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A Sergeant's War: Rules for Wargaming Small Unit Combat in WWII


Your platoon has clawed its way forward under heavy fire---but can they make it the last few yards and kick the enemy off the hill?  

Find out with a Sergeant’s War, a WWII minatures game which emphasizes morale, unit quality, and small-unit leaders.  A typical force is a platoon of infantry backed up with heavy weapons and armor.  Units of maneuver are individual vehicles, squads and half-squads of infantry, and heavy weapon teams. A free introductory version of the game is also available for download.

Major features of the game include:

Fast play—2 hours or less

Easy combat mechanics—infantry fire, anti-tank fire, and close-range firefights all use the same basic to-hit mechanic

Importance of leaders—your squad and platoon leaders are critical to keep your force fighting, but every time they do something significant, they might get hit by enemy fire


Emphasis on units over individuals—players focus on the placement of squads, tanks, and heavy weapons, not individual riflemen

Can be played with any scale of miniatures and any type of basing

This book contains:

Rules for infantry and vehicle combat

Artillery and air support

Special terrain rules for bocage, urban combat, fighting in forests, and more

Special combat rules for human wave assaults, night fighting, chaos and confusion, and more

Tips for designing scenarios

7 scenarios

Orders of battle the US, German, Soviet, British, Italian, Japanese, and French armies

Vehicle and gun stats for 1940-1945

Markers for pinned, broken, and other game conditions

Supplements and scenario packs:

Kakazu Ridge--US Army vs. Japanese on Okinawa

Another Day on Okinawa--US Marines vs Japanese

Row by Row--Americans vs Germans in Bocage Country

Armored--special rules for tank combat

Or: Everything bundled together for a reduced price!

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Fabrizio P December 06, 2019 9:55 am UTC
I read through the "Introduction Version" of your game and it seems very interesting and fun to play. In your opinion, should be possible to convert it to play with boardgames having ruleset more complex? If yes, any suggestion ( " in hexes and so on)?. Thanks!
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toupy P March 10, 2016 5:49 pm UTC

I don't see nowhere if it is an IGOUGO sequence of play or played by impulses or reactions.?

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Nathaniel W October 08, 2016 9:36 pm UTC

Sorry for the extremely late reply.

It is an IGO-UGO game. Side A completes all of its actions and then Side B gets to go. However, the opposing side gets to use "defensive fire" throughout your turn, interupting your movement/attacks, and both sides' leaders may act to keep their forces fighting throughout the turn.
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Nathaniel W October 04, 2015 6:54 pm UTC
I have made several free scenarios available for ASW, available here:

New Guinea, 1942: US vs. Japanese,
French Indochina, 1950s:
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dimitri M June 11, 2015 8:28 pm UTC
Very modern and playable mechanics, and a lot of things included for the price.
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Nathaniel W June 17, 2015 5:30 pm UTC
Thanks, Dimitri!
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Nathaniel W February 06, 2015 3:16 am UTC
A new AAR, with a full description of mechanics. Basically a play-by-play of a whole game, using one of the scenarios available in the book.
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Nathaniel W January 29, 2015 4:43 pm UTC
AARs are visible here:

Assault on a strongpoint

Tank battle

Infantry firefight in the Hurtgen Forest

Taking a village
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