Monday, November 20, 2023

A Game

A series of panels look at the process of war games. 

The world wars saw a huge rise in the use of war games and training via their concepts.

That also included toys and games for children, as seen here.

But it's war games in the professional sense that became a thing in the latter 19th century, with officers working with model sets to understand where a battle went right or wrong, or to devise scenarios of future battles.

The British military had one literally called the Game of War.

And this is what it looks like all boxed up.

While this is the version partially laid out.

The concept would lend itself to the Great War, where part of training would include the use of topographic maps, with a three dimensional surface.

The writer H.G. Wells was also an enthusiast of miniature games, and devised Little Wars, a military set of rules using tin soldiers.

The tin soldiers as seen here reminded me of two that I have at home- Union and Confederate soldiers given to me by my parents the last time they visited. They now reside in my rolltop desk.

After the First World War, strategic thinking continued to make use of war game scenarios.

At the United States Naval War College in Rhode Island, doing so was part of the curriculum.


  1. Not the kind of games that ever interested me. It's just a pity that our leaders can't sort out their differences using model soldiers on a table top.

  2. Hello,
    War games, is not for me. Have a great day and happy week ahead.

  3. Not my cup of tea either...being a pacifist. Lots of negative emotions toward war in any version.

  4. I had no idea that they were for anything but amusement. I've never really played any of them.

    1. In the military sense, they are very useful. The term is an oxymoron- war game.

  5. Another fascinating and informative post on war games ~ quite the display ~ thanks,

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  6. Never played any war themed games.

  7. I know many people who enjoy playing war games. There are many of them.

  8. I have only played chess, but not with any war in mind.

  9. It is good that battles are studied after the fact!

  10. Curioso juego, que ha marcado una época.