1941: Race to Moscow

Created by PHALANX

How to plan and execute the largest military campaign in history? Find it out in 1-3.5 player, 90 minutes logistic take on Barbarossa.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Closing the Pledge Manager, first molds and a new Kickstarter
about 1 month ago – Thu, Jul 09, 2020 at 08:31:54 PM

Hello Everyone!

The closing of the Pledge Manager will take place on 31 July - we are sorry to announce this so late, but there is still some time left to complete the data, the payment method and possibly take an interest in the add-ons available in BackerKit.

In urgent cases, please contact us by email: marketing@phalanxgames.co.uk

Finally, the first mold casts have arrived, and these will now be thoroughly checked and if nothing is in doubt, they will be accepted and the mass production process will start soon, so that we can deliver all the game to backers without any delays.

We also received a sample of the Larger Locomotive Miniatures for Giant the Playing Mat. You have to admit, they will look impressive.

World War II in 90 minutes!

We are currently running a new campaign on Kickstarter - Domination. This time it is not about one of the most important events during the Second World War, but about the whole military conflict. Interestingly, the whole thing can be played out in 90-120 minutes. In addition, it is a team game in which there are two sides to the conflict (Allies & Axis) and four factions (Western Allies, Germany, USSR, Japan), and the game is designed for 2 to 4 players.

In the game, players try to gain control of the areas, develop technologies and gain influence to win points. Players will attack each other, clash on the seas and oceans, destroy units on land and try to run Lend-Lease. Domination offers many opportunities, but it's a game with very simple rules, which should appeal not only to wargamers, but also to families and people who would like to learn about history in a fun, unconventional way.

Domination is LIVE: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/phalanxgames/domination?ref=oasxyx

Stay safe!

Adrian & PHALANX Team

Production and closing Pledge Manager
about 2 months ago – Tue, Jun 16, 2020 at 04:17:43 AM

Hello Everyone!

It's been a while since you were last updated and I know you are a bit worried. I'm sorry that you had to wait so long. However, I don't have any bad news for you - we don't expect any production delays, the game is being refined now and will be delivered in October 2020 as promised by the campaign.

On July 31, we plan to close the Pledge Manager for 1941: Race to Moscow to enter the final production phase and prepare everything for printing. Therefore, please update all your BackerKit account details. It will also be the last chance to add accessories, extensions and other games to your order. If in doubt or you need help, please write to customercare@phalanxgames.co.uk.

We received a message from the manufacturers that the molds for the game figures are being cast at this time. In the next update, we will show you the outcome of these activities.

Stay safe!

Adrian & PHALANX Team

Extended Pledge Manager and miniatures designs
4 months ago – Sat, Apr 11, 2020 at 07:50:12 AM

Hello everyone!

The pledge manager is extended to until further notice, the delivery date remains unchanged.

Work on 1941: Race to Moscow is going the right way, and the results are satisfactory for us. However, we still need some time to complete a few items.

The situation in the world in recent days is definitely not the most desirable, many people stay at home, and the work of some companies is suspended until further notice. The spread of coronavirus has not stopped our business. Of course, we maintain all security measures during this time. Our store works and fulfills orders, games are developed and we are constantly improving the graphic layers. At the moment, there is no indication that we will have a delay in the release of the games.

The bunker design is almost ready, below is a 3D prototype printout.

In addition, we still develop car (Volkswagen Kübelwagen and Mercedes-Benz W31) designs. We printed the 3D versions of the initial version to see what they look like on the board. 

These are homemade trial versions. The quality of the final miniatures will be much higher.

Keep up to date with PHALANX

It’s worth subscribing to the newsletter, PHALANX Club and FB to keep up to date with what is happening in our publishing house and what we’re currently working on.

This year we will also launch a new campaign - Domination. The game is a new, improved and extended edition of Mini WWII.

If you’re interested in the game and don’t want to miss the campaign, click the "Remind me" button that will remind you about the project after it has started.

This is the preview page: http://bit.ly/dominationonks

Happy gaming!


