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Personal logo John the Greater Supporting Member of TMP27 Mar 2015 10:52 a.m. PST

Yesterday I received Osprey's book "Armies of the War of the Triple Alliance." I will admit that after getting the terrible book they did on the Chaco War I was a bit worried.

Fortunately, I worried for naught. The book is one of Osprey's better efforts with useful plates, a nice synopsis of the War and several useful maps.

majormike6927 Mar 2015 11:51 a.m. PST

Yes it is a nice book

Bob the Temple Builder27 Mar 2015 12:15 p.m. PST

I got my copy yesterday, and was very pleased with it.


Henry Martini27 Mar 2015 4:14 p.m. PST

I bought it, but I just wish that when they title a book 'Armies of …' they wouldn't then waste half the limited page-space with a potted history.

Winston Smith27 Mar 2015 6:30 p.m. PST

They've been doing that format for 40 years. A bit late to complain about the format now! grin

Besides I know absolutely nothing about that conflict so a potted history is not a Bad Thing.

mumbasa27 Mar 2015 10:16 p.m. PST

After you read this Osprey book, get ahold of these books--Wargaming the Paraguanyan War-1864-1870 and Biographical Sketches from the Paraguayan War-1864-1870. Both are by John H. Tuohy (John the Greater). One of my favorite games at Historicon was John's Battle 0f Tuyuti, 1866.

Henry Martini27 Mar 2015 11:32 p.m. PST

The Osprey 'format' has been consistently inconsistent for 40 years, Winston: the best of the 'Armies of …' titles contain no more than a brief one or two page chronology by way of a nod to narrative history.

There are now several accessible books in print, or OOP but available through libraries, that address the history of this conflict very comprehensively.

Winston Smith28 Mar 2015 5:47 a.m. PST

IF I had any interest in this, the potted history in an Osprey would before than sufficient to satisfy it. I have no need for any motr, undoubtedly expensive , books on the subject. grin
That us the whole point behind Ospreys, isn't it?

Cuirassier28 Mar 2015 10:27 p.m. PST

Hey John (aka John the Greater)!

I have here three books to send to you.

Are you still living in the same address? I deactivated my old e-mail address two years ago (the one you knew) and I don't know if you've tried to contact me.

Signed: Your friend from Rio de Janeiro.

KTravlos29 Mar 2015 4:20 a.m. PST

Got mine as well. I know it will not be the Foundry book or To the Bitter End, but I like Ravas work and need some color references for the non-Brazilian armies.

Personal logo John the Greater Supporting Member of TMP30 Mar 2015 10:55 a.m. PST


Yes, I still live at the same address. I would love getting more books. I thought you had disappeared from the face of the earth.

I am pondering my next book. One thought I had was something on the Volunteers of the Fatherland. Or maybe a biography of George Masterman. The field is pretty open in the English-speaking world.

Personal logo John the Greater Supporting Member of TMP31 Mar 2015 9:55 a.m. PST

Oh, and thanks for the kind words mumbasa. I have had a blast doing the Tuyuti game. Look for a return engagement one of these days.

Cuirassier01 Apr 2015 6:42 a.m. PST


My cuirassier regiment suffered heavy losses at Froeschwiller… Unfortunately, I was wounded and captured by the Prussians and kept prisoner until a couple of months ago. That's why I vanished from the face of the earth. :-)

I will send the books at the end of the month, my friend.

The Volunteers of the Fatherland is a great subject for your next book.

Personal logo John the Greater Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2015 12:52 p.m. PST

Voc muito gentil

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP10 Apr 2015 1:23 p.m. PST

It looks interesting.

Cuirassier24 Apr 2015 6:18 p.m. PST

Thank you, John. You are a true gentleman.

Lilian27 Apr 2015 11:16 a.m. PST

forthcoming Latinoamerican OSPREY from the same author and artist :
Men At Arms 50 ARMIES OF THE WAR OF THE PACIFIC 1879-1883 (19 jan. 2016)!
hoping they will cover others latinoamerican wars


Personal logo John the Greater Supporting Member of TMP28 Apr 2015 10:38 a.m. PST

Lilian – Good news that Osprey has discovered Latin America. I'll have to pre-order the War of the Pacific book

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