Armistice Day Wishes from Dawn Patrol Designer Mike Carr
27th Armistice Day Fits Tournament Dates, Schedule Announced
The 27th annual championship tournament for the Indy Squadron is scheduled for November 21st, starting at 1 pm, at Saltire Games in Indianapolis.
Game designer and creator Mike Carr sent his best wishes to Indy Squadron competitors just days ago, saying, "I salute you for the longevity of your traditions and your success in sustaining them over the decades. My hat is off to you... good luck with your fall events."
Be sure to check the "Armistice Day" page of this web site for details, eligibility requirements, and rules for the Armistice Day Tournament.
The winner is awarded the Indy Squadron Victory Medal, the highest honor that our group can bestow. Additionally, every Indy Squadron champion earns a lifetime invitation and eligibility for all future Armistice Day contests.
Planning teams had begun preparations for the 2016 event. Then, the “First Presidential Debate” landed in Dayton, Ohio at the Wright State University Nutter Center on Sept 26th. With this special event comes an FAA “temporary flight restriction”; which means there will be no flying for 48 hours before, during, and about 12 hours after the debate. This causes us to move the dates.
The Museum’s website has been updated to reflect the new dates. Please mark these important dates on your 2016 calendar:
Sept 29—arrival day
Sept 30—dress rehearsal day and media op; evening reception for participants only
Oct 1—first day of public event; evening outdoor BBQ on back field for participants only and movie
Oct 2—last day of public event; evening banquet for participants only
Oct 3—departure day
"Defiance: Withstanding the Kaiserschlact"
By G. H. F. Nichols
The latest installment in Pen & Sword's excellent "Eyewitnesses from the Great War" series is now available, with incredible insight into the great March 1918 German offensive from the perspective of a British artillery officer.
George Nichols fought with the Royal Field Artillery, suffering a serious wound in 1917. He returned to the front in early 1918, just in time to bear the brunt of the last big German push of the war.
There are many good points about "Defiance," but two special features make this tome particularly appealing. First is the date of the work. When Nichols penned this amazing account, the ink on the Armistice was barely dry. So fresh was his testimony that full censorship was still in effect. As a result, the book is filled with dashes where military censors deleted names and places.
However, the reader is never lost. Sufficient data is included to let the reader know exactly what is taking place and where, and how each passage fits into the overall scope of the text.
The book's second excellent feature is the photo section. Since the British were in full retreat during much of the German onslaught in the spring of 1918, the trench stalemate was broken in some areas and a war of movement resumed at long last.
This resulted in an unusual situation where desperate defenses were mounted behind railways, fences, temporary barricades and any other object that might stop a bullet. The photography section of "Defiance" captures the essence of this subtle change perfectly. The photos are previously unseen by this reviewer, clear and crisp in presentation, and a real treat for any student of World War I.
"Defiance" is offered in a convenient 6x9" format. The font is easily read, and the space-and-a-half format keeps pages turning quickly with the reader fully engaged. For a rare glimpse into the life of an artillery officer during the German spring offensive of 1918, you can't go wrong by adding this volume to your bookshelf.