William the Conqueror

By Rob Morgan

This statue of William, more commonly known as “the Bastard” in his day, stands in the middle of Falaise in Normandy. The statue is close to the major castle of his duchy, and in a town totally rebuilt following the massive action that destroyed the Nazi 7th Army in the summer of 1944. It’s surprising that so much of the medieval fortress survived.

Last year was the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings and the transfer of the crown of England into French hands. Though the history magazines in the UK (and in France, incidentally) made much of the three substantial battles of that late summer, the wargames world seems to have largely overlooked it al.

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