Liberty or Death

One of my wargaming buddies visited me recently and brought along Liberty or Death from GMT. This game lets you play through the events of the American War for Independance from the first clashes in Lexington 1775 to the final stalemate in the year of 1783.

The game map is an excellent piece of art. Focussing on it for the game is a pleasure. Here you can see the starting placement for the medium 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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The Battle for Serbia 1914

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After having played a few moves in the introductory scenario I found out that I made an error with the result of unsuccessful post combat effectiveness checks for asset units. This was quite significant and  chose to restart the campaign. Thus here you can read about the course of the main 1914 campaign for Serbia. Each post will comprise between 3 and 4 moves and the corresponding interim turn. I have dedicated a page to this 1914 campaign that you can reach by clicking on this ww1-b-128-bulgarians. The campaign starts with the Austro-Hungarian invasion of north-western Serbia and Montenegro on 12 August 1914 and will end 23 December 1914.

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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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