United States 4th Armored Division (September 1944) for Command Decision Test of Battle

January 8, 2019

If you click on this link: 4th armored division 1944 you will find the full divisional organization of the American 4th Armored Division for September 1944 (the encirclement of Nancy) for Command Decision Test of Battle. There are deviations from the Light Armored Division organization presented in the Command Decision Test of Battle Stars and Stripes book. These are mainly due to deeper research into the organization of American Light Armored Divisions and the unique organization of this division. If you are interested in the organization of an American Light Armored Division in some detail, I highly recommend Yves J. Bellanger’s U.S. Army Armored Division 1943-1945: Organization, Doctrine, Equipment. I got my copy from Amazon.com (see: https://www.amazon.com/U-S-Army-Armored-Division-1943-1945/dp/1445738953/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1546982677&sr=8-2&keywords=Yves+J.+Bellanger). I got my copy on sale for less than the $50 price, so keep an eye on the link as Amazon.com does seem to put things on sale now and then.

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1st Panzer Division Organization for Command Decision Test of Battle

December 16, 2018

I have been looking at several possible campaigns for Command Decision (a reworked Stolberg campaign and a Nancy 1944 campaign). This got me looking at some of the Command Decision books for other periods to see how the game now represents units. In looking at the 1940 campaign book, Blitzkrieg Legions: Fall of the West, I noticed some things that didn’t look right to me in terms of the German organizations. So I decided to check a specific one, the 1st Panzer Division. You can download my revised organization for that division here: 1st Panzer Division 1940.

I used to do these organizations for the Command Post Quarterly and enjoyed doing them, so expect a few more in the future.


American Strength Returns 1777 Campaign Part 2

October 19, 2018

Here are some more primary source strength returns for the Americans in the 1777 Northern Campaign.

Artillery at Fort Schuyler, July 1, 1777:

American Forces under Schuyler, July 26, 1777:

Troops Under Warner at Manchester (@ early August, 1777):

Return of Warner’s Regiment, August 30, 1777:

American Casualties, September 19, 1777:

American Forces Under Gates, October 4, 1777:

Again, most of these were found buried in the online archives of the New York Public Library.


American Strength Returns 1777 Saratoga Campaign Part 1

October 14, 2018

I’m back. It has been a long time since I posted. I had lots of work, family and personal health issues to deal with. They all worked out: my son is now a college (university) student studying Music and I’ve lost 17 pounds over the last 11 weeks.

Recently I have found a lot of information about the American forces in the 1777 Saratoga Campaign. Here are many of the primary source documents I have found that I feel others might find useful. Most of these were found in the digital collection of the New York Public Library.

July 21, 1777 Return of the Northern Army under General Schuyler:

July 21, 1777 Return of the Northern Army under General Schuyler:

August 17, 1777 Return of the Northern Army under General Schuyler:

Return of Massachusetts Regiments sent to join the Northern Army on July 1, 1777:

More to come later


Organization Chart for 5th Light Division for Bill

November 6, 2017

I’m not sure if the signal unit is 3/1139th or something else.