Gaming World War III: War at Sea Part II

The first edition of Harpoon was a general-purpose air, surface, and sub-surface naval simulation. It was a playable game based around graspable rules, and comprehensive information on ships, aircraft, sensors, and weapons systems of the era. The game found acceptance in the commercial wargaming community, and the professional naval community in general. Harpoon also helped …

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Gaming World War III: War at Sea Part I

Naval wargaming has held an important place in the US Navy for over a century. Alfred Thayer Mahan, when he became president of the Naval War College (NWC) in 1886 supported the use of wargames modeled on the German games known as Kriegsspiel. Naval Kriegsspiel, as the NWC variant beame known, consisted of cardboard ships …

The Central Front D+5 (14 July, 1987) Part III

By the early afternoon, General Snetkov was growing less confident about the chances of commencing the attack today. No guidance was forthcoming from CINC-West, though Snetkov was hardly surprised by the communications black hole that had developed between his command post and Western TVD’s wartime headquarters. He was certain that his superior was not willfully …

The Central Front D+5 (14 July, 1987) Part II

 CINC-West’s succinct explanation for the hold was wholly unexpected. It spawned a fresh stream of questions in Snetkov’s mind. The general acknowledged the order, and sent off a message of his own to the Western TVD’s wartime headquarters, diffusely requesting the reason why the attack was being postponed. CINC-West’s response was short and direct: ‘Political …