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Monday, 30 April 2018

April 2018 Book Vote

Men-at-Arms is the focus of this month's Book Vote, and with five fascinating topics, it's a difficult one.

Read more about this month's options and find out the results of March's vote by heading to the blog.

This month we are asking you which titles you would like to see in our New Vanguard series. Have a read of the descriptions below and let us know which of these you’d like to see us publish!

Strategic SAMs of the USSR and Russia

Following the success of the high-altitude SA-2 system, the Soviet Union poured effort into developing longer-ranged and much more comprehensive systems. The S-200 of the 1960s could shoot down bombers at a range approaching 200 miles, and the famous S-300 family that followed in the late 1970s was – and remains – among the most capable air defence systems in the world. Variants have added capabilities against ballistic missiles, countermeasures, and low-level targets, and the S-300s have now been joined by the even more fearsome S-400. These systems have been important features of the modern wars in Libya and Syria, with both Soviet-era export systems and modern Russian-operated systems in action against Western air forces and missiles.

French Main Battle Tanks 1945-present: ARL 44, AMX-30 and Leclerc

France consistently developed and fielded its own tanks throughout the Cold War and afterwards. Learning much from captured Panther and Tiger tanks, it built a handful of ARL-44 tanks in the 1950s, followed by the successful AMX-30 – which brought the distinctive French philosophy of limiting weight in favour of better mobility. Its modern replacement, the Leclerc, refined this with a focus on active rather than passive protection, and both were exported, particularly to Middle Eastern states. This book would look at these significant Cold War MBTs, as well as the other French tank projects that failed to make it to production.

M4 Sherman in British Service

British troops were initially suspicious of their new American-built Lend-Lease tanks in the early part of the war. But by D-Day the Sherman equipped more armoured regiments than any other, and British tankers had almost come to think of them as British tanks. This book would focus on the ordinary gun tank versions of the Sherman, examining Britain’s preferred versions and adaptations, and how they were used in British Army service across Europe.

Pink Panthers: Land Rovers of the SAS 1950s-2014

For more than half a century the Special Air Service’s unique Land Rovers helped make the unit’s reputation. They were stripped down to the essentials, painted pink (surprisingly, the ideal colour for desert camouflage), extensively customised to operate alone in the most inhospitable environments, and heavily armed. From the first Series I conversion to be used in Oman through to the fleets of 110 DPVs that fought the Gulf War, his book uncovers the Land Rovers’ roles, their many versions, variants, and possible configurations, and what it was like to operate and fight them, deep inside hostile deserts.

Robot Tanks of World War II

Germany built the most famous remote-controlled demolition vehicles of World War II – the tiny Goliath, the medium-sized Springer, and the large Borgward IV. The Goliath and Springer were tracked, remote-controlled mines – built to survive only long enough to be blown up in the right place. The Borgward was heavier, and designed to emplace its charge and then withdraw relatively unscathed. But it was not alone. The USSR built and operated a series of ‘Teletanks’ for particularly dangerous operations, and Britain designed an unsuccessful Mobile Land Mine along the lines of the German Goliath.

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New Releases for April 2018! from Osprey Publishing Ltd

This month we have another fantastic set of new releases

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Short Stirling Units of World War 2

Short Stirling Units of World War 2

Of the RAF's trio of four-engined heavy bombers in World War 2, the mighty Short Stirling was the first to enter service in August 1940. From its first raid in February 1941, the Stirling was at the forefront of the British night bombing offensive against Germany before unacceptably high losses forced its relegation to second-line duties later in the war.

In its modified form as the Mark IV the Stirling fulfilled vital roles with the RAF as a paratroop transport and glider tug on D-Day, at Arnhem and on the Rhine crossing as well as flying countless Special Duties operations over Occupied Europe and Norway. Its last gasp was in 1948-49 when a handful of Mk Vs were acquired by the Royal Egyptian Air Force to bomb Israel in the First Arab-Israeli War.

Containing numerous first-hand combat accounts from the crews that flew the bomber and detailed profile artwork, Short Stirling Units of World War 2 uncovers the history of one of the RAF's greatest World War 2 bombers.


Technicals

Technicals

Over the last 30 years, the ‘technical' or armed pick-up truck has become arguably the most ubiquitous military land vehicle of modern warfare.

Harking back to the armed Jeeps and Chevrolet trucks of the SAS and Long Range Desert Group in North Africa in World War II, the world's first insurgent technicals were those of the Sahrawi People's Liberation Army in Algeria in the late 1970s, followed by the Chadian use of technical in the so-called Toyota War against Libya. Since then, technicals have seen use in Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, as well as being used by Western and Russian Special Forces.

Fully illustrated with commissioned artwork and providing rigorous analysis, this is the first history of how this deceptively simple fighting vehicle has been used and developed in conflicts worldwide.


