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#19 w/The Hardest Days

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#19 w/The Hardest Days
Category: War Games
Sub Category: War Game Magazines
Author: John Butterfield
Publish Year: 2011
Pages: 62
Dimensions: 8x11x.25"
Restockable: No
NKG part #: 2148603122
Mfg. part #: DCGWW19
Type: Magazine


The Hardest Days (THD), designed by John Butterfield, is a purpose-designed solitaire wargame of intermediate complexity covering five critical days in the Battle of Britain, the five days that saw the heaviest air action in the sky over England in the summer of 1940. Each of those days is presented as its own scenario. THD puts you in control of British Fighter Command, responding to air raids launched by the Luftwaffe, which is controlled by the game system.

Each one-day scenario represents up to 14 hours during which the Luftwaffe launches raids against targets in southern England, defended by the squadrons of RAF Fighter Command. German raids include bomber Gruppen (groups), attempting to hit specific targets, and fighter groups protecting those bombers and attacking British fighter squadrons. The German goal is twofold: inflict damage on targets and destroy squadrons to gain air superiority in preparation for the invasion of England.

The game system controls German strategy and tactics. You use your fighter squadrons to respond to the raids in an attempt to destroy or turn back the raiders and prevent their effective bombing of their targets, while minimizing your own fighter losses. Your fighter squadrons and German fighter groups may participate in several raids in a given day, while German bombers, flying from distant bases, participate in only one raid per day. To track the passage of time, as measured by the sequencing of raids and the turnaround of squadrons and groups during each “Raid Day,” the action is divided into seven two-hour time segments, from 0600 to 1800 hours, inclusive.

Articles in this issue:

  • Hardest Days: Turning Points in the Battle of Britain, 1940. Details the most significant days’ operations in this lengthy air campaign.
  • Tarawa Was A Brawl. A tactical and operational analysis of went wrong and the lessons learned.
  • Afrikakorps Logisitcs, 1941-43. It wasn’t really the British Army that defeated Rommel; it was the Axis inability to keep him supplied.
  • German East Front Fortifications. An analysis of the many fortified lines built by the Germans to try to stop the westward advance of the Red Army.