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 Paddy Griffith’s Wargaming Operation Sealion: The Game that Launched Academic Wargaming

 27 May 2021

by Paddy Griffith and John Curry

Paddy Griffith’s wargame of Operation Sealion, at the British Army Staff College in 1974, was a ground breaking piece of research. It was a serious piece of academic research, using a wargame to explore a contested area of military history.

Paddy assembled a team of subject matter experts from Britain and Germany to run a wargame to explore what would have happened if the Germans had launched their planned invasion of Britain. To umpire and play in the game, he used combat veterans with senior command experience, including some who were involved in 1940. They included Adolf Galland, the Luftwaffe ace. This is the story of that game, including previously unpublished material such as briefings, analysis, guidance for umpires and post-game reflections. Their conclusions about the outcome of the game, based on using a wargame as an academic tool, were unanimous.

“The resulting analysis of the Sealion Wargame is the most authoritative assessment yet produced of the prospects for this titanic and consequential hypothetical struggle.” Peter Perla

The book was assembled from scattered material on old computer hard drives, hand written notes (some in German), correspondence at the time and the archives held by the History of Wargaming Project. The book is a comprehenive account of the 1974 game.

The book is published by the History of Wargaming Project as part of its work to document the development of wargaming.

The book is available from Amazon and on the Kindle

Product details:     
     Paperback:
144 pages
     Publisher:
History of Wargaming Project
     ISBN:
978510671469  
     Dimensions (cm):
21.59 wide x 27.94 tall
 


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