David Manley

David Manley
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David Manley
Born David Manley
October 23rd 1966
Croydon, UK
Occupation Naval Architect
Nationality British
Subjects Military History,Wargaming


David Manley is a United Kingdom-based wargamer and one of the leading members of the naval wargaming hobby, having authored over 50 articles on naval wargaming and general wargaming issues and a wide range of naval rules covering most major periods,[1] including:

  • Schnellboot - (World War II coastal forces) (SDD)
  • Action Stations - (World War II coastal forces) (Felix Enterprises)
  • Form Line of Battle - (Age of Sail) (Felix Enterprises)
  • Iron and Fire - (Ironclad/American Civil War) (Felix Enterprises)
  • Fox Two - (modern air combat) (Felix Enterprises)
  • Victory at Sea: Age of Dreadnoughts - (World War II Naval) (Mongoose Publishing)
  • Sea War:1805 - (Age of Sail) (Wessex Games)

Felix Enterprises closed down in 2000, following which publication rights transferred to A&A Game Engineering. Revised editions of the above rules were issued, as well as the following:

  • Salamis ad Actium - Ancient naval
  • Fire When Ready - Pre-dreadnought
  • Bulldogs Away! - Modern fast attack craft
  • Blue Steel, Grey Thunder - ACW supplement for Iron and Fire
  • Ironclads at War - European ironclad supplement for Iron and Fire

Other projects have included the Air War series of rules published by Wessex Games[2]:

  • Air War: C21 (modern)
  • Air War: 1918 (World War I)
  • Air War 1940 (World War II - to be published 2010)
  • Air War 1982 (A supplement for C21 covering the Falklands campaign)

as well as contributing heavily to the Victory at Sea (game) series of rules published by Mongoose Publishing, where he is the author of the "Age of Dreadnoughts" World War I version of the rules as well as co-author of the "Order of Battle" supplement for the World War II Victory at Sea supplement..

David also manages the "Naval Rules Online" website.[3]

David was the editor of Battlefleet, the journal of the Naval Wargames Society before family pressures forced his retirement from the role. He continues to contribute material to the journal on a regular basis, is the current NWS webmaster and edits the NWS monthly newsletter, All Guns Blazing.

In June 2010 David was reported to be developing a new set of colonial rules entitled "Don't throw Bloody spears At me", abbreviated to DBA.

As well as wargaming, David has also taken part in a number of TV documentaries on naval subjects in his role as a weapon damage assessment specialist. His appearances include:

  • Wreck Detectives (C4) - Series 1, "HMS Lawford"
  • Wreck Detectives (C4) - Series 2, "UB-65"
  • Wreck Detectives (C4) - Series 2, "HMS Pylades"
  • Deep Wreck Mysteries (ITV) - Series 1, "U Boat Death Trap"
  • Deep Wreck Mysteries (ITV) - Series 2, "Death of a Battleship"

as well as supporting a series of C5 documentaries on the USS Monitor and USS Greeneville, and a Canadian documentary by Northern Sky Entertainment on the sinking of the destroyer HMCS Athabaskan.


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