Thursday, 24 September 2020

Old Almark book on Spion Kop 1900

 Thanks to Andrey for finding this book from 1976. Wiki on the battle

I thought the illustrations were good but I don't know much about the period.

Monday, 21 September 2020

2nd China war miniatures


Wargames Foundry do them. Quite a comprehensive range. No French though but I suppose there are other campaigns usable.. Webpage

Also known as the 2nd Opium War, the 2nd Anglo-Chinese War and The Arrow War.

Palikao 1860

  Today's anniversary. Anglo-French victory in the 2nd Opium war. Wiki

 French attack on the bridge of Palikao, during the Battle of Palikao, 21 September 1860, during the Second Opium War. Wood engraving, English, 1860. 

Sunday, 20 September 2020

Alma RWF By Thomas Payton

 On 20 September 1854, at the Battle of the Alma during the Crimean War, Sergeant Luke O'Connor of the 23rd Regiment of Foot (The Royal Welch Fusiliers) was advancing between two officers, carrying the Colour, when one of them was mortally wounded. Sergeant O'Connor was also shot at the same time, but recovering himself, he snatched up the Colour from the ground and continued to carry it until the end of the action, although urged to retire to the rear on account of his wounds. He also acted with great gallantry at the assault on the Redan, where he was shot through both thighs. He survived, and was awarded the Regiment's first Victoria Cross for his actions that day. Luke O'Connor was born on 21 Jan 1831 in Kilcroy, Co. Roscommon. He died on 1 Feb 1915 in London

(Image: Painting by Louis William Desanges, Royal Welch Fusiliers Regimental Museum)

150 years ago - the commencement of the SIege of Paris 1870


Wiki. Painting is German soldiers on the “Place d’Armes” at Versailles 1871, signed, dated and inscribed Louis Braun

The Alma 1854

 Today's anniversary. Wiki

Painting Hippolyte Bellangé (1800-1866)