Common mistakes in wargaming

Wargaming in the military was originally conceived to be an objective arbiter of ideas and plans. The Imperial German Staff, the originators of Kreigspeil, wargamed plans critical to the success of a campaign in the full knowledge that the fate of the German Empire relied upon successful outcomes. Cynics out there will say “ah, but they lost”. The truth is, the initial war-plans they tested to wage war against Russia in the East and Belgium and France in the west in 1914, were arguably, a resounding success until interference by the Imperial German staff’s own planners on the ground disrupted them. After all, wargaming enables commanders and decision-makers test their plans and to fail if ne

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