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Avalon Hill's epic German airborne attack game.

Air Assault on Crete features a bonus game, Invasion of Malta--1942, and a third game, if you count the variant from The General magazine, Volume 18, #3, Assault on Cyprus. Each game includes its own mapboard and counters and shares only a minimum of components with the other, however, they share the same basic rules system.

A strategic battalion level game, Air Assault On Crete simulates the first totally airborne invasion in history, with the Germans overwhelming the rag-tag Allied survivors of the ill-fated Greek Campaign.

Traditional turn sequencing: Axis bombard, move, combat; then Allied movement and combat. Units have attack, defense, and movement values, as well as stacking limits. Standard terrain effects. Zones of control, but there's no mandatory attacks.

Invasion of Malta--1942 re-creates the hypothetical German-Italian invasion of Malta.

Avalon Hill Complexity rating - 5

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from "The Avalon Hill General Index and Company History, 1952-1980"

Assault on Crete (1978)
Freelance design revised by Avalon Hill
Designed by Vance von Borries
Development by Randall Reed

Actually two games in one, as the hypothetical “Invasion of Malta” game with its own board and counters was included as a “bonus”. Ironically, due to the shorter playing time, it appears that Malta is played more frequently.


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3 Air Assault on Crete / Invasion of Malta
I find it useful to have a reminder of those little known or easily forgotten rules, when I don't play this regularly. This is a single page list of those.
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2 Rules Index for Air Assault on Crete / Invasion of Malta
This is a thorough, 3-page indexing of the rule book. edit, May 14/15: I've just found this typo Head Quarters Units - reforming airborne battalions... H Battalion Substitute Counters - 5, 6, 7; pg 5 - point values - Crete....................... H Advanced Game Victory Conditions - h3; pg 9 The "h3" in the last line should read "b3". I'm not going to upload a new file for a single error that can be corrected easily with a pen--unless I get a request, or another one pops up. Hope no one was confused by that.
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11 Cyprus variant for Avalon Hill's "Air Assault on Crete"
Originally published by the game designer in the Avalon Hill magazine (The) General (issue 18, vol 4). This is a very nice and MUCH smaller scenario to get your feet wet on than either the Crete or Malta drops.
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17 Air Assault on Crete/Invasion of Malta rules and charts
pdf of rules and charts from game. PDF generated from open source version of the rules that can be found in doc format at http://www.vassalengine.org/index.php
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4 Air Assault on Crete Refresher SP
A refresher in .DOC format.
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