Conflict simulation, peacebuilding, and development

US Army Fight Club: Battle for Moscow showdown

US Army Fight Club and Army University will be hosting their first virtual showdown: a Battle for Moscow tournament, via Discord and VASSAL.

The event will take place on Saturday, 16 October 2021 from 0900 (EDT) until complete (likely all day).

Full details are available from MAJ Wayne McInnis (Directorate of Simulation Education (DSE), Army University and Command and General Staff College). Please RSVP (individual player or team) no later than Saturday, 09 October 2021.

h/t James Sterrett

7 responses to “US Army Fight Club: Battle for Moscow showdown

  1. Carl Paradis 05/10/2021 at 10:37 am

    I have seen it but not played it yet. Looks VERY interesting. Will download it tomorrow. :-)

  2. Lou Coatney 04/10/2021 at 7:29 pm

    OK, James Sterrett got me straightened out so I could get clocked BfM up, and I’m locking and loading for the tournament. 🙂
    I have a designer’s reputation of losing to uphold, so …. 😎
    (Come ON, Carl. No ducking out. A designer only has a chance of winning against another designer. 😎 )

  3. Lou Coatney 04/10/2021 at 10:18 am

    Well, the 1943 had 2 hatches on top, and the Germans nick-named it Mickey Mouse for when the 2 were up, and this has only 1. And the turret does not look 1943 hexagonal. But you are right about the cupola design and different factories producing different models, so let’s say we’re BOTH right, Carl. :-)
    And thanks again for sending me your own now classic No Retreat! boardgame about Barbarossa.
    And have you yet tried my new forever free little micro Postcard Barbarossa! (for anyone to print off in postcard format and send to family & friends – at
    The Chinese are fascinated by it(s Special Factor die roll, I think), and Banner of War will be coming out with a BOXED edition before Christmas.
    And my 11 year old daughter Johanna just (as the Americans, being a proud dual citizen) beat me in my new/free little Postcard Guadalcanal! :-o Can’t win! :-/ :-)

  4. Carl Paradis 04/10/2021 at 10:07 am

    Well, looking more closely at it, YOU are right: The commander’s cupola tags it as a 1943 design, probably a modification of a 1942 tank? LOTS of small differences in the T34’s depending on the Plant that built it. :-)

  5. Lou Coatney 04/10/2021 at 9:25 am

    I knew it wasn’t a 1941 with the turret sides extending all the way out to the side of the gun mantle, Carl, but I thought it was a 1943. But you’re right – darn! – it’s a 42. :-)

  6. Carl Paradis 04/10/2021 at 8:49 am

    Cool project! I will try to attend (but not as a competitor). BTW, great poster for the event, BUT the type of Soviet T-34 tank depicted was not in service by the time of the Moscow battles, it’s a 1942 design (T-34/42). :-)

  7. Lou Coatney 03/10/2021 at 7:15 pm

    I cannot bring up the Battle for Moscow Vassal module with clock.
    Even though I have downloaded the latest Vassal version, I get the message I don’t have the latest Vassal version.
    I *can* get up the earlier BfM Vassal module and modules for other games.
    Who is the techie for this to help people with Vassal?

    And do we have to know both Vassal and Discord to be in the tournament? I found the tournament site on Discord, but do we still have to know how to get the game up on Vassal?)

    Also, I got the announcement as a graphic! – jpg or png – with these LONG urls. It would GREATLY help if they were instead in *text*, like this:
    (There, maybe I helped someone, but the urls for Game Rules and BfM tournament rules are completely out of sight. Can you circulate them in text?)

    Try to approach possible players like writing manuals for E-1s. (I made it up to Sp4E4 in 1968.)

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