Games on the Destruction of Army Group Center, 1944
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There are just SO MANY Battle of the Bulge games--it's time to give the Russkies some well-earned due...here it is, the mother of all offensives, OPERATION BAGRATION. Can you, as the German, lose 28 divisions in a mere two weeks? Or will you lose more?
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1. Board Game: Destruction of Army Group Center [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:11589]
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One of the old SPI Division Series games and one published in STRATEGY AND TACTICS magazine. Probably one of the least favorite; more of a context when some of the variants (which pull back the German line a bit) are used. Good solitaire since it's usually such a lopsided situation. The German player needs to be the most stoic one--that's for sure!
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2. Board Game: Destruction of Army Group Center (second edition) [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:8288]
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Yes, the same name as the old SPI game but a completely different system/playing experience. Definitely a reverse BARBAROSSA!
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3. Board Game: Red Army [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:10473]
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Big but low counter density game on OPERATION BAGRATION. Like most games on this subject, you play it a few times just to experience the red hordes and then you put it away.
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4. Board Game: Opération Bagration 1944 [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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Decent game (once you do a bit of rules tweaking) on the offensive--can be combined with its sister game, TARGET WARSAW, for a longer/extended view of the campaign.
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5. Board Game: Objectif Varsovie 1944 [Average Rating:6.21 Unranked]
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While a stand-alone game, it marries up to its sister title, OPERATION BAGRATION to cover the whole offensive.
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6. Board Game: Minsk '44: East Front Battles, Volume II [Average Rating:6.52 Unranked]
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A narrower view of the offensive, looking at the Soviet drive to close on the Byelorussian capital during OPERATION BAGRATION.
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7. Board Game: Onslaught to Orsha [Average Rating:8.35 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.35 Unranked]
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Terrific historical scenario pack for ADVANCED SQUAD LEADER/BEYOND VALOR buffs. You have to have the ASLRB and the first module to enjoy this product.
 
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8. Board Game: Bagration 1944 [Average Rating:5.97 Unranked]
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9. Board Game: Flames of War Firestorm Campaign: Operation Bagration [Average Rating:6.23 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.23 Unranked]
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10. Board Game: Baltic Gap [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:2544]
 
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This covers the supporting attack on the north flank of the main effort of OPERATION BAGRATION and is quite different than its OCS sister from approximately this period, HUBE'S POCKET. Here the Soviets have a lot of forces and the Germans are seriously short of mobile reserves but located in decent terrain. The German challenge is to stretch the defense like a rubber band under such severe pressure and not let the lines break!
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