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JasonAfrika Inactive Member16 Mar 2017 5:24 p.m. PST

I found these neat little rules doing a search and the author mentions several late 19th Century books that I found free on Project Gutenberg and The Great War of 189- : written in 1893 it starts off almost exactly like the real Great War- kinda spooky. I also found Armies of Europe(1890) and The Armies of Today(1893). Armies of Europe has color plates by Knottel and is the IISS "Military Balance" book of its day with detailed army lists. QUESTION- does anyone know of any other odd, obscure, or strange military titles from the late 19th or early 20th Century? Many of these are now public domain and free online…problem is you need specific titles to search for the books as there is no subject search. Any suggestions? Your help is greatly appreciated. Thank You!

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian16 Mar 2017 5:30 p.m. PST

start at your local library. Inter library loan can get you access to the world

KTravlos Inactive Member17 Mar 2017 6:03 a.m. PST

Chris of BBB might be able to help you as he once was interested in playing a World War in the 1890s.

If you go to and search by events you will find a lot. Also look at the files section of the 19th Century Warfare and Wargaming Facebook group, or my copies on Leadhead PhD. For many of the wars we covered we have smaple bibliogrpahies. Some are from online aggragetors of public domain works and they can work as springboards for you.

MacrossMartin Inactive Member17 Mar 2017 6:08 a.m. PST

Have I got the site for you, Jason!

- brilliant collection of links to archives and online libraries for downloads of all sorts of 'Invasion literature' from the period. A fascinating resource for studying military paranoia and the environment that fostered the arms races pre-WW1. Also, some rollicking good yarns, albeit with a heavy-handed serving of jingoism!

daler240D Supporting Member of TMP17 Mar 2017 6:38 a.m. PST

This is a great period for imaginations toy soldier style gaming.

JasonAfrika Inactive Member17 Mar 2017 8:51 a.m. PST

Thank you all very much!

Andrew Preziosi Supporting Member of TMP17 Mar 2017 12:51 p.m. PST

K Travalos

Question for all though: There is an "Updated" version of an old book dealing with the Chinese (re) Invasion of Hong Kong during the Boxer Revolt period…or some such. The Updated version deals with the 1999 handover.

I could not find the original anywhere, does anyone know what I'm talking about??? (Or…'No, Mr. Preziosi, but we've contacted Bellevue for you!').

JasonAfrika Inactive Member17 Mar 2017 1:36 p.m. PST

I went on but I still do not see or understand how to search for anything unless I have a specific title…HELP!

ChrisBBB2 Supporting Member of TMP18 Mar 2017 2:20 a.m. PST

Thanks for the namecheck, Konstantinos. As it happens, Armies of Europe was the book I based my 1890s campaign on when I was a teenager.

Jason: "does anyone know of any other odd, obscure, or strange military titles from the late 19th or early 20th Century?" What a huge question! The short and unhelpful answer is yes, my bookshelves are full of them. ;-) Can you be a bit more specific about what you're after and for what purpose?


Bloody Big BATTLES!

kabrank21 Mar 2017 3:55 a.m. PST

Hi Chris

Out of interest how did the 1890 conflict run?

Sam sides but nicer uniforms.

Been looking at using Russo Japanese war as a similar type of spring board

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