The Wargaming Society
Quarterly Dispatch
1 January 2020
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah & Happy New Year

Holiday Greetings to our members and guests...

It would be nice if battles were fought between friends on computer screens...
Where the only soldiers dying on the battlefield are 0's and 1's...
(Check out the article below 'Christmas Truce of 1914')

Our hope is that everyone will be spending the holidays with family and friends...


Wargaming Society Founders

Aloysius Kling Sr - al@wargamingsociety.com
Mark Jones - foundermark@wargamingsociety.com
Scott Clawson - founderscott@wargamingsociety.com

Wargaming Society Web Pages

Our main focus continues to be and always will be, having fun. We leave our conflicts on the computer battlefields and, for the most part, this has been successfully accomplished. We do not require the use of any House Rules as these can lead to disagreements and arguments. Our tournaments are based only on the Optional Rules which are already built into the games that we play.

If you haven't explored The Wargaming Society Website you may want to find time to check some of them out.... Check them out via various links all over the site.. Our website is a work in progress changing and growing... Our members input is always welcome...

Wargaming Society Forum

Why not drop by and say hello, ask a questions or share some gaming information with all your friends belong to the Wargaming Scociety...

Or why not drop in to wish everyone a Merry Christmas or Happy New Year or both!!!

Graphic Signatures

Would you like a graphic signature for your forum post or as email signature... We will be happy to put one together for you... Contact Al at al@wargamingsociety.com

Wargaming Society Tournaments

The society since its inception has been and is the leader in hosting and promoting JTS gaming tournaments... We currently have three tournaments in progress (American Civil War Gettysburg, Age of Napoleon Eylau-Friedland and World War II Moscow 42)...
All three tournaments are moving on long nicely...

If you are playing in the tournaments, please remember your opponent is also a friend who would like the game returned in a timely manner...

If you have any ideas for future tournaments we would be happy to hear from you...

John Tiller Software (JTS)

JTS has released two more games: ACW "Campaign Shenandoah" and a naval game "Wolfpac".... They also have Napoleonic updates coming soon...

You can find the latest games and updates at: http://johntillersoftware.com/Updates.html

Matrix Games - Sale Pricing

Matrix game are on sale till January 12th with some game saving prices at 90% Off...

Yes we play Matrix games, but thus far have found little interest in them from our members... Here again your thoughts and input would be welcome...

Battle Articles Links

We have Battle Articles on our website... These include various articles on battles, facts and wargaming...

Battle Article Web Page: http://wargamingsociety.com/links/articles.html

We have added two new articles and a PDF viewer webpage... There are more coming and will be uploading some of them after the first of the year 2020...

If you have an article you would like to share, contact us at: al@wargamingsociety.com or foundermark@wargamingsociety.com ...

Historic Battle Video Web Pages

We have updated the Historic Battle Videos, Age of Napoleon and World War II with additional Videos on both pages... Check them out at the links below...

Age of Napoleon: http://www.wargamingsociety.com/historicbattles/historicbattlesaon.html

World War II: http://www.wargamingsociety.com/historicbattles/historicbattlesww2.html

Christmas Truce of 1914

The Christmas Truce occurred on and around Christmas Day 1914, when the sounds of rifles firing and shells exploding faded in a number of places along the Western Front during World War I in favor of holiday celebrations. During the unofficial ceasefire, soldiers on both sides of the conflict emerged from the trenches and shared gestures of goodwill.

Did you know? On December 7, 1914, Pope Benedict XV suggested a temporary hiatus of the war for the celebration of Christmas. The warring countries refused to create any official cease-fire, but on Christmas the soldiers in the trenches declared their own unofficial truce. What Happened During the Christmas Truce of 1914?

Starting on Christmas Eve, many German and British troops fighting in World War I sang Christmas carols to each other across the lines, and at certain points the Allied soldiers even heard brass bands joining the Germans in their joyous singing.

At the first light of dawn on Christmas Day, some German soldiers emerged from their trenches and approached the Allied lines across no-man’s-land, calling out “Merry Christmas” in their enemies’ native tongues. At first, the Allied soldiers feared it was a trick, but seeing the Germans unarmed they climbed out of their trenches and shook hands with the enemy soldiers. The men exchanged presents of cigarettes and plum puddings and sang carols and songs. Some Germans lit Christmas trees around their trenches, and there was even a documented case of soldiers from opposing sides playing a good-natured game of soccer. German Lieutenant Kurt Zehmisch recalled: “How marvelously wonderful, yet how strange it was. The English officers felt the same way about it. Thus Christmas, the celebration of Love, managed to bring mortal enemies together as friends for a time.”

Some soldiers used this short-lived ceasefire for a more somber task: the retrieval of the bodies of fellow combatants who had fallen within the no-man’s land between the lines.

World War I and the Christmas Truce

The so-called Christmas Truce of 1914 came only five months after the outbreak of war in Europe and was one of the last examples of the outdated notion of chivalry between enemies in warfare. It was never repeated—future attempts at holiday ceasefires were quashed by officers’ threats of disciplinary action—but it served as heartening proof, however brief, that beneath the brutal clash of weapons, the soldiers’ essential humanity endured.

During World War I, the soldiers on the Western Front did not expect to celebrate on the battlefield, but even a world war could not destroy the Christmas spirit.

Contribute to the Next Dispatch

If you would like to contribute to our 1 April 2020 dispatch please contact Al at al@wargamingsociety.com or Mark at foundermark@wargamingsociety.com ...

Comments or suggestions are always welcome....

Not a Member of the Wargaming Society

If you would like to join the Wargaming Society you can do so by visiting our recruitment webpage at: Visit: http://www.wargamingsociety.com/joinsociety/wgsenlist.htm

You can join any of the different eras, one or as many as you would like to particpate..
Member of another gaming club, well why not add another to expand your contacts and gaming opponents or just make some new friends...



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