Archive for the ‘Korean War’ Category

105800 It’s hard to believe that it’s nearly two years now since Henry Hyde’s The Wargaming Compendium was unleashed upon wargamers the world over.  Now, it’s back, significantly cheaper, and significantly lighter…yet still bursting with all – if not more – of the content that made its original release so awesome.

There are many great things about The Wargaming Compendium that make it an essential purchase, but one of the things to strike me upon reading it cover to cover for the first time is how useful it is no matter if this is the first thing you’ve ever read on wargaming, or if you’re an old hand who’s devoted his spare bedroom over to a 32mm recreation of The Battle of Stamford Bridge.

Within are tips and guides for choosing which era you want to fight in, how to prep and paint figures, how to build and lay-out terrain…pretty much everything you could need. Complete games/rulesets are supplied, as well as a pretty comprehensive directory of conventions, websites, magazines and publishers.  All periods of history are covered, from Ancients to Ultra-Modern, with a fair amount of discussion also given over to fantasy and sci-fi games. I cannot recommend this book enough.

No matter what your experience level, or what aspect of wargaming you are interested in, there is plenty in here to make it worth your while.  And now it’s lighter, as well. Bonus.

Buy it with your hands.  Again.

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The North Koreans’ attack on their Southern neighbours shocked and surprised the World. The conflict rapidly escalated with China soon heavily involved on one side and the United States and United Nations on the other.  Brian Parritt, then a young Gunner officer, found himself in the midst of this very nasty war.

Describing first hand what it was like to be at the infamous Battle of the Hook, where UN troops held off massed attacks by the Communists. Few outside the war zone realised just how horrific conditions were.  As a qualified Chinese interpreter and, later, a senior military intelligence officer, Parritt analyses why the Commonwealth got involved, the mistakes and successes and the extreme risk that the war represented.

Chinese Hordes and Human Waves is enjoyable from the start, as Parritt is a likable and sympathetic narrator, and – as a reader – you want him to succeed.  He starts off with some very enjoyable anecdotes displaying the local colour, which help us to understand the locations he visits, and the era he is living in.  The tension is well maintained as all the forces are ready to be mobilised at a moment’s notice.  The sections on their field gear and armaments is especially interesting.

Several of Parritt’s experiences in the war are very well written, especially the description of the truce/ceasefire, which is actually very moving.  As he works as an Intel Operative and Radio Operator, we are introduced to a whole new side to the conflict, and I learnt more from this section that I did from the rest of the book, as the coded signals and Morse used is very intriguing.

My only real criticism is that it doesn’t really seem to have a conclusive ending, instead meandering off topic a little and just…finishing.  A better ending would have made for a more satisfying conclusion, but there’s no denying that the bulk of the book makes for a very interesting journey.

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_76278207_76278202The Imperial War Museum (IWM) London has undergone a £40m transformation and is due to reopen this week with new displays to mark the centenary of World War One.

The new atrium is made up of four levels divided into different clusters, which include more than 400 objects and artworks.

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Full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-28316238