Welcome to the New Buckenham Historical Wargamers

Welcome to the New Buckenham Historical Wargamers. We are a friendly bunch of people based in New Buckenham, Norfolk, UK, who enjoy playing historical wargaming where enjoying the game and learning a little history along the way is more important than the winning. We have some fantastic models and terrain in the club which you will see within this website. Have a look at our game reports and photo galleries. If you might be interested in joining us, our contact details are on the About Us page.


A good general not only sees the way to victory, he also knows when victory is impossible’ – Polybius

In this battle we found ourselves in the backwoods of Tennessee, in an American Civil War scenario. The date is the 5th October, 1862. The Confederates had been defeated at the Second Battle of Corinth on the 4th and were making themselves scarce in a fast retreat from the Union forces. They were heading in a generally southerly direction, intending to cross the state line into Mississippi. However they were being pursued by two Union Armies hot on their tails. The Confederate force had crossed a certain Hatchie River, but with the last stragglers still crossing they found themselves momentarily trapped. The vanguard of one of the Union armies had caught up and was intent on capturing as many of the rebels as they could. The Confederate’s mission was to get all their forces across the river and then retreat off field (if any order could be called upon), without being captured. The Union’s mission was simply to stop them! The battle field had the river gently coursing through its centre, with the bridge and a road running across it on an east–west axis. On either side were small copses and pastures, bordered by split-rail fencing. A typically rural and peaceful scene was about to be shattered!


This was a fictional scenario between the British and rebels. Two bridges provide entry into a village defended by the British, while a ford can also be crossed, but it's location is intially  unknown to the rebels.


The Second Battle of Two Bridges

I am more afraid of our own mistakes than of our enemies' designs’ – Pericles

Welcome readers, back to a familiar location. Some of you may recall a skirmish (little known in the annals of history) that took place in a charming and sleepy hamlet situated in colonial America. It’s the 1770’s and the hamlet (whose name I can’t quite recall) is caught up in greater events than its founders would have imagined. The Revolutionary war is well underway and the locals find themselves the host to a British detachment guarding an important river crossing. The hamlet lies beside a river with two bridges. A network of provincial roads run through the hamlet over the bridges and beyond, making it a strategic way station for tradesmen, merchants, pioneers and the occasional visiting army. The American rebels know that redcoats occupy the hamlet, having unsuccessfully tried to take it months before. Unbeknown to the British, the Americans are returning to drive them out and capture the bridges for good.


WATERLOO: D'Erlon's Atack

June 11th 2011

With the hall unfortunately booked for the 18th (DRAT), 12 enthusiastic gamers gathered at New Buckenham village hall at about 9am on the 11th of June to do ‘battle’. Commands were soon allotted, with Lee as Wellington and Brad as Napoleon.


Many Moons ago... in darkest Coltishall...

These are photos from one of the many award winning games organised by past and present members of Coltishall Cowards Wargames Club.

Figures are from the collection of Chris Cope, Camp Hill Fort by Richard Holgate, Roman Camp by Chris Cope. River y Paul cotton. other terrain features by richard Holgate, Paul cotton & Chris Cope. Tents & bridge by Dave Bodley of "Grand Manner". Red Centurian tents by Ian Weekley Models

Dave Bodely came down to us one saturday for a photo shoot!! The game went on to win best in show at the "SALVO" wargames show in Colchester - A show now sadly missed