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Memoir ’44: Eastern Front

| Published: 2005
Expansion for Memoir '44
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From the frozen shores of Lake Ladoga to the burning ruins of Stalingrad, relive some of the most intense battles of WWII, where entire Army groups disappeared faster than a single battalion on the beaches of Normandy.

This expansion follows Expansion one, the Terrain Pack. While the Terrain Pack focused on new terrain and rules, the Eastern Front expansion is devoted to the ferocious battles that pit the Axis and Soviet forces against each other.

Also included is a scenario drawn from the Russian-Finnish war, and an Overlord scenario of what turned out to be the largest tank battle in history: Kursk

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“Great army pack! Adds Soviets with a twist!”

The M44: Eastern Front expansion adds the Soviet Army into the mix. It comes with a lot more winter tiles for the Winter/Desert board expansion along some new badges and markers. Some of the most famous or infamous battles of WWII happened on the Soviet side. They were the one army that could go toe-to-toe with German’s armored forces that everyone else had trouble figthing.

Nice figures

I want more scenarios!
Might need the winter board to make everything look better.

42 Russian soldiers
24 T-34 tanks
6 ZIS-3 guns
A Political Commissar chip marker
44 double-sided Terrain tiles
10 round markers (mines, medals)
4 obstacles (Dragon’s teeth…)
14 Special Unit badges
8 Historical Scenarios
New Rules in English and French

The main tweak this expansion adds to M44 is the “commissar” rule. When a scenario calls for commissar rules, the soviet player must pick a card for his or her next turn and put the commissar chip on that card, before he or she ends their turn and draws a new card. This is to simulate the concept of how the politicians didn’t trust their military leaders. Everything else plays the same, but that one tweak adds an interesting twist, because you can’t react as easily in the game by planning a card ahead of your opponents turn.

M44: Eastern Front is the army pack to get for those wanting to expand further. A lot more expansions like the Campaign Book Volume 1 add a lot more missions on the Eastern Front side. This is probably the most popular army pack so far of all the M44 expansions. If there is downside to this army pack, it would be that the winter tiles don’t match the base game board sides. For everything to look nice, you really need to spend the money on the Winter/Desert board expansion. However, you can still play without it, but it will look odd having white tiles on a green board.

Overall, it’s a solid add-on to the M44 game system.


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