Warfare in January

Aden  1986  Yemeni Civil Wars
Ali Nasir Muhammad al-Husani seized South Yemen by coup in 1984 and later faced violent attack by forces of former President Abdul Fat- tah Ismail. Severe fighting around Aden saw a claimed 10,000 killed, including Ismail, before Ali Nasir went into exile with many thousands of supporters. A new government moved steadily towards unification with North Yemen

14th May TBL_2

  • The Germans place 14 SP after winning initiative on the 14th of May.
  • 9th and SS:V are DG. What to do? This aggressive play by the Germans ending up too close to the Antwerp based and Allied Arty has stalled the offense.
  • In the Ardennes the German 29th Motorized is surrounded at Sedan! The 6th Pzr is DGd near Fumey by the French. The allies have run amok for their turn on the 12th and it will take some doing to sort thru the excessive confidence of the Germans.
  • The Germans ponder then start moving. The 4th clear up near the canal in Aarschot in the North. 1st Panzer clears away the rest of French 4th Cav near Marche e Famenne in the Ardennes. Secondary attacks kill 2 steps and retreat the rest into the woods. With the supply road now open the Germans drive SP thru further West into the woods for 6th, 10th and 7th Panzer.
  • Clearly no lessons were learned from last turn; in a further overzealous move the Germans start moving 22nd and 7th FJ forces from Holland in anticipation of the surrender of the Dutch this turn. They have plans for the 22nd and 7th it appears.
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Thessaly 353 B.C., Phillip & the Third Sacred War

Thessaly and the Sacred War (356–352 BC)

I pulled most of this from Wikipedia, so lets take it with a grain of salt. I post as I am a bit confused about who fought with whom. The situation is decidedly unclear and my scenario for this (non GMT) also seems buggered. So this is all we get…. No battle report for Thessaly. On to the next segment of the campaign, where we will conduct the Battle of Crocus Plain or Field.

 Background

The Third Sacred War (often just called ‘the’ Sacred War) broke out in 356 BC, and would present Philip with his first real opportunity to expand his influence into the affairs of central and southern Greece.[57][58] The war was ostensibly caused by the refusal of the Phocian Confederation to pay a fine imposed on them in 357 BC by the Amphictyonic League, a pan-Greek religious organisation which governed the most sacred site in Ancient Greece, the Temple of Apollo at Delphi.[59] Behind the religious facade, there probably lay a display of realpolitik in bringing charges against the Phocians, instigated by the Thebans. At this time, Thebes controlled a majority of the votes in the council, and at the autumn meeting in 357 BC, the Thebans were able to have both the Phocians (for the cultivation of the sacred land) and the Spartans (for occupying Thebes some 25 years previously) denounced and fined.[60] Since the fines for both parties were “unjustifiably harsh”,[59] the Thebans probably expected neither party to pay, and thus to be able to declare a “sacred war” on either.[61]


The ruins of ancient Delphi

In response, the Phocians, under the leadership of Philomelos, seized Delphi (which was situated within the boundaries of Phocis), and asserted the ancient claim of Phocis to the presidency of the Amphictyonic League,[61] intending to annul the judgment against themselves.[62] There seems to have been some sympathy in Greece for the Phocians, since other states could see that “the Thebans…had used the Amphictyony to pursue petty and destructive vendettas”.[61][63] The Phocians were supported by Athens (perennial enemies of Thebes) and unsurprisingly Sparta, who hoped to see their own fine wiped out when the Phocians seized Delphi.[64] However, Philomelos plundered the treasury of Apollo to pay for mercenaries, thus raising a powerful army, but drastically altering the opinion of the other Greek states.[65] In winter 356/355 BC, a “sacred war” was declared against the Phocians by the Amphictyonic council, with the Thebans being the major protagonists.[61] The war started relatively well for the Phocians, but a severe defeat was inflicted on the Phocians at Neon by the Thebans in either 355[52] or 354 BC,[58] and Philomelos was killed. Undeterred, Onomarchos took over the Phocian effort, and raised new mercenaries to carry on the fight.

The ancient sources for the sacred war are scant, and generally lacking in firm chronological information. The most we know that is concrete is that it is generally accepted that the war lasted 10 years, and ended in summer 346 BC .

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Review – Leuthen: Frederick’s Greatest Victory 5 December, 1757 from Victory Point Games

 

Review – Leuthen: Frederick’s Greatest Victory  5 December, 1757 from Victory Point Games

Designer – Frank Chadwick

Artist – Tim Allen

Victory Point Games has provided a copy of this game for review purposes.

I was pretty excited to get my mitts on a copy of this game for 2 reasons. Firstly, I would like to become a bit more familiar with more games on the battles of the 18th century and VPG is going to produce a series of these games, YES! Second… The Legend, Frank Chadwick is the designer.

From the Victory Point Games website –

Drums & Muskets is a game system that recreates battles of the 18th Century, from roughly the adoption of the socket bayonet through the French Revolution. Leuthen is the first game in the series.

The very existence of the Hohenzollern monarchy is in question. Prussia hovers on the brink of collapse after a string of defeats as the winter of 1757/58 approaches. Frederick throws his small army against an Austrian force nearly twice its size with time only for one desperate battle to redeem his fortune before the snows fall.

Designer Frank Chadwick has created an elegant set of simple game mechanics that seamlessly integrate command control, maneuver and morale with the uncertainties of a combat. The battles of The Age of Reason are yours to refight with the Drums & Muskets series!

Just to whet your appetite, here is a little bit about legendary designer, Frank Chadwick

Frank Chadwick is a game designer who co-founded the company GDW Games in 1973. He is the co-author of theVolley & Bayonet rules system and has contributed to other miniature rule systems such as the Command Decision series. Chadwick has also done consulting work in the defense industry. He has said that, “All historical-based games are role-playing games.” He has more than 60 published games to his credit including classics such as:

Review – Leuthen: Frederick’s Greatest Victory 5 December, 1757 from Victory Point Games.

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