As you maybe know, Thin Red Line Games (err, me!) is just back from Rome where I’ve attended the Wargaming Initiative NATO 2023 (WIN23).
This was my first time as part of such a high-level event, so it took me the whole first day to get over the “Shock & Awe” effect, with some precious help from the French and Italian expeditionary forces there….Thank you guys 🙂
In short, it was a blast. During the plenary meetings I’ve learned a lot about NATO ACT (Allied Command Transformation) and its approach to the present and future challenges. Several things, including the position of ACT in NATO’s hierarchy, were quite new to me.
And of course, we had wargames! The schedule was densely packed and the time short, particularly when you have a demo to run and a lot of “networking” activity, so I was able to explore only the tip of the iceberg but I had a lot of fun commanding the Iraqi Special Forces in an urban fight against the Insurgents, well led by a couple of French Officers. In the end, our Iraqi Security Forces lost horribly after a disastrous disengagement and a strike with chemical weapons previously hidden in some kebab shop of the old city (“The best Mustard Kebab in Iraq! Try it, and you’ll never go for anything else!”).
On the top of that, we had a demo – maybe better defined as an “open discussion” – of the C3 system, using the Welcome to Braunschweig Scenario from The Dogs of War and attended by Italian, German, French and Hungarian Officers (I hope I’m not forgetting someone!). After I distributed a short Situation Report describing the scenario and the High Command orders, we spent a couple of hours evaluating the various possibilities and discussing Soviet doctrine, opposed river crossing, units composition, and more.
For the inquisitive minds, here’s the SITREP and the Situation Map we used:
Of course, no AAR is complete without photos….not too many and not exactly top quality, but here they are! And a big thank you to NATO ACT for the incredible opportunity.