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Posted on Jul 18, 2008 in Armchair Reading

CDG Solution Winners #26: The Battle of Surigao Strait 1944

Nathaniel Eatwell St. James, MN COA 2 accomplishes 3 things: 1) Surprise, which can negate the American numerical advantage. 2) It pulls the Americans away from the beach leaving the invasion force vulnerable. 3) Once in the Mindanao sec. we will have more room for maneuver. Yamashiro (1) and Fuso (2) draw out the Americans where the battleships (4-7) ambush them, the Yamashiro (1), Fuso (2) and Mogami (3) also join the attack. Paul Penrod Bel Air, MD This one rivals the Alamo CDG! Outgunned 4 to 1 to an enemy with radar guided fire. Nishimuras only course would be to stay out of the Surigao Strait (of course, in reality he didn’t!) and try to draw some of the 7th fleet into an ambush. The Japanese had three things going for them, despite the odds—4 destroyers with long-range torpedoes, extensive training in night fighting sans radar, and the Fus and Yamashiro were faster than the modernized U.S. battleships of the U.S. 7th fleet, most of which were at...

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Posted on Jul 16, 2008 in Armchair Reading

September 2008 Issue: Hitler’s Best General

September 2008 Table of Contents [200k PDF] PDF Sample (3mb) [See a ten page selection of articles from the current issue of Armchair General] Get this issue Digitally [US$5.00 per issue or US$17.97 per year] Discuss this issue/ Leave Feedback [You can also leave comments at the bottom of this page.  All comments are read by the editor and publisher.] In this issue, you’ll learn What legendary force, outnumbered 2,000 to 65, chose to fight to the death, making a bayonet charge when ammunition ran out. How the chieftain Shaka reformed Zulu armies to create an empire ONLINE EXTRA: Sojourning Sacred Ground: Tips for Touring Isandhlwana and Rorke’s Drift Who the military theorist was whose opinions prompted the world’s massive naval buildup prior to World War I Why Eric von Manstein may have been the best German Field Marshal of World War II PLUS Ralph Peters’ article on jihadist defeats, from the Danube to Delhi to Plevna, the sequel to last issue’s jihadist victories article Test your own decision-making...

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Posted on May 19, 2008 in Armchair Reading

CDG Solution Winners #25: Through a Deadly Iraqi Minefield, Gulf War, 1991

  Eric Hillerson Waupun, WI Breaching an enemy obstacle requires that the breaching force attack using the tenets of breaching: intelligence, breaching fundamentals, breaching organization, mass and synchronization. In order to best fit the fundamentals of breaching (suppress, obscure, secure, reduce and assault) and allow redundancy to ensure success of the entire operation, we must organize our breach teams according to COA 3. COA 3 allows us to have flexibility to quickly assault through the obstacles no matter what the composition of the obstacle. COA 3 allows us to quickly plow through the first obstacle with tanks who then become the support by fire for the AAVs to blast through the wires with a MCLC. Following the AAVs, the second set of plow tanks to breach the last mine belt following each breach team is the dozer tanks to widen the last breach lane, they become a support by fire while the assaulting force moves through the breach lanes. Stephen Duchaine La Junta, CO Course of Action 3 is...

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Posted on May 16, 2008 in Armchair Reading

July 2008 Issue: The Wrath of General Sherman

Click the above for the full contents of our July issue, available on newsstands around May 20, 2008.   FEATURES Virtual Tour: Antietam Military Museums of London Battle of Didgori, 1121 July 2008 Mailbag Play It! Reader Survey   As always, our Interactive section features new challenges to overcome.   Plus, of course, all of your favorite features.       To discuss the rest of the articles in this issue, please click here. Armchair General Military History Forums If you would like to see Armchair General Magazine for yourself, you can find us at most large book retailers (such as Barnes and Noble, Borders, many Wal-Marts, and so forth), or you can subscribe and take advantage of our special low price of 21.95/year. Learn More!* Subscribe to Armchair General! *Specials may expire. Please check subscription page for the latest specials and...

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Posted on May 14, 2008 in Armchair Reading

July 2008 Mailbag

Canadian “Great Generals” Part I Before I begin, let me just say that I am slightly biased in my evaluation, as a Canadian, I was a little upset about a couple of potential omissions from your 100 Greatest Generals List in the most recent issue of ACG. I was somewhat dismayed to see that there were no Canadian Generals on your list – granted, we’re not known as a warlike or warrior nation, nor do we celebrate our true warriors with the same vigor as the USA, UK, Russia, France, etc. However, we have produced some very good soldiers (a profile on one or two or an article about valourous Canadian soldiers would be very well received). General Sir Arthur Currie was not on your list, which upset me greatly. Currie, who was not even a trained soldier, beyond some basic militia training, became one of the most innovative generals of World War One. He first truly came to prominence at the Battle of Vimy Ridge. His frightfully detailed...

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Posted on May 14, 2008 in Armchair Reading

July 2008 Play It!

  HARD CHOICES: Midway, 1942. Explore the Midway campaign in detail with any of the following strategy titles; War in the Pacific by 2by3/Matrix Games, Carriers at War by SSG, Midway: Turning Point in the Pacific by Avalanche Press, The Rising Sun by Clash of Arms, and Pacific Storm: Allies by Buka.    GREAT WARRIORS: British “Red Devil” Paratroopers, 1944-45 Britain’s World War II Sky Warriors. Drop with the Red Devils in these exciting wargames;  Airborne Assault: Highway to the Reich by Panther Games, Battles in Normandy by SSG, Market-Garden ’44 by HPS, Lock ‘n Load: Swift and Bold by Lock’n Load Publishing, or The Devil’s Cauldron by MMP. COMBAT! U.S. Squad Patrol: Belgium, 1944. Lead your squad to knock out a German observation post but be forewarned that the guys in the OP may have powerful friends. YOU COMMAND: Farragut at Mobile Bay, 1864. Confederate forts, obstructions, underwater mines, and four Rebel ironclads, including CSS Tennessee are waiting to give you a hot welcome as you lead your naval...

