Wednesday, 27 November 2013

My fourth Wargaming in History book

Having read WARGAMING IN HISTORY VOLUME 3: GETTYSBURG 1863 – BRANDY STATION, BARLOW’S KNOLL, SICKLES’S FOLLY AND PICKETT’S CHARGE by John Drewienkiewicz and Adam Poole, and having a great interest in nineteenth century military history, it naturally followed that at some point I would have to buy WARGAMING IN HISTORY VOLUME 8: THE AUSTO-PRUSSIAN WAR OF 1866: THE OPENING BATTLES by John Drewienkiewicz and Andrew Brentnall. This has only recently been published by Ken Trotman Books (ISBN 978 1 907417 43 6) and I have been awaiting its arrival by post for some time.

The book has eleven chapters, five appendices, and has numerous colour photographs and maps:
  • Foreword
  • Place names then and now
  • Contents
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Opening Engagements of the Bohemian campaign
  • Chapter 2: Prussian Army of 1866
  • Chapter 3: Austrian and Saxon Armies of 1866
  • Chapter 4: Setting up the battles
  • Chapter 5: Gitschin 29 June: The Austrians obey
  • Chapter 6: Trautenau 28 June: Gablenz show the way
  • Chapter 7: Nachod 27 June: Ramming not up to speed
  • Chapter 8: Skalitz 28 June: Steinmetz surges forward
  • Chapter 9: An alternative Skalitz: Festetics to the rescue
  • Chapter 10: Conclusions
  • Chapter 11: The Battlefield Today
  • Appendix A: Chronology of the Austro-Prussian War
  • Appendix B: Further reading
  • Appendix C: Outline orders of battle
  • Appendix D: The rules for 1866
  • Appendix E: Information for wargamers
I bought two small ready-painted 15mm-scale Austrian and Prussian armies some years ago, and now that I have this book I might actually manage to use some of them on the tabletop other than in the guise of one of my imagi-nations.


  1. Not one that I've picked up yet - but it's only a matter of time.

    Have you seen the Neil Thomas Wargaming the 19th Century book?

  2. Conrad Kinch,

    From what I have read so far, it is another excellent addition to this series.

    It might surprise you to know that I do have Neil Thomas 19th Century Europe wargaming book ... in both printed and Kindle form!

    All the best,


  3. Hopefully the 15mm Austrian and Prussians you mention are your Peter Laings. I might have to buy a copy of that book, it looks interesting.

  4. Jhnptrqn,

    It is my Peter Laing armies that I am writing about ... and I (and others) do recommend the book.

    All the best,



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