hello everyone, im new here. ive recently discovered this era of history and fell in love to the point of near obbsession lol, im really looking for some documentaries for this general era, ecw,spanish succession and such. anyone have any ideas? online or not doesnt matter really, ive checked youtube and a few other places but they only seem to have 5 minute clips and havent really found a series of them to completion. thx for your time and help.
Face the front,keep looking to the front,don't be distracted,and for pity's sake don't look back! - 18th century soldier litany - Unkown Elävät nyt, maksa myöhemmin (Live now,pay later) - Jukka Hilden
Watch "The Valley", "Flashing Blade", and "Alatriste" in that order, and you're pretty much set.
TYW is easy. Spanish are good at the start but get worse. Lots of non-descript German types. Tercios are big, but never work right in wargames rules. French also non-descript but nice cavalry. Swedes turn up and are brilliant, until GA pops his clogs. Lots of marching about and complex politics - typical shoddy, foriegn type of war. A bad time to be a mid-European burgher trying to mind your own business.
Alatriste and the Last Valley are great. I have watched some German documentaries, but I only understand some bits. I may have to force one of my German speaking friends to translate. On a related note, I am reading Gula brigadens hjältar ("Heroes of the Yellow Brigade"), an old adventure novel about heroic Swedes and dastardly Imperialists. Great stuff! As far as I know, it's only available in Swedish.
"We are the Queen's shield. We are the nation's shield." —Sir Nicholas Fury, 1602