Military History Books

Wargaming Books


Pen & Sword's new wargaming books will offer original sets of rules and supporting scenario books across a wide range of periods, plus more general books on various aspects of the hobby, such as modelling, painting miniatures and making terrain. They are commissioned and written by wargamers for wargamers. Whether you are a veteran gamer or a new recruit to this fun, fascinating and increasingly popular hobby, there is sure to be something here for you.



This book was eagerly anticipated but the product more than lived up to my expectations. It is a quality product, in both look and feel, and a must have for wargamers of every age, experience and ability. It will be viewed as a wargaming classic with the likes of Featherstone and long after Mr Hyde has shed his mortal coil. Definitely, undeniably, it would be more useful to beginners but its actually nice to have everything in one book for us veterans and there is stuff in there about painting figures, making terrain and scenery and even some rules plus lots of other gems. It is a veritable fountain of knowledge. I rationalised it as I spend up to £20 on rules that I might or might not play, here is a useful book which I will dip into for years to come. A no brainer really for me. I've read the book cover to cover and it now sits by my bedside to be dipped into when my wargaming enthusiasm might wane. Inspirational, at times witty, but essential.

Amazon Review, Kev Lowth

I found this an interesting concept for a book, and one which I thought the authors have worked out very well, not an easy thing to do with a battle that is not only famous, but so well documented. The idea of putting you in the shoes of those commanders, getting you to make decisions and then having to work with any impact/results of those decisions gives an interesting insight into what difficult choices military commanders have to make. Success or failure can depend on information that can be fluid, incomplete or even misleading.

Military Modelling

If you have read any of the accounts written about the Battle of Arnhem and thought that as the commanding General of either the Allied or German forces that you could have controlled or conducted the battle better, then this book at last gives you the opportunity to do so ! Written by a Husband and wife team who are professional writers and also run wargaming holidays in crete, this book is a real gem ! It is the first title in a series of game books which put you as the reader in command of the forces engaged in some of the most famous battles in history. With Arnhem you can either take the role of Major General Robert Urquhart, 1st Airborne Division or General Willheim Bittrich waffen SS to decide the outcome of one of world war 2's most written about battles. Your tactical skill and ability will be tested with every decision that you make at every turn of each page. To help you with your decisions, the book includes situation maps. WW2 Connection enjoyed this original book, we have.. Read more

ww2 Connection

There is a seven-page section of full-colour cut -outs fleets for the British, French and Spanish. Counters are available to download, along with all of the ship rosters and playing aids, on the Pen and Sword website, in case you don't want to cut up your nice book. These are a good solid set of rules that will appeal to newcomers to the period, especially for their simplicity and support materials.

Wargames, Soldiers and Strategies

A book that fits our period perfectly! Do not be put off by the number of pages, the 'rules' section is only eight pages long, but covers the mechanics of playing a game using figures from 2 to 42mm size. They are simply presented and easy to use, indeed I have already used the format in preparing the rules used at our game at Salute. Neil is no novice at wargame rules, having written books on 'Ancient and Medieval Wargaming' and 'Napoleonic Wargaming'. He writes in a clear and readable style giving background information where needed and giving the reader options to develop his (or her) own way of playing the game. Highly Recommended.

The Foreign Correspondent April 2012