Saturday, 30 April 2011

Good news in the post ...

Today's post was not delivered until just after 1.30pm (something that is not unusual on a Saturday). I was not expecting anything in particular, and the hand-addressed white envelope that was amongst the rest of the post (the usual collection of bills, political leaflets, and brochures) looked interesting. When I opened it, I realised just how interesting it was.

Firstly, it contained a copy of the July 1963 issue (Volume 2, Number 5) of TABLE TOP TALK, Jack Scruby's replacement for WAR GAME DIGEST. It had been sent to me by Andy Callan – one of the founders of Wargame Developments and Paddy Griffith's literary executor – with a short note that stated 'I found this in Paddy's papers and thought of you (see P3).'

Pages 3 and 4 are taken up by an article written by Joseph Morschauser(!!!) entitled 'Limited War Games', and it is my intention to transcribe it and add it to my blog as soon as I can.

The note also went on to state that Professor Philip Sabin has persuaded King's College, London, to add Paddy Griffith's historical papers to the Liddell Hart archive, thus preserving them for prosperity. The wargaming papers are being passed to John Curry (of the The History of Wargaming Project) in the hope that much of its contents can be published in due course.

This is really good news, and means that Paddy's legacy can be enjoyed by many people for years to come. This will be fitting tribute and memorial to him, and the thanks of the wider wargaming and military history world should go to Andy Callan for everything that he has done to ensure this.

8 comments:

  1. All good news!

    Look forward your transcription.

    Best wishes
    Steve

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  2. Steve,

    It is nice to get some good news ... and this was!

    The transcrption of the short article should be done sometime over the next day or so.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  3. Delighted to hear that this fragment of Paddy's collection is being preserved.

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  4. Conrad Kinch,

    It also means that it will be accessible to anyone who wants to do research at some time in the future.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  5. Good to hear that anything Paddy wrote will be preserved for the future, and that we may have more of his thoughts on wargaming to read.

    I, too, look forward to reading the Morschauser article.

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  6. Arthur1815,

    It is excellent news. One of my greatest concerns was that his work would become 'lost'; now it will not.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  7. Ross Mac,

    You never know ... one day you might be able to visit the archive and read some of its contents!

    All the best,

    Bob

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