Wednesday, December 16, 2015


On this day in history, December 16, a lot of important stuff happened.

Those party boys, Sons of Liberty, threw all that tea in Boston harbor.

This iconic 1846 lithograph by Nathaniel Currier was entitled "The Destruction of Tea at Boston Harbor"; the phrase Boston Tea Party had not yet been coined. Contrary to Mr. Currier's depiction, few, if any, of the tea dumpers were actually dressed as Indians. No one was fooled.

Jane Austen was born.

Jane Austen was an English novelist who wrote works of romantic fiction set among the landed gentry of the time. 16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817
Saturday Night Fever opened.

Saturday Night Fever made John Travolta famous.

And those crazy Germans launched a last ditch counteroffensive, known to some as the Battle of the Bulge. Although at the time, the Allies called it the Ardennes Counteroffensive. It was the press who coined "Battle of the Bulge" to describe the way the Allied front line bulged inward on wartime news maps.

American soldiers of the 117th Infantry Regiment, Tennessee National Guard, part of the 30th Infantry Division, move past a destroyed American M5 "Stuart" tank on their march to recapture the town of St. Vith during the Battle of the Bulge in January 1945. (Wikipedia)

Today being the first day of that famous counteroffensive, we at Tiny Battle wanted to remind you that we offer WINTER THUNDER an operational-level game simulating this famous battle, designed by famous designer Brian Train. It utilizes Brian's "nearly diceless" double-blind mission matrix system, a unique system that sets the game apart from the rest of the pack. 

Winter Thunder by Brian Train

A Mary Note about the Ardennes Counteroffensive. The Germans threw 250,000 soldiers, 14 German infantry divisions guarded by five panzer divisions, at 80,000 Americans. The assault began in early morning against the weakest section of the Allied line, an 80-mile poorly protected stretch of forest, because the Germans would never think to go through those woods. Ever.

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