Not specific to the French & Indian War period, though encompassing it in its scope, this new set of rules is rapidly gaining popularity among skirmish gamers. The extensive rule book is full colour throughout and beautifully produced, packed with photographs and background information. At least equally important to most of us, I believe, is that the rules needed during the course of play accompany the book in the form of a two-sided quick reference card.
As usual with orders of books and/or rules, we'll be sending out a "Soldiers Free" figure. In this instance it will be the special Provincials advancing variant pictured.
British Redcoat vs French Fusilier North America 1755–63
(buy this book from us and we'll send you a "Soldiers Free" Anglo-American Provincial soldier loading his musket by the drill manual - as pictured)
Author: Stuart Reid
Illustrator: Peter Dennis
Providing a unique glimpse into the experiences of regular British and French infantry during the French and Indian War, Stuart Reid reveals what it was like to fight in three battles at the height of the struggle for Canada: La Belle-Famille, the Plains of Abraham and Sainte-Foy. In 1755, Britain and France both decided to escalate a low intensity frontier war that had started the previous year by dispatching regular troops to their respective colonies in North America. Far from home, both sides' equipment and tactics were initially more suited to the European theatre. As the war ground on, however, combat doctrine evolved as both armies learned lessons that would be utilized by succeeding generations of soldiers. Packed with first-hand accounts, dramatic illustrations and a technical analysis of the changing nature of warfare on the American continent, this book puts readers in the shoes of the combatants who played a pivotal role in shaping the future of North America.
French and Indian Raids along New York's Oswego River 1756
Illustrators: Peter Dennis, Mark Stacey
The year 1755 saw the rivalry between Britain and France in North America escalate into open warfare as both sides sought to overcome the other's forts and trading posts. Lord Loudoun and the Marquis de Montcalm were sent out to lead their forces and Montcalm was soon tasked with capturing the formidable Anglo-American post at Oswego. Montcalm's 3,000-strong force surrounded the forts at Oswego and soon forced the defenders to surrender – an outstanding French success. Featuring specially commissioned full colour artwork, expert analysis, and lively narrative, this engaging study casts light on a daring feat of arms at the height of the French and Indian War.
Fort William Henry 1755–57
A battle, two sieges and bloody massacre
Osprey Campaign 260
Author: Ian Castle
Illustrator: Graham Turner
After the British garrison of Fort William Henry in the colony of New York surrendered to the besieging army of the French commander Marquis de Montcalm in August 1757, it appeared that this particular episode of the French and Indian War was over. What happened next became the most infamous incident of the war – and one which forms an integral part of James Fenimore Cooper's classic novel The Last of the Mohicans – the 'massacre' of Fort William Henry. As the garrison prepared to march for Fort Edward a flood of enraged Native Americans swept over the column, unleashing an unstoppable tide of slaughter. Cooper's version has coloured our view of the incident, so what really happened?
Ian Castle details new research on the campaign, including some fascinating archaeological work that has taken place over the last 20 years, updating the view put forward by The Last of the Mohicans.
- Origins of the campaign
- Opposing commanders
- Opposing armies
- Orders of battle
- Opposing plans
- The campaign
- The battlefields today
- Further reading
French and Indian Raids in the Ohio Valley 1758
Author: Rene Chartrand
Illustrators: Peter Dennis, Donato Spedaliere, Johnny Shumate
In 1758, at the height of the French and Indian War, British Brigadier General John Forbes led his army on a methodical advance against Fort Duquesene, French headquarters in the Ohio valley. As his army closed in upon the fort, he sent Major Grant of the 77th Highlanders and 850 men on a reconnaissance in force against the fort. The French, alerted to this move, launched their own counter-raid. 500 French and Canadians, backed by 500 Indian allies, ambushed the highlanders and sent them fleeing back to the main army. With the success of that operation, the French planed their own raid against the English encampment at Fort Ligonier under less than fifty miles away. With only 600 men, against an enemy strength of 4,000, he ordered a daring night attack on the heart of the enemy encampment. This book tells the complete story of these ambitious raids and counter-raids, giving in-depth detail on the forces, terrain, and tactics.
Osprey MAA 228
Author: Michael G Johnson Illustrator: Richard Hook
The Woodland cultural areas of the eastern half of America has been the most important in shaping its history. This volume details the history, culture and conflicts of the 'Woodland' Indians, a name assigned to all the tribes living east of the Mississippi River between the Gulf of Mexico and James Bay, including the Siouans, Iroquians, and Algonkians. In at least three major battles between Indian and Euro-American military forces more soldiers were killed than at the battle of Little Bighorn in 1876, when George Custer lost his command. With the aid of numerous illustrations and photographs, including eight full page colour plates by Richard Hook, this title explores the history and culture of the American Woodland Indians.
