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CounterFact 4

CounterFact Issue 4 is in layout now, and we’re hoping to have it ready for press in a week or two, which means it should ship sometime toward the end of June.

This issue marks the first edition with Ty Bomba at the editorial head. Content includes:

Terrorism as a Strategy Within Psychological Warfareby Joseph Miranda
Britain’s & China’s & Japan’s New Aircraft Carriers vs. TERN by Chris Perello & Ty Bomba
The Accidental Superpower Book Review, by Ty Bomba
New Column: Sit Reps:
– Hero (Mine Detector) Rats
– Militarized Food
– Russia’s New APC Has PlayStation Controls
– China Has Won the “Battle of the Nine-Dash Line”
– US Camouflage Uniforms
– The Lockheed-Martin SR-7
– The Boeing X-51A Waverider
– The Growing Israeli Dolphin-2 Class Submarine Flotilla
– The US Army’s “Cheetah” Robot
– The Growing Role of Special Operations Forces & Robots in Militaries Around the World

The issue game is a new Ty Bomba design: 1936: What If?

Historically, the French refrained from intervening to block Hitler’s 1936 remilitarization of the Rhineland. Their cabinet made that decision based on a report from the Finance Ministry stating the cost of such a move would force them to take the franc off the gold standard and let it float. When the US and British governments, along with those two nation’s banking industries, declined to extend the line of credit that would’ve been needed in order to head off such a potentially panic-inducing economic development, the French decided they couldn’t afford to act. The alternative outcome examined here, then, is based on the idea the French either got the loan they needed, or perhaps simply decided the Nazi regime in Germany represented too large a threat to the future of their own republic for it to be allowed to go on unchecked.

More particularly, the scenario starts with the French having mobilized and marched across the Rhineland, stopping at the river. (Historically, the German forces involved in the remilitarization moved across the Rhine bridges with orders to turn about and withdraw immediately if the French advanced.) The further idea is that, within a few hours or days of the French advance, Hitler and his cronies are either dead, jailed or in hiding, due to a Putsch headed by elements within the German military high command. The Nazi Party breaks into factions and starts to war against itself, or simply falls apart into political incoherency. The concentration camps are soon opened by riots among the prisoners within, or perhaps are liberated by angry mobs from without. Either way, the upshot is that all the earlier-imprisoned leaders of Germany’s left-wing parties are suddenly back on the political stage.

The orders of battle for all participants in the game are accurate as to their historic composition in the early spring of 1936. The only Soviet corps left out are the one they then had in the Trans-Caucasus and the two in the Far East. Further, the Red Army purges hadn’t yet begun, so three large “mechanized corps” are available, along with the world’s first paratroop unit as well as its largest cavalry arm.

The first three panzer divisions (all with only Mark I Panzers) start in their countryside training areas, as does the experimental 4th Assault Gun Brigade, which was then dedicated solely to infantry support. The dozen German infantry corps, all of which had historically just completed a rushed year of training (literally and figuratively conducted at “double-time” over the normal two-year cycle), after Hitler’s nullification of the army’s size limit set by Versailles, are in their Wehrkreis mobilization centers. War and civil war have come early to Germany.

All the components for Folio Series Game 9, Algeria, are in our warehouse. We just need to collate and start whipping them out. Furthermore, this folio features counters from a new printer that are thicker, and fall into the non-self punching category. We think it also features some of the best map art to date from Ania B. Ziolkowska.

Be advised, however, there are only 11 copies (as of this writing) left for purchase at the discount pre-order price.

Putin Strikes

Putin Strikes is getting the final going over of the press files by Designer Ty Bomba. As soon as he signs off on the files, this game goes to press (probably later this week). As of this writing there only 16 copies left for sale at the pre-order discount.

Putin Strikes: The Coming War for Eastern Europe is a two-player game (solitaire suitable) in which one player (the Russian player) commands the Kremlin’s forces, and the other (the Allied player) commands a polyglot international coalition opposed to him.

 

Other games!

No Trumpets and NNN 2 Update

We got word from the printer that press proofs should arrive at our warehouse in about a week, and that if those were approved, the games would ship to us before the end of May. Pre-order pricing forNo Trumpets has ended, but as of this writing there are still 9 copies of Nato Nukes & Nazis 2 available at pre-order pricing.

 

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