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MiniPigs In the TMP Dawghouse10 Dec 2018 9:16 p.m. PST

Looking for all around OOB, Troops types for all the combatants, organizations, types of weapons carried etc.

Is there a guide, set of army lists etc that compiles all of this info?

ChrisBBB2 Supporting Member of TMP11 Dec 2018 5:39 a.m. PST

Not exactly what you're asking for but the best I can offer, and possibly of some use at least:

"Bloody Big European Battles!", the companion volume to the "Bloody Big Battles!" rulebook, includes a nice 4-battle Crimean War campaign: Kurudere, the Alma, Inkerman and the Chernaya. Each includes a historical OOB for the battle in question, with each unit rated appropriately for weaponry and troop quality, etc. In some cases the OOBs give detail of individual regiments; in other cases the units are divisions with just an indication of what troop types they include (zouaves, turcos, guards, highlanders etc). The Kurudere one is special in giving you pretty much all you need for the Caucasus front.

There is also a free scenario for Balaclava in the BBB Yahoo group files.

Hope this helps!

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khanscom11 Dec 2018 10:05 a.m. PST

Useful within its limits is Henry Harris's "The Alma 1854" from the Knight's Battles for Wargamers series. Fairly detailed orders of battle for British and Russian, but less for French and Turks. Maps are scaled and illustrate deployments for battle. Only provides info for this battle, though, not the complete war.

J.W. Brown's "Unit Organizations and Orders of Battle of the Great Armies of Europe 1853- 1870" provides orders of battle and organizational info in almost excruciating detail. A terrific book if you have any interest in late 19th c. armies.

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