Article on professional wargaming from VICE France

Polish, not French officers and NCOs.

Seen today: an article that originally appeared in VICE France that includes an interview with Antoine Bourguilleau, historian and researcher at the Institute of War and Peace Studies at the Sorbonne University in Paris. Bourgilleau talks about the use of wargames to train professional soldiers.

Games cited or illustrated (other than the obligatory introductory reference to Risk, of course) include:

  • Kriegsspiel
  • the 1930s US Naval War College games
  • the WATU anti-submarine games
  • the Fletcher Pratt naval wargame
  • Phantom Fury by Laurent Closier
  • FITNA by Pierre Razoux
  • Matrix games get a brief description too.

Have a look!

https://www.vice.com/en/article/v7gpwb/how

Jouer la guerre
https://passes-composes.com/book/264

Bourgilleau has written a book on the subject, difficult to tell whether it is more than the usual historical survey of the subject.

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