The 1824 German Kriegsspiel game has been widely referred to as the start of modern professional wargaming. This book, aims to explore the British development of that early game in the 19th century.... More > Much of the material has not been in the public domain since it was first published.
The contents of this book include:
Map Manoeuvres: An Introduction to Kriegsspiel (1839)
The Rules for Kriegsspiel by Captain Baring (1872)
A newspaper report on the German Game of War (1878)
A discussion about how to create wargaming terrain in Aids to Kriegsspiel (1897)
The Dangers of Kriegsspiel and Political Officers (1899)
The problems with creating imaginary maps for war games (1888)
Bellum, an English Kriegsspiel Variant (1909)
The first medieval wargame in Kriegsspiel and the Teaching of Military History (1890)
The Game of Polemos as played at RUSI (1888)
A wargame with a political message, Lieutenant Henry Chamberlain's RN New Game of Invasion (1888)< Less
Bruce Quarrie (1947-2004) was a prolific author and military historian. He wrote over forty titles, mostly on the Second World War, and edited many more. Len Deighton described him as "one of... More > our most meticulous and well-informed historians”. The Russian Front was a critical battlefield in World War II, involving millions of men and tens of thousands of tanks, guns and aircraft. Bruce Quarrie’s work is an authoritative account of the actual campaign and the weapons used by both sides. It also discusses the best ways these can be reproduced on the table top as a wargame.
Contents include a summary of the campaigns, well-illustrated with numerous maps, plus technical specifications and performance data for the vehicles, tanks, guns and aircraft used. Bruce Quarrie’s classic book on wargaming the Eastern Front has been reproduced by the History of Wargaming Project.< Less
Phil Dunn, author of the classic naval wargaming book, Sea Battles, has written a new book on rapid naval wargames. Chapters include fast play rules that allow even the largest battles to be fought... More > to a satisfying conclusion in a single session.
In 1916, Jutland was a ‘no-hoper’ for the Germans. This was not true earlier in the war. The scenario is for a classic war-deciding encounter set in 1915.
During the late 1920's, the USA made plans for war with Britain. The rules and scenario allow this classic ‘what if’ scenario of the Royal Navy to be set against the United States Navy. The outcome would have changed the political map of the world and the course of the 20th century.
Also included are memories of a lifetime of naval wargaming,
The book is supplemented by Paddy Griffith’s One-eyed Napoleonic Naval Rules as used by the Royal Military Academy’s Wargaming Club. Also included is an example of Paddy Griffith’s naval wargaming scenario for the Battle of the Nile in 1798.< Less
Donald Featherstone, with over fifty wargaming books, is the most prolific author in wargaming. His lifetime’s output continues with this book about wargaming commando operations.
The... More > Commandos were one of Britain’s elite fighting forces during World War II. Included in Part One is an introduction to the Commandos, their history, training and equipment. It also covers previously unpublished material on a planning a raid, an attack on a gun battery in 1942 and a beach assault in 1944.
The second part of the book includes three previously unpublished sets of Featherstone rules, three scenarios and recollections from early wargamers about some early commando wargames with Donald Featherstone and Lionel Tarr. One of the scenarios is for a platoon level solo game of a raid on a gun position. The third part of the book is Don Featherstone’s reflections on a lifetime of wargaming, the media and being at war.
The History of Wargaming Project aims to record and publish key steps in the development of the hobby.< Less