  Brittany 1944

Brittany 1944

One of the prime objectives for the Allies following the D-Day landings was the capture of sufficient ports to supply their armies. The original Overlord plans assumed that ports along the Breton coast would be essential to expansion of the Normandy beach-head. This included the major ports at Brest and on Quiberon Bay.

The newly arrived Third US Army (TUSA) under Lt. Gen. George S. Patton was delegated to take on the Brittany mission. In one of the most rapid mechanized advances of the war, TUSA had the ports of Avranches and Quiberon encircled by the second week of August 1944.

But changing priorities meant that most of TUSA was redeployed, meaning only a single corps was left to take the Breton port cities. The fight would drag into 1945, long after German field armies had been driven from France. Using full colour maps and artwork as well as contemporary accounts and photographs, Brittany 1944 is the fascinating story of the siege of Germany's last bastions on the French Atlantic coast.


Burrows & Badgers

Burrows & Badgers

The Kingdom of Northymbra is a land in turmoil. King Redwulf is missing, and his son rules as regent in his stead, facing threats from within and without: growing dissention among the knights and nobles of the realm, whispers of revolution from the Freebeasts, Wildbeasts encroaching on the borders, and bandits of all stripes making the most of the chaos.

Burrows & Badgers is a tabletop skirmish game set in the ancient realm of Northymbra, a kingdom where mice, badgers, toads and other animals wear armour, wield swords, and cast magic spells.

Your tabletop becomes part of the Kingdom of Northymbra, whose ruined villages, haunted forests, and misty marshes play host to brutal ambushes and desperate skirmishes. Lead your warband from battle to battle, and uphold the name of your faction, whether you stand with Reinert's Royalists, the Freebeasts of the Fox Families, or simply for your own glory or survival.

Each model in Burrows & Badgers represents an individual character, and can be selected from a wide range of species - from the humble mouse to the mighty badger - and armed and equipped as desired. Scenarios link into ongoing campaigns, where heroes and villains may make their names and the assistance of infamous mercenaries might mean the difference between victory and defeat.


Outremer: Faith and Blood

Outremer: Faith and Blood

Outremer: Faith and Blood is a 28mm skirmish wargame featuring small groups of warriors fighting in Outremer during the Crusades. While suitable for one-off skirmish encounters the focus of the game is a structured and progressive campaign setting in which they are able to watch their force grow and develop over a series of scenarios and encounters from a small party of five or so soldiers into a powerful warband a score strong. Character development is key, and a wide range of troop options and factions allows a high degree of individuality and personalisation. Players will also be able to recruit mercenaries and agents such as Hashashin and Varangian survivors to bolster their forces - potent but expensive additions that will add a distinct flavour to each encounter.


Hurricane

Hurricane

This remarkable aircraft, designed and built to combat the emerging fighter strength of the Axis nations in the lead-up to World War II, made its name in the air battles over Britain and France in the first years of the war. Beloved by its pilots for its stable firing platform and reputation as a rugged survivor, the Hawker Hurricane quickly became the backbone of the RAF, scoring more kills than the more glamorous Spitfire in the Battle of Britain.

This compact volume draws on a wealth of research, artwork and contemporary photographs, as well as images of surviving Hurricanes in flight today, to present a complete guide to this classic fighter aircraft.


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Campaldino 1289

Campaldino 1289

Campaldino is one of the important battles between the Guelphs and Ghibellines - the major political factions in the city states of central and northern Italy. It heralded the rise of Florence to a dominant position over the area of Tuscany and was one of the last occasions when the Italian city militias contested a battle, with the 14th century seeing the rise of the condottiere in Italy's Wars.


In this highly illustrated new study, renowned medieval historians Kelly De Vries and Niccolò Capponi have uncovered new material from the battlefield itself, as well as using all the available sources, to breathe new life into this colourful and fascinating battle.


Hitlerjugend Soldier vs Canadian Soldier

Hitlerjugend Soldier vs Canadian Soldier

Canadian and Waffen-SS troops of 12. SS-Panzer-Division Hitlerjugend faced one another in a series of bloody battles following the D-Day landings of June 1944. The Canadian units fought in a number of distinguished regiments, while the Hitlerjugend Division were drawn from the ranks of the Hitler Youth organizations. Veteran officers and NCOs were joined by inexperienced teenagers, and clashed with the Canadians repeatedly, notably at Authie, Bretteville and Hill 168. The struggle quickly took on an especially bitter nature, fuelled by the massacre of Canadian prisoners by Hitlerjugend personnel.

Employing first-hand accounts and the latest research, as well as specially commissioned artwork and carefully selected archive photographs this absorbing study investigates the origins, ethos, training, fighting techniques and weapons of both sides during the epic struggle for Normandy.


