Naval War Games; World War I and World War II
New York: Arco Publishing Company, Inc., 1975. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. 140 pages. Illustrations. Maps. Notes. Appendix. Bibliography. Index. Some wear and small tear to DJ edges, some foxing rear DJ flap, board corners slightly bumped. Barry graduated from Oklahoma University, and earned a Masters Degree from Depaul University. His career spanned over thirty years in Telecommunications. A wargame is a type of strategy game that simulates warfare realistically. Wargames may be miniature figurines on a tabletop, board games or video games. They typically use a map that depicts various battlefield terrain features such as woods, hills, fields and streams, with a grid or location system superimposed over this to regulate the movement and positions of the games' pieces, each of which represents a specific military formation, such as an infantry brigade or artillery battery. Many simulate land combat, but there are wargames for naval and air combat as well. Modern wargaming was invented in Prussia around the turn of the 19th-century, and eventually the Prussian military adopted wargames as a way of training their officers and developing doctrine. After Prussia defeated France in the Franco-Prussian War, wargaming was widely adopted in other countries as both a tool for training and research by military officers and for leisure by military enthusiasts. A complete guide to a pastime that grows more popular yearly. He tells us how to choose and make the models, explains the various rules, giving examples of actions such as the defense of a convoy and the hunt for a raider. There are separate chapters on the warships of 1914-1945 and an appraisal of what the navies of both world wars did; also on how to find out more by visiting museums and preserved warships and naval aircraft. He also reviews the whole range of literature and the commercially available board games. All in all, with the important notes and appendices, this book offers the reader practical guidance in the mastering of a delightful hobby that provides the excitement of war without the bloodshed. Condition: Very good / Very good.
Keywords: Naval, War Games, War Gaming, WW1, WWII, Hobbies, Naval Operations, Aircraft Carriers, Battleships, John Hammond, Fred Jane, Convoys, Submarine Warfare