The HOLF War College provides the latest registration web form for HOLF game events as well as a collection of articles and historical references for use by the members of the Players Guild. This collection also includes the materials once used for instruction in 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 the School of Advanced Studies. The Library articles are open to all viewers of this web site. The School of Advanced Studies is inactive. If you would like to write an article for the War College Library contact the Library Curator at

Player Registration - Spring Games 2023 (War on the Iberia Pennisula 1810)

This registration form is presented for all individuals interested in playing the online simulation scenario, Spain 1810, offered by the Historical OnLine Learning Foundation (HOLF). This scenario simulates the French effort in 1810 to stop the British incursion in Portugal and the growing Spanish insurgency.

This game event is scheduled to start at mid-April and run approximately 45 turns. Usual turn progression is 2x turns a week so the entire event should last until the end of September 2023 with breaks for major American holidays.

Background for the CWOL 1862 Campaign

The Situation in 1862

Civil War era maps at the Library of Congress

Researched by Guild member, Weary Willie

An excellent resource.

Napoleon's transition to a staff model

Napoleon Bonaparte did not have a staff on the general model used by modern militaries, but was important in the transition between assistants to an individual and a modern staff. His Grand Quartier-General consisted of three main branches:

Napoleon's Maison
Grand Etat-Major General, headed by Marshal Louis Alexandre Berthier

The Maison was Napoleon's personal staff, but with an important addition to the usual clerks.


Weapons of the Civil War


The Development of The Corps D'Armée And Its Impact on Napoleonic Warfare

By Major James Wasson
United States Army

The organization of the corps d'armée and the doctrinal use of the bataillon carré were significant in making the campaigns of Napoleonic warfare quicker and more fluid than those of Frederick the Great's time. These changes allowed Napoleon to hold a decisive advantage over his opponents until at least 1807. [1] The concepts upon which these two changes were made are still applicable today.

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