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Just got my copy of Poland Defiant in my mailbox. Of course, I had to set it up on the table and start playing it. My first impressions upon punching the counters and reading the rules are that this is more of an old school type operational-game, but using formation activations such as we see in other games by this company (e.g., Konigsberg: The Soviet Attack on East Prussia, 1945). The map detail is marvelous and even minor features like villages have significant terrain effects; in this case, defenders in villages can ignore the first hex of retreat. The graphic feel of the map is pure Joe Youst--it looks a lot like his other Eastern Front cartographic treatments. The game covers only the first ten days of the operation in ten turns. It also doesn't contain variant rules like one sees in Ty Bomba's old Poland '39: The Nightmare Begins, or even the more recent Lock 'N Load's Summer Lightning: The Invasion of Poland, 1939. But for those who want to pit their skills in the actual historical situation in an easy-to-learn, playable and interactive format, this game delivers.
Am slowly documenting a solitaire play-by-play of the game on BGG here. See what you think. Will try to post more frequently on this; had some health issues distracting me for a while but those are now resolved and I aim to chug along on this. Given it's the 80th anniversary of the 1939 Polish Campaign, this seemed appropriate. I really like this game!