The Finnish Front, 1941-1944 (Game + Magazine) - Decision Games - Unpunched

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The Finnish Front, 1941-42 (TFF), is the fifth game to be published in the “They Died With Their Boots On” series (S&T#236 & S&T#242).

TFF’s “Boots” system simulates what might otherwise appear to be hopeless campaigns, in this case the first stage of what the Finns call the “Continuation War.” It was fought between Axis (Finnish and German) forces and the Soviets during 1941-42, much of it north of the Arctic Circle. During that war the Finns recaptured the territory they’d lost to the Soviets in the Winter War of 1939-40. They failed to take Murmansk, however, which would have seriously hindered Allied Lend-Lease shipments to the Soviet Union.

TFF is played in sequential “game turns,” each of which is composed of interactive “phases” and “sub-phases.” During each Operations Phase, the players alternate picking markers from the command pool; each such pick thereby indicating which sub-command will be “activated” for movement and combat at that time. The High Command marker causes the Orders From The High Command Table to be checked. The player controlling a selected sub-command receives reinforcements for it, if any are available that game turn, and then moves and conducts combat with the units of that sub-command.

The armies in TFF are divided into “sub-commands,” each of which operates as a semi-autonomous force within its overall army. Sub-commands are defined by abbreviations and colored stripes on the unit-counters. Pulling certain markers will allow a player to conduct operations simultaneously with more than one sub-command.

Published in World at War magazine #5, 2009.

Game Scale:

  • Game Turn: 1 month
  • Hex: 23 miles / 37 kilometers
  • Units: Battalion to Division

Game Inventory:

  • One 22 x 34" full color mapsheet
  • One dual-side printed countersheet (228 5/8" counters)
  • One 24-page Zhukov’s War rulebook

Solitaire Playability: Medium
Complexity Level: Medium
Players: 2 or more
Playing Time: 2-6

This game is in Excellent condition. It is unpunched, with some very minor shelf wear. As always, the photos are of the game you will receive.