Barbarossa/25: An example of a bathtub campaignPosted: July 9, 2014
I bought a copy of Frank Chadwick’s book when it was first published in 1988 … which gives you some idea how long the idea for this project has been whirring around in my head! I thought that the concept was good, but at the time I thought that trying to copy it was beyond my capabilities. I also had a few problems with the COMMAND DECISION rules that the book was written to go with, which I thought tried to be a set of both tactical and operation-level wargame rules at the same time, and achieved neither end particularly well.
Every so often since 1988 (in other words, at least twice a year) I have taken my copy BABAROSSA/25 off the bookshelves are re-read it … and been inspired to think yet again about my own Eastern Front/Great Patriotic War campaign project. This time I did so with an idea in my head that I thought might be a way forward for me. This idea was to use the maps provided in the book with my OPERATIONAL ART rules. I therefore copied one of the map sheets …
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… and overlaid it with the size of tabletop that I could create easily with my Hexon II terrain on my current 3′ x 4′ wargames table. The result looked like this:
Not perfect by any means … but it does show that the idea – or something like it – might work.