7 months ago – Mon, Jan 20, 2020 at 01:57:29 AM

Hello Everyone,

The Backerkit Pledge Manager (PM) is now open, and you should receive an email invitation soon. If not, please check your SPAM folder. If you still can’t see the invitation, please go directly to  https://1941-race-to-moscow.backerkit.com/sign_in  and use your Kickstarter registration e-mail to get your invitation.

After you click the invitation link, please choose your country [Select your country for shipping BUTTON]. This will set up your shipping charge.

Next please choose your language edition [switch your pledge level BUTTON] if your pledge and/or language is wrong.

When your pledge level, language edition and shipping destination are OK, please proceed by clicking [Get Started BUTTON].

Now you will see the instructions of checking and changing your pledge level, if you haven't done this in the previous steps. When everything is fine, mark the Understood point and move next.

Next step is important only for backers who have also ordered Fire in the Sky game during our pre-order:

We've transferred your orders to yours Race to Moscow Pledges in order to reduce shipping costs. The fee for this game is marked as a negative complimentary credit. We will close yours orders in the pre-order store and charge your money for both games (Race to Moscow and Fire in the Sky) only once in this pledge manager.

Please mark the Understood point and move next.

Then continue with the add-ons. Please add to your cart the additional items you wish to have in your order - as it is done in a regular web shop. Your pledged amount is your available credit (reduced by the pledge you have choosen, that you already have in your basket, including the game itself). But you can purchase any extra items, and total to be paid will be created indlucing the shipping price.

Finally, enter your shipping address, pay the balance, and click "Place Order" and you'll be all set.

Once you respond to your survey, you can still go back later and change your choices until we close the surveys and get our final counts. If you need to review your information or pledge status, you can return to your survey by clicking the link in your survey email or requesting your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on our BackerKit project page at  https://1941-race-to-moscow.backerkit.com/

If you used your Facebook credentials to log in to your Kickstarter account, the BackerKit survey is sent to the email address you use for your Facebook account. If you have another email address that you prefer to use, please contact support at  https://1941-race-to-moscow.backerkit.com/faq

If you have any questions about the Pledge Manager or how your order is processed, please make sure to contact Backerkit Support first, as the tool is very user-friendly and has a solid helpdesk. If they can’t help you, please contact Agata Jurczyszyn, our BackerKit Manager: agata.jurczyszyn[at]vertima.trade

The pledge manager will be open until the end of March 2020.


The Pledge Manager is open for anyone who would like to receive the game at the same time as the Kickstarter backers. Here is a link to the preorder page (it works like a regular web shop):  https://1941-race-to-moscow.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders

Please note that the Axis Aircraft Expansion Pack is available in pre-order as an add-on - it was free for KS backers only.

Martin Wallace’s Rocketmen

Next week we are starting our new Kickstarter campaign, for a fast-paced deck-building tabletop game of modern space exploration. Please click on the image below and check out Martin Wallace’s Rocketmen! 

Happy gaming!

Michal & PHALANX Team

P.S. And this is a final article written for this campaign by Dr. Eric G. L. Pinzelli. We kept it for today, as it is a great follow up of the entire campaign. Enjoy!


In Russia:

The “Great Patriotic War” or the “Great Fatherland War” of 1941-45 in Russia is nowadays, more than ever, a centerpiece of the nation’s consciousness. During and since the end of the war, the USSR perpetrated the "hero myth" about the Red Army soldiers that became folk heroes fighting in a just war. In reality, the Eastern Front came down to a gruesome war of extermination, with maybe as many as 27 million Soviet casualties on this single theater, accounting for half of all WW2 losses. The Eastern Front was notorious for its ferocity, destruction, mass deportations, brutal weather conditions, and immense loss of life. Consequently, it is considered the single most important event in Russian history, binding the people from all ages and origins. The veterans are celebrated as heroes who sacrificed their youth and limbs for the future generations. Since Leonid Brezhnev, May 9 became a public holiday which is always celebrated across the country every year with pride and much patriotic fervor. Many movies set during WW2 were realized this past decade. These often epic productions have in common to idealize the proverbial Russian tenacity and underline civic responsibility in the face of ultimate evil, the “Fascists”. They often receive the Russian Federation (or Belarusian) Ministry of Culture’s sponsorship and stamp of approval. Here is a list of some of the most recent Russian movies about the “Great Patriotic War”, and Operation Barbarossa in particular:

-T-34 (same title in Russian of course), 2019, set during the Battle of Moscow (1941) and its aftermath.

