Second World War at Sea:
Bismarck, Playbook Edition

In May 1941, the newly-commissioned German battleship Bismarck set out for the North Atlantic in company with the cruiser Prinz Eugen on a commerce-raiding mission. She captured no merchant ships, but sank a British battle cruiser and was herself destroyed in a hail of shells and torpedoes. For a brief moment she captured the world’s imagination, and now you can re-play her mission – and many others – in the Playbook edition of Second World War at Sea: Bismarck.

Bismarck, the game, covers the famous hunt for Bismarck, the battleship, but also all of the other German commerce raids into the Atlantic between the fall of 1939 and the summer of 1941. The breakout of the battle cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau is here, the raids of the cruisers Admiral Hipper and Scheer, and much more. Like all games in the series, this one is packed with scenarios - 45 of them!

Beyond those missions, we have those planned or discussed that weren’t attempted: the use of the German battleship Tirpitz, either alone or alongside her sister. German aircraft carriers. The U.S. Navy’s Central Atlantic Neutrality Patrol and its carriers, battleships and cruisers.

Bismarck includes a large operational map covering the North Atlantic Ocean, plus 490 playing pieces and a set of full-color play aids. Bismarck’s Playbook Edition comes with the Second World War at Sea Second Edition series rules, featuring full-color player charts and set-up cards.

Bismarck comes in our Playbook format: everything you need to play, except dice, inside a book.


  • 490 pieces
  • Two 35x24-inch operational maps
  • One 22x17-inch tactical map
  • 45 scenarios


Stock Code APL0054

Retail Price: $79.99

Status: Now Available!

You can order Bismarck Playbook Edition right here.

Add More Fun!

Bismarck: Force de Raid
Bismarck: Force de Raid adds 14 more scenarios to Bismarck: Playbook/Second Edition (you only need Bismarck: Playbook/Second Edition to play them). They’re based on a French campaign to keep the North Atlantic clear of German surface raiders, while Britain remains neutral. $12.99.

You can order Bismarck: Force de Raid right here.

Midway: Rising Sun 1940
President Franklin Roosevelt ordered the U.S. Pacific Fleet to shift its base to Pearl Harbor in May 1940. We look at how a Japanese attack and invasion might have unfolded when the American carriers were still operating biplanes in 10 scenarios. Requires Midway Deluxe Edition and Bismarck Second Edition. $12.99

You can order Midway: Rising Sun 1940 right here.

Triple Bismarck
      Bismarck (Playbook edition)
      Bismarck: Force de Raid
      Journal No. 31: Deluxe Bismarck
Retail Price: $112.97
Package Price: $90
Gold Club Price: $72
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