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Leman
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« Reply #3060 on: 10 June 2019, 02:32:40 PM »

Decided to re-read Omanís History of the Art of War in the C16th, as I have one 15mm project and three 10mm projects in that century.*

* someone is bound to ask what, so here goes:
15mm - earlier Italian Wars to 1525
10mm - Flodden
          - Spanish of the early Italian Wars
          - early Dutch Wars of Independence

 
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FierceKitty
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« Reply #3061 on: 10 June 2019, 02:53:26 PM »

Decided to re-read Omanís History of the Art of War in the C16th, as I have one 15mm project and three 10mm projects in that century.*

* someone is bound to ask what, so here goes:
15mm - earlier Italian Wars to 1525
10mm - Flodden
          - Spanish of the early Italian Wars
          - early Dutch Wars of Independence

 

We have our disagreements at times, sir, but I like your choice of era.
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Cavillarius
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« Reply #3062 on: 13 June 2019, 06:50:02 PM »

John A. Lynn, The Wars of Louis XIV, 1667-1714.
Oddly enough, there aren’t many books on the subject, and this one is an absolute must-read, I’d say. Lynn ranges from very general historical sketches of the political situation in this era to such details as recruitment and tactics. The one thing he does not do is describe individual battles in great detail, but there are other books that do this.
This book is highly recommended to who anyone who’d like to know a little more about why his Allied troops unite against those perfidious Frenchies!
Was Louis agressive or defensive? Or maybe aggressively defensive? Read about it here...
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Hwiccee
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« Reply #3063 on: 13 June 2019, 09:23:10 PM »

Yes Lynn's book is excellent and not read enough. A stark contrast to the hopelessly out of date Oman which is often still read apparently.
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kipt
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« Reply #3064 on: 14 June 2019, 01:10:04 PM »

Finished "Panzer Aces" by Franz Kurowski.  Paperback, printed 1992.  The exploits of 6 German Tank Commanders, most of which you have heard of if you read WWII: Dr. Franz Bake, Hermann Bix, Rudolf von Ribbentrop (the son of), Hans Bolter, Michael Witmann and Albert Ernst.

This reads like a John Wick movie; panzers decimating T-34's and wildly moving around.  The last chapter is very good, The German Panzer Arm of World War II.  It gives a good history of the making of the panzer arm and the tactics and mindset needed to be successful.
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Raider4
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« Reply #3065 on: 14 June 2019, 05:06:31 PM »

Just found Henry VIII and Francis I: The Final Conflict, 1540-1547 available online, so will be starting this one very soon.
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« Reply #3066 on: 15 June 2019, 04:34:19 PM »

Just had a quick read of "Numbers & Losses in the Civil War" by Thomas L. Livermore. This being a reprint by the Civil war Centennial Series.  This book is acknowledged as the definitive study on the ACW.  And it is primarily lists of numbers and losses with the sources he used.  He dug deep into the records, both Union and Confederate.  Union records were more complete but he had good estimates for the Confederates.
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Leman
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« Reply #3067 on: 16 June 2019, 11:45:52 AM »

Put Omanís book down for a bit to read the new Osprey on Russian soldier v Japanese soldier 1904/5. Seems ok but I daresay someone more knowledgable would be able to pick holes. From the photos though, it is now clear to me that the French mitrailleuse with shield attached would make a better stand in for the Russian maxim than the Boer War maxim.
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