The May 2022 Monthly Debrief Video saw us discussing what games have driven us toward wanting to visit and interact with historical military sites. We each have visited several over the years, including Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (WWII) (Grant and Alexander), Normandy, France (WWII) (Alexander), Chickamauga, Georgia (American Civil War) (Grant), Fort Sumter, Charleston, South Carolina (American Civil War) (Grant) and Camden, South Carolina (American Revolution) (Grant) amongst other sites. We even discussed a plan to ultimately put together a European trip where we would like to visit Normandy, Sainte Mer Eglise, the Ardennes and the Maginot Line to name just a few.
Also as usual, we covered the games we played in May and discussed Alexander’s recent attendance at the UK Game Fest in London and some of the games he played there.
Great video as always, guys! I’ve only been to Little Big Horn and Gettysburg. Gettysburg was amazing. Little Big Horn, I went with my then-girlfriend (now wife) on our cross-country move out to Washington. She’s not into this stuff, so it wasn’t quite as good of an experience. Oh, and the swarms of grasshoppers that made walking perilous. That detracted too.
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Like you Grant I grew up with WW2 in the recent memory of the adults around me. Added to that was our coastal town in Australia had big gun and radar emplacements on the headland to the port and was a staging area for US marines going to the South Pacific. Been to old war sites in Singapore, Manila (Philippines), Pearl Harbour and other sites on Oahu. Although I don’t own or have played any ACW games, Gettysburg was interesting. You can still see the scars in Dresden of the bombings. Probably the most fascinating and disturbing for me wasn’t a war or battle site. It was the Minuteman Missile Visitor centre in South Dakota. Although it was a major part of the Cold War, it was the one part of that conflict that never happened, and boy when you read some of the stuff ups that happened we’re very lucky that it didn’t. There’s the story of one Soviet commander that disobeyed standing orders and was court marshaled for it, but be thankful he did. After going there, playing Twilight Struggle with that Defcon status has a new perspective.
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