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!

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BooksPosted by Magnus Kimura 2015-12-25 00:48:41

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Posted by Magnus Kimura 2016-03-11 14:53:46

A part of a paragraph seems to be missing...

This book is packed with information and it is HEAVY, but it has its short comings.

Posted by Magnus Kimura 2015-12-30 11:41:34

This book is packed with facts and information about the B-26, but unreliable as a source?

Posted by Magnus Kimura 2015-12-30 11:40:34

About the B-26E, here is something that I have not found earlier and have never seen before:

Meanwhile back in Baltimore Martin engineers devised a number of improvements to the design, most noticeably a "twisted wing" with a 3 1/2-degree up angle to make take-offs safer, a solid nose with two 37 mm cannons and two .50 caliber machine guns, and a horn-balanced rudder. Acting without authority from procurement officials, the company modified three "dog ships" kept at the factory as "B-26-E"'s. They were flown down to Washington for demonstration to General Arnold and his staff, who were duly impressed. Although lower-ranking procurement officers were livid, they approved the wing change in another B-26 model, which they insisted should be the B-26F.

What I have found on the B-26E earlier in all sources I have studied is that there was only one and that it had the top turret moved from the waist to the front. Perhaps that it was the only official B-26E?

Posted by Magnus Kimura 2015-12-30 11:30:41

His is also the only source that states that the B-26E had two top turrets, one ball turret, no waist guns and two cannons in the nose instead of a bombardier, and that it was an (correction: prototype or on the drawing board) escort ship. While there was an idea that the B-26 should become a heavy escort plane for B-17s and B-24s, there was never a prototype for this model, I have not found any other information on this and this was only an idea. (The author has had access to many B-26 files in an archive so it might be true.)

The B-26E was only one ship and it had the top turret moved from the waist to the radio room. The top turret was right behind the pilots. It was only a test to see how the fire power was affected and not intended as an escort ship.

The B-26 with two 20mm cannons in the nose is according to the author a prototype gunship and not one of the B-26 you found in the Aleutians (or with the 69th and 70th squadrons). I thought so up until now, because that is information that I have found earlier. I am not sure if that is a prototype or if it was used in the Aleutians.

Plagiarism? Not quite, not word for word, but if you compare page 529 (if I remember correctly) and what you read about the 12th Bomb Group in B-25 Units in the MTO, you find that it is exactly the same passages and almost copied and pasted, a few changes here and there. I think you find something similar when you read about the Oboe.

Posted by Magnus Kimura 2015-12-27 01:14:56

...or shold you buy it? I have not had a chance yet to read large portions yet, only here and there for a minute or two. I cannot trust that the information is correct.

The 1st pathfinder unit was not a "Group" it was a squadron, and the facts stated about this unit pertains more to the 25th BG than the 1st Pathfinder Squadron.

..but, listen to this, I think a large part is taken directly from B-25 Mitchell Units in the MTO ( I have to double check this, but it seems that it is plagiarism.