The Wargaming Society
Quarterly Dispatch
1 October 2019

1 October 2020 is the 1st Anniversary of the
Wargaming Society's Quarterly Dispatch....

If you would like to contribute to our next dispatch your input will be most welcome...
As well as any suggestions you have for our quarterly dispatches...



Wargaming Society Founders

Aloysius Kling Sr - al@wargamingsociety.com
Mark Jones - foundermark@wargamingsociety.com
Scott Clawson - On Extended Leave

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

Sadly the TWS Forum was hit by a major spam attack a few months ago that resulted in our forums going down and the lost of all our post... Why not drop by and say hello, ask a questions or share some gaming information with all your friends belong to the Wargaming Scociety...

Wargaming Society Tournaments

The society since its inception has been and is the leader in hosting and promoting JTS gaming tournaments... We currently have two tournaments in progress (Age of Napoleon Eylau-Friedland and World War II Moscow 42)... In addition to this we have another American Civil War tournament planned to start in the late fall...

John Tiller Software (JTS)

JTS has been updating their games across all eras... Everyone needs to update to the latest updates to insure game compatability...

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

Eylau-Friedland Tournament - Begins 15 August 2019

This fall tournament is a three round affair... Scoring will be as follows: Scoring will be based strictly on the final Victory Level achieved, with the points being awarded as follows: Major Victory - 4 Points, Minor Victory - 3 Points, Draw - 2 Points, Minor Defeat - 1 Point & Major Defeat - 0 Points. There will be three rounds of play with a scenario being played from both sides of the battlefield. Points will be awarded for each game in each round. If you manage to win a Major Victory in all six games, you could aquire 24 Tournament Victory Points...

In the event that we have a tie after three rounds of play... We are requiring that the victorious participant take a snapshot of the Victory Dialog screen... We will use this point score as a tie breaker...

Once again JTS is supporting this event with a game of your choice to a participant in this tournament who play at least 50% of the turns in all three rounds... In addition to this we are also giving away 2 books... Prizes will be drawn at random...

Eylau-Friedland Tournament Web Page: http://wargamingsociety.com/napol/tournaments/aon2019/aon2019.html

ACW Chickamauga Tournament

This tournament ended in a 3 way tie and because we did not want the tournament to drag on we ended and awarded all three victorious generals a medal. The Union Army won the Army Medal with 80 points to the Confederates with 75 points..

Chickamauga Tournament Forum Post: http://http://wargamingsociety.com/twsforums/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=114

Chickamauga Tournament Web Page: http://wargamingsociety.com/amcw/tournaments/acw2019/acw2019.html

Moscow 42 Tournament

World War II Moscow 42 Tournament Web Page: http://wargamingsociety.com//ww2/tournaments/moscow42/moscow42.html

The World War II Moscow '42 Tournament Began 1 September 2019... We have not hosted in WWII Tournament in some time... This one is 3 rounds of fun... 2 JTS games as prizes and 3 Wargaming Society T-Shirts... All those participating are eligible to win one of the prizes...

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

Not a Member of the Wargaming Society

If you would like to participate in the fall 2019-2020 American Civil War Tournament planned for this fall and are not a member... You can join the Wargaming Society and sign up for the tournament.. Check out our various World War II Armies and find a regiment you would like to command.. You can sign up in one of the Allied or Axis armies... Interest in other eras... You can join more the one...Member of another gaming club... No rules on how many you join and particpate...

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Canadian Victoria Cross Recipients: WWI Ariel Combat - Bill Cann

My third Quarterly Reports for 2019 continues to focus on Canadians who won the Victoria Cross during different conflicts between 1890-1945. During the First World War (1914-1918), 73 Canadians were awarded the Victoria Cross. Here is a brief account of three who fought in the air over the trenches.

Major William George Barker

Biography: William George Barker was born in Dauphin, Manitoba on 3 November 1894. During the First World War, Barker enlisted as an infantryman, but later transferred to the Royal Flying Corps (from 1 April 1918, the Royal Air Force).

