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John Middleton
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Hi,

I am starting up a minis project using the old Grant book The War Game and Young's Charge!, using the awesome old school minis from http://www.spencersmithminiatures.co.uk/


I need some recommendations for some good general overview books, and possibly more specific texts if they are excellent.

Maybe even something similar to Chandler's Napoleon.


Thanks in advance everyone.

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My favorite Frederick the Great book has been Frederick the Great: The Magnificent Enigma by Robert Asprey. Nice over view of the war in Europe with good maps showing all the major battles.
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You must have the very readable "Fredrick the Great on the Art of War"
http://www.amazon.com/Frederick-The-Great-Art-War/dp/0306809...
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"The Army of Frederick the Great" is probably the most practical from a wargamer perspective:
http://www.amazon.com/Army-Frederick-Great-Christopher-Duffy...

Get familiar with Christopher Duffy- he has several good books on the era.

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History Of Friedrich II of Prussia by Thomas Carlyle. A bit dated perhaps, but comprehensive and free.

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http://www.amazon.co.uk/Military-Experience-Reason-Wordswort...

will give you a feel for the era. Then proceed directly to his books on the armies of Frederick and Maria-Theresa
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http://www.amazon.com/The-military-life-Frederick-Great/dp/0...
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catosulla wrote:
My favorite Frederick the Great book has been Frederick the Great: The Magnificent Enigma by Robert Asprey. Nice over view of the war in Europe with good maps showing all the major battles.


I loved this when I read it in high school and I have kept it ever since. Your mention makes me want to read it again.
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I thought this was good: 7YW in Europe by Szabo. It's a good counterbalance to all the love Freddy gets in the books that are about him (and less about the actual war).
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If you're looking for a North American theater narrative (French & Indian War, 1754-1760), I recommend Fred Anderson's Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766.
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Free Google ebooks:

The History of the Seven Years War in Germany by Johann Wilhelm von Archenholz
Frederick the Great and his seven years war by Ronald Acott Hall
The history of the Seven Years War by Frederick II (King of Prussia)
England in the Seven Years' War: A Study in Combined Strategy by Sir Julian Stafford Corbett
The history of the late war in Germany, between the King of ... by Henry Lloyd
&c.

I enjoy the immediacy of these works, if that's the word for it.
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Great to see someone using these old classic rules.

As a teenager I ran a campaign using them and corresponded with Charles Grant - he treated my confused babblings with measured kindness and I remember him as a true gentleman.
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Charles Grant has a series of seven years war wargames books, each dealing with three battles of the seven years war or the war of the Austrian succession, available from Caliver Books. Though out of print, I'd recommend this as essential reading (via inter library loan) on the western front in the seven years war:
 
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stpark wrote:
Charles Grant has a series of seven years war wargames books, each dealing with three battles of the seven years war or the war of the Austrian succession, available from Caliver Books. Though out of print, I'd recommend this as essential reading (via inter library loan) on the western front in the seven years war:


Savory's book is excellent.
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Have you tried this website?

http://www.kronoskaf.com/syw/index.php?title=Main_Page

It is quite amazing in its scope and detail.
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Thank you for all the great suggestions. I am going to check out Duffy and a few other recommendations. Lots of fun ahead, as this is a period I have only a passing knowledge about.


The Savory book is in print again and available from here, though it is quite pricey. I ordered a few of the old Greenwood & Ball uniform guides, which are also available on that link, based on a TMP post.

http://www.18thcenturypress.com/savory.html


The C.C Grant Wargaming in History series is available from http://www.kentrotman.com/indexmn.htm. I ordered a few volumes of that.
 
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Peso Pete wrote:
Anything by Christopher Duffy will be the best place to start, I would think.

Ditto, especially Frederick the Great: A Military Life
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Have you thought of using RSM95 or Minden miniatures.

Cheers
 
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The Anatomy of Victory, by Brent Nosworthy, is a book about how the armies of this period (1689-1763) did the business of moving and fighting. No grand strategy in this book, but quite a detailed look at relatively small unit tactics of the time. I think it would be a good complement to some of the other recommended books. I believe Brent Nosworthy is or was a wargamer and game designer as well.
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Ilkley Old School wrote:
Have you thought of using RSM95 or Minden miniatures.

Cheers


I don't really like either. In this period, I am much more partial to the classic style of the Spencer Smiths, Traditions, and Staddens.

Classic figures with classic rules, I suppose.


For that matter, I really don't like many of the more modern historical minis with there overlarge heads and hands, and the squatiness of them.

The Warlord Games and Foundary lines being good examples of what I avoid anymore.


 
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