"The game of Aerial Combat over Germany 1943-45". A turn based hex and counter wargame covering the strategic air war over Germany in WWII. Turns are roughly 1 1/2 months, units are groups. Hex size represents 20 miles. The board covers the Western Front from Belgium to Poland/Hungary.
Avalon Hill Complexity Rating - 5
Avalon Hill General Index and Company History, 1952-1980":
Luftwaffe (1971) Revised 1972
Freelance design revised by Avalon Hill
Designed by N/A
PANZERBLITZ before it, LUFTWAFFE evolved from one of the early SPI prestige games called TWELVE O’CLOCK HIGH. Although it never really stood the hobby on its ear in the manner of a PANZERBLITZ, it remains a consistently good seller to this day—testimony to the importance of a dynamic title and box cover.
Q&A available at
Second edition : Luftwaffe: Aerial Combat – Germany 1943-45
Magazine References: The GENERAL Index Article List:
The GENERAL Vol.7,No.6
“COVER STORY: Soon to be Released...
The GENERAL Vol.8,No.1
Luftwaffe – “Order of Battle - Luftwaffe” (Historical)
Luftwaffe – “Air Battle for the Reich” (Variant Discussion) Warren Jervey
The GENERAL Vol.8,No.2
The GENERAL Vol.8,No.3
Luftwaffe – “Greater Luftwaffe Realism” (Variant Discussion) Lou Zocchi
Luftwaffe – “Luftwaffe - a Battle of Wits...” (Strategy) Dennis Milbert
The GENERAL Vol.8,No.4
The Avalon Hill Philosophy - Part 30: Why The
Luftwaffe Never Looses
Luftwaffe – “Indispensable for an Historian” (Historical) J. E. Pournelle, Ph.D.
The GENERAL Vol.8,No.5
Luftwaffe – “In Defense of Strategic Bombing” (Historical) Anthony M. Fabrizio
The GENERAL Vol.8,No.6
The GENERAL Vol.9,No.1
The GENERAL Vol.9,No.2
Luftwaffe – “The German Dilemma” (Strategy) Norman Beveridge, Jr. The Question Box -
Blitzkrieg, Bismarck, Kriegspiel, D-Day (first edition), The Game of France, 1940: German Blitzkrieg in the West, Midway, Anzio, 1914, Luftwaffe, Jutland
The GENERAL Vol.9,No.3
The GENERAL Vol.9,No.4
The GENERAL Vol.9,No.5
The GENERAL Vol.9,No.6
Luftwaffe – “Luftwaffe - Situation 13” (Variant Discussion) Paul Crabaugh Reader Buyer's Guide -
The GENERAL Vol.10,No.1
The GENERAL Vol.10,No.2
The GENERAL Vol.10,No.4
The GENERAL Vol.10,No.5
The GENERAL Vol.11,No.2
The GENERAL Vol.13,No.1
Luftwaffe – “Calibrated Luftwaffe” (Historical/Strategy) Robert D. Harmon
The GENERAL Vol.14,No.1
Luftwaffe – “PBM Luftwaffe” (Variant) Dean Miller
The GENERAL Vol.17,No.1
Luftwaffe – “Operation Adler - Luftwaffe Strategy and Tactics Against Operation Custer” (Strategy) Michael Matson
The GENERAL Vol.18,No.4
Luftwaffe – “Tactical Level Luftwaffe - Combat Resolution at a More Vivid Scale” (Variant) Kenneth Erbey
The GENERAL Vol.20,No.6
The GENERAL Vol.23,No.1
BattlePlan Index Article List:
Avalon Hill Second printing
Publisher: Avalon Hill
Avalon Hill Bookcase
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Luftwaffe - Allied Mission Planner for Solitaire Play
This spreadsheet will plan the B-17 and B-24 raids on cities with aircraft factories for the basic game. This allows you to play the Luftwaffe solitaire without knowing the Allied targets.
It includes instructions.
LUFTWAFFE Air Time Record Sheets
Record keeping sheets to track air time for each individual unit. Excel workbook contains worksheets for the Basic, Tournament, Advanced, and Operation Custer games.
Version 3 contains official Q&A and editorial comments.
Luftwaffe Official Q&A
This is a compilation of all the Questions and Answers printed in the Avalon Hill General.
Luftwaffe Unofficial Q&A
This is a copy of a question and answer discussion with Lou Zocchi posted on WebGrognard. Posted here with permission from the author.
WarGame Processor Module for Luftwaffe
This self-extracting Zip has the files necessary to play Luftwaffe by mail using the WarGame Processor. Designate your targets using hidden units, then fly your missions as if you were sitting across from your opponent. Save your move and send it to him, and he can watch it unfoldin a visual replay. Get the WarGame Processor at http://wargamesbymail.com/
Luftwaffe Tournament rules
This is a hand typed copy of the original rules from a second printing of the stupid fold out poster rules book
Luftwaffe first edition 2nd printing
these are retyped editions of the original stupid fold out poster rules. second printing 1971 edition.
Tactical Level Luftwaffe
"Tactical Level Luftwaffe: Combat Resolution at a More Vivid Scale" by Kenneth Erbey from the GENERAL Vol.18 No.4 is a great addition to AH's Luftwaffe. However, you have to make your own map layout. I have done just this and I would like to share it with other Luftwaffe gamers.
Luftwaffe Counter Manifest
Not sure if you have all your counters? Here is a Counter Manifest of the Luftwaffe counters. All primary counters are counted for. I didn't list the "Substitute Counters" or "Blank Counters". Here is a PDF format of the Luftwaffe Counter Manifest. At 9K, this file is also much smaller in size than the RTF file.
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