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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 Mar 2023 7:39 p.m. PST

… – American Civil War Game

"I recently (well fairly – this or last year[?]) read Paddy Griffiths ACW book (and it is very interesting to hear American commentators, perhaps shall we say not so praiseworthy reviews, of the book) but knew that upstairs in the loft was an old bag of computer games, one of which was Empire Interactive's Battles of the American Civil War in which was a paper book supplement, written by Paddy. Yes back in the days computer games came with physical instruction books, so with some spare time on my hands (don't tell the wife) off to the loft I went (see below, amongst the cobwebs my efforts were rewarded):…"


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arthur181505 Mar 2023 1:08 a.m. PST

As a comment on that blog notes, this is the Fieldbook title, written by Paddy and illustrated by Peter Dennis, packaged to accompany the computer game.
It has been republished by the History of Wargaming Project and is well worth buying if you don't already have it.

forrester05 Mar 2023 10:23 a.m. PST

Yes I remember when PC games came in big boxes with a manual.

In this case it certainly does look like a revamp of the Fieldbook title and is quite a generous addition to the game.

I still have that book and love the illustrations.

Not aware of details of issues others have with Paddy Griffiths' work but did know there were some disagreements.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Mar 2023 2:19 p.m. PST



Ivan The Not So Terrible05 Mar 2023 4:12 p.m. PST

By pure coincidence, I'm currently reading the book from Field Books. Paddy makes some assumptions and guesses here and there, but it's an interesting read.

DJCoaltrain06 Mar 2023 1:10 p.m. PST

I read Paddy's book about the ACW as a "Napoleonic War" many year's ago. I would have liked to have seen a deeper dive for support to several of his assertions. Especially the ones I thought needed more support, and certain aspects of the conflict that did not support his central thesis. Still, it's a decent read and worth the effort for students of the ACW. Because it will help bring into better focus their own thoughts on the ACW as a modern war.

bobm195907 Mar 2023 6:23 a.m. PST

Griffith's in depth ACW study is called Rally Once Again. Well worth a read alongside the "picture book" referred to here which necessarily dealt with things relatively simply

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2023 2:19 p.m. PST

Thanks also…


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