Camerone Websites

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I’ve assembled several links to various websites below that address the Battle of Camerone and the French Campaign in Mexico.

Camerone Day.  This is an amazing blog that has been fully devoted to recreating and war gaming the Battle of Camerone since July 2011.  I have noted this blog before and it just keeps getting better and better.  The updates made to the terrain board is amazing.  On 30 April they will war game the battle again–can’t wait to see the After Action.

The Mexican Adventure.  This is an older website that has many great ideas for war gaming this historical period.  It provides references for rules, miniatures, terrain and small scenarios for the war gamer.

John Todd Jr.   This is another blog I visit around Camerone Day.  The history page is actually a tremendous resource on the history of Mexico and the city of Veracruz.  There are four pages that address the French role in this history and begins with the Camerone page.  What makes this unique is that Mr. Todd visits and photographs modern day Veracruz and the terrain and memorials related to Camerone.

1/6 Scale Camerone Figures.  There are two web sites I’ve found that have great pictures of 1/6 scale “action figures”.  The first is an officer figure (Danjou) from a onesixthwarriors forum post.  The other is a from Ransome Chua’s Frontline and shows a nice rifleman from the 3rd Company.

Morgan’s Miniatures.  OK–so this is not a great website right now, but they do make a great set of 54/60mm scale Foreign Legion miniatures.  I’m not sure where you can buy these but contact information is available at the link.

On a side note:  In the United States, our younger generation (the drinking crowd) celebrates Cinco De Mayo or the 5th of May–the date the French lost the Battle of Puebla in 1862, with enormous gusto.  This battle was a symbolic victory for the Mexican government and emboldened their resistance to French intervention and May 5th is revered in the Mexican state of Puebla as El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (The Day of the Battle of Puebla).  North of the Mexican border, Cinco De Mayo is often mistaken as Mexican Independence Day (which is actually 16 September) and it is celebrated in bars, restaurants and college dormitories across the United Sates with massive consumption of tequila, mescal, cerveza, and overflowing platters of nachos, gallons of salsa, mounds of guacamole, and platters of tacos.  It’s amazing (and depressing) that most of these young know-nothings have no idea about the Battle of Puebla and would be surprised to learn that France almost colonized Mexico while we were having our little Civil War.

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About Jack Wagner

Retired Army.
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7 Responses to Camerone Websites

  1. S M Cullen says:

    Congratulations on a really first class blog. And more power to historical accuracy!

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  2. K. Quesenberry says:

    I think that the 5th of May in the United States has evolved in to more of a north of the border celebration of the Pan American nature of this country today. Totally unrelated and of a radically different nature, there is also Guy Faulkes day later in the year.

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  3. Ethan Reiff says:

    Jack,

    THANKS very much for promoting my “Camerone Day” blog here on your own, of which I am a big fan! The recent pair of 1848 British magazine articles you found and posted, about the Scandanavian legionnaire’s Algerian and Spanish war books, were incredibly interesting. Thanks again!

    Ethan
    (AKA: Mad Guru)

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    • Jack Wagner says:

      Ethan,

      You did a fantastic job on that table. I’ve went through every picture on the 17 posts you posted after your battle. It must have been a good time. Thanks for the compliment and I hope your next project is as spectacular as Camerone.

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