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Published first Day Of Every Other Month


Publication Offices: 210 West 28th Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21211

VOLUME 1, NO. 1

M A Y 1,1964

THEY'RE FIGHTING T
I ALL OVER AGAIN!
a s h a r p u p s u r g e i n s a l e s of L e Mans
caught u s s h o r t handed a n d , m u c h to
o u r e m b a r r a s s m e n t , s o m e of you had
t o wait 2 m o n t h s f o r y o u r copy.

B a l t i m o r e , Maryland. J u s t about t h e
t i m e you a r e r e c e i v i n g t h i s f i r s t newsl e t t e r , t h o u s a n d s of m i l i t a r y buffs w i l l
b e fighting t h e World War I I d e s e r t c a m paign all o v e r again. W e ' r e a l r e a d y
b e s e i g e d by l e t t e r s f r o m . R o m m e l s a n d
M o n t g o m e r y s popping u p a l l o v e r t h e
country. T h i s s u d d e n p r e - o c c u p a t i o n
f o r A f r i k a K o r p s will n o doubt b e a
boon t o t h e M a r s h a l l s Baton b u s i n e s s .
A s m o s t of you l o y a l s u b s c r i b e r s
know A f r i k a K o r p s is t h e l a t e s t i n a
continuing s e r i e s of f a m o u s b a t t l e g a m e s
Avalon Hill h a s b e e n publishing s i n c e
1958. B u t f e w know t h e background of
Avalon Hill, i t s e l f .
I n c o r p o r a t e d i n 1958 Avalon H i l l ' s
f i r s t games w e r e Gettysburg, Tactics
I1 a n d D i s p a t c h e r (chronological a p p e a r ante o n t h e m a r k e t f o r e a c h g a m e is
indicated b y t h e c o d e n u m b e r p r i n t e d o n
501, T a c t i c s 11 t h e box; G e t t y s b u r g
502, e t c . ).

P r e c e d i n g t h e s e , pf c o u r s e , w a s o r i ginal T a c t i c s published b a c k i n t h e d a y s
p r i o r t o i n c o r p o r a t i o n . T a c t i c s I1 w a s
s i m p l y a r e f i n e m e n t of t h e o r i g i n a l
game.
But i t w a s G e t t y s b u r g t h a t r e a l l y
caught on. National m a g a z i n e s a n d n e w s
services s p r e a d the word demanding
national d i s t r i b u t i o n f o r t h e game. Q u i t e
n a t u r a l l y , o t h e r g a m e s followed i n o r d e r
t o s a t i s f y t h e a p p e t i t e of b a t t l e g a m e
enthusiasts that s e e m e d t o crop up f r o m
edrywhere.
A s a r e s u l t Avalon Hill h a s enjoyed
o v e r n i g h t s u c c e s s . . . a n d i n just 6 s h o r t
y e a r s h a s been forced to seek newer
q u a r t e r s four t i m e s since leaving the
o r i g i n a l Gun R o a d a d d r e s s .
T h e r e i s n o M r . Avalon, n o r is t h e r e
a M%.Hill.. . t h e v e r y f i r s t g a m e s w e r e
published i n a B a l t i m o r e s u b u r b , Avalon,
high u p on a hill l i t e r a l l y overlooking
_Ye genteel plantation l a n d of p i c t u r e s q u e
south B a l t i m o r e . It w a s t h e r e t h a t
G e t t y s b u r g w a s c o n c e i v e d . . . l a b o r of
l o v e in which t h e f a m o u s civil w a r b a t tle was rehashed time and time again
by a d m i t t e d C o n f e d e r a t e s y m p a t h i z e r s
(in the " b o r d e r " s t a t e of Maryland
s o u t h e r n loyalty r a n high. ) One of t h e

We h o p e t o continue t o publish g a m e s
b a s e d o n r e a l l i f e a d v e n t u r e s . And if
r e a d i n g t h i s a r t i c l e h a s i n t e r r u p t e d you
f r o m finishing y o u r c u r r e n t g a m e o i
Afrika Korps, then b y a l l means yo
back to g a m e board.. .for this very
m i n u t e , h i s t o r i a n s a r e fighting i t a l l
o v e r again.
v e r y f i r s t correspondents was a n elderly
A l a b a m a gentleman who w a s having t h e
t i m e of h i s l i f e "slaughtering t h o s e
damyankees. It

Can the British Really


Win in Afrika Korps?

Today, t h e b a t t l e g a m e g r o u p n u m b e r s 8 t i t l e s not including C h a n c e l o r s v i l l e which is no l o n g e r i n t h e lilie.

Our Consumer Panel test members


f e e l that t h e B r i t i s h h a v e a tough t i m e
of it i n t h i s g a m e .

B e c a u s e of t h e e n t h u s i a s t i c r e c e p t i o n
t o r e a l i s t i c g a m e s in t h e b a t t l e a r e a .
Avalon Hill e m b a r k e d o n a policy of d e s i g n i n g r e a l i s t i c g a m e s f o r s u b j e c t s of
a l l w a l k s of life. In f a c t , t h e o r i g i n a l
V e r d i c t w a s quickly followed up by
V e r d i c t 11, a n indication of t h e t r e m e n dously i n c r e a s i ~ ~ ign t e r e s t i n t h e l a w
profession.

We h a v e l e a r n e d t h a t i n t h e f i r s t
s e v e r a l g a m e s bet,ween new opponents
u n f a m i l i a r with t h e g a m e , o d d s a r e i n
f a v o r of the B r i t i s h p l a y e r winning.
However, a s t h e G e r m a n p l a y e r b e c o m e s
m o r e f a m i l i a r with t h e n u a n c e s of s t r a t egy open t o h i m , t h e p l a y - b a l a n c e l e a n s
t o w a r d h i s s i d e . Actually, t h i s tends
t o b e t h e c a s e f o r m a n y of o u r b a t t l e
g a m e s . . . a n d I ' m s u r e h a d R o b e r t E.
L e e b e e n a b l e t o fight G e t t y s b u r g o v e r
a g a i n , h e would n o doubt h a v e won a l l
the m a r b l e s .

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And b e c a u s e of f a n a t i c a l s p o r t s e n t h u s i a s m , t h e Avalon Hill "formula1'


w a s c a r r i e d o v e r into t h e s p o r t s field.
A s a m a t t e r of f a c t , F o o t b a l l S t r a t e g y
p o r t r a y e d r e a l i s m t o s u c h a n extent
t h a t t h e l e a d i n g national i l l u s t r a t e d
lothe b e s t foots p o r t s m a g a z i n e said.
b a l l g a m e e v e r invented is Football
S t r a t e g y , I t i n t h e i r D e c e m b e r 11, 1961
edition.

L o w e r t h e G e r m a n Supply Capacity

..

Management, which w a s i n t r o d u c e d
in 1960, h a s fourtd c o n s i d e r a b l e f a v o r
with p r o f e s s i o n a l a d m i n i s t r a t o r s . We
h a v e l e a r n e d that t h i s g a m e h a s b e e n
used in various management courses
a r o u n d t h e l a n d a s a guide t o designing
the m o r e complex decision-making
g a m e s t h a t a r e m a c h i n e solved.
Avalon Hill h a s a l s o a p p l i e d the a u thenticity k i c k t ~ : s p o r t s c a r racing.
L e M a n s which is v e r y , v e r y popular
with t h e s p o r t y s e t ( e s p e c i a l l y t h o s e
whose d r i v i n g l i c e n s e s have b e e n r e voked). A s a m a t t e r of f a c t , r e c e n t l y

F o r t h o s e of you wishing t o b a l a n c e
A f r i k a K o r p s o n c e you h a v e played it
s e v e r a l t i m e s , w e s u g g e s t t h a t you r e d u c e the G e r m a n Supply m a x i m u m frorn
3 Supply Wagons t o just 2 m a x i m u m . So
t h e k e y t o the B r i t i s h s t r a t e g y b e c o m e s
e v e n m o r e a p p a r e n t : hold T o b r u k a t a l l
c o s t s e v e n if t h e G e r m a n p l a y e r d e c i d e s
t o push o n t o w a r d A l a m e i n without fight i n g f o r t h i s F o r t r e s s . In effect, the
G e r m a n Supply c a p a c i t y is r e d u c e d 50%
which m e a n s that h e will not be a b l e to
attack on every Turn.
He will have L O
pick and c h o o s e h i s b a t t l e s c a r e f u l l y s o
a s not t o r u n out of supply wagons when
h e needs them the most. A s a matter
of f a c t , t h i s w a s t h e c a s e i n the r e a l
c a m p a i g n d u r i n g w h i c h R o m m e l w a s not
able to launch any major attack from
e a r l y S u m m e r t o l a t e F a l l of 1941.