Soviet Cruise Missile Submarines of the Cold War

Soviet Cruise Missile Submarines of the Cold War

The Soviet Union's cruise missile submarines from the modified Whiskey, to the Oscar II classes were among the most formidable vessels of the Cold War. They were initially designed to carry land attack nuclear-tipped cruise missiles designed to strike targets on the eastern coast of the United States. By the late 1960s, however, submarine-launched ballistic missiles made the nuclear land-attack mission unnecessary, so existing classes were converted to the ‘carrier killer' role, armed with anti-ship cruise missiles designed to destroy US super-carriers and other important naval targets.

This fully illustrated study examines these powerful machines that were some of the largest and fastest submarines ever built. If war had broken out, they would have been at the forefront of the Soviet Navy's campaign to destroy NATO's sea power and cut America's sea link with Europe.


Operation Crossbow 1944

Operation Crossbow 1944

In mid-1943, Allied intelligence began to pick up the signs of unusual German construction in remote locations near the Channel Coast. Several massive fortifications were beginning to take shape, and they appeared to be oriented towards London. Allied intelligence codenamed these sites as "Crossbow" and began plans to attack them before they could bombard Britain's capital city. These "Heavy Crossbow" sites for the V-1 and V-2 missiles were supposed to be bomb-proof, but they soon attracted the attention of RAF heavy bombers with the new Tallboy concrete-penetrating bombs.

Fully illustrated with commissioned artwork and contemporary photographs, Operation Crossbow 1944 examines the dynamics of the world's first missile war. It also describes the parallel American efforts to develop missiles and assault drones to attack the "Heavy Crossbow" sites, including the Air Force's Aphrodite and Navy Anvil projects.


The FN MAG Machine Gun

The FN MAG Machine Gun

For six decades, the 7.62mm FN MAG has been a dominant general-purpose machine gun (GPMG) in worldwide arsenals. Three qualities have guaranteed this enduring status - reliability, ease of operation, and firepower. Several nations have license-produced the weapon as their standard GPMG, including the British (as the L7) and the Americans (M240), and in total more than 80 nations have adopted the FN MAG. The machine gun has also been modified extensively for vehicular, naval, and aircraft platforms, demonstrating versatility in the air, on sea, and on land.

In this book, Chris McNab charts the technical evolution of this extraordinary weapon, created by Belgian company Fabrique Nationale d'Herstal. From the jungles of South East Asia, to the deserts of the Middle East, and the icy battlefields of the Falklands, this study explores the origins, development, combat use, and legacy of the FN MAG machine gun, a dominant weapon in its field for more than a half-century.


Heinkel He 177 Units of World War 2

Heinkel He 177 Units of World War 2

In many ways, the Heinkel He 177 'Greif' (Griffon) was Nazi Germany's 'lost' strategic bomber. With some fundamental creases ironed out, and built in large numbers, the He 177 would have offered the Luftwaffe the means with which to carry out long-range, mass bombing attacks against targets of a strategic nature. Although competing interests and personalities served to prevent this from happening, from mid-1943 the aircraft nevertheless saw service over England, the Atlantic, the Mediterranean and in Russia. The He 177 flew to the end of the war, with some machines undertaking extremely hazardous low-level missions against Soviet armour in Poland in late 1944-45.

This fascinating book, filled with detailed artwork and contemporary photographs, tells the story of this aircraft, including the political infighting at the top of the Luftwaffe's hierarchy that stymied its development, its radical technical design and its state-of-the-art weaponry.


P-39/P-400 Airacobra vs A6M2/3 Zero-sen

P-39/P-400 Airacobra vs A6M2/3 Zero-sen

After the huge advances made in the early months of the Pacific war, it was in remote New Guinea where the advance of Imperial Japanese Naval Air Force (IJNAF) A6M Zero-sen fighters was first halted due to a series of offensive and defensive aerial battles ranging from treetop height up to 30,000 ft.

Initially, the IJNAF fought Australian Kittyhawks, but by May 1942 they had fought themselves into oblivion, and were relieved by USAAF P-39 and P-400 Airacobras. The battles unfolded over mountainous terrain with treacherous tropical weather. Neither IJNAF or USAAF pilots had been trained for such extreme conditions, incurring many additional losses aside from those that fell in combat. Using specially commissioned artwork and contemporary photographs and testimony, this fascinating study explains how, despite their initial deficit in experience and equipment, the Airacobras managed to square the ledger and defend New Guinea.


