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12 O'Clock High: Bombing the Reich is a detailed simulation of the Allied strategic bombing campaign against Germany in World War II. All important industry and military installations in Europe are present. The strategic map ranges from Minsk to the French Atlantic coast and from Scotland to North Africa. There are several campaign settings, the longest starts in autumn 1943 and ends in spring/summer 1945. The Axis industry is interconnected and all branches depend on each other in some way. This allows the Allied player to choose between various strategies. The German player can influence his aircraft production, even researching new aircraft is possible, thus modifying the availability date of certain planes. Combat is modeled in detail down to the individual plane / pilot. Each pilot can gain experience, has a morale value and a kill rating. The game distinguishes between day and night combat (night fighters are present, special night fighting tactics can be used).

Overall score is measured through damage sustained by the German industry, German towns and the readiness of the Luftwaffe. When the Allied player reaches a certain score, the war will be over (otherwise the campaign will end automatically depending on the scenario chosen).

The game has multiplayer options (PBEM).


Talonsoft's 12 O'Clock High: Bombing the Reich Windows Assigning aircraft to patrol
Talonsoft's 12 O'Clock High: Bombing the Reich Windows Setting doctrine for German Luftflotte
Talonsoft's 12 O'Clock High: Bombing the Reich Windows Having a look at what is assembled and how it is defended at a location
Talonsoft's 12 O'Clock High: Bombing the Reich Windows Setting mission paths and targets

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Alternate Titles

  • "Talonsoft's 12 O'Clock High" -- German title
  • "BTR" -- Commonly used short term

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Critic Reviews

Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Jan 24, 2000 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
HappyPuppy Dec 28, 1999 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot Dec 17, 1999 6.8 out of 10 68
PC Action (Germany) Jan, 2000 60 out of 100 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Mar, 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
PC Player (Germany) Dec, 1999 52 out of 100 52
Computer Games Magazine Dec 12, 1999 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
PC Joker Feb, 2000 48 out of 100 48
Génération 4 Jan, 2000 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 33
GameStar (Germany) Jan, 2000 30 out of 100 30


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Former Fansite

A fansite was formerly located at http://pages.prodigy.net/jeanluc200/index.html which offered an unofficial patch and campaign.

Spiritual Successor

Bombing the Reich is a spiritual successor of U.S.A.A.F. - United States Army Air Force which was published in 1985 for the Apple II, Commodore 64 and Atari 8-bit computers.
Rebound Boy (19649) added Talonsoft's 12 O'Clock High: Bombing the Reich (Windows) on Oct 21, 2001
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