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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Battlefield Britain - Episode 7 Culloden

 Another BBC documentary series hosted by the Snows, father and son historians. A good balanced view of what happened.

Battle of Hoya February 23, 1758

This little battle was a Hanoverian-Hessian and Brunswickian battle against a French force holding a bridge. All unit information courtsey of Project Seven Years War and

The Grenadier Guard Battalion of Einsiedel No. 6(

The first move by the Allied force was to advance their horse towards the French outer trenches Guarde Lorraines (blue) covering the bridge.
 The inital Grenadier advance was cut about by the French artillery. The French grenadiers (Bretange Regt, white, white, red)  holding the trench traded volleys with them but were then charged by hussars supported by artillery.

The second line of trenches was approched by an allied composite battalion. Using the Jagers and artillery, they cleared the way. The French-German and Swiss troops traded volleys while the French horse (Mestre de Camp General Dragons, red/white)  advanced over the bridge to dive back the Allied advance. This was met by an infantry advance and a volley of musketry and guns. The French horse became a jumble of torn flesh and bones.

The French sent over another battalion to hold one line of the trenches while they strengthened their side of the river. The Brunswick Regiments (Brunswick Leib Guards, blue/red)  then advanced. The Allied horse then took the left of the line while the Hessian Artillery held the advance trench at the head of the bridge.

The French horse attempted to then charge into the Allied horse on the French right, their carbine volley emptied the saddles of the Allies, but then the French were hit by a Hanoverian
(HauB Regt, red/white) volley. The Hessian gun then attempted to drive out the French from their second trench. Only one company was was hit. The Hessian regiment then went for the bridge. The Brunswickers were stung by the Franco-Swiss but pressed ahead.

Eventually, the French-Swiss were forced to retire over the river. However, when the Brunswick Guards forced the crossing, they met with a tremendous volley from the remaining French.
With their numbers shattered, the Allies withdrew. The French had saved their river crossing.

PBS The War That made America Part 1

 This was a PBS production. It was heavy on the American area of operations, but does mention Louisbourg and Quebec. The narritor is Graham Greene, a Canadian Mohawk.

It is amazing how Washington actually started a world war!

Ray Mears' Extreme Survival S03E02 - Roger's Rangers

 An interesting BBC documentary about Major Robert Roger's St. Francis raid on the St. Francis village in New France.

Compagnies Franches de la Marine

 This Quebec group is made up of University and high school students from Quebec. It is a student summer employment program affiliated with The Stewart Museum in Montreal. I have participated with this unit at the Louisbourg Grand encampment 1995 on the 250th anniversary of the first siege of the Fortress of Louisbourg.

78th Fraser Highlanders DVD - Musket RunThrough

 This clip is of the excellent student summer employment program at the Stewart Museum, in Montreal, Quebec. The 78th Fraser's Highlanders took part in the Louisbourg and Quebec campaigns. Thanks to the 78th Fraser Highlanders.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Battle of Pont a la Buot Acadie 1755

 One of my battles set during the 1750s just prior to the Seven Years War. All figures are 1/72 plastics, mix of Italeri, Redbox, Zeveda, and Accurate Minatures. The terrain comes from Italeri, the river sections come from while the books are Osprey publishing and the photographs courtsey of Family Heritage Productions in Nova Scotia, Canada

Canada: A People's History - Episode 3 - Claiming the Wilderness

 Another part of Canada A Peoples history, courtsey of CBC, covering the period 1670-1754. This is the era I studied for my undergraduate degree from Saint Mary's University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

History of Canada - Episode 5: A Question of Loyalties (Documentary)

 This is the Canadian version of what happened to those who stayed Loyal to Britain during the American Revolution. It also covers the War of 1812. The key arguement put forth is that, Canada, as a nation of our own, found safety in the protection of the British Empire. Thanks to All History Buff for posting this video. The original series was developed by the CBC.

History of Canada - Episode 4: Battle for a Continent (Documentary)

 Thanks to All History Buff for posting this. The film was made by the CBC. It gives a very balanced view of what happened in North-eastern North America from 1750-1774.

