About the Italy Campaign
The WWPD campaign system provides an opportunity for table top players from around the world who may never meet to participate in a single event that gives their ordinary tabletop games additional meaning beyond scores and bragging rights. Our system lets players submit battle reports from their games that directly effect the outcome of a larger campaign! All validated reports influence the outcome of a zone, which can be captured or lost by an attacking force and progress is recorded on a larger map. This not only adds meaning and depth to players’ normal tabletop games but also drives motivation to play more games, and get others involved.
By taking away the difficult parts of a campaign system (namely, scheduling, and bookkeeping), we’ve allowed players from all over the world to participate! Getting into the spirit of the game makes it even more fun: posting battle reports, fictional accounts, news reports and more make it a living, breathing campaign that everyone’s a part of, even those with few local opponents!
A Short history of Italy 1943
Even prior to victory in the North African Campaign, there was disagreement between the Allies on the best strategy to defeat the Axis.
The British, especially Winston Churchill, advocated their traditional naval-based peripheral strategy. Even with a large army, but greater naval power, the traditional British answer against a continental enemy was to fight as part of a coalition and mount small peripheral operations designed to gradually weaken the enemy. The United States, with an even larger army, favoured a more direct method of fighting the main force of the German Army in Northern Europe. The ability to launch such a campaign depended on first winning the Battle of the Atlantic.
The strategic disagreement was fierce, with the US service chiefs arguing for an invasion of France as early as possible, while their British counterparts advocated a policy centred on operations in the Mediterranean. There was even pressure from some Latin American countries to stage an invasion of Spain, which under Francisco Franco was friendly to the Axis nations, although not a participant in the war. The American staff believed that a full-scale invasion of France at the earliest possible time was required to end the war in Europe, and that no operations should be undertaken that might delay that effort. The British argued that the presence of large numbers of troops trained for amphibious landings in the Mediterranean made a limited-scale invasion possible and useful.
Eventually the US and British political leadership made the decision to commit to an invasion of France in early 1944, but with a lower-priority Italian campaign reflecting Roosevelt's desire to keep US troops active in the European theatre during 1943 and his attraction to the idea of eliminating Italy from the war. It was hoped that an invasion would knock them out of the conflict, or provide at least a major propaganda blow. The elimination of Italy as an enemy would also enable Allied naval forces, principally the Royal Navy, to completely dominate the Mediterranean Sea, massively improving communications with Egypt, the Far East, the Middle East and India. In addition, it would mean that the Germans would have to transfer troops from theEastern Front to defend Italy and the entire southern coast of France, thus aiding the Soviets. The Italians would also withdraw their troops from the Soviet Union to defend Italy.
WWPD started as a group of hobby enthusiasts who wanted to share their battle reports, painting progress, and opinions with the community at large. WWPD is comprised of several blogs and podcasts now, encompassing a wide variety of topics surrounding miniature wargaming and other nerdery.
- Arran- Front End & Art Design
- Ben- Code, Guts, and Glory
- Eric L- Historical Reference
- Eric R- Math Master
- Jon- Financials
- Steven- Campaign Concept