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Little Wars (A Game for Boys)

Little Wars (A Game for Boys) by H. G. Wells
By: (1866-1946)

Little Wars is a fascinating and engaging book that introduces readers to the world of miniature war gaming. Written by the renowned author H.G. Wells, this book provides detailed instructions on how to play the game, as well as a glimpse into the history and nature of war itself.

Wells' writing style is engaging and approachable, making the rules of the game easy to follow for readers of all ages. The book also includes charming illustrations that help bring the game to life.

One of the most intriguing aspects of Little Wars is the way in which it encourages players to think strategically and tactically, much like real commanders in battle. By simulating military conflicts on a tiny scale, players can gain a greater understanding of the complexities and challenges of warfare.

Overall, Little Wars is a delightful read for anyone interested in history, strategy games, or the creative mind of H.G. Wells. It is a must-read for those looking to explore a unique and engaging pastime.

Book Description:

Miniature wargaming got its start with the publication in 1913 of this thoroughly entertaining little account of how H.G. Wells, with certain of his friends, took their childhood toys and turned play into acceptable middle-aged sport by subjecting the exercise to the civilizing influence of actual rules.

While wargaming progressed far past these beginnings, Wells observes how “little wars” with even his elementary rules can suggest the wholesale crudity of the real thing.

“You have only to play at Little Wars three or four times to realise just what a blundering thing Great War must be. Great War is at present, I am convinced, not only the most expensive game in the universe, but it is a game out of all proportion. Not only are the masses of men and material and suffering and inconvenience too monstrously big for reason, but–the available heads we have for it, are too small. That, I think, is the most pacific realisation conceivable, and Little War brings you to it as nothing else but Great War can do.”

Wells leaves almost hanging the tantalizing concept that we might someday simulate war, as an instrument of international decision-making, rather than practice actual combat.

But most of this book is just the fun of evicting the boys from the playroom and spending happy days there, away from the “skirt-swishers”, developing the framework under which two gentlemen might meet and accumulate boastable victories!

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