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New Article in Line of Departure Online Features

I recently added a new article to the Line of Departure Online Features site.  This is another military history project, and a pretty extensive one, dealing with Patton's campaign in Brittany immediately after the Normandy breakout.  Long-planned, it was supposed to secure the port capacity of the…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on May 28, 2013 at 9:03am — No Comments

Line of Departure Issue 72 Available

Just in time for the New Year, the latest issue of Line of Departure is ready to go into the mail, by the end of business on December 31.  This one covers the following:

  • Sedan, May 1940 (World at War) - Review
  • Field Commander Rommel (DVG) - Analysis
  • Firepower (Avalon Hill) -…
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Added by Jim Werbaneth on December 28, 2012 at 12:13am — 1 Comment

Line of Departure Online Features Updated, With Two New Articles

Today, I updated Line of Departure Online Features with a couple of new articles, both by me, and of an academic nature.  One is an analysis of the Battle of Mortain, the failed German counteroffensive in Normandy, August…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on December 18, 2012 at 2:47pm — No Comments

Playtesters Needed for The Victory of Arminius

Are you interested in classical warfare, and especially the conflicts between the Romans and German tribes along the Rhine?  If so, please read on.

I'm developing John Prados' game on the Battle of Teutoburger Wald in 9 CE, in which the Germans annihilated three Roman legions. The game is for the TPS line, and is a quick-playing design distinguished by its lack of a combat results table. Instead, there are competitive die rolls to resolve combat, with dice added according to…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on September 14, 2012 at 6:25pm — No Comments

Line of Departure Backwards Subscriptions Return!

Now, for a limited time, Line of Departure offers sequences of recent back issues, available in groups of four or eight, at reduced prices.  So catch up on your wargaming reading at low cost, with magazines ready to ship to you now.  These include two theme issues, covering modern tactics, and another on World War II on the Eastern Front.

For more on…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on September 10, 2012 at 11:44pm — No Comments

Line of Departure Issue 71 Available

The newest issue of Line of Departure is available, to be published this coming week.  Issue 71 reviews Washington's Crossing (Revolution Games), with other articles on Red Sun Rising (SPI), We Shall Fight on the Marne (White Wolf Games), and The Arab-Israeli…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on July 9, 2012 at 8:42pm — 2 Comments

War of 1812 Conference Paper

As I posted about three months ago, I attended a conference held by the New York Military Affairs Symposium, commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812.  There, I presented a paper on British Strategy toward the northeast of the United States, also putting it into the context of the larger war against Napoleon.

Since then, there has been a fair amount of interest among history people to see it published on the web.  Today,…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on June 27, 2012 at 10:17pm — No Comments

War of 1812 Conference

I'm in New York City for the last night of a long weekend.  I had the distinct honor of being invited to present a paper to  the War of 1812 commemorative conference staged by the New York Military Affairs Symposium, supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities.  My paper deals with British strategy on the frontiers with New York and New England, arguing that the…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on April 1, 2012 at 8:11pm — 3 Comments

Line of Departure Twentieth Anniversary Issue On Sale Now

The newest Line of Departure, marking the magazine's twentieth anniversary, is now available.  This issue focuses on World War II on the Eastern Front, with articles on GMT's Crimea, Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear (Academy Games), Russia Besieged (L2 Design Group), and Panzer…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on February 23, 2012 at 11:46pm — 2 Comments

The Toll of Facebook

I've noticed that the longer and more often that I spend on Facebook, including communicating with some of you, the slower that my computer becomes.  I deleted most of the extra, and extraneous apps, that come with the Facebook territory, and that has helped the situation, and frequent disk cleanups also help.  But the problem does not completely go away, and it comes back with a vengeance every time that I spend more time on the site.  Moreover, more than my browser (Firefox) is affected,…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on February 2, 2012 at 9:15pm — 20 Comments

New Mexican War Article on Line of Departure Online Features

This evening, I uploaded a new article to Line of Departure Online Features.  This one is an academic article on Winfield Scott's campaign to conclude the war in 1847, conducted from the amphibious landing at Veracruz to the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.  Because it started as a project for a graduate…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on December 27, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Black Friday Sale on Rommel at Gazala

 

Just in time for Thanksgiving and Black Friday, Rommel at Gazala is going on sale, for a limited time.  Regularly selling for $10.00 for a digital download, it now has a special price of $5.00, exclusively through WargameDownloads.com.  To order your copy,…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on November 23, 2011 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

An Essential Article on College Sports

The Penn State scandal continues to exude its stench; who could have predicted that one of the most-respected football programs in the country could be laid low by its culture of denial when confronted with sordid allegations of child molestation?  Or that the formerly respected defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky, would be the alleged perpetrator, using his…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on November 11, 2011 at 9:58pm — 4 Comments

The Long War: Where Is the End?

Today, Anwar al-Awlaki met his end, thanks to a well-directed Hellfire missile fired from a CIA drone in Yemen.  I'm sure his parents will miss him, but probably not very many outside of the ever-dwindling terrorist community.  This follows the termination of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan this May.

 

By chance, on Wednesday I was teaching my undergraduate American…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on September 30, 2011 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

Line of Departure Issue 69 Now Available

The newest issue of Line of Departure is now available.  It is a theme issue, covering Modern Tactics: Land, Air and Sea.  The lead review is of the newest edition of Hornet Leader, from Dan Verssen Games, followed by analysis of SPI's Air War, and strategy for Harpoon Classic, for the computer. …

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on August 29, 2011 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

RIP Borders

Capitalism is a heartless bitch, intolerant of failure.  Emotion has nothing to do with whether a company survives and thrives, or is consigned to the dustbin of business history.  We've seen iconic corporations go that way, with Pan Am, TWA, the Pennsylvania Railroad, Jones & Laughlin Steel, and many others.

 

Usually I have a hard time getting emotional about a major business failure, beyond sympathy for those who lose their jobs.  But those emotions seldom extend to the…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on July 23, 2011 at 3:00pm — 7 Comments

Excellent Article on Afghanistan

The National Post in Canada has presented some really remarkable coverage of Afghanistan over the last few years, some of which I've passed along here.  Today, the paper looks back at Canada's long war in the country, as the Canadian combat role comes to an end.  The result is one of the best articles that…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on June 25, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

New Article on Line of Departure Online Features

Today, I uploaded a new article on Line of Departure Online Features.  This one is an unusually scholarly piece, expanded from an essay that I had to write for a graduate historiography class I took at American Military University over the winter,…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on May 5, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Osama's Dead

 

I am just thrilled to be the one to post on ConsimWorld that Osama bin Laden is no longer stealing the oxygen of normal people, or otherwise polluting the earth with his vile presence.  After ten long years, justice is done.

 

Fox…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on May 1, 2011 at 11:00pm — 7 Comments

ESPN2's Feature on La Roche College Basketball and Coach Scott Lang

Last night, during the pre-game show for the NCAA basketball championship, ESPN2 carried this feature on La Roche College's basketball program, and Coach Scott Lang.  I find this well worth watching, and not just because I'm on the La Roche faculty.

 

Winning for…

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Added by Jim Werbaneth on April 5, 2011 at 10:43pm — No Comments

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