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'Battles with Model Tanks' book - Lone Warrior Blog

'Battles with Model Tanks' book - Lone Warrior Blog

'Battles with Model Tanks' book - Lone Warrior

‘Battles with Model Tanks’By Donald Featherstone and Keith RobinsonReview by Paul Le LongWhat I’m reviewing here is the original book which came out in 1979 – there is a reprintavailable from John Curry’s History of Wargaming Project but since I don’t have that Iwill confine myself to the original.Let me start by saying that I think this is avery good book; there is a nice blend ofadvice, rules, theory, scenarios and even achapter on solo tank battles. It does not,however, have data on tanks like the “TankBattles in Miniature” series or like BruceQuarrie’s “Armoured Wargaming” but is nopoorer for that – in fact I would adviseanyone interested in armoured warfare tobuy all of these as they are all good booksin their own right and make excellentcompanions on your bookshelf.So what do we get? Section One is“Wargaming” where we have short chapterson campaigns, supply, movement, recoveryoperations, solo battles (I’ll come back to this later), terrain, availability of models,scales, painting and rules. Some of these chapters are extremely short – 1-2 pagesonly and some (like the availability of models) are very dated now. Nevertheless, it is allnicely written, interesting and in places thought provoking. By far the longest chapter inthis section is the one on rules (15 pages) which provides rules for World War I andWorld War II and beyond (up to the 1970s). The emphasis here is on movement,morale and armour penetration, but the rules cover infantry fighting as well, recognisingthat tanks do not fight in a vacuum, isolated from infantry – many rules seem to forgetthis. The morale angle is interesting too – tanks don’t just fight on until destroyed,unconcerned with what’s happening around them, and nor, of course, do infantry.Section Two is scenarios, all nicely laid outwith attractive maps. My favourite is the first –an armoured car action in 1914 where Britisharmoured cars battle German infantry andcavalry while searching for a crashed plane.This is so evocative and easily adapted forsoloing. Then we have WWI tanks destroyingGerman strongpoints in 1917 (again a perfectopportunity for solo play), a WWI tank duel, armoured cars on the North West Frontier inthe inter-war years, Spanish Civil War, a tank recovery operation in the Western Desert

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