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This video is an excellent summary of the fighting in Europe at the end of WW2.  I love the graphics which show the movements of corps and armies and the map’s color even changes in winter. I knew a lot of bad strategic defensive decisions were made by the Germans (all Hitler’s fault?) towards the end […]

A couple of books I picked up for a long flight:   The Seventh Circle – “A former Australian soldier’s extraordinary story of surviving seven years in Afghanistan’s most notorious prison”.  No surprise that the Afghan justice system is corrupt and that money talks but the book provides great insights into life behind bars in […]

Printed before the war ended, Thrilling Stories of the Russian-Japanese War covers the 1904 – 1905 war up to the Battle of Mukden but before the final naval catastrophe at Tsushima.  The title is a little misleading as the first eight chapters provides a comprehensive overview of Japanese history, the Mikado (imperial dynasty), home life […]

There is a short chapter in R. Dupuy’s St. Vith Lion in the Way on artillery spotting planes titled Bumble Bees in the Fog. Unfortunately, the L2 and L4  light aircraft used for spotting are only mentioned briefly and just a third of the chapter talks about this interesting topic  I’m guessing much of the original […]

Freedom in the Galaxy Anyone play Freedom in the Galaxy? I’ve had this game since childhood but never got around to playing it. It has traveled the world only to be placed in storage for years at a time. A couple of weeks ago I decided to dust off the box and see what I […]

  My Bulge series of posts has highlighted the Volks-grenadiers and I was glad to see the recent “Kochen im Feld” or “Cooking in the Field” post which presents a 1944 Volks-grenadier preparing field rations on the front line. Make sure you view all three pages, the page links are at the very bottom. Note […]

Nuts! The Battle of the Bulge was released in 1998 by Decision Games as a card game.  HexWar Games now has the rights and released a computer version in 2016, available on Steam. This is an enjoyable game on the “beer and pretzels” level but don’t expect to discover historical truths or maneuver your forces through […]

The title from today’s post taken from Hugh Cole’s The Ardennes: Battle of the Bulge.  The Germans have taken the village of Bleialf and have driven the 14th Armored Group back to Andler.  In this post, the two pincers of the German advance snap shut at Schoenburg, cutting off the 106th Infantry Division’s 422nd and […]

Prelude From the In Front of St. Vith chapter of A Time for Trumpets: “Split seconds before 5:30 A.M. on Saturday, December 16, an American soldier from Company K, 110th Infantry, manning an observation post atop a concrete water tower along the Skyline Drive in the village of Hosingen (south of this battle’s AOR), telephoned […]

War does not determine who is right but who is left. In many wargames we do not bother about the consequences of success or failure, but it is precisely that vital question and the degree thereof that sponsors the dedication and pleasure of the experience. In wargames we typically balance the experience to begin from […]

Named after the date of the German invasion of Denmark and released in 2015 I have only just seen April 9th but it is one of my all time, favorite war movies.   Over at IMBD, there are many favorable reviews, most of them commenting on historical accuracy. The negative aspects in the one neutral review […]

Greentree Games’ Burden of Command is a game in development I’ll be keeping my eye on. Immediately after watching April 9th I came across a preview for this game. I mention the movie as there is a moment when one of the protagonists, a leader, is overwhelmed while trying to process competing emotions of duty, urgency, […]