"The A.valon Hill Generalf1

Hilary Smith appointed South Atlantic Editor

a bi-monthly newsletter mailed on


the 1 s t day of January, March, May,
July, September and November.

EDITED 81 PUBLISHED by The


Avalon Hill Company, Baltimore,
Maryland.

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South Atlantic covering


EDITOR
Maryland,
D. C.,
West
Virginia,
Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina,
Georgia,
Alabama,
South Carolin$,
Mississippi and Florida.

Copyright 1964 T. A. H. C.
Baltimore, Maryland.
Printed in U. S.A.

We a r e happy to announce the appointment of a long t i m e Avalon Hill fan to


the post of South Atlantic Editor. Mr.
Smith i s 17 y e a r s old and grew up in
Silver Spring, Maryland, a hot-bed of
Avalon Hill activity. He i s currently
a Junior a t Bethesda-Chevy Chase High
School. His i n t e r e s t s include the Science
Club and the Finance Club plus out of
school s p o r t s . He would welcome correspondence f r o m those of you living in
his area.

EDITORS WANTED
There a r e s t i l l s o m e a r e a s f o r which
we have not appointed editorships. If
you a r e interested in writing a column
for this newsletter simply send u s a
personal r e s u m e . If appointed, you
will p r e p a r e your own column much in
the manner shown elsewhere in this
newsletter.
You will a l s o receive a
free lifetime subscription to The Avalon
Hill General. The following a r e a s a r e
still open for editorships:
NEW ENGLAND covering Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts,
Connecticut and Rhode Island.
MIDDLE ATLANTIC covering New York,
New J e r s e y , Pennsylvania and Europe.
CENTRAL covering North Dakota, South
Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa,
Kansas and Missouri.
NORTHWEST covering Idaho. Montana,
Wyoming. Nevada, Utah and Colorado.
P l e a s e a d d r e s s your correspondence to:
Editor, The Avalon Hill Company. 210
W. 28th Street. Baltimore. Maryland
21211.

Have Sword

:Will Command

Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. We have


iust received l a t e word covering the
existance of a "Model Generals Club.
We a r e grateful to M r . G. DeGree,
Sec. -Gen. in sending along a m e m b e r ship c a r d announcing the admittance of
our P r e s i d e n t , E a r l s p a r l i n g , a s honora r y Corresponding Member. We have
no further information a t this t i m e r e garding this club and t h e r e f o r e u r g e
those of you who might b e i n t e r e s t e d to
write to Mr. G. DeGree, Model General
Club, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
Meanwhile, we'll s e e that M r . Sparling
shines up the sword he swung s o savagely during P i c k e t t f s Charge.

Hilary Smith
7805 Maple Ridge Road
Bethesda 14, Maryland

They're Really Designing They're Own in Bethesda, Maryland

'

by Hilary Smith
T o s t a r t off this column I would l i k e
to tell you about my club. I f o r m e d a
club inBethesda consisting of t e n m e m b e r s which is about the maximum o u r
club can handle. Soon a f t e r forming we
decided to make a big game of our own
s o that m o r e club m e m b e r s could play
a t a time. We wrote Avalon Hill and
asked them if they could supply u s with
a l i s t of r e f e r e n c e books, a supply of
blank counters, and white sheets with
hexagons printed on them. This they
did. A s soon a s we received our m a t e r i a l s we plunged into the construction
and finally turned up a war map of
Europe (3'x5') of doubtful quality a s to
the a c c u r a c y and a r t work. Little ina c c u r a c i e s like a huge nonexistant
mountain range on both sides of the
Rhine, c e r t a i n islands missing, cities
in the wrong place, and b o r d e r s s o m e
t i m e s a s much a s 200 m i l e s off. We
did however enjoy playing it. After 20
o r s o games we realized that this battle
map just had to go because the a r t work
was t e r r i b l e ( I was one of the a r t i s t s ,
natch).
We o r d e r e d newboards and counters
and enlarged the a r e a of Europe our
game covered. We now included m o r e
of R u s s i a , a l m o s t all of North Africa,
some of the Middle E a s t , a l l of middle
Europe plus Turkey, and some of Scandinavia. The a r t work was n e a r professional (none of i t by m e , mind you)
and the a c c u r a c y was close. F o r units
we included a i r f o r c e s , flak units, a r mored, infantry and combinations of
both, engineers, navies, t r a i n s , mines

and mine s w e e p e r s , destruction squares


( r e d c l e a r plastic c i r c l e s used to denote a bridge blown, h a r b o r bombed, a
railway, destroyed o r a city blasted).
The m a j o r problem of this game i s the
r u l e s which a r e v e r y confusing, tangled,
even though we have made several a t tempts to w r i t e them all down but gave
up a f t e r tendouble space pages and only
a q u a r t e r of the job done.
The game begins i n 1939 and ends
in 1945. T h e r e a r e six major command e r s , R u s s i a , Germany, F r a n c e , Britian, Italy, and a l l of the other countries
under one commander. A complete
turn takes about 1 hour but have lasted
f o r m o r e than t h r e e hours. It i's not
uncommon to play a single game six o r
seven weeks.
Tios on desienine vour own

After reading my s t o r y about my


game it might make you want to build
one f o r your club o r yourself. So I
might a s well p a s s on s o m e hints for
making your own game.
T o my knowledge white s h e e t s with hexagons printed on them a r e still available from
Avalon Hill but the blank counters a r e
not. Counters may be made by ordering
a replacement sheet for 6OC from the
company f o r a game such a s Waterloo.
The choice of this game i s because of
the l a r g e number of counters in the
sheet.

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With glue and paper it is possible to


cover up the p r e s e n t face of the counter

Southwest Editor's Post to Air Man-Sgt. Louis Zocchi


a n a m a t e u r magician, t e a c h e s g u i t a r
a n d e l e c t r i c b a s s , p l a y s i n a d a n c e band.
a n d b e a t s h i s wife f o r a m u s e m e n t .
S a r g e b a s j u s t r e t u r n e d f r o m a 4y e a r t o u r i n Japan w h e r e h e u s e d A v a l o n
H i l l ' s "Word P o w e r " g a m e t o t e a c h
E n g l i s h t o Japanese c i t i z e n s .
Sgt.
Z o c c h i ' s m a g i c show f o r a J a p a n e s e
General was s o impressive that the
g e n e r a l o r d e r e d Zocchi d e c o r a t e d . H e
w a s t a r r e d a n d f e a t h e r e d o n t h e spot.
Lou is working i n t h e Holloman A i r
F o r c e B a s e c o n t r o l t o w e r which a c counts f o r t h e air t r a f f i c s n a r l o v e r t h e
base.
He a l s o t e a c h e s Avalon H i l l
g a m e s i n t h e b a s e S e r v i c e Club. When
w e a g r e e d to allow Zocchi t o n a m e h i s
column "Sage S a r g e Sem1', i t w a s with
t h e u n d e r s t a n d i n g t h a t the w o r d s a g e
would d e s c r i b e the l u d i c r o u s patch of
fungus u n d e r h i s n o s e r a t h e r than h i s
l a c k of intelligence. T h e w o r d s a r g e
is a p p l i c a b l e b e c a u s e that is h i s r a n k .
Anyone that m e e t s h i m knows j u s t how
r a n k h e is.

L o u i s Zocchi. S/Sgt. U. S. A. F.
1305 P o r t o R i c o
A l a m o g o r d o , New Mexico

EDITOR
Southwest c o v e r i n g A r i z o n a ,
New Mexico, T e x a s , Oklahoma. A r k a n s a s and Louisiana.
"The S a g e S a r g e Sez" c o l u m n is b e i n g
w r i t t e n by a 29 y e a r old A i r F o r c e s e r geant n a m e d Lou Zocchi. Lou h a i l s
f r o m Chicago, I l l i n o i s a n d h a s 10 y e a r s
of m i l i t a r y s e r v i c e behind h i m . H e is

and h a v e w h i t e b l a n k f a c e . T h i s is now
s u i t a b l e f o r c o l o r i n g o r w r i t i n g on.
T h i s m e t h o d s t i l l h a s bugs i n i t s o I
would e x p e r i m e n t t o find t h e b e s t
method b e f o r e doing o n a l a r g e s c a l e .
In d r a w i n g a m a p o n your b o a r d s t h e
b e s t m e t h o d I h a v e found i s to:
1 ) F i n d a m a p you want t o , c o p y
(check your l i b r a r y )
2 ) Buy s o m e f i l m a n d
photos of t h e m a p
3 ) Make

slides

out

of

take flash

the

film

4 ) Using t h e h e x b o a r d s a s a s c r e e n
p r o j e c t t h e s l i d e of the m a p o n to
the screen
5 ) By moving t h e p r o j e c t o r b a c k a n d
f o r t h you c a n p r o j e c t a n y p a r t of
t h e m a p o n t h e s l i d e on t o t h e h e x
board s c r e e n

6 ) T a k e a pencil a n d t r a c e a l l you
want of t h e m a p on your h e x b o a r d s .

