Wednesday, 11 January 2012

The Journal issue 74

I just received The Journal, the magazine of The Society of 20th Century Wargamers (S.O.T.C.W). As usual a really good read. I have more or less just flipped through the magazine, but there is a lot of interesting stuff.
Of course, it is all post 1900, as the name suggests. Very WWII-intensive this issue. Lots of scenarios, but even if you’re not interested in that, there are still lots of interesting historical information in most scenarios.

- Kampfgruppe Deák – history and three scenarios on the Hungarian SS Kampfgruppe formed in July 1944 and comprising some 1000 men.
- Clearing Ashar – scenario set in Iraq in May 1941. Commonwealth vs Iraqi troops.
- West of Polanow – A scenario set in Poland 1939, Polish cavalry vs Germans.
- Poland 1939 – Organization of Polish 10th Motorized Brigade and German 2nd Pz Div, for use with Spearhead rules, but could be used for other rules sets.
- Mereküla – Soviet naval landing in the Baltics in February 1944. Article with suggestion for a scenario.
- Amazons at war – article on female warriors during the Russian Civil War.
- Recon Escort – airwar scenario set in Angola 1982, Angola vs South Africa
- Aegean breakpoint – Fictive modern naval scenario, Greece vs Turkey in 2000.
- HMAS Onslow & HMAS Vampire – a walk-through
- Italian Vedette Boat – a conversion in 1/600 scale.
- Starship Martin to the Rescue – Fictive WWIII 1978-scenario in 6mm
- Battle for Ap Bac – Vietnam 1963 for Force on Force rules.
- The Ben Cam Sweep – another Vietnam scenario, this time set in 1969.
On top of this the usual reviews, a battle report and other.

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