Recently returned from a three week stint teaching at the Baltic Defence College and was honored last Thursday with the BDCOL Medal of Merit Bronze--the article (with photos) can be found here
. This is my last official act as a Marine Colonel before I retire in a ceremony aboard Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek on 20 September.
Dr. James Corum (an author many wargamers know from his books) is the dean of the college and his office has copies of several East Front wargame titles on the shelves (he really likes GMT's ROADS TO LENINGRAD). The college recently got a copy of MMP's BALTIC GAP and I turned them onto Against The Odd's BUFFALO WINGS and World At War magazine's game on the Russo-Finnish Continuation War.
The Joint Command and General Staff Course, consisting of junior field grade officers from many countries, to include Canada, the U.S., Germany, Denmark, as well as many Eastern European nations, does three "Staff Rides" to battlefields in Estonia. I was there when we went to Narva and Sinimaed to cover the Soviet 1944 offensive on the ithsmus there (you easily see why the Soviets gave up trying to force their way through using Leningrad Front and shifted the weight of the attack to the south (subject of MMP's BALTIC GAP game). We also walked the Meerusu beach where the Estonians came ashore in January 1919 to cut off the Bolshevik column advancing towards the capital of Tallinn, the turning point of the Estonian War of Independence. The college does a staff ride on the German amphibious assault of the Baltic Islands (OPERATION ALBION) and has one for the Battle of Cesis in 1919. These provide lots of scenario ideas for tactical-level games such as Clash of Arms LANDSHIPS (at least the 1919 situations) and any number of WW II tactical combat systems (for Narva-Sinimaed 1944).