"Behind wooden walls beat hearts of iron . . . "
— Austrian Adm. Wilhelm von Tegetthoff,
private letter to his mistress, June 1866
In the summer of 1866, the Austrian fleet fought the
Italians in the first open-sea battle between ironclad
fleets, at Lissa in the Adriatic. An Austrian victory,
it prevented Italian seizure of the strategic island
Hearts of Iron is loosely based on our Great
War at Sea series of games; the “search” part
of the game is very similar. There is an operational
map of the Adriatic and central Mediterranean. The tactical part of the game is more
detailed, with armor (or lack of it) and ship design
playing a much more crucial role.
In addition to the Austrian and
Italian fleets, there are the American Mediterranean
Squadron that the Austrians believed would fight
alongside the Italians, and the Turkish European
Fleet that entered the Adriatic to support Austria.
Plus the British Mediterranean Fleet and a large French contingent.
As with all of our naval games, there is a wide
variety of both operational and battle scenarios,
based on extensive archival research into the original
reports and dispatches.
Price: not yet determined
Status: not yet published