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28 Jun 2011 5:50 a.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from "Wellingtons first Battle" to "Wellington's first Battle"

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Maxshadow28 Jun 2011 4:27 a.m. PST

I think this book has mentioned on TMP before some where but I can't find the thread now.
Picked it up from the post office today and found it a very engaging read. Uniquely it has an extensive guide to wargaming the battle using GendBrigade, Black Powder and Volley and Bayonet rules. I'm hoping the author does other titles in the future because I realy enjoy both his personable approach and wargaming slant.
Also part of the proceeds go to Project Hougoumont.

Liberators28 Jun 2011 7:55 a.m. PST

Thank you for posting this, I missed the earlier thread and was unaware of this book. It looks very interesting!

Many years ago I was looking into the French Revolution and the Low Countries campaigns jumped out as a wonderful gaming opportunity. Might have to tuck this one away for when I return to the period (one day!).

GarryWills28 Jun 2011 12:37 p.m. PST

Thanks Maxshadow for the endorsement of Wellington's First Battle, always good to have a satisfied customer. I enjoy doing the original research and applying it in a wargames setting, which I believe significantly informs the ongoing research. As to future work, I am currently working on a couple of articles and looking for ideas for the next book. The French Revolutionary Wars seem a rich topic area which has received less attention in modern times. I would be interested to gauge how much demand there is for the campaigns of the 1790s. For those interested in Wellington's First Battle, it is available through my website, from Amazon, Caliver Books, Paul Meekins Military and History Books, Red Kite Books in the UK and On Matters Military in the USA.

nsolomon9928 Jun 2011 4:31 p.m. PST

GarryWills, I would think there would be strong and growing demand for more information on the Revolutionary period and I'd cite two pieces of evidence.

(1) The growing ranges of miniatures for the period, Eureka's new and expanding Revolutionary range for one example. Always a good sign of demand.

(2) Some rule sets that were released for the Imperial period now starting to be backdated to the Revolutionary period.


GarryWills29 Jun 2011 2:12 a.m. PST

Thanks Nick, the period certainly has a lot going for it, not least of which is the interesting state of flux in all aspects of organisation, uniforms, tactics and artillery at the time, link


Jeroen7229 Jun 2011 3:52 a.m. PST

Very nice to see these lesser know battles/ campaigns :)

Unfortunately it did not that well for the United Provinces :(

spontoon29 Jun 2011 10:44 a.m. PST

How about a figure for "Wellington's First Commission". 73rd Highlanders I believe. I'd love to see a Nosey-in-kilt figure!

Femeng230 Jun 2011 9:17 a.m. PST

Shouldn't it be Wellesley's First Battle?

GarryWills30 Jun 2011 2:27 p.m. PST

No more so than Wellington, he signed his own name as Wesley in 1794, he didn't change it to Wellesley until later in his career, after his brother had adopted the Wellesley title. I didn't think anyone would know who I was talking about if I called it Wesley's First Battle.


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