Tuesday, 20 September 2016

A bag full of goodies

On Sunday David Crook gave me a wonderful bagful of goodies including:

David Chandler's THE CAMPAIGNS OF NAPOLEON (published in 1966 by Wiedenfeld & Nicholson Ltd [ISBN 0 297 748300]), ...


THE FIRST CARLIST WAR 1833 - 1840: A MILITARY HISTORY & UNIFORM GUIDE by Conrad Cairns (published in 2009 by Perry Miniatures [ISBN 978 0 9561842 0 7}), ...


THREE WEEKS IN NOVEMBER: A MILITARY HISTORY OF THE SWISS CIVIL WAR OF 1847 by Ralph Weaver (published by Helion & Company Ltd [ISBN 978 1 908916 57 0]), ...


... and a third-edition copy of Columbia Games Inc.'s wargame NAPOLEON: THE WATERLOO CAMPAIGN, 1815.


I was amazed at this gift, and I know that I am going to get a lot of use and ideas from all of them.

Thank you very much David!

14 comments:

  1. Characteristically generous of Mr Crook. That Conrad Cairns in particular is excellent and the Chandler needs no introduction.

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    1. Conrad Kinch,

      David is an excellent chap, and I have known him - on and off - since the mid 1980s.

      I am having to exercise extreme restraint, otherwise I would be doing nothing but reading these books all the time!

      All the best,

      Bob

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  2. Very generous offerings from Mr. Crook! Chandler is a great tome of Napoleonic knowledge.

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    1. Jonathan Freitag,

      David Crook is a very generous chap ... and I am looking forward to reading Chandler's book.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  3. Remarkably generous. Campaigns is excellent and the game is very good too (although I can't remember whether that edition is the one that "officially" spoiled it).

    And you'll have to do a write up of the Swiss Civil war to let us less fortunate mortals in on a war we (or perhaps it's just me)know nothing about.
    Cheers

    Andrew

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    1. Rumblestrip (Andew),

      I understand that Chandler's book is one of the best available single volume sources about Napoleon's campaigns, and I am looking forward to reading it.

      The Swiss Civil War is not one I had heard much about before being given this book, and I suspect that it may well give me some ideas for imagi-nation campaigns. As to a write-up about the book's subject matter ... well I may manage to write something at some time in the future.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  4. The First Carlist War book is excellent.

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    1. Simon Jones,

      From what I have seen so far, it looks very good indeed.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  5. Bob,
    You have a most generous friend there in Mr Crook. Many enjoyable hours there. As I age I'm of the opinion that the older books were indeed better written and better illustrated- than more recent works. However, the price some pundits are asking on e-Bay is way too expensive...just having a general grumble. Napoleon's Campaigns and the Swiss War of 1847 look interesting titles. Regards. KEV.

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    1. Kev,

      David is a most generous chap, and I expect that these books (and the game) will give me many years of enjoyment.

      I rarely buy printed books these days, the exceptions being older, relatively inexpensive second-hand books, which - as you comment - are generally well written and illustrated.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  6. The Swiss Civil war book is a most interesting read and one i cannot recommend highly enough.
    Alan
    p.s What the COW dates for 2017?

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    1. Tradgardmastare (Alan),

      Even a quick scan through the book has made me realise how interesting the topic is. Lots of potential ideas for imagi-nation campaigns!

      COW2017 will take place on 9th, 10th, and 11th July 2017.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  7. Hi Bob

    Chandlers book is a great read, and I am sure that it will give you lots of inspiration for your own forthcoming campaigns

    regards

    Paul

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    1. Thistlebarrow (Paul),

      I met David Chandler back in the 1980s when I paid a visit to the Sandhurst Wargames Club. I was invited by the late Paddy Griffith, and Chandler's book was well known as being a definitive work about Napoleon's campaigns. Despite that I never got around to reading it at the time ... but I intend to now!

      It is on top of the small pile of books that I have ready to read next, and I am really looking forward to it.

      All the best,

      Bob

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