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Eagles Strike cover

John Tiller turns to Northwest Europe for another Squad Battles title. Eagles Strike sports over 50 scenarios, including three campaigns, covering the GI’s battles from Normandy to the end of the Reich. Unlike earlier games in this series, this one serves up lots of armor, from halftracks to heavy tanks, and an equally mind-boggling array of anti-tank weaponry. The focus is still on the ground pounders, but you’ll have to be able to handle the iron monsters on offense and defense if you want to succeed. Play the Allies or the Germans, and fight against the savvy computer or friends via email or the Internet. If that’s not enough, you can use the included maps and expanded maps for your own scenarios too. 

Atlantic Wall
Bocage Battle
Holding Mortain
 

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Units represent individual leaders, weapons teams, and squads of up to a dozen men. Each weapon is accounted for, and squads can pick up and drop items as a result of combat or your decisions. An elegant and sophisticated mechanism simulates both wear and tear and ammunition depletion, and the game accounts for range, visibility, armor protection, and terrain effects in a way that is historically accurate and which encourages historical tactics. The turn-based system with opportunity fire and optional full fog of war balances realism with playability and preserves play by email utility.

Unlike some simulations, you won’t need to devote a good chunk of your life to mastering the game mechanics. Nearly everything is mouse driven, with an extensive system of hotkeys and menus for all game commands. You can customize your experience with four different map views, including a new 3D mode that shows the tactical relief of the battlefield for more effective planning. You won’t need a monster machine to run the game, either. Its attractive 2D graphics and superb maps run well even on laptops and older machines, as long as you can run Windows XP or later; Windows 95 or Windows 98 are not supported due to DirectX concerns.

Campaign Map 1
Campaign Map 2
 

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What makes Eagles Strikes so compelling is the way it neatly captures the ebb and flow of a WWII tactical battle, without overwhelming you with minutia. Armored vehicles are easier to kill from the sides and rear, assault guns have to pivot to bring their guns to bear, and infantry needs to pass morale checks before assaulting tanks, so you get the full spectrum of essential detail. Your enemy is not the game system; the mechanics are simple (not simplistic), and easy to learn. It’s the effective employment of those mechanics that is the challenge. There’s plenty of chrome, too, though. You get all the different small arms, heavy weapons, indirect fire support, air strikes, naval gunfire support, and armor you could hope for, plus parachute and glider landings, several types of mines and obstacles, smoke, illumination, and radios. It’s all easy to employ, too, thanks to the ultra-clear maps and visually striking “counter” style unit markers.

Central to the Squad Battles game system is the idea of leadership. Your NCOs and junior officers are critical parts of your force. The most heavily armed squads are useless without someone to rally and inspire them. You’ll learn the true value of individual heroism as you watch your sergeants and lieutenants rally a pinned squad and assault the last enemy pillbox, or inspire a machine gun team to hold off an enemy attack. Leaders also are necessary to call in support; learning when and how to use artillery and air strikes that can easily smash your own forces as well as the enemy is key to success. Few games teach the value of leadership as well as Eagles Strike; if you ever wanted to see how useless a bunch of leaderless troops are, just lose all your platoon leaders early in a battle!

 

The game also has the standard scenario, OOB, parameter, database & sub-map editors included with the game. Play modes include A/I, Hot Seat, PBEM, LAN & Internet play.

On to Stoumont
The Line Holds
Utah Beach
 

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Credits:

  • Developer: John Tiller
  • Artist: Joseph Amoral
  • Unit Graphics: Mark Adams
  • Music: Thomas Hook & Daniel Lee
  • Additional AI programming: John Rushing
  • Contributed Sound Effects: Edward Williams
  • Project Coordinator: Bill Wilder
  • Additional Research: Wig Graves and Greg Smith
  • Cover Graphics: Mark Adams
  • Scenario Designers: Neil Stalker, Louie Marsh, Bryan Melvin, James Rapkins, Wig Graves, and Bill Wilder
  • Campaign Maps: Mike Avanzini
  • Playtesters: Tom Ciampa, Randy Casebier, Massimo Rocca, Alexandra Collins, James Rapkins, Bryan Melvin, Louie Marsh, Neil Stalker, and Bill Wilder

System Requirements:

Windows XP, Vista, or 7
Processor: 1 GHz
Disk Space: 1 GB
Memory: 1 GB

Planning Maps     (click for full-sized images)
Baraque de Fraiture map Bastogne South map Benicourt map
Baraque de Fraiture: 4.19 mb gif Bastogne South: 26.8 mb gif  Benicourt: 3.01 mb gif

