Alternative Titles/Edition History:
Critical Hit (2010)
Afrika Korps-Frontier War (AK-FW) is the 8th in Critical Hit’s Afrika Korps 12-part series of scenario packs, all of them converted from its ATS tactical game system. Ownership of both Afrika Korps-El Alamein and Afrika Korps-Battle of Gazala is required to play the scenarios in this pack; thus it costs $144 to play a single scenario in this pack.
The scenarios in this pack are all set on the Libyan-Egyptian border and take place between June 1940, when Italy declared war on Britain and France, and December 1940, when the “O’Connor Offensive” (Operation Compass) swept the Italians out of Egypt and eastern Libya. This is thus a rare set of scenarios that focus on British-Italian actions, which is a welcome break from the usual fare. One scenario uses two copies of the AK map; the remaining 7 are set on a single map, or a portion of one.
The scenarios are a good mix of small, medium, and large-sized actions. Half of the scenarios have OBA. No scenarios have Air Support. One scenario, AK61 (Let Us Prey), is a Night scenario. In 3 of the scenarios, one or both sides have an all-armor OB. Several of the scenarios have interesting situations, including AK66 (March to Fire), which depicts a British attack, supported by thick-armored Matildas, against an Italian defensive position. Another interesting situation is that portrayed in AK67 (Pride Before Fall), depicting a British combined arms attempt to trap some retreating Italians against the coastal road along the Mediterranean Sea.
Check for current errata before playing.
3rd Edition (Überfox series): In 2018, Critical Hit recycled the entire Afrika Korps series, including this product, as the Überfox series. It’s basically the Afrika Korps series using a map with larger hexes. Most, though not all of the products received new names (though scenario names remained the same). See that series entry for more information on this iteration of the series, including this product.