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  Part I had a section with tourism advice then discussed the Swabian War in 1499. This post discusses how Liechtenstein came into being then covers the wars against revolutionary France. Modern day Liechtenstein was part of region known as the Voralberg of which a portion remains as a modern Austrian state.   The principality came […]

During a visit to the National Museum of Liechtenstein I saw an exhibition on Liechtenstein’s involvement in the Austro-Prussian War of 1866, the subsequent end of compulsory military service and disbandment of the army in 1868.  While looking at the exhibition’s center piece group photo of the 1866 veteransI admit to having feelings of conceit […]

I don’t play Hearts of Iron but once a friend starts talking about the Kaiserreich mod the only option is to just grab a beer, settle in and listen. In the Kaiserreich universe the Central Powers won the Weltkrieg (First World War) and in Great Britain the stresses of losing the Weltkrieg made Orwell’s prediction […]

Today’s post was going be on “obsessive game modding” but we’ll get to that next week as this morning I came across an old article on Soviet cartography during the Cold War that is too good to pass up. From the Wired article: “They (the Soviets) had mapped nearly the entire world at three scales. The […]

During my war gaming career Nafziger was always on the outskirts of my awareness. I never read his books but his name constantly popped up when reading gaming magazines and he could always be found as a reference or in the footnotes.  As my involvement in the hobby deepened into scenario design I began to […]

This will be a short post as I found a blog I believe most war gamers and military history buffs will value.  I’ve been working on a post covering George Nafziger and his prodigious output of historical military non-fiction and order of battles (OOBs).  While conducting a Duckduckgo search I found a link to Obscure […]

While reading about the armies Wars of Imperial Conquest in Africa 1830-1914 by Bruce Vandervort I had a thought that a feature of miniature war gaming is the diversity of readily available figures.  A case can be made that the economics behind computer game development drive game topics to well known/popular historical periods (along with a “Euro-game” […]

The scenario ends in a major German victory.  Instead of retreating my opponent continued to fight forward and left his last tank company exposed.  I was able to mop up the company and a couple disrupted platoons off screen. After the jump I’ll compare the Mk III and T-34/1941 using the Campaign Series unit data […]

This post will concentrate on the organization of a mid-1942 T-34 tank battalion and start laying the ground work for the final post’s comparison of the Panzer Mk III against the T-34/1941 followed by turns 5 and 6 of the During Action Report (DAR).  The battle has turned into a slug fest.  All this after […]

This post covers an unexpected Russian advance to the western outskirts of town.  I’ve been reading T-34 In Action, one of the Stackpole Military History Series and it seems early war T-34 tankers were supremely confident of their tanks superiority over German panzers.  One of the veterans interviewed: “Against the T-34 the German tanks were crap”. I’m […]

A first in a series of posts that will be a mix of a game During Action Report (DAR) and numerous sidebars covering combat on the Russian Front.   The game is Campaign Series: East Front and the scenario is Tanker’s Holiday. Russian infantry advance with a T-34. Scenario Briefing. Excerpt from the scenario briefing: “Gotha, […]

I figure any Wargame Wednesday post that falls on the 4th of July should be related to the holiday.  The problem is I don’t think I have ever played a military simulation of the Revolutionary War. The closest I got was the old Colonization computer game. There are a few games available such as Trenton […]