Games You Can Play! series
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Starting with the Italian invasion of Egypt in September, 1940, war flowed back and forth across the North African deserts for 18 months. The summer of 1942 found the Axis and Allied armies facing one another west of Tobruk, where the Commonwealth forces had dug in behind extensive minefields. Each army prepared to renew the offensive, but the Axis won that race. On the night of May 26th four mobile divisions turned the southern flank of the British line at Gazala.
Gazala simulates the critical battle in the summer of '42 that led to the fall of Tobruk and the arrival of the Axis armies at the gates to the Nile delta. With 140 game pieces and one 22x17-inch map, Gazala's three scenarios can be played in one to eight hours. The game system is very similar to that in America Triumphant and Alsace 1945, with the addition of anti-tank fire. Most units are brigades or regiments, with a few battalions as well (usually tanks). Italian, German, British, South African, Indian and Free French units are represented.
Gazala has a beautiful map...nice artwork. counters are readable and game play is simple. this is a decent game to play solitaire. and an experienced gamer can fine to the rules for even more realism. the german mobile forces adequately reflect rommel's desert panzers, especially the 15th and 21st panzer divisions. the italians are nearly immobile. and the british forces adequately reflect infantry strength and the tank units' weaknesses, with the exception of the the 7th arm.
on the down side, there are too many folds for the map...so be sure to buy a poster frame to hold the map firm and slide the counters around...otherwise you'll get counter bounce.
worth the money. not a great work...but what do you expect for the price? also, if you're introducing a newbie to gaming, you dont want to start with a game that has 400 counters!
quite honestly, i was surprised avalanche could accomplish so much with so little money. i have been playing wargames since the 60s and one thing i like about a mini game like this, is that you can watch TV...sports, news, etc. and play the game at the same time! you can't do that with too many games today. they're all getting so complex that you get bogged down in supply rules, chits and bits.