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Squad Battles Tactics Articles

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Issue I US morale in Vietnam in aspect to Squad Battles
Frank Harmon

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Issue II Grunt School – Tips for New Players

Frank Harmon

This article was included in the liner notes of SB Korean War and is focused on newer playes to the series, but is a good refresher for even those familiar with the games. Also includes a good summary on assaulting a prepared position.  Download

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Issue III Platoon Formations

Frank Harmon

Tactics #3 focuses on using platoon formations in the Squad battles series. It is a natural progression from article #2 and is designed for players who are at least familiar with the system   Download

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Issue IV The Company Commander

Frank Harmon

Tactics #4 focuses on using company formations by applying lessons learned in Tactics#3. It is a natural progression from article #3 and is designed for intermediate to advanced level players  Download

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Issue V Movement to Contact

Marc Bellizzi

Marc Bellizzi’s debut article to the tactical series applies his knowledge as a real world company commander to the SB system. Continuing along the lines of a natural progression of learning, he touches on the company in movement to contact.  Download

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Issue VI The Deliberate Attack

Marc Bellizzi

Marc Bellizzi’s second article to the tactical series. In this installment, the student is taught the finer arts of of a deliberate attack on a suspecting enemy force. The SB Korean War scenario that corresponds with the article is titled “Taking Eerie” and is included with this package. Download

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Issue VII Mortars

Marc Bellizzi

Marc Bellizzi’s third article to the tactical series, Chapter VII deals with the effective employment of Mortars in the squad battles games. This article is high beneficial for dealing with these types of weapons due to the amount of variation that exists between their effectiveness in reality vs. the games. Download

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Issue VIII Obstacles

Marc Bellizzi

Issue #8 addresses the difficulty involved in moving troops through obstacles to enemy contact and continues to offer the quality tactial advice given by Marc in the past 7 articles. Download

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Issue IX Breaching

Marc Bellizzi

Issue #9 in Task Force Echo-Four’s semi-regulary tactical offering deals with breaching the obstacle belts mentioned in detail in Issue No#8. A must for those who tend to throw the mouse in frustration when diddy-bopping through prepared defenses. Download

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Issue X Blockbusting (MOUT)

Marc Bellizzi

Issue #10 deals with the hardships faced by the infantry in the hell of urban combat. An excellent aid for those of you who are partial to slamming it out on the Eastern Front ala Stalingrad or others. As always, Marc’s previous experience allows excellent insight into these types of operations.  Download

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Wild Bill’s SB Raiders Articles

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A Collision Course!

Wild Bill Wilder

The campaign of the Ia Drang, or Operation “Silver Bayonet” was to be the touchstone of the Vietnam War. It was the first major confrontation between some of the best troops from both sides. It would become the hallmark of the entire war. The Battle of the Valley in 1965 and the Tet Offensive in 1968 would be the two battles that would determine the course of the entire conflict. It was also the indirect confrontation of two men, their generalship, and their goals. Following two very different paths in life, both suddenly found themselves in epic confrontations. They were General William Charles Westmoreland and North Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap. The Ia Drang campaign would become in an abstract way the personal struggle between these two leaders. Download

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A Fierce Feint

Wild Bill Wilder

In studying the history of the United States Marines, certain names, both of locations and people, seem to jump off the pages. Others are not so well known. The US campaign to finish the conquest of the Solomon Islands would center on the conquest of Bougainville, the largest island in the chain. That is a name known to some. Another name, however, vitally associated with Bougainville is that of the large neighboring island of Choiseul. Now that name would only be recognized by a few, yet a diversionary raid was conducted there at the last of 1943 that allowed the Bougainville invasion to succeed with a minimum of casualties. Download

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Armored Ambushes in Vietnam

Neil Stalker

Vietnam would not be thought of as the most ideal place to use armor with its thick jungles, rice paddies, mud in the rain season and dry dusty tracts during the dry season. The heat, terrain and humidity would play hell with the vehicles and with the men who manned the armor. The reasons for sending armor to Vietnam after Australia increased its deployment of troops was to provide mobility, firepower, communications and protection to the infantry.  Download

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Heroes of the Motherland – The 1st Guards Tank Brigade in 1941

Wild Bill Wilder

Russian tank commanders at the outset of the German invasion of the Soviet Union were at a great disadvantage. While enjoying a huge inventory of armor, their battle doctrines as to its use were so outmoded that they had no chance to exploit the benefits of it. The anachronistic tank doctrines of portioning out huge tank formations into “penny packets” for infantry support and other insignificant missions nullified any edge that they might have had against the marauding panzer formations. Download

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One Wild Ride! The 11th ACR in Vietnam

Wild Bill Wilder

The picture of men on horseback, sabers flashing in the sun, frothing horses galloping, and standards snapping in the wind have always been idyllic pictures of what war is all about. They seem to be much more attractive than the slower moving inglorious infantry. The cavalry force of every nation carries with it a mystic appeal. Its dashing into enemy fire, slashing and firing, captures the imagination. In reality, the warrior horseman has always been a vital part of the inventory of any army of worth. The rapid, hard riding charges of these fast- moving, mounted soldiers has struck fear in the enemy throughout the ages. Attached to them has been a romantic flair, a more than passing interest. The “horse soldier” carries a certain mystique. Even those not deeply knowledgeable of military history cannot help but have their attention captured by these warriors. Download

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Task Force Baum: Patton Does it Again!

Wild Bill Wilder

Once the Ruhr was encircled, the task of the 12th Army Group was to drive toward Leipzig and Dresden. This would cause an eventual linkup with Russian forces, and effectively split Germany in half. Eisenhower, in communication with Joseph Stalin, explained that he was not overly concerned with reaching Berlin. Stalin outwardly agreed with Eisenhower, and stated that his forces would probably not be ready to make the drive on the German capital until early May.   Download

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