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Early predecessor of Stratego. Designed by Mademoiselle Hermance Edan, who filed a patent for a 'jeu de bataille avec pièces mobiles sur damier' (a battle game with mobile pieces on a gameboard) on 26 Nov 1908. The patent was released by the French Patent Office in 1909 (patent #396.795 [6]). Hermance Edan had given no name to her game, but a French manufacturer named "Au Jeu Retrouvé" was selling the game as L'Attaque as early as 1910."

The game is played with 36 pieces each on a 9x10 square board. Each piece has a numeric value, which is hidden from the opponent and only revealed when an attacking piece moves onto a square occupied by an opponent's piece. In most cases, the piece with the highest value wins and the losing piece is removed from the board.

Play continues until one player finds the opponent's flag piece and takes it.

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The game having been devised in 1909, it is not too surprising that the rivalry is the then traditional one between England and France; the respective army's flags being the Union Standard and the Tricolor, the uniforms typical of the period, the English by far the more colourful. (In the derivative "Stratego", this xenophobic element has been removed, making for a game significantly less interesting in terms of historic colour.) The English ranks are the following (French equivalent given in parentheses) ;

Movement : orthogonal, 1 square per turn. No piece may move into or over water. (Therefore the Flag/Drapeau may not be stationed directly behind a river or behind Mine(s) located behind a river without an intervening moving piece.)

Rank 10 - Commander in Chief (Chef d'Armee)
9 - Brigadier General (General de Brigade)
8 - Colonel (Colonel)
7 - Major (Commandant)
6 - Captain (Capitaine)
5 - Lieutenant (Lieutenant)
4 - Sergeant (Sergeant)
3 - Sapper (Sappeur)
2 - Scout (Eclaireur) (May move any number of squares in one direction)
1 - Spy (Espion)
No rank order; no movement capacity :
- Mine (Mine)
- Flag (Drapeau)

While otherwise higher ranks destroy lower ones, all moving pieces can capture the Flag/Drapeau, and Mines blow up all moving pieces, the following special situations apply :

1. The Espion/Spy can kill the Commander/Chef d'Armee.
2. The Sapper destroys the Mine.

Although the French poses have the swagger, it is the English that have the scarlet coats and the plumes and are overall more colourful. Note that the rank of Brigadier General is currently obsolete in the British army.

I am unable to state when and where my set was obtained : it has been in my family since before W.W. II.

L.A.H.

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Patent information in PDF from the European Patent Office, via Espacenet, of Patent #FR396795, dated April 20, 1909, by Hermance Edan for L'Attaque.
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