Conflict simulation, peacebuilding, and development

First Battle (1979)

FirstBattleThe simulation folks at the US Army Command and General Staff College, together with the Combined Arms Research Library, have been doing some searching in the archives and have come up with some treasures. One of the most recent finds is a set of manual tabletop wargaming rules, First Battle (1979):

The FIRST BATTLE simulation system is designed to exercise division commanders and staffs in the control and coordination of combined arms operations. The system is a flexible training tool that can ultimately be applied to any scenario, level of control, or mode of play FIRST BATTLE has undergone extensive field evaluation and incorporates a variety of supplemental and optional features for user adaptation. The three modes of play are conducive to a progressive training program so that once the Open Mode is mastered along with the Basic Rules, optional rules and supplements may be applied to the more sophisticated modes of play — the Closed Mode and the Command Post Exercise.

As James Sterrett noted when he passed on the link, there’s “not a lot of pax in this sim,” but readers will find it interesting nonetheless.

(h/t James Sterrett)

3 responses to “First Battle (1979)

  1. John Curry 01/02/2015 at 8:14 am

    I would be interested in talking to about this. John Curry History of Wargaming Project

  2. James Sterrett 20/01/2015 at 11:23 pm


    Mike Dunn (CGSC Sims) and Elizabeth Dubuisson (CARL) did the actual work of finding it in the stacks.

  3. brtrain 20/01/2015 at 6:26 pm

    Thank you James!
    Couple of interesting ideas in here; duly yoinked.

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