7 ) Now s i m p l y d a r k e n the b o u n d r i e s

L o u ' s f a t h e r is t h e m a n who e n g r a v ed t h e L o r d ' s P r a y e r on t h e head of a


pin. Whenever people d i s c u s s pinheads,
Z o c c h i ' s n a m e n a t u r a l l y c o m e s up.
T h e a r t i c u l a t e defender of d e m o c r a c y
a s k s t h a t you a l l out t h e r e i n t h e s o u t h w e s t a r e a get i n touch with h i m . H e ' s
e a g e r f o r n e w s f r o m t h e outside w o r l d .

a little heavier,

put on c i t i e s .
r i v e r s , etc., and color i t and
your in b u s i n e s s .

My n e x t colu-nn will include t i p s on


coloring. (Both c a n t e r s and the board),
equipment, optional r u l e s , n a t u r e of
t h e a r m e d forc..:s r e p r e s e n t e d o n t h e
b o a r d , a n d any o t h e r h i n t s I c a n think
of.
Many people that I h a v e t a l k e d t o
have e x p r e s s e d .-xasperation i n playing
the different gan;es. The gripes mainly
a r e a b o u t the d i c e s y s t e m . They s a y
they h a v e b e e n d ~ s f e a t e db e f o r e by a l e s s
s k i l l e d opponent just b e c a u s e they h a v e
not b e e n skil1c.i i n d i c e throwing. I
h a v e no solution f o r t h i s p r o b l e m y e t ,
but if a n y of you d o p l e a s e d r o p m e a
l i n e s o that I m a y p a s s i t o n t o t h e r e a d ers.
I h a v e a n i d e a I k ~ r anew g a m e , p o s s i bly. It is b a s e d on World War I11 ( t h a t ' s
r i g h t , WWIII). My i d e a s a r e not c o m p l e t e l y f o r m u l a i e d s o i t will h a v e t o
wait t i l l m y next column i n t h e next
issue.

Sage Sarge Sez: How to Win


Without Really Playing
T o t h e u n s c r u p u l o u s Avalon Hill
f a n s , I o f f e r 12 t i p s on how t o win m o r e
f r e q u e n t l y . T o the s c r u p u l o u s , I offer
m y sympathy. H e r e a r e the t i p s .
1. P i c k a high, c o m f o r t a b l e c h a i r
f o r y o u r s e l f a n d give y o u r opponent t h e
low, u n c o m f o r t a b l e , b a c k l e s s stool.
Your opponent m u s t look up t o you when
engaging i n c o n v e r s a t i o n . Looking u p
m a k e s h i m f e e l slightly i n f e r i o r . You
c a n i n c r e a s e t h i s f e e l i n g by pointing
out h i s b l u n d e r s only * a f t e r h e is too
late t o c o r r e c t them.
2. Smoke heavily. A pipe is e x c e l l e n t f o r making g u r g l i n g s o u n d s when
t h e r e i s a slug in the stem. These
s o u n d s should b e e m i t t e d only while
your opponent is t r y i n g t o u n s n a r l your
l a s t m o v e . Don't b e c o m e o v e r l y ent h u s i a s t i c when g u r g l i n g o r you will
s u c k t h e s l u g into y o u r mouth. Not
only d o s l u g s of t o b a c c o juice t a s t e bad
but y o u r opponent will p r o b a b l y r e j o i c e
a t y o u r m i s f o r t u n e , a n d you will h a v e
nullified all y o u r e f f o r t s t o c r e a t e tension. B e f o r e y o u r s n o r M e g e t s t o the
juicy s l u g s t a g e you c a n e x h a l e gently
through the s t e m a n d blow s o o t o n t h e
b o a r d . N a t u r a l l y a foul s m e l l i n g tob a c c o is p r e f e r r e d . Rubbing g a r l i c int o t h e bowl b e f o r e s t o k e i n g u p will c a u s e
e v e n t h e m o s t i n d i f f e r e n t opponents t o
r e c o i l e v e r y t i m e you exhale. Blow
s m o k e in y o u r opponents e y e s when h e
is i n r a n g e . When h e i s n ' t , blow s m o k e
on t h e s i d e of the b o a r d he is intently
studying. When you f i n i s h t h e pipe
r o u t i n e b u m a c i g a r e t t e f r o m h i m . If
i t ' s h i s l a s t one t a k e i t a n d mention t o
h i m t h a t h e ' s running low. T a l k about
s m o k i n g a n d how good t h i s p a r t i c u l a r
butt is. T h i s will m a k e h i m want t h e
c i g a r e t t e you a r e s m o k i n g . If h e looks
longingly a t y o u r fag, blow s m o k e i n
h i s e y e s . S o m e t i m e s i t ' s b e t t e r to put
out the c i g a r e t t e a f t e r you've had only
o n e o r two puffs. T h i s e n a b l e s you t o
bum m o r e cigarettes f r o m him in l e s s
t i m e a n d h e will r e s e n t y o u r wastefulness.

3. If y o u ' r e playing i n h i s house


n e v e r f l i c k the a s h e s off y o u r c i g a r e t t e .
L e t t h e m hang. He will b e c o m e a n e r vous w r e c k while waiting f o r the a s h t o
fall. L e a n a c r o s s the t a b l e a s though
you w e r e i n t e r e s t e d i n s o m e t h i n g on
h i s s i d e of t h e b o a r d when t h e a s h i s
r i p e . With a n y l u c k a t a l l you should
b e a b l e t o d r o p it into h i s l a p . I have
done t h i s i n m y own h o m e while my
wife stood n e a r b y . You'd b e s u r p r i s e d
how m a n y men a r e too s h y to b t u s h
(Continued on P a g e 1 1, c o l u m n I )

From the HILL Top


by Jon P e r i c a

Pacific Coast Editorship to Basketballer-Jon Perica


.

I should like f i r s t to thank ~ v a i o n


Hill for the g r e a t honor they have given
me. I realize that this job will c a r r y
many responsibilities with i t and I will
do my best to complete a l l that i s asked
of me.
(Editor's Note: Mr. P e r i c a
visited u s with h i s family l a s t y e a r
while vacationing east.. .and we a r e
quite s u r e that he will do a fine column. )

*+

LXilr

'

II

As soon a s I received your Consumer


Brochure I immediately passed i t
around to my friends. Beside most of
the Club Members, four o r five o t h e r s
who have Avalon Hill games said they
would buy Afrika Korps a s soon a s
possible. One of the things they w e r e
especially impressedwith was the vivid
and exciting introduction you gave for
the beginning of your advertisement.
Bug your Dealer
Now that Afrika Korps i s being produced, many of you will be interested
in buying it. But if you a r e like m e ,
you run into difficulties when you t r y
to purchase the games a t most s t o r e s .
With the exception of the C h r i s t m a s
season. I have never s e e n a s t o r e that
c a r r i e d more than two o r t h r e e of the
Avalon Hill games regularly. One way
to help remedy this i s to keep asking
for the games a t a p a r t i c u l a r s t o r e . If
you and your friends a s k often enough
they will o r d e r just t o get you out of
their hair.
But why don't most s t o r e s c a r r y
even part of the g a m e s ? The answer
to this i s two-fold. The f i r s t r e a s o n
i s that the Avalon Hill games a r e the
"Cadillacw models of the game world,
and a s in anything e l s e , you have to pay
for quality. This l i m i t s the number of
s a l e s , unfortunately. And yet the very
nature of the games; the t i m e spent tb
insure authenticity and the g r e a t number of pieces, r e q u i r e s a price higher
than most other games. Theyeare still
lower priced than 'the few comparable
games available.

A H and Chess P l a y e r s the Same?


The second reason is the very nature
of the people the games a r e meant to
appeal to. To r e a l l y enjoy Avalon Hill
games you must be willing to s i t down
for four o r five h o u r s a t a time to work
out the tactical maneuvers needed. Then
you experience that special s u r g e of
power that comes when you know you've
just wiped out your opponent in a big
battle. Because of these requirements
the games tend t o appeal to the m o r e
intellectual person. One thing I've
noticed i s that people who like AH war

Jon P e r i c a
5663 R a m a r a Avenue
Woodland Hills, California 91364

EDITOR Pacific Coast covering Alaska, Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington and Far East.
"Though only a Junior in High School,

games, frequently play chess also.


Whether skill in one a r e a helps in
another o r not, I'm not s u r e , but of the
ten people in our club who meet regularly to play AH games, seven of them a l s o play chess.

