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ChrisBBB2 Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2018 5:28 a.m. PST

We have been having a lot of fun fighting our way through all the major battles of the Hungarian War of Independence of 1848-1849. This is one of the biggest wars that nobody has ever heard of. Well obviously lots of members of esteemed present company here on TMP have, but you know what I mean.

Our latest bout was the 2nd Battle of Komarom (or by some counts, the first); anyway, the one on 2 July 1849. This is good wargame fare because although the Austrian attacker intended it to be a limited and straightforward attacker-vs-defender action, the Hungarians sortied from their fortress in force. They counter-attacked, overran part of the Austrian line and turned it into a full-on ding-dong battle of about 30,000 Hungarians vs 50,000 or so Austrians and Russians. Thus both sides were trying to get stuck into the enemy and take the opposition's ground. Also, while one flank is woods and villages, the other is very open. This makes for a good combination of plenty of maneuver and plenty of intense fighting.

Our wargame of it was likewise a full-on ding-dong battle. AAR here:


Bloody Big BATTLES!

Grey Heron07 Dec 2018 1:13 p.m. PST

Thanks Chris for your hard efforts to bring this esoteric period into the light.

Best regards,


Royal Marine08 Dec 2018 2:36 a.m. PST


ChrisBBB2 Supporting Member of TMP08 Dec 2018 3:25 p.m. PST

Thanks, GH. And the same to you for your good work helping with Steve Barber's range of 28mm figures for it.


Grey Heron09 Dec 2018 12:46 p.m. PST

Thanks Chris.

Best regards,


ChrisBBB2 Supporting Member of TMP11 Dec 2018 6:17 a.m. PST

Scenario for this is now posted in the BBB Yahoo group files:

paperbattles03 May 2019 7:13 a.m. PST

Here the Miklos Huszar in the 1849 Winter inside a Hungarian "falu" (village)



SylvainArizona03 May 2019 8:54 a.m. PST

The Army museum in Budapest has a very interesting section about this forgotten war. I am glad I could see it.

ChrisBBB2 Supporting Member of TMP06 May 2019 3:28 p.m. PST

Fine-looking hussars, paperbattles!

Sylvain: I am doing my bit to make this war less forgotten. Watch this space!


Bloody Big BATTLES!

paperbattles07 May 2019 4:06 a.m. PST

Thanks ChrisBBB2,
I like your blog and I read your report about the battle of Komaron. I do like this period, and, being Piedmontese, I do share with the Hungarians their struggle in 1848/1849 (we – Piedmontese – fought against the Austrian in the Italian First Indipendence War); it's quite easy to get info about uniforms /oob/ tacticts of that war but I also collected a lot of info about the Hungarian Szabadsagharc… just I am busy with Leuthen/Austerlitz paperbattles and this period it's just a dream… but I do like forgotten and hidden historical periods

ChrisBBB2 Supporting Member of TMP07 May 2019 1:53 p.m. PST

Well, thank you, pb. Yes, Italy in 1848-1849 is also in the scope of my interests. I haven't wargamed any of the battles of that campaign yet, but I'm sure I will.

The paper soldiers are your own artwork, right? Very nice!


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