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At the end of March 2024, ADHOC Edition will be publishing Minden 1759, the first wargame in its “SYW Battle Series”

Minden 1759 is the first wargame of the “SYW Battles Series” published by ADHOC-Edition. It simulates the battle fought on the 1st of August 1759 in Westphalia during the Seven Years War. The splendid map of this battalion and brigade level boardgame has a scale of approx. 220m per hex. The 15mm square counters represent a battalion or two or three squadrons, while a brigade is represented by a rectangular counter.

The box includes: one map (58x81cm – 23x32"); five A4 counter sheets (720 x 15mm - 5/8" square counters & markers and 50 x rectangular counters); four orders/organisation sheets (2 x A3 + 2 x A4); one 16 pages "Introduction" Rulebook; two 24 pages "Detailed Sequence of Play" rulebook; two 28 pages "Playbooks", with historical notes; seven scenarii and their OoBs; six player aid cards; and one printed carton box. It is available from ADHOC Edition.

The Seven Years War in a few words
Frederick II of Prussia in 1763 - Source: Wikimedia Commons

More than 250 years ago, in 1756, the major powers of Europe became entangled in a conflict now known as the Seven Years War that was to last until 1763. It involved all the major powers of Europe, with Austria, France, Russia, Saxony, Sweden, and later Spain siding against the alliance of Great Britain, Hanover, Prussia, and later Portugal.

The war had in fact started in 1754 in North America and India where France and Great Britain were struggling for colonial supremacy. In Europe, Maria Theresa of Austria had undertaken intense diplomatic efforts to forge an alliance against Prussia with the goal of wresting the lost province of Silesia from the Prussian grasp.

Frederick II of Prussia invaded Saxony in 1756 and Bohemia in 1757. However, he had to retire from Bohemia after the defeat of Kolin. Prussians were now on the defensive against Austrians in Silesia, Franco-Imperials in Saxony and Russians in East Prussia. Frederick II saved Prussia by two brilliant victories at Rossbach and Leuthen. Meanwhile France had successfully invaded Hanover but was soon pushed back to the Rhine.

In North America, the first years of the conflict turned to the advantage of France. In Asia, Bengal was virtually under British rule by the end of 1757.

From 1758 through 1761, Prussia managed to repel its enemies on all fronts. In 1762, it was on the verge of being defeated when the Tsarina Elizabeth died leaving the throne to Peter III, who held Frederick II in high esteem. Consequently, the new Tsar sided with Prussia.

Meanwhile, year after year, the struggle between France and the Anglo-Hanoverians in Western Germany remained inconclusive. By the end of each campaign the belligerents were basically back to their initial positions.

In America, Africa and Asia, the tide turned in 1758. Great Britain had successfully conquered Senegal (1758), Guadeloupe (1759), Canada (1759-60), Dominica (1761), Martinique (1762) and Cuba (1762).

In 1762, a new front opened in the Iberian Peninsula where a Franco-Spanish army vainly attempted the conquest of Portugal.

Early in 1763, all belligerents made peace, leaving the political map of Europe almost unchanged. However, Great Britain had eliminated its most important competitor for world domination, and Prussia had survived the war, a feat all by itself... (more...)

Project SYW - Annual funding campaign
Last year, despite the general economic situation, you responded splendidly to our funding campaign and donated 4,058 $CAD, allowing us to exceed our objective.

Thanks to your support, we will be able to continue improving "Project SYW"! This year we will mainly focus on the events of 1760 in Saxony and in Western Germany, on the events of 1761 and on the French cavalry, while improving hundreds of illustrations depicting uniforms, colours, standards and guidons. All your donations to this project serve to pay for web hosting and to acquire and integrate additional documentation. You currently have free access to more than 2,800 articles and 4,700 images.

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Image of the week: Ordonnance colour of the French Compagnies Franches de la Marine - Copyright: Kronoskaf

Great news! a group of enthusiasts has created Weltseele, a new wiki dedicated to the Napoleonic Wars (1804 - 1815). We welcome them on the web and wish them a lot of success.

The Seven Years' War Project now offers free access to 2,838 articles and 4,811 images.

From April 8 to 14, we have created/improved the following articles:

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