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HistoryWargaming13 Oct 2020 9:09 a.m. PST

I am currently supervising 2 PhDs in wargaming related subjects at Bath Spa University (UK). If you are interested in potentially exploring a part time PhD (distance learning) with a focus on military history or intelligence matters, that involves some elements of wargaming, then we are interested in talking to. John Curry (History of Wargaming Project)

David Manley13 Oct 2020 9:51 a.m. PST

Tempting :)

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2020 10:00 a.m. PST


Frederick Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2020 11:16 a.m. PST

Ohhh – very very tempting!

Volleyfire13 Oct 2020 11:37 a.m. PST

If only I had the time. :(

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2020 12:38 p.m. PST

Might be a nice retirement activity in a few years for me

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2020 1:03 p.m. PST


A contact link would be nice.


Given up for good13 Oct 2020 1:14 p.m. PST

A contact link would be nice.

That's part of the 'intelligence matters' :-)

If I had the cash I would head to link or link

HistoryWargaming13 Oct 2020 1:30 p.m. PST

You can find me at link

Dadster Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2020 1:37 p.m. PST

Very interesting – sent email.

Jeffers18 Oct 2020 3:07 p.m. PST

Just up the road… shame I'm thick.

Dick Burnett29 Oct 2020 8:25 a.m. PST

Of those who posted a question.
How much time do you spend on the miniatures and how much time do you spend on the games and how much time do you spend on say, several of the following: Historical analysis such as Keegan did, logical analysis of history such as David H Fischer's Historians Fallacies or battlefield analysis such as Griffith's Forward Into Battle?
In a word, how much so called knowledge do you get from the games as differing from the source material be it the US Army Green Books, their military histories of WW2 or David Chandler or Robin Lane Fox?

arthur181529 Oct 2020 3:59 p.m. PST

The one thing I've probably learned from wargaming – as opposed to from all the books I've read – is that I am/would have been a pretty awful general!

Dick Burnett30 Oct 2020 9:00 a.m. PST

Well, here's a thought.
You may be competent but unlucky
What's luck?

HistoryWargaming06 Feb 2023 9:41 a.m. PST

I am now supervising 5 PhDs in wargaming, all part time.

Your first test is to find me using google.

Dr John Curry Bath Spa University,

Mark J Wilson Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2023 3:41 a.m. PST

@ Dick B

I like big armies so perforce painting takes a lot of time, but I definitely spend more time doing research than actually playing. My intention is to feed my knowledge into the games; what I learn from the games is about the rules I have to play with.

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