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Rommel's First Offensive

Following publication of BENGHAZI HANDICAP, at least one forum-rat has asked for the detailed Italian order of battle in Rommel’s first offensive. I mentioned in the forum that – if you dig a bit – it’s mostly there in the division histories. I’d have liked to include this sort of detailed OOB by battle for each of the major actions, but the book was pretty big already. I decided to simply have the outline formation OBs for the battles, and then use the detailed division histories to provide the nitty-gritty details of attachments and what-not. It was more space-efficient, but still…


The reason most of us started gaming World War II was probably tank warfare – certainly to judge by the early miniatures rules sets, which treated everything but tank versus tank combat as an afterthought. As a result, how game designers come up with the armor ratings of vehicles – as well as the penetration values of guns – is a subject of natural interest. What follows is an overview of my thinking about armor and penetration – which really hasn’t hanged very much in the twenty years since the first edition of Command Decision saw print.

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