F o r m Clubs

-- Here's

How

Playing AH games can be even m o r e


fun when you get s e v e r a l friends together in a n informal club. To help
any of you interested in starting such
a club, h e r e a r e a few suggestions f r o m
the club I helped to form.
1.

2.

3.

Alternating meetings a t each


m e m b e r s house prevents any
one person f r o m being imposed
on.
Establish fairly regular meetings - every two o r three weeks
seems
best
during
school
months.
Saturday afternoons s e e m t o be
the best time t o meet. A meeting time of f r o m 1:00 4:30 fits
nicely between lunch and dinner
hourse.

I like t o think of myself a s the only


sixteen y e a r old Field Marshal in the
world. Although I play basketball on
the Junior v a r s i t y t e a m and collect
stamps. I s t i l l find time to play and
experiment with most of the Avalon
Hill games. I enjoy playing a l l the diff e r e n t types of w a r games --- I especially like the newer games such a s Bism a r k , Waterloo and Stalingrad. My
favorite is Stalingrad. I'
"My f i r s t introduction to ~ v a l o nHill
games c a m e in 1958 when my parents
gave m e the original Gettysburg game
a s a C h r i s t m a s gift. It was difficult to
find opponents a t f i r s t . L a t e r , a s 1
found m o r e Avalon Hill fans, my collection of the games increased until I have,
a t present, all. the w a r games except
Chancellorsville. A s I m e t m o r e people
I was s u r p r i s e d a t how many of them
had Avalon Hill games but lacked anyone to play them with. With this probl e m in mind, s e v e r a l friends and I
f o r m e d a n informal club that m e t during the s u m m e r f o r friendly competition. Since then, membership h a s inc r e a s e d t o ten, and with the publication
of a player Directory in the "General",
we hope to i n c r e a s e our membership
even more. "

4.

T r y t o s e t up a regular schedule
of games and opponents. A
round robin type gives everyone
a chance to play every other
player in o r d e r .

5.

Organize victories and l o s s e s


on a point s c a l e f o r instance
complete victory = 3 pts.; technical victory (to be decided by
r e s t of m e m b e r s in event time
r u n s out before game is com2 pts. ; l o s s
1 pt.;
pleted)
missing a game = 0 pts. .Post
r e s u l t s on club chart.

6.

When two opponents meet to


play, l e t the person with the
fewer points choose the game
he wants to play.

7.

When arguments a r i s e , a s occasionally they do, l e t the other


club m e m b e r s a c t a s referees.

8.

When you think you a r e


good, challenge m e to a
But expect no mercy!
pretty ruthless person
m i l i t a r y conquests!

pretty
game.
I'm a
in my

Write: Jon P e r i c a , 5663 R a m a r a Avenue. Woodland Hills, California, 91364.

CONTEST NO. 1
5 different battles with the object of eliminating a s many
British Units a s possible while keeping German l o s s e s to a
study the battle situation below:
minimum. F i r s t

The f i r s t contest involves a multiple battle situation a l ready s e t up for you. But the actual b r e a k down of combat
i s left up to you. You must divide combat into no m o r e than

Now r e f e r t o the Operations Sheet on the Contest Entry


blank. Fill in the n e c e s s a r y information in a manner s i m ?
l a r to that shown f o r you in the example below. Filling 11,
columns ( a ) through ( c ) a r e self explanatory. When selecting Stocks for (d) you must choose only f r o m the l i s t printed
on the entry blank. You may l i s t these Stocks in any ordcxr
you wish. You do not fill in columns (e), ( g ) and (h). W e
have pre-selected the Closing Transactions Date ( e ) and
will complete columns ( g ) and ( h ) ourselves when markirrg
your entry. Finally include your name and a d d r e s s w h e ~ e
indicated. Also, s t a t e the Avalon Hill game you wish aF;
your prize in the event you become a winner.

HOW COMBAT IS RESOLVED


Combat will be resolved exactly a s in the Afrika Korp,.
Play-by-Mail kit. We will obtain the r e s u l t of combat by
consulting the New York Stock Exchange r e p o r t f o r closing
transactions of Monday, June 1, 1964. The result of each
battle will be determined by the l a s t digit of the Sales-inHundreds column f o r each Stock you have listed on the
Operations Sheet. The special Play-by-Mail Combat R e -

s u l t s Table will be used in matching up the r e s u l t s of com-

HOW YOU WIN


10 winners will be named. Winning e n t r i e s will be those
whose attacks come closest to eliminating a l l British Units
while suffering fewest German l o s s e s . In c a s e of ties
e a r l i e s t postmarked entries will decide (allowances will be
made for distant participants. ) Winners will be awarded a
EREE Avalon Hill game of their choice.

HOW TO ENTER
This contest i s f r e e to a l l s u b s c r i b e r s . Simply fill in
the entry blank and mail to: The Avalon Hill Company,
210 W. 28th Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21211. Contest
Department. Entries must be postmarked on o r before
Saturday. May 30, 1964. P r i n t your name and address
clearly. And make s u r e you mention the game you wish a s
winning prize.

ENTRY BLANK

.ARMY

OPERATIONS FOR

ENTRY BLANK

F I L L IN COLUMNS ( a ) , (b). ( c ) a n d ( d ) only.. . W E WILL C O M P L E T E (g) a n d ( h ) WHEN MARKING YOUR

ENTRY.

S E L E C T STOCKS FROM THIS GROUP


A m e r i c a n Tobac'co
Crown Cork & Seal

Ampex
Food F a i r

Eastern A i r Lines

,
Korvette

S e a r s Roebuck
Coca Cola

IBM
Motorola

F o r d Motor
Goodrich

.Goodyear
Chrysler

(In t h e e v e n t o n e of 'the a b o v e S t o c k s is l i s t e d m o r e than o n c e , we will u s e t h e Stock with h i g h e s t S a l e s - i n - H u n d r e d s )

I.
I

I
I

NAME

PRIZE

(Avalon Hill g a m e )

Plan Red--from Purdue U.

Cadet Captain, Carl F. Knabe 11, Midwest Editor

by C a r l F. Knabe I1
West L a f a y e t t e , Indiana: In a n s w e r
to many queries regarding optimum
G e r m a n d e f e n s i v e s e t u p s f o r D-DAY.
we a r e p r e s e n t i n g P l a n Red. G r i d coordinates have been a r b i t r a r i l y establ i s h e d i n o r d e r t h a t you m a y h a v e a
r e f e r e n c e point f o r the e x a c t p l a c e m e n t
of G e r m a n Units. T h e r o w of s q u a r e s
t h a t r u n E-W a r e n u m b e r e d ; s q u a r e s
that r u n NW-ES a r e l e t t e r e d . F o r e x a m p l e s : E s s e n is i i 9 , Reims-W19,
M a r s e i l l e s - N45, B r u s s e l s - AA13,
Lyon - Q34, Dieppe - R l 6 a n d Nantes
E27, e t c . T h e r e s t you c a n f i g u r e out
f o r y o u r s e l f . Note t h a t t h i s s e t u p d o e s
not include HQ Units.

to work f o r the General Electric Company a n d m y f a m i l y l i v e d s u c c e s s i v e l y


f o r o n e y e a r i n Schenectady. New York;
s i u y e a r s i n B a l t i m o r e , Maryland, and
e i g h t y e a r s i n Schenectady, New York
b e f o r e we m o v e d t o F o r t Wayne, India n a w h e r e I took m y Senior y e a r i n
South S i d e High School t h e r e . I a m now
a Junior a t Purdue University majoring
i n P h y s i c s a n d a C a d e t Captain i n A i r
F o r c e ROTC.

Once t h e g a m e g e t s u n d e r w a y , follow t h e S e c o n d a r y D e f e n s e L i n e f o r
P l a n Red.
T h e a t r e H e a d q u a r t e r s O B West, G e r m a n
Initial G e r m a n P l a c e m e n t
P l a n Red

Using t h e following c h a n g e s i n t h e o r i g inal D-DAY r u l e s :


1. O d d s a r e r o u n d e d off t o f a v o r t h e
defender.

2.

Soak-off a t m o r e t h a n 1 t o 6 is not
allowed.

3.

Units a r e not doubled behind r i v e r s


unless attacked directly a c r o s s them.

4.

Units b e i n g a t t a c k e d f r o m a c r o s s
r i v e r s a n d f r o m plain, city, mount a i n , f o r t r e s s , o r f o r t i f i e d zone
s q u a r e s not a c r o s s t h e r i v e r a r e
e n g a g e d a t b a s i c o d d s b y all u n i t s
attacking.

5. Allied A i r b o r n e u n i t s m a y not l a n d
adjacent to any German unit whether
t h a t G e r m a n u n i t zone of c o n t r o l
l i e s o v e r t h a t s q u a r e o r not.
6.

