Memoir ’44 Online is available as a free download from Days of Wonder. Playing a game requires payment of in-game currency (called gold ingots). A few scenarios are free, but most cost between two and four ingots. You get fifty ingots when you first register, which is plenty to try the game. At the time of writing, ingots cost €8 for 200, €30 for 1,000 or €60 for 4,000. The €30 and €60 packs also include access to the scenario editor, which allows you to design and publish your own scenarios.
In play, the computer version is very similar to the board game, so if you like the board game, it’s worth a try.
You can play against a human opponent over the internet, or against one of two computer opponents. I’ve found that I enjoy playing against the computer. It’s good enough to give me a challenge without being unbeatable. The graphics look a lot like the pieces in the board game. There is in-game music and effects, both of which can be turned off if you prefer.
There are lots of scenarios to choose from, with options to filter by year, front, etc. The listing gives the percentage of times each side wins, to give an idea of how balanced the scenario is. You can choose to play as the Allies or the Axis. The “Service Record” section shows the scenarios that you have played and the result.
Personally, I’m fond of the board game as a quick, simple wargame. I find the computer version to be a good alternative, even quicker to play since there is no setting up or putting away.
The book is divided into four parts, each of several chapters.
Part one starts before the Second World War, covering the background and Anglo-French relations during the First World War and inter-war years.
Smith describes how relations between the two countries soured as the Germans advanced into France. It covers the diplomatic efforts to keep France in the war, and how and why France felt they had been abandoned by their ally.
This part also covers the fate of the French fleet, including the infamous action at Mers-el-Kébir.
Part two covers the campaigns in Africa and the Middle East. This includes actions to take over French Imperial colonies in Africa, Syria, and Iraq.
Part three describes the campaign to conquer the island of Madagascar, and part four covers Operation Torch.
Overall, it’s an interesting book, written in an easy to read style.
All wear paratrooper bone sack and Italian paratrooper helmet. Advance at a crouch with Beretta SMG, his chest and back has several SMG magazine pouches plus there is a water-bottle and poncho on his belt. Standing firing Beretta SMG, standing upright firing from the shoulder, as above has chest and back are laden with magazine pouches, he also has cartridge pouches on his belt, but no other kit visible. The last figure is the classic grenade thrower, left arm raised about to hurl a stick-grenade with his right, he has a rifle slung across his back; his belt carries a water-bottle, cartridge pouches and a bayonet. Nice interesting figures could be used as Marines with careful pruning – some quite bad flash however.
Two figures both wearing paratrooper bone sacks. The officer wears a soft peaked fatigue cap, he holds binoculars in his right and a map in his left, he has a map case and pistol holster on his belt. The kneeling radio OP is bear-headed, he holds his earphones in place with his left hand. His only visible kit is a water-bottle on his belt. Nice interesting figures with good details, lots of flash however.
The gun is actually smaller and nicer than the Britannia one and I wish I`d known this a few months back when I bought the Britannia gun for a modelling project! 6-piece gun: Carriage, 2-wheels, gun, sighting gear, seat/trail; a nice level of detail. The crew all wear Italian Army uniform, the gunners are both in helmet, the seated one has no kit visible his kneeling loader has a haversack and water-bottle. The NCO is in field cap, kneeling with binoculars in his right hand, no kit visible. Nice poses, great gun, lots of flash on the figures.
Two figures in normal Italian uniform in helmet, with ankle boots and rolled socks. The Brixa mortar is a gem, really nice detail, the gunner sits astride his weapon, his only visible kit is a water-bottle. The No2 crouches on all fours with a bomb ready to re-load, he has a water-bottle and haversack. nice figures, great detail.
Three figures plus gun and base. Prone firer with entrenching tool, water-bottle and netted helmet; Kneeling NCO with netted helmet slung M1 carbine, haversack and water-bottle, kneeling loader with ammo can and belt in netted helmet has a slung carbine and musette bag. Nice figures in good poses with some lovely details, there was a fair bit of flash.
Three figures; gun leader standing with map in left hand, netted helmet, Parson`s jacket, belt with pouches and pistol holster. Kneel gunner, plain helmet w/goggles, belt with pouches no other kit. Standing gunner with shell, netted helmet, belt with pouches no other kit. A little flash, the kneeling figure had mould lines too.
You get a 20mm square by 32mm tall sculpted plinth, each side has plaques sculpted on, very nice work too. To sit on top of this you get a 28mm tall French soldier in WW1 era kit standing to attention. This will stand well in any French town setting.