General thoughts on what I saw and how
to represent it.
Of course very little of the fighting in the Polish-Soviet war took
place in modern Poland: instead taking place in the modern Ukraine and
Belarus. However, the most famous battles were in Poland, which is a
lot more easy to visit.
The basic table
In general the average wargames table represents the bulk of what I saw
pretty well, except that any hills should be very big and gentle and
any waterways wide (to represent the marshy edges). Most hills are too
gentle to provide any bonuses for being uphill.
Most tables should
include woods, increasingly many as one heads north.
low-lying area can be boggy, regardless of whether there is a water
feature present. Virtually all roads will be
unsealed and all rail lines unembanked.
No fields should be fenced or walled.
For the area around Radzymin, the table might as well be dead flat,
with quite a few villages, some isolated farms, and lots of woods.
To represent the area north of Warsaw a wargames table can be pretty much
hills but should have all waterways noted as sunk into the table:
therefore units within a specified distance of them will be out of
sight. Woods and villages are plentiful and there would be some
The area around Zamość has virtually no isolated farms but a lot of
villages. It is mostly quite flat and frequently boggy. At the time
of the crucial battles in the 1920 campaign there it had been very
wet, and the ground
was quite heavy.
The Polesie (Pripet Marshes) was not the scene of much fighting. It is mostly flat and
heavily forested. Obviously it is frequently very boggy and parts of it
have lots of lakes. Virtually all fighting would be along a road, since
they follow the lines of substantial dry land.
These don't differ across the
area enough to matter. In general
villages should be plentiful and stretch in a thin strip along a road.
They might have a fair number of trees, especially fruit trees around
Churches are large, but only found in the largest villages. Those
same villages would be the only ones that might have a few brick
buildings in the centre.
Houses can be represented by the normal wargames ones sold as
"Russian", though normally they would be painted white. Tiled or
thatched. Outbuildings will be natural wood.
Although uncommon now, the local nobility lived in manor houses that
varied from large to huge. They would usually have a park or garden
attached if of any size.
Windmills were common and I think normally on the edge of a village.
The other commonly used vantage point was large haystacks.