Saturday 30 May 2015

Phil Dunn's Your World at War

I ordered this book from the 'History of Wargaming' Project last week, and it arrived a couple of days ago. It was written Phil Dunn (one of the founder members of the Naval Wargames Society) and edited by John Curry, and was published in 2015 (ISBN 978 1 326 24464 4). The book has a long but very unambiguous subtitle, namely RULES FOR GLOBAL WARGAMING CAMPAIGNS 1939-45 INCLUDING NAVAL, LAND AND AIR OPERATIONS.

The book's contents include:
  • Foreword by John Curry
  • Phil Dunn's Your World War Game
  • Introduction to the Rules
    • The Campaign Rules
    • Pre-game
    • Sequence of play
    • Air staging phase
    • Naval Phase
      • Land Units Travelling by Sea
      • Naval Combat Rules
      • Air Attack on Naval Units: Carrier Strikes and Land Planes v Naval
      • The Scapas
      • Ports AA
    • Land Phase
      • Invasions
      • Supply to Land Units
    • Air Phase
      • Attack Shipping
      • Ground Support
      • Air Superiority
  • Your World War Standard Scenario
  • The Battle of Britain (1940)
  • Operation Seelöwe (Sealion)
  • Select Bibliography of Wargaming Books
  • Appendix Map Sections for Standard Scenario
Like many wargamers I have often wondered what it would be like to fight a global-scale conflict ... and this book provides the tools for me to do so.


  1. I'll be interested in your views on this book when you've read it and any indication whether it shares any common ground with Norman Bel Geddes:

  2. My copy arrived in the week too- it is an interesting idea. I look forward to trying out the two smaller scenarios in the book... will see then if I should attempt a major sized campaign.



  3. Vintage Wargaming,

    Having read Phil Dunn's book and the articles about Norman Bel Geddes' wargame I feel that they share a common grand vision as to how a large-scale imagi-world wargame can be fought. That said, Phil Dunn's book contains all the rules one requires to turn one's vision into a reality whereas there was insufficient detail about Norman Bel Geddes' rules to make a proper judgement as to whether or not any individual other than Bel Geddes to get them to work.

    All the best,


  4. Pete,

    I am giving serious thought to trying out one of the scenarios at some time in the future ... once I have my current Waterloo project completed.

    Good luck with your endeavours.

    All the best,


  5. My copy dates back to when I was a teenager, it was in the 70's and the book is still the best there is. Thanks, Phil.

    1. Tony1stgen,

      I also have Phil's book about naval wargaming and agree that it is very good.

      All the best,



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