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79thPA Supporting Member of TMP16 Nov 2022 11:28 a.m. PST

I received an email though the SYW Assoc. this morning stating that Christopher Duffy has passed.

All Sir Garnett16 Nov 2022 11:59 a.m. PST

A real gent, may he Rest in Peace.

John Leahy Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Nov 2022 12:03 p.m. PST

He will be missed. Sympathies to friends and family. RIP sir.

DFLange Supporting Member of TMP16 Nov 2022 12:07 p.m. PST

A pioneer in research for the 18th century. His books really fueled my interest in the period.

Personal logo Mserafin Supporting Member of TMP16 Nov 2022 12:09 p.m. PST

There's a real loss. I loved reading Duffy's work. May he Rest In Peace, and get to meet Frederick the Great in the afterlife.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP16 Nov 2022 12:30 p.m. PST

He made me interested in the Seven Years War like no other author, he was an absolutely trustworthy source of information. He is now history as much as the period he loved!

Cigar lover16 Nov 2022 12:40 p.m. PST

RIP a great gentleman

14Bore16 Nov 2022 12:42 p.m. PST

Have a couple of his books and big help in getting me into Historical wargaming.

mildbill16 Nov 2022 1:43 p.m. PST

one of the giants, will be missed. RIP

epturner16 Nov 2022 2:00 p.m. PST

Very sad to hear this. I've enjoyed his writing and he was key in getting me interested in the 18th century.


Frederick Supporting Member of TMP16 Nov 2022 2:09 p.m. PST

Very sad – loved his books and like many above they were what got me into SYW

nsolomon9916 Nov 2022 3:28 p.m. PST

Dreadful news, a light has gone out, RIP Christopher Duffy

Personal logo Dal Gavan Supporting Member of TMP16 Nov 2022 3:49 p.m. PST

A great writer and a nice man to boot. A very sad day.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP16 Nov 2022 4:48 p.m. PST

Read a number of his books. Attended a number of his lectures at SYWA conventions. A true scholar of military history, and they're in short supply.

dantheman16 Nov 2022 7:12 p.m. PST

Started collecting his books. Painted two 28mm armies (Prussian and Austrian) because I liked the period, but know little about it.

Was anxiously awaiting the updated Vol 2 on Austria's army. Due out next year. Posthumously unfortunately.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP16 Nov 2022 8:41 p.m. PST

I am very sorry to hear this. My condolences to his family and friends. It was my honor to attend one of his lectures at Historicon and meet him afterwards. He was indeed a scholar and a gentlemen. History and our hobby is poorer for his passing.

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Nov 2022 10:45 p.m. PST

Duffy was maybe the first scholar to make information available, in English, and this introduced many of us to Frederick II and mid 18th century military history. In person, he was a great storyteller and a gentleman who would always take the time to talk to you. He will be missed.

I've written an extensive remembrance of Duffy on my blog. Please click the link to my blog.



AussieAndy16 Nov 2022 11:08 p.m. PST

Sad to hear of his demise. I still have my copy of the original edition of The Army of Frederick the Great, even though I bought the second edition as well (and everything else that he published). There seems to have been multiple publishers of the original edition for some reason. Mine was published by Wren Publishing (a short-lived publisher here in Melbourne).

mumbasa17 Nov 2022 12:46 a.m. PST

A sad loss! RIP

Silurian17 Nov 2022 7:36 a.m. PST

Very sorry to hear this. I have read a number of his excellent books.
A nice tribute Der Alte Fritz.

Raynman Supporting Member of TMP17 Nov 2022 7:54 a.m. PST

I met the man. He was an amazingly friendly person. I listened to a couple of his presentations during the SYW con. He had the typical British dry wit and made me laugh during his talks. I will miss him. He was a wonderful person.

Eleve de Vauban Supporting Member of TMP17 Nov 2022 8:41 a.m. PST

A man that contributed much to my understanding of the 17th and 18th century….a sad loss.

Milgame17 Nov 2022 8:43 a.m. PST

Very sad news indeed. I just finished reading his book, "Fire & Stone: The Science of Fortress Warfare 1660-1860." What an impressive scholar of military science and history.

Mollinary17 Nov 2022 12:22 p.m. PST

A sad day. I was fortunate enough to meet him on a number of occasions. He was a wonderfully authoritative, if understated, tour guide, as well as an entertaining and enjoyable dining companion. He wore his scholarship lightly, but was always generous in sharing it with those who had the same enthusiasms. And he was, without doubt, the giant who dominated 18th century military history. A lovely man, who will be missed by many.

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP17 Nov 2022 3:56 p.m. PST

A wonderful man and a joy.He'll be missed.

whubble17 Nov 2022 4:11 p.m. PST

What a great loss to everyone interested in 18th century history.

GamesPoet Supporting Member of TMP18 Nov 2022 5:21 a.m. PST

A loss of a significant historian.

My condolences to his family and friends.

rustymusket18 Nov 2022 6:27 a.m. PST

May he rest in peace. Always enjoyed his books. Wish I could have met him.

Personal logo Tacitus Supporting Member of TMP18 Nov 2022 8:27 a.m. PST

His legacy would be significant even if he had only written "The Military Experience in the Age of Reason". RIP

Costanzo119 Nov 2022 10:06 a.m. PST

A very sad notice and loss.

Northern Rebel23 Nov 2022 2:55 p.m. PST

A great loss in so many ways.

Come In Nighthawk23 Dec 2022 3:44 p.m. PST

Sad to hear that Christopher has passed away. First met him back ca. Jan. 1989, at a Sandhurst "Bun Fight," and had a subsequent professional relationship for a few years at the turn of the century. He will be very sorely missed.

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