Friday, May 21, 2010

"SERBIA THE DEFIANT" available at "Decision Games" War Gaming Website

From the "Home" page:

"Welcome to Decision Games, the home of strategy gaming on the web. As publisher of two of the industry's most prestigious gaming magazines, and a line of quality board and computer games from Ancient to Modern Battles, Decision Games is firmly positioned at the heart of the war gaming community!"


From the "About Us" page:

 "Decision Games, in business since 1988, is the publisher of Strategy & Tactics magazine, the military history magazine with a game in every issue. In addition, Decision Games publishes a line of board games, books, and computer games on military history. Decision Games also provides production support and distribution of two other lines of military history games: SPW Games and Excalibre Games.

"Strategy & Tactics has been the conflict simulation hobby's flagship magazine since 1967. It has two editions: a regular newsstand edition (magazine only), and a premium hobby edition that includes a complete game in each issue. The games are based on the topics featured in the magazine, are educational and entertaining, and cover topics from well known historic battles to more obscure subjects. Issues are published bi-monthly (six times/year).

"Decision Games board games cover all of military history from ancient times to the 21st century. Some of the upcoming releases include the WW2 Pacific Theater, World War One, WW2 European Theater, Operation Market-Garden, Hurtgen Forest, and D-Day to Cobra. Decision Games also produces a new line of quick-play card games on historical subjects. The series is titled "Lightning" and the games are playable in 30-40 minutes. The first three cover Midway, D-Day, and the War on Terror – the next will cover WW2 North Africa."



"Now in Stock - August 1914: Austria Hungary is determined to punish Serbia for the assassination of the ArchDuke Ferdinand in Sarajevo. Conrad von Hotzendorf, the Austro-Hungarian commander vows to attack and put the defiant Serbs in their place.

"With the mobilization of Russia, Serbia's great protector, the Austro - Hungarian army does not have adequate forces both to defend against the Russians and to conduct operations against Serbia. Forces that Conrad wishes to use against the Serbians have to be moved north to the Russian frontier due to political pressures from a government that sees the all too real possibility of cossacks entering Budapest. Conrad will not be dissuaded, and he orders the local commander, Potiorek, to go ahead with the invasion of Serbia with the two weak armies left in the theater.

"The initial Austro-Hungarian offensive goes poorly as the battle experienced, and well led, Serb army, together with their tough Montenegrin allies, throw the collection of invading Hungarian, Czech, Croatian, and Bosnian troops back across the frontiers. Soon Serbia is in a position to counter invade Austria-Hungary. Sarajevo itself comes close to being captured. The Serbs even have the gall to conduct a crossing of the mighty Danube into the lowlands of southern Hungary.

"The Austro-Hungarians regroup and try again later in the year. Massing to the northwest of Serbia, the re-enter the country and are successful in driving the Serbs to the south, even capturing the Serb capitol of Belgrade. But the success is bought at a high price. Depleted Austro-Hungarian units with tenuous supply lines are now the only ones in contact with the Serb forces. The Serbs now counter attack, Belgrade is retaken and the Austro-Hungarians are again driven from Serbian soil.

"October 1915: Germany had left Serbia to be dealt with by the Austro-Hungarians, but now the pressures of the British campaign in Gallipoli mandated the opening of supply lines through Serbia to the hard pressed Turks. A German army is sent to assist the Austro-Hungarians with ending the Serbian problem once and for all. Promises are also made to the Bulgarian government for Serb territory in return for their participation.

"The combined weight of the additional enemies overwhelms the Serbs who have received little help from their allies. But the Serb army refuses to collapse. Taking their prisoners with them the retreat through the snow covered mountain passes into Albania, where they are moved by allied navies to the refuge of Corfu, where they can reorganize to fight again, even if not from their own territory."


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