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Silent War is a solitaire simulation of the United States' submarine war against Imperial Japan during the Second World War. The scenarios allow players to recreate various stages of the war or the entire campaign. In each of these scenarios, the player takes on the role of Commander Submarines, US Pacific Fleet (ComSubPac), deploying available submarines from either Pearl Harbor or Brisbane in order to attack the Japanese Navy. Additionally, in the patrol game, using single submarines, players can recreate some of the war's most famous patrols. The amount of flexibility the game allows the player is tremendous, a single submarine patrol can be completed in 10 minutes, the various campaigns can be completed in 10 or more hours depending on which campaign you play and your progress as commander.

Every American submarine that was deployed to the Pacific in World War II has its own oversize easy to handle counter in the game. Each counter has the correct side view illustration in color for that class of submarine. The game map covers the huge expanse of the Pacific Theater of submarine operations from the Aleutians to Australia and from Samoa to the Sea of Japan. The map encapsulates most of the information a player needs to play, with a unique set of easy to use graphic charts. The rules will have the player running his first submarine patrol within 45 minutes of opening the game box.

Special rules include American torpedo improvement, ultra, submarine repair and readiness, wolfpacks, campaign and combat events, war progress, patrol and search, TDC solutions, merchant shipping, Japanese battleship doctrine, two player rules and more.

Can you as a submarine fleet commander best the historical submarine commanders and sink more ships and tonnage than the American commanders or will you wash out and be retired to a desk job?


  • 1 28"x22" map
  • 5 counter sheets, mounted, die cut and full color printed on both sides:
    • 3½ sheets of long (1.3"x0.65") submarine counters
    • 1½ sheets of large (0.65"x0.65") counters.
  • 4 8½"x11" full-color play-aid charts and displays:
    • 1 single-sided combat display
    • 1 single-sided submarine tender display
    • 1 tables and charts display
    • 1 counter explanation chart/sub comparison chart
  • 1 24-page rules book
  • 1 24-page scenario book
  • 1 10-sided die
  • 1 full color box and lid

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Silent War
First Edition, second print
Publisher: Compass Games
Artist: Brien J. Miller
Year: 2012
Product Code: 1001
Size: 12.00 x 9.25 x 2.00 inches
2.00 pounds
Release Date: Oct 2012
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Silent War
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Publisher: Compass Games
Artist: Brien J. Miller
Year: 2005
Size: 12.00 x 9.25 x 2.25 inches
2.00 pounds
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7 Game Cabinet
These are the instructions and photos on how to build the gaming cabinet that was posted on Silent War website. The photos of my gaming cabinet posted on Silent War BGG page are a modified version of the cabinet shown in this file. "Vince" is the only name I have to associate the credit for this design. Thanks to him, I now have a place to keep all my war games set up and protected when not playing them.
4 WP1 WARCup Analysis
This is a formatted-for-printing version of the data presented in thread 1330663 in the Strategy forum of Silent War, "Yet Another War Cup Analysis: Early WP1 Only". It corrects minor arithmetic errors in that earlier presentation.
37 Flipbook Silent War
LETTER version This is a 'flipbook' - designed to flip through while playing, providing all relevant rules for each phase in a condensed manner. The rules for the IJN expansion and the additional rules are also incorporated. This flipbook is primarily aimed at novice players, but it should also prove useful to experienced players who haven’t played for a while. Jan Tuijp
15 Silent War Submarine Roster
This is an Excel file with a roster of all submarines in Silent War. It can be sorted by name and when the sub enters the war and used as a play aid. I use it to track losses, ships sunk, tonnage, Super Skippers and other notes, then update the on-map records at the end of each week. In addition, a second tab has historical notes for many of the subs (this is incomplete because it takes a long time to research, but really interesting--did you know that the Atule was sold to Peru and sank when it was rammed by a fishing trawler in 1988? Or that the Cutlass was sold to Taiwan, renamed the Hai Shih and is still in service? Or that the movie 'Run Silent Run Deep' premiered in the Officers Wardroom of the Perch II?)
4 VASSAL Log File Turn 1 Scenario 1
Log file for the first turn of scenario 1 1 ship sunk for 2 lost subs. 1 in combat 1 in a transit event.
29 Silent War Turn Sequence
Turn sequence with rules references. This second version incorporates the errors Rob Fabbro caught.
13 RULES_v09_2009
Rules updated to 09/22/2009 with the questions and added rules included.
18 Silent War FAQ 22/09.2009
This is a (22.Sep.2009) official faq and rules clarification (in English).
2 Silent war: Italian translation of rules
Italian translation of rules with the errata published until 28/04/2009. This translation doesn't substitute in any way the original game role-play. This document has to be intended as a player aid for Italian players, to understand better the role-play. All the rights for play and images are owned by the legitimate owner.
6 Campaign 4 Red Sun Setting - Vassal Save file
This is a .sav file that gets you started with Campaign 4: Red Sun Setting on the Vassal Game system. to get the executable and to get the proper module to use this file. Quite fun to setup yourself, if you dare. ;)
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