Monday, January 31, 2005

Some of my minimalist wargame units

Given how we gamed the North African campaign, we used "minimalist" units. For example, an artillery regiment would equate to 6-25pdrs and 6 quad gun tractors. An Anti-Tank Regiment would be 9-2pdrs on portees. A medium gun regiment would have 4-4.5in guns and 4 tractors. An early tank battalion (later, called a regiment) would have 13-Cru.Mk.II's.

Sunday, January 30, 2005

the "Tiger Convoy"

The British made a supreme effort and pushed the Tiger convoy through the Mediterranean Sea to Egypt with a load of 238 tanks and 43 Hurricanes. This was one of those "supreme efforts" where the British made sacrifices to pull off the operation. I have seen the breakdown of the 238 tanks, but I could not find it. I thought that Churchill's book had the list.

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Ellis's book has great tables

Ellis's book, The War in France and Flanders 1939-1940 has great appendices. What I find most interesting are the "units" information. That is exactly what we need for assembling a wargame army.

I highly recommend SPI's Campaign for North Africa map and order of arrival

It isn't perfect, but the order of arrival for Campaign for North Africa is very useful. It is only when you are really picky, that you would find mistakes with things like LeClerc's company.

Friday, January 28, 2005

I have pretty much a complete set of drawings for tanks from the WWII era, as well other vehicles and guns

I hope to launch the accompanying website, tomorrow, where I will be posting wargame pieces, drawing, and photographs. I may be able to post OOB's, as well.

I saw the Joslen's book has been reprinted in 1990

There are many useful books about the War in North Africa and the Middle East (as well as other places in the world). If you want hard details, you need the official histories and Joslen's OOB for the Commonwealth forces.

This is my opening post for a Military History and Wargaming blog

I have a large amount of material from the 1970's and 1980's that I want to publish. I am thinking that I will have a static website, as well as a blog. I have a lot of drawings and photographs, and a static website is the way to go for that sort of thing. My son and I fought the war in North Africa from 1940 to 1943 using miniatures for tactical combat and a campaign map for strategic movement. We often used 1:4 scale for game tanks and guns to real tanks and guns. That would mean that a 52-tank regiment would have a command tank and three squadrons of four tanks. A 25pdr regiment would have 6 guns. Anyway, that is the sort of thing I plan on writing about.

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