Monday, 14 September 2009
Defeat in Detail - The Ottoman Army in the Balkan Wars 1912 - 1913
I am a very happy gamer at the moment. The picture above is of my copy of this wonderful title now residing safely in the Rayleigh Factorium Library. For anybody interested in this period this is an absolute gem and in fact, even if the period does nothing for you then you would surely fully appreciate the level of detail, scale, scope and quantity of information contained therein. At the risk of sounding cliched - this book is one of my wargaming defining moments!
Seriously though, and whilst trying to control my breathing and to still my thunderously beating heart (sorry, I must rein this in a little...) I have to say this book is an absolute goldmine of information. To give an idea of the content take a look at the chapter headings:
1. Defeat and Military Reform 1877 - 1910
2. Revolutions and the Eastern Question 1877 - 1912
3. Nexus of Disaster 1911 - 1912
4. The Thracian Campaigns 1912
5. The Macedonian Campaigns 1912
6. The Greek and Montenegrin Campaigns 1912
7. The Armistice and Military Politics
8. The Thracian Campaigns 1913
9. The Western Theater: Greece and Albania
10. Final Operations
11. Defeat in Detail: Conclusion
The book also contains an overview of Turkish aviation and even one of the amphibious operations the Turks attempted is described. There is an extensive bibliography and some 60 odd maps - both tactical and strategic in nature as well as orders of battle and whom was where and when. I am going to savour this one in no uncertain terms and the Balkan Wars project may see the light of day sooner rather than later as a result.