The HOLF War College provides a standing inventory of articles and historical references for use by the members of the Players Guild and provides the portal for the School of Advanced Studies.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

Registration for NWOL 2018

Below is the pre-game registration form for playing in NWOL 2018. At this moment, 22 July 2018, it is not known what version of NWOL scenario will be featured in the NWOL 2018 game event.

CWOL IX has ended

Civil War OnLine 9 has ended in a Confederate victory. By using an aggressive double gambit of offensive action with deep raids in the East and an accelerated spending strategy, the CSA team was able to achieve their “win strategy” in 21 turns. Congratulations to both teams on a very vigorous and enjoyable CWOL. The next HOLF game event will be announced shortly.

AMWOL 2 has ended

The second iteration of American-Mexican War OnLine has ended.

The USA team was the winner based on "Laurel Points" (gained from battlefield results). The strategic situation was inconclusive due to the inability of the USA team to force a peace treaty to codify its territorial gains in the American Southwest and California. The conflict ended in a strategic draw.

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 ( ) and join the Guild to be kept informed of how to register to play.

Civil War era maps at the Library of Congress

Researched by Guild member, Weary Willie

An excellent resource.

New Article about Old Mexico

At 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
Military History
B.S., Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky, 1990
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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.


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.


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