The Greatest Generation in games
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"The Greatest Generation" is a term coined by journalist Tom Brokaw to describe the generation who grew up in the United States during the deprivation of the Great Depression, and then went on to fight in World War II, as well as those whose productivity within the war's home front made a decisive material contribution to the war effort...Broadcast journalist Tom Brokaw wrote in his 1998 book The Greatest Generation, "this is the greatest generation any society has produced." He argued that these men and women fought not for fame and recognition, but because it was the right thing to do. When they came back they rebuilt America into a superpower. (quote from Wikipedia entry)

This list is a collection of the games characterized by the thematic artwork, usually shown on the box cover, with its distinctive style from the period. These are not the greatest games, but are of historic importance, rarity, and value. They are primarily patriotic in nature, intended to drum up support for the war effort. Some focus on "the homefront", with rationing, conservation of resources, promotion of War Bonds, and even "shore leave". Some are about the war support effort and transport of armies, munitions, and supplies among the Allies.

I excluded games from the period if they didn't feature any artwork or appropriate images (but I suggest other geeks add those images if they happen to have access to them).
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1. Board Game: Bizerte Gertie [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
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I have to start with this one, since in today's culture, it is outrageous! From the BGG description:

Bizerte Gertie is a game for 4 players, all servicemen on leave during World War II. Their goal is to take a walk with a beautiful woman on the beach. The object of the game is not to be the player left with the "ugly" one. The token game piece for that "ugly" girl was a "dog".

This is a game that could only come from a different era. Can you ever imagine that a huge game manufacturer like Milton Bradley would ever produce a game like this today!
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2. Board Game: Cargo for Victory [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Great artwork:

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3. Board Game: Bomber Attack [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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4. Board Game: Blockade [Average Rating:7.56 Unranked]
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See also this image of a battleship piece:
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5. Board Game: Bomber Raid [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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6. Board Game: Coast Guard in Action Shooting Gallery Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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7. Board Game: Ferry Command [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
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Alternate cover image and board:
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8. Board Game: Klar Zum Gefecht [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Translates to "Ready For the Fight"
Pieces:
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9. Board Game: Ranger Commandos [Average Rating:4.80 Unranked]
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Board:
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10. Board Game: Spot-a-Plane [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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Alternate cover image and
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Probably used to train civilians like "coast watchers" in recognizing enemy aircraft overhead to report to the military.
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11. Board Game: Tiddly Winks Barrage Game [Average Rating:4.33 Unranked]
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Image of board:
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12. Board Game: War Bingo [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Bigger image of cover art:

Board and pieces:
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13. Board Game: Tallyho [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Bigger image of cover art (can anyone identify the featured plane?):

"Cockpit" pieces:
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14. Board Game: Squadron Scramble [Average Rating:4.32 Unranked]
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Sample cards:
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15. Board Game: Ration Board [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Literally a "board" game. One for the homefront families.

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16. Board Game: Invasion [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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17. Board Game: Get in the Scrap [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Homefront: This game has a very unique theme: collecting scrap metal for the war effort. The board features four scrap collection centers, four iron foundries, and paths among them. I wonder if there isn't a double meaning, the other being "get in the battle" (join up and fight).
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18. Board Game: Fel, fel vitézek! [Average Rating:1.00 Unranked]
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"Get up! Get up, valiants!"

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19. Board Game: Down the Hatch [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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20. Board Game: Carrying the Tools to Britain [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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Unremarkable cover, but this is a close-up of part of the board:

Look for U-boats, cargo ships, etc.
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21. Board Game: Bombers Aloft [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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22. Board Game: Be an Airman [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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I want to sign up!

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23. Board Game: Battle Checkers [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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"Beat the Axis!"

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24. Board Game: The Three Musketeers [Average Rating:3.50 Unranked]
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Slightly brighter cover shot:
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25. Board Game: Attack [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Bigger, but a bit fuzzy:
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