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Apple II Software Game - 'Russia - The Great War in the East 1941-1945', 3½" Floppy Disk, 1987 Object Reg. No: HT 13660

'Russia - The Great War in the East 1941-1945' is a board game on a 5¼ inch floppy disk, issued in 1987.

This is a game in which software micromanaged the actions of the individual units for example battalions or artillery assets.

The format for the game was used in different battle scenarios in different theatres of war, for example, Battles in Normandy, Macarthur's War, Halls of Montezuma and Rommel. The Macintosh allowed mouse control and had high definition graphics.

The setting in this game is the Eastern Front in World War II, recreating the campaigns over the whole period 1941 to 1945. There was no campaign editor because there was only one game. The one player was the general staff commander and the player could play either side. The commander gave high level orders to armies and corps. The software would then micromanage the orders.

The game had a sound capability that was determined by the limitations of the hardware.

This software was collected because it was designed and produced in Australia, developed by the Strategic Studies Group, commonly known as SSG.

The game was also collected because it is representative of games developed for the Apple II series of computers.

In 1983, the donor's parents gave him an Apple II Europlus. He used it for essays, medical school assignments and games. He became especially interested in war games and he stated that an Australian Sydney-based company Strategic Studies Group had the best war games at that time, which he began and continued to collect.

This item is part of a representative collection of hardware, software, trade literature and promotional material that documents the history of the Apple company, and its contribution to, and impact on the computer industry and society.
The object is a 3 fold cardboard cover, printed in colour with slots for a floppy disk and manual. The disk is a black 5 1/4 inch floppy disk and the Player's manual is a booklet of 72 pages . The manual is in a cardboard folder.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Chee-Yan Hiew, 2006
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 10 mm (Height), 180 mm (Width), 235 mm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Approximate case dimensions.

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Tagged with: computer games, computer software, computers, computing, education, entertainment, world war ii 1939-1945
Themes this item is part of: Internet Macintosh User Group (iMug) Collection, The Apple Computer Story - Corporate Rise 1977-1983, Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: COMPUTING & CALCULATING
Secondary Classification: Digital Computing
Tertiary Classification: software
Inscriptions: On the cover are the words" Russia The great war in the east 1941 - 1945 Roger Keating & Ian Trout
with a sticker " A game for the Apple II Family 64 K Disk
Apple is a registered TM of Apple Computer Inc."

Floppy Disk Label:
"Russia Master Disk (scenario Data on Reverse)
Apple II Family 64 k Disk ©SSG 1987
All Rights Reserved

Booklet:"Russia The Great War in the East 1941 - 1945"
Manufacturer: Strategic Studies Group, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1987

Strategic studies group has been making computer games since 1983.

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