The history of Kriegsspiel and its successors

The origins of Kriegsspiel.

Bill Leesons article on the origins of Kriegsspiel. 

Von Reisswitz original equipment.

..I found some pictures of Von Reisswitz’s Original Equipment at the web-site of a Berlin museum dedicated to computer games.   Read more..

Images of the British Army equipment for the conduct of war-games on a map 1896.

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British Army Kriegsspiel pieces, 1885

The following description of Kriegsspiel Equipment provided by Brian Tough is from the “List of Changes in War Material” dated 15th December 1885.  Read more.

A history of Western Staff systems.

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The original Kriegsspiel was developed to train Prussian Officers. An Officer Corps who organised many later military successes. The game spawned a host of successors. This article offers a fascinating insight on two staff system philosophies.  Read it here.

Europes Earliest Kriegsspiel?

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More than two centuries before Von Reiswitz a Hessian nobleman published a game of cards that was intended to be used both for preparing young noblemen for military decision-making and for supporting command and control in the field. It thus may well have been the earliest professional war game of the post-medieval period.

Read it here.

Kriegsspiel bibliography

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The late Bill Leeson was pivotal in reviving modern Kriegsspiel. As well as publishing the first re print of the original rules Bill conducted extensive research on many other Kriegsspiel publications of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  An invaluable research tool.  Read more.

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