The Wargaming Society
1 January 2019
Greetings from Headquarters,
This is our second Quarterly dispatch. Our hope is that you will find it interesting and imformative. If you have an interest in submitting articles, ideas, or requests for future dispatches, please send an email to one of the TWS Founders...
Aloysius Kling Sr - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Jones - email@example.com
Scott Clawson - firstname.lastname@example.org
Our main focus at TWS has been, 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.
Wargaming Society Tournaments
We have extended the end date for Round 1 and Round 2 of our Age of Napoleon Eckmühl Battle Brigade Tournament. The overall end date of the tournament is now 31 March 2019...
We are in the process of planning several future tournaments for TWS.. We are going to have American Civil War and Age of Napoleon tournment in 2019... Both of these tournaments will be one-on-one match ups in the hope that this will speed tournament play... We have encountered numerous issues with slow turn around in our more recent multi-player tournaments.. 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 will add a fourth playoff round.
At this time, we have not seen enough interest in a World War II tournament for us to invest the effort in creating and running one... We will still entertain the idea of hosting one, but we need as least 10 members signed up to participate before we do...
The Simple Act of Treason - Major General Mark Jones (Blue Belly Brigade Commander - ACW Era)
The Federal fortification at Fort Sumter, South Carolina was under fire! Hugging close under the safety of the fort's massive walls, the soldiers of the Federal garrison sheltered in shock. The guns that were firing on their position were not foreign. They belonged to their fellow Americans who were undertaking a most base act of treason against their nation's government. For thirty-four hours, the small Federal garrison returned the fire of their treasonous kin. Only when their ammunition was nearly expended, and the fort's magazine was threatened by a blazing fire, did they raise a white handkerchief in surrender. They had honorably stood their post and done their nation proud!
Citizens of the United States rally to the cause! Take up your arms and oppose the seditious indignity that has been thrust upon our nation by the treasonous folk now calling themselves the Confederate States of America. Join our brigade of blue clad soldiers dedicated to the preservation of our Union. March under the colors of our multi-player brigade and put an end to this ill conceived rebellion of the Southern states.
Sign up as a member of the Union Blue Belly Brigade today, and help us put an end to the war that has been so rudely thrust upon us!
The Union War Mongers - Lieutenant Roy Purcell (Grayback Brigade Commander - ACW Era)
Jackson was still in disbelief as he penned his letter to the northern newspaper. Jackson himself , like most Virginians, was in favor of staying in the Union. This all changed when the North saw fit to encourage / permit the outlaw John Brown to invade Virginia. Then came Lincoln and his platform of changing the way of life in the South . That foreboding day, December 20 1860, when Lincoln was elected with only Northern support led to the immediate seccession of seven states; South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas. This is not treason, but simply a decision to leave a voluntary union that changed all of the rules to which the States originally agreed. Most importantly, the free right of self governance to live as they wished...
"The responsibility for hostilities rests completely with the War Mongers of the North. Their refusal to remove troops from the Free State of South Carolina left the South Carolinians with no option except to protect themselves from a second invasion. War is now upon us, but it is thrust upon us by Northern hands. Southerners must act in the self-defense of their homes...
Northern oppression has led us to our second War of Independence. We shall prevail, but make no mistake, the only act of treason that has been committed comes from the actions of our Northern neighbors."
Sign up as a member of the Confederate Grayback Brigade today, and help us defend our homes and inalienable rights in our struggle against these Northern oppressors!
Bonaparte's Bane GHQ - General Bill Cann (Age of Napoleon)
I have always been fascinated with the two Napoleonic campaigns waged in Poland from December 1806- July 1807. The first campaign was fought in exhausting winter conditions, while the second occurred during a wet and muddy spring and summer. My favorite Napoleonic historian, Alexander Mikaberidze, has recently published Russian Eyewitness Accounts of the campaign of 1807.
(See a list of the author’s works at, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander ... able_works )
As with his other eyewitness works, this one provides the reader with a wonderful and diverse array of translated recollections by Russian officers who participated in the campaigns. The Russian perspective provides a much-needed balance to the majority of English language histories, which rely heavily on French and secondary source material.
One of the many myths nurtured by western Napoleon historians is that the Russian logistical system was very inadequate, especially during the winter portion of the campaign. There are many accurate reports of severe shortages of food, fodder and even ammunition, including in this book. However, Mikaberidze’s Russian eyewitness accounts ascribe the shortages to a very different cause. The Russian army, which was marching to the aid of Prussia in December 1806 never, intended to fight in Poland nor be dependent on its own supply system. Indeed, the Russian army was planning to join with its Prussian ally and fight well west of the Vistula River, while being completely supplied by Prussian magazines. No one in the Coalition could have predicted Napoleon’s stunning victories at Jena – Auerstedt, the collapse and surrender off the Prussian field armies and fortress, nor the lighting fast pursuit to Warsaw. The fear of the speedy French advance even caused the Russian commander in Warsaw to abandon the city without emptying or destroying the large military magazine in that city.