7.

F o r t r e s s e s a r e t r i p l e d only if a t tacked f r o m the s e a . Otherwise


they a r e doubled.
H e a d q u a r t e r s u n i t s a r e not u s e d .

GERMAN COURSE O F ACTION,

Plan

Red:
The G e r m a n will make h i s initial
p l a c e m e n t of m e n i n s u c h a m a n n e r a s
t o m a k e t h e i n v a s i o n a r e a s of N o r t h S e a ;
P a s De C a l a i s ; L e H a v r e ; a n d , t o a n
extent, Normandy impossible to invade
s u c c e s s f u l l y . Any i n v a s i o n i n t h e s e
a r e a s will b e c r u s h e d o n t h e b e a c h a t
a l l c o s t s with t h e exception of Normandy

I s a w m y f i r s t Avalon Hill b a t t l e
g a m e i n F o r t Wayne - TACTICS 11.
S i n c e then t h e g a m e s h a v e become a
r a t h e r s e r i o u s hobby with m e and I have
played a l l t h e b a t t l e g a m e s and a good
p o r t i o n of t h e non-battle Avalon Hill
g a m e s . I find t h a t I enjoy WATERLOO,
D-DAY, STALINGRAD, a n d AFRIKA
KORPS m o s t of all t h e b a t t l e g a m e s .
P e r s o n a l l y , I find t h a t I d i s l i k e old
GETTYSBURG b e c a u s e it w a s i n p r e .is,,
new GETTYSBURG and C ~ N CELLORSVILLE because luck on the

C a r l F. Knabe I1
1244 S t a t e S t r e e t C o u r t s
West Lafayette. Indiana

EDITOR Midwest c o v e r i n g Wisconsin,


Michigan, Illinois, Indiana a n d Ohio.

I
Being of G e r m a n d e s c e n t , I w a s
given a G e r m a n name: C a r l F r e d e r i c k
Knabe I1 (Knabe m e a n s l i t t l e boy i n
D e u t s c h ) w h e n I w a s b o r n i n Washington,
D. C. i n 1943. I l i v e d t h e r e t h r e e y e a r s
while m y f a t h e r s e r v e d i n Italy with t h e
A r m y . A f t e r t h e w a r m y f a t h e r went

a i r b o r n e p r o t e c t i o n ( S E E Secondary Def e n s e L i n e , P l a n Red. )

which is a G e r m a n option depending o n


t h e s u c c e s s of t h e A l l i e d invasion of
t h i s a r e a . (SEE Initial G e r m a n P l a c e m e n t . P l a n Red. )
Any i n v a s i o n i n t h e i n v a s i o n a r e a s of
South F r a n c e ; B a y of B i s c a y ; B r i t t a n y ;
o r , a t G e r m a n Option, Normandy w i l l
b e m e t by a n i m m e d i a t e G e r m a n withd r a w a l t o the M e u s e - A n t w e r p l i n e (SEE
S e c o n d a r y Def'2nse Line. P l a n Red. )
T h e k e y t o t h i s w i t h d r a w a l is t h e i m m e d i a t e m o v e m e n t of t h e s i x s t a t i c divis i o n s o n s q u a r e s B B - 9 and CC-8 i n t o
position f r o m hehind t h e Meuse. A l l
u n i t s w i l l b e z?, position n o l a t e r t h a n
t h e 7th week, -I. lth t h e m i n i m u m l o s s of
s t r e n g t h ; t h e A l l i e s w i l l then b e i n a
v e r y difficult pbsition. Twq exceptions
t o this: ( 1 ) If A l l i e s invade a t South
F r a n c e i t w i l l be n e c e s s a r y t o s a c r i f i c e
two l i g h t u n i t s of Southern R e s e r v e
F o r c e (SEE sq.rares E E - 2 3 a n d E E - 2 2
of Initial Germb: P l a c e m e n t , P l a n Red.)
T o gain one t u r n , t h i s will b e compens a t e d f o r by pour A l l i e d r e i n f o r c e m e n t
c a p a b i l i t i e s i n s o u t h F r a n c e ; a n d (2) If
t h e A l l i e d drsap: p a r a t r o o p s behind
German retrebt the Germans must
c r u s h t h e m with m i n i m u m l o s s a n d not
b e t r a p p e d by o:.erland t r o o p s , t h e l o s s
is m a d e u p f o r by t h e u n i t s f r e e d f r o m

d i e r o l l of t h e b a t t l e s played too p r e d o m i n a t e a p a r t ( I a m b a s i c a l l y unlucky),


a n d CIVIL WAR b e c a u s e if h e plays h i s
c a r d s r i g h t t h e N o r t h c a n a l w a y s win.
T h e two n a v e l g a m e s BISMARCK a n d
U,-BOAT a r e a l s o i n t e r e s t i n g , although
I would l i k e t o s e e a n a v e l b a t t l e g a m e
involving m o r e v a r i a b l e s .

If t h e G e r m a n h a s been a b l e t o w i t h d r a w to this line successfully experie n c e h a s shown t h a t h e w i l l n o r m a l l y


win. T h e c o n c e n t r a t i o n of heavy u n i t s
on t h e S o u t h e r n f l a n k is n e c e s s a r y b e c a u s e t h e Belfort-Epinal s e c t i o n of t h e
l i n e is t h e m o s t key s e c t i o n a n d m u s t
b e defended m o s t f a n a t i c a l l y ; the concentration can a l s o be used l a t e r in the
g a m e f o r a p o s s i b l e G e r m a n flank e n velopment counter-attack against the
Allied line.
Any c o n s t r u c t i v e d e f e n s e s h o r t of the
M e u s e - A n t w e r p l i n e is not possible due
t o the l o n g e r s e c t i o n of b e a c h t o be d e fended a n d t h e l a c k of good positions
t o f a l l b a c k upon o n c e the defense i s
b r e a c h e d giving t h e Allied maneuvera b i l i t y a c h a n c e t o f e l l a telling blow.
T h e M e u s e - A n t w e r p l i n e not only f o r c e s
t h e A l l i e s t o fight a s e t - b a t t l e ( G e r m a n
l a c k of m o v e m e n t is not s o much of a
h a n d i c a p h e r e ) a t llbadll o d d s , but f o r c e s
h i m t o soak-off i n inordinant a m o u n t s
also.

(Continued P a g e 8, column 1 )

Plan Red-Face--from Holloman Air Base


Alamogordo, New Mexico: T h e following i s a n o t h e r s t a r t i n g d e f e n s i v e
line-up f o r D-DAY. P l a n R e d - F a c e , s o
named b e c a u s e i t f a i l e d , n e v e r t h e l e s s
h a s m e r i t . A s a m a t t e r of f a c t , i t w a s
the e x a c t s e t - u p u s e d i n a r e c e n t l y c o m pleted D-DAY P l a y - b y - M a i l g a m e b e tween S/Sgt. L o u i s Zoochi a n d y o u r
peerless management h e r e a t the game
making place. P v t . Z o c c h i ' s own c o m m e n t s follow.

JJ- 1 3

27 1

FF- 5

275

DD- 7
-

Lehr

P-17
-

51SS

EE-23

Q- 16
-

M-18

21
106

N- 44
0-02
M-44

ARMORED INFANTRY:

Plan Red-from Purdue U. The Unstoppable German Defense

Plan Red

)19

BB-9
-

243

X-11

347

DD-7
-

326

BB-9
-

7 16

FF- 5
-

348

DD-7

719

FF- 5

S-15
W- 12

48
165

STATIC INFANTRY:
159

V-12

244

Y-11

189

9
T - 14
X-11
-

338

CC-8

266

BB-9

708

EE- 6

346

DD-7

17LW

Q-16

712

FF- 5

157

T - 14
X- 11

l6LW
148

47

S- 15
-

.242

49

Y-11
-

245

709

CC-8
EE- 6
-

18LW

s-15

158

v-12
-

343

O B WEST

FF-6

HQB

EE7
-

HQ 1 1 5

BB-10

NETH

AA-10

Quoting f r o m t h e official s u r r e n d e r
" c o m m a n d s to the Allied
dispatch:
A r m i e s w e r e i n s p i r a t i o n a l l y conceived,
f l a w l e s s l y planned a n d b r i l l i a n t l y executed. O u t s i d e of t h a t , I c a n ' t think of
anything you (Avalon H i l l ) did right."

. ..

