The Marauder Strikes!

The Marauder Strikes!

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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...


PRE-ORDER B-26 HERE AT LEGION WARGAMES: http://www.legionwargames.com/legion_B26.html

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!

VI. Relation of Flak Experience to Success of Missions Against Bridges

B-26: The Marauder Strikes!Posted by Magnus Kimura 2015-04-11 08:22:59

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VI. Relation of Flak Experience to Success of Missions Against Bridges:
The last four columns in Appendix I and II are headed "D, DA B, and M". "D"
stands for destroyed, meaning that the bridge was knocked down. "DA" stands for damaged, meaning that the bridge was hit, not knocked down, but damaged.
"B" is the abbreviation for blocked. This means that the was missed and is
undamaged but that the approach or line at either end of the bridge has been
cut or blocked. "M" means that the target was completely missed. The
following are the totals for the months of September and October, arranged to
compare results on bridge targets when the attack experienced flak during the
bombing run with results when attacks were free from flak on the bombing run.
RESULTS WITH FLAK ON THE
BOMBING RUN
RESULTS WITH NO FLAK ON THE
BOMBING RUN

#

%

D

1

2

DA

27

56

B

7

15

M

13

27

TOTAL

48

100

D

12

21

DA

33

57

B

11

19

M

2

3

TOTAL

58

100


The effect of flak upon results shows up in the comparisons of bridgesdestroyed And bridges missed. Only one bridge out of 48 (2%) was destroyedwhen flak was experienced on the bomb run as opposed to 12 out of 58 (21%)destroyed when the bomb runs were flak free. 28 percent were completely missed when flak was experienced on the bomb run in contrast to 3 percent on flak free targets.

The one bridge destroyed when flak was experienced on the bomb run wasat Ostiglia, the mission of 26 September, attacked by three formations. The17th bomb Group lost 3 A/C and had 17 damaged by flak. Their attack missedthe target, blocking the approaches. The 319th Bomb Group had 1 A/C destroyedand 12 holed by flak. They hit and damaged the bridge. The 320th Bomb Grouplost no A/C over the target although 24 A/C were damaged, but they destroyed the bridge. The correlation between A/C losses and results of bombing in thisisolated instance might be considered a coincidence if it were not inagreement with the general trend demonstrated by the results of the twomonth's experience as a whole. A comparison of intensities and accuracies offlak experienced with bombing results did not reveal any trend ofsignificance.

VII. Smoke Screens: Smoke pots were reported at Mori on 3 October, and at Rovereto 12-13 October. On 3 October smoke screens were observed at Rovereto Fuel dump, at Verona A/D, and between Ala and Avio. No smoke screens were encountered in the period covered by this report in any target area attacked.

VIII. Miscellaneous Phenomena: On 18 October, several bursts of possible rocket flak were reported from Sestri Levanti. They were large red bursts, 500 feet above the formation. Also on 18 October, a shower of silver objects about the size of silver dollars was reported in the vicinity of Alfonsine. These objects were seen floating at 10,500 feet and descending very slowly.



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