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Introduction

There is a dubious tradition in the wargame publishing industry of publishing little or nothing about the sources on which they are based. Although there have been some happy exceptions to this practice, this un-scholarly silence has been dominant from the industry’s earliest days. For the well-researched games, the silence seems to come from a desire to keep the sources as a sort of trade secret, while for poorly researched games, the silence seems to come from a sense of embarrassment.

Simmons Games wishes to break decisively with this tradition of secrecy. While simply publishing a full bibliography would be a real improvement over the general practice, it would not directly benefit most of the public, because, unfortunately, most of the sources on which wargame research is based are obscure. Fortunately, they are also mostly in the public domain. As a result, we will not only be providing bibliographic information for our games, the sources themselves will be published on the website and made freely available, limited only by the cost and effort of publication.

In addition to availability, another problem in the accessibility of this material is the language barrier. Little of it was originally written in English, and little more has ever been professionally translated. For some material, like maps and strength returns, this is a very minor problem, but for other material, it is an profound limitation. To help readers who cannot read the original, machine translations into English will be provided, with varying degrees of hand tweaking for readability. Machine translation technology is currently only capable of providing what are called "gist" translation — that is, they are good enough to give a general idea of what the author is saying, providing the reader is willing to work at it. This level of translation isn't ideal, but the reader can at least console himself with the knowledge that he isn’t paying anything for it (corrections of all kinds are of course gratefully accepted).

As additional material is added to this section, it will be noted in the New section of the site, where all site changes are listed in chronological order.

Periods


Napoleonic

American Civil War

World War II