Tankers aka Indestructible (Несокрушимый), 2018, which is based on the feat of a KV-1 tank next to Rostov in 1942.

-Panfilov's 28 Men (28 панфиловцев), 2016, is set during the Battle of Moscow (1941).

-Battle for Sevastopol (Битва за Севастополь), 2015, set during the siege of Sevastopol (1941-42), in particular the story of Lyudmila Pavlichenko, the most successful female sniper in history.

-White Tiger (Белый тигр), 2012, actually takes place in a later phase of the war since the crew of the Soviet T34-85 battles against a mysterious Panzer VI “Tiger” that only saw action on the Eastern Front from September 1942.

-Burnt by the Sun 2 (Утомлённые солнцем 2), 2010, is set during Operation Barbarossa, it is a sequel of the 1994 Burnt by the Sun (Утомлённые солнцем) which takes place during the purges of the 1930s.

-Fortress of War (Брестская крепость), 2010, filmed in Belarus, presents a gripping version of the siege of the fortress of Brest during the early phase of Operation Barbarossa.

-Dot (Dot), 2009, set during Operation Barbarossa, when a handful of Soviet soldiers soon find themselves deep behind enemy lines.

-Attack on Leningrad (Ленинград), 2009, which takes place around the start of the siege in 1941 and follows the plight of British foreign correspondent Kate Davis.

Operation Barbarossa and the Eastern Front seen from Germany:

Since decades now the myth of the “honorable Wehrmacht” that began in the immediate aftermath of the war has been shattered. In the 1950s, in Western Germany, there was a wide political consensus around the view that it was "time to close the chapter". Then came a wall of silence in the following decades, and German filmmakers avoided the subject. From the early 1990s, German public consciousness about the war crimes committed by the German army gradually became more widespread. All the German historians now acknowledge the scale of Wehrmacht's involvement in the crimes of the Third Reich, and not only perpetrated by the SS. In the German bookshops the shelves are overflowing with new publications on every imaginable aspect of the 3rd Reich period. Newspapers and TV channels are running dozens of documentaries on WW2. Germans are constantly reminded of the facts, the country still has to carry the burden of its recent past, the collective guilt survives among the population but it is now commonplace. Germany's Nazi history is also firmly entrenched in the national school syllabus. Nowadays, German cinematic productions about WW2 have often a common narrative, depicting a generation of ordinary disenchanted youth, that had been brainwashed by Nazi totalitarian propaganda, and often come to a character arc, eventually rejecting the evil system, thus reaching their redemption. These movies, dealing with the dark side of Germany’s recent history, often depict the main characters as involuntary victims of Nazism themselves, and not only as perpetrators of war crimes. There are very few recent productions and even less about the Eastern Front:

-The Captain (Der Hauptmann), 2017, a Franco-Polish-German biopic about Willi Herold, a particularly vicious historical character who became a wanted war criminal.

-My honor was loyalty (Leibstandarte), 2017, an independent production from Italian Director Alessandro Pepe, which follows Untersharführer Ludwig Herckel, initially a devoted soldier of the elite 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler fighting on the Eastern Front, and later on the Western Front. He comes to openly question what he and his comrades are fighting for.

-Land of Mine (Unter dem Sand), 2015, is a Danish-German film about the aftermath of the war and its consequences through very young German POWs who are tasked to clear mine fields.

-13 minutes (Elser – Er hätte die Welt verändert), 2015, tells the story of Johann Georg Elser who failed to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1939.

-Generation War (Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter) 2013, a miniseries that follows a group of five German young adults during the entire course of the war. Two of the friends are brothers who are sent off to the Eastern Front with the Wehrmacht. This series points out that not only the SS, but also the regular Wehrmacht was involved in the killing of Jews and other civilians. However, it is the Ukrainian peasants who are depicting clubing Jewish men, women, and children to death.