Saturday, 18 January 2014

BBC's Tales from the green valley episode 1 FULL

Thanks to Maddie Gillett for posting these videos. It's a good reference to how life was in the 17th century. It also helps to open up our eyes to understand how English colonists would have fared in North American, and comparing how their experiences in England would not do so well with the climate in North eastern North America

Vikings Theme Music ~ If I had a heart by Fever Ray

 This is a Canadian-Irish television production. The music is by Fever Ray. I did not make this video. Credits to CrnaLisica.
The Vikings made it to modern Newfoundland on the Atlantic coast of Canada about 1000AD.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

European warfare comes to the New world 1600s

Abitasion' [sic] or Habitation of Port-Royal, constructed in 1605The Habitation of Port Royale 1604.
This fortified dwelling was built by Samuel de Champlain and his men in 1605. This was a replacement for an earlier structure at Saint-Croix, and was intended to take advantage of a slightly milder climate after a winter that had seen 35 of the 80 colonists die of scurvy. The building was destroyed in 1613 by English colonists from Virginia. (art work courtsey of
Reconstruction of the 1605 Habitation of Port Royal, now a National Historic Site This reproduction was built in 1941, now run by Parks Canada (

French soldiers of the early 17th century This is what the French colonists would have worn to defend their settlement. (
French harquebusier in Canada, between 1610 and 1620 (Petrand work, from
French harquebusier in Canada, between 1610 and 1620
This reconstruction shows one of the rare soldiers found in New France during the first decades of the French Regime. Sent to the colony by one of the trading companies that obtained commercial monopolies, this man's costume and harquebus date him between 1610 and 1620. In 1609-1610, Champlain campaigned with a group of French soldiers who each wore a 'pikeman's corselet' for protection against the arrows of the Amerindians. This armour was normally worn only by pikemen in Europe. In Canada, between 1610 and 1630, French soldiers used harquebuses or muskets, and always wore armour for protection. Reconstruction by Michel Pétard.

1610 attack on an Iroquois fort
1610 attack on an Iroquois fort
Champlain with his five French companions (at left) and Indian allies attacks a small Iroquois fort at the mouth of the Richelieu River in June 1610. Such Amerindian field fortifications could offer stiff resistance. In spite of the French firearms which had impressed them the previous year, the outnumbered Iroquois (probably Mohawk) warriors resisted stubbornly and Champlain was wounded at the ear and neck by an arrow. Finally, the place was carried by an assault ‘with sword in hand’. Print after Samuel de Champlain.

Model of the second habitation at Quebec, circa 1625Construction of the second habitation at Quebec started in May 1624. This model shows the stone structure featuring two corner turrets as it was circa 1625. It was abandoned in 1633 following a fire. (
Champlain surrenders Quebec to English privateers, the Kirke brothers, on 19 July 1629
Champlain surrenders Quebec to English privateers, the Kirke brothers, on 19 July 1629
When Champlain surrendered it in 1629, Quebec was only a small unfortified hamlet and could not hope to resist the much stronger English privateers led by the Kirke brothers. There was no fighting.

Danish Farm house reproduction in HC Andersen Park, Funabashi, Japan

I finally was able to see this little gem in Japan. It's a reproduction of a late 18th century, early 19th century farmhouse which would have been found in HC Andersens home area in Denmark.

I lucked in when taking the shots that I had no one disturb my shots.

A good looking 18th-19th century looking background for either Europe of North America

 A nice shot of the Windmill behind the farm.

Farm courtyard

18th-19th century central heating!
If there is Lego, Ian will play. After 45minutes I was able to pull him away. Then again, it was about 7c that day, so being inside was a good idea.

Battle of Hastenbeck 1757

This battle was where the Duke of Cumberland led an Allied force against a French force. However, the French completely defeated him, forcing him to disband his army and retire.

This battle, is the first one whereby I have used all of my 18th figures. It made quite the table.

At first, the French deployed with their Grenadiers and horse to the front, leaving their guns and infantry to follow. The French decided to try and smash the allied line by striking at an angle. However, the angle they choose to strike at was right at the main allied gun battery!
Upon losing many grenadiers from cannon and musketry from the Highland brigade of the 87th and 88th Highlanders, the Grenadiers fell back. It was then that the French brought up their artillery to silence the battery.

The Allied horse charge into the French left flank.


The Prussian, Brunswick and Hessian charge into the French. By this point, the French had brought up sufficient guns to halt the Prussian Hussar charge, but were unable to stop the infantry from forming. The battle then degenerated into a musketry duel which the French infantry were ground down.
So not a historical win for the French, a win for the Allies. The Duke of Cumberland saved his reputation this time.


Tuesday, 14 January 2014

More historical DVDs

Well... they may not necessairly be historical but they do look pretty good.
Game of Thrones Season 2 and Vikings season 1. With my new work schedule, I should be able to view these to aid in my rest.

Swords and Sandals, my collection of Roman DVDs

My good friend Tony brought me some DVDs from China. Of note were the series
Spartacus, Blood and Sand
Spartacus, Gods of the Arena
Spartacus, War of the dammed.

After six months, I was finally able to watch all of these. And I can sum up for me what they consist of

Romans and Gladiators like to say f..k, c...k, and hump or eat alot. And I mean A LOT.

