[CENTER][SIZE="5"][color="RoyalBlue"]For A Few Acres of Snow[/color][/size]
[SIZE="2"][font="Book Antiqua"]King Louis XV of France was in conversation with Voltaire when he received the dreadful news that Canada was no longer French, but British. Aware of his sovereign's anguish, Voltaire spoke to him consolingly:
"After all Sire, what have we lost - a few acres of snow?"[/font][/size]
[SIZE="2"]A French & Indian War Modification AAR by Lightsfantastic.[/size][/CENTER]
My thanks to the team at AGEOD for making such a wonderful game.
Thanks to Primaspirit for his patient and complete way of teaching us how to mod these games on the forum.
Growing up here in the United States the French and Indian War is not well known. It's the war before the Revolution...which will always overshadow it.
The first in depth reading I ever did on the F&IW was YEARS ago after an article was published in the Avalon Hill magazine, The General, for a 1776 variant covering it. There wasn't a lot available on the subject at the local bookstores, and being the pre-internet and pre-Amazon.com era, that was the extent of my education on the subject. Fast forward to 2006. I am 36 and bored with my seemingly endless modifying of HOI and HOI2. In researching a new game to satisfy my Operational Warfare jones, I stumble across Birth of America. After a week of reading the AAR's, seeing the activity on the forums, and the developers support for their game I bought it and have been hooked ever since. My interest in modifying it came and went, but the tools seemed so much more difficult from what I was used to with HOI. With patience I have slowly mastered them. Now what to modifiy?
Jagger has two really excellent modifications that I have used since he posted them: the Region Fix and Terrain Mod. They are wonderful and I am using them in this Modifcation.
I picked the French and Indian War Campaign because I knew so little about it. The stock campaign is perfectly fine and gives one a great introduction to a neglected period of American, British, and French History. But as I read more and more about the war, I noticed several historical inconsistencies in set up and personalities. No William Shirley, Oswego being a trading post not a true fort, Bradstreet's Corps of Armed 'Battoemen', the 4 battalions of the 60th Royal Americans, the multiple battalions of the Virginia & New York Regiments, how the Provincials were handled versus Militia, the brothers Vaudreuil, etc. This is my
effort to correct that.
Without these books (and Amazon.com - as well as Half Price Bookstores here in Dallas, TX) I could not have done this.
Montcalm and Wolfe; The French and Indian War
by Francis Parkman
First published in 1884, a wealth of information. Am currently rereading this a second time and still finding new things in it.
The French and Indian War; Deciding the Fate of North America
by Walter R. Borneman
An excellent introductory volume to the war, its causes and the personalities behind the scenes. Covers all the bases in a short work.
The War That Made America; A Short History of the French and Indian War
by Fred Anderson
The one I started with. Good, short, and concise. Made me want to learn more...and read his other book on the subject...
Crucible of War; The Seven Years War and the Fate of Empire in North America, 1754-1766
by Fred Anderson
A Monster work covering everything, Indian Policies and negotiations, Inter-colonial rivalries, Politics both here and in Europe, the Carribean...etc. I would compare this to David Chandler's The Campaigns of Napoleon
due to the depth involved.
Redcoats; The British Soldier and War in the Americas, 1755-1763
by Stephen Brumwell
More of an 'Ambrose style' than the others. Tells the story of the regular soldier in war.
Empires Collide; The French and Indian War 1754-63
edited by Ruth Sheppard.
Seems to be a conglomeration of the Osprey Campaign books on the War. Gives some OoB's and is also a good visual introduction to the individual campaigns of the war.
Louisbourg 1758 & Ticonderoga 1758
Osprey/Praeger books by Rene Chartland
Osprey/ Praeger book by Stuart Reid
All three give excellent coverage of their campaigns and excellent OoB's.
Next Post: the British Setup.