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The Nazi Board Games of World War II
During World War II, the Nazis fueled children`s enthusiasm for both their war effort and genocide partly by stocking toy stores with cheerful-looking but insidious board games. As budding potential members of the Hitler Youth rolled dice, they competed with miniature weaponry to conquer Allied lands and clear gaming boards of pieces depicting caricatures of helpless or greedy Jews. After the war, German families tossed out the incriminating games in untold numbers, but in the last few years dozens have surfaced in institutional collections and on the market.
Nazi WWII board game snapped up at auction
A Nazi board game encouraging children to conquer Britain through military might has sold at auction. The piece of WWII propaganda fetched $580 at Chiswick Auctions after it was put on the market by veteran collector John Meyer. The game, `Wir Fahren Gegen Engeland (We Drive against Britain)`, puts players on a map of the North Sea showing the UK and coasts of Denmark, Germany, Belgium, France and Norway. Players are represented by plastic submarines or planes and told to view the Allied Forces as the enemy as they move around the British Isles capturing spaces to conquer the countries and destroy the Royal Navy and RAF.
World War II board games educate as they entertain
An evening around a board game is a great way to spend time with family and friends because unlike a movie it offers the chance to talk and share a fun and exciting experience with each other. There are many history-themed games on the market that offer a chance to discuss historical events in exciting ways. Several WWII games (like Memoir `44, Tide of Iron, Axis and Allies) present the conflict not as the stuff merely of history books, but rather as an active history in which lessons about leaders, ideologies, weapons, geography, and the possibilities of "what if" can excite the imagination and prompt discussions with children.
Classic turn-based strategy games: Conflict-Series
If you like classic turn-based PC war games and legendary strategy board games make sure to check out the highly rated Conflict-series for Android. Some of the WWII Campaigns include Axis Balkan Campaign, D-Day 1944, Operation Barbarossa, France 1940, Kursk 1943, Market Garden, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Rommel's North African campaign, and the Battle of Bulge. In addition to WWII some other time periods include Korean War, American Civil War, First World War and American Revolutionary War. The more complex campaigns like Operation Sea Lion, Invasion of Norway, and Invasion of Japan 1945, include Naval element and handling logistics of supply flow.
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Maker of Dictator`s Quartet card game - which features Hitler and swastika - to be prosecuted in Germany
Prosecutors in Germany have begun proceedings against a company that manufactures "Dictator`s Quartet: The world`s most evil dictators on 32 playing cards" - a card game including photograph of the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler and a partly visible swastika.
"The photo as such could be problematic, but in connection with the swastika it definitely is," explained chief prosecutor Antje Gabriels-Gorsolke, referring to the fact that the display of Swastika is illegal in Germany.
Considering the fact that at the same time Neo-Nazis are taking over entire villages in eastern Germany - and filling them with swastikas and road signs pointing to Hitler`s birthplace - this case seems to be really innocent and insignificant in comparison.
Hand-drawn Monopoly entertained thousands in Theresienstadt concentration camp
To maintain an illusion of normality in Theresienstadt, an artist called Oswal Poeck made a makeshift version of the board game Monopoly - which used buildings and locations from the ghetto to teach children how to survive.
The Nazi board game that taught the Hitler Youth how defeat the enemy
British WWII children were playing marbles and hidding in air raid shelters. But for kids in the Third Reich, this board game teached the tactics of warfare - against a British foe. In Adlers Luftverteidigungs spiel (the Eagle Air Defence Game) players attack enemy positions on a board - little model airplanes symbolising aerial attacks - while defending friendly territory. Designed in 1941 by a Luftwaffe officer to prepare members of the Hitler Youth "for an attack on the Fatherland", the box illustration shows a British plane being shot down by a German gunner.
EBay removed boardgame Escape From Colditz because of a swastika on the box
Boardgame Escape From Colditz has been removed from eBay auction because of a swastika on the box. Seller Paul Ramsier got an email stating the Nazi sign was "hateful and discriminatory" and could not be shown. The 1970s game, where players try to escape the Second World War POW camp, is collectable. After 6 days up for auction bidding had reached 20 pounds. Legal representative Mr Ramsier said: "It`s ridiculous and political correctness gone mad." EBay said the swastika fell foul of their racial intolerance rules but if it was covered up on the box it could be auctioned.
During WWII German children collected Hitler cards - Now auctioned
During the 1930s, British children collected cards of their sporting heroes. But over in Nazi Germany, kids were gluing pictures of less innocent figures into their prized albums. One collection focused on Adolf Hitler, with its 204 cards recording the dictator`s rise to power and pics of the Führer in uniform with his Nazi henchmen, like Rudolf Hess and Joseph Goebbels. The 133-page book, published in 1935, is one of a rare set of 3 made by the Nazis and now being auctioned. The others are a 151-page history of the Nazi party (204 collectors` cards, 1933), and a 97-page history of Germany in the post-First World War era (`Die Nachkriegszeit`, 252 cards, 1935).
How board game freed World War II POWs from Nazi camps
Park Place, Boardwalk, and a hidden map with a secret escape route? For Allied WWII POWs, Monopoly games came with real-life "get out of jail free" cards. The British secret service thought up a plan to smuggle escape gear to captured Allied soldiers in Nazi Germany. The original notion was simple: Find a way to sneak items into POW camps. But maps are hard to smuggle: They fall apart when wet, and make a lot of noise. Allied officials turned to an unlikely source for help: silk. To produce these silent maps, the Brits turned to John Waddington Ltd. company. Happy coincidence: He was known for being the licensed manufacturer of Monopoly outside the US.
Nazi-era boardgames: Bombers over England, V-1 rockets, Paratroopers
During World War II, British children passed the time with marbles and hopscotch. But over in Nazi Germany, the amusements were far less innocent. In one version of bagatelle called Bombers over England, children were encouraged to blow up settlements by firing a spring-driven ball on to a board featuring a map of Britain. Players were awarded a maximum 100 points for landing on London, while Liverpool was worth 40. Historian Richard Westwood-Brookes said: "It is a very uncomfortable feeling, thinking of a group of German children back in 1940 getting excited at scoring 100 points for destroying London when the grim realities of the Blitz were taking place."
Best World War II board games
Comprehensive list of the World War Two board games at the Board Game Geek (sorted by rank).