Learning of my Grandfathers through Wargaming

Hey all. Just heard of you all, and appreciative of the add.

I'm not a huge wargamer, though I used to play hex-based wargames my dad had back when I was in my teens (though I couldn't name one).

I'm a video game and board game kind of guy, though miniature fleet battles and the like interest me and I used to love Battletech and Shadowrun with miniatures.

What's drawing me to war games at the moment is an effort to get to know my grandfathers through exploring the setting of their service in World War 2. Both of these men served and both died before I was old enough to know them.

Although I'm going over old documents, reading, watching documentaries, etc. I'm also a very visual person and part of learning is exploring to me, and it strikes me that wargaming might help me with that journey.

I've always been fascinated with carriers and so I've learned a decent amount about carriers and particularly the Pacific theater in WW2. My mom's dad was in the navy, though not on a carrier proper. He was aboard the USS Ellet, a Benham class destroyer typically assigned as a destroyer screen for Task Force 6 around the USS Enterprise. It sounds like the Ellet really got the full Pacific war experience - sailing in to Pearl the day after it was bombed, in combat at Midway, Guadalcanal, serving as a reinforcement at Coral Sea, and screening for the Doolittle Raid. Later he was an officer on a troop transport off of Japan.

My dad's dad was a company commander of company C in the 334th Infantry Regiment of the 84th Infantry Division, typically in the 9th army. I know much less about the European theater of operations, but the jist I've gotten is that the 334th came in a bit later in the war, took a front and center role at the Battle of the Bulge, and was instrumental in crossing the Roer and then meeting the Russians at the Elbe. I don't even know which Battallion he was in.

So, yeah, longwinded, but this is why I'm here and poking my head into this sort of thing.

I'm curious if anyone has any recommendations on games that would focus low enough to the regiment or company level in Germany or detailed enough to include individual destroyers in the Pacific.

Views: 28

Comment

You need to be a member of ConsimWorld to add comments!

Join ConsimWorld

Help Center

Latest Activity

Markm1767 commented on Markm1767's photo
Thumbnail

tw1

"Played Trenchfoot(one the flea market games I got at Historicon 2018)Scenario 1: The Storming on…"
yesterday
Markm1767 posted photos
yesterday
Chris Longstreet is now a member of ConsimWorld
Friday
CC Snyder posted a blog post

1775 Rebellion Rulebook Update

We are currently doing another reprint of 1775 Rebellion and have updated the rulebook, which is…See More
Jul 11
CC Snyder is now a member of ConsimWorld
Jul 11
Steve K commented on Steve K's blog post Games I'm Playing 2018
"Wakefield Set-Up - 1460. The Yorkists approach. 1st St. Albans 1455-Lancastrians lose, Yorkists…"
Jul 10
Gilbert Collins updated their profile
Jul 10
Gilbert Collins joined Ed Beach's group
Thumbnail

Great Campaigns of the American Civil War

Fans of the GCACW series. Titles include: Stonewall Jackson's Way, Here Come The Rebels, Roads to…See More
Jul 10

Members

CSW Related Links

Please be sure to check-out these CSW services.

© 2018   Created by John Kranz.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service