The other little gem bestowed on me was Centurion, a British production about the Ninth Legion which was destroyed fighting the Pics in

Monday, 6 January 2014

Back to HC Andersen Park, Funabashi, Japan

On Friday January 3, 2014, I took my family back to this park. My wife wanted us to all have a day full of fun outdoors. Ian and Leena enjoyed the obstacle course. Leena has decided she likes zip lines, they call them tarzan ropes.

Danish Windmill at the entrance to the park

the kids heads poke out the top of the obstacle course

Ian and Leena pet the hamsters
My family and I had never been to HC Andersen park in the winter. It still had a fair bit of people coming to play in the grounds. We arrived about 9:40 and left when the park closed about 16:00. We had lunch and basically enjoyed one of the few days of New Years vacation that we had together.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Siege of Ft. Beausejour 1755 Part 1

Today, Ian and I played out the British advance on Ft. Beausejour. I posted the video on my japanesehighlander youtube channel.

Drummer of the Compagnies franches de la Marine in New France, around 1740Drummer, Compagne Frances de La Marine (
Gunner, Royal Artillery, 1751-1764Gunner, Royal Artillery 1755
Soldier of the 45th Regiment of Foot, circa 1763Private, 45th Regiment, one of the British regiments used in the attack.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Ft. St. Jean 1775 refight number 2

I forgot that I had done this game back in 2011 so I did the game again, and made a video of it back on December 22, 2013 which can be seen on my youtube channel japanesehighlander.

Friday, 3 January 2014

1755 Campaign in Nova Scotia

50th (Shirley's) or 51st (Pepperell's) Regiment of Foot, 1754-1756 A typical British infantry soldier in garrison of Nova Scotia. This was also the uniform of the 47th Regiment in 1759. While the 47th was a white faced regiment, the 50th and 51st Regimentals were issued to the 47th as both regiments had been captured at the beginning of the war at Ft. Oswego. (

Scene of daily life at Fort Beauséjour, around 1753
Scene of daily life at Fort Beauséjour, around 1753
This view of the interior of Fort Beauséjour shows some of the activities that might be seen there during the years just before the Seven Years' War. In the foreground, men are moving supplies. In the centre, an officer talks with a missionary who is accompanying Abenakis. To the right, a detachment of French soldiers escorts an English deserter. Reconstruction by Lewis Parker. (

Grenadier, 17th Regiment of Foot, 1750s Grenadier of the 17th Regiment, 1750s while in garrison in Nova Scotia.
New England militiaman, 1750s The British force also consisted of Massassuchetts militia. The rank and file wore their civilian clothes while their officers would have worn a Blue coat faced red.

Camp of the British 43rd Regiment during the siege of Fort Beauséjour,  June 1755 Siege camp of the 43rd Reginent at Ft. Beausejour, 1755 (
Officer, Royal Regiment of Artillery, 1755-1760 Officer of the Royal Artillery which would have served the guns used against the fort.

The next few Seven Years War battles will focus on the situation in 1750s Nova Scotia.

Acadian militiaman, 1755-1760 Acadian partisan after 1755. (
Colonel's and unit colours of the Compagnies franches de la Marine, 18th century Colors of Les Compaignes Franches de La Marine
Soldier of the Compagnies franches de la Marine in New France, circa 1740A Compaigne Frances soldier as they would have been in the Fort, 1750-55. (
Soldier dressed for a winter campaign, between 1690 and 1700 and their uniform in the winter.

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Quebec 1775: The American Invasion of Canada

Happy New Year! Japanese New Year is basically eating alot of mochi, rice cakes, which is sticky and sends the Japanese Fire Department all over the place helping old people and little kids from choking on it. Grilled fish and lots of other fishy things. But then again, they usually eat these.

Getting back on track. Ian and I played Arnold's Attack on Quebec on the night of December 31, 1775. We recorded our attack on video and have posted it on japanesehighlander channel of youtube.
The video is in 3 parts.
The art work comes from  These will include 1st Batallion Royal Highland Emigrants, 7th Royal Fusiliers and Quebec militia.

City of Quebec militiaman, circa 1775­-1776Quebec city militia, 1775. The English speaking militia.

1st Battalion,Royal Highland Emigrants ( However the officers would look like thisOfficer, 42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment of Foot, 1768-1784
British soldier in winter dress, 1765-1783British soldier in winter uniform

An American rifleman from Colonel Morgan's Regiment, circa 1775-1776American rifleman, a few of these made it to Quebec with Arnold's units.

American rebel infantry officer, circa 1775­1776American Army officer 1775

American rebel soldier during the siege of Quebec, 1775-1776American soldiers trying to survive a Canadian winter. Not easy when it's usually -20c in January!
Canadian militiamen and British soldiers repulse the American assault at Sault-au-MatelotDaniel's painting of the British repulsing the Americans. (