“The year 1755 saw the rivalry between Britain and France in North America escalate into open warfare as both sides sought to overcome the other's forts and trading posts. Lord Loudoun and the Marquis de Montcalm were sent out to lead their forces and Montcalm was soon tasked with capturing the formidable Anglo-American post at Oswego. Montcalm's 3,000-strong force surrounded the forts at Oswego and soon forced the defenders to surrender - an outstanding French success.”
|The cover of Montcalm's Crushing Blow|
In addition to his engaging text, Mr. Chartrand also includes sidebars with interesting historical facts. One provides an order of battle for Montcalm’s Oswego expedition, while another lists the British prisoners, cannons, and flags captured.
|My photograph of Montcalm & his men inspecting Fort Oswego.|
Figures by Frontline Figures and W. Britains
The second battle scene depicts the Royal Artillery defending Fort Oswego from the French cannons. Lieutenant-Colonel Mercer is inspecting the defenses as a French cannonball flies through the air. One second later, Mercer would die when he was hit by the cannonball. This plate even shows the pork barrel casks that were used to create a new defensive wall.
While Osprey’s books are known for their original artwork, they also contain other illustrations as well. In this area again, Montcalm’s Crushing Blow does not disappoint. This book is filled with uniforms worn by the soldiers, original French and British maps of the area, and portraits of the main characters like the Marquis de Montcalm and Colonel Peter Schuyler. Every illustration is captioned, giving extra information on the dimensions of bateaux or Montcalm’s Irish soldiers.
If you have any interest in the French & Indian War or Early America, this book is highly recommended. Rene Chartrand’s detailed yet easy-to-read text is well matched with Peter Dennis’s lively and detailed artwork. My overall rating is 5/5 stars.