Empire of the Sun CDG

The Pacific seams to be a more exotic theatre of operations in World War Two. Empire of the Sun recreates this conflict on a grand strategy level. The seams to mainly focus on the confrontation between the Japanese Empire and America as the emerging superpower. What created my interested in this CoSim were the excellent play through and strategy intro videos you can find on the internet. Now I am hoping for some players that I can play the game with  provided they are interested enough to learn the rules. 

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Illusions of Glory

Having played Paths of Glory I got addicted to the game play that these Card Driven Strategic War point-to-point Games alow for. Also with the 100 years anniversary this period of our history becomes more prominent in my mind. Illusions of Glory is interesting as it focusses on the eastern front of World War I. I must admitt that I know little about this side of the conflict and thus I am keen to learn more.

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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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