A game in the Europa series that covers the 1939 German invasion of Poland.

This game was out of print for several years, but is once again available for sale. However, the version that is available now comes as ‘plain white box’ version. It is a complete game, with all rules, orders of battle, charts, counters, maps, and dice included in the original 2nd edition of the game, but the box itself is a plain white box (not the original black/red colored version) and the maps are color photocopies. The counters and order of battle (OB) in the game are the updated versions that make up the First to Fight refit kit. Includes an extra sheet of markers not in color box version of game.

Designed by John Astell and Winston Hamilton.

Game Components

The first Edition was published in 1991 by Games Research/Design (GR/D)

  • Countersheets
  • first edition: 18A, 19A, 57 & ACS
  • second edition: CS 18B, 19B, 57A, 57A-1 & ACS-2 (1296 Counters)
  • Two Maps (Europa Maps 13A & 37)
  • Rules Book
  • OB Book
  • Chart Set
  • Two Six-Sided Dice

A refit kit was published in 1999 to upgrade rules and counters.
It includes:

  • rules (dated 1998) - 32 pages
  • orders of battle (dated 1997) - 28 pages
  • revision guide (dated 1998) - explains how to update 1991 rules with 1997 counters - 3 pages
  • 7 charts "First to Fight" & 4 charts "Grand Europa"
  • 4 countersheets: CS 18B, CS 19B, CS 57A and CS57A-1 (dated 1997)

 

References

“Adding Naval Forces to First to Fight.” By Arthur Goodwin and Frank Watson. TEM 77.
“Defense in Depth: A Scenario for First to Fight.” By John Astell. TEM 25.
Europa as History. “Polish Historical Deployment – Sep I 39.” By Frank Watson. TEM 77.
“First to Fall: The Polish Campaign at 2 Weeks per Turn.” By Frank Watson. TEM 77.
“First to Fall Replay #1.” By Scott Sanders and Frank Watson. TEM 77.
“First to Fall Replay #2.” By Phil Christiansen. TEM 77.
“First to Fall Replay #3.” By Bill Gibbs. TEM 77.
“First to Fight Designer’s Notes, Part I: Maps and Rules.” In “Inside Europa.” By John Astell. TEM 22.
“First to Fight Designer’s Notes Part II, Section A: Germany.” In “Inside Europa.” By John Astell. TEM 23.
“First to Fight Designer’s Notes Part IIB, Germany.” In “Inside Europa.” By John Astell. TEM 24.
“First to Fight Designer’s Notes, Part III: Poland.” In “Inside Europa.” By John Astell. TEM 25.
“First to Fight Designer’s Notes Part IV: Slovakia, Bohemia-Moravia, and the Soviet Union.” In “Inside Europa.” By John Astell. TEM 26.
“First to Fight Errata Sheet.” TEM 37.
“First to Fight Expanded Sequence of Play.” By Martin Duke. TEM 77.
“First to Fight Q&A.” By John Astell. TEM 77.
“First to Fight Reprint Counters.” TEM 68.
“First to Fight Reprint Errata.” TEM 68.
“New-Style First to Fight Air OBs.” By Jason Long. TEM 77.
“The Polish Army in 1939.” By Franklyn Prieskop. TEM 64.
“A Polish Victory?!” By Martin Duke. TEM 36.
“War Begins in Europe: A First to Fight Replay.” By Cory Manka. TEM 68.

FAQs

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Links

First to Fight at boardgamegeek.com

First to Fight is still on sale at HMS/GRD

HMS/GRD also has the official Errata for First to Fight

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