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1. Board Game: RAF: The Battle of Britain 1940 [Average Rating:7.97 Overall Rank:1043]
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Decision Games' 2009 revision of the classic solitaire game adds rules for two-player games.
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2. Board Game: Flat Top [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:1503]
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1942 carrier battles in the Solomon Seas. Uses "blind" mechanics for added fog of war.
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3. Board Game: RAF [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:1719]
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A very successful solitaire game about the Battle of Britain. In 2009, published in a second edition by Decision Games under the title of Board Game: RAF: The Battle of Britain 1940 - top ranked game in this list at the moment.
 
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4. Board Game: Wing Leader: Victories 1940-1942 [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:2099] [Average Rating:7.99 Unranked]
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A new strategic game by ascclaimed designer Lee Brimmicombe-Wood, with a side view of the sky.
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5. Board Game: The Burning Blue [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:2268]
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Based on the wildly success "Downtown" be Lee Brimmicombe-Wood this GMT Game is set to treat the Battle of Britain in terms of the Operational scope so successfully dealt in his Vietnam war game.
According to the Burning Blue website:

http://www.airbattle.co.uk/burningblue.html

THE BURNING BLUE is a board wargame that recreates the savage air battles over Southern England from July to December 1940.

Beginning with the fighting above the Channel convoys and ending with the assault on London and the fighter-bomber offensive, The Burning Blue simulates battles between German air power and the British air defence system. It recreates the tense minute-by-minute 'plotting board' battles between RAF fighter controllers and the Luftwaffe air raids.

As the RAF player order fighter squadrons to scramble as the enemy raids form up on radar. As your pilots gain precious height, breaking through the low layers of cloud, vector them to intercept raids or order them to patrol vital targets. Despatch Hurricanes to surprise the enemy bombers from out of the sun while Spitfires tangle with the Luftwaffe escort fighters. Then get your squadons home double-quick to rearm and refuel before the next wave arrives.

As the Luftwaffe player you craft your attack plans to peel apart the Tommy defences. Order fighter close escorts and top cover to protect your bomber gruppen while you send a geschwader of Me109s to sweep the sky ahead of your massed formations. As your escort fighters swoop down on 'vics' of desperately climbing Spitfires, Stukas dive past balloon barrages to plant bombs on the docksides below. Meanwhile, an elite staffel of Dornier bombers slips in under the radar to bomb a vital sector airfield, running into a fusilade of light Ack-Ack fire.

Based on original archive research and with the help of pilot veterans of the Battle of Britain, The Burning Blue models this famous conflict in unprecedented detail. Playable and exciting, the game provides new insights into this turning point of World War Two.


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6. Board Game: London's Burning [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:2743]
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This is meant for solo playing.
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7. Board Game: Wing Leader: Supremacy 1943-1945 [Average Rating:8.38 Overall Rank:3200] [Average Rating:8.38 Unranked]
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Second game in the GMT Wing Leader series.

Components:

Rule Book
Scenario Book
22 x 34" Mounted Map
700 Counters in four countersheets
48 2.5 x 3.5" Aircraft Data Cards
Two Wing Displays
Three Player Aid Cards
Two six-sided Dice
 
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8. Board Game: Bomber Command [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:3482]
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From a very acclaimed designer, raids over Germany in the last part of the war.
 
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9. Board Game: Battle of Britain [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:5172]
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A fine team of designers for a very popular subject.
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10. Board Game: Battle Over Britain [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:5466]
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Another game from TSR, just after acquiring the SPI company.
 
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11. Board Game: 303 [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:5580]
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Easy strategic game about the Battle of Britain.
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12. Board Game: C.V. [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:5755]
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Uses the Flat Top game system to depict the Battle of Midway.
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13. Board Game: Their Finest Hour [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:6987]
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The Battle of Britain in the ambitious Europa series by GDW. Operation Sea Lion (German invasion of England) is also featured.
 
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14. Board Game: "Scratch One Flat Top!" [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:7708]
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Covers the same area as Flat Top but with a simpler combat system. Also double-blind.
 
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15. Board Game: Luftwaffe: Aerial Combat – Germany 1943-45 [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:9109]
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After no less than 36 years, the second edition of a classic.
 
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16. Board Game: Eagle Day: The Battle of Britain [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:9435]
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One of Decision Games newer mini (folio size) games.

Contents:
11 x 17” map
40 die-cut counters
18 cards
Four page rule booklet

Complexity (Weight): 2.50/5 (50% rate it a 2)
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17. Board Game: Bomber [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:9619]
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Bombing of Europe again, by the famous S. Craig Taylor.
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18. Board Game: The Battle of Britain [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:9861]
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Together with bombings of German cities, the Battle of Britain is a very popular subject for this category of games, and Lou Zocchi designed maybe the first air simulation ever choosing it as the subject. Every counter is a formation.
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19. Board Game: Fight for the Sky [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:10691]
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Battle of Britain again!
 
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20. Board Game: Cactus Air Force: Air War Over the Solomons [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:11533]
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Air War over the Solomons; another Decision Games mini (folio size) game.

Contents:
11 x 17” map
40 die-cut counters
18 cards
Four page rule booklet
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21. Board Game: Bombs Away [Average Rating:5.32 Overall Rank:12860]
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Bombing of Europle again.
 
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22. Board Game: Luftwaffe [Average Rating:5.54 Overall Rank:13153]
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Allied bombers over Germany. A classic.
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23. Board Game: Eagle Day [Average Rating:4.76 Unranked]
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A poorly executed Battle of Britain wargame which attempts to combine mechanics from Zocchi's Luftwaffe and Battle of Britain. The game uses 10 minute turns, approximately 5 mile hexes, and units representing Gruppen (27 planes) and Squadrons (12 planes).
 
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24. Board Game: Combat Wings [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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A historical board wargame dealing with the strategic bombing campaign against Germany in the latter stages of World War II. The map extends from England to Germany. Counters appear to represent squadrons. In Japanese - looking for translations.
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25. Board Game: Flying Tigers [Average Rating:5.75 Unranked]
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The least satisfactory of Zocchi's air combat wargames.
 
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