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Tactical Wargamer's Journal (ISSN 1918-9729), published on a non-regular schedule, covers topics of interest on all aspects of the world of commercial tactical wargaming, with its focus set on warfare at the man-to-man, squad and platoon level in the 20th Century and contemporary era. Tactical Wargamer's Journal (TWJ) places emphasis on both military history and the history of tactical level gaming itself.

Issue 1 (2009) The premiere issue includes articles on the history of tactical wargaming, a look at tactical board wargaming packaging and box art in the 20th Century, a glance at the immense assortment of ASL components described at the online encyclopedia at Desperation Morale as well as background on the site, a feature article on the Red Army in the Second World War and their depiction in board and PC wargames, a look at the depiction of Soviet tanks in various miniature, board and PC games, an article on Soviet tank unit history and organization, and a set of AARs comparing the games CMBB and PC:K

Issue 2 (2011) is intended as a "gamer's guide" to the U.S. Army in the Battle of Normandy (6 June 1944 to July 25 1944) with a comprehensive history of the campaign (including 70+ full colour maps) and a survey of tactical level PC and board game treatments of the subject. Other articles cover subjects such as scenario briefings, military operation orders and battle procedure and their relationship to wargaming, a detailed article on the Sherman tank and its depiction in games, a study of the Battle of Singling, and more.

Issue 3 (2013) is intended as a guide for gamers to understanding the role of the British and Commonwealth forces in Northwest Europe during 1944-45. The issue features:

* high-level campaign overview illustrated with full colour maps
* complete listing and breakdown of all divisions and independent brigades of the British, Canadian and free European forces of the 21st Army Group
* Detailed study of the development of Canadian infantry battalion organization
* Analysis of the portrayal of British and Commonwealth soldiers in tactical level wargames, and a discussion of "national characteristics" versus the "British way of war"
* Detailed discussion of all armoured fighting vehicles used by 21st Army Group in Northwest Europe, with types, variants, and roles discussed and explained
* An article on nationalities in the Advanced Squad Leader Starter Kits
* An ASLSK scenario set during the fighting for Carpiquet during Operation CHARNWOOD in July 1944

The issue should appeal to fans of Combat Mission, Advanced Squad Leader, Flames of War, or any tactical game system who struggles in differentiating between the multiple types of armoured cars, wants to put the smaller skirmishes into the larger context of the battles and campaigns that shaped the war in Europe, or who wants to know more about the divisions and brigades that made up the 21st Army Group.

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