We March Against England

We March Against England

In May 1940 Nazi Germany was master of continental Europe, the only European power still standing was Great Britain - and the all-conquering German armed forces stood poised to cross the Channel. Following the destruction of the RAF fighter forces, the sweeping of the Channel of mines, and the wearing down of the Royal Naval defenders, two German army groups were set to storm the beaches of southern England. Despite near-constant British fears from August to October, the invasion never took place after first being postponed to spring 1941 before finally being abandoned entirely.

Robert Forcyzk, author of Where the Iron Crosses Grow, looks beyond the traditional British account of Operation Sea Lion, complete with plucky Home Guards and courageous Spitfire pilots, at the real scale of German ambition, plans and capabilities. He examines, in depth, how Operation Sea Lion fitted in with German air-sea actions around the British Isles as he shows exactly what stopped Hitler from invading Britain.


Konflikt '47: Defiance

Konflikt '47: Defiance

Delving deeper into the weird world of Konflikt '47, this supplement presents a range of new material for the game, including:

- New units: Options for troops and technology that can be added to the armies presented in the rulebook.

- Special characters: Field the best of the best, elite men and women who may singlehandedly be the crucial element between victory and defeat.

- New background: The history of the world of Konflikt '47 is detailed in more depth.

- New rules: All-new means of waging war, including material previously published online.


Saturday, 28 April 2018

Lone Star loco and wagons from eBay

0 - 6 - 0  tank loco , 4 x open wagons , guards wagon

0 - 6 - 0  tank loco , 4 x open wagons , guards wagon

£10

Lone star loco and 9 wagons and 1 x crane

Lone star loco and 9 wagons and 1 x crane

£15
postage for the above lot £5.40

Miniature Wargames 421, May 2018


Miniature Wargames 421, May 2018
  • Putty to Pixels: The editor interviews the Mithril sculptor Chris Tubb on the transition from ‘greenstuff’ to computer modelling.
  •  A show report from Cavalier 2018: the editor takes a trip to the Tonbridge show.
  • Hell By Daylight: The last part of a set of rules for 20th Century Skirmish: build your own insurgency!
  • The Victorio Campaign: The final part of a guide one of a guide to the Apache Wars in the Old West from 1870 to 1876.
  • The Path to Frostgrave: Rules author Joe McCullough takes us through the rules design process and provides a new scenario!
  •  Command Decision. Villiers Bocage: another wargames poser.
  • One of these things...Is not like the other. The historical versus non-historical debate continues.
  • There’s also more scratch building gaming scenery: The Wargames widow builds swampy rivers and we have a guide to indestructible rocks!
  •  Plus all the latest news and reviews!

Wargames Illustrated 366, April 2018

Wargames Illustrated 366, April 2018

OBSERVATION POST
A special focus on what we picked up at Vapnartak in York this month.

THEME 1: ARMIES OF THE THIRTY YEARS WAR
Jim Graham provides some advice for gamers looking to invest in a new period or army for use during this fascinating period.

THEME 2: AIRCRAFT AND GROUND SUPPORT IN THE GREAT WAR
Jim Graham is back, switching periods to look at some of the less glamorous aspects of being a ‘Knight of the Air’ during World War One.

THEME 1: WARGAMING THE BATTLE OF ROCROI
Simon MacDowall examines the wargaming potential of the Franco-Spanish conflict in the Thirty Years War.

THEME 2: RAID ON KENSINGTON
The drone of engines, the twists and turns of aerial combat – we tried out one of the scenarios and aspects of the expanded rules from the upcoming Blood Red Skies with game designer Andy Chambers.

THEME 1: GOING PLASTIC IN THE THIRTY YEARS WAR
Rupert Mitchell of Drum and Flag presents some thoughts on creating armies using plastic miniatures.

THEME 2: TAKE TO THE SKIES WITH JOHNNY RED
Whilst America had the X-Men and Spiderman, the Brits had more ‘realistic’ heroes, whose stories were told against the backdrop of real warfare. Steve Beckett tells us more about – Johnny Red.

JUST ANOTHER APRIL FOOL
Pete Brown embraces an April tradition, but can you tell the historical truth from the alternative facts?

THEME 2: ROUTE PACK 6
Aerial Warfare over North Vietnam 1965-72. John F. Stanoch discusses this aspect of the war in Vietnam and presents some gaming ideas and a scenario.

THEME 2: BOOTNECK AIR ASSAULT
Although the ‘Suez Crisis’ resulted in a humiliating climb down by Britain and France, the military operation itself succeeded and featured the first example of an assault never before used in combat.

BATTLE OF THE BATTLEMATS
We take a look at a number of battlemats from different companies, along the way charting their evolution and merits.

GO LARGE IN WORLD WAR ONE (OPPY WOOD PART 2)
James Morris takes the 12mm version of his 2017 wargames project (featured last month) to war on a larger scale – 54mm!

