There is a book which a certain generation of wargamers must all have , coming from an era without the Internet and the gaming press, which must have inspired so many wargaming armies with its bright illustrations and thumbnail descriptions of wars -
I bought my copy from Henry Roberts Bookshop (still on the go, but a sad shade of its former glory) in 1969 for the sum of 30 shillings* - quite expensive as my starting wage at work a year later was only £7 10s 0d - before tax etc. From its pages one learnt about the 2nd Schleswig war and the Mexican Adventure, the hours I must have spent looking at this book don't bear thinking about ( and the money spent on metal figures that formed the armies it generated !) . Not sure if Blandford's are still publishing but they where a major force in the early 70's in providing uniform information to the gamer/modeller . So I'm going to sit down with it and a cup of tea ( and biscuits of course) to wallow in nostalgia and hope it does not weave its old magic again and cost me money for more lead .
*younger readers must forgive my lapse into pre decimal old £ s d