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mad lemmey
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« Reply #2505 on: 28 November 2017, 05:32:16 PM »

Wasn’t Whitewash and plaster standard on most ancient walls, so any besieged couldn’t count the bricks and know the height for ladders/siege engines?
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« Reply #2506 on: 29 November 2017, 12:32:34 AM »

Many years ago went to a lecture by Paddy Griffith on the wall. At the time evidence had been unearthed that it was painted - or "white washed" - to make it look even more inspiring / formidable. Any evidence of that in your readings?

A good story some here may not know: a Japanese army in an incomplete castle realised they weren't ready to stand siege, and certainly not big enough to face the approaching force of Toyotomi Hideyoshi in the field, so they retreated. The following day they received a dispatch-rider from Hideyoshi, just inviting them to have a look over their shoulders. They did so, and saw their castle, now captured, and complete, even unto the whitewashing on the keep. Feeling utterly outclassed by an enemy who could do six months of construction work overnight, they surrendered on terms (Hideyoshi was so successful partly because he noticed you didn't always have to grind a beaten enemy into powder).

When the news got out that the castle had been "completed" with Hollywood-style constructions that wouldn't have stopped a punch, and that they had surrendered quite unecessarily, there were a few red faces; not sure if there were also a few sepukku acts.
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« Reply #2507 on: 29 November 2017, 12:40:01 PM »

The book I am reading does mention the discovery of whitewash remains on some parts of the wall not excavated until the 1990s. apparently there was also the possibility that red lines were painted onto the whitewash to mimic bricks.

I have just read, very quickly, Neil Thomas’ Napoleonic Wargaming. I must admit that, having read and played both C19th Europe and One Hour Wargames, I am raring to have a go at these. Going for the 60mm frontage and Iberia to start with in 6mm (armies I already have). 6mm should make the 8 units look spectacular.
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« Reply #2508 on: 29 November 2017, 06:40:50 PM »

Having finished the New World Series by Hopf I just started a new series - "Trackers" by Nicholas Sansbury Smith. So far it is very good.

Terry
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« Reply #2509 on: 05 December 2017, 06:24:18 PM »

I finished Lars Erickson's "Devil in the White City". A really great book but the Holmes part was depressing and disturbing. A truly evil man.

Still wrestling with producing summaries for the FB group from Howard's book on the Franco-Prussian War.

Starting Tsirigiotis book on Greek Grand Strategy during the Asia Minor Expedition (in Greek) for my Salvation and Catastrophe Project.

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« Reply #2510 on: 05 December 2017, 06:37:05 PM »

The Hobbit.
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« Reply #2511 on: 05 December 2017, 06:40:45 PM »

Memnon by Scott Oden
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« Reply #2512 on: 06 December 2017, 10:37:16 AM »

The Border Reivers, by Godfrey Watson
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« Reply #2513 on: 06 December 2017, 12:37:38 PM »

Voices from Stalingrad: Nemesis on the Volga (Voices from) by Jonathan Bastable

some of the stuff these men had to go through was absolutely horrific

Take care

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« Reply #2514 on: 14 December 2017, 04:19:28 AM »

Finished "The Dogma of the Battle of Annihilation: The Theories of Clausewitz and Schlieffen and Their Impact on the German Conduct of Two World Wars" by Jehuda Wallach.

Book One is the theories; Clausewitz, Schlieffen and a comparison of both.  Book Two is the practice and discusses various phases of WWI.  This is part one.

Part two in the interwar period and part three is WWII; Blitzkrieg, Barbarossa, Rommel, Hitler's "hold" orders, the Ardennes and then a discussion of the relationship between policy and war in Nazi Germany.

I found it an interesting book, with good descriptions and explanations of the theories.
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« Reply #2515 on: 15 December 2017, 01:02:14 AM »

Finished "The Journal of Military History", Volume 81, No. 3 (distributed each quarter).

Articles for this issue are:
"For Want of a Nail: The Impact of Shipping on Grand Strategy in World War II"
"Holy War and Just War in Early New England, 1630-1655"
"Adversary and Ally: The Role of Weather in the Life and Career of George Washington"  not very good in my opinion
"Dissecting the Origins of Air-Centric Special Operations Theory"

plus others.  Always some of interest and others not so much.

Also short book reviews.
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« Reply #2516 on: 15 December 2017, 11:26:50 AM »

Just finished "Daily Life in Ancient Mesopotamia" by Karen Rhea Nemet-Nejat. Started it on the 21st February this year and it's 307 pages long so I've averaged just over 1 page a day!

Whatever happened to the teenager who blitzed through 120 page sci-fi novels in 24 to 48 hours? Smiley
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