Saturday, 26 June 2010

Paddy Griffith: An addendum

I realised this morning that I had not done full justice to Paddy both as a writer and as a publisher in my most recent blog entry.

The list of works that he wrote should have also included the following:
  • ‘The Ultimate Weaponry’ (1991)
  • ‘Forward into Battle: Fighting Tactics from Waterloo to the near Future’ (1992)
  • ‘The Viking Art of War’ (1995)
  • ‘British Fighting Methods in the Great War’ (1998)
  • ‘The Peninsular War: Aspects of the Struggle for the Iberian Peninsula’ (1998)
  • ‘Battle Tactics of the American Civil War’ (2001)
  • ‘Fortifications of the Western Front 1914 – 18’ (2004)
  • ‘The Vauban Fortifications of France’ (2006)
  • ‘French Napoleonic Infantry Tactics 1792 – 1815’ (2007)
  • ‘World War II Desert Tactics’ (2008)
  • ‘The Great War on the Western Front: A Short History’ (2008)
  • ‘Sprawling Wargames Multiplayer Wargaming’ (2009)
In addition I should have mentioned that he set up two small publishing ventures, Fieldbooks and Paddy Griffith Associates.

Fieldbooks published only two books, but they were both extremely well received and set a style and standard that combined excellent text and illustrations that others would do well to copy:
  • 'Battle in the Civil War: Generalship and Tactics in America 1861 – 65' (1986) by Paddy Griffith and illustrated by Peter Dennis
  • 'Battle in Africa 1879 – 1914' (1987) by Howard Whitehouse and illustrated by Peter Dennis
During its existence Paddy Griffith Associates published the following:
  • 'How to Play Historical War Council Games' (1991) by Paddy Griffith
  • 'The Battle of Blore Heath, 1459' (1995) edited by Paddy Griffith
  • '"A Widow-making War" – the life and death of a British officer in Zululand, 1879' (1995) edited by Howard Whitehouse
  • '"Buckle for your Dust" – Vietnam Wargame Rules, 1965-73' (1995) by Greg McCauley
  • 'With the Rank and Pay of a Sapper – a history of the Nuneaton 216th (Army Troops) Company, Royal Engineers' (1998) by Professor James Sambrook
  • 'The Battle of Worcester 1651' (2002) by Tony Spicer

1 comment:

  1. The third title from Fieldbooks was to have been 'Battle in Anglo-Saxon England'. All but two pages were submitted and a generous author's fee paid. Alas, the book never saw the light of day, either because illustrator Dennis was unavailable at the last moment (the official reason) or because the text was simply not up to the standard of its two predecessors (a distinct possibility, but one which Paddy would never have dreamed of revealing to its author).