Thursday, 23 February 2012

Blenheim 1704 - Marlborough's Greatest Victory

Continuing my background reading for my Marlburian project, I could hardly pass up the chance to read about his most famous victory.

James Falkner's book Blenheim 1704: Marlborough's Greatest Victory is part of the Battleground series and not only provides a good description of the battle itself but information should you wish to walk the battlefield.

The book is 142 pages and provides a brief background to the War of Spanish Succession and the battle itself.  I found Falkner's style very readable and polished the book off rather quickly.  From a wargamer's point of view it does provide a good introduction and covers the main elements of the battle but may be a little light on detail for some and lacks full orders of battle.  That said, few of us have anything like enough troops to put on the whole battle in any event!

I am looking forward to reading Ramillies 1706 in the same series by the same author.


  1. Always nice to settle down with a good book Al

    How was:
    The Bear Went Over the Mountain: Soviet Combat Tactics in Afghanistan

    I see from your Shelfari gadget you've read/reading it

    1. It certainly is.

      The Bear is a series of accounts of actions in Afghanistan - so it's more of a dip in and out book. I haven't finished reading them all as yet but they are certainly interesting and have given me some ideas for my Mongrel figures anyway.

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