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COMBAT LEADER: VOLKSSTURM '45 2nd ed. is a module that adds the German Volkssturm (national militia) to the Combat Leader game system.   The game ranks high in both playability and historicity, using an intuitive, interactive sequence of play consisting of just six phases per turn. You must own Combat Leader: Core Rules to use this module.    

Combat Leader: Volkssturm 2nd ed. module contains: eight-page instructions allowing you to use Volkssturm squads, and special Volkssturm soldier characteristics and weapons; three scenarios based upon the 1945 encounters with Russian forces; German Volkssturm counter sheet D (which also contains a 12-man Russian squad); game marker sheet; Reference Card; and three game maps (#3, #4, & #5).  Components are compatible with all other games/modules within the system.

Counters represent individually named soldiers and officers, rated for morale, firing ability, melee ability, and leadership. A hexagon grid is used to regulate movement. A hex represents about 17 yards across.  Each turn represents about a minute of actual time.  National characteristics and weapon characteristics are included (you'll see--and feel--the difference between a GewehrK98K Mauser, an antique rifle, an 1891/30 rifle, and a PPSh-41 MP (and so on) in terms of range, reliability, and lethality).  Game results are generated from a standard deck of playing cards, and a single six-sided die.

Combat Leader illustrates two principles of tactical WW2 combat: large groups of men stacked together maximize firepower, but are a magnet for incoming fire. Finding a balance between group size and function (maneuver, or fire groups) will depend on the tactical situation, and what your scenario goal is.  The use of sound historical fire and movement tactics will be rewarded on the tabletop just as they were valuable on the battlefield. The importance of leadership and morale are emphasized by the design, not just weapon characteristics.  Finally, Combat Leader is an infantry wargame; rules do not cover vehicles or tanks. 

Combat Leader has been designed as an introductory World War II tactical firefight game for two players, involving individual soldiers. It uses a “design for effect” system to reflect battlefield realities; it is playable enough for those new to wargaming, but sophisticated enough to hold the interest of veteran gamers.  Several nationalities are currently available in other modules, with more planned.

Combat Leader: Volkssturm 2nd ed. module is now available in PDF format, and is an excellent addition for gamers who enjoy the series and wish to expand their fun.  Designed by Gary Graber.  Published by Minden Games.

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