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  • An Affair of Posts -the battle of Lincelles, 18 August 1793 ”14/10/2021”

    On 22 September 2021, I presented this paper the Society of Army Historical Research Centenary Conference at the National Army Museum, Chelsea. My final rehearsal was captured on video and can be seen on my Youtube Channel;

    My wargame of Lincelles is shown in this video

  • Some great feedback ”14/10/2021”

    My chapter 'Maucune's Division at Salamanca' in Helion's 'Glory is Fleeting' has been well received by the expert on Salamanca, Rory Muir;

    Here are a couple of illustrations from the chapter.

    Amongst other things I suggest that the 5e battalion 66e Ligne lost its new all green battalion fanion to the 11th Foot in the closing stages of the battle. This illustration from the National Army Museum, just might be that flag;

    I also included an analysis of the story and myths of the captured eagles and other trophies taken from the French at Salamanca. A separate article on one of those myths can be found on the Helion website using this link;

  • More photos from the Other Partizan 2021 ”14/10/2021”

    Henry Hyde took these excellent shots of James and I playing 'Wellington at Bay';

    Andrew Bamford, my editor at Helion & Company took this shot of me, with the Heion stand to my rear right where they sold out 'Wellington at Bay'.

    This shot is taken from Paint & Glue's video report of the day

  • The Other Partizan 2021 ”11/10/2021”
  • Youtube Channel ”17/12/2020”

    I have created a series of videos on my channel, relating to Wellington at Bay, in particular the wargame scenarios included in the book. The videos feature my wargame of the battle, which I had intended to take to Salute and Partizan in 2020.

    Episode Two: Scenario 3 Wellington's Counterattack

    This video explains how I create historical scenarios with Black Powder;

  • Wellington at Bay now published ”9/12/2020”

    My new book Wellington at Bay, the battle of Villamuriel 25 October 1812 has now been published by Helion Books. Initial reception has been good and it has four 5 star reviews on Amazon. Get yours at Helion ;

    I have produced some videos in support of this launch which are available on my Youtube channel.

    Some feedback from the major of Villamuriel;

  • East Midlands Napoleonic Days – Bingham ”8/3/2020”

    Really enjoyed presenting Wellington at Bay at Bingham today, grateful for the interest expressed. It was great to have Carole Divall in the audience, she was after all the inspiration for the whole project and has written an excellent foreword to the book. The book will be released later this spring and can be pre-ordered here.

  • East Midlands Napoleonic Days – Bingham ”7/3/2020”

    Giving a presentation tomorrow "Wellington at Bay, the Battle of Villamuriel, 25th October 1812"

  • Publication of Wellington at Bay, 18th April 2020 ”25/1/2020”

    My new book Wellington at Bay, the battle of Villamuriel, 25 October 1812, will be launched at the Salute Wargames show at London ExCel.

    The current cover design to be replaced by a bespoke Christa Hook design

    This book describes the Battle of Villamuriel on the 25th October 1812. This battle, while small, was the largest engagement of Wellington’s retreat from Burgos. This battle involved twice as many men as the better-known Battle of Villadrigo/Venta del Pozo two days before.

    This is the first full length account of the action and improves significantly on previous accounts in the campaign histories by Oman, Napier and Divall. The aim has been to pull together archival sources from all four nations involved, British, French, Spanish and Portuguese, to build a coherent and balanced account of interest equally to historians and wargamers.

    It can be pre-ordered on Amazon or at Helion

  • Linselles 18th August 1793 – The French troops ”23/4/2018”

    Since my previous post I have undertaken some more detailed research into the French troops that held Linselles and Le Blaton when Lake's Guards brigade attacked.

    From the French perspective, the action at Linselles on the 18th August 1793, was led by three French Generals, Macdonald, Jourdan and Béru. Dupuis gives the order of battle for the French Army on the 30th July 1793. The infantry is largely organised into provisional demi-brigades comprising an old regular battalion combined with two Volunteer battalions.

    The Camp of Madelaine to the north of Lille contained 8 such demi-brigades. In addition a new Division was created under the command of General de Brigade Béru. This division comprised the following units;

    5th de Vosges Volunteers; 1st Bn/45th Infantry Regiment; 10th Paris Volunteers

    10th Seine-et-Oise Volunteers; 1st Bn/47th Infantry Regiment; 2nd Vienne Volunteers

    2nd Paris Volunteers

    1st St. Denis Volunteers; 1st Bn/19th Infantry Regiment; 6th Paris Volunteers

    Company of Light artillery with two 12pdrs, two  8pdrs and two howitzers

    12th Chasseurs à Cheval

    6th Cavalry

    of these, on the 18th, the demi-brigade comprising the 1st St. Denis Volunteers; 1st Bn/19th Infantry Regiment; 6th Paris Volunteers together with the 3rd Franc battalion and the 15th Light Infantry battalion, from Jourdan's command were dispatched to attack Roubaix under the command of General Desroques.

    Chef de Brigade Etienne Jacques Macdonald advanced from Le Quesnoi to take Le Blaton from the Dutch, presumably with his own demi-brigade comprising the 5th l'Aisne Volunteers, 2nd Bn/2nd Infantry Regiment & 40th National Volunteers. Also present were the 2nd Finistere Volunteers.

    It is known that Jourdan himself led the demi-brigade of the 1st/45th Regiment to Linselles, including the 5th Vosges and 10th Paris Volunteers.

    This left Béru with the demi-brigade comprising the 10th de Seine-et-Oise Volunteers,  the  1st/47th Regiment  &  the 2nd Vienne Volunteers, together with the 2nd Paris Volunteers.

    The 2nd Bn/12th Infantry Regiment and the 1st d'Allier Volunteers were sent by Adjutant General Dupont from the Camp de Madelaine, while the third battalion of the demi-brigade, the 8th Paris (Sainte Marguerite) Volunteers were at Mouvaux on this day.

    The French sources thus suggests that they had 4 battalions at Le Blaton and that Jourdan and Béru had 9 battalions at Linselles itself.

    The strengths of the 9 battalions at Linselles can be estimated from the Situations reproduced by Depuis;

    Strength Strength
    Men PUA Men PUA
    30/07/1793 15/10/1793
    5th Vosges Volunteers 443 373
    1st Bn/45th Regiment 450 385
    10th Paris Volunteers. 470 444
    2nd Bn/12th Regiment 392
    1st d’Allier Volunteers 888
    10th de Seine-et-Oise Volunteers 457 367
    1st Bn/47th Regiment 471 379
    2nd la Vienne Volunteers 437 381
    2nd Paris Volunteers 813

    To close here are some photographs of another game at a recent Sons of Simon de Montfort club night. In this game the French forsook the shelter of the defensive works in an attempt to overwhelm the Guards Brigade;

    Sources: V. Dupuis, La campagne de 1793 à l'armée du Nord et des Ardennes,.... De Valenciennes à Hondtschoote, 1906, p. 10, 14-15, 199-214 V. Dupuis, La campagne de 1793 à l'armée du Nord et des Ardennes,.... D'Hondtschoote à Wattignes, 1909, p. 100 G. Dumont, Bataillons de volontaires nationaux (Cadres et historiques), 1914, p. 15, 104, 251, 363 C.L. Chassin & L. Hennet, Les Volontaires Nationaux pendant la Revolution, 1899 & 1902, vol. 1, p. 226-7 & vol.2, p. 114 L. Brayard, SEHRI, Les Bataillons de Volontaires et de Rde Réquisitions de l’Allier (1791-1803), Jan. 2017, p. 8, available at LINK
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