The War Game

Recensione del Gioco di Guerra

The War Game, by Charles Grant

War games existed in ancient China, but the modern version first appeared in a basic form nella Germania del secolo XIX. Since then the fascination of the war game has led to the formation of groups in many towns nella Gran Bretagna e the United States. An inexpensive pastime, one of the greatest satisfactions it gives is the realistic re-creation of the conditions of the time. The rules are therefore simple to follow but do ensure that a player operates under the same conditions, in miniature, as did his counterpart general of years before.

Brigadier Young, in his Foreword, puts Charles Grant in the front rank of those who have developed the war game nella Gran Bretagna. A meticulous researcher, he is constantly seeking greater realism in his war games, many of the resultant innovations being included in this book. He frequently appears on radio e TV ed in the press talking about war games on which, in the words of the Daily Express, he is Britain’s foremost expert. The reader is taken through the use of the basic troops to more sophisticated war-gaming techniques, e valuable chapters on buildings, terrain etc are also included. There is a list of the major suppliers of equipaggiamento, a bibliography ed an index.


  • Titolo: The War Game
  • Epoca: 18º secolo
  • Tipo: Gioco di guerra tattico
  • Scala del Tempo: 1 turn = 1 minute
  • Scala del Terreno: 1:360 (1 inch = 10 yards)
  • Scala del Truppe: 1 figure = 12 men
  • Autore: Charles Grant
  • Formato: 191-page rule book
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • Casa Editrice: Adam & Charles Black, London
  • Pubblicato: 1971


  1. Introduction
  2. The Basic Requirements
  3. Fanteria, both Line e Light
  4. Cavalleria
  5. Musketry
  6. The Mêlée
  7. More about the Mêlée
  8. Artiglieria: the Roundshot
  9. Artiglieria: the Shell
  10. Artiglieria: Canister
  11. Morale
  12. Action!
  13. Something about Troops
  14. More about Artiglieria
  15. Buildings in Attack e Defence
  16. Final Points Concerning Artiglieria
  17. The Battle of Mollwitz
  18. Mollwitz: the Narrative
  19. The Construction of Terrain
  20. The Effect of Terrain
  21. The Use of Maps
  22. More about Maps
  23. Pioneers e their Duties
  24. River Transport
  25. Campaign Caduti
  26. Campaign Recruiting e Replacement
  27. The Battle of Bunker Hill
  28. Marlburian Warfare
  29. War Game soldatini ed equipaggiamento

Introduction to Wargaming

The War Game is an in-depth introduction to wargaming, providing the reader a unique behind-the-scenes look of wargame design. In every well-written chapter of the book, Charles Grant explains the mathematics, historical research, ed elements of human nature on which his compelling regolamento di wargame are based. The chapters are fun ed easy to read, e there are 65 illustrations to inspire the reader. The photos of Charles Grant’s well-painted regiments of the Vereinigte Freie Städte e the Grand Duchy of Lorraine are particularly impressive. Fanteria, cavalleria, e rules, firing e melee procedures are briefly summarized at the end of every chapter, e they are so easy to memorize, that little reference to the book will be required during a game.

Grandi Battaglioni

In The War Game the size of a miniature battaglione di fanteria o reggimento cavalleria is based on the actual frontage covered by the historical counterpart of the unit in question. According to the Reglement prussiano of 1743, battaglioni di fanteria had 570 moschettieri formed in tre ranks of 190 men each. Charles Grant calculates the battalion frontage of 190 men standing shoulder to shoulder as 125 yards, o 12.5 inches on the wargame table, e he deploys 48 soldatini in due ranks of 24 men to occupy this space. The resulting figure scale of approximately 1:12 can be used to scale down other formations for the wargame table. Charles Grant calls the 48-figure battaglione di fanteria a reggimento, presumably because battalion-sized units dell’esercito britannico were designated Regiment of Foot during this period of warfare. In addition to the 48 moschettieri, every reggimento fanteria has a mounted colonel e quattro subaltern officers to lead it in battle. Reggimenti di cavalleria, e battaglioni di fanteria leggera have a strength of 24 soldatini, con quattro e tre ufficiali, respectively. Artiglieria batteries are represented by due guns, served by tre ufficiali ed eight gunners.

Old School Wargaming

The War Game by Charles Grant, now well nearly 40 years old, has become a classic over time. While there are more sophisticated e detailed regolamenti di wargame on the market today, thousands of experienced giocatori wargame have returned to The War Game for the fun e the visual appeal of this game.

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