Right now I am getting interested more and more in the 1610 AD to 1785 AD historical period. I like the colorful uniforms and flags. Also I appreciate to read about this period of history and learn about key turning points in European history. So I do some figure painting and also reading of noble’s memoirs and history books on various subjects.
Lately we had a go via VASSAL at the 1st scenario, Rolica 1808 (French 1st position). I took the British side, my brother the opposing French. Here is the documentation on how the battle evolved.
Turn 1 and 2 we see the deployment of forces, some preparatory gun fire, and the first British advance towards Rolica. The French reposition their brigades to cover the town.
I recently came across a bordgame that I had heard from and was eager to play. This is Commands & Colors Napoleonics. So when I got the chance to play I gave it a try. My first game was the Friedland 1807 battle. We played the game with all special rules and the new command cards and tactical cards. I found C&C N to be a much enjoyable game.
The introductory scenario is well on its way now. Two Austro-Hungarian corps have crossed Drina and penetrated some 30 km into Serbia. The Serbian army struggles to reorganise and fight the invaders to a standstill.
Once you start getting interested in a specific period of military history you discover a plethora of information on the internet. The Austro-Serbian campaign of 1914 is no exception to this. At the very beginning of the Great War aka World War One Serbia fought off the Austro-Hungarian invaders repulsing them back over the river Drina after 5 month of fighting and some 400.000 casualties counting both sides. This “March to the Drina” has entered Serbian military folklore, a Serbian military march bearing this title.
This game from GMT covers the first year of the Serbian Campaign, the campaign that startet the Great War in late July 1914 when Austro-Hungarian forces invaded the Kingdom of Serbia. This particular and historically significant conflict has not been covered in a wargame as far as I know. This allows me to learn more about a region and a period that I have been up until now little aware of.
In the mid 1980’s I first made aquaintance with the Squad Leader system. I liked it and consequently also bought Iron Cross and Crucible of Steel. Unfortunately in those days I couldn’t find anyone else interested playing. Most of my wargaming friends disliked the complexity of the rules. Playing mostly solo I felt quite limited enjoyment. When the 1st Edition Advanced Squad Leader rules where published I fetched a copy, but finally lost interest and ASL sank into oblivion.