PADDY GRIFFITH 1947–2010
June 28, 2010 12:00 AM
(After receiving the news of the tragic death of Dr. Paddy Griffith, his friend Peter Dennis asked if he could write this short tribute.)
Dr Paddy Griffith, military historian, wargame theorist, teacher, traveller, bon viveur, died suddenly on the 24th June.
Osprey readers will know him for the four titles published under his own name, but he also used the nom de plume ‘Randy E.M. Foster’ when writing about the Vietnam War. ’Nam buffs may spot the characteristic Griffith humour in Randy’s initials.
Paddy was Oxford-educated and was a senior lecturer at RMA Sandhurst for many years. He wrote many military history books with a specific emphasis on tactical methods. His subjects were wide-ranging, but his passion for wargames was the driving force behind much of his work. He founded ‘Wargames Developments’ and strove, sometimes controversially, to make wargaming into something perhaps nearer to an art form than just a hobby. It certainly was that already for him and he wrote widely on the subject.
Paddy and I collaborated on many projects over more than 25 years, and his art briefs consisted of vividly drawn, large sheets of paper, where armies surged, cannon went ‘blam’ and explanatory notes sprawled, all done without the bounds of perspective. He was undoubtedly a creative dynamo, with many new projects and ideas in hand.
Paddy leaves his wife, Genevieve, son Robert and a huge international regiment of friends, now broken by this untimely loss.
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