Hitlers War
Play Aids
Updated June 30, 2012 10:49 PM

Other play aids: Command Decision: Test of Battle, General Quarters 3
Great Battles of WWII Volley & Bayonet

map with white border

Here are accessories fans of the boardgame Hitler's War may find useful.

Click here for a reworked map in PDF (shown above at right) which was redrawn originally by Gary Krockover that Ifound at the Consim site. Apparently his goal was to produce a cleaned up digital map that was faithful to the original technicolor mapboard.

I recast some of the colors to ones I felt were more moderate. I added several items to the map to avoid looking up information (small countries' army strength points), and some are very minor like Gibralter fleet SP limit and Scapa Flo search bonus but I tended to forget about. I compacted some of the charts using common symbols. I made the Time Track for each nation with a summary of unique seasonal events. Finally, I added a large section of small print rules related to 3 topics: Map (national issues), Naval and Amphibious Invasions. I felt that these were the most complicated parts of the game that required a lot of consultations to the rulebook. By placing them to the side, a player that doesn't want them can just print the map only or if they buy an 18x24" map, they can cut the rules' section off. One last point. I made the map with focused on Campaign Game II so it may be confusing to use it for earlier scenarios.

I chose the18x24" size because there is a great source for inexpensive 18x24" maps and posters called Short Run Posters ($2.97 plus shipping as of July 2012): click here. If you use this company, be sure to use the map in the first link above, it has a white border already. If you use the file in the link below (with tan border) at Short Run Posters they will reduce the map from 18x24" to 17x23 and that 94% reduction will make your .625" hexes .59" instead The first linked file is set up 18x24" with a 1/2" border all around--just as they want it.

Other local printing options (that will probably cost more) might include Staples, FedEx Kinkos, blueprint or sign shop. Some of these vendors can print edge to edge so if you want a file without the 1/2" tan border, click here. You can see how that looks below. Make sure that these vendors do not reduce the map or your hexes will be smaller than you might like.