I recently heard from Charles about progress with Volume Seven of Refighting History. It is now with Caliver being page set and proofs are bouncing back and forward between Caliver and Charles. Volume Seven is THE SEVEN YEARS WAR - WESTERN THEATRE covering the battles of Warburg, Vellinghausen and Wilhelmsthal (the last one in two halves). I have a vested interest in these, having been involved with all four against my usual opponent at Charles' John Dougan. Charles has walked all three battlefield and showed me some of the photos that he took when I last saw him. Some will be in the book.
Over the last couple of years we have found ourselves very much in the Western Theatre (with Ferdinand of Brunswick fast becoming one of my favourite generals).
There is more to come in the Western Theatre with Volume Eight. Last year in one of our Saturday evening planning meetings Charles floated the idea of a series of historical small actions in the Western Theatre. Having researched Savory’s notes and various other sources he declared that there was no shortage of these. The idea was that these could be fought with just a few units and might make a nice entry point into the Seven Years for those who did not want to raised huge armies.
Volume 8 will also see a chapter on refighting the engagements using other rule sets such as Sharpe's Practice.
Having picked a number of actions we decided it would be good to provide a range of suitable figures. French infantry and British grenadiers are already in the range. So are British cavalry and French dragoons. With Charles help I have now added Von Luckner’s Hussars, Freytag's Mounted Jager and we have the Chasseur de Fischer. Our French Dragoons have now been joined by dismounted ones. Keith’s Highlanders and dismountedjager are in the pipeline and I have more treats in store.
In the next couple of months these forces will be mustered and we have the exciting prospect of some really interesting historical scenarios to fight in the coming year.
In the meantime a picture of Von Luckner in action.