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Need Help Finding Books on Poland 1939

I am looking for reading material on the invasion of Poland in 1939. So far, I have read Blitzkrieg Unleashed and Poland Betrayed (both Stackpole books). They are both predominantly written from the German perspective and only give the broad strokes of the campaign with a few personal anecdotes and journal entries to give the "personal feel".

 

What I am after are more detailed accounts of the battles, hopefully with a map or two, and I'd like…

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Added by Kai Jensen on July 20, 2011 at 9:25am — 6 Comments

Off the Rails with TK2

Totaler Krieg! was my first wargame back in 2000. I knew the basics of WWII, but did not know any Operation in great depth and certainly had no clue how to run the war from a commander's perspective. Gradually, over the years, I built up my knowledge of the timeline, the events, their impact, etc. My grasp of the game improved and I enjoyed playing it from both sides, although I have a better time as the Allies as they start the war on a reactionary footing and not…

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Added by Kai Jensen on July 10, 2011 at 9:45pm — 3 Comments

An Appeal to the Shutterbugs

There are a lot of great and interesting photos posted on this site. I am cursed with a healthy sense of curiosity so I check out a lot of these pictures. And I usually end up learning NOTHING as there is no caption to tell me what the heck I am looking at. You took the time to take the picture, you took more time to post the picture. Could you please take a few more seconds to add a caption to your lovely picture?



I am sure I am not the only one thinking this. There are great… Continue

Added by Kai Jensen on August 21, 2009 at 9:27am — 21 Comments

How Do You Do It?

No, not that "it"...



When playtesting, how do you forget the "old" rules and only remember the new changes? I've been working at this for several years now and have decided maybe I need to hear what other tips and tricks you guys have for dumping old outdated material from the gray matter dustbin and keeping just the new material in your head.



It's not such a problem for me during play, but in post-session discussions on possible changes, updates,… Continue

Added by Kai Jensen on February 1, 2009 at 3:23pm — 1 Comment

How Deep is the Crossover?

During a discussion on gaming in general, I wondered what percentage of wargamers also willingly play Euros. And, of course, everyone had a completely different guess with their attendant theory on how that number came to them.



Based on comments overhead at CSW Expo, the games I saw being played in the Annex at the Expo, what gets talked about in the "On The Table" and "Out of the Wrapper" folders on CSW, my guess was that 50% or more of the wargamers also play Euros. The other… Continue

Added by Kai Jensen on July 19, 2008 at 4:45pm — 17 Comments

CSW Expo '08 - Yet Another Rave

The Expo was a blast (as usual) and I actually played a monster game this year instead of wandering around asking "What game is this?" and "Where/when was that battle fought?" I had the pleasure of playing The Devil's Cauldron with Gerry Palmer - twice! - during the first two days of the con. We sat down to work our way through "The Empire Strikes Back" scenario, double-checking and rethinking as we went. The first game was not a close one, but we both figured out a lot of… Continue

Added by Kai Jensen on June 5, 2008 at 10:00pm — 6 Comments

Totensonntag - A Beginner's View

Getting Started: This is a quick and easy game to get into and to play. The rulebook is short - eight pages total: five plages of actual rules, one page of set-up instructions - and it has a nice look to it. The rules were clearly presented and referencing them during play was easy. I have only played through the game once (in two after-work sessions) and I am looking forward to trying it again.



What Happened: I took my eye off the prize. I let my British and South… Continue

Added by Kai Jensen on March 14, 2008 at 9:46am — 4 Comments

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