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SCUD Hunters in Iraq – Skirmish Game Live Stream

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About the Project

Lately, I've been running war games every weekend with members of the community via web conference. Players log on and play wargames with each other in real time, regardless of location, and we usually have at least a couple spectators as well. Many times it’s been Darkstar, but we’re also running wargames in Panzer Leader, Arab-Israeli Wars, and now Valor & Victory.

BoW/OTT community members @brucelea, @damon, @davehawes, and @rasmus have taken the plunge, leading battalions across thousands of meters of desert, starfleets in pitched battles across the heavens, or vicious firefights in the jungles of Vietnam, all without leaving the comfort of their home.

Hard-core, old-school command-tactical wargames can now be run (complete with spectators and recordings) in real time, with BOTH PLAYERS moving pieces across THE SAME virtual game board, thus maintaining player agency, speedy and instant results (no play by e-mail), interwoven turn sequences, any questions / feedback instantly received and addressed, and with the game being virtually recorded as it goes, a ready-made battle report can actually be created as we go.

All of this without the players having to install any new software on their computer, on any platform (PC or Mac). All that's needed is to agree on a time, a handful of dice, and a bellyful of courage!

Every weekend can now be a boot camp! All without costing me thousands of dollars in airfare, too!

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Skirmish Wargame: 22nd SAS “Scud Hunters” vs. Iraqi Army – January 1991

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Good morning, everyone.  Join us Sunday as we continue our 30th Anniversary commemorative wargames and review of the Persian Gulf War of 1991.  This live community game of the growing “Sitrep Skirmish” system pits elite operators of the British 22nd Special Air Service Regiment against the Iraqi Army in a mission to track and eliminate a mobile launch site of the dreaded “SCUD” missile.

7PM UK / 2PM East US

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Building materials for the SCUD-Hunter game later today.  Here's the zoom-out map of the general area.Building materials for the SCUD-Hunter game later today. Here's the zoom-out map of the general area.
Some of the counters for the Some of the counters for the "A" Squadron, 22 SAS Regiment, with their WMIK Land Rovers and M240 GPMGs. Grenade launchers, assault rifles, sniper rifles, and LMGs.
Quite a few Iraqi regulars are awaiting them ... a 3-officer command team, four 2-man crews (truck, SCUD crew, two ZU-23-4 AAA crews).  Platoon leader, and two eight-man squads.Quite a few Iraqi regulars are awaiting them ... a 3-officer command team, four 2-man crews (truck, SCUD crew, two ZU-23-4 AAA crews). Platoon leader, and two eight-man squads.
Overall game map.  We'll see how it goes later today!Overall game map. We'll see how it goes later today!

Miniature Game Video - Marines at Al-Khafji - 29 January 1991 (Modified Battlegroup)

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Did someone say an actual miniature gameplay video? (remember those?)

For this week’s Wednesday show, we’re presenting a miniature game video for a 15mm recreation of part of the Battle of Al-Khafji, fought between US Marines Delta Company, Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment and elements of 6th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Armored Division on January 29, 1991.

This battle was instigated when Iraqi spearheads invaded out of occupied Kuwait and into northern Saudi Arabia, thus taking place before the outbreak of the Desert Storm ground war on 24 February.

The system we’re using is a “shorthand modification” of Iron Fist Publishing’s Battlegroup.

AirWar C21 Game: USAF F-15Cs vs. IQAF MiG-29As (Desert Storm 30th Anniversary)

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Today’s game pits F-15 Eagles of the US Air Force up against MiG-29s of the Iraqi Air Force over the skies of western Iraq.

This dogfight took place in the early morning hours of 17 January 1991 (local time) over the H-3 airfield in the deep desert wastes of western Iraq, part of the opening hours of the Desert Storm Air War.

We’re using a “virtual adaptation” of AirWar C21 by Wessex Games.

Come by and check out how we take to the skies and game even when locked down in quarantine and thousands of miles apart!

4PM ET / 9PM GMT

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Possible actions and outcomes we might see in today's game. Possible actions and outcomes we might see in today's game.

Ops Center Episode 18: Desert Storm - The Air War

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In this episode, presented on the 30th Anniversary of the opening of the Gulf War, we see Operation “Desert Shield” explode into “Desert Storm” with a gigantic air campaign unleashed against the armed forces of Iraq.

