The League of Augsburg

Late and Early... An in between Anniversary Post


A well received version of Neerwinden at Partizan about 15 years ago. Terrain by Ade Howe.


Thanks once again to Peter the Court Remembrancer! He reminded me of both the anniversary of Landen (just passed) and the imminent anniversary of Steinkirke are upon us. 


Another shot of the Partizan game


I have covered both battles in detail in various scenarios over the years and have visited the field at...

The Battle of the Boyne 1st/12th July 1690. Remembered as a wargame

 
Williamite infantry crossing the river

A welcome email from my friend Peter A, reminded me of the significance of the date (days and dates now seem to meld in this Covid world, I got up early this morning thinking it was a work day!). How could I have overloooked this anniversary, particularly as I live in the West of Scotland?


A version displayed at a Scottish show


Whether the Old Style or New...

An excusable digression.. Waterloo Day


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Five years ago today I was in the privileged position to have witnessed one of the two mega events at  Waterloo 200. Little memories include watching Charles and Camilla sweeping up with their entourage as UK representatives, literally almost colliding with Mr Farage as he made political capital at




Hougoumont and, hailing a bunch of HLI drilling in a field near the chateau in my very...

Battles of Goa 1638-39

Da Silva sails out to do battle with Van der Veere

The Portuguese colony of Goa came under repeated pressure from the Dutch VOC during the period of  European expansion in the 17th century. Here is a link to a previous blog post about my visit to Reis Magos - the 16th century Portuguese fort at Goa, still in working order.

Portuguese Fort Reis Magos -Goa

1639 raid by van der Veere on the three...

Airborne Museum Oosterbeek

Memorial to the Airborne Forces at Oosterbeek

This trip happened in November 2018 and for some reason I didn't get around to posting some of the lovely photos.

British Sherman in the museum forecourt

I am almost certain this is a 17pdr. I don't think Urquhart's men had too many of these to hand.

We spent an excellent couple of hours in this outstanding museum and finished our trip by crossing the...

8 battlefields.... and a wedding!

Is that possible?

In Scotland it is! Between leaving home in East Kilbride and arriving at the Craigellachie Hotel near Dufftown we passed through or within one mile of eight battlefields.
Craigellachie bridge over the Spey in the heart of whisky country. Manufactured in Wales!

The destination was a beautiful Georgian era bridge over the River Spey at Craigellachie on which three famous Highland...

Lucky connections or coincidence?




Not only did I get to sail across the very spots that Spragge, De Ruyter et al manouevred  and battled with their fleets in the 17th century, I managed to make several other tangible connections with my periods of interest during the annual sojourn to Antwerp.

Spanish Gate at Breda Castle.. some irony in the title - the Spaniards left a water gap in their defences

The girls wanted a stop off en...