken Axles is built on a rolling terrain system, where every vehicle on the table is assumed to be travelling at 40mph when stationary. As such, terrain often comes barreling through from one end of the table, and if you’ve positioned your vehicles poorly they may not have time to react, and as any seasoned road-veteran will tell you, driving into a rocky bluff is not considered a great idea.

With a host of ramshackle upgrades and sci-fi themed weapons like Microwave Lasers and Arc Casters, and a roster of vehicles from agile Pursuit Vehicles to immense Battle Rigs, Broken Axles ensures that each Warlord has a plethora of options with which to crush his opponents (or to accidentally blow himself up with!).

Head over to Fuel Injection Games to find free Vehicle Stat Card templates, as well as templates for the creatures found in the Roadkill scenario, and our range of 15mm vehicle models!

Wargame Vault

Saturday, 25 November 2017

10mm American WWII Samples from Lancer Miniatures

Kieven Day from Lancer Miniatures has very kindly sent me some samples of his new World War II range.

American figures 

On first inspection I find the figures extremely clean and crisp, with hardly any flash.

Unfortunately I had no other 10mm WWII Americans to compare these with so I used some of Pendraken WWII early Germans

Ok so would I be happy fielding them in the same unit most definitely yes, as you can see by the pictures they fit together very well.

Lancer Miniatures

Save Twice as Much Hallowed Ground

Save Twice as Much Hallowed Ground

I recently told you about an amazing opportunity to begin your holiday season by giving to future generations the gift of permanently preserving some of the most important sites in American history.

Thanks to an extremely generous match by one of our donors, any gift between now and Giving Tuesday (November 28) will have double the impact up to $10,000. With your contribution, we can protect hallowed grounds such as New Market Heights, Monocacy, and Cedar Creek!

That means you can help us preserve the site where members of the United States Colored Troops performed deeds worthy of 14 Medals of Honor; the spot where Lew Wallace was driven back by Jubal Early in the battle that saved Washington; and the place where Sheridan scored a decisive victory for the Union cause in the Shenandoah Valley.

Our match only extends through midnight on November 28, so please give now. These outdoor classrooms are critical to understanding the events that defined our nation. I don’t need to tell you how important it is to save these storied sites before they are lost to development, forever.

The Civil War Trust

Friday, 24 November 2017

New 10mm Fantasy Demons from Magister Militum

New 10mm fantasy demons, just a little taster.  They are on the web. Just type FDD into the search box - then they'll be there!

FDD102 Morbi Plague Demons x20

FDD102 Morbi Plague Demons x20

FDD103 Twisted Demons of Tiamat x20

FDD103 Twisted Demons of Tiamat x20

FDD104 Vulture Demons of Ahriman x20

FDD104 Vulture Demons of Ahriman x20

FDD105 Horned Demons of Baal x20

FDD105 Horned Demons of Baal x20

Magister Militum

Christmas Delivery 2017

Christmas Delivery 2017

Christmas Delivery

As we approach the Christmas period, we have some important information regarding deliveries over the festive period.

To ensure your orders arrive in time for Christmas, please place them before 15 December if you're in the US and UK.

For overseas orders, we will be working hard alongside our distributors to ensure a timely delivery, but unfortunately we cannot account for post in your region.
Whilst we cannot guarantee Christmas delivery for print on demand titles, we do not currently anticipate any additional delays

Osprey Publishing Ltd

Double Your Impact with a Matching Gift!

Double Your Impact with a Matching Gift!

As you recover from what was hopefully a joyous Thanksgiving celebration and prepare for the start of the holiday shopping season, please take a moment to reflect on what may be one of the most important gifts you can give this year.

Instead of waiting in long lines for a chance to save on the newest gadget, take this opportunity to support the vital work of the Civil War Trust. Your donation will go toward saving all of the battlefields on which we are currently focused, including Second Manassas, Champion Hill, and Appomattox.

That means you can give to future generations the gift of permanently preserving the location of one of Robert E. Lee’s most decisive victories, the site of the Vicksburg Campaign’s largest battle, and the spot where the Civil War essentially ended.

