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ferg98122 Nov 2020 5:42 a.m. PST

Afternoon all,

Randomly came across the UK Governments official wargaming guide from the Ministry of Defence, whilst I was looking for a computer programme to generate results for Solo General D'Armee games.

Its an interesting document so i've added a link to the document on my blog for those who want to take a look




JimDuncanUK22 Nov 2020 6:04 a.m. PST

1. This information is Crown copyright. The Ministry of Defence (MOD)
exclusively owns the intellectual property rights for this publication. You are
not to forward, reprint, copy, distribute, reproduce, store in a retrieval system, or
transmit its information outside the MOD without VCDS' permission.


Nine pound round22 Nov 2020 6:15 a.m. PST

Official Secrets Act, anyone?

shadoe0122 Nov 2020 6:51 a.m. PST

Hardly 'Official Secrets Act', Nine pound round.

1) It's unclassified document.

2) It gives permission to download the document by making it available on the Internet.

"Our publications are available to view and download on the Defence Intranet (RLI) at: link

This publication is also available on the Internet at:"

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2020 6:55 a.m. PST

Despite what it says about "This information is etc" this is freely available on the Internet and it seems very interesting indeed. I must read it further.

Takes wargaming very seriously of course, as simulated warfare, rather than how many seem to feel. It is a game, a hobby and played for entertainment for most contributors here, I think.

Cerdic22 Nov 2020 7:00 a.m. PST

It's ok for me to read it. Many years ago I had to sign the 'official secrets' paperwork.

'Course, if I told you why I'd have to kill you…

ferg98122 Nov 2020 7:01 a.m. PST


Yes the conditions of release have been highlighted to me elsewhere, but the document is freely available for download on google.

I haven't broken into any government headquarters and swiped a copy.

Presumably the fact it's 3 years old is why it's now easily searchable and downloadable on Google.

If the MOD feel that strongly about it i'll take it down.

However, if I end up dead, you know why.



nickinsomerset22 Nov 2020 7:06 a.m. PST

It is not quite wargaming as we know it, it is a staff planning aid, in 2003 we used 1:300 models in HQ 7 Armd Bde during the wargames process but most just use maps or very basic "models" and coloured pieces of card or wood. No dice throwing or measuring, one side (Blue) will describe their plan, the other side (Red) will then describe how they would react and so on. At each phase the plan will be tweaked according to Red reaction, and input from the staff, is Logistic. Been doing it most days over the last few weeks on Exercise Cerebus 20,

Tally Ho!

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2020 7:11 a.m. PST

Interesting! Thanks for sharing

John Armatys22 Nov 2020 7:56 a.m. PST

It was launched by the MOD three years ago, is not classified, and has been available on the website since August 2017 link – I think that they are quite proud of it!

Personal logo David Manley Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2020 7:58 a.m. PST

It was freely available since the day it was published. I work with some of the authors. The release conditions are aimed at people hosting on their own sites – or as one often finds with defence standards, charging for a copy of something that is free. So download from the government websites that host it but not on one's own site (links are ok of course)

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2020 2:14 p.m. PST

Alas, no QRS…………. :-(

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