Planspielen and Kriegsspielen

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Planspielen and Kriegsspielen

Post by Tom from Cornwall » 17 Dec 2020 15:42

Hi,

Could anyone advice as to the difference between Planspielen (map exercise?) and Kriegsspielen (war game using a map).

The two terms are used in a Dec 43 document produced by the Chief of Staff of the German Army in Denmark to describe training methods by which lessons learned from the Italian campaign should be absorbed by the German army formations in that country.

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Tom

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Re: Planspielen and Kriegsspielen

Post by Hohlladung » 21 Dec 2020 14:29

Hi Tom from Cornwall,

I think there are only minor differences between these two terms.
Take a look at this explanation:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kriegsspiel

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Armin
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Re: Planspielen and Kriegsspielen

Post by Tom from Cornwall » 22 Dec 2020 11:29

Hohlladung wrote:
21 Dec 2020 14:29
I think there are only minor differences between these two terms.
Armin,

Thanks for taking the time to answer. I had looked at the Wiki article but didn't see a direct mention of Planspielen. I guess it must be a more informal military map exercise than the formal war game with maps, counters and dice for casualties/weapon effects.

Thanks again,

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Tom

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Re: Planspielen and Kriegsspielen

Post by Hohlladung » 22 Dec 2020 13:17

Tom,
Nowadays I would say a Planspiel is a method for simulation with no necessary context to a war situation.
Could be anything, for instance the spreading of an unknown virus in a society and countermeasures, very
contemporary.

But at that time almost the same. If you put it in the German version of Google, it shows up:

Kriegsspiel (Planspiel)

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Armin
"Ihr verfluchten Racker, wollt ihr denn ewig leben?" Friedrich, II. in der Schlacht von Kolin am 18.Juni 1757 zu seinen zurückgehenden Grenadieren.

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Re: Planspielen and Kriegsspielen

Post by Tom from Cornwall » 22 Dec 2020 17:48

Hohlladung wrote:
22 Dec 2020 13:17
If you put it in the German version of Google, it shows up:
Thanks, good hint. That did the trick! :thumbsup:

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Tom

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