What’s more, any gift between now and Giving Tuesday (November 28th) will have double the impact, thanks to an extremely generous match by one of our donors, up to $10,000. You won’t find a deal better than that in any mall or big-box store and you’ll be helping to preserve some of the most important sites in American history, pieces of hallowed ground where our nation was founded, defended, and defined.

This is the season of giving, and we need your support,

The Civil War Trust

30% off Books and eBooks - Ends Monday!

30% off Books and eBooks - Ends Monday!

30% off Books and eBooks - Ends Monday!

It's that time of year again! From today until Monday 27th November we're treating all Osprey customers to 30% off a selected range of books, eBooks and games across the website.

With over 2000 books discounted there's plenty for you to choose from!

As always, Gold and Silver members can take advantage of the monthly sale alongside their existing membership discounts.

Osprey Publishing Ltd

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Blood on the Blade

Blood on the Blade

Blood on the Blade is a micro but complete set of rules for solitaire or co-op skirmish game, set on a fantasy background, but can also be used for non-fantasy games (planned expansions will cover Middle-Ages and Dark Ages, possibly Samurai era).

“Micro” refers to the small set of rules, the small time required to complete one game session and the small number of miniatures required (4-10 figures being a common range). Many micro-details are left to the player, only the “important” rules are included in the twelve pages of the game.

The game includes nine Scenarios, covering classical wargame scenes like searching for loot, attacking an enemy base, defending your territory, freeing prisoners. Event markers placed on the Map will create the needed Fog of War and randomize the placement of enemies, events and of course loot!

Scenarios can be played individually or as part of a Campaign game: in this case a flowchart will (randomly) determine the next mission; as an example, after a “Scout” mission a bad roll could send your characters on the “Ambush” scenario. Characters on a Campaign will be able to improve their characteristics, but with the improvement of the Reputation Level of your Warband, your enemies will also become stronger.

Activation of units (friendly and enemies) is managed with a pool of activation markers, but you can never be sure that every unit will be activated. When an “Enemy” marker is drawn by the pool you will roll on the ENEMY ACTIVATION table in the current Scenario to determine the unit to activate and its orders.


Game Rules
9 Scenarios
8 Enemy Sheets
2 Character sheets
4 Table sheets
2 Campaign Rosters
1 Campaign Sheet
32 markers
 Additional free components for the game are available on the Studium CMLXV site

Wargame Vault



Mano-a-Mano is a fast, universal game system that can be used for skirmish or role playing games.  It is mainly concerned with movement, combat, morale, and other connected actions, with lots of detail on gambling, travelling, swag...it's all there.   The rest is left to your imagination.   So, you can rob the town bank, chase banditos as part of a posse, or fight off an Apache war party.

  If you want to use these rules for skirmish combat only, the section at the end covers character types, eliminating the need to generate individual characters, and a high speed combat system.  So, if you want to re-fight little big horn, you won't be bogged down with the Role Playing parts of the game.

 Materials needed to play are two six sided, one twenty sided dice, figures for your characters, and any terrain you may want to use (either lead or paper figures will do just fine).  Rulers, tape measures, and pencils will come in handy.   Once you have all that stuff together, git you a few good fellers in one spot, and git to makin' fun.

Wargame Vault

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Modern Armor - British Armor Cards

Modern Armor - British Armor Cards

Modern Armor - British Armor Cards, Armored Vehicle Quick Reference Cards for the Modern Armor rule system.

British light, medium, heavy and main battle tanks, tank destroyers, infantry fighting vehicles, AVRE, and anti-aircraft from the Korean War to the present. Technical readout and weapon information for Modern Armor, including ballistic tables.

(These cards are not required to play the game)

Wargame Vault

The British In Africa: Illustration Collection

The British In Africa: Illustration Collection

A Matomaton military maps, charts and images collection for wargamers.

The British In Africa: Illustration Collection, Fifty-nine illustrations of the Boer Wars along with sixteen French caricatures of the second conflict.   Included are pencil sketches of battles, generals and soldiers as well as the indigenous and colonial peoples.


This collection is provided in an A4 PDF in landscape.

