The Marauder Strikes!

The Marauder Strikes!


The B-26 has arrived in the European Theater of Operations. It has now joined the B-17, B-24 and the Lancaster over the skies of war torn Europe...


Martin B-26 Marauder: The Wingless Wonder was the name of a variant of Avalon Hill's B-17: Queen of the Skies solitaire boardgame. A draft of B-26 was available for play testing which used the B-17: Queen of the Skies rules and B-17 was needed to play. Everything has changed since then, and B-26: The Marauder Strikes! has completly new mechanics and is a stand alone game. It is a solitaire game set on board a Martin B-26 Marauder medium bomber during World War Two in the European Theater of Opearations from July 1943 until the end of the war in May 1945.

B-26: The Marauder Strikes! is a big game in that there are many target lists, rules, mission maps and details which are not found in B-17: Queen of the Skies or B-29 Superfortress: Bombers over Japan. For example, the Damage Tables are more detailed than the earlier games and the combat system is similar, but completely new. The Target Lists include a large selection of targets attacked by B-26s from July 1943 until the end of the war in May 1945 and are placed on 13 maps (movement boards) which are different depending on where your base is located, from England to the Netherlands. Different models of the B-26 is also included from the early B-26 in 1941 until the B-26G which entered combat in October 1944. The earlier models are not used in the European Theater of Operations (the ETO) in which B-26: The Marauder Strikes! is set, but will be used in 22nd Bomb Group: Marauders from Australia, an add-on variant set in the Pacific in the war against Japan in New Guinea.

The rules in this Flight Manual try to reflect the twin engined B-26 Marauder and situations and events which the crews saw on their missions and historical accuracy has been an important guideline during the development of this game.

Players familiar with B-17: Queen of the Skies or B-29 Superfortress: Bombers over Japan recognize the mechanics used in B-26. One or more 6-sided dice are rolled on tables to plan the mission, to determine if enemy fighters appear, to hit with machine gun fire and to determine damage and wounds and much more. B-26 is as easy to play as B-17 with its basic system which is similar to the mechanics in B-17: Queen of the Skies. Players who have flown missions in B-17 may find that B-26 is similar, but more detailed and there are ideas included in B-26 which can be found in the B-17: Queen of the Skies community. If you add the advanced and optional guidelines you will find B-26 to become deep, detailed and complex, but still does not stray far from the simple mechanics of the basic system. You will also find yourself in situations where you have to make a decision.

The Core Game Flight Manual will be used to play the A-20 Havoc, A-26 Invader and B-25 Mitchell add-ons.

You can begin your campaign flying missions from bases in England or jump in later in the war when the B-26 groups had moved to the continent and you will find Mission Maps with your station either in England, France, Belgium or the Netherlands depending on when you fly your missions. Put together a crew, name your B-26 and fly missions over France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, Germany, Austria and Chechoslovakia!

Japanese Air Force

BooksPosted by Magnus Kimura 2015-06-30 12:09:55

Two new books that I have. I will have to adjust the tables somewhat in 319th. Seems that more Ki-84 will be encountered than what I have now.

22nd Bomb Group may face more A5M than what i have on my table now.

There will also be some adjustments in 58th Bomb Wing - B-29s in the CBI.

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B-26 Book: Battle Over Bavaria

BooksPosted by Magnus Kimura 2015-03-27 17:37:57
This book is high on my wishlist:

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The Boston at War

BooksPosted by Magnus Kimura 2015-03-20 20:18:31

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A New A-20 Book

BooksPosted by Magnus Kimura 2015-03-18 08:36:33
The Douglas A-20 Havoc: From Drawing Board to Peerless Allied Light Bomber (The Ultimate Look)

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Wreaking Havoc: A Year in an A-20

BooksPosted by Magnus Kimura 2014-11-02 14:40:27
Description"Life," writes Joseph Rutter, "was all fun and games with very expensive toys during those bright June days in 1944." Rutter was a pilot in the Army Air Force, and the expensive toys were airplanes-A-20s. He had just completed replacement crew training at Charlotte, North Carolina, and shortly thereafter he was flying with the 312th Bomb Group from Hollandia, New Guinea, over Japanese targets and across "unexplored" areas, and life became more serious. Wreaking Havoc: A Year in an A-20 tells the story of Rutter and his friends at a time when the horrors of war were matched by the energy and enthusiasm of youth. In the same innocent and understated tones, Rutter relates hijinks and daredevilry, his training stateside, his first mission, large-scale raids on the Philippines and Formosa, routine low-level attacks on Japanese positions, crashes, mishaps, and the deaths of friends. With a wonderful eye for detail, Rutter gives the reader a glimpse into not only the air war in the Pacific but also the culture of the 1940s and the minds of the young men who found themselves far from home on the front lines. In Rutter's story of war, the A-20 is as much a protagonist as the author. If the aircraft emerges as a pilot's plane-a joy to fly-it could also be a temperamental machine whose landing gear might collapse, whose hydraulic system might fail, and whose controls might suddenly malfunction. Rutter and the men who crewed them are quiet heroes whose approach to war combines the nonchalance of youth and the seriousness of men who have come close enough to death to take life seriously. From the pages of his memoir, Rutter speaks to those interested in aviation, World War II, and the coming of age of a young man. Joseph Rutter served with the 312th Bomb Group in the Southwest Pacific and completed sixty-three missions over New Guinea and the Philippines. He is a graduate of Marietta College and after a career in the insurance industry retired to Marietta, Ohio.

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Martin B-26 Marauder & Douglas A-26 Invader in Combat over Europe

BooksPosted by Magnus Kimura 2014-05-07 14:17:01
This includes a nice set of decals in three different scales!

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Martin B-26 Marauder (Air Vanguard) by Martyn Chorlton

BooksPosted by Magnus Kimura 2014-04-14 13:10:43
Very sorry about the inactivity. It's been too much for awhile, but I will now get back to work on B-26!

Rick, I got your message, thanks for letting me know. LIFE must come first, although many times I wish it could be the other way around!

Here is a new book that I ordered from Amazon:

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B-26 books you just gotta have.

BooksPosted by Magnus Kimura 2012-06-10 14:16:28

B-26 Marauder in Action - Aircraft No. 50

B-26 Marauder in action - Aircraft No. 210

B-26 Marauder Units of the MTO (Combat Aircraft)

B-26 Marauder Units of the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces (Osprey Combat Aircraft 2)

Strikes: 323rd Bomb Group in World War II

Bridge Busters

Martin B-26 Marauder - Warbird Tech Vol. 29

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