-March of Millions (Die Flucht), 2007, which focused on Germans fleeing from the Red Army. The film was controversial for portraying German war-time suffering during the forced evacuation of East Prussia.

Thanks for reading!

It's time for Schnapps!
8 months ago – Wed, Dec 11, 2019 at 09:23:11 PM

Hello Everyone,

Thank you very much for bringing the campaign to such a spectacular finish! You have taken all game related stretch goals, completing the box with every piece that we have imagined! Your combined efforts have brought this product to the highest production level - congratulations on such great teamwork!

Please note that the game will be published in three language editions: English, German, and French. Unfortunately there are not enough backers from Italy and Poland to publish stand-alone Italian and Polish editions. Nevertheless we appreciate the support of the Italian and Polish wargaming communities and encourage you to keep your pledges, as we are going to publish PDF rulebooks in Italian and Polish languages so that  you can enjoy the game in a similar way as backers of other editions. Thank you!

A word from Waldemar:

I would like to personally thank each and every backer for supporting this campaign. I never thought I might have my own regiment of backers :) I am very happy that the most important stretch goals have been founded. Now, after a short celebration, I have to rewrite the rulebook a little bit, to describe and include the new components. A new variant, “General Winter,” will also be added. We will keep you updated about the progress of this project.

What is more, I feel now more confident about finishing my other Race… projects, but this is the plan for the upcoming year. You may want to join our Phalanx Club group on Facebook, I will be posting some sneak peeks from time to time. Stay tuned!

The Next Steps

Please read the following info, as this is very important post-campaign data that all of you need to know:

1. We will be setting up the pledge manager as soon as possible - we will use BackerKit.com. It will allow you to:

  • manage your pledges (check your items, add or remove items from your pledge, choose language editions of your items),
  • purchase extra copies of the game, add-ons, etc.,
  • enter your delivery address(es).

Please do not send us messages containing the above information, as we will be unable to process it. These kinds of choices are made in the pledge manager ONLY.

2. People who have missed the campaign will be able to pre-order the game in the pledge manager. You will be able to buy the add-ons as well.

3. Once the pledge manager is open, you will receive an email notification. There is also going to be a separate update. You really can’t miss it, although please check your spam email from time to time. ;)

4. The pledge manager should go live 1-2 months after the campaign is finished, as we need to make the final quotes for shipping based on the number of backers from each country, and set up all the products in the manager. It will be live for another 2-3 months. The pledge manager works like a standard webshop where you choose the items you want to get for your credit (the amount pledged during the campaign). You will be able to increase your credit, to pay for shipping and any add-ons you have chosen.

5. Current payments are processed by Kickstarter, so please contact their help desk if you have any problems with charging your cards. Sorry, but we can't help you in any way, as this is run solely by Kickstarter and we have no influence over this process.

6. We will keep you updated about game development and production status. We won’t be spamming, but we will try making at least a single update each 2 months, or more, if there is anything important to share.

And now, without any further ado, we can announce you our next project, a game that will bring you closer to the stars…

Martin Wallace’s ROCKETMEN

Immerse yourself in a fast-paced race to the final frontier: space. A deck-building confrontation of swift decision-making and tactical estimates, Rocketmen gives you the feel of taking a front seat in a technologically wonderful spectacle of space exploration.

Click here to visit the campaign preview page!

Please visit the ROCKETMEN preview page to find out more about this project and click NOTIFY ME ON LAUNCH button. This way you won’t miss the moment when the campaign starts!

If you want to know more about our future plans, please join Phalanx Club - our Facebook group - and you will be among the first to know!

Thank you!

Is that’s all for now? No! The offensive has ended, so the counteroffensive begun!


“Comrades, men of the Red Army and Red Navy, commanders and political instructors, men and women guerillas, the whole world is looking to you as the force capable of destroying the plundering hordes of German invaders. The enslaved peoples of Europe who have fallen under the yoke of the German invaders look to you as their liberators. A great liberating mission has fallen to your lot. Be worthy of this mission!

Death to the German invaders! Long live our glorious Motherland, her liberty and her independence!” - Stalin, Speech at the Red Army Parade, Nov. 7, 1941.