The PDF contains the following pages:

-- One page for the cover and legalese.

-- Fifty-nine full page illustrations, one per page.

-- Sixteen colour and black and white caricatures over five pages.

Available Now or Coming Soon

This is an addition to the The British In Africa Maps Collection, which is one of a number of collections containing maps, charts and images of battles, campaigns and wars, initially involving the British during the reign of Queen Victoria. There is also an accompanying series of books detailing the military exploits of the British Army and Navy during the same period. Included in both will be the Crimea, India, Egypt, China, Africa and Afghanistan.

Later collections in this ongoing series will cover the two world wars amongst other conflicts as well as histories of the British Army and Navy.

About These Maps & Images

These maps, charts and images have been sourced from late-C18th and early-C19th texts about the specific battle, campaign or war or about the area, era or nation(s) involved.

About Matomaton

I've long been fascinated by military history and have gathered together a significant collection of military maps and naval charts that I hope will be of use to other wargamers.

If there's a particular period, war or nation that you would like me to cover in a future collection, please let me know and I'll do my best to make one available.


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

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Modern Armor - American Armor Cards

Modern Armor - American Armor Cards

Modern Armor - American Armor Cards, Armored Vehicle Quick Reference Cards for the Modern Armor rule system.

American light, medium, heavy and main battle tanks, tank destroyers, infantry fighting vehicles, cavalry fighting vehicles, and anti-aircraft from the Korean War to the present. Technical readout and weapon information for Modern Armor, including ballistic tables.

(These cards are not required to play the game)

Wargame Vault

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Tomorrow, Americans will come together with their loved ones to reflect and give thanks, continuing an annual tradition formally established more than 150 years ago by President Abraham Lincoln on the fourth Thursday of November.

At the Civil War Trust, we have a great deal for which to be thankful. In the past year, we have preserved more than 2,000 acres of hallowed ground at sacred sites such as Gettysburg, Champion Hill, and Appomattox Court House. We have also achieved a number of firsts. By saving the Revolutionary War battlefield at Fort Ann, we saved our first battlefield in the state of New York. Also in New York, we saved a key portion of the Sackets Harbor battlefield—our first battlefield from the War of 1812. As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, it’s hard to believe we are approaching 48,000 acres of land saved!

And we have no intention of slowing down. Take a look at this video to experience some of our remarkable preservation work in 2017.

These achievements and others would not have been possible without you. It remains as important today as ever that we continue to honor and learn from the sacrifices of the men and women who built and preserved this great nation. As this year’s giving season approaches, I know we can continue to count on your unwavering support.

I hope your holiday is filled with warmth and good cheer, and I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.

The Civil War Trust

Ermy of Erebos can fly! from Trolls Under the Bridge

Ermy of Erebos can fly! from Trolls Under the Bridge

The army is growing. Different types of infantry can be seen across the field. Even the trolls are towering between other humans of North.

And now the new unit of Mountain harpies  joins the Erebos armies. These half human, half birds of prey are circling the sky and brings the news of ahead to warlords.

Ermy of Erebos can fly!

Ermy of Erebos can fly!

One pack contains twelve metal miniatures with wings, no assembly is needed. It also contains three acrylic stands. Bases are 1 mm thin, so the base does not look cumbersome compare to miniatures. Enjoy the Mountain Harpies.

Orks can fly too!

Orks can fly too!

It is the first time the Trolls are touching something orkish. Here we come with Jum'Bag - the rocket jetpack to allow orcs reach the sky (and ground in case in malfunction). We sell them as a pair - two different designs in one pack.

Trolls Under the Bridge

Aotrs Shipyards Nov 2017 Release: Wodef Enclave

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

After a fair break most of this year because of the ground forces and Accelerate & Attack's long-awaited publication, for the next few months, we have more starships!

Firstly, this month, we have the first of three sets of the releases for the Wodef Enclave!

Before we get into the fluff, there's a bit of background, as this one has a more personal connection than usual. The Wodefs have been on the cards for a long time (about three years), in odd spots and it was only earlier this year I finished enough designs to make a viable set of releases (and got around to painting them up for play-test so that the fluff was not completely just nonsense…!)