We look at the air forces of the opposing sides, look at what aircraft were contributed by the nations of the Allied Coalition, and what happened starting on January 16 (early morning hours of January 17, local time) when the air phase of this war kicked off.

We also look at some gaming options and suggestions for recreating dogfights of the 1991 Persian Gulf War.

I thought I would include a few screen shots from this episode.  This is from a segment that discusses how the coalition disassembled Iraqi air defense networks from the inside out.  This might provide gamers with ideas for OBJECTIVES and SCENARIOS - describing WHY given fighter planes are fighting over a certain stretch of sky.  Gaps in enemy radar coverage have to be opened for those initial strikes to blind and hobble the command and constrol systems that keep the whole network operational.I thought I would include a few screen shots from this episode. This is from a segment that discusses how the coalition disassembled Iraqi air defense networks from the inside out. This might provide gamers with ideas for OBJECTIVES and SCENARIOS - describing WHY given fighter planes are fighting over a certain stretch of sky. Gaps in enemy radar coverage have to be opened for those initial strikes to blind and hobble the command and constrol systems that keep the whole network operational.
AirWar C21 is the system I use for modern air combat.  Data annexes are available to exand the game all the way from AirWar C21 is the system I use for modern air combat. Data annexes are available to exand the game all the way from "right now" 2021 or even near future theoreticals all the way back to 1950s "MiG Alley" in Korea. The rules are simple, sensible, and bring a surprising level of "managed realism" to jet combat.
Ops Center Episode 18: Desert Storm - The Air War
Ops Center Episode 18: Desert Storm - The Air War
Ops Center Episode 18: Desert Storm - The Air War

A few screen shots ...

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The Queen's Royal Irish Hussars make their initial advance onto the table.  First up, an Iraqi spoiling position in an oil refinery ... one BTR-60 motorized infantry company out of their battalion ... note the burning oil wells ... these DO block line of sight on the table. The Queen's Royal Irish Hussars make their initial advance onto the table. First up, an Iraqi spoiling position in an oil refinery ... one BTR-60 motorized infantry company out of their battalion ... note the burning oil wells ... these DO block line of sight on the table.
The UK envelops the forward Iraqi spoiling position, with a series of Challenger 1 overruns against Iraqi BTR-60s, while the dismounted infantry make a desperate close assault against the British battalion command group to the south ... they were annihilated by British opportunity fire, even as the Iraqis JUST miss killing a Challenger 1 troop under fire of a whole Type-69 battalion on a far ridge off to the northeast.The UK envelops the forward Iraqi spoiling position, with a series of Challenger 1 overruns against Iraqi BTR-60s, while the dismounted infantry make a desperate close assault against the British battalion command group to the south ... they were annihilated by British opportunity fire, even as the Iraqis JUST miss killing a Challenger 1 troop under fire of a whole Type-69 battalion on a far ridge off to the northeast.
"D" Squadron, Queen's Royal Irish Hussars, makes a shove at the northern ridge, occupied by a full battalion of Type-69 tanks. The Iraqis are also backed up by BTR-60 troops carriers, and BRDM-2s with AT-5 ATGWs (off the right side of the screen). I finally scored a kill on the command element of the Challenger squadon (knocking out the Squadron CO and 2-in-c). So yes, two Challengers have been hit and are burning ...
Final state of the battle ... Final state of the battle ...

Queens Royal Irish Hussars vs. Iraqi 52nd Division - 27 Feb 1991

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Hello everyone!

Tomorrow afternoon and evening, @Elessar2590 and I will be playing a little  Tactical Combat Middle East (modern expansion of PanzerBlitz by Toshach Miniatures) on a Sitrep Podcast Live Stream.  In this game we’ll be pitting some of the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars (7th Armoured Brigade, 1st UK Armoured Division, US VII Corps) against elements of Iraqi 52nd Division.

The Iraqi 52nd was a major opponent of the British in Desert Storm (British participation code-named Operation Granby), engaged by the British several times during the “Battle of Norfolk” on February 27, 1991.

This game will be part of our ongoing 30th Anniversary Commemorative content for Desert Storm, rolling out on the Sitrep Podcast through January and February.

We hope to see some of you there!