RULES SHOWCASE: HAIL THE DARK AGES!
The latest supplement for Hail Caesar from Warlord Games covers the Dark Ages or ‘Early Medieval’ period, with new special rules and updated army lists – we try them out with HC author Rick Priestley.

MODELLING: DRUID
A look at the creation of our Salute 2018 gaming table.

SHOW REPORT: TACTICA 2018
Our travels take us to Hamburg once more, and this excellent showcase of Germanic wargaming talent.

Wargames Illustrated

Warning Order 48, April 2018

Warning Order 48, April 2018

Warning Order, a free wargaming e-magazine, now has issue #48 available to download.

This issue features our annual Warmaster tournament, a playtest of the Pickett's Charge ACW rules, a Saltcon report where we ran Frayser's Farm with Brigade Fire & Fury along with a Phantoms game, and a Saga battle report. Two new Engagements scenarios, book and game reviews, plus the usual features round out the issue.

You can download the issue directly with this link.

Back issues are available by going to this page.

Warning Order

Starting of Wars, John Buford, Chancellorsville Live, and More

Starting of Wars, John Buford, Chancellorsville Live, and More

Spring is the time of fresh starts and new beginnings. The month of April saw two of the most important starting dates in our nation’s history. Though they stand separated by the decades and were arrived at under vastly different circumstances, both had a profound impact on American history and began conflicts that would shape our nation.

April 19, 1775, was the day a single shot fired in Lexington, Massachusetts, was heard around the world. After suffering through years of taxation, political disenfranchisement, and military occupation, groups of rebelling “minutemen” gathered in the town of Lexington and confronted about 700 British regulars seeking to put them down. As the massed Patriots and Redcoats stared back at one another, some must have still wanted to avoid violence, hoping that issues between London and the colonies could be resolved peacefully. But a single minuteman reportedly fired at the British column, setting off the Battles of Lexington and Concord, which sent the British retreating back to Boston and set the 13 colonies forth to win their independence on the battlefield.

Almost a century later, on April 12, 1861, a different sort of shot was fired at a different sort of enemy. The state of South Carolina and others in the deep South had declared their secession from the Union. But President Abraham Lincoln promised in his first inaugural address that “You have no oath…to destroy the Government, while I shall have the most solemn one to ‘preserve, protect, and defend it.’ ” To remind them of that oath, Lincoln decided to resupply the federal garrison on Fort Sumter, an island in Charleston Harbor. Many Southern soldiers and politicians took that action as a provocation. They fired on the fort, forcing its garrison to surrender and leading the divided nation into a conflict that would decide the fate of its Union and, eventually, those who lived in bondage within it.

This April, we thank you for helping to preserve the lands made sacred by the conflicts begun on these two remarkable anniversaries.

Support our History Teachers and Inspire Historians of Tomorrow

Help those who help our children every day, by providing them with tools to be better educators. We're raising funds to send deserving teachers to our National Teacher Institute, where they can connect with like-minded educators, receive world-class lectures, tours, and curriculum materials. Every year, we strive to provide this event for free for teachers. But we can't do it alone.

John Buford In4

On December 16, 1863, the Federal Army was robbed of one of the finest cavalry officers in the Union Service. In this new In4, Wayne Motts of the National Civil War Museum details the life and service of Union Brigadier General John Buford.

Park Day Photo Contest

Thank you to all who rolled up their sleeves and made Park Day 2018 a success. We would love to hear your preservation stories and pictures. To enter our contest, upload a photo of you, your family, or friends participating in the day’s events for a chance to win a prize. Keep checking back to vote for your favorites.

Chancellorsville 155th Live

Join us May 2nd, 3rd, and 10th, live on Facebook for all the highlights of the Chancellorsville Campaign the Cracker Box Meeting, Jackson's Flank Attack, the Wounding of Stonewall Jackson, the fight for the Chancellorsville Crossroads, and more. We will bring you live to the Chancellorsville Battlefield via Facebook, and have leading historians, surprises, and a lot of fun in store.

Civil War Animated Map

Our Civil War animated map covers the entire conflict in 27 minutes and includes the Trust’s outstanding animated battle maps, showing army movements, battle reenactments, and exclusive footage of the last reunion of blue and gray veterans in 1938. From the bombardment of Fort Sumter to the furling flags at Appomattox and beyond.

Revolutionary War Animated Map

On April 19, 1775, a group of determined colonists resisted the British advance on Concord and ignited a global conflict. The Revolutionary War spanned eight years and established a new nation. Follow the defining moments of the conflict by viewing our Revolutionary War Animated Map.