I known pretty exactly the date, though as I was working on the first ships of the then-working title of "train fleet" at the time of my grandfather's death. He had been a railway engineer, so it was appropriate that my contribution to his funeal wreath was a prototype of first cruiser design (Jodinf-Kaylo). (The funeral parlor did a great job, bless 'em, placing it as if it was just cresting over the top of the flowers, like it was crusing over a floral nebula.) The name "Wodef" itself is taken from the syllables of his name.

So Bampy – this release is dedicated to you. *salutes*

The Wodef Enclave

The Wodef Enclave

The Wodefs are one of the elenthnar races.

(A breif overiew of the elenthnar is here TMP link in the release post for the Xyriats.)

The Wodef Enclave is a prominent Elenthnar power (though in their language, Fantif, the race is more correctly "Fofrye"). The Enclave dates back to a scant few tens of years after the elenthnar achieved FTL transit, founded by a colony of international scientists in the Wodef system. The colony enjoyed a period of relative peace an isolation to expand to the local system and surrounding area, but eventually, the Wodef colonies began to be hemmed in by the larger powers, especially the Xyriat Hegemony, and so the colonies united to become the Wodef Enclave. Despite its small size. From its inception, it has had a tumultuous, adversarial relationship with the Xyriat Hegemony, which desires its bountiful territories. The two powers are bitter rivals and have fought many wars.

A hundred and twenty years ago, the Enclave successfully won a war with the Hegemony, finally securing a corridor region and allowing the Enclave unfettered access to neutral space for the first time for two-and-a-half centuries.

The Wodef Enclave is a technocracy, overseen by a council of scientists. The Enclave principle focus is science and technological advancement for the benefit of all (or at least as far as "all" pertains to the population of the Enclave). It has the highest proportion of robots, drones, synthetic and non-organic citizens of any of the elenthnar powers.

While many of the elenthnar powers use a base-ten system, the Wodef use the competing base-12 duodecimal system and are the loudest advocates, citing the various mathematical advantages[1].

Wodef military technology is high, above galactic average and above the majority of the elenthnar powers – it is second only to the Hegemony itself. The two areas where the Enclave has a significant advantage are in energy weapons and targeting. Thanks to the heavy AI-focus of the Enclave, targeting systems are almost or actually sentient programs. This grants the Wodef's weapons exceptional accuracy. This particular technology is a very significant spike above their average level.

The primary focus of Wodef warships is in their heavy lazer beams. While they have a moderate number of particle beam weapon systems, doctrine focuses on spinal mount heavy lazer beams and a variety of turreted heavy lazer beams. When used with sustained precision fire, these weapons can match the accuracy of their point-defence systems.

Secondary weapons are typically missile racks – usually a few on every vessel, rather than specialised ships – and a number of railguns.

Enclave vessels use a slightly different form of GVD. Rather than the Xyriat's distinctive ventral exhaust port, the Enclave vessels use a ventral radiative block across much of the lower hull. This allows thermal dispersion over a wider area, and less of vulnerable spot. However, it also means that the exhaust is not as efficient, and the Enclave vessels are incapable of using the exhaust in some of the non-standard ways the Xyriats have been known to. (Such as a crude engine or plasma torch.)

Wodef ships also lack the Xyriat's forward dish that serves as the shield hub and GVD focussing array. Instead, they have a more standard shield grid and for focussing the GVD, a series of coils along the length of the vessel. These are typically mounted around a cylindrical central core, which gives the Wodef vessels their distinctive plan.

[1]Standard practise adopted here for Romanised where appropriate is to use * as ten and # as eleven.

Jodinf-Kaylo Class Cruiser

Jodinf-Kaylo Class Cruiser


The Jodinf series cruiser family is the workhorse of the Wodef Enclave fleet. Like all Enclave ship designs, the Jodinf family is built around central core, to which weapons and systems are added to emplaced hardpoints. The hardpoints are not strictly modular in that they cannot be refitted after construction (at least not without a full regular overhaul and refit). However, given the Enclave's small size and corresponding smaller number of shipyards, it enables their main shipyards to concentrate on building the core hulls, which can then be sent to subsidiary shipyards for the final outfitting. It also allows new class variants to be designed relatively quickly. This method, though somewhat unorthodox, allows the Enclave to field a smaller, but powerful navy while reducing the amount of component or hull variety.

