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XIII Corps: The Somme 1916 v1.0 (A4)

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This two player card game covers the experience of the British XIII Corps on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, July 1st 1916. This, the fifth game in the Somme series, is an extension of X Corps and uses the same rules. Games typically take 45-60 minutes.

There are no rules with this game and you will need a copy of X Corps to play the game.

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 XIII Corps, Lt. General Walter Congreve. The other player is his opponent Lt. General Hermann von Stein commander of the German XIV Reserve Corps.

Card backNew cards:

  • British use the Livens' Flame Projector.
  • British use, and mis-use, of mines.
  • Germans have less wire & are generally weaker.  

Key game concepts:

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


  • Historical introduction and set up information (6 pages).
  • Set of colour cards (13 pages: 9 backs, 9 terrain, 34 German & 39 British cards).
  • Set of printer friendly cards (German & British cards are monochrome).

Sample cards

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

Also available in US letter 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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September 20, 2016
This title was added to our catalog on October 01, 2016.