I hope it is worth the wait and I will undoubtedly buy it just because the subject interests me more than is healthy in a man of my gentle years. It could be very good, or it might just be a regurgitation of what has already been published or is available in the t'internet thingy. Fingers crossed
Colin, I will wait to see this one. I bought Digby Smith's 'Armies of the Seven Years War' which is a mixed bag and has the feel of something cobbled together rather than a coherent work. It did not help that there are also some irritating typos that ought to have been picked up by proof readers or editors. Not sorry I bought it but very glad I did not pay full price.
It looks as if, in the new work, Smith is going to take a view in the round dealing with operations throughout the world. This might work but of course there are lots of specialist works already out there. Parts of the European war are well covered in the works of Christopher Duffy, Reginald Savory, Dennis Showalter, Piers Macksey whilst the French & Indian War has its own vast literature of which Fred Anderson's 'Crucible of War' stands out. Ultimately in addition to the 'usual' stuff I imagine Smith will cover a lot of the naval warfare (of little interest to me I must confess) plus less familiar aspects such as the wars in India and the Far East was well as the Spanish invasion of Portugal (which offers the prospects of a couple of decent scraps involving light dragoons). Obviously a multi-volume work but it may not be too long before we see what volume 1 actually offers.
I am not a huge fan of Digby Smith (AKA Otto Von Pivka apparently) and I don't find his works as good as Christopher Duffy's but there is not a lot on the SYW history and more is welcome. I am really keen on Stuart Reid's Minden book though.
I know what you mean. Mind few are as scholarly or as readable as Christopher Duffy. For matters Napoleonic I think Digby Smith is reliable but his two previous forays in C18th material, both works of uniformology, have been less satisfying. I will wait and see what the first volume of the Smith SYW history is like before I buy or not, likewise with Stuart Reid's book. The latter I guess will be £20-25 new but as the publisher often cuts deals there may be cheaper copies to be had with a bit of patience. I am lucky enough to own copies of both Savory and Macksey's books so much depends on what is new in Reid's book and I can wait.
According to the listing at Caliver Books Volume 1 of Digby Smith's The Seven years War 1755 - 1757 was published on 1st March. I did not see it at WMMS but there again I was not looking for it. I assume that Ken Trotman will be at Salute so I may get a chance to have a look there. It apparently has 51 maps and 38 orders of battle and covers global events down to and including Rossbach. Has anyone seen it yet?
Based on the review perhaps Smith's book ought to have been called 'A Not So New History of the Seven Years War'.
We have something a lot better in Germany: german translations of the osprey books about the SYW. It's really dificult to understand these books. For example: coats were translated to "Mäntel" - cloaks. The right word would be "Rock" or better "Leibrock".
It's today very simpel to get a lot more informations by authentic sources like newspapers etc. because so many are online. It's the same with memoirs and diaries. I prefer very often the diaries of civilians of this time. They have a Point of view comparable with my own.
Es marschierten drei Regimenter wohl über den Rhein...