Stalin's World War III: A Sweeping Two-Front War In 1953
Publisher/Brand: Compass Games
Product Code: CMP1064
Stalin’s World War III is an alternative history wargame intended to investigate the strategic parameters that would’ve been in place during the first 10 weeks of operations had that dictator lived long enough to put in motion his plan to start a global conflict in 1953. Had he lived, the most likely start date would’ve been one coinciding with the signing of the Korean War armistice in July, in order to achieve maximum surprise. His goal in starting such a war in Europe would’ve been to blitz to France’s Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts — thereby succeeding in an even grander operation than that of the Germans in 1940 and certifying himself as history’s greatest military commander — while also overrunning Yugoslavia and eliminating Tito (whom Stalin loathed). In Asia, under this strategy, the Communist Chinese and North Koreans would’ve been tasked only with resuming offensive. Operations long enough to tie up the bulk of the UN forces on that peninsula.
There are rules for atomic bombs, but their use by the Communists is constrained by their still limited availability historically at that time, as well as by their lack of a fully dependable means to deliver them. On the US/UN/NATO side, the limitation is political.
Stalin's World War III is a two wargame package: Part 1 — Operation Pincher & The Soviet Offensive in Europe; and Part 2 — Operation Sandown & The Soviet Offensive in the Mid-East.
- 4 large-hex map sheets
- 4 Sheets of 9/16" (16 mm) Counters
- 2 Rulebooks
- 2 Identical Player Aid Cards
- 4 six-sided Dice