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This post will be updated as the Bulge series goes on. Companion post on the 106th ID’s weapons can be found here. Infantry Weapons Sturmgewehr (Assault Rifle) 44 Hitler was opposed to the development of an assault rifle as he was afraid widespread use would cause a strain on ammunition supplies. The original version banned […]

I have been following China’s naval ambitions and aggressive sphere-of-influence expansion with mixed feelings. On the one hand, it is a return to normalcy as they are a neighborhood powerhouse with which our foreign policy elites are still coming to grips and considers it a strange thing indeed, but on the other, I laugh at the […]

When reading Morgan’s post on J.R.R. Tolkien’s birthday I was reminded of an old favorite, SPI’s War of the Ring. Alas, my copy is MIA due to a nomadic life and used copies fetch a pretty price online so I cannot give a detailed game overview. Basically, it was two games in one.  The main game […]

Wargame Wednesday will return to the Ardennes next week. I have been looking for good references on the Volksgrenadiers and discovered one with excellent background info.  As I conduct research new facts emerge. Unlike the scenario’s starting positions, the 106th Infantry Division’s 424th Regiment was deployed on the front line and not in reserve at St. […]

Orders of Battle Any designer of historical simulations has to confront the question: what was the actual composition of forces at that place and time?  The harder one works for historical accuracy, the more elusive the answer. At times, the task is almost futile but the question must be asked. The ancient up to the […]

Modern combat is largely defined with tools that transcend the traditional human experience: satellites giving near real-time updates to commanders many kilometers from the dangers, night-vision and infrared goggles, drones and more. Yet even we, with our mighty ships, aircraft, field hospitals, and logistics are not immune to the dramatic effects of the weather. Weather […]

Starting Positions Introduction for this series here. This post discusses the terrain, some items considered during scenario design and a Q&A with the scenario designer. The 18th Volksgrenadier (VG) Division holds my right flank and was opposed by the 14th Armored Group (AG) and the 422nd Regiment of the ill-fated 106th Infantry Division (ID).  The […]

On the anniversary of the battle I’ll slip in a Wargame Wednesday post on a Sunday. Over the past year I have been helping to play test a massive scenario which covers the area of operations of the 5th Panzer Army (roughly the center of the German advance with St. Vith on the northern side […]

  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 veterans I admit to having feelings of […]

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 […]