Yet another birthday came and went last month. Amongst the presents organised was what The son & heir calls our – ‘our’!!!, bl**dy cheek really – ACW bible. Mark Adkin’s The Gettysburg Companion, The Complete Guide to America’s Most Famous Battle.
He may have a bit of a cheek but The son & heir has a point. The tome weighs in at 544 pages and covers much more than just the proceedings of the battle. Sizable chunks of the book delve into the organisation, tactics and uniforms of the infantry, the artillery, the cavalry and the other arms and services. Command and control in the ACW gets 30 pages. Sections on the background, the battlefield, the day by day struggle and the aftermath are all presented as is a section on the 50th Anniversary Reunion.
There are plenty of illustrations and photographs throughout. Unit formations, graphic orders of battle, uniform pictures, equipment pictures, and many maps make for a visually interesting book. And lets not forget the photographs of the terrain overlaid with troop movements and some historic photographs.
All in all von Peter himself thinks that the book makes a great inaugural purchase for the ACW section of the Schloss von Peter library.
Of course the Gettysburg Companion is not Adkin’s only Companion book. He has similar books covering Waterloo – already residing in the Schloss von Peter library – and Trafalgar. Great books one and all … and all come with that highly sought after von Peter himself seal of approval.
von Peter himself vaguely remembers discovering issue number 1 of Wargames Illustrated in a long since expired bookshop in Wellington, New Zealand sometime in the last century. He remained a faithful purchaser and reader through the good times – and the sometimes not so good times – until a few months ago.
In a state of waffliness (another new word for you all to learn) over his magazine reading future and some disquiet with the magazine he let his subscription lapse. But Wargames Illustrated was still available through a local shop – Wargames Supplies – as well as the high street magazine outlets so a regular purchase was still made. Then Wargames Supplies closed – I think they were open for something like seven years which far exceeded von Peter’s expectation, but then we mustn’t digress – so no more purchasing from them then. Even von Peter himself could work that one out!! 8O)
Strangely however Wargames Illustrated seems to have disappeared from the local high street magazine outlets. They still have plenty of modelling and other hobby magazines including White Dwarf but not a sign of a Wargames Illustrated is to be seen in the shops that von Peter himself has checked in downtown Wellington. Very strange or is von Peter himself just blind?
Until we meet again