Historian Barbara Tuchman won her second Pulitzer Prize in 1971 for Stillwell and The American Experience In China My copy is a first edition hardback, but this great book fortunately is still available in paperback. Using “Vinegar Joe” Stillwell as the catalyst, Tuchman examines thirty years of US policy in China: from the end fo the Manchu Dynasty to Mao Tse-Tung. The book offers insight to a number of military operations, from the Chinese Warlords of the 1920s to the Pacific War of the 1940s. If the movie “The Sand Pebbles” has ever caught your imagination, this book is sure to do the same.
Even if you don’t like the science fiction game, Warhammer turns out to be a pretty flexible system for playing other periods. Plus, it has the advantage of familiar mechanics and a built-in player base. So given that, its not surprising that it’s been extended to practically every period you can think of. Here’s a variant of Warhmamer 40K for colonial games in darkest Africa.
Cold War Naval Battles is a free print-and-play version of the classic Modern Naval Battles card game. We played the heck out of MNB back in the day.
The Savage Worlds role playing system has attracted the attention of a lot of miniature wargamers becuase it is so easily usable as a miniatures game. There’s even a free subset of the role playing rules called Savage Worlds Showdown, designed specifically for miniatures skirmish.
Here’s a free expansion for Savage Worlds for playing Lord of the Rings Skirmish Games.
John Armatys offers a set of free modern skirmish wargames rules called Fireteam II They’re designed for use with 20mm figures.