Dr. Adam Seipp, Associate Dean of Texas A&M’s Graduate and Professional School and Albritton Center for Grand Strategy (CGS) faculty affiliate in the Department of History, recently published “Fulda Gap: A board game, West German society, and a battle that never happened” in War & Society. Dr. Seipp’s article discusses his research about the American-made board game, “Fulda Gap: The First Battle of the Next War” in the Federal Republic of Germany in the early 1980s and was funded in part by CGS.
The article explores the reception of the American-made board game Fulda Gap: The First Battle of the Next War in the Federal Republic of Germany in the early 1980s. The German peace movement used the game, which depicted conventional, chemical, and nuclear war on German territory, as a potent symbol of what they believed to be American and NATO disregard for German lives and sovereignty. The controversy over the game reflected the changing character of German-American relations during the ‘Second Cold War’ and increasing concerns among Germans about the possible consequences of superpower conflict in Central Europe.