| Signs of War
- Author: Michael A. Dorosh, CD, based on
material by Kenneth A. McKenzie
- Format: Softcover, black and white, 100+
photos and illustrations, 76pp.
- Status: First printing commenced August
When Ken McKenzie finished his combat
service with the Calgary Highlanders in 1945, he travelled down the
Lines of Communication of the 21st Army Group with his camera. Presented
here for the benefit of scale modellers, reenactors, vehicle collectors,
set decorators, computer game modders and other hobbyists are 70 pages
and over 100 contemporary photos showing a wide variety of the "signs of
war" visible in Northwest Europe in 1944-45.
Scenario Designer's Handbook
- Author: Michael A. Dorosh, CD
- Format: Softcover, full colour, 216pp
- Status: First printing commenced 18
- Second Edition available as of
intended as a reference for those interested in designing historical
scenarios for the Advanced Squad Leader game system. The book
features 216 full-colour pages with a variety of information to assist
in force and terrain selection, including company, battalion and
divisional break-downs of the major armies that participated in the
Second World War. Additional chapters deal with scenario lay-out,
publishing, researching, walk-throughs of the design process and
discussion regarding the various components of ASL scenarios.
- ISBN 978-0-9782646-8-0
In 2009, publication commenced on the
Tactical Wargamer's Journal (ISSN 1918-9729). Information is
Wargamer's Journal (ISSN 1918-9729), published on a non-regular
schedule, covers topics of interest on all aspects of the world of
commercial tactical wargaming, with its focus set on warfare at the
man-to-man, squad and platoon level in the 20th Century and contemporary
era. Tactical Wargamer's Journal (TWJ) places emphasis on both military
history and the history of tactical level gaming itself.
Wargamer's Journal is the most
recent wargaming magazine...What draws you to it is the
eye-catching, bound journal with a slick cover, that reminds you of
certain academic journals...My
best guess is if you give this seemingly expensive journal a pass
solely due to price, that decision will nag and later come back to
haunt you. In general it is an outstanding read for any aficionado
of wargaming, and will provide a number of hours of reading
LTC Robert G. Smith,
Issue 2 was published in
the late summer of 2011, in both print and electronic form. The download
page is at
Issue 2 is intended as a
"gamer's guide" to the U.S. Army in the Battle of Normandy (6 June 1944
to July 25 1944) with a comprehensive history of the campaign (including
70+ full colour maps) and a survey of tactical level PC and board game
treatments of the subject. Other articles cover subjects such as
scenario briefings, military operation orders and battle procedure and
their relationship to wargaming, a detailed article on the Sherman tank
and its depiction in games, a study of the Battle of Singling, and more.
A full preview is
available at the link, above, or clicking on the cover at right
From a wargaming and
scenario design point of view there is a wealth of information
in this title covering the invasion of Normandy at a tactical
level closer to what we see in CMBN then any single title that I
have encountered to date. Loads of maps and a section devoted to
the Sherman tank and its variants including the ratio between
75mm and 76mm gunned versions per division per month from 1 Jun
44 through 1 (M)ay 45 which is information I have spent hours
trying to find for my own Cmx1 scenarios as an example.
...(I)n my opinion...possibly the best companion book to (battlefront.com's)
current flagship title CMBN that is available at this time.
- - one of
The Few Good Men
This email is in response to an email I received ... upon
purchase of The Tactical Wargamers Journal issue 2 asking for
feedback. I have found this title to be an extremely well
written and authoritative book on the subject of the invasion of
Normandy at a tactical level that I have not encountered before
and am well pleased to be able to add it to my current library.
From a wargaming perspective it is without doubt the best single
volume I have found on the subject and a significant resource
for anyone looking at scenario design using Battlefronts latest
offering CMBN, as well as a host of other titles such as my
current game of choice "Command ops battles from the bulge"
which despite the title has the assets in the scenario editor's
TOE to produce scenarios for the Normandy invasion time period.
I would consider The Tactical Wargamers Journal issue 2 to be a
"Must Read" for anybody looking to wargame the invasion of
Normandy, whatever the game title they chose to use.
- -Walt (
Paladin851 on the Game Squad forums)
Issue 3 was published in 2013, in both print and electronic form.
More information is at
Issue 3 is intended
as a guide for gamers to understanding the role of the British and
Commonwealth forces in Northwest Europe during 1944-45. The issue
- high-level campaign overview
illustrated with full colour maps
- complete listing and breakdown
of all divisions and independent brigades of the British,
Canadian and free European forces of the 21st Army Group
- Detailed study of the
development of Canadian infantry battalion organization
- Analysis of the portrayal of
British and Commonwealth soldiers in tactical level wargames,
and a discussion of "national characteristics" versus the
"British way of war"
- Detailed discussion of all
armoured fighting vehicles used by 21st Army Group in Northwest
Europe, with types, variants, and roles discussed and explained
- An article on nationalities in
the Advanced Squad Leader Starter Kits
- An ASLSK scenario set during the
fighting for Carpiquet during Operation CHARNWOOD in July 1944
The issue should
appeal to fans of Combat Mission, Advanced Squad Leader, Flames
of War, or any tactical game system who struggles in
differentiating between the multiple types of armoured cars, wants
to put the smaller skirmishes into the larger context of the battles
and campaigns that shaped the war in Europe, or who wants to know
more about the divisions and brigades that made up the 21st Army
|Dressed to Kill
- Author: Michael A. Dorosh, CD
- Status: 1st printing October 2001
(Service Publications, Ltd.)
- Format: Softcover, full colour,100+
photos and illustrations, 80+pp.
Publisher: Service Publications
- The book can be ordered from the
|Gallant Calgarians: The Story of
the 10th Battalion Calgary Highlanders Association Heritage Section
- Author: 10th Battalion Calgary
Highlanders Association Heritage Section
- Format: Hardcover, full colour, 200+
photos and illustrations, 94pp.
- Status: First printing commenced June
- Description: An indepth look at the
history of a 20th Century re-enactment unit, tracing the history of this
group from the occasional round of sentry duty at regimental mess
dinners, to orchestrating the centrepiece of an entire musical
production. Full colour photos of many local, national and international
reenactment events, including the National Commemorations of both D-Day
in 2004 and VE-Day in 2005.
|Yorkton's Gunners: The Story of
the 64th (Yorkton) Field Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery
- Author: Michael A. Dorosh, CD
- Format: Hardcover, full colour, 146pp., 150+ photographs, maps and diagrams.
- Status: First printing commenced 1
- Description: A history of the 64th (Yorkton)
Field Battery from 1920 to 2007.
Review by Esprit
de Corps Magazine
"Yorkton's Gunners provides interesting and
informative insight into the development of field artillery in Canada and
the challenges faced by the Militia since the end of the First World War.
For those readers who enjoyed George Blackburn's classic accounts of his
experience as an artillery officer in Normandy and beyond, I would
recommend this book as a worthy adjunct." (Les Peate, Esprit de Corps
CANUCK: Volume I
It is anticipated at this time that an
updated and reprinted volume of
Canuck: Clothing and Equipping the Canadian Soldier 1939-1945 may be
prepared within the coming years.
In September 2007 the last remaining
stock of the now out of print initial volume was liquidated on ebay.
To see our current
ebay listings click this link.