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carojon02 Oct 2020 1:24 a.m. PST

I received my copy of the new ECW atlas this week, published by Osprey and written by the renowned historical author Colonel Nick Lipscombe.


With 156 coloured detailed maps of the various campaigns and battle sites, I have a feeling this may well become a key tome covering the wars.

If you would like to know more then just follow the link to JJ's



Timbo W02 Oct 2020 2:24 a.m. PST

Many thanks for the review carojon this looks like one I 'need'

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Oct 2020 4:28 a.m. PST

Thank you for the information Jon
I have ordered one today


Thomas O02 Oct 2020 5:42 a.m. PST

Might have to put that on my Christmas wish list!

John Armatys02 Oct 2020 6:40 a.m. PST

Thanks for the review – I've just ordered my copy!

Personal logo Silurian Supporting Member of TMP02 Oct 2020 7:29 a.m. PST

Excellent. I didn't know about this book. On the 'get ASAP' list it goes!

takeda33302 Oct 2020 9:31 a.m. PST

I was surprised and awed by it's size and depth. Great work and addition .

Steamingdave202 Oct 2020 10:47 a.m. PST

I have the Peninsular War Atlas, do hope this is as good. I do have a problem with the title though. It was not just an "English" Civil War and "The Three Kingdoms" ignores the Principality, which was quite important, especially to the Royalists.

John Armatys02 Oct 2020 12:15 p.m. PST

If the title didn't include "English Civil War" I could easily not have ordered it.

KeepYourPowderDry02 Oct 2020 11:06 p.m. PST

Shop around people, already discounted by 40% by some retailers.

carojon03 Oct 2020 12:33 a.m. PST

Thanks for your comments chaps and for those deciding to get a copy at whatever discount, enjoy. I think you are in for a treat of a book.


jdpintex03 Oct 2020 6:26 a.m. PST


What is the title/publisher of the "Penisular Atlas". Sounds like a good resource

Personal logo David Manley Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2020 9:28 a.m. PST

My copy has arrived :)

Alas the Amazon delivery person left it out in the rain and their cardboard shipping packets aren't that waterproof :(

KeepYourPowderDry03 Oct 2020 10:17 a.m. PST

Steamingdave – the principality had long been subsumed by England – first by Edward Longshanks, then more formally in law about 1530 (brief interlude when Owain Glyndwr claimed Welsh independence).
Politically Wales did not exist in the seventeenth century: the term 'England' meant what we now would call England and Wales.

Whirlwind04 Oct 2020 12:42 a.m. PST

I'm looking forward to getting this soon too.

Personal logo Silurian Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2020 8:36 p.m. PST

Just arrived. Wow, it's a big, detailed and luscious book. Looking forward to reading it.

WKeyser08 Oct 2020 3:33 a.m. PST

I got the pdf version I just dont have room for more paper books. Great job Osprey offering it as pdf or ebook. Now if only Helion would do the same there are lot of books i would love to get from them.

The atlas is great just started reading it.

DaleWill Supporting Member of TMP21 Oct 2020 8:43 a.m. PST

I just received my copy yesterday and it looks great. I'm just starting to read it. Outside of a passing wargamer's knowledge of the conflicts, I don't know much about this era and figured this would be a good start. My only minor criticism is there are no uniform plates. I wouldn't expect plates of ever uniform in a book of this type but maybe a few that would show the basic dress for the period and explanations. Outside of that this covers a lot of ground and look forward to reading it over the long winter.

arthur181521 Oct 2020 11:35 a.m. PST

A book titled 'An Atlas and Concise History' cannot reasonably be expected to cover uniforms as well, especially as it is clearly aimed at readers with a serious interest in the period, who are likely to already possess – or be prepared to acquire – uniform information from other sources.

Did Esposito and Elting's 'Military History and Atlas of the Napoleonic Wars' contain uniform plates?

DaleWill Supporting Member of TMP21 Oct 2020 12:02 p.m. PST

Valid points arthur1815. I was just looking at it from a beginners point of view and a few uniform plates that explained the various parts of the uniform and kit would have been helpful to me. I'll just find that information from other sources.

KeepYourPowderDry22 Oct 2020 1:01 a.m. PST

DaleWill tbh for that sort of information you are probably best looking online. For a 'feel' of what uniforms looked like you are as well served looking for photos of some of the re-enactment groups.

(The rule for Civil War uniforms is that uniforms were not uniform)

As for printed material: the old Ospreys have fantastic illustrations as does the Haythornthwaite but they are both very dated some of the information contained in them is sketchy to say the least. In other words use as inspiration but take with a pinch of salt.

For military hardware the Royal Armouries book by Keith Dowen is second to none.

Helion have some excellent volumes which alas are often let down by poor proof reading and some of the illustrations are terrible (equally some have good proof reading and have superb illustrations, although this tends to be the exception rather than the rule)

Mollinary22 Oct 2020 11:33 a.m. PST

This is a stunning piece of work, for which the author needs to be congratulated. Anyone interested in the Civil Wars needs this book on their bookshelf. Whether you are interested in the Wars as a whole, an individual campaign or battle, this book provides you with an erudite and well thought out start point. If you want to walk the fields take this with you. It is heavy, but worth its weight in gold!

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