Donald Featherstone (wargamer)

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Donald F. Featherstone (20 March 1918 – 3 September 2013) was a British author of more than forty books on wargaming and military history.

Featherstone was born in London.[1] and during the Second World War, he joined the Royal Armoured Corps. An account of his war experiences can be found in his book Lost Tales.[2] Originally a physiotherapist,[1] Featherstone was first introduced to wargaming by reading H. G. Wells' Little Wars and his first opponent was Tony Bath in 1955.[3][4]

In 1960 the two of them began editing the UK version of the War Game Digest, a seminal wargaming newsletter started by Jack Scruby. Featherstone expressed disapproval of a trend towards articles "attempting to spread an aura of pseudo-science over what is a pastime".[5]

He started his own periodical in 1962, the Wargamers' Newsletter. After a discussion with Paddy Griffith, Featherstone realised that wargaming as a hobby could considerably aid in understanding military history.[6] Featherstone appeared on the BBC to promote the hobby.[7] In 1966, he organised the first UK wargames convention.

Death[edit]

Donald Featherstone died on 3 September 2013, aged 95, from complications following a fall at home.[8]

Bibliography[edit]

  • War Games (1962) A revised edition has been printed as part of the History of Wargaming Project (see here)
  • Tackle Model Soldiers This Way (1963)
  • Naval War Games, Stanley Paul, London, 1965, ISBN 0-09-076581-8, Updated edition 2009[9]
  • Air War Games (1966)
  • Bowmen of England (1967)
  • At Them with the Bayonet! The First Sikh War (1968)
  • Advanced War Games, Stanley Paul, London, 1965, ISBN 0-09-087350-5, reprinted 2008 [10]
  • War Game Campaigns (1970) reprinted 2009 [11]
  • Battles with Model Soldiers (1970)
  • Military Modelling (1970)
  • MacDonald of the 42nd (1971)
  • Solo Wargaming (1972) Reprinted 2009 [12]
  • Poitiers 1356: Knight's Battles for Wargamers (1972)
  • War Games through the Ages: Vol. 1 3000BC-1500AD, Stanley Paul, 1972; ISBN 0-09-110240-5
  • Tank battles in miniature: A wargamers' guide to the Western Desert Campaign in 1940-1942 (1973)
  • Battle Notes for Wargamers, David & Charles, 1973; ISBN 0-7153-6310-7
  • War Games through the Ages: Vol. 2 1420-1783, Stanley Paul, 1974; ISBN 0-09-118760-5
  • War Games through the Ages: Vol. 3 1792-1879, Stanley Paul, 1975; ISBN 0-09-121250-2
  • Skirmish Wargaming, Patrick Stephens Limited, 1975; ISBN 0-85059-197-X; new edition 2009 [13]
  • Wargaming: Ancient and Medieval Periods. David & Charles, UK, 1975; ISBN 0-7153-6939-3. Hippocrene Books, USA, 1975. ISBN 0-88254-353-9.
  • War Games through the Ages: Vol. 4 1861-1945 (1976)
  • Wargaming Airborne Operations. Kaye & Ward, 1975, ISBN 0-7182-1172-3, reprinted 2009 [14]
  • Wargaming Pike and Shot (1977)
  • Better Military Modelling (1977)
  • Tank battles in miniature: A wargamers' guide to Mediterranean Campaigns 1943-1945. Patrick Stephens Limited, 1977; ISBN 0-85059-275-5
  • Featherstone's Complete Wargaming, David & Charles, 1989; ISBN 0-7153-9262-X
  • Victoria's Enemies: An A-Z of British Colonial Warfare (1989)
  • The Peninsular War (1991)
  • Victorian Colonial Warfare: Africa, from the Campaigns Against the Kaffirs to the South African War (1992)
  • Victorian Colonial Warfare: India: From the Conquest of Sind to the Indian Mutiny
  • Khartoum 1885: General Gordon's last stand (1993)
  • Tel El-Kebir 1882 : Wolseley's Conquest of Egypt (1993)
  • The History of the English Longbow (1993)
  • Omdurman 1898 : Kitchener's victory in the Sudan (1994)
  • Weapons and Equipment of the Victorian Soldier (1996)
  • Warriors and Warfare in Ancient and Medieval Times (1997)
  • Khaki & Red: Soldiers of the Queen in India and Africa (1997)
  • Bridges of Battle: Famous Battlefield Actions at Bridges and River Crossings (1999)
  • Bowmen of England (2003)
  • The Battlefield Walker's Handbook (2005)
  • Donald Featherstone's Lost Tales (2009) ISBN 978-1-4092-9431-3 available [Donald Featherstone's Lost Tales (2009) ISBN 978-1-4092-9431-3 available here]

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