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The Day of Waterloo, 1815 AD
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From the Publisher: The Day of Waterloo It might be the most written about battle of all time… …But tactically, it was one of Napoleon’s worst efforts. After Napoleon’s return from Elba, he watched his peace efforts spurned and knew that...
The Battle of Chalons, 451 AD
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From the Publisher: The Battle of Châlons An Unstoppable Force Meets An Immovable Alliance Born half-Roman, but all business, the Battle of Châlons saw “the last great Roman general”, Flavius Aetius, at his finest! And “finest” would...
The Battle of Blenheim, 1704 AD
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From the Publisher: The Battle of Blenheim “But ‘twas a famous victory!” Many wars have been fought to tip or maintain that illusive “balance of power” between nations, while including other objectives. The War of Spanish Succession...
The Battle of Marathon, 490 BC
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From the Publisher: The Battle of Marathon A battle remembered by a race? Or was it the single most important battle in Western Civilization? Terms from military history have entered the English language in many ways, but primarily...
Arbela: Gaugamela 331 BC
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From the Publisher: The Battle of Arbela One of the interesting aspects of military history, throughout the ages, has been the match-up of commanders. Two single people, each commanding a mighty army, "meet" on a battlefield and...
The Invincible Armada: 1588
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From the Publisher: The Invincible Armada "God Blew and They Were Scattered" (translation from the commemorative medal above) Of all the "what ifs" in History, few can compete with "What if the Spanish Armada had succeeded?" The joke...
The Sadowa Campaign: 1866
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From the Publisher: The Sadowa Campaign As we have mentioned before, there have been many lively discussions about the validity of the choices Creasy/Mitchell made for a short list of battles throughout western history. Perhaps the...
Vicksburg: The Campaign 1863
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Vicksburg was the key. Holding it meant "holding the South together," with access to all the western men, food, horses, supplies... and Mexican ports. Holding it also meant the Mississippi River could not be freely used by the North, for...
The Victory of Arminius, Teutoburg Forest
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Give me back my legions! Caesar Augustus had seen plenty of cataclysm and tragedy in his life. From the assassination of his adopted father to two civil wars, betrayal by allies, and the deaths (possibly murders) of his beloved heirs....
The first Battle of the Marne
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The Marne has many novel wrinkles. It was the first battle in which observation planes are credited with providing critical information - they spotted a gap between German armies and the opportune place for a counterattack. Paris was on...
Hastings 1066 AD
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From the Publisher: The background to Hastings is well known, with an English king (Edward the Confessor, who had spent years before his crowning exiled in Normandy and encouraged Norman interests to off-set local rivals) dying...
The Valmy Campaign 1792
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Valmy is little known. No big-name, famous generals were there, with the most status going to the father of the Kellermann who would lead a cavalry charge at Marengo a generation later. Yet, Napoleon himself made that father an honorary...
The Battle of Midway 1942 AD
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A Shattered Sword? The selections of some of the “decisive battles” have sparked conversations over the years. Vicksburg over Gettysburg? The Metaurus over Zama? Syracuse? No one has ever questioned the selection of Midway as the...
The Siege of Syracuse
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From the Publisher: "The Romans knew not…how deeply the greatness of their own prosperity and the fate of the whole Western world were involved in the destruction of the fleet of Athens in the harbor of Syracuse.” Arnold Say what? The...
The Battle of the Metaurus
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How Hannibal Lost the War... As people think over the actions of Hannibal in the 2nd Punic War, many great battles come to mind…Cannae, Zama, Trebia, Lake Trasimene… Yet, Creasy chose The Metaurus as the decisive battle for the entire...
The Battle of Saratoga 1777 AD
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Many people mistakenly believe “Cinco de Mayo” is “Mexican Independence Day.” (That event is actually September 16.) No, “Cinco de Mayo” celebrates the surprising victory of the Mexicans over the French invaders at the Battle of Puebla....
Poltava’s Dread Day
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From the Publisher: Today, we forget how large an empire Sweden controlled, including the Baltic states and large portions of what are today Poland, Germany, Denmark, Finland, and Norway. The Great Northern War began as the rulers of...
Joan of Arcs Victory: Render to the Maid!
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Joan of Arc's Victory: Render to the Maid! covers the entire campaign of the siege and relief of Orleans, with one-month turns beginning in April, 1429. The French player must consolidate his polyglot army and its inspiring leader, while...
The Battle of Stalingrad
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From the Publisher: The Battle of Stalingrad manages to provide monster game nuances in a game small in size with innovative design. For example, the sequence of play is not the same for each side. And why should it be? The Axis and...
The Battle of Tours
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At one time, it looked like the expansion of Islam was an unstoppable force. By 725 A.D., Muslims owned virtually all of the Iberian peninsula and had crossed the Pyrenees, taking key towns in SW France and forming a new province called...