This approach is not without its drawbacks. The hardpoint systems can be prone to difficulties, especially with new designs and power connections especially have been known to cause period issues with the vessels. The Enclave's tendency to tinker does not assist this issue, and sometimes an upgrade will fix one issue only to introduce (or re-introduce) another.

In the Jodinf, these issues have been almost entirely worked out and the vessel is considered one of the most reliable warships in the fleet. It has above-average armour and shielding for a vessel of its size, though typically for Wodef vessels, strictly average manoeuvrability.

It shows the typical features of a Wodef Enclave vessel. Rather than use the ventral thermal exhaust port like Xyriats use, the Wodefs instead use a large ventral radiator block, which covers the majority of the bottom of the vessel. This allows thermal dispersion over a wider area, and less of vulnerable spot. However, it also means that the exhaust is not as efficient, and the Enclave vessels are incapable of using the exhaust in some of the non-standard ways the Xyriats have been known to. (Such as a crude engine or plasma torch.)

In place of the Xyriat Hegemonic Navy's distinctive dish, which serves both as shield grid and Garrast-Viyroub FTL Drive, the Wodef Enclave fleet has a more standard shield grid. The role of GVD focussing device is instead fulfilled by a coil. This is mounted around the central cylindrical core that forms the centre of a Wodef vessel.

The Jodinf-Kaylo configuration is the one of most commonly seen. This version is the standard warship. The primary offense is provided by the forward hardpoint mounts, which consist of six Dalaon 348M Heavy Lazer Projectors, granting a considerable weight of fire. The six side hardpoints are occupied by Gerfery 279 Heavy Lazer Cannons on 0151-class turret mounts.

The upper hull hardpoints are occupied by two fleet-standard Solon Missile Pods for extended range firepower. A third pod is mounted over the upper spar, slightly behind them.

Running along the sides of the central core are two Faypri Railgun arrays. The Faypri arrays use a trio of lighter railguns, fired in sequence. Faypri arrays are clearly recognisable by their open accelerator channels. The merits of such a system over a more conventional single, enclosed weapon barrel are debated. The Faypri was an experiment to begin to catch up to Xyriat railgun technology, which is significantly more compact. In practise, the Faypri is popular with the Enclave military because of its lower price tag – but less popular with the engineering crews, since it is more prone to failure or battle-damage.

Completing the weapon fit are twelve Rulifnoor Point Defence Turrets, the standard point-defence laser weapon of the enclave.

All these weapons are guided by the Kil-Dusi-Paor 9 firecontrol system, a series of targeting computer and semi-sentient software almost without peer. This allows the Jodinf-Kaylo's main weapons the same accuracy as the point-defence weaponry of the galaxy's mid-range technology tiers, making it a highly dangerous opponent.

Jodinf-Noalo Class Recon Cruiser

Jodinf-Noalo Class Recon Cruiser


The Jodinf's Noalo configuration is outfitted for reconnaissance. It mounts a large Caymafu 336 Grand Sensor Array on the front of the central core. The upper hardpoints each have a single Rulifnoor Point Defence Turret and three broadcast towers, which are linked to the Jodinf-Noalo's sensor, communications and ECM array. Sixteen more Rulifnoor PDTs are placed around the hull, and along the sides of the central core are situated the larger Sul Rulifnoor Heavy Defence Emplacements, the Rulifnoor's bigger brother. Finally, two Solon Missile Pods occupy two of the side hardpoints, those these are typically loaded with point-defence missiles.

Jodinf-Apparso Class Drone Cruiser-Carrier

Jodinf-Apparso Class Drone Cruiser-Carrier


The Apparso configuration of the Jodinf is a pocket carrier. Like the Jodinf-Noalo upon which it is a derivative, the Jodinf-Apparso carries eighteen Rulifnoor Point Defence Turrets and six Sul Rulifnoor Heavy Defence Emplacements, though it lacks the missile pods. Instead, the Apparso carries a hangar bay, which is typically filled by a full Himlof Drone Swarm of 72 drones.

