Preparing for Ivangorod 1914Posted: January 18, 2014
We are fighting ‘Ivangorod 1914’ (the battle between the Russians and the Austro-German Armies that took place after Tannenberg) using Richard Brook’s OP14 rules. These were designed for just this sort of re-fight, and use 15mm-scale figures and a squared gridded tabletop. We have used them several times before to re-fight the opening battles of World War I, and they have proven to be very effective (i.e. the results are usually very close to what really happened).
My preparations are:
- To find my pickelhaube! (I have a plastic ‘prop’ one, which I will take with me even though I don’t know which side I will be on.)
- To make sure that my camera has some functioning batteries … and some spares.
- To buy some supplies for lunch. (We all bring a contribution towards the snack lunch that we eat during the day.)
- To make sure that I have a small duplicate notepad with numbered pages. (These are very useful when writing orders – or replies to orders – as you have copies that you can use afterwards to explain why you were successful/beaten.)
One thing that I won’t be doing is to read about the real battle. That way I come to the strategic/tactical situation without any pre-conceived ideas and/or hindsight. I have found that this generally leads to a more enjoyable – and realistic – experience.