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Personal logo John the Greater Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2012 12:57 p.m. PST

I have been fooling around with some Regimental Fire & Fury scenarios and it appears that the Risorgimento might be a source of inspiration. Can anyone recommend some books on the topic?

Prince Alberts Revenge14 Sep 2012 3:06 p.m. PST

John: I am currently collecting armies of the Risorgimento (10mm). The first book to pickup is the old Freikorp uniform/organization guide called "Redshirts", I found my copy from Caliver Books. Another good pickup is the Osprey on Garibaldini, gives some good overview and has nice illustrations. I am building a Papal army and purchased a book on the Papal Zouaves (somewhat biased but gives a good account of skirmishes and battles), another book is the Pope's Soldiers or something like that (search Amazon, they are easy to find). Two battles to search in Wiki to satiate immediate interest are Volturno and Mentana. Hope this helps.

Jeremy Sutcliffe Inactive Member14 Sep 2012 3:45 p.m. PST

I picked up Christopher Hibbert's book on Garibaldi for a song on a second hand book stall at a show. A good read and gave some details of engagements.

You can find it on Amazon but it's more for an operetta than a song. link

IR1Lothringen Inactive Member14 Sep 2012 3:54 p.m. PST

There is another Freikorps booket "Campaign Booklet No8" by Luigi Casali "THE SECOND ITALIAN WAR OF INDEPENDENCE 1859".
It contains uniform information for Piedmontese, French and Austrian forces. Orders of battle and campaign maps. I also got my copy along with "RED SHIRTS" from Caliver Books.

JonFreitag14 Sep 2012 4:02 p.m. PST

Two earlier TMP discussions:

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Prince Alberts Revenge14 Sep 2012 5:09 p.m. PST

Here are links to the books that I mentioned above:


For rules, I plan to use Neil Thomas' 19th Century Eurpean book. Simple with lots of period flavor, plus the book has army lists for the various combatants of the Risorgimento.

Cuirassier15 Sep 2012 6:36 p.m. PST

"The campaign of Magenta and Solferino, 1859" by Colonel H.C. Wylly

Available online for free: link


"Solferino" by Patrick Turnbull


My own thead (with FOUR pages): link

On pages 3 and 4, you will find some rare photos of the French Army in 1859.


Battle of Custoza (1866): link

Personal logo John the Greater Supporting Member of TMP17 Sep 2012 5:53 a.m. PST

Thanks, this puts me well on the way.

Bad General Inactive Member18 Sep 2012 6:13 a.m. PST

Cuirassier, That book online is amazing. Think about how hard that book would be to get even five or ten years ago.

Cuirassier19 Sep 2012 7:34 a.m. PST

John and Bad General,

I found a better online copy of Wylly's book: link

The maps are located at the end of the book.

Osprey published a book on the Franco-Austrian War of 1859 in 2009: link

John… Take a look at these links:


Battle of Montebello: link

Battle of Palestro: link

Battle of Magenta: link

Battle of Solferino: link



Main rules: link

War of 1859: link

Battle of Palestro: link

Battle of Magenta: link

Battle of Solferino: link

Personal logo John the Greater Supporting Member of TMP19 Sep 2012 11:51 a.m. PST

Cuirassier: Thanks, this is an absolute gold mine.

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