Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Fleet that Never Was: Some early photos

One project I have started with my friend Doruk is a campaign for the naval aspects of the First Balkan War, and more especially the War that Never Wars, the expected 1914 naval war between the Ottoman Empire and Greece. Both sides had engaged in an arms race, ordering dreadnoughts in a race to gain operational dominance in such a war.  The dispute was over the heavility Greek populated, but crucial for Ottoman strategic security Western Aegean Islands. The Greeks had taken them (or liberated) in 1912, but the peace treaties that ended the Balkan Wars did not resolve the issues of sovereignty. The war never happened as in 1914 World War 1 started. The British impounded the two Ottoman dreadnoughts (which became the HMS Erin and HMS Agincourt) and the French and Germans stopped working on the Greek orders (a Breatagne class ship, and the unique Salamis, which looked like Koning Class).

What would had happened if these Aegean behemoths had actually gone to sea? This is what we wish to find out.We are using the Operational system of Great War at Sea to generate battles, and will fight the Tactical engangmenets using Fleet Action Imminent.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Lookout Mountain and Chickamauga National Battlefield Park 2014

Since a lot of people liked my Kennesaw Mountain Park post, here are pictures and a video from my visit to Lookout Mountain and Chickamauga National Battlefield park from 2014. I am going to make this a regular series, to give a chance to many of us to see places we might never see up close. This is not as organised as my Kennesaw one.

Video from Chickamauga

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Kennesaw Mountain

Over last week I was in Atlanta attending the ISA convention. It was a good convention. I decided to take time to visit and explore Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, which is rather close to the city. The National Park commemorates the Battle of Kennesaw , fought in 1864 as part of the campaign that led to the fall of Atlanta.

I took a lot of pictures, but also prepared a video of my excursion. Here is the video (hosted on Youtube)

And here are the photos

Friday, March 11, 2016

More Warhammer 40k from Greece

Another friend of mine, Tasos, sent me a number of pictures from Warhammer 40k wargames in the area of Markopoulo (and the eastern suburbs of Athens) which is rural Attica around the International Airport. Enjoy

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Last Century of the Ottomans: Kurudere

Battle of Kurudere 1853, A Bloody Big Battle AAR.

Last weekend Onur and Emir came over for the first game in our Last Century of the Ottomans Bloody Big Battles Campaign. It was decided that I shall command the Ottoman attack, and they would share the Russian defense. 

We even did a video!

Historically the Ottomans divided their forces and executed a Night March to flank the Russians at Karayal. A good idea on paper it failed due to the terrible leadership and quality of the Ottoman troops. My rule of thumb when leading bad quality armies is concentration. Thus I opted for a daytime approach and a condensed battle array.  On my right flank I placed the powerful 2nd division with one of its batteries. Its goal was to sweep over the Karayal mountain and pincer any Russian units between the mountain and the small stream together with the 1st Division under Hassan Pasha. The Hssan Reserve Force would keep any Russian troop deployed at Kurudere and Poldervan from helping the isolated troops. Once those were destroyed I would roll the flank and either win a draw or victory, with the chances of the draw higher.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Book Reviews: 19th Century Warfare II

Book Reviews: The 19th Century II

I decided to once more do brief reviews of books I have read over the period since my last Book Review (which can be found at Book Reviews: 19th Century Warfare I)

Some of the books I read I read in print, and I believe that for those I will do a video review, since many of them are illustrated. Kindle books and non-illustrated books I will review here.

French Army 1870-1871 Franco Prussian War volumes 1 &2, Stephen Shann & Louis Delpenier, Osprey
The First Schleswig-Holstein War, Nick Svendsen, Helion Press
Armies of the War of the Triple Alliance 1864-1870, Gabriele Esposito, Osprey
The Franco-Prussian War 1870-1871 Volume 2, Quintin Barry, Helion
Three Weeks in November, Ralph Weaver, Helion