A superb fighter pilot, he was responsible for the destruction of 50 enemy aircraft.

On 27 October 1918, while flying alone over the Forêt de Mormal in France on his way back to England, Major Barker engaged successive formations of German aircraft. After shooting down an enemy two-seater, he was attacked by a fighter and suffered a wound in his thigh. Barker then found himself surrounded by enemy fighters and was again severely wounded. Nevertheless, despite his wounds, he succeeded in bringing down three more German aircraft before crashing behind his own lines. For his conduct on this occasion, Major Barker was awarded the Victoria Cross.

Barker was killed in a flying accident at Rockcliffe airport, near Ottawa, on 12 March 1930. In addition to the Victoria Cross, for his wartime service Barker received the Distinguished Service Order with one bar, and the Military Cross with two bars.

Citation: “On the morning of the 27th October, 1918, this officer observed an enemy two-seater over the Fôret de Mormal.  He attacked this machine, and after a short burst it broke up in the air.  At the same time a Fokker biplane attacked him, and he was wounded in the right thigh, but managed, despite this, to shoot down the enemy aeroplane in flames.

He then found himself in the middle of a large formation of Fokkers, who attacked him from all directions; and was again severely wounded in the left thigh; but succeeded in driving down two of the enemy in a spin.

He lost consciousness after this, and his machine fell out of control.  On recovery he found himself being again attacked heavily by a large formation, and singling out one machine, he deliberately charged and drove it down in flames.

During this fight his left elbow was shattered, and he again fainted, and on regaining consciousness he found himself still being attacked, but, notwithstanding that he was now severely wounded in both legs and his left arm shattered, he dived on the nearest machine and shot it down in flames.

Being greatly exhausted, he dived out of the fight to regain our lines, but was met by another formation, which attacked and endeavoured to cut him off, but after a hard fight he succeeded in breaking up this formation and reached our lines, where he crashed on landing.

This combat, in which Major Barker destroyed four enemy machines (three of them in flames), brought his total successes up to fifty enemy machines destroyed, and is a notable example of the exceptional bravery and disregard which this very gallant officer has always displayed throughout his distinguished career.

Major Barker was awarded the Military Cross on 10th January, 1917; first Bar on 18th July, 1917; the Distinguished Service Order on 18th February, 1918; second Bar to Military Cross on 16th September, 1918; and Bar to Distinguished Service Order on 2nd November, 1918.”

(London Gazette, no.31042, 30 November 1918)

Captain William Avery Bishop

Biography: William Avery Bishop was born in Owen Sound, Ontario on 8 February 1894. During the outbreak of the Great War, he was a cadet at the Royal Military College, in Kingston. He enrolled in the 9th Mississauga Horse, Canadian Expedition Force, on 30 September 1914, and he later transferred to the Royal Flying Corps. Bishop, who already had the Distinguished Service Order and Military Cross, became the first Canadian Airman to be awarded the Victoria Cross for his single-handed early morning attack on an enemy airfield near Cambrai, France. On 2 June 1917, he found seven aircraft on the ground; he attacked and destroyed three, and was later credited with the destruction of the remaining four aircraft. Bishop continued air operations until August 1917 and returned to the front in June 1918. He emerged as the British Empire’s second highest scoring ace, with 72 official victories. In the Second World War Bishop was an Air Marshal in the Royal Canadian Air Force and assisted in recruiting. He later died in Palm Beach, United States, on 11 September 1956.

Citation: “For most conspicuous bravery, determination and skill.

Captain Bishop, who had been sent out to work independently, flew first of all to an enemy aerodrome; finding no machine about, he flew on to another aerodrome about three miles south-east, which was at least twelve miles the other side of the line.  Seven machines, some with their engines running, were on the ground.  He attacked these from about fifty feet, and a mechanic, who was starting one of the engines, was seen to fall.  One of the machines got off the ground, but at a height of sixty feet Captain Bishop fired fifteen rounds into it at very close range, and it crashed to the ground.

