Military History

historical-article-uss-nevadaBy John Dudek @ The Wargamer

USS Nevada, one of two Nevada class battleships was launched early in 1914 during the final pre-WWI leap in battleship building technology, was nearly sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. However, she survived and went on to make a major contribution in a number of theatres during World War 2. Here John Dudek gives us an overview of this famous ship’s long and illustrious career.

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historical-article-fighting-polish-eagles-logoBy John Dudek @ The Wargamer

One of the greatest enduring and accepted myths of the Second World War, and one originally promulgated by the Nazi German propaganda ministry, is that the Polish Air Force was surprised, caught on the ground, and completely destroyed in the opening hours of Germany’s undeclared blitzkrieg war with Poland. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Here, John Dudek looks at those very first days of the war and their aftermath.

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historical-article-running-the-dardanelles-forts-logoGallipoli, March 1915

By John Dudek @ The Wargamer

Last Saturday, 25 April, was ANZAC Day when Australia and New Zealand take time to remember those who died for their countries in various conflicts. However, it is the fighting at Gallipoli in World War 1that is most usually associated with ANZAC Day and is seen as a defining moment in the history of the two nations and a major factor in their progress to independent statehood. Whilst the tragedy and heroism of the fighting at Gallipoli is remembered the naval actions that were a prelude have a lower profile. Today we take a look at the failed naval operations of March 1915.

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historical-article-the-battle-of-savo-island-logo9 August 1942 – AKA “The Battle of the Five Sitting Ducks”

By John Dudek @ The Wargamer

Large scale strategy games set in the Pacific Theatre of WW2, such as Matrix Games’ War in the Pacific – Admiral’s Edition or their upcoming Order of Battle: Pacific, are extremely popular. However, by their very nature these large scale strategy games cannot show the nitty gritty of what actually happened in individual battles and encounters. Fortunately, the Second World War is one of the best documented conflicts of all time and there is an abundance of material available to fill this gap. Here at Wargamer.com we regularly carry historical articles for the Pacific Theatre of Operations penned by regular contributor John Dudek. Here we delve back to August 1942. We hope this adds context to your games.

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historical-article-full-fathom-five-logoBy John Dudek @ The Wargamer

Something a bit different in our regular historical piece slot this week. It is a sad, but inevitable fact, that the number of living veterans from World War 2 is very small. However, our regular columnist, John Dudek, had the privilege of meeting one recently and took the opportunity to chat with him about his experiences in the US submarine service.

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historical-article-desert-fox-vs-rats-of-tobruk-logoThe 241 Day Long Siege of Tobruk; Part 2 The Siege Continues

By John Dudek @ The Wargamer

The Siege of Tobruk lasted some 241 days from 10 April 1941 until 27 November of the same year. During the entire siege Tobruk remained a painful thorn in the side of German Lieutenant General Erwin Rommel who desperately needed that key sea port town to provide vital logistical support for his far flung Afrika Korps in order to continue his military offensive against the British into Egypt. His closest base of logistical support lay in the port of Tripoli, almost a thousand miles away across North Africa. Everything necessary to sustain his army in battle had to travel on a long, arduous overland trip oftentimes in the teeth of Allied air support.

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historical-article-desert-fox-vs-rats-of-tobruk-logoThe 241 Day Siege of Tobruk April-November 1941

By John Dudek @ The Wargamer

The Siege of Tobruk lasted some 241 days from 10 April 1941 until 27 November of the same year. During the entire siege Tobruk remained a painful thorn in the side of German Lieutenant General Erwin Rommel who desperately needed that key sea port town to provide vital logistical support for his far flung Afrika Korps in order to continue his military offensive against the British into Egypt. His closest base of logistical support lay in the port of Tripoli, almost a thousand miles away across North Africa. Everything necessary to sustain his army in battle had to travel on a long, arduous overland trip oftentimes in the teeth of Allied air support.

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historical-article-mush-the-magnificent-logoBy John Dudek @ The Wargamer

Dudley Walker “Mush” Morton was a dynamic, utterly fearless, yet personable submarine skipper and a natural born leader of fighting men. The nickname of “Mush” was short for “Mush-mouth”, a name he picked up in college because of his decided southern drawl way of talk. Described as a “happy warrior” who exuded happiness, good humor and joy whenever entering into combat. His infectious, positive “can-do” outlook was electric and never failed to fire up his crew. Although prone to take great chances while playing against long odds, he continued winning big against the Japanese and single headedly raised the morale with the entire US Submarine Force with the tales of USS WAHOO’s mostly successful five war patrols over ten months.

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monty-fighting-retreat-to-dunkirk-logoBy John Dudek @ The Wargamer

Bernard Law Montgomery, Field Marshall, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, KG, GCB, DSO, and so on, is undoubtedly best remembered for commanding the 8th Army in North Africa, Sicily and Italy and then commands in Europe for D-Day and beyond. However, he did not just spring into those commands out of the blue. He also saw action in Europe at the very start of the war, and here we look at his experiences in France leading up to Dunkirk.

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historical-article-jfk-pt109-logoBy John Dudek @ The Wargamer

Location: The South Pacific’s Solomon Island’s chain, Blackett Strait somewhere between Gizo and Kolombangara Islands; 0200 Hours, 2 August 1943. What followed could, if it had turned out differently, have dramatically changed the events of U.S. and world history some 20 years later – certainly the U.S. would have a different name inscribed as that of its 35th president.

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