4PM ET / 9PM GMT

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The map for today's game, complete with burning oil wells that block LOS.The map for today's game, complete with burning oil wells that block LOS.
British forces (a mixed task force of 1st UK Armoured Division, built around Queen's Royal Irish Hussars).British forces (a mixed task force of 1st UK Armoured Division, built around Queen's Royal Irish Hussars).
Iraqi forces ... including some air defense to at least give those Tornados something to think about. Iraqi forces ... including some air defense to at least give those Tornados something to think about.

New Ops Center Series Kicks Off

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In this new series of the Ops Center, we’ll be taking a look at the the 30th Anniversary of the 1991 Gulf War.

This episode kicks off the new series with a review of the regional background and causes for the conflict, some of the battles during Iraq’s initial invasion of Kuwait in August 1990, and how the largest international coalition since World War II came together against this invasion.

Stay tuned for:

• Episode 18: Desert Storm – The Air War
• Episode 19: Desert Storm – The Ground War Erupts
• Episode 20: Desert Storm – Conclusion

The Ops Center Returns Tomorrow

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The Ops Center returns tomorrow with a four-part series commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Persian Gulf War.  Often known as Operation Desert Storm (or Operation Granby in the UK), this conflict is near and dear to some in the OTT community because they were there, “gaming” this conflict at 1:1 scale if you take my meaning.

Part One will go up on January 2.  Subsequent parts will go up at two-week intervals.

We hope you’ll join us as we review this dramatic event, how to best wargame some of its more climactic episodes, the opposing armies, and the effects it had on the world going forward.

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"The Crossing" - A Rare "Good" Historical Film

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It is currently 8:00 local time in the east United States, and 244 years ago this hour … saw the opening of the Battle of Trenton (December 26, 1776).

YouTube has a pretty  good upload of that rarest of species … the military historical movie that is actually pretty good.  I have posted this below.  Starring Jeff Daniels as George Washington, this film actually does a pretty admirable job at depicting what is probably the lowest point … and miraculous survival, of the United States military during the Revolutionary War.

Playing the Ardennes Offensive in SSI Panzer General

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One more piece of Christmas content from the Sitrep Podcast, where we look at the SSI classic Panzer General and run the Ardennes Offensive scenario playing as the Americans and their British allies.

The opponents are an approximation of von Manteuffel’s 5th Panzer Army and Dietrich’s 6th SS Panzer Army, crashing through our sleeping winter front line roughly along the German border on 16 December, 1944.  These Germans represent the best the Third Reich has left, hell-bent for Brussels and Antwerp in a desperate, last-ditch to force the Western Allies into some kind of a negotiation position in the waning days of World Waar II.

Suffice it to say the Americans in southern Belgium and northern Luxembourg are in for a very, very rough Christmas.  The “Battle of the Bulge” rages well into January, with the tide largely turning near Christmas Day 1944 as the weather finally clears and American airpower re-enters the fray.

In the meantime, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Battle of Trenton Community Game

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Hello everyone:

Here is the recorded stream for the recent game between myself and Elessar2590 – recreating the historic “Christmas Miracle” at the Battle of Trenton, December 25-26, 1776.

Battle of Trenton Live Stream Community Game

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Sunday, December 20 we’ll be featuring our last weekend wargame for 2020 on the Sitrep Podcast.  Given the Christmas Season, we’re recreating the complete Battle of Trenton in the Sitrep original Battlefield: Rebellion system.  This will be a community wargame with “Oriskany” Jim and “Elessar2590” Dylan.

This was the famous “Christmas Miracle” that saved the American Revolution and kept the candle of hope in that war burning for just a few more weeks, long after the the Patriot Rebels had any right to hope for survival, let alone victory.

And I know we have mostly people from the UK on this site … don’t worry … we actually fight the Germans in this one.  😀

Wehope you’ll come by and join us to see a community wargame recreating one of the most important “Christmas Battlefields” in history.

