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GGouveia01 Nov 2017 9:54 p.m. PST

Does anyone know of rules for this period in ww2?

Allen5701 Nov 2017 11:49 p.m. PST

There are several board games which cover this subject. At the operational level are Duel in the Dark and Bomber Command. At a more tactical level is Night Fighter although IIRC you may need a referee for this game. Any of these could be adapted to use miniatures.

I have around 6 sets of miniature rules for air combat but none cover night missions.

John Armatys02 Nov 2017 3:02 a.m. PST

Some years ago I wrote a game called "On a Wing and a Prayer" simulating a night attack on Essen. The bombing was done using a Velcro dart board with a sticky ball.

The rules appear in the History of Wargaming Project's revised reprint of Donald Featherstone's "Air War Games" link

Kropotkin303 Supporting Member of TMP02 Nov 2017 2:49 p.m. PST

This TMP post from Devon Wargames Group – Target for Tonight really did interest me. I could see it being used for all sorts of games.

Very inspirational. Not sure how availiable the rules are though. Perhaps they can help you.

TMP link


GGouveia03 Nov 2017 4:02 p.m. PST

Yes I've been following the progress of the Dorset group. Also the article in the Donald Featherstone book you wrote was excellent.

carojon10 Nov 2017 9:32 a.m. PST

Following the numerous enquires here and on other forums about the availability of these rules following the game reports posted here in September and October, I have some good news.

My investigations finally paid off and thanks to various parties I have managed to contact Mr Thomas ,the author, who has kindly got back to me to let me know that a free PDF of the rules will be shortly available from John Curry's, 'History of Wargaming' site.

Thank you for your patience and I hope you enjoy Target for Tonight.


alan L Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2017 11:36 a.m. PST

Hurrah and huzzah! Well done for your enquiries and thanks to the esteemed author for his generosity.

I gather that some tweeks might be helpful to make the rules more user friendly: can these be made available?

What types of aircraft are covered by these rules?

GGouveia16 Nov 2017 12:43 p.m. PST

Lancasters, Bf110, Ju88 would be what I would buy in just starting out. I purchased 6 Lancasters and 4 Halifaxs in 1/300. Along with a 4 bf110, 1 me109, and 2 Ju88.

That's what I did in anticipation of getting these rules, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!

GGouveia16 Nov 2017 7:16 p.m. PST

John Armatys, your game looks like great fun. In the rules you mention you found great pictures for each zone. Do you have any picture recommendations for tiles?

Blutarski16 Nov 2017 8:19 p.m. PST

All I know about the British night bombing campaign is from reading the histories. My understanding is that they did not fly in close formations as depicted in the above photo, but instead flew more or less individually in very lengthy streams along a particular course vector, sometimes with several miles between a/c.


GGouveia16 Nov 2017 10:49 p.m. PST

Blutarski, the photo represents a bomber stream with no formation other then join the horde. Strength in numbers. The formation you speak of is simply a bunch of bombers on a grid. It's abstract.

GGouveia19 Nov 2017 10:40 a.m. PST

Carojon any idea on the timeline for off release?

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