Timeline of War: 1931-1945
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Sublist (or sub-sublist) of the "Timeline of War" MEGA-LIST

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Geeklist of World War II "1931-1945" games

Date(s): 1931-1945

Sublists of this list should be named "ToW: {date info} {sublist info} {more sublist info}" and should be publicly editable. The creator of any sublist will take responsibility to periodically review it for additions and re-order to keep things properly chronological and, when necessary, substitute lists for individual games.

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THIS ONE is going to take LOTS OF HELP from WW2 specialists.

To allow a cleaner presentation of actual battle-specific games in chronological order I have created separate sublists for games that cover the entire war or whole theatres of operation. These are at THE END of this list.

"Timeline of War: 1931-1945: WWII: Gaming the Whole War" and
"Timeline of War: 1931-1945: WWII: Gaming Entire Theatres of War"

For battles with many games associated please create a new ToW sublist and then add that LIST here instead of a game!

IN GENERAL THIS LIST should only include games on individual battles (defined as well as possible) with name(s) and date(s). Anything else should be in one of the two sublists at the end.

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1. Board Game: Battle of Changkufeng Hill 1938 [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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1938, Battle of Changkufeng Hill Prelude to Nomonhan 1939.
 
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2. Board Game: Storm Over Taierzhuang [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:7608]
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The Second Sino Japanese war 1937-1945
 
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3. Board Game: Red Sun/Red Star: The Nomonhan Campaign, 1939 [Average Rating:5.84 Overall Rank:11374]
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Battle: The Nomonhan Campaign
Date: July-August 1939
Location: Mongolia/Manchuria border

This game simulates the sparing that went on between the Soviets and the Japanese even before the invasion of Poland on September 1st 1939.
 
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I just started my first game of Totaler Krieg! and already find myself intrigued by the history underlying what is only ONE TURN in that game. Apparently a very one-sided affair but more than a half-dozen times game companies have chosen to offer a sim. The most recent is as-yet-to-be-published as of today (6/09).
 
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5. Board Game: Suomussalmi [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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Battle Name: Suomussalmi
Battle Dates: Dec 8, 1939 - January 7, 1940

see also Blood on the Snow: The Battle of Suomussalmi
 
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6. Board Game: Winter Fury: The Battle of Tolvajärvi 1939 [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:11685]
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Battle name: Tolvajarvi
Battle Date: December 12, 1939

see also A Frozen Hell
 
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7. Board Game: Storm Over Kunlun Pass, 1939 [Average Rating:6.63 Unranked]
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Battle of Kunlun Pass December 18 to 30, 1939.
 
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8. Board Game: Forgotten Axis: The Finnish Campaign [Average Rating:5.05 Overall Rank:13482]
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Battle Name: Salla
Battle Date: Jan 2, 1940 (starts)

one of two games in this issue
 
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9. Board Game: Assault on Narvik [Average Rating:6.19 Unranked]
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Battle Name: Narvik
Battle Date(s): Spring, 1940

Naval and Land battles covered in this game;

See also: Narvik in the Europa Series
 
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Games on the Battle of Britain.

Dates: 10 July to 31 October 1940
 
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11. Board Game: Wake Island [Average Rating:6.63 Unranked]
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Battle Name: Wake Island
Battle Dates: December 9-23, 1941
 
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12. Board Game: Gazala Line 1942 [Average Rating:6.56 Unranked]
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Name: Gazala
Dates: May 21, 1942 - June 21, 1942

ATO Magazine - included with Operation Cartwheel in 2008 Annual
 
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Games on the Battle of Midway

Date: June 4 to June 7, 1942
 
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Games on battles of the Guadalcanal campaign.

Dates: August 7, 1942 to February 7, 1943
 
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15. Board Game: Torch [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:6569]
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Operation Torch
November 8, 1942

Allies invade N. Africa against Vichy French forces. First major commitment of US troops. First of IKE's campaigns.

Re-implemented by GR/D as one of three games included in War in the Desert.

 
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16. Board Game: Clash of Titans: The Tank Battle for Kursk, 1943 [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:7323]
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Battle Name: Kursk

Battle Date: July 4 – July 20, 1943

Biggest tank battle!
 
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17. Board Game: Red Beach One: Tarawa [Average Rating:5.49 Overall Rank:13325]
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Battle Name: Tarawa
Date(s): 20 November, 1943

 
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D-Day at the Normandy beaches
June 6, 1944

Many games on this suite of battles - so I have linked in an existing (and comprehensive) geeklist.

 
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19. Board Game: Saipan & Tinian: Island War Series, Volume I [Average Rating:8.07 Unranked]
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Name: Battle for Saipan
Dates: June 15 - July 9, 1944

Even as the US and Commonwealth forces were struggling to consolidate their beachheads in Normandy the "other war" was equally and similarly active.

see also
Saipan


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20. Board Game: Saipan & Tinian: Island War Series, Volume I [Average Rating:8.07 Unranked]
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Name: Battle for Tinian Island
Dates: July 24 - August 1, 1944

 
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21. Board Game: The Pocket at Falaise [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:5775]
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August 12-21, 1944
Battle of the Falaise Pocket

also: Falaise 1944


also: Falaise Pocket
 
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22. Board Game: Hungarian Nightmare [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:8859]
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Name: Siege of Budapest, Battle for Budapest
Date(s): December 29, 1944 - Feb 13, 1944

ATO magazine #31
 
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Campaign name: Battle of the Bulge
Campaign Dates: Dec. 16, 1944 - Jan 25, 1945

"Battle of the Bulge" raises at least two interesting questions for ToW design:

(a) using other/existing lists... my feeling, why not? as long as they abide by the slightly more rigid requirements of Tow. Since this header has the name and the date(s) and the list is exclusive it seems fine to "splice" it onto the ToW tree.

(b) battle or campaign? I honestly haven't figured out how time or space constraints ought to delimit battles from campaigns (and in some cases the historical era involved will make a difference). This is a good example where the designer of this list has decided to use the term "campaign" to distinguish from games that cover mere "scenarios". Now I don't think tactical scenarios belong on ToW in general but if they have a legitimate historical "presence" maybe they do.

Bulge experts - some help here!
 
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24. Board Game: Okinawa [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:9780]
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April 1945. The last big battle of World War II. The first time that Japanese soldiers surrendered to the Americans in significant numbers.
SPI also did Okinawa in their Island War Quadrigame.
 
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A space to hold those games that don't fit well in a Timeline because they cover the WHOLE DARN THING.
 
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