The Apparso configuration primarily is used in a supporting role, providing point-defence for its accompanying squadron with its own systems, and to others with the Drone Swarm. The Jodinf-Apparso sometimes sees use in smaller engagements against lightly-defended targets; two or three Drone Swarms can inflict significant damage over time. Against heavily shielded or armoured targets, however, neither drone nor cruiser have much penetrating power and typically fare poorly.

Himlof Drone

Himlof Drone


The Himlof Drone is a light-weight combat drone, deployed in larger numbers and considered disposable. Perhaps contrary to what one might expect, the Enclave spent considerable time and effort on the design, down to the last rivet and seal, to minimise the cost to performance ratio.

This is evident even in the Himlof's primary weapons, a quartet of basic light laser cannons. Using traditional lasers and not the more advanced lazer (i.e. Laser Amplified with Zircronion-Emitter aRray) technology reduced the power-output by 20%, but weight and cost were dramatically lower, as the power-core could be downgraded from a military drone core to use the Modou 914 core. The reliable Modou core was commonly available on the civilian market for larger ground vehicles.

The Himlof is small, perhaps only a third the size of a typical fighter, with average manoeuvrability. It has no shields or armour, relying instead on sheer weight of numbers to overwhelm a foe. However, this lack of protection makes them very vulnerable to even glancing hits. While the cost-saving certainly were effective, there is some debate as to whether in the long-run, they impede the drone's functionality.

Himlof drones are frequently used to screen capital ships, however, where their shortcomings have much lesser relevance, especially against missiles.

Refdeiof Nurl-Kaylo Class Dreadnought

Refdeiof Nurl-Kaylo Class Dreadnought


The Refdeiof Nurl superdreadnought family is the largest vessel in wide deployment in the Wodef Enclave fleet. Typically a strike force command ship, it bears considerable firepower, but is also lacks the manoeuvrability of the smaller vessels. The Refdeiof has an atypical design of not one, but three central cores, bearing a primary GVD focussing coil and two secondary coils. This provides almost the same output as a single larger coil, but greater redundancy and damage tolerance.

The Refdeiof Nurl-Kaylo is by far the most common version in use, to the point where it is almost the only configuration. The vessel's primary striking power come from the twelve Dalaon 350A Heavy Lazer Projectors, situated in three groups of four at the front of the central cores. These are supplemented by no less than twenty-four Gerfery 279 Heavy Lazer Cannons, located on the hardpoint on 0151-class turret mounts. Long range firepower is provided by six Solon Missile Pods and four Faypri Railgun arrays. Point defence coverage is provided by twenty four Rulifnoor Point Defence Turrets.

All photos are in WSF. (The Wodefs just barely predate us getting our Replicator!)

December and January will see the next couple of releases of the remaining Wodef ships. February will bring another round of releases for the Xyriats- carriers and fighters (and that may be one and a bit releases itself!)

Accelerate & Attack: Aeons of War is also out now (a generic build-your-own ships system suitable for any set of models) is also now available of Wargames Vault here:

There is also a free Web Enhancement Pack; this contains the markers and the QR sheet the latter of which is an indicator of the level of the game if you want to have a quick nosey.

And, of course, I'm always happy to answer questions about it (though your best bet is to contact me through the Wargame Vault or Shapeways PM, since that PM system here isn't open to everyone and these days, putting your email address on a forum is a no-no!)

Shapeways, Aotrs Shipyards

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

With The Boer Forces: The Boers At War (Second Boer War)

With The Boer Forces: The Boers At War (Second Boer War)

A Matomaton military history reference book.

With The Boer Forces: The Boers At War (Second Boer War), A collection of articles written by Howard C. Hillegas, the special war correspondent of the New York World, describing the Boer forces, statesmen and people during the Second Boer War.


