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Gamers interested in Iberian/Spanish military history should look into Desperta Ferro, a Spanish military and political history magazine.  The magazine name is taken from a medieval battle cry, literally translated as “Awake Iron” (en Espanol a continuacion). I am not fluent in Spanish but upon discovering the magazine in a museum gift shop a quick […]

Will the Last of King Harold’s Housecarles Please Form an Orderly Queue By Richard Toogood   It doesn’t require a particularly robust grasp of the past to recognise and understand the significance of the year 1066. It is one of the most famous dates in history. The year of the three kings and the three […]

Castalia House is very pleased to be able to announce that the Pournelle family has graciously decided to allow Castalia House to continue publishing new anthologies in the revived THERE WILL BE WAR series. We will begin work on THERE WILL BE WAR Vol. XI in the new year; Vox Day will edit the new […]

There was a stage when I thought I was interested in politics, so I picked up a copy of Mein Kampf. Despite wanting to explore the enigma of how an Austrian corporal wound up as the dictator of Germany, I could never read more than a chapter or two before losing interest. Based on that […]

Operation Barbarossa: the Complete Organisational and Statistical Analysis, and Military Simulation is destined to become the essential reference and with Volume VI the most historically accurate game on the 1941 invasion of Russia. Historians, students, scenario and game designers will find the extensive data and the methodology to study modern conflict useful. For the lay […]

I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about the movie Dunkirk.  Usually, my taste in movies does not align with the critics but, despite that, I decided to make a rare visit to the theater and suggest you do the same. Dunkirk follows three story lines. The first concerns two soldiers doing their best […]

If you run across one of Barry Sadler’s Casca books you could do worse than picking up a copy. Casca is a Roman legionnaire that had the misfortune to draw duty on the wrong day and was assigned to the crucifixion detail for Jesus and two thieves. His  losing streak continues with a low dice roll […]

Two items somewhere near the top of my bucket list is hiking the Pacific Coast Trail and organizing a multiplayer campaign using a large WW2 simulation such as SPI’s War in Europe. I mentioned the Pacific Coast Trail for a reason. My vision of an excellent campaign would be to have multiple players on each side. […]

When posting about painting miniatures I like to mention the research required for the sake of historical accuracy. Recently, I ran across this blog and recommend a few posts which provides great examples of this aspect of the hobby. Even if you have zero interest in military miniatures the informative posts are a good read. Exhibit […]

Mark Twain said that history does not repeat but it does rhyme. That can be used to advantage in writing military fantasy. I covered some contemporary histories a few weeks back. A good source for material is retrospective histories. The Book of the Sword (1884) by Richard F. Burton was supposed to be the first […]

This is the final installment of a 5 part series about the Robotech novels. Click here for parts 1, 2, 3, and 4. I’m departing a bit from talking about books here, and I’m going to talk about some TV shows and films today. I waffled a bit on doing this originally, but there was […]

The Gundermen play a specialist role in the Hyborian Age. They are mentioned in some of the Conan stories with certain skills in the military realm, namely as the best infantry of the period. The Gundermen are given a separate section in “Notes on Various Peoples of the Hyborian Age.” Howard stated Gunderland was originally […]