Sunday 4 April 2021

Back in the Back of Beyond

Complete with all the fold out maps and a quite fascinating read

 That was close! A few posts ago I listed a selection of books for disposal and one in particular had slipped through the net and found itself being placed up for sale. This has now been rectified.

The book you see above is a veritable goldmine of a title. It is the official history of the operations conducted in what was Persia during the Great War. Turks, Russians, British, Germans, Indians and Afghans all feature and so the whole theatre is crying out for some Portable Wargaming. In many ways it comes across as being the last hurrah of the Great Game with the Russians trying to take advantage of the Turks who in turn trying to take advantage of the Persians whilst the British are trying to preserve the (pro British) status quo. The Afghans are doing what Afghans seemed to do best - plot, scheme and generally stir up trouble.

I know there is a whole ‘Back of Beyond’ following with figures available that are specific to the period but for me these are currently beyond my horizon. It is a tantalising prospect though!

Something else to think about.


Steve J. said...

Sounds like a great book and certainly an interesting set of theatres to game the Great War in:)

David Crook said...

Hi Steve J,

I am still at a loss as to why I thought about disposing of this book! The potential is huge simply because fo the range of protagonists reads like a who’s who.

Something extra to think about for sure.

All the best,