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Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2019 6:58 a.m. PST

I received this book for my birthday. It's not inexpensive, but it's a fascinating look at life on campaign during the 2nd Afghan War. The author was a war artist "embedded" with the Peshawar Valley Field Force, employed by the London Illustrated News. For me, the artist's sketches and paintings bring the period to life better than the stiff, posed photographs of the time. The book is also full of reference for buildings and terrain for the wargamer.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2019 12:04 p.m. PST

Here's the link to the book from Helion: link

And his Wiki article: link

Looks like he was a prolific war correspondent/artist during the 19th Century.


Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP28 Jul 2019 12:15 a.m. PST

Yes, a great prize indeed for the Second Afghan War/NWF gamer in particular, and military/art history buffs in general! What a great gift, my friend -- someone knows you well! Thanks for posting this, Nick, it will inspire me to take my copy (which I'm sorry to admit I had to buy for myself) down off the shelf and give it another read/viewing!

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP30 Jul 2019 2:56 p.m. PST

Mad Guru, I can't recommend Amazon Wish List enough!

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