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Going to War: Creating Computer War Games by Jason Darby

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Chapter 8. Weather

Weather can play an important role in the outcome of a battle. In history, many battles have been won or lost because of weather, and it is something that you should seriously consider for your own war games.

An example of weather having a possible major effect in a conflict is in sea battles in which mist and fog allow an outnumbered ship to hide and then escape from the enemy or to spring a surprise attack. The same might be said for land battles where one army moves to a position outflanking another army before its generals have time to set up a counterattack.

Weather such as rain or snow can severely affect movement and the effectiveness of a fighting force. In World War II, when invading Russia, Germany made massive territorial ...

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