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Through Hell and Back


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Welcome to “Through Hell and Back”, a captivating journey into the heart of World War II’s most perilous air missions. This game places you in the cockpit of a B-24 bomber, soaring through the skies over war-torn Europe. As you navigate through a series of dynamic and historically inspired missions, you will experience the tension, strategy, and heroism that defined this critical era.

“Through Hell and Back” is designed for casual war gamers, offering a perfect blend of strategic depth and accessibility. Each mission is uniquely crafted, and events are random, ensuring that no two games are ever the same. The unpredictability of your objectives and the variety of challenges you will face create an endlessly replayable experience.

The game is visually stunning, featuring custom, full-color artwork on large, detailed cards. These cards depict the iconic units and equipment of the time, making them both enjoyable and easy to see. Whether you are a history enthusiast or new to the genre, the aesthetic appeal and historical accuracy of the game will draw you into the world of WWII aviation.


In “Through Hell and Back”, you will manage your crew, navigate enemy territory, and make critical decisions that will determine the success of your missions. Each playthrough requires careful planning, quick thinking, and a bit of luck. The combination of card and dice mechanics ensures that every game is an exciting, fresh, and engaging experience.

I have designed this game to be easy to learn and not overly complex, making it accessible to players of all skill levels. Whether you’re playing solo or with friends, you’ll find that the strategic elements and immersive gameplay offer a satisfying challenge that leaves you with a sense of accomplishment and a desire for more.

Prepare to embark on an epic adventure through the skies of WWII. Sharpen your wits, gather your courage, and get ready to guide your crew “Through Hell and Back”. Your mission awaits, Captain.

Components needed for gameplay that are not included in the PDF:

22 White 12mm D6

8 Red 12mm D6

6 Blue 12mm D6

1 12mm D6, any color

1 D12


14 Black and 14 Yellow 8mm cubes.

20 Red 8mm Cubes

2 Blue 8mm Cubes

This digital download contains printable files of the gameboard in both split and full versions. The following PDFs contain files for:

  • 12 Allied Escort Cards (Includes one special Ace)
  • 20 Enemy Aircraft Cards (includes one special Ace)
  • 25 Missions (bombsights and dossier)
  • 3 Bomber Mini-cards
  • 155 Base Mission and Engine and miscellaneous mission cards
  • 10 Double-sided crew cards (novice & veteran)
  • Post Mission Records Sheet
  • Blank Crew cards to write in your own names.
  • 1 Game Manual
Gameplay can be seen on my YouTube channel, "gudkarma games." or search for "through hell and Back WW2 game"

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(Images are of retail boxed version)

Enemy Interceptor Cards of the Luftwaffe

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Martin G March 02, 2024 2:45 am UTC
The revised rule file (Through_hell_and_back_manual-2024-rev2.pdf) appears to be "broken". Is the a repaired version available?
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steven R March 02, 2024 2:55 am UTC
Martin, I am sorry for the issue. I just uploaded a new one. I hope it works. Any troubles please let me know. Thank you.
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Christoph H January 26, 2024 8:05 am UTC
A fine game! Similar to the old AH game B-17 but way better.
One remark: the Dossier card #25 is available but the Bombing Sight card #25 is missing. At least I can't find it.
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steven R January 27, 2024 12:03 pm UTC
Thank you sir. I have corrected the issue of the missing card. I added it to the files today. Sorry for the issue and thank you for letting me know.
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This title was added to our catalog on December 08, 2023.
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