Cambernon map Celles map Cerisy la Salle map
Cambernon: 4.02 mb gif Celles: 17.7 mb gif Cerisy la Salle: 4.12 mb gif

Chateauneuf map Chef du Pont map Clervaux map
Chateauneuf: 4.48 mb gif Chef du Pont: 1.09 mb gif Clervaux: 7.26 mb gif

Gavray map Groesbeek map Hosingen map
Gavray: 8 mb gif Groesbeek: 3.96 mb gif Hosingen: 7.21 mb gif 

Irsch map Nomohan map Le Muy map
Irsch: 6.42 mb gif La Poterie: 3.98 mb gif Le Muy: 2.48 mb gif

Lucherberg map Margaret map Montelimar N map
Lucherberg: 6.51 mb gif Margaret: 8.70 mb gif  Montelimar N: 2.88 mb gif

Montelimar ENE map Montelimar NE map Mortain map
Montelimar ENE: 2.75 mb gif Montelimar NE: 2.97 mb gif Mortain: 10.8 mb gif

Moselle map Noville map Omaha Beach map
Moselle: 9.60 mb gif Noville: 8.61 mb gif Omaha Beach: 15 mb gif

Pointe du Hoc map Prum map Rocherath map
Pointe du Hoc: 1.79 mb gif Prum: 3.85 mb gif Rocherath:5.45 mb gif

Kakazu Ridge map Schmidt map Sugarloaf map
Saarburg: 3.86 mb gif Schmidt: 10.1 mb gif Ste. Marie Eglise: 8.82 mb gif

Stoumont map Tettingen map Trier map
Stoumont: 13.4 mb gif Tettingen: 4.40 mb gif Trier: 1.58 mb gif

Utah Beach map Wiltz map  
Utah Beach: 5.84 mb gif Wiltz: 4.12 mb gif  


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Reading List
Burgett, Donald; Currahee!: A Screaming Eagle at Normandy; Dell, 2000
Burgett, Donald; The Road to Arnhem: A Screaming Eagle in Holland; Dell, 2001
Burgett, Donald; Seven Roads to Hell: A Screaming Eagle at Bastogne ; Dell, 2000
Burgett, Donald; Beyond the Rhine: A Screaming Eagle in Germany; Dell, 2002
Astor, Gerald; A Blood-Dimmed Tide: The Battle of the Bulge by the Men Who Fought It; Dell, 1993
Astor, Gerald; June 6, 1944: The Voices of D-Day; Dell, 2002
Ambrose, Stephen; Citizen Soldiers: The U. S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany; Simon & Schuster, 1998
Ambrose, Stephen; Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest; Simon & Schuster, 2001
Ambrose, Stephen; D Day: June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II; Simon & Schuster, 1995
Ambrose, Stephen; The VICTORS : Eisenhower and His Boys: The Men of World War II; Simon & Schuster, 1999
Cooper, Belton; Death Traps: The Survival of an American Armored Division in World War II; Presidio Press, 2003
Taylor, Thomas; Behind Hitler's Lines: The True Story of the Only Soldier to Fight for both America and the Soviet Union in World War II; Presidio Press, 2004
MacDonald, Charles B; Company Commander; Burford Books, 1999
MacDonald, Charles B; The Battle of the Huertgen Forest; University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002
MacDonald, Charles B; A Time for Trumpets: The Untold Story of the Battle of the Bulge; William Morrow Paperbacks, 1997
Eisenhower, John S D; The Bitter Woods: The Battle of the Bulge; Da Capo Press, 1995
Toland, John; Battle: The Story of the Bulge; Bison Books, 1999
Balkoski, Joseph; Omaha Beach: D-Day, June 6, 1944; Stackpole Books, 2006
Balkoski, Joeseph; Utah Beach: The Amphibious Landing and Airborne Operations on D-day, June 6, 1944; Stackpole Books, 2006
Carafano, James Jay; After D-Day: Operation Cobra and the Normandy Breakout; Stackpole Books, 2008
Hargreaves, Richard; The Germans in Normandy; Stackpole Books, 2008
Mitcham, Samuel; Retreat to the Reich: The German Defeat in France, 1944 ; Stackpole Books, 2007
Prados, John; Normandy Crucible: The Decisive Battle that Shaped World War II in Europe; NAL Hardcover, 2011
Kershaw, Ian; The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1944-1945; Penquin, 2011
Hechler, Ken; The Bridge at Remagen; Presidio Press, 2005

 

 

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