Saturday, September 17, 2011

Bush Warfare

I've come across an interesting book, released in .pdf format by the Canadian armed forces in 2009. Bush Warfare by Lieut-General Sir William C. G. Heneker, KCB, KCMG, DSO contains the distillation of this exceptional soldier's experience in West Africa at the height of the Colonial period.

It covers such matters as the size and composition of columns, transport and supply, encampments, night fighting, relief of besieged garrisons, and a whole host of other military issues. Maps and other illustrations help clarify the subjects. The book was the standard British Army treatise on all aspects of bush warfare until it was superseded by an updated version in the 1930's.

Heneker was Canadian, and an early graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada. Like many of his countrymen, he accepted a commission in the British Army, serving until his retirement in 1932. After his death, Heneker was described by a fellow general officer as, “more at home in a rough house than in civilized discussion or speculation.”  

For anyone seeking ideas for games along historical lines, this book offers a great deal of inspiration. It also gives a revealing insight into the major contribution made by Canadian soldiers to Queen Victoria's Empire. Recommended. 

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