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Tango0118 Oct 2018 9:41 p.m. PST

……Casualties Were Almost Unprecedented

"Battles sometimes become readily identifiable by a name or phrase: Normandy, for instance, or the Battle of Britain.

They instantly conjure images of where and how they were fought: Normandy on beaches, the Battle of Britain in the skies over London.

But the Battle of the Tennis Court? Sounds improbable, but that's the name given to one of the bloodiest skirmishes of World War II…."
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Have any fellow member wargame this?


Fred Cartwright19 Oct 2018 3:10 a.m. PST

There is not a lot of tactical challenge in a refight. It is essentially a slugfest.

Tango0119 Oct 2018 11:11 a.m. PST



UshCha19 Oct 2018 12:01 p.m. PST

This is covered in Slims Defeat into Victory (kindel version available I note). However as has been said not really a great deal of interest tactically. Slug-fest of fighting and Slim defeated the Japanese by training and effectively siege warfare, holding out as the enemy ran out of supplies as they did not have the infrastructure in the end to match the British/Indian forces. Slim claims probably rightly, that his forces were the first to rely heavily on air dropped supplies. The Japanese could not match this so in the end were doomed top fail. Again good generalship but not great war games fodder. His book is well worth a read however.

Mark 119 Oct 2018 1:47 p.m. PST

I thought, from the title, that we were discussing the topic of the old Sam Peckinpah Film "Salad Days":

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Guess not.

(aka: Mk 1)

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