(Disclaimer: Naval Institute Press provided me with a review copy of On Operations by B.A. Friedman) „What are the levels of war, and why are they important?” was one of the first questions I asked myself when I started to study war and human conflict. I found conflicting answers and could not make sense of it until someone explained it to me like this: Imagine you are the leader of a group of teenagers. You decide to TP* a teacher’s house. You pick the TP team, others are sent to procure a specific amount of toilet paper. All this is the strategic level. You makeRead More →

Learning about war and warfare can be complicated. There are a myriad of books published on the subject, but it can be hard to discern which books are a gross misinterpretation of facts and which books are worth reading, and in which order they should be read. There are obviously great books on the subject, however, identifying them is hard. And the question still remains: is this the right book for me right now? I have gathered a collection of books that I have read over the years and that have eased my journey of learning about the human condition of war. The order inRead More →

TL;DR: Wargames are a great way of learning about history and the conduct of warfare on all levels (tactics, operations, strategy) in a simple, safe, easy to setup environment. This is a multi-post series that presents some wargames. This is the final article concluding the series. You can find the rest of the series here: Part 1: Introduction Part 2: Historical Wargames Part 3: Tactical Wargames Part 4: Operational Wargames Part 5: Strategic Wargames Part 6: Conclusion This article was supposed to give a quick overview on wargames that can be used for self-study and practice in one’s free time. All of them can beRead More →