Conflict simulation, peacebuilding, and development

WATU wargame at Western Approaches war museum, September 8


On Saturday,  8 September 2018, volunteers from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, the Royal Navy Maritime Warfare Centre, and PAXsims will be at the Western Approaches museum in Liverpool to recreate a WWII convoy escort wargame, of the sort conducted by the Western Approaches Tactical Unit.

This will be a unique opportunity to see the gaming techniques that helped turn the tide of the Battle of the Atlantic—and to honour the work of Captain Gilbert Roberts and the women and men of WATU. Hope to see you there!

2018 WATU WAM Poster 2.1


5 responses to “WATU wargame at Western Approaches war museum, September 8

  1. Tim Smith 30/06/2019 at 11:31 am

    Of course, if you had, you probably would have posted it. Had to ask, though! And thanks for the quick response.
    I spent a good chunk of the day yesterday reviewing postings and discussions here. This certainly is the best high-end blogspace on serious participatory simulation (shall we call it).
    After running a youth-oriented sim-based academic enrichment program from 2006-2016, I came to the conclusion that industrial-age instruction, which emphasizes behavioral conformity (textbook ‘responses’), uniformity (sitting, chairs in ranks and files) and information (chalk and talk), simply cannot be converted into post-industrial learning, which requires standing, activity (for hours at a time), discovery, cognition and thinking (creative and critical) in learning labs with large tables and stow-away racks for games/experiments in progress. Any such transformation would involve too much overhead. The need instead is to run such courses during the summer. Were I king I’d get the national budget in order then offer such a program for K-12 education, offering teachers additional pay to master the skillset and run the courses.

  2. Rex Brynen 29/06/2019 at 2:49 pm

    I’m afraid I don’t have the final high res copy–sorry.

  3. Timothy Smith 29/06/2019 at 2:41 pm

    Rex, Tim Smith here. After some years it looks like I’m getting to do official wargaming again. I’m starting with a training game on the LantBattle and am assembling materials for the briefs. Do you have the original of the WATU wargame poster you posted here as a JPEG, and could you share? Thanks for keeping the faith, Tim

  4. Rex Brynen 02/09/2018 at 6:04 pm

    The museum will be open as usual. We’ll be running through one or more games, explaining WWII submarine and escort tactics, the wargaming procedures that were used by WATU, and some of their accomplishments.

  5. Ian 02/09/2018 at 5:54 pm

    Hello, can you give any more details on Saturdays event, just want to know what the audience may see, experience and take away … thanks

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