Under the star-spangled banner

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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.

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Vittorio Veneto

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Most wargamers will not be all to familiar with Vittorio Veneto. Its a small town located some 70 kilometers north of Venice between the rivers Piave to the west and Livenza to the east. It was created from two old towns, Ceneda and Serravalle, that historically reach far back at least into early Christian times. This happened shortly after the annexion of Veneto into the Kingdom of Italy in 1866.

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1914: Sms Intro

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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.

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1914: Serbien muss sterbien

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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.

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Ascaris Italianos

CIMG6627When Italy started into the modern colonial age in Northern Africa it created several indigenous units to serve under Italian command. The oldest of the Royal Colonial Indigenous Forces was formed in 1891 as the Regio corpo truppe coloniali d’Eritrea. Subsequently colonial corps were also formed in Italian-Somalia, Tripolitania, Cirenaica, and Libya. All were combined arms formations comprising infantry batallions, cavalry, mountain artillery, and engineers.

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DEVIL’S HILL [T10]

Again here I present you a game from the ongoing themed MARKET – GARDEN campaign that Uffe and I have been playing for a while. The unit I am playing tonight is A Company 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment / 82nd Airborne. DEVILL’S HILL is set near Nijmegen, Holland, 19 September 1944 on the third day of the Allied operation. The ROAR – the automated record of played ASL games – shows 30 German to 18 American wins. So I reccon this will be a tough one for the paratroopers.

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