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X Corps: The Somme 1916 v1.0 (US letter)
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X Corps: The Somme 1916 v1.0 (US letter)

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This two player card game covers the experience of the British X Corps on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, July 1st 1916.  Games typically take 45-60 minutes.

The game follows the course of the pre-battle preparation and the first day of the battle itself. One player is the commander of the X Corps, Lt. General Sir Thomas Morland. The other player is his opponent Lt. General Hermann von Stein commander of the German XIV Reserve Corps.

X Corps builds on the core rules from VIII Corps, the first game in the series, and introduces:

  • The concept of “No Man’s Land” reflecting its importance to both sides.
  • The German use of artillery in tactical defence and in support of their counter-attacks.
  • The British use of counter-battery fire rather than pure area bombardment.
  • The consolidation of captured trenches against counter-attacks.
  • Balanced victory conditions for both sides.

The increased chance of the British winning reflects their greater success on the day. Having said that this game sees the Germans unleash the power of their artillery as the British penetrate the German lines and both sides engage in a brutal fight for the trenches.


  • Rules (12 pages).
  • Set of colour cards (12 pages with 9 terrain, 33 German & 39 British cards).
  • Set of printer friendly cards (as above but German & British cards are monochrome).
  • Set of full colour card backs (1 page)
  • Illustrated examples of play (11 pages)
  • Quick start guide (1 page)

X Corps Card Samples

Part of the Somme Series: VIII Corps, X Corps, III Corps, XV CorpsXIII Corps & The Somme Campaign 1916.

Also available in A4 format.

Get an insight in how the game was designed; author Neal Reid talks to Neil Shuck on the Meeples & Minatures podcast.

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This title was added to our catalog on July 01, 2016.