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Balkan Gamble

Balkan Gamble

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One of the great what-ifs of World War 2 in the Mediterranean theatre, at least to Hitler and the German High Command, was the possibility of an Allied invasion of Greece and/or Yugoslavia. The Allies knew the Germans perceived such invasions as a credible threat and created several strategic deception plans, leading the Germans to move or keep critical troop formations in northern Italy and the Balkans when they would have been much more useful somewhere else. 

Balkan Gamble is about these Allied invasions of the Balkans that never happened. The game includes scenarios for 1943, 1944, 1945, and a hypothetical 1950 Soviet invasion of Yugoslavia. Uses the Summer Lightning (Lock n Load) and Winter Thunder (Tiny Battles) system of formation activations and an almost-diceless combat system using a mission matrix. Many “chrome” rules to cover the fragmented human, political and physical terrain of the area.

Game scale: 1 week/turn; 30 km/hex; division/brigade; components include a 17×22″ hex map and 280 double-sided counters. 

 
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This title was added to our catalog on November 27, 2020.