American Battlefield Trust

Friday, 27 April 2018

Fondation Napoléon, Whats On April 2018

5 May > Commemorations for the Emperor and the fallen soldiers of the Grande Armée

5 May > Commemorations for the Emperor and the fallen soldiers of the Grande Armée

Organised by the Military Governor of Paris, the Governor of Les Invalides and the imperial family, the commemorative mass in memory of Emperor Napoleon I and the soldiers who died for France will take place in the Cathedral of Saint-Louis des Invalides (Paris, France) at 6.30pm on 5 May, under the presidency of HIH the Prince Napoleon. It will be celebrated by Bishop Antoine de Romanet, the Bishop of the French Armed Forces. The mass is open to the public. It will be preceded at 5.45pm by a laying of wreaths - including one by the Fondation Napoléon - at the Emperor's tomb beneath the Dome of Les Invalides. On this occasion, access to the crypt is by invitation only.

Exhibition > "Napoleon, the five faces of triumph" arrives in Warsaw (Poland)

Exhibition > "Napoleon, the five faces of triumph" arrives in Warsaw (Poland)

The touring exhibition "J’arrive! Napoleon, the Five Faces of Triumph” continues its journey, this time hitting by storm the capital of Poland’s Palace of Culture and Science - Pałac Kultury i Nauki - until 30 June 2018. The interactive show which combines authentic and works of art and evocative objects from the life of Napoleon - letters, weapons, furniture - with dynamic technological creations is produced in partnership by Napoleon Touring LTD, DOCA, the Musée de l’Armée, and the Fondation Napoléon. It was first presented in Udine, near Venice, from December 2016 to February 2017, then in Turin, from 28 October 2017 to 28 January 2018. Since then, several more pieces have been added to the display, included a bicorne hat worn by Napoleon on St Helena (lent by the Musée de l’Armée) and items connecting Napoleon to Poland, such as letters to his mistress, Marie Walewska. The Fondation is lending around sixty objects from its collection.

'Imperial Voices' at Les Invalides

'Imperial Voices' at Les Invalides

As part of the concert series "Musiques et paroles d'Empereur" organised by the Musée de l'Armée with the Fondation Napoléon on the occasion of the exhibition Napoleon, the Strategist, Peter Hicks will conduct the Académie Symphonique de Paris, the choir "Les Voix Impériales", soloists and organist Sarah Kim in a programme of music on 24 May 2018 at 8pm, in the Cathedral Saint-Louis des Invalides. Full programme here.

Peter Hicks

Interview Conductor and historian Peter Hicks answers a few questions about this original and historical musical programme.
Read about and listen to some examples of napoleonic music on our website, napoleon.org.


"Prize Papers Project" launched at Oldenburg Castle

"Prize Papers Project" launched at Oldenburg Castle

The British National Archives, in partnership with the University of Oldenburg in Germany, has announced an exciting 20-year project starting next month to digitise, catalogue, and describe, in order to make available freely online, around 160,000 undelivered letters which were seized in their mail-bags from ships captured by the British during wars between the 17th and 19th centuries. The letters bear witness to the experiences of ordinary people during major conflicts including the American and French Revolutionary wars, and the Napoleonic wars.

Cinema > "The Emperor Strikes Back"

Cinema > "The Emperor Strikes Back"

Alongside the Napoleon the Strategist exhibition, the Musée de l'Armée is hosting a series of free film-screenings on the theme "The Emperor Strikes Back", from 14 to 18 May 2018. Full programme here (in French). Reservation required.

Podcast > Napoleon in Fact and Fiction

Podcast > Napoleon in Fact and Fiction

From Napoleon impersonators, his image in caricature and ballads, to a play which asks the question "what if he didn't die in exile?" - presenter Anne McElvoy is joined by actor and director Kathryn Hunter, biographer Michael Broers, historians Oskar Cox Jensen and Laura O'Brien and journalist Nabila Ramdani who looks at how Napoleon is viewed in 21st-century France.

Summer events at Apsley House, home of the Duke of Wellington

Summer events at Apsley House, home of the Duke of Wellington

Apsley House in London, home to the Dukes of Wellington, is now open five days a week until 31 October. Its collection includes many portraits and artefacts relating to Napoleon and his family and the Napoleonic wars. Special events this summer include a small temporary exhibition “In Service to the Duke Below Stairs at Apsley House” telling the story of the Duke’s servants, a talk on 14 May by historian Sir David Cannadine exploring the Irish-born Duke's legacy as the "Last Great English gentleman", evening visits on 18 and 19 May as part of "Museums at night", with period music, and tales of the house’s fascinating history brought to life, and the popular “Waterloo Experience” on 14 June in which costumed interpreter Stephen 'Abs' Wisdom recreates the Battle of Waterloo … with vegetables!

Fondation Napoléon

Natural Born Genealogists

The French love history and what it reveals about themselves in particular, a fact which is demonstrated by the undeniable enthusiasm here in France (as indeed elsewhere) for genealogical and palaeographical research. Books, specialised magazines, websites, dedicated groups on social networks... all show this thirst for the appropriation of the past.

