To close with the enemy by means of fire and maneuver in order to destroy or capture him, or repel his assaults by fire, close combat and counterattack – US Army Field Manual FM 7-10: The Infantry Rifle Company.
Fields of Fire is a solitaire game of commanding a rifle company between World War II and Present Day. The game is different from many tactical games in that it is diceless and card based. There are two decks used to play. The Terrain Deck is based on a specific region and is used to build a map for the various missions your company must perform. The Action deck serves many purposes in controlling combat, command and control, various activity attempts. The units of the company are counters representing headquarters elements, squads, weapons teams, forward observers, individual vehicles or helicopters. A single playing is a mission and several missions from an historical campaign are strung together for the player to manage experience and replacements. A mission can be played in about 1 – 2 hours.
This game is based on three actual campaigns experienced by units of the 9th US Infantry in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. “Keep Up the Fire” is the motto of the 9th Infantry, known as the “Manchus” for their service in the Boxer Rebellion.
WWII Normandy Campaign
Normandy, France - June to August 1944
As part of the 2nd Infantry Division "Indianhead", the 9th Infantry landed on D-Day +1, June 7th 1944. They would spend the next 70 days in the line battling through the bocage terrain. For much of that time they faced the German paratroopers of the 3rd Fallschirmjaeger Division. The Germans used the difficult terrain to their advantage, forcing the Manchus to battle for it hedgerow by hedgerow.
Korea – Naktong River Campaign
Naktong River - August to September 1950
Among the first reinforcements to arrive in Korea, the 9th Infantry was rushed into the Pusan Perimeter to reinforce the decimated US 24th Infantry Division. The North Koreans battled across a bend in the Naktong River, known as the Naktong Bulge. The Manchus were thrown in to face the North Koreans head-on. It took weeks of fighting and reinforcements to finally eject the North Koreans from the Bulge. The rest of the 2nd Infantry Division had arrived, and the 9th reverted back to its parent division. The battered regiment was given responsibility for the entire Naktong Bulge. With little rest they faced a renewed massive North Korean offensive that pushed back into the Naktong Bulge, and spent the rest of September pushing the North Koreans back out again.
Heartbreak Ridge - August to October 1951
The summer of 1951 saw the 2nd Division taking part in a series of offensive operations in Central Korea, and systematically rolling back Chinese and North Korean forces. In the high rugged hills just to the south of the 38th Parallel, the fighting between August and October was the last major engagement of the war for the Manchus and the rest of the 2nd Infantry Division.
III Corps - April 1966 - December 1970
The Fourth of the Ninth, 4/9, Infantry was transferred to the 1st Brigade of the US 25th Infantry Division in 1966 and sailed to the Republic of Vietnam. The Manchus were posted Cu Chi, northwest of Saigon near the base of the infamous "Iron Triangle". They faced some of the toughest Viet Cong fighters in the Filhol Rubber Plantation, Ho Bo, and Bo Loi Woods areas. Later they moved northwest to Tay Ninh to battle North Vietnamese infiltration along the Cambodian border. Working closely with helicopters, the Manchus flew in and out of action routinely.
The Fields of Fire 2nd Edition includes:
An updated and reorganized rulebook
A Detailed Example of Play Booklet
One New Campaign
All other components as in the game's first edition
Action Deck of 55 Cards (plus Hint cards)
3 Terrain Decks of 55 Cards, total of 165 Terrain Cards
Updated Rule Booklet
Two Mission Briefing Booklets
Company Log Pad (8.5x11 – expendable)
Helicopter Control Card
DESIGNER: Ben Hull
ORIGINAL DEVELOPER: Dick Vohlers
SERIES DEVELOPER: Richard Gray
CARD & COUNTER ART: Daniel Hegarty
PRODUCTION COORDINATOR: Tony Curtis
PRODUCERS: Andy Lewis, Mark Simonitch, Tony Curtis, Rodger MacGowan, Gene Billingsley
TIME SCALE 15 to 20 minutes per turn
MAP SCALE Abstract areas approximately 10m x 10m to 100m x 100m depending on the terrain
UNIT SCALE Squads, HQs, teams, and weapons crews
NUMBER OF PLAYERS 1
It may not be possible to ship very heavy items outside of the Mainland UK.
Released: 10 October 2017