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One of the best things about wargames is creating a narrative while you play, and then comparing that narrative to the historical one. Wargames also help you understand who was involved, what the terrain was like, and why events unfolded the way they did and how things could have been different.

Therefore it's great to read a book on the topic while playing a wargame as it greatly enhances the experience.

Reading a book and playing a wargame is one my all-time favourite things to do. So I am starting this list to highlight a number of enjoyable games that have a good historical feel or are strong simulations, and what books you can read while playing those games.

I encourage everyone to add their own.

List is in alphabetical order and to see contents select 'Titles only' on the box below.



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1. Board Game: 13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:511]
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Wasn't able to put this one away. Very informative and reads as exciting as a thriller.

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2. Board Game: 1776 [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:2749]
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John Ferling, Almost a Miracle.
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3. Board Game: 1807: The Eagles Turn East [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:6285]
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4. Board Game: 1914: Glory's End / When Eagles Fight [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:4629]
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A fantastic combination with...

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5. Board Game: Action Stations [Average Rating:6.15 Unranked]
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Dreadnought is a superb book. Massie has the uncanny knack of writing history that thrills like fiction. It would go well with this simple, unassuming, but effective game from Gary Graber.
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6. Board Game: Age of Napoleon [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1732]
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Robert Asprey's two volumes lie midway between "A Boy's Napoleon Primer" (I made that one up) and Chandler's "Campaigns of Napoleon." More biography than detailed military study, but great for getting the full sweep of Napoleon's life, career, and military exploits.


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7. Board Game: Ardennes '44 [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:1518]
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A classic to go with a great Battle of the Bulge game
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8. Board Game: Austro-Prussian War [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:8467]
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9. Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1236]
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One of many, but I thought this one to be excellent.




Sorry for the large size as not sure how to reduce external image sizes...
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10. Board Game: Balance of Powers [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:6156]
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11. Board Game: Baltic Arena: Command at Sea Volume VI [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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http://www.amazon.co.uk/Naval-Warfare-Baltic-1939-1945-Studi...

Interesting little volume picked up second-hand. Quite rare I believe.

No idea what the game is like, although the only match I could find. I may investigate further as the book has piqued my interest...
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12. Board Game: Bastogne: Screaming Eagles under Siege [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:2402]
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Best book documenting first hand accounts of the 101st Airborne at Bastogne.
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13. Board Game: Battle Above the Clouds [Average Rating:8.07 Overall Rank:2479]
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Another great game / book fit.

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14. Board Game: Battle for Stalingrad [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:4402]
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15. Board Game: Battle of Adobe Walls [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:7645]
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This is a hard battle to find a book on. There are several pages of description in this excellent book:


Blood and Thunder
Hampton Sides

I would imagine this book would also be an excellent accompaniment to

Navajo Wars
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16. Board Game: The Battle of Rosebud Creek [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked]
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Custer already has an entry on this list, so I'll match Robert Kershaw's Red Sabbath to this instead, as it is an excellent treatment of both the Rosebud and Little Bighorn battles, making extensive use of eyewitness accounts from both sides as well as the latest forensic information available. And it's a damned good read, too.

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17. Board Game: Bloody April, 1917: Air War Over Arras, France [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:3813]
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A fantastic book that not only describes the air war in the skies over WWI Europe, but also captures what it was like to pilot one of the wooden and fabric wonders and the various technologies used for photographic intelligence, communications, etc. An excellent book that I highly recommend.
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18. Board Game: Burma [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:2245]
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A mixture of excellent prose, firsthand account and the fact it covers one of my obsessions (Burma).

I prefer to mainly read books written by those who participated in the events themselves. Well aware of the caveats about eyewitnesses, I find their perspective more interesting than the historian writing from the comfort of his armchair having never experienced anything resembling the narrative they are re-telling.
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19. Board Game: The Burning Blue [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:2388]
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How do you pick just one title out of so many that cover this amazing point in history? It's not easy but if you have to this is a good one to choose.

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20. Board Game: Caesar in Gallia [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:8380]
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Adrian Goldsworthy, Caesar.
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21. Board Game: The Campaigns of King David [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:8925]
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This is a good resource giving detailed accounts and battle plans (as best as possible I imagine) over a vast period of time from the invasion of Canaan by the Israelites under Joshua's command through the conquests by David and Solomon and to the Maccabees' rebellion against Seleucid domination.

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22. Board Game: Carthage: The First Punic War [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:2921]
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Two more outstanding books by Adrian Goldsworthy.
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23. Board Game: Chariots of Fire [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:3256]
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Warfare in the Ancient Near East to 1600BC - William J. Hamblin

A top read, but it'll take you a while
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24. Board Game: Churchill [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:514]
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25. Board Game: Citadel: The Battle of Dien Bien Phu [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:6879]
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Bernard Fall's book is a cracking read to go with Citadel, or any other game on Dien Bien Phu.

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