Here at the Fondation Napoléon we are frequently contacted by people seeking genealogical information on individuals from the First and Second Empire. We try to direct them to the right sources, and, in the "Online Resources" section of this Newsletter, we regularly highlight databases relevant to genealogical research.

Modern technology has made it possible for national archives, both departmental and municipal at their various levels, to go further, making the documents more accessible, more appreciated, and this in turn feeds demand. But the changes have also exposed the vastness of material in question. A recent appeal by the French Ministry of Culture - asking the public to express its opinion on the choice of what archives should be digitised - bears witness to this popular interest but also underlies a certain embarrassment even clumsiness on their part. Let’s face it, putting documents online inevitably requires a certain amount of technical infrastructure, and, let’s not forget, a significant financial investment.

Here at the Fondation Napoléon, the desire to support the digital preservation of archives was first demonstrated in 2001 with the launch of the napoleonica.org website, followed by the digitisation of certain (physical) books from its library, and we are currently continuing our activity in this respect with the appeal we launched with the French National Archives for the conservation and digitisation of plans and drawings produced for Napoleon I.

Long live the digitisation of the past!

Marie de Bruchard

Fondation Napoléon

Thursday, 26 April 2018

History Teachers Need Your Help

History Teachers Need Your Help

For many students, their first introduction to American history happens in a classroom. The gatekeepers to our past are educators dedicated men and women who work tirelessly helping to cultivate the historians and citizens of tomorrow.

This is why we seek to provide top-notch history materials and resources for educators to use in their classrooms. Today, you can help our effort and sponsor a deserving teacher by supporting their continuing education at our annual National Teacher Institute, to be held this summer in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

The National Teacher Institute is a rare and invaluable experience for those who teach American history. Every year, they are faced with tighter budgets and increasingly strict educational standards. This professional-development event helps alleviate that strain for K-12 educators around the country.

Every year, we strive to provide this institute to teachers for free, but we can’t do it alone. Many generous donors and sponsors have stepped forward to fund the majority of the costs. I am asking your help to cover the remainder.

This is our opportunity to help those who help our children every day by providing them with the tools to be better educators.

Through the Teacher Institute, educators can engage with like-minded professionals, learn some of the latest teaching techniques, and acquire continuing-education credits, which are required by most states. Every year, we receive overwhelmingly positive feedback from teachers who feel refreshed and prepared for the upcoming school year.

So, I am asking you to help provide this incredible experience for our educators. Will you help sponsor a teacher and, in turn, inspire and excite the next generation of Americans about their history?

Please help sponsor a teacher at our National Teacher Institute so educators across the country can inspire the next generation and instill a passion for history

The Civil War Trust

12mm Jaguar 1 or 2 from Butlers Printed Models

One West German Jagdpanzer (Raketenjagdpanzer) Jaguar 1 or 2 tank destroyer in 6 mm (1/285), 12 mm (1/144), 15 mm (1/100), 20 mm (1/76) and 28 mm (1/56).

Jaguar 1 mounts the HOT anti-tank missile system

Jaguar 1 mounts the HOT anti-tank missile system picture 1

Jaguar 1 mounts the HOT anti-tank missile system picture 2

Jaguar 1 mounts the HOT anti-tank missile system picture 3

Jaguar 1 mounts the HOT anti-tank missile system picture 4

Jaguar 1 mounts the HOT anti-tank missile system picture 5

Jaguar 2 mounts the TOW anti-tank missile system

Jaguar 2 mounts the TOW anti-tank missile system picture 1

Jaguar 2 mounts the TOW anti-tank missile system picture 2

Jaguar 2 mounts the TOW anti-tank missile system picture 3

Jaguar 2 mounts the TOW anti-tank missile system picture 4


Pictures shown are for 15mm models

 All models supplied unpainted, unbased and without crew (figures)

3D printed to order

Butlers Printed Models

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Earth Day


Today is Earth Day. Although this celebration was established well after America's founding conflicts ended, it’s an opportune time to reflect on an important benefit of battlefield preservation: a healthier planet.

My name is Kathy Robertson, and I am a member of the Real Estate team at the Civil War Trust. Every day, the Trust works to save historic battlefield land from new development, provide open space and recreational opportunities, and ensure that this land is protected in perpetuity.

With your help, we’ve preserved over 48,000 acres of open space — much of it at battlefields under constant threat from development, from Manassas and Fredericksburg in Virginia to Stones River and Spring Hill in Tennessee. We’ve prevented urban sprawl from encroaching onto hallowed ground and, at the same time, averted the air and water pollution that would have come had that land been paved over with apartments or shopping malls.

