June 6th, 1944. D-Day was heralded as âthe longest dayâ of the war, yet it was but the opening salvo for the Allied offensive into western Europe â" an offensive that would last for almost a year before the Allies could declare victory in the European theatre. The objective of the invasion: to dismantle Hitlerâs âWehrmacht,â the once-mighty German armed forces; liberate the occupied countries of western Europe; and ultimately to subdue the threat from Germany and the Nazi regime that ruled it. Although bludgeoned by defeats in Russia and Africa and systematically weakened by Allied bombing of its supply and production infrastructure, the German army remained a formidable foe. The soldiers and officers of Hitlerâs army were well trained, battle hardened, and in possession of some of the finest and most lethal equipment of the war. Over the course of the Allied offensive, American forces would undertake the brunt of the fighting in northern France and Belgium, while their British allies would concentrate on the Netherlands and the liberation of the Scandinavian countries. The American and British forces slowly but surely advanced towards Germany, yet not without problems. In Arnhem, a daring joint offensive by the Allies was struck down by German defenses, and Nazi forces nearly broke the American lines during the last major German offensive in the Ardennes forest. TIDE OF IRON is a game of World War II tactical conflict for two to four players. The components in this base game allow players to simulate the dramatic struggle that took place between American and German forces in Northern Europe during the years 1944 and 1945. TIDE OF IRON places you in command of a division of fighting men and machines in the most important conflict in the world's history. Your brave soldiers will capture and hold objectives, lay down covering fire, and under your command they will emerge victorious ... you hope. Fantasy Flight Games hopes to provide you with expansions that will broaden the scope of TIDE OF IRON, introducing more units and scenarios covering other periods and theaters of the war, adding English, Russian, and Japanese forces to the game.
World War II was the greatest mobilization of fighting men and machines that the world has ever seen! Tanks and soldiers combined into a veritable tide of iron that changed the world. Now, the largest and deadliest conflict in history comes to your tabletop in Fantasy Flight's game of World War II squad-level tactics! This epic game grants two to four players control of either the American or German military forces. An innovative game system allows players to customize their squad compositions, make both tactical and strategic decisions with the unique "command" system and engage the enemy through the planning and execution of WWII battlefield tactics. Tide of Iron provides players with a vast array of high-quality modular game boards, terrain overlay pieces, various battlefield fortifications, operations and strategy cards, as well as 17 unique unit types, and features hundreds of detailed plastic figures, including soldiers, tanks and other combat vehicles. For up to six players (divided into two teams).