By Rob Morgan
I suppose the breadth of the Atlantic has long prevented everything published or manufactured in terms of wargaming from being “known” on both sides of the ocean, though the Internet’s changed a lot of that.
I have acquired through my old mate Jim who “retired” from modeling, a couple of bound volumes of Campaign, the U.S. journal, which began publication in the mid-1970s, but may well have vanished by now. In No. 4 (May/June 1976), Campaign carries a full page advert for another U.S. journal, and this one I’ve never heard of!
By Valor & Arms was (is?) published in Fort Collins, Colorado, and by the summer of 1976 had completed two volumes. It was described as a “Journal of American Military History” and covered the period from the “Revolution to WWI.” Now, I’d never heard of this publication, and obviously not seen it either, but I suspect someone will know about it.
One I should have known about I came upon in a remaindered pile at a bookshop here in Wales just recently. In the 1970s, and that was a busy time for wargaming, Osprey (no less) issued Wargames Number 1: Naseby 1645, by Stuart Asquith and Peter Gelder. The standard Osprey format overall, but with add-ons for direct wargame use, a played-out game, and very neatly detailed. At about this time people like Paddy Griffith were putting on wargames, such as Waterloo and, I think, Blenheim, on television, so was this a spin-off? I’m not an English Civil War enthusiast and that’s why I missed this one, but were there any others? This seems such an obvious field for Osprey to launch into. Anyone know?