| ||Operational-level rules, designed to allow players to recreate multi-day historical engagements. The system rules are printed in each volume of the series, along with background material, scenarios, and campaign games. Units maneuver and take actions in battalion groupings, and must be activated in order to close with the enemy. Troop quality and a per-turn dieroll determine the ability of a battalion to take actions (deploy, move, change formation, fire, rally, etc.). Artillery and air-ground support are abstracted. Assets can be switched among battalions, and players can create and deploy reserves.|
|Period||World War II (see supplements for specific theaters)|
Depths as listed above are for microarmor, and should be adjusted for larger scales to allow vehicles to fit. The number of figures per stand, and their layout, is not mandated by the rules.
|Designer||Bruce McFarlane (email@example.com)|
|Publisher||The Canadian Wargamers Group|
A detailed description of the game system is available.
|John Leahy (JLEAHY5555@aol.com)|
|Great Battles is a truly awesome game! I have played 4 different
battles using these rules. We have covered France 1940, Western Europe in
'45, Russia in '42, and Burma in '43. They truly make you feel like an Army or
Corps commander. You are not worrying about the minor tactical issues that
are more appropriate to smaller scale rules. This is how WW2 was fought and
I have always been amazed how gamers are strangely reluctant to fight modern conflicts at a larger scale than, say, some Napoleonic rules that currently exist. Well, these rules should change that! Their handling of multiple-day battles is truly innovative! I cannot wait for the next book due out.
The only real problem that I have with these rules is what scale (figs) to concentrate on. I use 20mm and 15mm. I also would like a more thorough description of how the activation works, and how to set up for different scenarios.
You don't need to remount, so go, run quickly to your local store and buy these rules!
|Phil Yates (PhilY@ghw.co.nz)|
Great Battles of WWII is a great system. I'm really impressed by the concept behind it, but the editing is extremely poor.
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|3 April 1999||comments by John Leahy|
|16 October 1998||scale information added|
|8 January 1998||comments by Phil Yates|
|26 December 1997||added rules clarifications link|
|20 November 1997||added Canadians in Europe|
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