Friday 23 September 2022

"Bloody Big HUNGARY '48 Battles!" - scenario book published!

If you pay any attention to this blog at all, you'll already know that my major obsession for the past several years has been the Hungarian War of Independence of 1848-1849. Search by the labels "Hungary", "1848" or "1849" and you will find dozens of battle reports, etc, relating to it.

 Now I'm adding one more such post to mark the publication of the resulting campaign scenario book, "Bloody Big HUNGARY '48 Battles!". To quote the back cover blurb:

"The Hungarian War of Independence was the largest and longest of the conflicts arising from Europe’s Year of Revolution in 1848. It lasted a year, saw half a million troops engaged, and generated dozens of significant engagements on three major fronts. Dedicated research now makes this neglected conflict accessible to wargamers. BBHB lets you refight sixteen of the most important battles of the war! Each scenario gives you:
• A clear and accurate historical situation
• New decisions for both sides every turn
• Simple but ingenious victory conditions
• A battle you can fight to the finish in an evening
• A great game that will ebb and flow to the end!
Most also offer scenario options to explore ‘what-ifs’ and increase replay value. Campaign options allow players to link battles so that each has consequences for the next. BBHB is a scenario book for use with the “Bloody Big Battles” wargames rules (BBB)."

I should also note that, like the previous BBB scenario book ("Bloody Big Battles in INDIA!"), the maps are in full colour throughout (as are the flags, illustrations, etc.).

The battles in the book are:

  • Pákozd
  • Schwechat
  • Hermannstadt
  • Kápolna
  • Tápió-Bicske
  • Isaszeg
  • Nagy-Salló
  • First Battle of Komárom
  • Pered
  • Second Battle of Komárom
  • Third Battle of Komárom
  • Hegyes
  • Second Battle of Vác
  • Sepsi-Szt.-György
  • Szőreg
  • Temesvár

The book is available from the usual retailers who carry BBB. I believe the main ones are listed on the SkirmishCampaigns website here. (Before you ask - sorry, no pdf edition at this time, just the lavish full-colour print.)

If you're interested not only in wargaming the battles but also in learning more about this large, protracted and fascinating conflict, I commend to you my translations of the two Austrian semi-official histories covering the two halves of the war:

"Hungary 1848: The Winter Campaign" (published 2021)

"Hungary 1849: The Summer Campaign" (forthcoming 2022)

Update 19 November 2022: Nice review of BBHB in Vae Victis, "really well done".


  1. I'm looking forward to getting my grubby mitts on this book:).

    1. I know those mitts are grubby from crafting fine figures and terrain so it will be an honour to have them pawing my work!

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    1. Ed, if it helps to get your lovely Hungary '48 troops on the table again and inspire more Meanderings on your blog I will be a happy man!


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