Contents: Introduction . The Woodland Tribes . Wars of the Eastern Tribes . Warriors and Warfare · Woodland Indian Life and Culture . Technology, Dress and Art . The Plates
Osprey MAA 467
Author: Michael G Johnson Illustrator: Jonathan Smith
This book details the growth of the European Fur trade in North America and how it drew the Native Americans who lived in the Great Lakes region, notably the Huron, Dakota, Sauk and Fox, Miami and Shawnee tribes into the colonial European Wars. During the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, and the War of 1812, these tribes took sides and became important allies of the warring nations. However, slowly the Indians were pushed westward by the encroachment of more settlers. This tension finally culminated in the 1832 Black Hawk's War, which ended with the deportation of many tribes to distant reservations.
Contents: Introduction.Tribal groups broken down by language.History: French Wars (1740s) . French & Indian War (1750s) . Pontiac's Rebellion (1760s) . The American Revolution (1770s-80s) . The Prophet, Tecumseh, and the War of 1812 (1805-16) . The Black Hawk War and Aftermath (1832-40).Religion . Material Culture . Indian Leaders
North America 1757-63
Osprey WAR 88
Authors: Tim Todish & Ian MacPherson McCulloch Illustrator: Steve Noon
The British Light Infantryman of the Seven Years' War was proficient at scouting and skirmishing, and more than a match for the French and their Indian allies. Shooting rapids in canoes, traversing swamps and snowshoeing through endless tracts of forest, British redcoats earned a reputation for resilience and resourcefulness as they adapted to the wilderness conditions of North America. Their development was a watershed in the history of irregular warfare, and this book provides a full examination of their fighting methods, covering training, tactics and campaigning from Canada to the Caribbean.
Contents: Introduction . Chronology . Recruitment & Enlistment . Dress, Equipment & Appearance . Training & Tactics . Conditions of Service . On Campaign . Espirit de Corps - Face of War - Conclusion . Museums, Collections and Re-enactments . Bibliography . Colour Plate Commentary . Index
Osprey WAR 126
Authors: Ian MacPherson McCulloch Illustrator: Steve Noon
Colonial American historian Ian Macpherson McCulloch uses rare sources to bring to life the stirring story of the three Scottish Highland regiments that operated in North America during the French-Indian War. Forbidden to carry arms or wear the kilt unless they served the British King, many former Jacobite rebels joined the new Highland regiments raised in North America. Involved in some of the most bloody and desperate battles fought on the American continent, Highlanders successfully transformed their image from enemies of the crown to Imperial heroes, showing their bravery and determination at major battles like Ticonderoga and Quebec.
Contents: Introduction . Chronology . Recruitment and Enlistment . Training . Dress, Appearance and Equipment . Belief and Belonging . Conditions of Service . On Campaign . The Experience of Battle . Aftermath . Museums, Memorials and Reenactment . Select Bibliography . Index
Osprey MAA 428
Author: Michael G Johnson Illustrator: Jonathan Smith
This book offers a detailed introduction to the tribes of the New England region - the first native American peoples affected by contact with the French and English colonists. By 1700 several tribes had already been virtually destroyed, and many others were soon reduced and driven from their lands by disease, war or treachery. The tribes were also drawn into the savage frontier wars between the French and the British. The final defeat of French Canada and the subsequent unchecked expansion of the British colonies resulted in the virtual extinction of the region's Indian culture, which is only now being revived by small descendant communities.
Contents: Introduction · The Tribes of the North Atlantic Coast and New England · The Pequot War, 1630s, and its aftermath · King Philip's War, 1670s · The Delaware Trail leads West · Indian Life and Culture · Famous Chiefs
Author: Jason Hook Illustrator: Richard Hook
The Apache culture of 1850 was a blend of influences from the peoples of the Great Plains, Great Basin and the South-West, particularly the Pueblos, and – as time progressed – from the Spanish and American settlers. This fascinating work by Jason Hook examines the Apaches, their social structure, religion and warcraft, and outlines the Apache wars and conflicts with the American, including the dramatic story of Crook and Geronimo. This absorbing volume is illustrated with a wealth contemporary photographs, museum examples and eight stunning full page colour plates by Richard Hook, making it the perfect book for anyone interested in this fascinating culture. Men-at-Arms 163 and 186 and Warrior 4 are also available in a single volume special edition as 'To Live and Die in the West'.
Introduction · The Apache tribes · Apache life · War · Religion · The Apache Wars · War with the Americans · The Plates · Bibliography
Author: Robert Watt Illustrator: Adam Hook
The Apache culture of the latter half of the 19th century blended together the lifestyles of the Great Plains, Great Basin and the South-West, but it was their warfare that captured the imagination. This book reveals the skilful tactics of the Apache people as they raided and eluded the much larger and better-equipped US government forces. Drawing on primary research conducted in the deserts of New Mexico and Arizona, this book reveals the small-unit warfare of the Apache tribes as they attempted to preserve their freedom, and in particular the actions of the most famous member of the Apache tribes – Geronimo.
- Introduction: Historical summary of Mexican and American confrontations with the Apache peoples
- Environment & culture: the terrain of Apacheria – the Apache adaption to conditions – the raiding culture – training and leadership
- Strategy & Tactics: Evasion – Vitctorio's strategy 1879–80
- Ambush: planned ambush – killing ambush – ambush by decoy – ad hoc ambush
- Attack – ambush, attack and evasion
- Targeting of enemy horses – adaption to enemy weapons and practices – terror tactics