Gotthard Heinrici, nicknamed 'Unser Giftzwerg'('our poison dwarf', meaning 'our tough little bastard').
He is the pre last commander of the Oder Front 1945 and the most underrated German commander in WWII imo.
Heinrici earned his nick name to his tremendous defensive capabilities which caused the Russians dearly. Everybody knows about Seelower heights 1945 but not that Heinrici was resposible for its defence. Even less is known about the 1943 Russian offensives at Orsha. Here, and on other occasions, he saved the Russian Front, causing the Russians enormous losses, 500.000 men for less than 50.000 Germans.
His wife had a jewish parent and obviously Heinrici was not a Nazi and he did not hide his feelings about them! As a result he never rose to the status of Guderian or von Manstein.
Hitler, Keitel and Burgdorf wanted him executed for abandoning the Oder Front after the battle of Seelower Heights. Keitel and Burgdorf went to see him in person but Heinrici's men were present to protect him.
A genius defensive commander who did what was best for his troops, not for the Nazi cause. Myself
In 1993 - 1994 I took part in the UNPROFOR Mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina;
From 2000 - 2005 I lived and worked in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Dubai;
From 2005 - 2011 I lived in Düsseldorf and worked as senior consultant;
From 2011 - 2014 I was lecturer at a University in The Netherlands, preparing young adults for their step into working life and their careers.
2014 - onwards, back in Düsseldorf, working as Manager Mobility & Relocation for a multinational.
Since 1979 I am a wargamer. My first 'wargame' was Waterloo from Parker Brothers followed by 'Trafalgar' in 1983. Unfortunately the SPI / Avalon Hill games were not available in Europe in the early days but Axis & Allies was a breakthrough for would be wargamers in Europe including myself. Previous Avatar:
Hyazinth Graf Strachwitz; he was amongst the 27 highest decorated Germans (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub, Schwertern und Brillianten), but more importantly, he was one of the lesser known conspiritors against Hitler; apart from his bravery and brilliance in the front line, he -along with Hans Speidel- attempted to arrest and execute Hitler in 1943 at Poltawa.
However, at the last moment Hitler decided to visit von Manstein in Zarapozje instead and thus deprived von Strachwitz eternal glory. I happen to know the great grand nephew of Hyazinth Graf Strachwitz.Categorie favorites:My favorite opponents:Favorite period
My favorite period is roughly 1700 to 1945 but The Korean War by Balkoski and Next War: Korea are changing this and I can't wait for more titles in the Next War series as they are fresh, innovative and unsurpassed component quality. Favorite type of games:
Operational, strategic and tactical Napoleonic are my favorite. For some reason I really dislike WW II tactical games and the only thing I can bare is ATS, which in fact is very good.
I love to play Monster games that are accessible; I love the developing situation and the games within the game. Monster games truly give me the joy of a developing situation.
I love the old games from Avalon Hill, SPI, Victory Games, TSR, WestEnd etc. The boxes and games are so cool. With all repsect for the current games and designers, for me NOTHING BEATS OLD SCHOOL HEX & COUNTER!Favorite publisher
2-West End Games
4-Clash of Arms / GMT / MMPFavorite Designer:
I like detail as long as it is functional and enhances game play but respect mre streamlined designs who make things work with little. My favorite designers: Joseph Balkoski:
Master in adding functional details and innovative mechanisms that contribute to unique gaming experience. Examples of great games are:
Great Campaigns of the American Civil War, Against the Reich, The Korean War and Operation Typhoon (all 4 games are in my top 10!). Craig Besinque:
Master in streamlined designs; his EuroFront series and Rommel in the Desert are a prime example of focussing on the strategic depth rahter than detail.
Special credit goes to: Kevin Zucker
who must be the reincarnation of Napoleon;Frank Chadwick
who is one of the most versitile and creative designers of all.
Amongst the great designers Balkoski is the greatest imo. A pitty he dedicated himself to writing in stead of designing. Top 10:
Are the most enjoyable games and games I played most. Hot 10:
Are the 10 most wanted games on my wish list.My Collection:
I like variety in my collection and tend to have many different themes, systems and complexitiy levels, depending on my mood and available time.
I Love Monster games and would love to spend more time playing them but infortunately time is an issue.
I only rate games I own / have previously owned.
I try to keep my collection around 80 games and sell / trade those games I have not touched for more than a year.
My other BIG hobby are the eighties; I collect all music and clips and my favorite bands are Duran Duran, The Human League, Talk Talk, Marillion etc.
If I don't game, I love watching anything with:
David Walliams & Matt Lucas (Little Britain)
Rick Mayall & Adrian Edmonson (Bottom)
Favorite shows: Top Gear, Little Britain, Knight Rider, Miami Vice, Chips, The A Team, The Office (UK)
Let me end with two wisdoms; one by Kurt Tucholsky (1890-1935), a German Journalist:'Experience means nothing. One is able to do things wrong for 25 years.'
'Erfahrung heißt gar nichts. Man kann eine Sache auch 25 Jahre falsch machen.'
And one by Albert Einstein:'Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former'.'Zwei Dinge sind unendlich, das Universum und die menschliche Dummheit, aber bei dem Universum bin ich mir noch nicht ganz sicher'.
Oh, and because I think flag counters suck, I decided I put one up myself: