Help support TMP

"Christmas night, 1776" Topic

20 Posts

All members in good standing are free to post here. Opinions expressed here are solely those of the posters, and have not been cleared with nor are they endorsed by The Miniatures Page.

For more information, see the TMP FAQ.

Back to the American Revolution Message Board

Areas of Interest

18th Century

Featured Hobby News Article

Featured Link

Top-Rated Ruleset

Warfare in the Age of Reason

Rating: gold star gold star gold star gold star gold star gold star gold star 

Featured Showcase Article

1:700 Black Seas British Brigs

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian paints brigs for the British fleet.

Featured Workbench Article

Guilford Courthouse

The modeler himself shows how he paints Guilford Courthouse in 40mm scale.

Featured Profile Article

686 hits since 24 Dec 2020
©1994-2021 Bill Armintrout
Comments or corrections?

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP24 Dec 2020 8:54 a.m. PST

How did they cross?

A truly excellent article from the Journal of the American Revolution.
(That wasn't so hard, was it? evil grin)

I highly recommend subscribing to the mailing list. Several times a week there are new articles, and the site is fun to browse too.

I once put on a massive Trenton game, with each Hessian regiment having at least 75 figures. Pictures were on an old crashed computer, and the sadly greedy Photobucket. Harrumph. Are they still in business?
I treated each company as a separate "maneuver element". For the Hessians, and they had to rally to even leave their barracks. Fortunately, Turn 3 was automatic. Some may say that it's as much "fun" as any predetermined historical "massacre". But the Hessian players insist they had a good time, so I take their word. It took me about a year to collect everything needed.
Alt von Lossberg was Front Rank.
Von Knyphausen was Sash and Saber.
Rall was a serendipitous find. Foundry has a SYW Freikorps range, sculpted by Copplestone. The Grenadiers have no lapels! And Brookhurst had a clearance sale. That was the original kernel to get things rolling.

The Patriot side featured the Dixon "Valley Forge" Continentals (check them out!) and of course the Eureka Ragged Continentals. Plus any other manufacturers I had on hand. I'm not picky. I love them all.
They won. grin

Let's see if I can find The Crossing On Demand.

jambo1 Supporting Member of TMP24 Dec 2020 9:04 a.m. PST

Very interesting article, and a super site as well.

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Dec 2020 10:38 a.m. PST

Here you go, John!

YouTube link

Merry Christma


Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Dec 2020 10:43 a.m. PST

And Let us always remember this Old Masterpiece!

Merry Christmas, Huns!

USAFpilot Supporting Member of TMP24 Dec 2020 10:58 a.m. PST

Those men had guts. Can you imagine the cries today if we attempted a military operation on Christmas night.

42flanker Supporting Member of TMP24 Dec 2020 11:10 a.m. PST

Did they have public holidays then (as we understand them today)?

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP24 Dec 2020 12:08 p.m. PST

Thanks for the link, John.
Fortunately, my local library has The Crossing on DVD. Great film.

14Bore24 Dec 2020 1:44 p.m. PST

Enjoyed the article, going to pass it on tomorrow

doc mcb24 Dec 2020 5:13 p.m. PST

I guarantee you that our special ops people would do a raid on Christmas.

doc mcb24 Dec 2020 5:14 p.m. PST

And that painting of the crossing with the jingoist slogan underneath happens to be the exact and literal truth of what was happening.

42flanker Supporting Member of TMP25 Dec 2020 1:48 a.m. PST

But probably not during Ede- (jury's out on Yom Kippur)

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP25 Dec 2020 3:04 a.m. PST

Can you imagine the cries today if we attempted a military operation on Christmas night.

The deployment of the 2d Marine Division to Saudi Arabia in December 1990 was during the Christmas season. If I'm not mistaken, that was a military operation.

And even though it was 30 years ago, I can still vividly remember the bus ride from Lejeune to Cherry Point and getting on the aircraft.

Dn Jackson Supporting Member of TMP25 Dec 2020 3:16 a.m. PST

I remember standing on the tarmac at Cherry Point on New Years Day 1991. Next stop Saudi!

epturner Supporting Member of TMP25 Dec 2020 1:35 p.m. PST

Dn Jackson;
I was aboard the USNS John Lenthall heading from Bayonne, NJ to the Persian Gulf, same Bat Time, same Bat Channel.


MiniPigs26 Dec 2020 3:00 p.m. PST

And Let us always remember this Old Masterpiece!

And here is the new masterpiece:


Dn Jackson Supporting Member of TMP26 Dec 2020 7:24 p.m. PST

Cheers epturner!

Normal Guy Supporting Member of TMP26 Dec 2020 7:49 p.m. PST

One of the great serendipitous acts of my life was the time, a few years ago when my wife and I were visiting the Nixon Library and Museum. It just so happened that the Museum was temporarily hosting that old masterpiece Virtual Armchair General showed above. It was wonderful to walk right up to it and take it all in. Awesome.

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP27 Dec 2020 10:40 a.m. PST

Cheers, Mini Pigs!

AICUSV27 Dec 2020 10:41 a.m. PST

GW had to use boats – the bridge wouldn't continental money for the toll.
Christmas was as big a thing to Americans back then. In Philadelphia public observance of Christmas was outlawed. Of course this year the Philadelphia police shot and killed Jesus on Christmas link

epturner Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2020 8:43 p.m. PST


To explain AICUSV about Philadelphia, since he is in Montco…

The Quaker religion as well as others of the Protestant faith at the time, were a bit more reserved in their observance of what they considered a Papist bachinalia.

Just saying.


Sorry - only verified members can post on the forums.