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Reply #540 on: July 30, 2020, 07:20:35 PM
There was only one other bomb so perhaps events could have been altered slightly after the first attack with no immediate second and a long pause while other devices were being painstakingly built. Remember, the Japanese had no way of knowing there were only two, hence the gambled use of both of them, bluffing there was a bigger supply. Russia's actions in Europe could also have become bolder.
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Reply #541 on: July 30, 2020, 07:32:54 PM
The Japanese government was still looking for terms after the Hiroshima bombing. With no prompt follow-up attack, they might have held on for a bit longer.

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Reply #542 on: August 03, 2020, 07:11:31 AM
33 years ago today I started my first post-collegiate job.  Reagan was president, and the first project I worked on was funded by SDI.  As the new guy, I got a the latest and greatest computer: an IBM AT with 40 Mb of storage and DOS 3.3 (I think).  And a box of 5-1/4 inch floppies.


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Reply #543 on: August 03, 2020, 12:46:03 PM
Wow. That was a real beast for the day. Bet you fell in love didn't you? And when the boss wasn't looking.... what'd you play on it?

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Reply #544 on: August 13, 2020, 11:02:08 AM
A personal date in History. My Wife just reminded me 16 years ago today a guy named Charlie showed-up on our doorstep... Hurricane Charlie that is, on Friday the 13th. And he was a real scary Mo Fo. We were fortunate and suffered no major damage or injuries but many others were not so lucky. A VERY bad storm. Charlie, if you're listening, there's NO reunion party so you don't EVER need to came back this way again.  :angrytongue:

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Reply #545 on: August 13, 2020, 11:43:07 AM
yikes!

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Reply #546 on: August 20, 2020, 12:22:02 PM
August 20th, 1968: Czechoslovakia was invaded by Russian and 4 Warsaw pact forces. This was operation Danube in direct response to Prague Spring. Here's what the NYT looked like on August 21st


Source: New York Times, 21 Aug. 1968 - ProQuest

I did a very quick check to see if there were any wargames about this topic. I did not find any. I'm sure there are wargames about the cold war going hot in the late sixties with this as a catalyst for the fighting; however, I did not anything specific to this event. Does one exist?




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Reply #547 on: August 20, 2020, 06:14:52 PM
Offhand nothing comes to mind.
Maybe an issue game in S&T?

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Reply #548 on: August 20, 2020, 06:30:47 PM
I know of at least 2 about Budapest in '56, but not sure about this one.

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Reply #549 on: August 20, 2020, 11:02:18 PM
If there are any, I would not want to play as the Czechs.  :notme:

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Reply #550 on: August 21, 2020, 08:18:47 AM
^And that's why there's not any.

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Reply #551 on: August 21, 2020, 11:39:38 AM
On August 21st, 1942 the Battle of Tenaru, aka the battle of Alligator Creek took place. The US Marines stopped and then counter attacked an assault by Japanese forces to take Henderson Air Field on Guadalcanal.

Here's 15 minute YouTube video from a Marine vet who walked the battlefield last year and provided a good explanation of what happened. He splices together a few old photos next to his current footage to show the "then and now" aspect of the area to excellent effect. It is well worth the 15 mins to watch.


I looked for a wargame that deals with this battle and discovered Guadalcanal: Semper Fi Series published by Avalanche Press in 2003.

Here's a link to the BBG page about Guadalcanal: Semper Fi Series

Here's a link to a replay of scenario about the Battle of the Tenaru
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Reply #552 on: August 21, 2020, 11:42:09 AM
nice!  thanks for sharing :)

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Reply #553 on: August 21, 2020, 06:26:17 PM
That is indeed cool.

There was a paid third party addon for Steel Panthers, 'Watchtower', that was basically a long campaign game covering Guadalcanal, with a media-sweetened interface. It was one of four, with the others covering the DAK in North Africa and also one for Barbarossa. IIRC, you can now get them from Matrix Games now as 'Steel Panthers: Generals', a single install with all four using the SPWAW engine.

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Reply #554 on: September 01, 2020, 12:23:41 PM
That is indeed cool.

There was a paid third party addon for Steel Panthers, 'Watchtower', that was basically a long campaign game covering Guadalcanal, with a media-sweetened interface. It was one of four, with the others covering the DAK in North Africa and also one for Barbarossa. IIRC, you can now get them from Matrix Games now as 'Steel Panthers: Generals', a single install with all four using the SPWAW engine.

I didn't know this. Thank you for the heads up. I've added it to my ever growing list of games to play.  :)