Though Stalin’s regime was brutal and caused the death of millions, his name came down in history as the leader who led the Soviet Great Patriotic War’s effort that eventually crushed Nazi Germany. By the middle of October 1941, as the German war machine was rolling on towards Moscow, rumors spread that the country's top leadership, Joseph Stalin and members of the Politburo, had left the city. Chaos and looting were rampant. On October 19, a curfew was nstated, the NKVD was unleashed to restore order.

To dispel the rumors, attempt to raise the morale of the population, and give a powerful symbolic show of determination, on October 24, generals Pavel Artemyev and Pavel Zhigarev were tasked by Stalin to take care of the preparations of the 24th anniversary of the October Revolution in complete secrecy. Marshal Semyon Budyonny, who had previously participated in many parades, personally chose four marches from the compositions proposed by quartermaster Vasily Agapkin, the head of the orchestra of the Separate Motorized Rifle Division for Special Purpose. The combined orchestra assembled for this purpose consisted of about 200 people, with musicians from the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 10th regiments, the cavalry regiment of the division, the Moscow mortar division, and the Leonid Krasin artillery school.

Against the advice of some government officials and generals, and with the Germans so close from Moscow, Stalin insisted to hold the military parade in  Red Square on November 7 to mark the anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution. It had a tremendous impact on morale in Moscow and throughout the Soviet Union. The parade became the symbol of Soviet valor and tenacity in the face of overwhelming odds. Stalin's willingness to take such a risk was a show of strength as the leader who remained in control of a nation under siege. As the fate of Moscow and indeed the whole nation was still hanging in the balance, from the grandstand on top of Lenin’s Mausoleum, Stalin gave some stirring patriotic speeches to troops on their way to the front. Stalin's speech was recorded a second time indoors because the recording crew arrived too late. The video was edited. The parade was distributed worldwide, showing that the capital would not be surrendered under any circumstances, and that the Soviet Union had enough strength and will to continue the fight.

During the night of November 6, the weather worsened. The temperature fell to -2 ° C, the sky was shrouded with clouds, and thick snow began to fall. Not a single German plane would dare to take off in such a weather. In any case, on November 7, the parade started two hours earlier than usual, at 8 o’clock in the morning. It lasted a little more than one hour. The march was opened by students of the Artillery School. With banners deployed, the gunners, infantry, tanks, cavalry, anti-aircraft gunners, and sailors crossed the Red Square. The parade was also attended by battalions of cadets of the District of military-political school, two artillery regiments of the Moscow Defense Zone (140 guns), two tank battalions of the Headquarters’ reserve (160 KV-1 and T-34 tanks, some fresh out of the factory). Altogether, 28,467 soldiers participated. The bad weather prevented the participation of some 300 Soviet combat aircraft. Straight from the parade, many of troops and tanks were sent to the front, just a few kilometers away, to be distributed among the divisions.

Apart from these units that were sent directly to the front and were often annihilated soon after to save the capital, many divisions transferred from “Siberia” (actually from the Transbaikalian and Far Eastern Front) participated in the critical phase of the Battle of Moscow: 1/3 of all Soviet losses was from Siberian, Transbaikalian, and Far-Eastern divisions. Some were veteran units from the Far-Eastern theater (battles of Khalkhyn Gol), about 123,000 men out of total 1,250,000 fighting in the Battle of Moscow (about 10%). Siberians were excellent ski scouts and forest hunters (many became snipers). The arrival of these “Siberian” troops did help to raise the moral of the Red Army units already involved in the fighting since the summer. On 5 December 1941, while the temperature had fallen to a glacial -40 degrees, these reinforcements and new units assembled by Stavka attacked the German lines around Moscow, supported by new T-34 tanks and Katyusha rocket launchers. These divisions were better prepared for winter warfare than their foes, and they also included several ski battalions. By January 7, 1942, the exhausted and freezing Germans were pushed back 100–250km from Moscow.

Written by  Dr. Eric G. L. Pinzelli

See you in the comments section and in the next updates!

Thank you, and happy gaming!

Jaro, Waldek, Michal, and the entire PHALANX Team