Someone Catch This Pilum

A mirthful look at who was stomping on whom on this day in history. Let's face it, while war may not be something to glamorize, it has been a constant reality for as long as man figured out that he could cave in a skull with a lump of rock and steal someone else’s mammoth steak vs. hunting for himself. And pretty much every day is a wonderful anniversary of someone doing exactly that. Here I recount those encounters in a colorful – and hopefully humorous – manner.

July 21st, 1861 | The Battle of Manassas: “Bull Run”

1861, and the United States of America – less than 100 years old at the time – was showing some “growing pains” in the form of a darn good fallout between pals; primarily led by a bloke called “South Carolina,” who tended to be extremely vocal on Facebook and ranted...

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July 15th, 1410 | The Battle of Grunwald

Okay … if you’ve been following battles during the Medieval era, you would know that pretty much any old reason was good enough to throw down your pint, pick up a mace, and start caving in skulls like brain-stucco was going out of fashion. But one of the best reasons...

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June 24th, 1314 | The Battle of Bannockburn

You know, in medieval times there were lots of good reasons to call a few mates, get them kitted out in arms and armor, and go and kick in a neighbor's face: boredom would probably rank up there, but religious differences, ancient disputes over muddy patches of field,...

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June 18th, 1815 | The Battle of Waterloo

Foreword: I’ve never written up a battle with a foreword before. That makes this special. The Real Foreword: How the heck do you write about one of the most famous, and well covered, battles in history? Waterloo: it has more historians falling over themselves to...

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June 18th, 1815 | The Battle of Wavre

A couple of days prior, and the French forces under Napoleon had smashed Blücher's Prussian line at Ligny, sending them reeling into the night and scampering for safety. But it was ultimately a short-lived victory, for it left much of the Prussian forces intact and...

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June 16th, 1815 | The Battle of Ligny

Marshal Blücher held up the field glasses and scanned the ever-forming French lines from his vantage point of Bussy Mill on the heights of Brye. From here he had a commanding position over his entire line, and it was extremely impressive. The area was a watershed...

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June 16th, 1815 | The Battle of Quatre Bras

  Brussels, June 15th. The Allies have learned of Napoléons escape from Elba and – somewhat aghast and appalled – they had branded him an outlaw; they cannot allow Europe to once again fall under his rule or for the revolutionary ways of France to infect the rest...

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May 27th, 1941 | The RN Sinks the German Bismarck

World War II, and the island nation of Britain is holding out against the Axis powers, but not without a little support from the USA and Canada. And when I say “a little support,” we’re talking a million tons of imported materials … per week. And you don’t get to sail...

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Both? Also a pilum-chucker. ~ Alyssa

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History can be fun. It’s all how you present it. ~ Alyssa

I attended The Northwest Historical Miniature Gaming Society’s “Enfilade 2016!″ over this last Memorial Day weekend, and while this in and of itself may not be a revolutionary event, my experience was enjoyable enough whereby I felt somewhat compelled to write about it. And that – my fine, feathered friends – is unusual, because I rarely feel compelled to write about anything other than history and how one fine fellow put a war pick across the skull of another.

But I digress, this is meant to be about the here and now. Or rather,  this last Enfilade!.

Herculaneum Soldier’s Sword Reproduction

Jeffrey Hildebrandt, a master craftsman with Royal Oak Armory in Ontario, worked with Dr. Robert Mason of the Royal Ontario Museum and U of Toronto to recreate what that Herculaneum soldier’s sword and belt probably looked like. This is copied and pasted with Jeff’s kind permission from the web site Forum for Ancient Reenacting run by Matt Lima.

“It is based on the sword found with the “Herculaneum soldier,” and the hypothetical reconstruction was designed by Dr. Robert Mason, of the ROM & University of Toronto.

“I forged the sword from 1045 steel and gave it a simple slack quench heat treatment. The blade was forged very close to final dimensions, so a bit of scale can still be seen on the finished blade. The hilt is fitted with a boxwood pommel and guard, both sheathed in silver, and a bone grip. There is a ring assembly on the end of the tang.”

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