The Russo-Swedish War of 1808-09
This war featured pitched battles, some sieges and many small rear-guard/skirmish actions in some of the most difficult terrain of the Napoleonic wars. The Russo-Swedish war saw the breakup of the Swedish-Finnish union, the overthrow of the Swedish king in a Coup d' Etat and the overall political and strategic effects of the war had a tremendous impact on the future of Scandinavia. Sweden had an army of 66,000 men, a part of which was withheld in Sweden proper for fear of a Danish attack on Scania. Russia had, according to Swedish calculations, 80,000 men at the most to employ in the Finnish campaign. The Swedish King ordered a Finnish militia of 30,000 men to be established, which turned out to be of little military value and suffered heavily from epidemics. The Russian invasion began on February 21st 1808, with 24,000 men. The actual defensive force available in Finland numbered 22,000 men, 7,000 of them stationed in fortress of Sveaborg. The Swedish strategy was to retreat, slowing down the Russian advance by skirmishes, and to rely on a number of fortresses, most importantly Sveaborg, in which the Swedes could spend the coming winter while the Russians had to camp out in the open. The campaign in Finland saw Russian troops advancing, occupying much of the country. A number of smaller battles were fought, at Siikajoki and Revolaks (Russian victories), at Lappo (Swedish victory), at Oravais (Russian victory). In November 1808 the Convention of Olkijoki was signed, according to which Finland to the south/east of the Kemi River was left to the Russians.
Campaign Bautzen covers the RSW in 38 RSW scenarios.
In my opinion, these scenarios offer TWS a gold mine of opportunities for both War Game Exercise and Training games. The scenarios range from small actions of 24 -30 turns through larger battles of 48-60 turns. There is even a naval action (scenario #36) featuring a number of 1x 6lb gunboats on each side. Most of the scenarios have a small number of troops to command (usually 10-20 infantry companies, a couple of 2 gun batteries and a few cavalry squadrons) which facilitates very quick turnaround time. The maximum Stacking Parameters are 400 men, 200 cavalry, 4 guns and 5 counters. Musket Ranges are extended 5 hexes to reflect the company game level. Terrain in all scenarios is challenging. Usually lots of woods, and marsh intermixed with some open terrain along which run the roads and trails.
Here is a sample briefing from the first and last scenario briefings.
Scenario #01 (24 GTs) This action is Part 1 of the Pyhäjoki area rearguard action. The Russian 5th Division had advanced to the north along the Finnish coast. Near Yppäri they found Gripenberg's rearguard drawn up covering the withdrawal of the army. The Russians engaged the rearguard but their initial attacks were unsuccessful. Meanwhile, more forces arrived for Gripenberg. Likewise the Russians mounted a flanking operation on the Swedish flank. By the end of the day the Russians had only pushed back the Swedes. Note: the actual battle lasted longer. Special rules: The Swedes may not leave the map during the action until turn 20. They must exit the map at hex 77,0 by the end of the game. Count any Swedish units still on the map as victory points towards the final count. For every 25 infantry - count 3 VPs. For every 25 cavalry - count 5 VPs. For each gun - 6 VPs.
Bonus #2 (60 GTs) 10 September 1808 - Variant - Briefing: The British Expeditionary force under Sir John Moore (3,402 British Infantry in 40 companies) never was utilized by the Swedish King. What if he had welcomed their service and they had intervened in the war in September? This is a situation where the Russians (7279) have advanced north along the coast and slightly inland while the British have landed and march to reinforce the Swedish forces (2370).
Suggested Further Reading
Tirailleurs et Dragons GHQ - Chef de Bataillon Bill Reaves (Age of Napoleon)
On that subject, I can recommend 2 excellent books: 1812-Napoleon's Invasion of Russia by Paul Britten Austin (in three volumes, but it can be found with all the volumes bound together in a single, very large, book). Also, Russia Against Napoleon by Dominic Lieven (three of Lieven's direct ancestors were generals at the Battle of Leipzig). Also worth a look is: With Napoleon in Russia-The Illustrated Memoirs of Major Faber du Faur, 1812. Although written by a Frenchman, the book is all full-page color illustrations with minimal text. Enjoy!
In 2018 we added Historical Battle Video web pages to each of our various military eras. We also added more Historical Maps, and a created Drop Down Menus for our web pages for improved ease of navigation...
Our plans for 2019 include the addition of still more Maps, Videos, and Articles to our web sites..
While we are not holding Battle Brigade Tournaments in the immediate future, our Battle Brigades still offer opportunities to play in multi-player games... The friendly rivalry adds flavor to our games, making them more fun to play and providing the opportunity to make a lot of new friends in the process...We encourage everyone to participate in our good natured, Battle Brigade rivalries for the enjoyment of all.
Well, that about wraps it up for this Quarterly Dispatch. We hope you found it useful, and look forward to seeing you in our forums and on the virtual battlefields!