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Last week I was asked if I knew any Battle of Hürtgen Forest simulations. Short answer is I never played,  but know that a few board games were produced. For computer simulations, I am unaware of any unless someone developed a scenario or mod within a game engine. For those unfamiliar with this costly and […]

To supplement my blog post on the Volks-Grenadiers a couple of the weapons mentioned: 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 by Hitler was the Maschinenkarabiner 42(H) so the German Army […]

The last quarter of the 19th Century saw the several European powers carve up any territory they could annex around the globe. Previously, the Dutch, French, and British Empires would be territory in the Caribbean basin for producing raw materials such as sugar and indigo. There would be some trading posts or ports in the […]

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 […]

The United States of America got into the empire business in the wake of the Spanish-American War in 1898. Cuba achieved independence after a few years, but the U.S. decided to keep Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines. Hawaii was scooped up at this time also. The Spanish had a ramshackle empire in the late […]

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 […]

One of my favorite genres is alternate history. I think the first alternate history piece of fiction I ever read was L. Sprague de Camp’s Lest Darkness Fall and his The Wheels of If shortly after. I enjoy essays on alternate history. A very interesting one on web years ago had Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, commander […]

  The final post of this series will cover Liechtenstein’s role in the Austrian – Prussian war and a discussion of how the principality avoided the great wars of the twentieth century. Links to Part I and Part II. Austrian – Prussian War  / Seven Week’s War 1866 This war played a vital role in Liechtenstein’s […]

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 veteransI admit to having feelings of conceit […]