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axabrax11 Jan 2017 3:40 p.m. PST

Read the Osprey, liked it, and would like a little more depth. I am just diving into the AWI in 28mm and thinking about starting with this campaign as a touchstone for buying and painting.

coopman Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2017 4:27 p.m. PST

Go to amazon and do a book search for Yorktown. I haven't read it, but I'd bet that the Gingrich/Forstchen book "Victory at Yorktown" is outstanding. I read "To try men's souls" by them and it was very good. Richard Ketchum's Yorktown book is probably very good also.

historygamer Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2017 5:50 p.m. PST

Don't get too focused on Yorktown as siege games aren't much fun to do, and the assaults on the redoubts weren't really in question given the forces involved.

Jeigheff Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2017 8:24 p.m. PST

It's an obvious choice, but you might like the Osprey Campaigns book concerning Yorktown.

axabrax11 Jan 2017 9:32 p.m. PST

Good point about the sieges,but I'm still interested in a good read, and I'd likely include some of the battles leading up to the sieges, so a broader work makes sense. I did read the Osprey, and it definitely piqued my interest. The Gingrich work is a novel, and I'm mostly looking for non fiction, but I put it in my Amazon wishlist anyway. Thanks!

Supercilius Maximus12 Jan 2017 2:58 a.m. PST

Don't get too focused on Yorktown as siege games aren't much fun to do, and the assaults on the redoubts weren't really in question given the forces involved.

True, although the French assault was "touch-and-go" at one point; however, there are more actions – the initial skirmish in which Scammell was killed, the cavalry action at Gloucester, the failed French assault on the Star/Fusilier redoubt, the British raid on the French batteries opposite the hornwork, or a "what if" British breakout against de Choisy.

historygamer Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2017 4:03 a.m. PST

link

The Guns of Independence: The Siege of Yorktown, 1781

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2017 4:07 a.m. PST

Agree on The Guns of Independence. The author makes one error though, as he states that the new Gribeauval pieces were not employed by the French. They were by Rochambeau's Expeditionary Force.

Normal Guy12 Jan 2017 11:21 a.m. PST

I'll add a +! to the Guns of Independence recommendation. Great book.

axabrax12 Jan 2017 11:43 a.m. PST

Good enough for me. Ordered! Thanks for the recc Gents!

historygamer Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2017 11:57 a.m. PST

I need to get a better copy as the one I have (a proof that someone associated with the book gave me) doesn't have any Index. :-(

Virginia Tory13 Jan 2017 9:05 a.m. PST

"Don't get too focused on Yorktown as siege games aren't much fun to do, and the assaults on the redoubts weren't really in question given the forces involved."

BG has several Yorktown scenarios--Point Gloucester (including a break-out "what if), and storming of Redoubts 9 and 10.

Then there's the Guards' sortie.

Haitiansoldier23 Feb 2017 12:39 p.m. PST

I own the Osprey Yorktown 1781 and found it quite good. I'm much more interested in Brandywine and Monmouth when it comes to Rev War battles.

historygamer Supporting Member of TMP23 Feb 2017 5:17 p.m. PST

The Yorktown book is excellent. So are the author's other books.

Haitiansoldier27 Feb 2017 12:15 p.m. PST

Guns of Independence. I ordered it on Amazon yesterday and it will be delivered tomorrow. Can hardly wait.
I also just got Fatal Sunday and George Washington's Surprise attack, so I will have to toss a coin to decide which to read first.

historygamer Supporting Member of TMP28 Feb 2017 10:27 a.m. PST

For Brandywine you'll need the McGuire books and Michael Harris' book. Fatal Sunday is best for Monmouth, though the Osprey book is good to have too.

Haitiansoldier28 Feb 2017 7:29 p.m. PST

I own Harris' Brandywine book, as well as Fatal Sunday, which I ordered last month. I will read Fatal Sunday once I finish George Washington's Surprise Attack which is about Trenton.

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