Achtung Schweinehund! : A Boy's Own Story of Imaginary Combat, Paperback

Achtung Schweinehund! : A Boy's Own Story of Imaginary Combat Paperback

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This is a book about men and war. Not real conflict but war as it has filtered down to generations of boys and men through toys, comics, games and movies.

Harry Pearson belongs to the great battalion of British men who grew up playing with toy soldiers - refighting World War II - and then stopped growing up.

Inspired by the photos of the gallant pilot uncles that decorated the wall above his father's model-making table, by Sergeant Hurricane, Action Man and Escape from Colditz, dressed in Clarks' commando shoes and with the Airfix Army in support, he battled in the fields and on the beaches, in his head and on the sitting-room floor and across his bedroom ceiling. And thirty years later he still is. ACHTUNG SCHWEINEHUND! is a celebration of those glory days, a boy's own story of the urge to play, to conquer - and to adopt very bad German accents, shouting 'Donner und Blitzen' at every opportunity.

This is a tale of obsession, glue and plastic kits. It is the story of one boy's imaginary war and where it led him.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Autobiography: general
  • ISBN: 9780349115689



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Reading Pearson's previous tomes (about Belgium, soccer, English country fairs and the like) did not ready me for the discovery that he was a miniature figure war gamer. I never ventured into miniature war gaming as a youngster, probably for the best as I was already geeky enough without this added burden.Pearson does an admirable job making miniature wargaming, surely one of the least interesting pastimes for spectators, at least somewhat interesting. He discusses the history of miniature wargaming from the 1602 introduction of leaden soldiers into England, Napoleon's wargaming, HG Wells writing on the subject through to his disdain for games like "Dungeons and Dragons", plus his own history in wargaming, as well as the history of the dozens of Daves that appear to populate the wargaming fraternity.There will be people bored titless by this but not me.

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