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Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP10 Apr 2018 7:12 a.m. PST

Camerone Day is coming on April 30th. Is anyone else planning a game? I am running one at my club on Saturday, April 14th using Michael Montemarano's "Not Men, But Devils" rules. Photos to follow.

Roderick Robertson Fezian10 Apr 2018 8:15 a.m. PST

That means there's still time to pick up a copy of Howard Whitehouse's "The Wooden Hand of Captain Danjou from Wargame Vault!

It's a game about grit, determination, and terrible accents. The players take on the personae of the French characters, and have all the odds stacked in their favor except one – there are too many Mexicans.

The idea is not to survive, but to die in the best way possible!


Shedman10 Apr 2018 1:04 p.m. PST

Yep – using Bloody big Battles

Here's the 154th Anniversary game

Lion in the Stars10 Apr 2018 7:11 p.m. PST

I expect that the Mad Guru will throw down again.

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP10 Apr 2018 9:07 p.m. PST

Lion in the Stars -- you beat me to a reply!!!!

I only wish it were so -- that the "throw down" you speak of was in the offing!

NICKKKKK!!!!!!!! Hard to believe it's been 5 years since our 150th Anniversary game. Wish I could be with you at your club this Saturday! Perhaps you will do me the honor of allowing me to post pics from your game over on my hibernating Camerone Day blog. Meantime, I do plan to take the Hacienda de la Trinidad down off the shelf, along with the Hotel across the road, the abandoned village buildings and Indian dwellings, and of course the deserted dam where the Mexicans treated wounded from both sides.

Until then, here's a few pics from April 30th five years ago…





Perris070711 Apr 2018 5:05 a.m. PST

That's bigger than the actual battlefield…

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP11 Apr 2018 9:48 a.m. PST

These guys showed true courage.

What I mean is that they had the choice to surrender, in the way that Rourke's Drift did not.

How many VCs handed out by the British Empire, to save face for what happened elsewhere that day? But those gents faced the alternative of fighting or getting an assegai where it would really hurt. Training and discipline is what determines whether you fight or just freeze (surprisingly the rule), but giving in is not a choice.

The Alamo. Incredibly brave men to stay there for days, but, in the end, surrender was not an option and the evidence is that most of those, who could, tried to flee.

Our Redcaps cornered in Iraq…..the same……they fought until ammo ran out, but no choice there. Geneva Convention does not apply…

Fighting (almost) to the last man when you could have packed up….like La Haye Sainte……that takes professionalism.

Whether it is worth sacrificing the only life you will ever have, at a very young age, for a political cause that in ten years will be forgotten………but it takes courage

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP11 Apr 2018 10:05 a.m. PST

I fully agree, deadhead, except for your last point: I think few if any of them gave their lives for the political cause of Imperial Mexico, I think the 3rd Company, 1st Battalion made that choice for the Legion itself (though at the time it was "the foreign regiment"). Professionalism, pride, and esprit de corps.

Lion in the Stars12 Apr 2018 6:45 p.m. PST

"for whoever sheds his blood with me today shall be my brother."

True then, true today, true in a thousand years.

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