The HOLF War College provides a standing inventory of articles and historical references for use by the members of the Players Guild and provides the portal for the School of Advanced Studies.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

Prusso-Austrian War of 1866 registration

This registration form is provided for all individuals who wish to participate in the Historical Online Learning Foundation’s 2021-22 Winter game event, the Prussians-Austrian War of 1866. This game event will utilize the European Unification Wars Online (EUWOL) game system. The game event will start in early December 2021 and run through the February/March 2022 time frame. Registration for players will remain open throughout the event’s duration to allow registration for any late applicants. Registration opens on 19 November 2021.

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.

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.

Suggested Reading for School of Advanced Studies

The following articles are ACW era historical doctrinal research compiled for players of Civil War OnLine (CWOL). They are presented here for reference and use as part of the Advance Studies Course. They apply general tactical theory that is applicable to the CWOL environment.


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