The HOLF War College provides a standing inventory of articles and historical references for use by the members of the Players Guild and provides the portal for the School of Advanced Studies. On the left panel are the navigation tools for using the War College Library. On the right panel are the navigation tools for students and instructors of the School of Advanced Studies. The Library articles are open to all viewers of this web site. Attendence to the School of Advanced Studies is by invitation only. If you would like to write an article for the War College Library contact the Library Curator at thecollege@holf.org

American-Mexican War OnLine 2017 (AMWOL 2) registration (Version 2)

Please indicate your preferences for player assignment to play AMWOL 2017 using the web form below. This is a revised version of an earlier registration form. Please re-submit if your previous attempt to register was rejected. You will receive a confirmation message after you submit your selections.

Your given last name.

The first name you use for HOLF communications

Are you a member of the HOLF Players Guild and have a working account? If not, go to http://www.holf.org/guild/drupal1/ and create a new account.

What email address will you be using to receive turn reports and to validate orders submitted by you?

Enter the password that you want to use to generate unit and functional orders within the AMWOL game system

Do you wish to use a game name to facilitate an era-specific persona for the role-playing aspect of AMWOL? If so, indicate what it is. If you do not wish one, leave the entry field blank.

For ease of communication and timely contact by the game admin and teammates, what time zone do you use?

Indicate your preferences of being a citizen (playing member) of either a US player faction or a citizen of one of the Mexican Fragmentary States. You can make more than one choice.

What role in the game do you wish to play? Regimental command is the basic level role. There are several military roles in both the army and navy you can pursue as well. Select from the following list. Make multiple selections or indicate "no preference".

Are there any special considerations that should be factored into your playing assignment?

NWOL 5 has ended. Results & next event announced

NWOL 5 has ended with the capitulation of France to the forces of the 2d Coalition.

Under the "Wars of the Coalition" format the winners are:

    War of 1st Coalition:
  • Majors: Austria
  • Minors: Poland
  • Frag's: Bavaria
    War of 2d Coalition:
  • Majors: Britain
  • Minors: Sweden
  • Frag's: Milano

The next HOLF game event will be American-Mexican War OnLine (AMWOL). Start date will be a date TBD in late June or early July 2017.

Civil War OnLine 8 (CWOL VIII) has ended

CWOL VIII ended on March 18, 2016 in a CSA victory.

The next Historical Online Learning Foundation (HOLF) game event will Napoleonic Wars Online 5 (NWOL V) starting on or about 15 May 2016. If you are interested in registering for NWOL V then go to the Players Guild Forum (www.holf.org/guild/drupal1/ ) and join the Guild to be kept informed of how to register to play.

Civil War era maps at the Library of Congress

http://www.loc.gov/collections/civil-war-maps/articles-and-essays/

Researched by Guild member, Weary Willie

An excellent resource.

New Article about Old Mexico

At http://www.holf.org/warcollege2009/library/Essay-JavierMartinez.pdf is the posting of an essay by Javier Martinez on the reasons and background of the political climate in Mexico in the 1840s. This is recommended reading to anyone who is interested in the nation building era of Mexico or the United States.

GUERRILLA OPERATIONS IN THE CIVIL WAR: ASSESSING COMPOUND WARFARE DURING PRICE’S RAID A thesis presented to the Faculty of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College ...

... in partial
fulfillment of the requirements for the
degree
MASTER OF MILITARY ART AND SCIENCE
Military History
by
DALE E. DAVIS, MAJ, USA
B.S., Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky, 1990
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
2004
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
ii
MASTER OF MILITARY ART AND SCIENCE
THESIS APPROVAL PAGE
Name of Candidate: Major Dale E. Davis
Thesis Title: Guerrilla Operations in the Civil War: Assessing Compound Warfare during
Price’s Raid
Approved by:
, Thesis Committee Chair
Major David A. Christensen, M.M.A.S.
, Member

The Quasi War

The Quasi-War was an undeclared naval war between the U.S. and France, 1798-1800. It was inconclusive militarily, but had a profound impact on American politics, as war opponent Thomas Jefferson defeated President John Adams for reelection in 1800, even as Adams was ending the war.

Origins

The Essence of War: Clausewitz as Educator

By Willis G. Regier
Vegetius, a Roman writer of the fourth century AD, said, "Let him who desires peace prepare for war." Carl von Clausewitz sharpened the point: "The fact that slaughter is a horrifying spectacle must make us take war more seriously, but not provide an excuse for gradually blunting our swords in the name of humanity. Sooner or later someone will come along with a sharp sword and hack off our arms." Darfur has made clear that that is not just a metaphor.

Battle of Abensberg, (20 April 1809)

Napoleon's opening advance in his counterattack against the Austrian army under Archduke Charles in Bavaria in April 1809. Based at Abensberg 25 kilometers southwest of Ratisbon, Napoleon directed two forces, a provisional corps under Marshal Jean Lannes toward Rohr and a Rheinbund force (that is, a force from the Confederation of the Rhine) under Marshal François Lefebvre toward Schweinbach, striking the weakest point in the Austrian line and splitting it in two.

Hanover versus Prussia

Actually, Prussia and Hanover, the latter backed by Britain, nearly did square off in 1729. It seems the Elector of Hanover (George II) was ticked off over Prussian recruiting officers kidnapping Hanoverian subjects for service in Frederick William's army. He threw at least one of the offenders into prison. There was a period of tension then the Prussians backed off and Hanoverian subjects were reasonably safe. I have wondered if this event might have influenced the Prussians to develop a less haphazard means of recruitment by establishing the canton system, which was set up in 1732.

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