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Against the Odds magazine investigates military history from a broad perspective. The economic, political, religious and social aspects of warfare are examined in concert with events on the battlefield.

Each issue of ATO features:

Informative and insightful articles showcasing the history behind events, plus regular columns by noted game designers providing insight on the latest trends and events.

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ATO Magazine Summer News Update 2014


Hi There,

Quick note to ask if you visited the Against the Odds Magazine website this month to catch the special promotion? No? OK, we'll repeat the details again further below in this note. But with the last bit of ATO #42 at the printers and mailing soon, you may want to check this offer out and take advantage of it.



What's ATO #42 above about? We’re going back to look at a time before Hitler, before Napoleon. When another European strong-man invaded Russia… and came to grief. He was Charles XII of Sweden. In later years, it was called “The Great Northern War.” A Thunder Upon the Land looks at the Sweden vs. Russia portion of this war, with the two battles that rather started and finished the conflict. The Battle of Narva took place in 1700, as Russia and a Saxon-Polish contingent aimed to push Sweden out of the Baltic, with the Saxons threatening Riga and the Russians besieging Narva. But it was November, and Peter left his army feeling secure that his 40,000 men could bottle up and capture the 2500 Swedes holding the city.

Charles rushed to relieve the city with an army that was well-drilled and well equipped, but numbered only about 8000 men. So, including the troops in the city, he would be attacking at something like 1-4 odds. And attacking in a blizzard. But the surprise and wretched weather worked to his advantage, and virtually the entire Russian army was killed or captured, along with their artillery and equipment. It was Russia’s finest force at the time, and an immediate invasion by Sweden might well have succeeded. But there was Riga and the Saxons to consider, and Charles let the moment pass.

Years later, having knocked the Saxons out of the war, Charles turned again to Russia, who had surprised Europe by founding St. Petersburg on what was then still Swedish territory. Charles aimed for Moscow, and this time, it was a Swedish army that vanished from the map at The Battle of Poltava in 1709. Can you do better?

But wait, like we said, there’s more going on! This month also happens to be the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Cold Harbor. Click on the banner below or visit our website to learn about snagging a copy of our ATO issue with this game, completely free with special purchase!




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