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Personal logo Weasel Supporting Member of TMP31 Dec 2016 10:40 p.m. PST

If I want to get just one big book that covers tactics, army organization (or disarray) and the major battles in okay detail, what should I get?

Preferably something that isn't super biased towards one particular side since:
A: These guys are long dead
B: I'm Danish anyways.

RittervonBek01 Jan 2017 3:06 a.m. PST

Possibly Charles Carlton's "Going to the Wars". It is more thematic than narrative but should give you a real dose of period feel.
Ps
Shako to Coalscuttle?

Happy New Year!

Mike

gbowen01 Jan 2017 4:07 a.m. PST

S R Gardiner, History of the graet civil war, 4 volumes, with 4 more on the commonwealth

AussieAndy Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2017 7:10 a.m. PST

I reckon that Stuart Reid's All the King's Armies is the best introduction, although not a particularly big book.

Fat Wally01 Jan 2017 7:53 a.m. PST

I'd go with Reid too.

Personal logo Weasel Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2017 9:45 a.m. PST

Appreciate the suggestions.
Looks like "All the kings armies" isn't monster expensive either.

Ritter – Very soon (in Weasel time anyways) :-)

Though I don't know if I'll extend it to pike as well. I'd like to but maybe that'll get a bit too crazy. It's already a big span.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2017 1:53 p.m. PST

Oldie but a goodie?
The English Civil War, 1642-1651: An Illustrated Military by Philip J. Haythornthwaite

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Personal logo Weasel Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2017 4:53 p.m. PST

Well shoot, I have 3 of Haythornthwaite's books already, so that one is an easy buy.

I figure some day I may even be able to pronounce his name.

Mac163803 Jan 2017 3:35 a.m. PST

I also vote for Philip Haythornthwaite, easy to read, covers all the bases and well illustrated.

Weasel, you need to be coached by some one from the North of England on how to pronounce his name.

Personal logo Weasel Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2017 2:57 p.m. PST

My friends on the isles are either Welsh or Londoners unfortunately :(

Anyone want to be my Northern friend?

Mac163804 Jan 2017 5:26 a.m. PST

Weasel, if your on Facebook you might like to join the Liverpool Wargames Association Face book page, we are a mixed club wargames, board games and roleplay.

We are in the north to your friends in London and Wales, to my friends in York and Cumbria we are "Shandy drinking southern softys", and then there is always Scotland.

Elenderil30 Jan 2017 9:11 a.m. PST

For tactics the Osprey "Pike and shot tactics" is a good introduction. The Danes get an honourable mention in the development of the tactics discussion. For a more detailed look at the training and development of ECW armies "Cromwells War Machine" by the same authur expands on the Osprey.

For a general overview of the key battles try Malcolm Wanklyns "Decisive Battles of the ECW".

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