Squad Leader: GI: Anvil of Victory

Squad Leader: GI: Anvil of Victory
It is December, 1941; Europe lays stricken beneath the Nazi boot. Only Britain, sheltered by her fleet and the English channel, stands fast before the swastika. To the East, German panzers stand stalled by winter at the very gates of Moscow. However, the Third Reich is nearing its high water mark for the tide is about to turn. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor will usher the United States into World War II and seal the doom of the Thousand Year Reich. American industry will supply the Allied armies with vast quantities of war material, and a fresh, new breed of fighting man will enter the fray against Hitler's tested Wehrmacht. The G.I. will become the anvil on which the victory over a bled white Wehrmacht is forged. G.I.; ANVIL OF VICTORY allows you to command the full gamut of American fighting men as they drive the Germans from Africa, Sicily, Italy, Normandy, and back across the Rhine and into Germany itself. G.I. adds the complete American arsenal of fighting men and machines to your SQUAD LEADER repertoire, while expanding and enriching the most acclaimed historical gaming system yet devised. Can the greater numbers and superior gunnery control systems of the American Shermans compensate for the more lethal guns of the feared German Panther? G.I. provides a gripping and graphic answer unmatched by any book.

But G.I. offers far more than just American tanks. It contains more components than any of the preceding games in the series. The entire game system has been streamlined while enhancing realism even further. German, British, and even French infantry counters have been revised to enhance unit identification, add inherent smoke values, and more clearly distinguish the differences between squads, crews, and half-squads.

Like its sister games in the SQUAD LEADER system, G.I. need not end with play of the 14 scenarios provided; the opportunities to design your own scenario based on historical or hypothetical situation are myriad. A veteran user of the game system needs only his imagination and inclination, for the entire Order of Battle and corresponding counters have been provided for every nationality. G.I. is much more than just a game. When combined with SQUAD LEADER, CROSS OF IRON, and CRESCENDO OF DOOM, it provides the ultimate in a tactical gaming system which can be used to portray any company or battalion level action. Be forewarned! G.I. cannot be played without first having mastered the other three games in the series.

In each game you get:

- 1040 two-sided 1/2" inch die-cut counters representing the infantry combatants of the European Theatre from 1942-45
- 528 two-sided 5/8" die-cut counters representing the complete vehicular and ordnance Order of Battle for the U.S. in World War II
- Illustrated scenario cards for situations 33-46
- Five additional 8" x 22" geomorphic mapboard sections increasing the possible terrain configurations many fold and introducing several new terrains types
- Comprehensive, illustrated 36-page Programmed Instruction Rulebook
- Two expanded Quick Reference Data Cards
- Terrain Overlays to further vary existing mapboards

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The Roer Bridgehead
The Gls had been poised before the Roer for days. German engineers had skillfully blown the upriver dam floodgates so that the Roer had run fierce and wide. Now, with the river still in flood but navigable, the concentrated might …

It will never be known who ordered the charge. Perhaps it was Colonel Burnette, who was mortally wounded as his men neared the 100 foot bridge. Perhaps it was simply the sight of Lt. Edwards' tanks edging across the unblown …

Point D'Appui
As the majority of the I 19th Infantry Regiment advanced into North Wuerselen, they left behind a reduced company, commanded by Captain R. Simmons, to protect their line of communication. Captain Simmons deployed the bulk of his troops around a …

The Rag Tag Circus
Gls of the 83rd Infantry Division took particular pride in their use of captured German vehicles. So extensive was their "used car lot" appearance that the news correspondents nicknamed this unit the "Rag Tag Circus". The Americans had a chance …

The Duel
German General Hoehne, LXXXIX Corps commander, had to buy time. Every day the way was clear allowed additional isolated units to filter back towards the Rhine. At a time of frightful manpower shortages, he decided to commit two of his …

At the same time that the SS mountain troopers were striking one flank of the US 357th Regiment, the Wehrmacht's 159th Division struck the other. Every effort was to be made to prevent the Americans from establishing an artillery OP …

Thrust and Parry
Between the Moselle and Rhine rivers, the US Army ground forward on a broad front. The Germans struggled desperately to hold open escape routes to the Rhine. After unsuccessful attempts to slow the American advance, General Hoehne launched two…