A second machine got off the ground, into which he fired thirty rounds at 150 yards range, and it fell into a tree.

Two more machines then rose from the aerodrome.  One of these he engaged at the height of 1,000 feet, emptying the rest of his drum of ammunition.  This machine crashed 300 yards from the aerodrome, after which Captain Bishop emptied a whole drum into the fourth hostile machine, and then flew back to his station.

Four hostile scouts were about 1,000 feet above him for about a mile of his return journey, but they would not attack. His machine was very badly shot about by machine gun fire from the ground.”

(London Gazette, no.30228, 11 August 1917) Second Lieutenant Alan Arnett McLeod

Biography: Alan McLeod grew up in Stonewall, Manitoba, the son of a doctor. He enrolled in The 34th Fort Garry Horse in 1913 at age 14. When the First World War broke out in 1914, McLeod was sent home as under age. He then tried several times to enlist in the army in Winnipeg, and in the cadet wing of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) in Toronto. As he turned 18 he successfully enrolled in the RFC. He trained as a pilot at Long Branch near Toronto, and soloed after only 3 hours flight time. He graduated with 50 hours of flying experience. On 20 August 1917 he was shipped overseas to France.

McLeod was originally posted to No. 82 Squadron RFC flying scouts, but when his commanding officer found he was 18 he had McLeod posted to No. 51 Squadron RFC on Home Defence duties flying at night. McLeod was then posted to No. 2 Squadron RFC, a Corps Squadron working near Hesdigneul in northern France, flying his first operation in December 1917. With Lieutenant Comber as his gunner, he claimed a Fokker Dr.I destroyed in January and on 14 January flamed an observation balloon near Beauvin. He was recommended for mentioned in despatches for this exploit and the exploit that eventually lead to his Victoria Cross.

There is a street in Stonewall, Manitoba named after McLeod. His former family home is the McLeod Tea House and Stonewall Collegiate has his likeness as a bust displayed in the high school library. In 1974 Alan Arnett McLeod, V.C. was inducted into the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Edmonton, Alberta. Number 301 (Alan McLeod V.C.) Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Cadets was formed in Stonewall, Manitoba on January 29, 2009. The primary student quarters at 3 Canadian Forces Flying Training School is named the Lt Alan McLeod Building. On 9 May 2017, a Commonwealth War Graves Commission stone marker and descriptive bronze plaque was placed next to the McLeod family plot, where he is buried along with his mother (Margaret Annett McLeod, 1877–1966) and father (Dr. Alexander Neil McLeod, 1868–1940). It is unique in that Alan McLeod is the only VC winner who died on active service to be buried in Canada.

Citation: “Whilst flying with his observer (Lt. A. W. Hammond, M.C.), attacking hostile formations by bombs and machine-gun fire, he was assailed at a height of 5,000 feet by eight enemy triplanes, which dived at him from all directions, firing from their front guns. By skilful manoeuvring he enabled his observer to fire bursts at each machine in turn, shooting three of them down out of control. By this time Lt. McLeod had received five wounds, and whilst continuing the engagement a bullet penetrated his petrol tank and set the machine on fire. He then climbed out on to the left bottom plane, controlling his machine from the side of the fuselage, and by side-slipping steeply kept the flames to one side, thus enabling the observer to continue firing until the ground was reached. The observer had been wounded six times when the machine crashed in "No Man's Land," and 2nd Lt. McLeod, not withstanding his own wounds, dragged him away from the burning wreckage at great personal risk from heavy machine-gun fire from the enemy's lines. This very gallant pilot was again wounded by a bomb whilst engaged in this act of rescue, but he persevered until he had placed Lt. Hammond in comparative safety, before falling himself from exhaustion and loss of blood. Victoria Cross.”

(London Gazette, 1 May 1918)

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