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Posted on May 13, 2008 in Armchair Reading

Armchair General on Military Channel’s Great Battles Week

We have had the good fortune to work with Military Channel in some cross promotion, and you may notice us in the coming weeks on their network. You will find our promo at the end of their segments highlighting Great Battles Week (see video below). To anyone who came here after seeing the promos, welcome!

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Posted on Apr 24, 2008 in Armchair Reading

Volume V: Armchair General Magazine

Volume V 100 Greatest Generals Ike Sherman Armchair General brings you the very best in interactive Military History in our bi-monthly publication. We put YOU in command! Click each cover for complete index. Subscribe Here! $26.95 for 6 Issues (1 year) SPECIAL PRICE! March 2008Reader Survey May 2008 Reader Survey July 2008 Reader Survey September 2008 Reader Survey November 2008 Reader Survey January 2009 Reader Survey Volume I * Volume II * Volume III * Volume IV If you would like to see Armchair General Magazine for yourself, you can find us at most large book retailers (such as Barnes and Noble, Borders, many Wal-Marts, and so forth), or you can subscribe online! Subscribe to Armchair...

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Posted on Apr 1, 2008 in Armchair Reading

Envelope Art May 2008

Armchair General welcomes readers’ original artwork envelopes. Each issue, one is selected to head the "Mailbag" department. Here are the embellished envelopes we received from readers for the May 2008 issue. Eric Toland, Oregon   Gary G. Young, California   Johnny Draper, Illinois     Brendan Cerasi, Florida   Bruce Porvaznik, Minnesota   Matthew Salo, California   Dawn CaVallero, Hawaii   Steve Corotan,...

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Posted on Mar 31, 2008 in Armchair Reading

CDG #24: Hitler’s Eagle in Hungary 1944

Fernando A. Franco St. Paul, MN Of all the tenants of war, “surprise” is the one that will put out of balance the enemy. I have chosen course of action 3 “Trojan Horse.” It is a simple plan that will strike the objective and will deny the enemy to react on time to mount an effective counterattack. On the other hand, it is intended to keep the Hungarian Army in our side and not alienate them against us. The glider assault has a very low chance to success, since first they have to land undetected in the middle of the city and fight their way into a heavily armed fortress. Route siege, doesn’t work, it will put the civilian population and the Hungarian army against us and there is not guaranteed the objective will be killed, captured or may escape with the “Trojan Horse” I will have the SS BN be ready to provide other security and facilitate the extraction of the unit doing the operation. If the “Trojan...

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Posted on Mar 31, 2008 in Armchair Reading

May 2008 Mailbag

    Where in the World is ACG? Armchair General shows up at ENFILADE! 2007 hosted by the Northwest Historical Miniature Gaming Society (NHMGS), historical battles from ancient times to modern conflicts in miniature. ACG continues to inspire scenarios to be transformed into the 3-D environment of historical miniature wargaming. For more information visit nhmgs.org. "I’ll see you on the battlefield!" Bryan Shein President, Pacific Sky Games & Devil Dog Design President, NHMGS See “You Command Historical Miniatures” item in the March 2008 issue Dispatches department for more from Bryan on adapting ACG interactive articles as scenarios for tabletop miniatures gaming.  * * * Numerous readers noted the obvious disconnect between the panzers, location, and year cited in this photo’s caption and the actual types of panzers shown and the obviously Eastern Front locale. Mistaken Identity I really enjoyed the January 2008 issue, my very first. However, I feel I must point out an error in the caption to the photo on pages 48-49 [“A Tale of Two Doctrines:...

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Posted on Mar 31, 2008 in Armchair Reading

CDG Solution Winners #23: 1945, The Great Raid

Tom Willison Indianapolis, IN I see COA2 as best fulfilling the requirements for a successful commando raid, i.e., preparation, security, surprise and attack. Having neutralized the enemy, it gives the commandos ample time to gather up the prisoners, who in some cases might be confused and resisting the rescue effort. Covered by the Filipino Guerillas, the withdrawal will be swift and orderly.   Dale Malchow Edmonds, WA 1. COA2 replicates historical mission resulting in release of 511 of 512 POWs at the expense of 2 Ranger KIAs with 200 enemy losses and 4 tanks. 2. Alamo Scouts’ reconnaissance provided intel to develop a plan incorporating stealth, surprise, speed, and simplicity. 3. Unit Objectives: 2nd Platoon F Company Drop off section to destroy eastern guard towers Proceed to south gate and attack guards in barracks (signal for general attack) After guards eliminated, attack and pin down Japanese in western section of camp After extraction act as rear guard and exit north gate 1st Platoon C Company 1st section attacks pillboxes,...

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Posted on Mar 20, 2008 in Armchair Reading

Issues resolved

Dear Editor: I am sending this email to express my appreciation for the response to my inquiry concerning the 2007 missing issues of Armchair General. On February 24 I sent an email to you detailing the missing issues. On February 25 you sent an email to JoHanna Koeppe asking that she try to replace those issues. On February 28 I received, by priority mail, the three issues that I had missed. I was not only shocked, I was surprised and taken aback by the response and the speed of your reaction. I did not really expect to get the issues but I was just mad enough to want to write and let the folks involved with the magazine know that I was upset with them. You and the people that work at the magazine not only met my expectations, but all of you exceeded them. I have enjoyed the Armchair General publication since a friend showed me a copy in late 2004. Even before I finished reading that issue I had called in and ordered my first year subscription. The magazine...

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