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Walking the Nördlingen battlefield

28 November 2016

In the summer of 2015 I was able to spend the better part of a day exploring the Nördlingen battlefield, in particular the Albuch hill which was the critical point of the battle. ...

The Imperial & Leaguist army in the Battle of Breitenfeld 1631

24 November 2016

Recreating the order of battle and deployment Tilly's army at Breitenfeld is a challenge as the sources are not as detailed as those available for the Saxons and Swedes. For example...

Duke Adolf von Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorf

22 November 2016

Wikpedia has provided me with this superb portrait of Duke Adolf von Holstein, commander of the "Hollstainisch" regiment of hochdeutsche Knechte in Imperial service ( More details...

The Saxon Army at Breitenfeld 1631

18 November 2016

Elector Johann Georg of Saxony was the formal commander of the army but left actual command to Field-marshal Hans Georg von Arnim. The Right Wing: Field-marshal Hans Georg von Arnim...