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.

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