Simulating War–Philip Sabin

A parcel from the nice folks at Amazon arrived on my desk today. Inside were two books. One was the latest Field of Glory Napoleonic lists and the other was this gem from Philip Sabin. Having enjoyed his Lost Battles I was looking forward to this work as well. Were it not for the necessity of putting the man cave (Thomo’s Latest Hole) in order before madam arrives on Monday, I certainly would have had my feet up tonight, cup of lapsang souchong ((literally “Small plant from Lapu mountain” is a black tea originally from the Wuyi region of the Chinese province of Fujian.It is a smoked tea because lapsang leaves are traditionally smoke-dried over pinewood fires, taking on a distinctive smoky flavour. Lapsang souchong is the first black tea in history, even earlier than the famous Keemun tea)) in hand and this book in the other.

The book itself puts the case that wargames are an excellent tool for examining tactical and operational military history. Having played wargames for longer than I care to admit, I have been noticing in many of the games that whilst combat resolution and morale determination still are somewhat random, the use of good tactics generally pays off and more importantly, the command and control pressure is better simulated now than when I first started.

Having enjoyed Lost Battles, I think Simulating War is a next step and one that I am ready to take … now where did I put that tea?

You can this from Book Depository UK.

More Blog Searches

There have been some more interesting searches here in Thomo’s Hole … although the number of times folks are searching here and not finding something is getting smaller. Seems my readership is still a mix of general readers, friends, acquaintances, the boss and wargamers.

So, what were the unsuccessful searches over the last two weeks or so? Some interesting ones this time:

  • hms ashanti
  • korean schools
  • Naval engagements Danish-Prussian War
  • Naval engagements First Schleswig War
  • Naval engagements Second Schleswig War
  • Puma IFV

So, some interesting ones there and ones that will have me doing some research this weekend. HMS Ashanti is a fairly easy one … that would be a Tribal class British destroyer and rather a well known one so that will probably be first article off the ranks.

The Puma IFV will also be fairly quick as well.

Korean schools is an odd one I guess. Not sure if this is for Korean schools in Australia or Korean schools in Korea. I am guessing that it may be the first one and if it is, then as far as I know, there are no specific Korean schools in Australia. Most Korean school students in Australia seem to head to Australian schools but I’ll check with my Korean friends. Of course, it could also be someone searching for Korean language schools in Australia and if that is the case, then try looking at

Now, the remaining searches. They are really interesting ones and are fascinating questions for me, knowing so little as I do about those particular wars. I mean I know they occurred and have a general idea what happened but I have never really read about them in any detail. I can see I shall have to spend more time on this. A trip into Conway’s for the Schleswig Wars will also be necessary as I am sure that there may have been something – and the second Schleswig War was fought in 1864 so Conway’s volume 1 will cover that time period.

The Danish-Prussian War was in 1849 and I believe it was in 1824 that Henri-Joseph Paixhans developed explosive shells which were used in Naval vessels (and unlike the previous explosive shells which needed to be fired from howitzers, these could be fired over flat trajectories – such as a gun on the side of a wooden warship fired). Of course, explosive shells and wooden warships are a combination where the only winner is going to be the shell. I believe these shells were used in 1849 (remember, La Gloire and Warrior did not come along until 1859 and 1860 and the true steam powered ironclads a few years after that). So, there was naval combat in the 1849 Danish-Prussian War, so I will need to look that up.

OK, looks like there will be some interesting pieces coming up here in the near future as well.