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Here is the complete map (more or less) of our upcoming recreation of Trenton, December 25-26 1776.  The Hessians are asleep in their barracks, with no idea that a small (and desperate) American Army is about to descend upon them. army is Here is the complete map (more or less) of our upcoming recreation of Trenton, December 25-26 1776. The Hessians are asleep in their barracks, with no idea that a small (and desperate) American Army is about to descend upon them. army is
Set up for the initial Hessian dispositions.  The game has activation rules to see if and when the Hessians are alerted (there were guard houses and sentries, contrary to popular belief - they were just overwhemed by advance American troops and the surprise remained nearly total).  Doesn't mean it will be like that on our table, though ...Set up for the initial Hessian dispositions. The game has activation rules to see if and when the Hessians are alerted (there were guard houses and sentries, contrary to popular belief - they were just overwhemed by advance American troops and the surprise remained nearly total). Doesn't mean it will be like that on our table, though ...
The American Army ... the WHOLE American Army, December 25, 1776.  Each figure is about 80 men.  This really was the state of the US Continental Army, and really the whole military outside of fort garrisons and state militias, etc.  Washington had started his New York Campaign in August with 20,000+ men.  Five months later, he had about 2,000 left.The American Army ... the WHOLE American Army, December 25, 1776. Each figure is about 80 men. This really was the state of the US Continental Army, and really the whole military outside of fort garrisons and state militias, etc. Washington had started his New York Campaign in August with 20,000+ men. Five months later, he had about 2,000 left.
The Americans make their Turn 01 movement, with historical units, routes, and march orders.The Americans make their Turn 01 movement, with historical units, routes, and march orders.
The end of Turn 02, and here is where we will start our live stream later today.  :D  SO FAR ... the Hessians have not been alerted (guard shacks and sentries overwhelmed and captured with bayonets and swords).  They get a roll roll at the beginning of their Turn 2 (not terribly great, but each of the three The end of Turn 02, and here is where we will start our live stream later today. :D SO FAR ... the Hessians have not been alerted (guard shacks and sentries overwhelmed and captured with bayonets and swords). They get a roll roll at the beginning of their Turn 2 (not terribly great, but each of the three "Hessian" regiments gets a roll) but are automatically alerted once gunfire opens up.

Narco Shootout - Mexico 2020 - Live Stream 7PM UK / 2PM US

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Join us tomorrow when we run a live stream game, imagining a shootout between the Mexican Policía Federal and US DEA agents … against the dreaded “Los Zetas” drug cartel in northern Mexico.

It doesn’t get much more “Modern War” than this.

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New Mexico Cartel Wars counters - female cartel shooters and MFP (values and names will change as I design the actual game).  US DEA agents will also be in the scenario.New Mexico Cartel Wars counters - female cartel shooters and MFP (values and names will change as I design the actual game). US DEA agents will also be in the scenario.

Replay Videos - Valor & Victory in 1993 Somalia

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This week we have run not one but two games of Valor & Victory – Modern Expansion – in 1993 Mogadishu, Somalia.  The finished videos are now posted – perhaps fun to have on in the background while you paint up your latest batch of modern warfare miniatures.

The second game features new Delta Force units to jump out of my Little Birds, and tweaked helicopter rules from questions rising from our first game.

Enjoy!

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Battle of Mogadishu 1993 - Valor & Victory Modern Expansion

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Join us for a live game of Valor and Victory (Modern Expansion) as we revisit the setting of our most popular Valor & Victory stream ever.  I’m talking about Operation Gothic Serpent, the Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia, 3 October 1993.  We’ll be trying out new helicopter counters for the US Rangers, as well as new and improved technicals for the Aidid SNA militia opposing them.

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Battle of Mogadishu 1993 - Valor & Victory Modern Expansion
Completed map for today's game, 12 x 24 hexes, about four standard Valor & Victory Map SheetsCompleted map for today's game, 12 x 24 hexes, about four standard Valor & Victory Map Sheets
A small sample of the kind of thing we hope to see in today's game.  A small sample of the kind of thing we hope to see in today's game.

Panzer Leader in the Korean War - US Marines, US Army, Royal Marine Commandos

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Here is a link to the replay video for the experimental Korean War expansion of Avalon Hill’s classic Panzer Leader.  Task Force Drysdale was an ad-hoc US Marine Corps / US Army / Royal Marine Commando force put together to try and fight up Hell Fire Valley, trying to reach the key evacuation point at Hanaru-ri.

This vital road junction had to stand for any of the US Marine (5th, 7th, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division) and US Army troops (37th Regimental Combat Team, 7th US Infantry) to have any change of escaping the crushing winter offensive of Chinese troops pouring down from the north.

