Fully in flamed with the American Civil War or Second War of Indipendance as the Confederates referred to it, I have taken to approach the topic from different angles. The GCACW Series is one of my favoreds as one can estimate from my recent posts on this blog.
A different level of detail brings me to the Line of Battle series published by MMP. I got hold of the latest title To Take Washington that covers Jubal Early’s advance on Washington in September 1864. As the GBACW: Road to Gettysburg II also contains Rebells in the White House I now can play the campaing as well as the Battle of Monocacy itself.
The battle of Antitam is considered as quite pivotal for the course of the American Civil War. And so one can find many publications on the battle and on the campaign leading to it. Two publications that are both freely available on the internet I find enlightning are
With the newly arrived Roads to Gettysburg II the GCACW Series published by MMP evolves into one of my favored game systems. This game cought me because the box actually contains three games as revised reprints and counters for an additional campaign game:
- Here come the Rebels
- Road to Gettysburg II: Lee Strikes North
- Rebels to the White House
- Long Roads to Gettysburg (counters)
Stonewall Jacksons Way published in 1992 by The Avalon HIll Game Company I aquired some 15 year ago from a wargames buddy. The game spent all the years in a dark shelf as I never found the time to occupy myself more closely with it. I allways admired the maps but never came round to actually read the rules.
Cedar Mountain scenario result with Federal and CSA casualties shown as colored cubes.
After some years of abstinence I have resumed painting som miniatures. I got stimulated by the excellent videos by Little Wars TV. I got especially captivated by their videos on the ACW battles of Antitam and Gettysburg. These the club played out with Altar of Freedom Rules that I once bought and used to play quick battles. I played with bases that I pasted pictures of ACW regiment on. I also bought a pack of 6mm Adler Miniatures, but only few of them ever saw my painting table.
Having played the first introductory scenario I wanted to find out how the game plays solo. Would it be interesting and tense? How much would the game support solo-play? Would the result be a forgone conclusion with the Germans standing no chance to fend of the mighty US forces?
Planning for the Battle of Aachen
With the preset VPs it is quite obvious that the Americans need to attack with their point of main effort south of the Aachen Forest. The 3rd Armored Division is to attack on an axis from RAEREN towards KORNELIMÜNSTER. 1st Infantry Division will support this attack by covering the left flank of the 3rd Armored by attacking the enemy in the Westwall positions south-west of AACHEN. 9th will support the attack by advancing towards Vennwegen to cover the right flank of the 3rd Armored.
When I got notice of this game I ordered it right away. Why, you ask? Well, first its one of the first wargames from a German publisher. I was curious to learn what design idea the developers might follow. Second Aachen 1944 offers an interesting subject seldom treated in wargames. The only other campaign game that I know of addressing the Stolberg Sector comes with the Command Decision miniature rules. Last and by no means least I live in Aachen.