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ChrisBBB2 Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2022 8:32 a.m. PST

We at Oxford Wargames Society are just a few miles down the road from Blenheim Palace, yet I had never wargamed the battle of Blenheim. This omission has now been rectified in style, thanks to Matt of "Pushing Tin" fame. He rolled out his custom painted battlefield and 6mm armies in all their tricorned finery. See what a good time was had by all here:

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2022 9:08 a.m. PST

I got to visit the Blenheim battlefield when I was stationed in Germany. It was still rolling farmland. Even with a topographic map it took me a while to find the 'denkmal' (monument) to the battle. It was a very small stone plinth on a siding by the railroad crossing. But that was not surprising as the battle was fought in what was the Kingdom of Bavaria who was on the losing side. Somewhere I have some pictures. Maybe I'll locate them before I pass over the western sea and can get them posted.


Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2022 10:55 a.m. PST

Hi, too, was able to visit the battlefield. I was impressed by the rolling farmland and the few remaining buildings in Bleinheim. The castle at the edge of Hochstadt has a wonderful museum that has an animated display (in multiple languages) that show the progress of the battle. The recovered artifacts and the true shade of the Bavarian uniforms are on display. The battlefield remains essentially the same. Only the Danube was relocated away from the village for better navigation some time ago. I have pictures as well but posting them here is difficult for me.

Highly suggested visit for those interested and have the chance.

ChrisBBB2 Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2022 10:48 p.m. PST

Thanks for the tips about visiting the battlefield. It sounds very tempting (and I'm always happy to visit Germany). Ashamed to say I wasn't even sure where Blenheim was until Matt ran this game for us!

Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP25 Feb 2022 10:47 a.m. PST

What really is interesting that the battlefield is largely flat in an region of steep slopes and hills.

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