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!

B-26, B-26A & B

B-26: The Marauder Strikes!Posted by Magnus Kimura 2019-03-12 21:41:59
I've never seen this info before... 2194 miles with 5.800lbs bomb load...


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Posted by Magnus Kimura 2019-03-23 13:03:07

I've quickly checked the files today. Do-17 is not yet finished, but Ju-87 seems to have the damage tables more or less done, but no other instructions are done.These two bombers have not been play-tested at all. I will upload Ju-87 now.

Posted by Lootron 2019-03-17 13:48:19

Thanks for replying! I really didn't know how to contact you. I read you are going to work on The Spade after B-26? I really can't wait for B-26, maybe released by this time next year? This looks to be the best of this type of game!

Posted by Magnus Kimura 2019-03-17 12:29:29

Thank you very much for contacting me. Yes, I will put them here later. I have not worked on The Spade and the other German bombers for many years. It is possible to fly missions with the rules now, but I feel I must make corrections and changes. Also, the map and target lists are only the play-test versions and new must be made. My idea was 4 Phases of Battle of Britain first and then finish the Invasion of Poland.

Posted by Lootron 2019-03-17 02:46:46

Good day Mr. Kimura. I do not want to see off-topic with this post, but this is the only option left I have of contacting you. I was reading one of your old posts, where you mentioned a Ju-88, a Ju-87,and a Do-17. The Ju-88 files are available, but I cannot locate the Ju-87 and the Do-17 files. Do you have these available? Could you upload them in a post?