I have still been swamped with work and family obligations, but along the way I thought about doing some sort of Market Garden Campaign (1944). I looked at all of the 1 stand = 1 company rules, but I’m not so sure that they are at the level I am most interested in. Instead, I’ve been thinking about trying Command Decision: Text of Battle. In the past I have played a lot of games using the first and second editions of Command Decision and a few games with the third edition, but not many with the Test of Battle edition. Here is the Allied Order of Battle for the Market Garden Campaign in terms of Command Decision: TOB organizations. I have roughed out the German Order of Battle, but that still requires a lot of work given how chaotic the German organizations were. This is a big file (50+ pages), so you can see where my little free time has gone over the last couple of months.
While doing a bit of Google-Fu on the Internet, I found that there were several strength returns for American units in the 1777 Northern Campaign among the New York Public Library’s Digital Collection. I have never seen most of these referenced in a secondary source, so they were quite a find. Here are the ones that I could find:
John Ashley’s (1st Berkshire Massachusetts) Militia Regiment (July 1777): http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/bad6720b-4701-a00b-e040-e00a18067aa1 (This is a very rare militia unit strength return)
1st New Hampshire Regiment (July 1777): http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/bad6720b-470b-a00b-e040-e00a18067aa1
3rd New Hampshire Regiment (July 1777): http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/bad6720b-4768-a00b-e040-e00a18067aa1
Nixon’s (Massachusetts) Regiment (July 1777): http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/bb4ebb8a-0c7a-c85e-e040-e00a18063bc4
Brewer’s (Massachusetts) Regiment (July 1777): http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/bdccf4f5-5f3d-c2ff-e040-e00a180602bc
Marshall’s (Massachusetts) Regiment (July 1777): http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/bad6720b-4718-a00b-e040-e00a18067aa1
Alden’s (Massachusetts) Regiment (July 1777): http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/bb266ec4-a662-320d-e040-e00a180616a6
Bailey’s (Massachusetts) Regiment (July 1777): http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/bad6720b-4707-a00b-e040-e00a18067aa1
Learned’s Brigade (July 1777): http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/bb266ec4-a64f-320d-e040-e00a180616a6
(the first regiment is van Schaick’s 1st New York Regiment – the writing is not very clear, but the comments below make it clear as to which unit it is as van Schaick had been sent to Tyron County to raise the militia.)
Schuyler army-level return (July 1777): http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/bad6720b-4704-a00b-e040-e00a18067aa1
Gates army-level return (October 1777): http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/bdccbd8c-b350-decc-e040-e00a180601a7
American Casualties at First Saratoga (September 1777): http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/bad6720b-4716-a00b-e040-e00a18067aa1
Here is another American Revolution scenario for Piquet/Cartouche. This one is for the 1780 Battle of Camden. It is an interesting scenario given the variety of troops in each army and the clear disparity in overall commander levels. It is also basically a battle fought in a large section of light woods, so expect a lot of close engagements in the battle. You can find the scenario file here: Camden August 2016
As time allows (I have to start working at least half time again and I’m going on vacation in August) I’ll try and revise more scenarios. As my interest has been the Southern Campaign, most will come from that part of the war.
I’ve had a busy summer so far with relatives visiting and clearing out a large dumpster worth of garbage from our house. I don’t know why I still had papers from graduate school around given that I completed my Ph.D. 15 years ago! Now back to do some gaming, especially since my game room has been completely cleaned up. Going through my files I realized that I had a complete scenario for the American Revolution Battle of Cowpens for Piquet/Cartouche. You can access the scenario here: Cowpens Battalion Scale July 2016
This is the second part of my revised Command Decision: Test of Battle order of battle for the German forces in North Africa in 1941. This one is for the 15th Panzer Division. It is based on its (primary source) organization chart for May 1941. It differs from the one presented in Benghazi Handicap in many ways, especially in the representation of the medium machineguns and mortars in the infantry battalions as well as some other corrections to the division’s units.
You can find the revised organization chart here: 15th Panzer Mid 1941