Saturday, 23 November 2013

New books from the History of Wargaming Project

Today's post included a thick-ish padded envelope containing two books from John Curry of the 'History of Wargaming' Project. Both were eagerly awaited by me ... and a quick glance through them indicates that I will not be disappointed when I get around to reading them.

The first book is THE BRITISH KRIEGSSPIEL (1872): INCLUDING RUSI'S POLEMOS (1888) EARLY WARGAMES VOLUME 2 (ISBN 978 1 291 53126 8) and it was edited by John Curry.


This book is 170 pages long and is split into the following chapters:
  • Foreword by Doctor Peter Perla
  • Introduction by John Curry
  • Map Manoeuvres: An Introduction to Kriegsspiel (1839)
  • The Rules for Kriegsspiel by Captain Baring (1872)
  • The German Game of War (1878)
  • Aids to Kriegsspiel (1897)
  • The Dangers of Kriegsspiel and Political Officers (1899)
  • War-Game Maps (1888)
  • Bellum, an English Kriegsspiel Variant (1909)
  • Kriegsspiel and the Teaching of Military History (1890)
  • The Game of Polemos (1888)
  • Lieutenant Henry Chamberlain's RN New Game of Invasion (1888)
  • Appendix 1: The Kriegsspiel Charts for Captain Baring’s 1872 Game
  • Appendix 2: The New Game of Aldershot, a War Game Mystery
  • Appendix 3: The Game of War (1858)
  • Kriegsspiel Bibliography
I had a role in producing this book as I contributed much of the material for the chapter about POLEMOS, including word-processing and checking the text for the rules.

The second book is PHIL DUNN'S FURY AT SEA: RAPID NAVAL WARGAMING INCLUDING PADDY GRIFFITH'S ONE-EYED NAPOLEONIC NAVAL RULES (ISBN 978 1 291 51026 3) and is also edited by John Curry.


This book is 107 pages long and is split into the following chapters:
  • Foreword by John Curry
  • Wargaming Memories
  • Phil Dunn’s World War Game
  • Over Open Sights
  • The Battle of Yellow Sea Scenario
  • Tabletop Jutland 1915
  • An American ‘Jutland’
  • The Battles of Leyte Gulf
  • Sandhurst’s One-Eyed Napoleonic Naval Rules
  • Conclusion: Dodgy Dice and Shooting
  • Appendix Review of Phil Dunn’s Sea Battle Games: Naval Wargaming 1650 – 1945 Revised Edition
  • Bibliography of Naval Wargaming Books
I am looking forward to reading both these books over the next few weeks ... and I am sure that they will prove to be popular with all those wargamers who have an interest in either or both the history of wargaming and naval wargaming.

2 comments:

  1. Both look like excellent titles. Bob let us know how they read and what your impressions are of the two books ... Jeff

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  2. Jeff Chornley,

    I certainly will try to ... even though I may be biased about the Kriegsspiel book as I did contribute to it!

    All the best,

    Bob

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