Just for the record and before I start getting hate mail I just want to make one thing very clear! I'm actually quite the Anglophile! My family originally hailed from Sussex in the UK, I work (as a teacher) with a British national (who I adore!), and honestly I holiday in the UK every chance I get. I love Britain and I greatly admire the British people. Heck, I dated a London girl in my college days.
One of the great things about this project is that I don't have to collect a force that I don't like, or want, just so I can play. I can quite happily collect forces from both sides without dealing with the "ick" factor that sometimes comes from gathering real world forces. I can quite happily assemble forces from such great units like the 16th US Infantry and 3rd Cavalry and pit them against some of my favorite British units like the Parachute Regiment, the KOSBs, and DLIs and I don't have to paint a single Nazi or SS trooper, or worse still... I don't have to collect a bevy of Tigers and Panthers! In this war the Matilda is the queen of the battlefield and the 37mm is more than a pop gun! Even more enjoyable is that I get to try out such what if classic matches like what would happen if Patton's 2nd Armor ever met Montgomery's 3rd Division in the field?
The "gravy" for the whole project is that I get to look at the forces of the Commonwealth too! I now have an excuse to build an AIF battalion without needing to gather a force of Germans or Japanese to face them. I also get look a our neighbor to the north, Canada, and use some of her famous regiments like Princess Patricia's Light Infantry or The Black Watch of Canada. Even better still is that we are now at the beginning of the bicentennial of the War of 1812! That works out great because I can use some of the battles of that war as templates and I can try them out with 1940s technology... and I don't have to collect a single Napoleonic miniature either!
This blog is just for wargaming fun and nothing else. So grab a pint, look around, and enjoy the show. Feel free to toss in your $.02 worth or to let me know about some cool resources that are out there.
See you on the field!