116

P-17

ARMORED:

E-27
A-37
-

353

Initial G e r m a n P l a c e m e n t

17SS

R-16
INFANTRY:

352

(Continued f r o m P a g e 7 )

JJ-13

AIRBORNE:

STATIC INFANTRY:

Heavier North Sea defense m a y b e


obtained f o r t h e i n i t i a l invasion by. p. l a c ing the H i t l e r C o r p s i n the N o r t h e r n
r e p l a c e m e n t a r e a i n s t e a d of t h e C e n t e r
One ( S E E I n i t i a l G e r m a n P l a c e m e n t .
t
P l a n Red. )

15SS

HEADQUARTERS:

182

T - 14
W-12

265

Y-11
-

344

CC-8
-

'71 1

EE-6
-

(Continued P a g e 9, column 1 )

Our southwest correspondent further


c o m m e n t s on h i s own s t r a t e g y :
"contributing t o t h e A l l i e d War effort
w a s m y m a s t e r f u l handling of Zocchi's
Rout; m y f l a w l e s s execution of Zocchi's
D i s a s t e r ; a n d m y p e e r l e s s indecision
d u r i n g Z o c c h i ' s B l i n d e r . I'

. ..

In a m o r e s e r i o u s n a t u r e , the good
Sgt. p a s s e s t h i s c r i t i q u e a l o n g t o you
. . I think my
f o r what i t is worth:
i n i t i a l e r r p r w a s i n placing 2 Static
Divisions t o o m a n y i n t h e South of
F r a n c e . I u s u a l l y h a v e 3 S t a t i c s in
A v r a n c h e s . . h a d I d o n e s o i n t h i s game,
I might h a v e h a d b e t t e r l u c k i n sealing
off B r i t t a n y u n t i l m o r e h e l p a r r i v e d . I
think m y s e c o n d e r r o r w a s when I fought
you i n t h e open p l a i n s of F r a n c e . If I
h a d o f f e r e d only token r e s i s t a n c e until
I r e a c h e d a position w h e r e I could t u r n
t h e t e r r a i n t o m y a d v a n t a g e I might
h a v e done b e t t e r . T h i s w a s the f i r s t
t i m e a n opponent m o v e d inland s o f a s t .
I u s u a l l y m a n a g e t o fight a slow withd r a w a l a n d a r r i v e a t t h e 0 l i n e ( ? ) about
the 9th week. My t h i r d t a c t i c a l e r r o r
w a s failing t o p l a c e s t r o n g e r Units south
of 20. Had I d o n e s o m y South of F r a n c e
f o r c e would p r o b a b l y h a v e a r r i v e d a t
the L o i r e i n t i m e t o m a k e you fight your
way a c r o s s . I a m wondering if leaving
a l l t h a t f o r c e on t h e b e a c h e s until a f t e r
the 9th week w a s a n e r r o r . I n e v e r had
s u c h g r e a t n e e d f o r t h e m b e f o r e . I proba b l y m a d e m a n y m o r e e r r o r s but the 3
I mentioned s e e m t o m e t o b e the most
c r i t i c a l . I would a p p r e c i a t e a c r i t i q u e
on what you c o n s i d e r e d t o b e the key
e r r o r s in m y s t r a t e g y .

".

Well, now i t s quite possible that your


key e r r o r w a s in p u r c h a s i n g the game
in the f i r s t p l a c e .

Plan Red- The Unstoppable German Defense -D-Day


(Continued f r o m P a g e 8 )

Plan Red

- S e c o n d a r y Defense L i n e

INFANTRY:

Epinal

AIRBORNE PROTECTION

EMPLACED
by type-

AA-26

6-6-4. 6-6-4
-

AA- 2 5

5-5-4, 5-5-4
-

Nancy

AA-24

4-4-3, 4-4-3
-

Metz

DD-25
2-2-4
CC-23
3-3-4
BB-21
4-4-3
CC-19
3-3-4

Luxembourg

CC-17

Liege

EE-13
1-1-3
DD-12
1-2-2
--

Rotterdam

EE-7

4-4-4

JJ-3
-

1-2-2
-

SQUARE
Belfort

"Germans Can't Lose in D-Day"

1-2-2

ARMORED:

G-25

49SS

106

FF- 22

2SS

9SS

EE-23

21

116
2
11

Q- 18
L-18
-

EE-23

K-21
0- 17
-

(Continued P a g e 10, column 2 )

AA- 18

Club Discount Offer

Lehr

M-18

51SS

EE-23

BUY 5 GAMES
Sedan

AA- 16

1-21

BB- 14
AIRBORNE:

HitlerCorpsJJ-13

HH- 6

3 SS
H i t l e r C o r p s 15SS
2 5SS

FF- 6
P- 20
-

1
1

Namur

BB- 13

Brussels

AA-13

O E - 12

1-2-2, 1-2-2,
1-2-2

Question Corner

Antwerp

Sli- 11

3-4-3. 3-4-3
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r--CLUB

Q: "Can t h e B r i t i s h p r e v e n t i s o l a t i o n
of Units a t B e n g a s i if h e is unwilling t o
put a Supply Unit t h e r e by r o t a t i n g 2
Units b a c k a n d f o r t h between h i s h o m e
b a s e and B e n g a s i , saying t h e m e n a r e
supplied a t a l t e r n a t e i n t e r v a l s ? " .

A: Yes.

Q: "In r e g a r d s t o G e t t y s b u r g ( o r i g i n a l
v e r s i o n ) how long d o e s i t t a k e to construct Hasty Entrenchments and k
v e r s e Slope & Valley D e f e n s e s ? "
A: Hasty E n t r e n c h m e n t s a n d s l o p e a n d
valley d e f e n s e s r e q u i r e no l a p s e of
t i m e . They a r e c o n s t r u c t e d on t h e s a m e
t u r n of a r r i v a l .

DISCOUNT ORDER FORM--'A s s o r t m e n t . I m u s t choose


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You c a n buy b garxles
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Tb o r d e r , s i m p l y c u t out a n d m a i l the
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5-5-4
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Special: H e r e is
y o u r Avalon Hill
c o s t than n o r m a l .
f o r the p r i c e of
freight.

N-20

ARMORED INFANTRY:
17SS

AA- 19

I
I

I
1
1

D- DAY

- U-Boat

Dispatcher

T a c t i c s I1
L e Mans

- Verdict I1

- Management - Gettysburg

I Name

I
I

I Address

D-DAY--Chicago Style

NN-2

51SS

1-21
K- 19
-

2
Chicago, Illinois: H e r e is a t h i r d
German set-up used t o great advantage
by R o b e r t Olson, i n Chicago. If you
a r e playing with t h e HQ Units, we r e c ommend you t r y t h i s s e t - u p a t l e a s t
once.
STATIC INFANTRY:

X-11

l6~wCC-8

182

17LW CC-8

189

344

P-17

18LW C C - 8

242

W-12

346 P - 1 7

47

BB-9
-

243

V-12

347

0-17

48

BB-9
-

244

U-13
-

348

C-21

49

AA-10

245

708 C

148

Z-10
Z-10

265

T-14
T-14
T-14
-

711D-26

R-16

712 M-44

R-16
Q-16
-

716-

157

266

158

319

159

326

165

338

INFANTRY:

271

M-44

277

272

P-45

33.1

275

0-45

77

276

N-45

84

ARMORED:

ZSS

E-21
S-15

9 SS

NN- 2
-

1ss

709

I-44

Q- 17
"Germans Can't Lose in D-Day
F-21
T h e G e r m a n should a t a l l t i m e s s e e k
NN-3
t o play a g a m e e m p h a s i z i n g h i s s t r e n g t h s

11
21
106

ARMORED INFANTRY:

116

A-37
-

3SS

JJ-13

1 7 s

L-18

15=

JJ-13

25SS

EE-23

AIRBORNE:
2

GG-6

FF-6
-

EE-7
-

HEADQUARTERS:
O B WEST

U- 1 4
-

19

L-42
-

WETH

G-23
11- 3

S- 16
-

15

P-18
-

Q-43
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Plan Red--from Purdue U.


