Wargames To Go 19 - Operation Barbarossa
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As always, I keep a geeklist to organize the games I plan to play (or sometimes merely mention) for my next Wargames To Go podcast. Comments & suggestions from listeners and everyone else are welcome!

I've wanted to dive into the WW2 Eastern Front topic for a long time. It's arguably the most significant part of the most significant war in human history, yet I didn't know much about it. A true wargaming blind spot!

It's such an enormous subject, however, that it took me a while to figure out how to go about it. Obviously, it's impossible to understand the eastern front by playing a half-dozen games. Military historians can spend a lifetime researching this vast conflict. After being lost for a while, I eventually settled in on something manageable for me. It's really Operation Barbarossa that I'm trying to focus on--the Axis invasion of the Soviet Union.

As you'll see below I break that focus a little bit. Depending on the title, games sometimes stretch into the Soviet counter-offensive, Case Blue, or even the entire theater culminating in the taking of Berlin. It's rare for a game that I'd like to play covers so much ground, however. After all, I'm still trying to stick to games that can be played on a weeknight.

-Mark




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1. Board Game: Battle for Moscow added by MarkEJohnson on 2017-03-30 02:44:31
2. Board Game: No Retreat! The Russian Front added by MarkEJohnson on 2017-03-30 02:44:44
3. Board Game: The Barbarossa Campaign added by MarkEJohnson on 2017-03-30 02:44:16
4. Board Game: Leningrad added by MarkEJohnson on 2017-03-30 02:43:14
5. Board Game: Moscow: The Advance of Army Group Center, Autumn 1941 added by MarkEJohnson on 2019-08-12 14:21:24
6. Family: Series: Campaigns in Russia (Frank Chadwick) added by MarkEJohnson on 2019-01-05 19:16:25
7. Board Game: Defiant Russia added by MarkEJohnson on 2019-08-12 14:20:32
8. Board Game: 1941: Operation Barbarossa added by MarkEJohnson on 2019-08-12 14:20:17
9. Board Game: Stalingrad added by MarkEJohnson on 2019-08-12 14:20:43
10. Board Game: Unconditional Surrender! Case Blue added by MarkEJohnson on 2019-01-06 20:43:45
11. Board Game: Operation Typhoon added by MarkEJohnson on 2019-06-05 15:29:21
12. Board Game: Four Roads to Moscow added by MarkEJohnson on 2019-06-05 15:46:07
13. Board Game: Also Ran added by MarkEJohnson on 2019-08-12 14:16:27
14. Board Game: Blitzkrieg '41 added by MarkEJohnson on 2019-01-06 20:01:24
15. Board Game: Holdfast: EastFront 1941-45 added by MarkEJohnson on 2019-01-06 21:02:44
16. Board Game: Into the Pocket! added by MarkEJohnson on 2019-01-06 21:03:44
17. Board Game: Hell's Gate added by MarkEJohnson on 2019-01-06 21:09:00
18. Board Game: Fortress Stalingrad added by MarkEJohnson on 2019-01-06 21:11:34
19. Board Game: Moscow Assailed, 1941 added by MarkEJohnson on 2019-01-13 21:37:55
20. Board Game: Moscow Embattled, 1941: the Minigame added by MarkEJohnson on 2019-06-05 14:22:48
21. Board Game: Moscow Attacked added by MarkEJohnson on 2019-06-05 14:35:03
22. Board Game: German Eagle vs. Russian Bear added by MarkEJohnson on 2019-06-05 14:24:04
23. Board Game: Moscow Defended added by MarkEJohnson on 2019-06-05 14:24:59
24. Board Game: Assault on Sevastopol: Von Manstein in the Crimea, 1942 added by MarkEJohnson on 2019-06-05 14:36:25
25. Board Game: Eastern Front 2 added by MarkEJohnson on 2019-06-05 14:43:17
26. Board Game: Barbarossa Solitaire added by MarkEJohnson on 2019-06-05 14:44:40
27. Board Game: Der Kessel added by MarkEJohnson on 2019-08-12 14:17:52
28. Board Game: Robot Barbarossa: Russian Front 1941 added by LouCoatney on 2020-05-08 16:43:05
29. Board Game: Barbarossa Fast, Jun-Dec41 added by LouCoatney on 2020-07-27 08:40:48
30. Board Game: Moscow vs. Barbarossa, 1941 added by LouCoatney on 2021-01-08 03:14:16
31. Board Game: Barbarossa Brief, 1941 added by LouCoatney on 2021-03-03 08:31:07
32. Board Game: Postcard Barbarossa! added by LouCoatney on 2021-03-24 14:34:28