Summary

'Russia - The Great War in the East 1941-1945' is a board game on a 5¼ inch floppy disk, issued in 1987.

This is a game in which software micromanaged the actions of the individual units for example battalions or artillery assets.

The format for the game was used in different battle scenarios in different theatres of war, for example, Battles in Normandy, Macarthur's War, Halls of Montezuma and Rommel. The Macintosh allowed mouse control and had high definition graphics.

The setting in this game is the Eastern Front in World War II, recreating the campaigns over the whole period 1941 to 1945. There was no campaign editor because there was only one game. The one player was the general staff commander and the player could play either side. The commander gave high level orders to armies and corps. The software would then micromanage the orders.

The game had a sound capability that was determined by the limitations of the hardware.

This software was collected because it was designed and produced in Australia, developed by the Strategic Studies Group, commonly known as SSG.

The game was also collected because it is representative of games developed for the Apple II series of computers.

In 1983, the donor's parents gave him an Apple II Europlus. He used it for essays, medical school assignments and games. He became especially interested in war games and he stated that an Australian Sydney-based company Strategic Studies Group had the best war games at that time, which he began and continued to collect.

This item is part of a representative collection of hardware, software, trade literature and promotional material that documents the history of the Apple company, and its contribution to, and impact on the computer industry and society.

Physical Description

The object is a 3 fold cardboard cover, printed in colour with slots for a floppy disk and manual. The disk is a black 5 1/4 inch floppy disk and the Player's manual is a booklet of 72 pages . The manual is in a cardboard folder.

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