'Battles In Normandy June-July 1944' is a board game on one 3½ inch floppy disk in envelope and a booklet with a two instruction cards, one catalogue and a set of 5 labels for backup disks in a cardboard folder. It was introduced in 1987.
This is one of a series of games in which software micromanaged the actions of the individual units for example battalions or artillery assets.
The series used the same format but different battle scenarios in different theatres of war. Titles included MacArthur's War, Halls of Montezuma, Rommel and Panzer Battles. The Macintosh allowed mouse control and had high definition graphics.
The setting is the Western Front in World War II. There were several scenarios. There was also a campaign editor that allowed users to create their own scenarios, as many as they liked. The one player was the divisional or corps commander and the player could play either side. The commander gave general orders to battalions and regiments. The software would then micromanaged the orders.
The game had a sound capability that was determined by the limitations of the hardware.
The game was collected because it is representative of games developed for the Apple II series of computers.
This object was collected because it was designed and produced by an Australian software development company, the Strategic Studies Group, commonly known as SSG, that makes strategy war games.
A version of this game was also developed for the Commodore C64 computer system.
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.
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 80 pages . The two green support cards have game menus and visual instructions. The cover has a photograph of the designer / developers.
Donation from Chee-Yan Hiew, 22/11/2006
On the cover are the words" Battles in Normandy June - July 1944" with authors names Roger Keating, Ian Trout featuring the battles of ... (eight Battles) with a sticker " A game for the Apple II Family 68 K Disk Apple is a registered TM of Apple Computer Inc." "Roger Keating & Ian Trout" Floppy Disk Label: "Battles in Normandy June - July 1944 Master Disk (scenario Data on Reverse) Apple II Family 64 k Disk ©SSG 1987 All Rights Reserved Booklet:"Battles in Normandy June - July 1944"
Type of item
235 mm (Length), 180 mm (Width), 10 mm (Height)
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