Thursday, November 18, 2010
Sandhurst, 6th November
There was a gathering at Sandhurst to mark the passing of military historian and wargame iconoclast Paddy Griffith, who died earlier this year.
Extracts from Television's Game of War were mixed with memories and evaluations from colleagues and friends, both past and present.
Genevieve Griffith spoke of family life, and holidays that turned into battlefield walks and impromptu games ... Richard Carwardine spoke of the Oxford years, Paul Harris of his long association with the Royal Military Academy. Andy Callan spoke of the origins of WD, and John Curry of Paddy the wargames author. We were played out with 'Paperback Writer'.
On behalf of the Society of Ancients, I was pleased to announce that the Committee had awarded Dr Griffith the 2010 John Westwood Trophy in recognition of a unique contribution to military history and to historical wargames and game design.
We all send our best wished to family and friends at this time of loss.
A fuller tribute and citation will appear in future issue of Slingshot.
I have included a series of links to various Griffith memorial events (here, on my 20th century blog) ...