So finally here comes Forgotten War Korea: 1950 – 1953, the newest ASL core module. I was somewhat uncertain whether to obtain a copy. But I like playing ASL and I dislike not having the boards to play with. What to expect from the scenarios and the period specific rules I do not know.
Latest arrival in my ASL arsenal is Objective: Schmidt published by Bounding Fire. After the parcel passed customs clearence I finally hold the package in my hands. So what does it contain? This blog post will try to provide you with an answer. Myself I am very interested to learn about the scenarios and the maps. I live a mere 40 km from the small towns of Schmidt, Kommerscheid and Vossenack and I am keen to find out more about the fighting that took place in November 1944 during the Battle of the Hürtgen Forest. Those of you who are historically interested will find many eye-witness accounts on the fighting that took place in this westernmost region of Germany. Link to veteran stories and pictures now and then.
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.
The Library of Napoleonic Battles Volume IV or Napoleon’s Last Gamble is mainly about Hundred Days Campaign of 1815. And indeed I am looking forward to playing the campaign some time in the near future. Also included is the battle of La Souffel that offers a manageable small campaign. I played this solo to get a first impression of the rules.
This battle was fought on the 28 June 1815 between the French V Corps under General Count Jean Rapp and the Austrian III Corps of the Upper Rhine Army under the command of the Crown Prince of Württemberg. This last French victory would off course not alter the final outcome of the war. Napoleon had alredy abdicted on 22 June 1815.
Looking for a manageable campaign game we came along this mini HASL published by MMP in Operations Special Issue #1. It looks interesting and has a fine map to play over, a single large play area of 31 hexes width (west – east) and 18 hexes depth (north – south). As the opposing forces are elements of two armored divisions the game offers a fair amount of AFV to work with on both sides.
OUT OF THE ATTIC Issue #2 contains three consecutive scenarios of the engagement at Montcorvino Airfield south of Salerno in September 1943 during Operation AVALANCE. British and American troops had just landed at the Salerno beachhead. The British 169th (London) Brigade was to secure the Airfield some 2 miles from the beach.
I just finished the autobiographical book “Unter dem Sternenbanner” by Carl Schurz, his memoirs of the years 1852 to 1869. For those interested in history it offers some insights into the Americal political system of those years. What struck me most was his account of the founding of the Republican party in 1854 from the abolitionalist movement. He joined the movement and the party to become one of her leading propagandists.