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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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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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Since we’re already on the topic of World War II, let’s move on to the second installment of our semi-regular “a fresh perspective gained through wargaming” series (see A View From The Bunker – Operation Husky? Another Allied mistake! for an earlier installment). This time, we’ll tackle one of my all-time favorite subjects – the Allied invasion of Normandy – which I fervently believe was a strategic and operational blunder.

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Last week, in the process of tackling the efficacy (or lack thereof) of Operation Husky, we wound up discussing how our beloved hobby often provides the kind of historical perspective that you just can’t get from a college classroom. After all, doesn’t the human story consist primarily of the annals of endless military campaigns?

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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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Paul Robinson delves into Richard Taylor's Prodigals - A Vietnam Story, his perspective of the war while an officer from being an advisor and his two tours, all while managing his career and family.

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Colonel Bill heads into cybertronic hyperspace to find a cure for his galactic inner self, and returns not only well nourished and renewed, but damned impressed as well.

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You may have heard of Snakes on a Plane? Well, try snakes in a maze - that's how logistics in gaming is described.

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Dr. Jim Cobb takes a look at two movies portraying the amazing feat of Guy Gabaldon, who convinced over 1500 Japanese soldiers to surrender on Saipan.

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An Operation Flashpoint full conversion that costs $980? Thankfully, that's peanuts for the military as they've been enthusiastically using VBS1, or Virtual Battlespace Simulations 1, to train their soldiers for the next frontier of combat. Read on to find Craig Handler's impressions of this "three-dimensional training system."

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