Ever wonder how the English managed to lose the Hundred Years War? I mean there's all those wretched French defeats at Crecy, Poitiers, and Agincourt. French soldiers drown at Sluys and are shot to pieces at the less well known Verneuilles. Why don't those silly Frenchmen speak English and eat bangers and mash instead of snails?
The book is good and useful for the wargamer for a number of reasons. To the degree possible, Nicolle provides details about forces present. There are a few good color plates of the battles, but not a lot. There are accounts of the battles and maps as well. There are also a lot of contemporary photos of the location, some in color, which are nice if one is able to visit the battlefields.
If I have a complaint, it isn't the diminishing number of color plates in the Campaign series, it is the maps. They are much better at showing movements of bodies of troops, rather than showing the battlefield itself. Both Formigny and Castillon are relatively small. The former likely had less than 5,000 men total. Why not a battlefield map rather than a campaign map which really shows very little.
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