(Continued f r o m P a g e 9 )

Plan Red h a s a n apparent weakness


i n i t s c o m p l e t e l a c k of a n i m m e d i a t e
South F r a n c e d e f e n s e . T h i s is a s o m e what s u b t i l e g a m b i t , h o w e v e r . Upon
N-44 85 F-21 c l o s e r i n s p e c t i o n i t develops that Vesoul
(Y-26), a t t h e s o u t h e r t ~end of t h e SetFF-7 9 l C-30 o n d a r y Defense L i n e , i s 19 s q u a r e s f r o m
t h e c l o s e s t s q u a r e ( N - 4 5 ) i n South
T-15
352 E
9 F r a n c e which is only one m o v e of t h e
t y p i c a l A l l i e d unit c l o s e r than B a y of
D-28 353
B i s c a y w h o s e c l o s e s t a p p r o a c h St.
N a z a i r e (D-26), is 22 s q u a r e s f r o m
Vesoul. With p r o p e r s a c r i f i c e of a
3-3-4 a n d t h e 2-2-4 f r o m the G e r m a n
lZSS
M-18
s o u t h e r n r e s e r v e a r o u n d t h e 30th g r i d
l i n e it c a n b e m a d e physically i m p o s s i 49SS
NN-2
b l e f o r a n y A l l i e d ground u n i t t o r e a c h
the S e c o n d a r y Defense L i n e b e f o r e it
Lehr
D-31
c l i c k s i n t o place; with p r o p e r s c r e e n ing by t h e H i t l e r C o r p s a n d 4 - 4 - 3 ' s
moving i n t o position it can b e m a d e
i m p o s s i b l e f o r t h e Allied p l a y e r t o land
airborne troops anywhere to hinder dev e l o p m e n t of G e r m a n d e f e n s e . A s h a s
b e e n s a i d b e f o r e , t h e s a c r i f i c e of t h e s e
u n i t s by t h e G e r m a n i s m a d e u p f o r by
t h e p o o r Allied supply and r e i n f o r c e m e n t c a p a b i l i t i e s in South F r a n c e .
f o r c i n g t h e A l l i e s t o r e i n v a d e t h e 16th
week i n o r d e r t o b r i n g h i s 16th week
u n i t s i n t o play effectively; t h i s s e c o n d
i n v a s i o n d e s t r o y s t h e s e c o n d invasion
option of t h e A l l i e s f r e e i n g the G e r m a n
d e f e n s e of North S e a t o s t r e n g t h e n t h e
s o u t h e r n p a r t of the Secondary Defense
L i n e . T h e Allied will a l s o h a v e t o s e n d
a t l e a s t t h r e e 4 - 4 - 4 ' s t o hunt down t h e
16LW S t a t i c D i v . , which should b e
m o v e d t o R e n n e s (G-23), i n o r d e r t o
r e c e i v e h i s 28th week F r e n c h units.
7190-45

r a t h e r t h a n h i s w e a k n e s s e s . He should
a v o i d a g a m e of m a n e u v e r , of isolated
s t r o n g points, of c o m b a t in plain squar e s , a n d of w e a k o r no a i r b o r n e a t t a c k
protection. H e should look f o r continuous l i n e s (giving t h e Allied units'
m a n e u v e r a b i l i t y n o advantage), he
should a t t e m p t t o p l a c e h i s m e n s o that
t h e i r d e f e n s e f a c t o r i s doubled, and
should p r o v i d e sufficient a i r b o r n e p r o tection.
1. P l a c e w e a k u n i t s behind r i v e r
l i n e s s o t h a t i f A l l i e d u n i t s a r e adjacent
t o t h e m a f t e r c o m b a t t h e weak units
a r e not r e q u i r e d t o a t t a c k .
2. On e x p o s e d s t r o n g points (i. e.
points not behind r i v e r l i n e s s o that
Allied men adjacent to them after combat f o r c e withdrawal o r counterattack)
p l a c e s t r o n g a r m o r a n d infantry f o r c i n g t h e A l l i e d p l a y e r t o t a k e b a d odds.
3. S i n c e t h e G e r m a n is not weak on
d e f e n s e b u t h e i s on offense, he should
a v o i d c o u n t e r - a t t a c k i n g u n l e s s he m u s t
m a i n t a i n t h e position o r he c a n c a u s e
the Allied player t o take l a r g e r loss
than himself.
4. T h e G e r m a n should a l w a y s fight
h i s b a t t l e s with t h e i d e a of h i s next
w i t h d r a w a l i n m i n d and conduct h i s
move s o as t o not deny himself good
l a t e r d e f e n s i v e positions.
P r o t e c t R e a r With HQ Units
Although t h e G e r m a n s i d e i s a v e r y
difficult o n e t o play in D-DAY, even
with t h e new r u l e s , i t h a s been my p e r s o n a l e x p e r i e n c e t h a t t h e G e r m a n side
h a s a v e r y d e f i n i t e advantage. That
is: t h e good G e r m a n p l a y e r s t a n d s a
m u c h g r e a t e r c h a n c e of winning than
t h e good A l l i e d p l a y e r . According to
t h e new r u l e s HQ u n i t s a r e not u s e d .
H o w e v e r , if two p l a y e r s f e e l they need
HQ's a s a play b a l a n c e r , I f e e l they
should b e u s e d a c c o r d i n g t o t h e s e t h r e e
principles:
1. F o r t h e Initial G e r m a n P l a c e ment to prohibit airborne attack.
2. D u r i n g t h e G e r m a n r e t r e a t back
t o h i s S e c o n d a r y Defense Line to slow
u p A l l i e d a d v a n c e through s a c r i f i c e ,
and prevent a i r b o r n e attack.
3. Behind G e r m a n Secondary Def e n s e L i n e t o p r o h i b i t a i r b o r n e attack,
f r e e i n g the m e n s l a t e d f o r AIRBORNE
PROTECTION i n t o the d e f e n s e line.

Sage Sarge Sez: How to Win Without Really Playing


(Continued from Page 3 )
ashes from their laps when women a r e
present. They make a big show of outer
calm while trying to unobtrusively wiggle the a s h off before i t ' s too late. If
you m i s s his lap, but hit the board.
blow a s h a r d a s you can in his direction
so the a s h e s and pieces will bury him.
Then r e m a r k about how sloppy he looks.
4. Make left handed compliments on
his tactics whenever possible. T r y to
sound s i n c e r e a s you compliment h i m
on his l a s t move in general t e r m s , then
pick it a p a r t in detail. F o r example;
'!Gotracks, that l a s t move was ingenious !
I never d r e a m e d you could get past my
defenses that way. (Then the c r u s h e r ) .
It's too bad y o u ' r e going to loose those
units because you bungled your defense
against a flank attack h e r e and h e r e .
Only a complete idiot could pull a stupid stunt like that. I' Ask his advice
about your coming move, then do just
the opposite.

5. Just before poor haggard Gotrocks throws that bone, call the number
that will be most advantageous to you.
If you can get the number you need 2 o r
3 times in a row i t heightens the illusion
that you have a mysterious control over
the dice. P o o r Gotrocks will be s o
rattled he'll probably continue to throw
your numbers 5 out of 6 times. P r a i s e
him when h e r o l l s what you want; s a y
nothing when h e doesn't.
6 . Never take his word f o r anything.

Make him d e s c r i b e in detail every a t tack and soak off a t l e a s t twice. This
i n exasperating to h i m e s ~ e c i a l l ywhen
you pretend you don't understand what
he's trying to explain. If he t r i e s to
make you explain your attacks comply
with his wishes but make a g r e a t show
of forced patience. With skillful a p plication this technique will make h i m
feel like s o m e kind of a n idiot. Talk
down to him a t every opportunity. T r y
to get him into a n argument over r u l e
interpretation. Make him dig out proof
that he i s right. Naturally in the heat
of the moment he probably won't be
able to find what he is looking for.When
you have toyed with him enough inform
him in your haughtiest manner that you
think that it's a stupid rule and you still
don't s e e why i t h a s to be like that.
7 . Keep him moving. Always a s k
for an a s h t r a y , pheasant under g l a s s ,
caviar, o r champaign a f t e r he h a s
moved 25% of his force. If he gets it
f o r vou before he finishes his turn he
will probably loose his trend of thought
and boo-boo on the board. Be s u r e to

chide him about it after he throws the


die.
8. Throw the die into h i s men when
resolving combat. It s c a t t e r s his men
and s h a t t e r s his patience when h e t r i e s
to place everything a s i t was. Bicker
about the replaced s e t up until he gives
in to your wishes. Then r e v e r s e your
position and demand that they be s e t up
a s he had originally planned. Throw
the die to the floor on his side of the
board s o that he has to get down on h i s
hands and knees to retreive it. If he
t r i e s to do the s a m e thing to you kick
the die back to him s o he still h a s to
get down on the floor. Take off your
shoes and be s u r e to wear socks with
holes in them. He will be s u r e to s e e
them when h e ' s on the floor and he'll
probably feel embarrassed.
9. If you have false teeth you can
clack them together, o r suck a i r noisly
through them. Dropping them on the
board just a s h e finishes his move can
j a r the pieces sobadly that he will have
t o make h i s entire move over again.
10. Drum your fingers on .the table
while you whistle a tuneless off key
piece of nonsense during his turn. It
tends to make h i m hasty and c a r e l e s s .
11. Attempt conversation on any
subject that r e q u i r e s numbers for ans w e r s when he i s trying to compute
battle odds.
12. When you s e e that you a r e hopel e s s l y l o s t shout with g r e a t excitement,
"AHA! I knew you would fall f o r that
trap. Now you a r e lost!" Jump up and
j a r the table s o the pieces go flying.
Look disappointed and say "Darn i t all,
and just when I had you too. Boy a r e
you lucky. I t
You can believe m e when I s a y that
the dirty dozen work. Of course I haven't tried them lately because nobody
wants to play with m e anymore. I wond e r why?
In the next issue I willdescribe what
I think a r e the best opening moves for
both s i d e s in Tactics 11. If you have a
Tactics I1 s e t , you'll be able to plot
every unit a s it moves into position to
execute "OPERATION CAN CAN". One
whole c o r p s gets wiped out in 2 moves.
All the gory details will be disclosed
in my next a r t i c l e entitled "TACTICS
FOR TWO". If you folks haveany ideas,
I'd be glad to hear from you. My add r e s s i s Lou Zocchi. 1305 P o r t o r i c o ,
Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Afrika Korps Sea Movement