Stand Fast
As the Americans advanced across the plains of Germany, the badly outnumbered Germans could not hope to hold a continuous line. Rather than expose themselves, the Wehrmacht troops turned each town or clump of buildings into a small strongpoint. Early…

The Clearing
Day after day of seemingly endless forest. Constant shelling had turned most of the trees to shattered hulks. Advances were truly measured in yards as each step forward increased the threat of yet another sniper or hidden Spandau. Then, near …

Trial by Combat
In an attempt to give American armor a fighting chance against heavy German tanks, the Army Ordnance Department developed the T26 Medium tank, better known as the Pershing. Carrying a 90mm gun and heavy frontal armor, the Pershing was rushed …

Encircling the Ruhr
As the 12th Army wheeled its way north under overcast skies to join the 9th Army in encircling the Ruhr, they drew upon the 3rd Armored Division to lead the way. A task force built around a medium tank battalion …

Operation Varsity
The airborne phase of the Allies' Northern Rhine crossing was to be the last airborne assault of the war. Artillery units and fighter-bombers pounded the German gun positions in the vicinity of the drop zones so severely that the first …

Hide and Seek
After their initial drop into the bocage behind the invasion beaches, the 2nd Battalion of the 501st Parachute Regiment discovered that their regimental objective of St Come-du-Mont would not fall as easily as expected. The village was defended by a…

Prelude to Breakout
The Germans had frustrated the Allied attempt to breakout of the Normandy peninsula, and Eisenhower now tried shifting pressure from the British sector in the east to the Americans on the west. One location where a breakthrough was to be …

Action at Kommerscheidt
By October, 1944 the American Army had ripped two large holes in the Siegfried Line at Aachen and Roetgen . The next step called for a limited flanking operation in the Huertgen Forest. The 28th Division was ordered to carry …

Bridgehead on the Rhine
During the night of March 23rd, the Allied 21st Army Group began the long awaited Rhine crossing. The first division to cross was the British 51 st Highland Division mounted in Buffaloes of the 4th Royal Tanks and Northamptonshire Yeomanry …

Swatting at Tigers
In the early morning hours of July 10th, Colonel James Gavin and the SOS the Parachute Regiment were scattered over much of southern Sicily. Gavin landed 20 miles east of the selected drop zone, while most of his regiment came …

The Dornot Watermark
With its series of forts and prepared positions, the area around the historic Lorraine city of Metz was to become known as "Fortress Metz" to the U.S. forces fighting in Europe. The first test in the long campaign which was …

Sweep For Bordj Toum Bridge
As the Allies paused to gather their breath and resources for their attack on Tunis, the Germans struck first. The Fifth Panzer Army in an effort to expand its position around Tunis, sent the 86th Panzer Grenadier Regiment supported by …

The Factory
As the initial expansion of the Allied beachhead at Anzio drew to a halt, the inevitable German counterattacks began. The main attacks concentrated on the Albano-Anzio highway around the village of Carroceto and the Aprilia farm settlement known to…

Medal of Honor
Following a costly assault boat crossing of the Waal River, the 504th Parachute Regiment had finally captured the Nijmegen bridge intact. Over this span would push the British Guards Armored Division toward the planned link with the embattled British…

Weissenhof Crossroads
As the German Ardennes offensive got underway, the 62nd Yolks Grenadier Division opened its attack by hurling two regiments against the 424th Infantry in an attempt to breakthrough at Winterspelt. The most serious threat developed at the Weissenhof…

The French Decide to Fight
The first phase of Operation Torch included amphibious landings along the Atlantic coast. Many of the primary objectives included the securing of French airdromes in these areas for use in the second phase: the advance into Tunisia. One such field …

Climax at Nijmegen Bridge
Operation Market Garden was to be characterized by intense fighting for the control of a number of vital bridges. Each was a vital link in the chain leading to Arnhem. The road bridge across the Waal River in Nijmegen was …

A Belated Christmas
The 101st Airborne was isolated, surviving by desperation and courage alone. But even the best troops cannot fight without ammunition, and by Christmas day supplies of all types were dwindling. A desperate plan to attempt resupply of the pocket was …
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