German War Gaming

Por • 19 oct, 2020 • Sección: Opinion

Milan Vego

The Germans invented and developed the modern war game. By the end of the nineteenth century, the German-style Kriegsspiel had been adopted in most of the major militaries of the day. In the interwar years (1919–39), the Germans greatly increased the number and diversity of war games, which collectively became one of the main means of educating and training future commanders and their staffs at all levels. Prior to and during World War II, the Germans proved to be masters of the use of war games throughout the chain of command for rehearsing plans for pending and future operations. In peacetime, they used war games to test the validity of new doctrinal documents and for force planning. Though German methods of organizing and executing war games cannot and should not be blindly followed, yet many aspects of their practice could be successfully applied today. Moreover, the role and importance of war gaming should be greatly enhanced in the present era of smaller forces and shrinking financial resources.

Recommended Citation Vego, Milan (2012) «German War Gaming,» Naval War College Review: Vol. 65 : No. 4 , Article 10. Available at: https://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol65/iss4/10

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