One of the r u l e s not made altogether
c l e a r in Afrika Korps pertains to movement in and out of F o r t r e s s e s by Sea.
T o move voluntarily from Tobruk to
your Home Base, you t r a n s f e r your
Units f r o m Tobruk to the Home Base
s q u a r e in the s a m e Turn. But you may
not move such Units off the Home Base
s q u a r e until the following Turn. To
t r a n s f e r f r o m land to Tobruk via Sea,
Units must f t r s t be moved to the Home
B a s e square. Then on the next Turn.
they may be placed in Tobruk and
moved inland if desired. O r , if you
p r e f e r , you may simply move Units
completely off the board and keep them
a t "Seat1 a s long a s you wish. T r a n s f e r in and out of Bengasi is accomplishe d in the s a m e manner although supply
movement in and out of Bengasi is not
allowed.

Question Corner
Q: "The r u l e s in D-DAY s t a t e that
Allied P a r a t r o o p s a r e not allowed to
d r o p into s q u a r e s adjacent to German
Troops. Does this rule apply if the
square, while being adjacent, i s not in
the German Unit's zone of control such
a s a F o r t r e s s o r a c r o s s the r i v e r ? "

A: The

rule applies r e g a r d l e s s of
whether German zones of control extend to the adjacent square o r not.
Q: "The r u l e s s t a t e that the Allies
must make their second invasion on
the 9th week. Does this mean anytime
a f t e r the 9th week?''
A: No - a second invasion m u s t be
launched exactly on the 9th week. Howe v e r , you may invade the s a m e a r e a a s
on the 1st week, o r you may not invade
a t a l l a t your option.
Q: "When you have t h r e e battles, f o r
instance s a y they a r e 1-1. 3-1 and 1-5,
do you pick the battle and then roll.
or
do you roll and then choose the battle
for which you wouldget the best overall
r e s u l t s ? " Chuck B a r k e r , Kaiserlauten,
Germany.

..

A: No you must pick the battle f i r s t ,


then roll the die f o r that specific battle.

OPPONENTS WANTED
Experienced German Field-Marshal des i r e s to engage capable British General
in a game of Afrika Korps.
Write: Carl F r e d e r i c k Knabe If, 1244
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Alabama

Maine
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RAYMOND WRIGHT
5032 10th Court South, Birmingham

BRIAN LIBBY
16 William St.. Portland

California

Maryland

BOBGENNETTE
2404 Palace Dr., San Diego 23
ROBERT & WILLIAM GWINN
1520 36th St.. Sacramento 16

EDDIE DANA
6002 Charlesmeade Rd.. Baltimore 12
ARTHUR SAUER
804 Silver Spring &e., Silver Spring
JOHN POWERS
8609 Lanier Dr., Silver Spring
MERRITT CORDRAY
1632 Northgate Rd., Baltimore 18
J. M. COLLINS
Route I. Box 13. LaVale
DANIEL GORDON
5702 Warwick Place, Chevy Chase 15
BRIAN HARRIS
3608 Manorwood Dr., Hyattsville

Canada

MARC0 DI T O W S O
90 Roaelawn Cram$, Town of Mount
Royal, Montreal 16, Quebec
ALLAN STUART
7337 Churchill Rd. Montreal 16.
Quebec

Colorado
PAUL A. HIINN
1350 Bates Dt., Colorado Springs
Connecticut
ED HARRIS
337 Hollow T r e e Ridge Rd., Darien
Delaware
TERRELL E. -Y,
JR.
2 1 19 Lovers Lane-Arden, Wilmington
District of Columbb
RICHARD PERRIGAN
110 Ararphoe Dr., Washington 20021
JOSEPH N. LEWIS, I11
4331 Alton Place, N. W., Washington
LT. COL. N. MANDACHE1601 23rd St., N. W., Washington
JOHN P. ' COFFEY
1426 21at S t . , N. W., Washington
PAUL M. MAHONEY
3530 39th St., N. W., Washington

Florida
GLENN BIEGON
6127 S. W. 34th St.

Ohio
RICHARD A. LLEWELLYN
341 ~ a r w o o dStreet, Elyria 44035
H. E. HALLER
Western Reserve Academy, Hudson
Pennsylvania
J E F F MC CANNA
303 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore 17740
ROBERT REID
290 Welsh Rd. , Huntingdon Valley
JAMES W. CONNELLEY
3556 Oakleaf Rd.. Pittsburgh 27
LAWRENCE T. CACOLICE, JR.
1423 Hillsdale Ave., Pittsburgh 16
ROBERT EMMERS
P.O. Box 353. B o a l s b u y
ROBERT ROSENBERG
123 Radnor Ave. , Villanwd 19085
EDWARD F. BLOOM
4832 N. Bouvier St. , Philadelphia
ROBERT L. MUIR. 111
700 Tookany. Cheltenham
MARTIN RUBENSTEIN
5529 Raleigh St.. Pittsburgh 18217
EUGENELANGERFELD
5369 Belfield Aue., Philadelphia 19144
EDMUND C. HALEY, 111
219 Elm Terrace. Narberth
JOHN R. GOLDIN
140 Main Street, Brownstown

Massachusetts
KENNETH HOFFMAN
266 Carroll St., New Bedford
AR-THUR J. FOSSA
7 Burley Street, Danvef a
THOMAS ERICSON
25 Pleaaant St.. Mah8nt 01908
THOMAS S. LA FARGE
Groton School, Groton 01450
RALPH MATHIEU
506 Central Street, Winchendon
RICHARD W. DAVIES
6 Highland Avenue, Wakefield
GERALD FELS
P. 0.Box 161 Sutton Rd., Webater
Michigan
ERIC STEIN
118 Wenley House, W.. Qrudrangle.
Ann Arbor
J. R. NEAHR
Box 203 Mesick

Texas
JOHN G. HEIKE
4009 Clayton Rd. West, F o r t Worth 16

THOMAS F. MILLER
530 No. Humboldt. Minneapolis 5

, Miami

Illinois
MICHAEL DENGER
Rm. 305, Elder Hall, 2400 Sheridan Rd.
Evannon
JIM GROHOLSKI
2 123 N. 72nd Court, Elmwood P a r k 35
GREG GLEMZA
106 S. Seventh St., St. Charles
D. PAUL BALLA
6235 S. 75th Avenue. Argo
Indiana
CARL F. KNABE, XI
1244 State Street Courts. W. Lafayette
ERIC A. KNABE
1019 Kinnaird Ave. , F o r t Wayne
FRED El. VIETMEYER
2503 Trentman Ave., F o r t Wayne

Virginia

New Jersev

J. E. DORN THOMAS
4856 Westhill Dr. S. W.. Roanoke
DAVID NOLAN
23 10 S. F o r t Scott Dr., Arlington 2
ROBERT J. BEYMA
701 N. Hope St., Phoebus
DAVID RAYBIN
303 Alpine Rd. Staunton 24401
ADDISON B. THOMPSON
4602 Sulgrave Road. Richmond 21

OMAR L. DE WITT
435 Westminster Ave., Apt. E-3,
Elizabeth
New Mexico

THOMAS S. HARRISON
1001 S. Pennsylvania, Roswell
New York
JAMES DINGEMAN
135 Macdougal St., New York 12
EARL PRACK
Bath Savona Rd., Bath 14810
PATRICK LO BRUTTO
456 East 18th St., Brooklyn 26
DONALD L. ADAMS
330 Clinton Street. Brooklyn 11231
MICHAEL MELEN
37 Valley Lane, Chappaqua

JAMES DELSON
16 W. 77th St., New York 24
GEORGE CIPRIOS
P. 0. Box 199, Washington Bridge
Station, New York 33
JOHN E. LIST
140 Clearbrook Dr., Rocheater 14609
JOHN W. LEWIS
1739 E. 38th St., Brooklyn 34
ROBERT DAIDONE
1724 New Hyde ParkRd., New Hyde Pk.

West Virginia
JASON M. COOK
344 Stewart St., Morgantown 26505
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