books, historical, history, Modern, tabletop, wargaming

Chieftain- British Cold War Main Battle Tank

Originally published in Irregular Magazine

Tank Craft Series

Author; Robert Jackson, Publisher; Pen and Sword

Last issue we introduced you to the Tank Craft series of books published by Pen and Sword, this issue we have another great book from the series to review, though this time it’s a Cold War tank rather than one from the second world war. The tank in question is arguably one of the best MBT’s from the Cold War period, the British Chieftain.

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China 1937-1945, historical, history, Modern, WW2

Major John Monro and the Asian Great Escape

POW escapes in Europe are well known to the public through books and films such as the Great Escape and the Colditz story, but prisoner of war escapes in Asia are generally not so well known. Some of the reasons for this were the conditions those prisoners were kept in. Most Japanese POW’s didn’t want to talk about their experiences, my Great Uncle was one of them. The Japanese treated prisoners horrifically regardless of nationality, many were made to perform hard labor under extreme conditions, and many females were forced into becoming comfort women.

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historical, history, wargaming

The Cold War (Part 1) – The Chinese Civil War

mushroom-cloud11Introduction to the Cold War

The Soviets and the United States engaged in a hostile confrontation on political, economic and diplomatic levels for most of the last century post World War 2. Though they managed to avert the outbreak of a third world war, that would most likely have turned nuclear with catastrophic consequences for the world.

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armies, battles, historical, history, wargaming

Battle of Waterloo 18th June 1815

On the 18th June 1815, two armies faced each other on a muddy field in Belgium. It would be a decisive battle that bring about an end to twenty years of conflict and reshape the future of Europe. Both armies were commanded by formidable military minds, who had a plethora of battlefield victories behind each of them.

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historical, history, wargaming

Delving into the Napoleonic period and the Italeri Waterloo Set.

Delving into the Napoleonic period and the Italeri Waterloo Set.

I’ve been a table top gamer for over 25 years, and in all that time I’ve never delved in to the Napoleonic period, even though its one of my favourite periods in military history. So this year being the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, plus the Italeri 1/72 scale Waterloo set arrived on my desk, I decided to take the plunge.


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Dark Ages, history, medieval, wargaming

Viking Warrior

Dark Age Warrior
Dark Age Warrior

Ibn Fadlan, a famed dark age Arabic traveler, said of a group of Rus Vikings he encountered, “I have never seen more perfect specimens, tall as date palms, blond and ruddy. Everyman is tattooed from finger nail to neck with dark green, or green blue-black trees and figures.”

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ancient, irregular magazine, wargaming

Trojan England

In the twelfth century a welsh cleric wrote a book entitled the History of the Kings of Britain. He made claims within the book that stated that British kings were descended from the Trojans, and that ancestors of the Trojans landed in Britain some time after the fall of Troy, creating a Trojan/Greek state in South West Britain.

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ancient, Dark Ages, historical, history, wargaming

Barbarian Conspiracy


In the late Roman period Britain had become the bread basket of the Northern Empire, providing vast amounts of grain to the army stationed along the Rhine and in Gaul. It had become a valuable region of the empire, and so was a target for raiders seeking loot.

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