Wednesday, September 16, 2009

I'm sure it was a coincidence

Sept. 1 was the 70th anniversary of the start of World War II AND it was the release date for the Flank Speed expansion for Axis & Allies Naval Miniatures.

One of the interesting ships in Flank speed is the German pre-dreadnought battleship Schleswig-Holstein. This ancient warship fired some of the very first rounds of the war when it opened fire on the Polish garrison of Danzig on Sept. 1. One wonders if there was some symbolism in this, because the Versailles Treaty had stripped Germany of all its more modern ships.

In the game it's given the interesting special ability of Early Deployment. Obviously inspired by its role in the opneing hours of World War II it's also an interesting game effect. The other special ability of Shore Support also is clearly related to its historical role.
While some mistakes have crept in, overall I really think the Axis & Allies naval miniatures have done a credible job of popularizing World War II history.

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