Alsace 1945: The Germans Attack
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Like any dying organism, the Nazi regime lashed out against its enemies during late 1944 and early 1945. The most famous of these actions, the so-called "Battle of the Bulge", is the focus of America Triumphant. Less well known but equally critical in destroying Germany’s military potential was the offensive in Alsace, Operation North Wind, which opened a few weeks later.
Along the southern portion of border between France and Germany lay the plain of Alsace and the city of Strasbourg. The province of Alsace and its political capital, Strasbourg, had been annexed by the Germans in 1871, returned in 1918 and retaken by the Germans in 1940. The city in many ways represented the prestige of France and its capture would exercise an immense influence over Allied operations in the battles that raged across the plain in the closing months of the Second World War.
Alsace 1945 covers the American offensives of November and December 1944 and the desperate German counterattack in January. The game system, used previously in America Triumphant, covers these three battles in scenarios requiring only a few hours to play. A fourth covers a hypothetical German attack launched in conjunction with the Ardennes ("Battle of the Bulge") offensive to the north and capable of being played alone or with America Triumphant.
With 140 game pieces and one 22x17-inch map, the game covers the battles at the regimental and battalion level and includes the effects of outside political and military events, the biggest being the Ardennes offensive.