Island of Death
The Invasion of Malta, 1942
Sitting astride the sea lanes from Italy
to North Africa, the island of Malta hobbled
Axis attempts to supply their forces in Libya
and Egypt. Frustrated Axis planners hatched
a series of operations designed to capture
the fortress, known as Operation Herclues
to the Germans and Operation C.3 to the Italians.
Several times the assault seemed imminent,
but at each juncture the Axis held back from
rolling the dice. Now we let you see what
might have happened.
The game includes two scenarios, plus variants
covering various Axis and Allied plans to
defend and attack the island. The game system
is one of our more involved yet thanks to
the island’s small size takes only a
few hours to play.
Game pieces represent companies and battalions.
Units are rated for morale, attack, defense
and movement. Superior morale will assist a
unit in several game functions but particularly
in combat. Tank units are rated for armor quality;
anti-tank units have a similar rating used to
fight tanks. There are very few tanks on Malta,
where infantry will determine the outcome.
British gunners on Malta await the Axis,
Artillery is the most powerful weapon on
the battlefield. Artillery units may support
an attack or a defense. And artillery must
be supplied; running out of artillery ammunition
is a very bad thing, and both players must
choose where to use their shells. Each game
“day” is divided into three daylight
and one night turns.
The map is divided into hexagons (“hexes”)
and shows the entire island at a scale of 1 kilometer
The British defense is built around the division-sized
Malta garrison of nine regular British battalions,
plus four more of the King’s Own Maltese
Regiment. They are backed by plentiful artillery
and anti-aircraft units. In the first wave,
the Axis has a German parachute brigade and
a brigade-sized Italian parachute division,
plus a small Italian air-landing division.
There are also commando units from the Italian
Navy and the Italian Air Force. The second
wave has two Italian infantry divisions. Italian
warships, and German and Italian aircraft,
provide support for the attack.
Fortress Malta is an expansion book adding 420 new pieces and new scenarios for them covering the 1940, 1941 and 1942 invasion plans, plus analysis and historical background.
Status: This Game is No Longer Available