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"Hostilities with England effective immediately." OKM's urgent, encoded message sent to all Kriegsmarine ships, U-Boats, and shore stations on September 3rd, 1939, in response to Great Britain and France declaring a state of war against Germany:
During the initial stage of the Battle of the Atlantic the German U-Boats would experience great success in destroying Allied shipping, Wolfpacks - groups of submarines swarming over targets - proved to be a lethal force and would carry a positive strategic impact for the Germans. The Allies would soon find themselves scrambling and suffering horrific losses at sea at the hands of these silent hunters.
In early 1943, the Allies would not only stem the tide, but turn it in dramatic fashion, thanks to counter measures taken which included convoy tactics, high frequency direction finding ("huff-duff"), radar, active sonar and more. Suddenly, the U-Boat fleet was being decimated, as the Hunter became the Hunted and the Allies gained air superiority above the seas. German U-Boat losses alone tell the story. Through 1941, only 66 U-Boats were lost. During 1942, another 96 U-Boats would be lost. And then, in 1943, no less than 237 U-Boats were sunk or scuttled at sea.
The time is 1256 hours, 3 September 1939 You are now the Hunter - but also the Hunted. Will you successfully carry out your patrols, advance your crew status, and ultimately be promoted and retire following a successful tour of duty? Or, like so many amongst you, will your final fate rest inside the Iron Coffin?
The Hunters, German U-Boats at War, 1939-43 is a solitaire, tactical level game placing you in command of a German U-Boat during WWII. Your mission is to destroy as much Allied shipping and as many Capital ships as possible, while advancing your crew quality and increasing your commander rank culminating in special decoration - all while attempting to make it home amidst diminishing odds of survival as the war progresses. The Hunters is purposely designed to deliver a brisk yet intensive gaming experience. Those familiar with the venerable 1981 Avalon Hill game title, B-17: Queen of the Skies, will come to enjoy the same type of gaming experience of the German U-Boat War: All major U-Boat models are accounted for with every level of detail including period of service, armaments, crew make-up damage capacity, and more. Conducting patrols is the heart of the system as you resolve encounters against individual ships, convoys, or even enemy aircraft. Situations you face and decisions you make suddenly come in quick succession:
Every decision you make during the German U-Boat War determines if you and your crew come home as heroes, failures - or not at all.
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Gregory M Smith
Spirit Games (Est. 1984, Lefglow Ltd) - Supplying role playing games (RPG), wargames rules, miniatures and scenery, new and traditional board and card games for the last 36 years
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