Welcome to Platoon Forward!

Welcome to the site where the story of the battle is as important as the battle itself. Here we will focus on men thrust into extraordinary situations of life and death. They must lead other men with duty and honor to meet their countries objectives. Some will be blessed with great skill, some will carry great shortcomings. No matter what nation, no matter what war, no matter what theater, they are all called to move their Platoon or Squadron forward!

These are their individual stories as played out using my various campaign rules . Hopefully these stories will entertain and inspire you to use your own troops, airmen and sailors to accomplish your own great heroics.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

A wargamer looks at IWM and Sutton Hoo

IWM meaning Imperial War Museum.   To an american even the name sounds cool.  I had been to the IWM about 15 years earlier and had been alittle disappointed. They have to cover a great deal of history in a small space and did so primarily with story boards.   So when my Dad and brother wanted to go I set low expectations.  
The big guns out front are very cool!!

I didn't remember the main hall
having so much cool stuff!

I was pleasantly surprised.   They seemed to have much more stuff now.   The Spitfire was still there as was the Matilda but there was plenty of other stuff as well.  A sherman, Jagdpanther, Monty's tank and some WW I stuff.  In short, it was a great  (3 hours) afternoon.  While not as much stuff as Duxford it is definatly worth a visit and it is free.

This baby actually defended London during the blitz

and shot down 2 german planes!

On a separate day I went up to Sutton Hoo.  That is were the largest burial ship of Saxon times was found in Britian in 1939.  It is only about 40 minutes form my house.  You can see the burial mounds still though they have been erroded and there is a small museum.  A plus for us there a numerous walking trails that are beagle friendly.  We met this guy...

I bet he gets at least 5 attack dice in SAGA!

They also recreated the burial chamber which helped set the stage.

Across the river Styx

I enjoyed it but it focused on the archeology rather than the saxons so not wargamer useful.  There is a anglo-saxon village at West Stow that is more wargamer friendly that I will have to report on.

Just so everyone doesn't think all I do is travel around thinking about wargaming.  Below is a picture of me in the Louvre contemplating the influence of Dutch painters on the impressionist movement.




  1. Good evening I must say that I found Sutton Hoo somewhere very atmosperic but I wil agree with you its not really a wargamers place.As for the IWM its a good overview with little gems tucked away here and there

  2. Agree with the atmosphere at Sutton Hoo. You almost think ghosts are walking around.
    IWM is a great place.