The History of Wargaming Project
The project aims to make the largest possible collection of wargaming books and rules available to the modern reader. Ranging from second editions of wargaming classics, to professional wargaming rules used by the military and innovations in current wargaming.
BAOR Operational Wargaming 1950-1960: The British Army Tactical Wargame (1956) 4th edition8 May 2020
Edited by John Curry and Peter Perla
These wargaming rules were restricted until recently, when they were
released into the National Archives. They include operational set of
rules for fighting large battles 1945 - 1970. They can be played with
card counters on standard 1: 50:000 Ordinance Survey Maps. The book
includes rules for tactical nuclear weapon strikes Based on
current military experience of World War II and the Korean War Detailed
tables on hard to find information such as: for tactical movement;
casualties, engagement lengths, etc.; battle planning times ;
engineering tasks night battles; effects of tactical nuclear
This version includes: Proposed updates to the rules to help modern wargamers play the game on a single table top and the 1952 British Army ORBAT/ introduction to the strategic situation at the time.
The rules are available for purchase via online book stores such as Amazon.
Supporting material for the British Army 1956 War Game RulesPlaysheet for British Army 1956 war game by Martin Rapier
Playtest at Conference of Wargamers July 2008 by Martin Rapier
The British Army Tactical Wargame by Martin Rapier
Playing the British Army Tactical Wargame by Alex Kleanthous
Casualties by Martin Rapier
Playing the Game by Martin Rapier
ORBAT for Soviet Army 1956