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Shelters for the Self is a book by James La Fond and your’s truly. I was fortunate to be asked by James (a Wargame Wednesday fan) to take a look at a transcription of an Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) sailor’s diary drafted during the 1944 battle on Biak Island.  The original diary was lost and the typewritten transcription was […]

No WW post today but there are a couple new ones over at my blog: For Battle of the Bulge fans, there is a new post on the fighting in Bleialf. Immediately after the artillery bombardment in the early morning hours of 16 December, Bleialf faced a concentrated assault by a Volks-Grenadier regiment.  It was […]

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 […]

I’m coming to the realization that the Battle of the Bulge won’t post by itself and I better get busy with writing. Minor updates this week.  I added a couple of panzers to the Volks-Grenadier weapons post and started a complimentary post on the weapons used by the 106th Infantry Division. I have also moved […]

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, […]

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 […]

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. […]