Sicily II – Western Sicily

The first Scenario in the OCS game Sicily II is about General Patton’s drive on Palermo in western Sicily. The victory conditions require the Americans to take three of the four objective locations, i.e. the ports of Palermo, Trapani, and Marsala, and the Italian supply entry hex at Cefalu. It is an introductory scenario to get used to the basic rules. The Italians get little to do, although on hindsight I might have swarted the US occupying the supply entry hex in the north-eastern corner of the playing area.

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Sicily II

One of the most immersive wargames series I have come accross is the Operational Combat Series (OCS) by MMP. As a former logistics branch officer I rather like the restraints placed on the armchair general by logistical needs and supply restrictions. I have spent houres understanding the rules and learning how to use them. Beyond the Rhine was the OCS game that I used on VASSAL to practice the rules as I find the campaign game quite challenging. Unfortunaltely I cannot lay out the campaign game so wanted to go for a smaller campaign.

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Ukraine ’43

I just received some more wargames to keep me occupied over the christmas holidays and beyond. This gives me opportunity to post some thoughts on these wargames. All are operational in scope, i.e. on army / army group level (Holland ’44) with companies, battalions, and regiments to manouvre with. Other operational wargames are on theater level (Ukraine ’43) and have regiments and divisions as the main manouvre elements.

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Holland ’44

Wargamers seem to be fascinated by military operations that didn’t go the way their planners had anticipated. Indeed, when it comes to flawed military offensives the most illustrious operations of Wolrd War II that come to mind are the Allied Market – Garden Operation and the German 1944 Offensive in the Ardennes. Both are highly unlikely to acheive their objectives jet enthusiastic wargamers just cannot resist to try again and again. Also the operation is well covered by books and movies, thus offering lots of background information.

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