Nov 8 Tentative Date for Armistice Day Tourney
Late November seems to be difficult for everyone, so we are hoping to move the 26th annual Armistice Day Fits Tournament to November 8th in Indianapolis.
Ethan Charles will make a special effort to locate a few players from Indy's past as well as invite several new players who were introduced to the game at Gen Con this summer. The venue will be announced next week and depend on attendance estimates.
Rick Lacy will return to defend his title, while Dory Oda is expected to vie for her fourth win but first in nearly twenty years. Stephen hopes to extend his record of seven wins, while Ethan Charles seeks his second and Stephen Dale his first in fourteen tries.
Please not that this date is not yet firm. Watch for news here and via mass email late this week.
"Walking Into Hell"
The Somme Through British and German Eyes
Edward Liveing & Philip Gibbs
Pen & Sword Publishing
Hard bound, 78 pages
“Walking Into Hell” is an installment in Pen & Sword's excellent “Eyewitnesses from the Great War” series that provides first-hand accounts of the bloodiest battles of World War I.
This volume presents two unique views of the grisly battle for the Somme in 1916. The first half of the book is comprised of the memoirs of Edward G. D. Liveing, a British officer taking his troops into battle near Gommecourt.
Liveing's description of events pulls no punches. It is incredible that he, or anyone else, lived through the slaughter on the opening days of the struggle. He vividly describes the unimaginable noise, the confusion of war, the sound of bullets tearing through the air nearby, and the feeling of being wounded.
The author's description is so thorough as to cover his trip back from the battle front and his hospital stay in the days immediately following. The account is riveting, clear, and easily understood.
The second half of “Walking Into Hell” presents an entirely unique view of the German effort at the Somme. British journalist Philip Gibbs was tasked with covering the German retreat for Allied newspapers, and he describes the carnage left behind in their wake.
Gibbs is also sensitive to the suffering born by the average German soldier, with many personal stories and recollections shared along the way.
This hardbound book from Pen & Sword is easily tucked into a briefcase or backpack (precisely what I did while reading it for this review while on a trip) and travels with you conveniently. Its 78 pages of medium to large print are not intimidating to readers who don't want a major commitment. It is comfortably read in two or three sittings; perhaps less. The reader is taken directly to the battle front after only a few pages of introduction.
The photographs are reproduced in a wonderful format, taking a full half page per picture. This makes them easy to see in detail and permits the studious reader a chance to examine them with a magnifying glass if so inclined.
The Indy Squadron Dispatch heartily recommends “Walking Into Hell” as a quality addition to your WWI library. It is available through Pen & Sword books.
Dawn Patrol Rendezvous 2014
The 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I drew the largest crowd ever to attend a Dawn Patrol Rendezvous, the semi-annual World War I fly-in and air show hosted by the Great War Aeroplanes Association and the Museum of the United States Air Force in early September.
Nearly every type of WWI aircraft was present and easily recognizable by Dawn Patrol players. The air show included 20 acres of vendors, re-enactors in period costume, and of course, dozens of replica World War I aircraft and radio controlled models.
Dawn Patrol events were held in the nearby Hope Hotel every evening and plans are already being made for DPR 2016. Make your plans to join us at the next event.