Trench war
Trench war

DEVENS -- Did you have toy soldiers as a kid? Or play strategy games like Risk? Do you like the color and pageantry of uniforms and military regalia?

Come to Fort Devens Museum, 94 Jackson Road, on Saturday, Sept. 19, to see how adult hobbyists carry out strategy games involving miniature soldiers. A number of miniature wargaming enthusiasts will be at the Museum to demonstrate their hobby to the public.

Enthusiasts organized by Peter Lowitt, director and land use administrator for the Devens Enterprise Commission, will be presenting a couple of opportunities for people to play war games including the Battle of New Orleans. The night action of that Dec. 23, 1814, battle will be played out using Carnage and Glory computer-aided rules run by Lowitt. Another game will feature World War II skirmish action using the Chain of Command rule set. A third demonstration will be a World War I trench war game.

Lowitt adds, "Whether we are using computers or dice to recreate the factors of combat, morale, fatigue, and logistical issues which faced armies throughout history, there is one thing you can be assured of: having fun. So, gamers of all ages are welcome to join us on Saturday the 19th.


" Recently Lowitt and others brought miniature wargaming to West Point, where some on the faculty there participated in wargames.

Peter Lowitt, FAICP, is an urban planner working on the successful redevelopment of Fort Devens as a model of sustainable development. He has been at Devens since 1999. He is a long-time history buff, a passion which led to his interest in military miniature gaming.

The Fort Devens Museum is located at 94 Jackson Road, on the third floor and is wheelchair accessible. The museum is open on Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and the games will begin around 11:30 a.m. This event is free and open to the public.