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Wargaming Initiative NATO 2024

We are deeply honoured and incredibly proud to announce that Thin Red Line Games has been officially invited to the Wargaming Initiative NATO 2024, to be held in Hamburg under Bundeswehr patronage.

You will maybe remember that we attended NATO WIN23 in Rome last year in a less “official” role, so this is an important confirmation for all of us.

Following NATO guidelines for the event, Anthony Morphet and me will bring a specifically tailored 1985:Sacred Oil scenario. Anthony will take the umpire / national governments role, I will take command of the Soviet Union and Iraqi forces, while the NATO participants will lead a multi-national coalition facing a complex cold war crisis in an unfriendly or outright hostile strategic theatre.

There is no official NATO site yet, I will post more info as soon as they are available and unclassified. Also, we could possibly publish the scenario used after the conclusion of WIN24, of course should NATO agree with that.

What else could I say…..Time for multiple beers, and bombs away!

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1985: Mutual Assured Destruction VASSAL

If your idea of fun is taking strategic and operational decisions in a global conflict that could lead to the destruction of the known civilization, nothing can be worse than 1985: Mutual Assured Destruction.

With operational maps covering from Murmansk to the Persian Gulf, a strategic map covering the whole world, and thousands of units including practically every naval, air and land unit from NATO, Warsaw Pact and other key countries, 1985:MAD VASSAL will give you the chance to forget about work and marriage, and to concentrate on what really matters: The Third World War and its definitive outcome.

Go to the 1985:Mutual Assured Destruction page to obtain your combat equipment.

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1985 Series: Logistics

Theatre Commander Fredrik Voss offers a second report on the 1985 Series, covering a topic every professional should know in detail: Logistics.

Does your Grand Master Plan include how to feed and supply your army? If that’s not the case, rest assured: Your name will gain a place of honour in the “Greatest Military Failures of the XX Century” list and, depending on your nationality, your next assignment will be a weather station in Greenland or a quick, final appearance in front of a military tribunal in Moscow.

For his commendable effort, Comrade Fredrik Voss will receive, at the victorious conclusion of the hostilities, an invitation to the private dacia of the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

In case enemy electronic warfare is blocking the direct access to YouTube, use this link.

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1985 Series – Overview Video

Theatre Commander Fredrik Voss prepared an informative report covering several important operational and strategic aspects of the 1985 series!

For this commendable effort, he will be awarded with the Order of Lenin by the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union during the forthcoming Victory Parade, date still to be defined.

No matter if you have been fighting for days on the Central Front, you’ve just debarked at Bodø, or you are entrenched at Bandar Abbas, take a look at this video and increase your chance to survive the ordeal!

In case enemy electronic warfare is blocking the direct access to YouTube, use this link.

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1985: Deadly Northern Lights Upgrade Kit

This kit will allow AFNORTH and Baltic / North Sea Theatre Commanders to update 1985:DNL to the Second Echelon standards. It is unfortunately available in a very limited quantity!

SITREP UPDATE 20230202 1745ZT: Well, it survived 30 minutes. I’m sorry for the ridiculously fast sequence of events.

Please be aware that:

  1. it is practically a Second Echelon unboxed version; the only missing parts are the Task Forces and Air Combat charts already fielded during the first mobilisation.
  2. The equipment will be airlifted from France. Deployment to non-European fronts can be expensive (40+ Euros).

Report to the Quarter Master here!

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1985:DNL First Echelon Upgrade Kit

In just three years, war has changed and become even more deadly.

Troops who started fighting the Scandinavian Campaign in the First Echelon can now increase their combat effectiveness by upgrading to the latest, more advanced equipment used by the Second Echelon forces.

NOTE: This is a free, downloadable Print-and-Play. You will need a good printer, some heavy photographic paper, and probably your local printing shop for the updated LOC map as it measures 100×60 cm.

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1985: Deadly Northern Lights – Historical Notes

In war, every small bit of information could be crucial and in the end make the difference.

This Historical Notes article presents additional insight into the campaign background, the official plans and the forces available as they were seen before the war began, and could help theatre commanders to better prepare for the upcoming challenge.

1985: Deadly Northern Lights Historical Notes

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1985: Deadly Northern Lights – CEASEFIRE DECLARED

1. At 20220714 1441ZT NATO and Warsaw Pact announced that an agreement for an immediate ceasefire has been reached.

2. Hostile actions against Warsaw Pact forces must cease immediately, except when needed to respond an attack or to stop attempts by opposing forces to further advance in the territory of NATO or any other friendly nation in the AFNORTH region.

3. 1985: Deadly Northern Lights Second Echelon is officially OUT OF STOCK.

4. Orders already received are safely stored in an atomic proof bunker and are guaranteed to survive.

5. Even though it was a small operation, 1985: Deadly Northern Lights established a new record with a life span of 72 hours only. A big thank you to all the troops who made this possible! The next goal will be a conflict shorter than a global thermonuclear war.

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1985: Deadly Northern Lights DEFCON 1

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SITREP

  1. At 19850723 2100ZT, Transfer of Authority of NATO forces to SACEUR and subordinate commands has been approved during a NATO emergency meeting
  2. At 19850724 0400ZT, Warsaw Pact forces launched a coordinated land, air and naval offensive against AFCENT and AFNORTH
  3. Heavy fighting reported along the Inner German Border, possible WP main effort in NORTHAG sector
  4. Confirmed WP amphibious / airmobile assault on Kobenhavn – situation still fluid, city outskirts enemy-controlled
  5. Confirmed WP amphibious assault 20km North of Narvik incurred in moderate losses and successfully landed regiment-sized Soviet naval infantry
  6. Unconfirmed brigade-sized Soviet airdrops at Bodø and Trondheim
  7. No reported WP use of Chemical / Nuclear assets, Nuclear Weapons NOT RELEASED

MISSION

All assigned forces secure the combat equipment. Enemy forces are expected to have full intel about the ongoing operation within 24H and take countermeasures to capture or destroy any equipment not yet secured.

Additional HUMINT and IMINT available at the following link:

OPERATIONS

  1. Connect to TRLGames.com site and proceed to the “Shop” section
  2. Click on the “1985: Deadly Northern Lights – SE” equipment
  3. Acquire the combat equipment
  4. Move to the assigned area of the FEBA

General Sir Richard George Lawson
CINCAFNORTH

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