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The Fire Brigade was the 48th Panzer Korps, which was heavily involved in the battle this wargame recreates - Operation Barbarossa, Germany's attempted offensive in Russia during World War 2. The game recreates the situations at 3 dates in the attack, and you can play any of those from either side.

You have a range of units under your command, as although the battle was largely tank-based there were also infantry and air units involved. Units can be told which positions to take up, and whether to defend a spot or consciously aim to attack it. The game's AI incorporates the significance of bridges, rivers and forests as strategic points, and your units can be subject to fatigue.


Fire-Brigade: The Battle for Kiev - 1943 DOS Title screen (CGA)
Fire-Brigade: The Battle for Kiev - 1943 DOS The main game screen (CGA)
Fire-Brigade: The Battle for Kiev - 1943 DOS Viewing the tactical map (EGA).
Fire-Brigade: The Battle for Kiev - 1943 DOS Briefing in progress (EGA)

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The Games Machine (UK) Oct, 1989 93 out of 100 93
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Feb, 1989 910 out of 1000 91
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jan, 1989 9.2 out of 12 77
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Nov, 1991 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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Kabushi (204278) added Fire-Brigade: The Battle for Kiev - 1943 (DOS) on Aug 26, 2004
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