The PDF contains:

-- Three pages for the cover, title page, the table of contents (with active links to each section of the text) and a short biography of the author.

-- A preface by the author and then twelve articles about the Boer forces and people.

-- Twenty-three photographs and one map to illustrate the text.

Available Now Or Coming Soon

This is a companion to The British In Africa and The Great Boer War.   There are also map, illustration and photograph collections along with a collectable cards collection.

About Howard C. Hillegas

Howard Clemens Hillegas was born in 1872 in Pennsylvania and began his career as a journalist after graduating from college, eventually working as a war correspondent for the New York World.     In 1895 Hillegas was sent to South Africa and developed close ties to Boer statesmen and military leaders.   He wrote extensively about them and his experiences during the war, though this collection of articles was suppressed by the British on its publication in 1901.

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 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. Now I've been encouraged to make them available to other wargamers and roleplayers for reference and to add period detail to related games.


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.

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Monday, 20 November 2017

AtC - Red Stars

AtC - Red Stars

Red Stars is an Aircraft Pack expansion for the "Above the Clouds!"  air-combat miniature wargame rules.  Red Stars provides the Russian aircraft performance displays (APDs) required for the encounters of the Russo-German Air War during 1942-1945, as well as some new German APDs for aircraft which were used nearly exclusively on the Russian front.

Red Stars includes the following 20 APDs (* indicates APD previoiusly published in another expansion):



Il-2 Type 3M


Il-4 (aka DB-3F)








P-39 Kobra










I hope you enjoy Red Stars, and please join us on the Above the Clouds support Yahoo Group by sending an e-mail:.


Gavin Tovrea

Wargame Vault

There's always something from Arrowhead Miniatures

There's always something

We have had to withdraw the Leopard from sale temporarily due to a glitch in the casting.
New stock will be available in about 2 weeks time.

Sorry everyone.

In the meantime work carries on with the Puma IFV.

Arrowhead Miniatures

Just One Hour Left from Hysterical Games

Just one hour left to get on board and grab yourself a seriously good bargain.

Just One Hour Left from Hysterical Games

Hysterical Games

30th Milestones: Franklin

30th Milestones: Franklin

Franklin, Tennessee has long been a site of conflict. In April 1863 a skirmish between Union Gen. Gordon Granger’s and Confederate Gen. Earl Van Dorn’s forces produced more than 200 casualties. The second and more well-known Battle of Franklin was fought 153 years ago this month, on November 30, 1864, between Union Gen. John M. Schofield’s and Confederate Gen. John B. Hood’s armies. Lasting less than one day, the battle was one of the most ferocious of the entire Civil War. In an offensive that came to be known as the “Pickett’s Charge of the West,” Hood hurled his army at Schofield’s well-defended Yankees. The result was a bloodbath. Hood lost more than 6,000 men, including 1,750 killed. Among the Confederate dead were six generals, including the beloved Patrick Cleburne. Schofield by contrast lost 2,326 men, with 189 killed in action.

More recently, Franklin has been the site of a different kind of battle, which has been no less consequential. It began, arguably, in the early 21st century, with the construction of a public library on one of the Franklin’s few remaining pieces of undeveloped battlefield land. Rather than give up, however, preservationists redoubled their efforts, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, much like Sheridan at Cedar Creek or Jackson at Cedar Mountain. Working with local activists from Franklin’s Charge, the Civil War Trust helped lead a counterattack that prevented the battlefield’s Eastern Flank from falling into the hands of developers.

Buoyed by this success, preservationists went on the offensive, setting their sights on the spot where Patrick Cleburne was killed. For years, that site had been covered by a Pizza Hut, serving as a stark warning of what can happen when commercial development of historic land is allowed to continue unchecked. Today, thanks to the tireless efforts of local preservationists and unwavering support of Civil War Trust members like you, that site and others nearby are now part of a park which serves as a reminder of what dedicated citizens can achieve by working together.

As of November 2017, the Civil War Trust has successfully preserved 178 acres of hallowed ground at the Franklin battlefield. Franklin used to be an example of what we hoped to avoid. It now serves as an example of what we can achieve together.

The Civil War Trust