Suffice it to say, Hanaru-ri needs Task Force Drysdale to reinforce it, or this darkest chapter of the Korean War is about to get a whole lot darker.

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70th Anniversary - Chosin Reservoir - Korean War

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Today the Sitrep Podcast is taking a special trip into the Korean War. Late November and early December marks the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, one of the most desperate and blood-soaked episodes in the Korean War.

Although primarily remembered as a battle of the United States Marine Corps – US Army, US Navy, and even British Royal Marine Commando units were also involved.

It was one such engagement at the “Frozen Chosin” we’ll be looking at today (precise 70th anniversary, 29 November 1950), where a British / US Army / US Marine force called “Task Force Drysdale” makes a resolute push up “Hell Fire Valley” in a heroic attempt to reinforce the desperately-threatened evacuation point at Hagaru-ri.

 

This was a vital chokepoint the Allies had hold if any of the Marines were to leave the Chosin Reservoir alive, a chokepoint already outnumbered 20-1 and threatened on all four sides by four Chinese divisions … … will these “Chosin Few” survive today’s game?

 

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Map for the game, showing about 3 x 5 km of Map for the game, showing about 3 x 5 km of "Hell Fire Valley" leading from SSE to NNW.
USMC units, I'll be taking out some of those Corsairs ... not sure how many yet.  But the 1950 rifle platoons and M26 Pershings are ready to go.USMC units, I'll be taking out some of those Corsairs ... not sure how many yet. But the 1950 rifle platoons and M26 Pershings are ready to go.
US Army troops and (believe it or not) Royal Marine Commandos were also involved in the November 29 1950 battle up this highway.  In fact, Lt.Colonel Drysdale was in overall command of this task force.US Army troops and (believe it or not) Royal Marine Commandos were also involved in the November 29 1950 battle up this highway. In fact, Lt.Colonel Drysdale was in overall command of this task force.
Can't have the Battle of Chosin Reservoir without Chinese... LOTS of Chinese. Estimates of total troops involved at Chosin range from 60,000 to 120,000.  Smart money is around 80,000 ... against just 4,000 or so US Marines.Can't have the Battle of Chosin Reservoir without Chinese... LOTS of Chinese. Estimates of total troops involved at Chosin range from 60,000 to 120,000. Smart money is around 80,000 ... against just 4,000 or so US Marines.

Fallschirmjäger counterattack at Castle Hill

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Join us for a live stream today at 2PM EST (7PM UK) as “Yavasa” Piotr and “Oriskany” Jim take Valor & Victory into Monte Cassino, a pivotal and bloody series of battles in Italy fought between the soldiers of no less than ten allied armies and elite German “Fallschirmjäger” paratroopers.

Specifically, we’ll be looking at elements of 4th FJ Regiment hitting companies of the 1/4 Essex Rifles and the 4/6 Rajputana Rifles, during a German paratrooper counterattack on this key position on 19 March, 1944. The objective, the bombed-out ruins of a Renaissance castle, was contested with all the weaponly and furor of the Second World War.

The system we’ll be using is “Valor & Victory” by Barry Doyle. We hope you’ll join us for a great game between long-time community members.

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The completed gameplay video is posted below.

Game Video - Rasmus v Oriskany at the Hürtgen Forest - late 1944 - Valor & Victory

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Good afternoon, everyone ~ We had a great stream today on Seitrep Podcast, where rasmus and I had a bloody skirmish with German and American infantry, panzerschreks, bazookas, 88s, and Shermans. The setting was the Hürtgen Forest, an eerie and hotly-contested forest along the German border in October-December 1944.

Check it out and see if the game turns out as desperate as the historical battle!

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Forgotten Bloodbath in "Haunted" Hürtgen Forest - Autumn 1944

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Hello, everyone

Join us for a live stream tomorrow at 2PM EST (7PM UK) as we take Valor & Victory into the Hürtgen Forest, a forgotten bloodbath fought along the German border from October-December 1944.

Infantry elements of German 116th Panzer Division and 28th US Infantry Division will tangle in this eerie, fog-bound, frigid “haunted forest” – just a small part of a brutal battle that would go down as probably Germany’s last operational victory of World War II.

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