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Aug 2010
Expansion set marks a graphics "reboot" for the series, at least as far as the boxes go. Original cover artist Stephen Paschal is retained, which is a good thing, because his exceptionally good cover art has added a tremendous amount of "atmosphere" to the series.

As for the game components, everything inside the box -- just like everything Academy has produced in this series -- speaks "quality". The counters and maps are excellent, and the playbook (which outlines the historical background of the campaign as well as the information for the firefights) is also Grade A.

The firefights themselves are often larger than those in the first two games in the series. If some of the ones in the playbook are too large for your tastes, there are smaller ones as well, but the system is such that players are also free (and encouraged!) to create their own.

All in all, a great addition to the series. Especially recommended for those who own "Awakening the Bear", since the German and Soviet counters in PoH represent an upgrade/replacement for those in AtB. (The series implemented some graphical tweaks to the counters for the second game in the series, Storms of Steel.)

Highly recommended.
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