As you know, the lands we save are rich with history and witnessed many of the events that defined who we are as a nation. But conserving battlefields protects our natural environment and contributes to the health of vital ecosystems. Protecting watersheds from destruction is a terrific example of this. By preventing toxic runoff, we protect sensitive watersheds, ensuring clean drinking water for people and wildlife to thrive.

Over the past 30 years, our supporters have helped to protect roughly 2.45 million linear feet of streams and rivers in the United States. This encompasses land in an incredible 87 different watersheds, including the Antietam battlefield in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the Mississippi River Basin central to Civil War events at Vicksburg, and the Tennessee River Basin connected to the battles of Chattanooga and Chickamauga. Historically, these waterways played a key role in military operations. Today, they play an equally essential role in contributing to the health of our nation and our planet.

It’s not just healthy water systems that you are contributing to, but the wildlife that thrives in these open spaces and call them home. Oftentimes, we’ll save land that still has native flora and fauna which were present at the time of a battle. If left unprotected, these plant and animal species would no longer flourish.

For instance, the 180 acres we recently saved at Kettle Creek, Ga. is home to the longleaf pine. These trees were present at the time of the 1779 Revolutionary War battle and covered much of the landscape which witnessed the pivotal Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution. Fast forward to today, and preserved longleaf pine forests cover only a quarter of their original range across the United States.

Saving battlefield land at places such as Kettle Creek allows us to conserve and protect what is left of our sacred spaces and their natural history. Your support means that we can experience these hallowed grounds as the soldiers did, and future generations can appreciate their beauty for many years to come.

The Civil War Trust

Sponsor a Teacher and Inspire Their Students: Support the National Teacher Institute

Sponsor a Teacher and Inspire Their Students: Support the National Teacher Institute


History is a living, breathing entity. It helps to tell the story of who we are as a nation, while guiding us into tomorrow. The gatekeepers to our past are educators dedicated men and women who spend some nine months out of the year helping to cultivate the historians and citizens of tomorrow.

The best teachers out there make it look easy. They engage with their students, instill a passion for the past, bring history alive in their classroom. But it is not as easy as they make it look. Countless hours of study and prep time go into each and every class. We at the Civil War Trust strive to make it just a little easier for these dedicated professionals.

This is why we started the Civil War Trust's annual National Teacher Institute. This event brings together K-12 educators from around the United States and provides them with world-class lectures, workshops, and tours. Through the Teacher Institute, educators can engage with like-minded professionals, learn some of the latest teaching techniques, and acquire continuing-education credits, which are required by most states. This is our opportunity to help those who help our children every day, providing them the tools to be better educators.

Every year, we strive to provide this event to our teachers for free, but we can’t do it alone. Fellow donors and sponsors have pledged to cover the majority of the costs, and we’re asking for your help to raise the remaining funds. Our goal is to raise $25,000 so teachers can receive exceptional materials and instruction for teaching U.S. history in their classrooms.

For those folks who believe history education is lacking in the United States, and for those who believe in history education, here is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students and educators.

To give you a sense of scale, for $100 you can sponsor two teachers, who will receive continuing education credits that many of them will need to teach in the upcoming school year.

These workshops and credits not only benefit these educators, they benefit future generations of Americans. By giving today, you will help to make a difference for a deserving teacher and inspire students across America. We hope that you can help.

The Civil War Trust

Saturday, 21 April 2018

New Website Launched by Lancer Miniatures

New Website Launched by Lancer Miniatures

To all my loyal customers, you may have noticed the old website has vanished, to be replaced by a much sharper and hopefully easier format with an excellent search function to quickly find the exact product you need.

There are a couple of sales going on with 15% discount, due to having too many items in drawers and display boards, these are WW2 figures and tanks, and 10mm walls and hedges.

Resin buildings are now available outside the UK due to the facility of being able to have different postage rates.

Lancer Miniatures

Universal Miniatures Battles

Universal Miniatures Battles

Universal Miniatures Battles is a strategy Wargame in which you can simulate battles from pre-Antiquity to late medieval / pre-gunpowder era, even with any fantasy background you can think or imagine. The rules system is mathematically balanced and has the key advantage that doesn't require additional supplements to create your army list. All you need is in this rulebook!

Thanks to the decks system of UMB, you can create your historical armies based on the facts and information you have researched, any fantasy army you can imagine and be able to play against any other player, regardless the army they collect, because the unique point system is balancing any confrontation.

Wargame Vault

1/144 Business Class Passengers from North Star

1/144 Business class passengers figures set - 4pcs

Business Class Passengers


North Star

1/144 Pan-Am Stewardess from North Star

1/144 Pan-Am stewardess resin figures set - 4pcs

Pan-Am Stewardess

Pan-Am Stewardess

North Star