Monday - DBM - opening game of new round - Late Macedonians v Late Carthaginians. Sneaky use of Elephant expendables - had they got into the pike blocks it could have been disasterous. Lack of time prevented this battle from being anything but a draw..
On the other tables - Square Bashing again - Turks v French; Sci-Fi again - rules still not right though (Andrew & Tim still experimenting).
Wednesday - finished reading Volume One - so here's a review:
"The first Colonial Soldiers - a survey of British overseas territories and their garrisons, 1650-1714"
Volume 1: the British Isles, Europe, Asia and Africa.
by Wienand Drenth & Jonathon Riley
Published by Drenth Publishing
Well first of it is a survey so there are plenty of lists of officers, garrisons and artillery numbers. For the most part I only skimmed through these preferring the notes and secondary text.
1) Around Britain - the Channel Isles, Isle of Man, Dunkirk & Mardyck, Tangier, Gibraltar & Minorca. The major theme here is religious intolerance - Catholics v Protestants. Erratic 're-balancing' of the garrisons to match the flavour of the month or latest political manouvreing did not enhance esprit de corps.
There was even an 'albatros' for Charles II:
"Article III ceded the city and castle of Tangier to the Crown of England - not the nation or its parliament - thus saddling Charles's privy purse with costs that were to prove near-ruinous over the next twenty years." [p103 para 1]
2) West Africa and East Asia
What stood out here was just how ephemeral some of these footholds were. The most common threats to their existence being - other European colonial powers (notably Dutch, Portuguese and Spanish), native opposition, local climate and commercial rivalry.
"Goree is a small island before the coast of present-day Dakar, Senegal." [p205 para 1]
1444 - discovered by Portuguese
1617 to approximately 1664 - seized by the Dutch
"by a later date" to 1664 - captured and occupied by the English
1664 to 1667 - Dutch rule restored
1677 to 1678 - occupied by the French
1678 - ceded to France by the Treaty of Nijmegan
1693 - brief British occupation
1693 - back into Frnch hands.
The local population must have been in some confusion - "who do we belong to this week?".
There are no uniform plates or details - this book is about how these colonies came into existence and their trials and tribulations. However as a source for potential wargaming scenarios it is a treasure trove. Well worth a read
I have just started on volume 2.1 New England & the Middle Colonies.........so watch this space.