1985: Deadly Northern Lights – SE


NATO vs. Warsaw Pact in Northern Europe

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“The waters of the Barents Sea are constantly violated by nuclear armed US submarines and carriers. Nordic countries must realize that their tacit consent plunges them into the strategic balance between United States and the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics.”

Public Declaration of State Committee on the State of Emergency in the U.S.S.R. – Moscow, July 24, 1985

1985: Deadly Northern Lights covers the Warsaw Pact offensive against the Nordic countries during the dramatic events of World War Three. Norway, Sweden, Finland and insular Denmark are in the cross-hair, facing the full might of Northern Fleet, Baltic Fleet and two Soviet Military Districts.

Both sides have only a fraction of the ground forces available in the Central European Front and must overcome the problems dictated by scarce lines of communication and by the harsh environment. Every aspect of a modern aero-naval campaign is covered: naval and air combat, electronic warfare, nuclear and chemical weapons, special forces, standoff strikes, supply convoys, coastal defenses, mine warfare, amphibious invasions, and more.

Moreover, the Second Echelon version includes the additional rules and the Lines Of Communication map introduced by 1985: Sacred Oil, adding more strategic depth and making it fully compatible with the latest 1985: Mutual Assured Destruction World War Three campaign.

Finally, each ship in the available USN Carrier Battlegroups is now represented, and previously optional units like NATO convoys and UK 1st Infantry Brigade augmented OOB are included!

Game Components

  • 5 maps, depicting Scandinavia and the surrounding areas
  • 1 Lines Of Communication map, depicting the whole globe
  • 1600 counters, representing NATO, Warsaw Pact and Sweden ground, air and naval forces
  • 44 pages Rules booklet
  • 44 pages Scenarios / Designer’s Notes booklet
  • 2 Tables booklets
  • 7 Charts (airfields, task forces, air combat)
  • 2 20-sided dice
Map Sample – Click for Full Map
Counters Sample
Lines Of Communication Map

Game Highlights

  • Playable stand-alone or in combination with 1985:Under an Iron Sky and 1985: Sacred Oil
  • Order of Battle and TO&E are not “generic” but set exactly in July, 1985
  • 14km per hex, 48 hours per game turn
  • Division / Brigade / Battalion sized ground combat units
  • Squadron-sized Air and Helicopter units
  • Special Forces, Airmobile Assaults, Paratroopers, Electronic Warfare, Artillery, SSM, SAM and Air Defense Artillery units
  • Surface Ships and Submarines, from single flag ships to groups of fast patrol missile boats
  • Extensive air war rules covering Escort, Intercept, SEAD, Wild Weasel, Ground Strike and more
  • Realistic but flowing naval rules. Everyone here remembers the horror of TNW’s 12-turns naval phase
  • Specific operational tactics like Active Defense and Single-Echelon Assault
  • Strategic transport (Sealift and Airlift for NATO, Rail and Heavy Transporters for Warsaw Pact)
  • Variable reinforcements, depending by Players’ decisions and external events
  • Five different scenarios of increasing complexity:
    • The Gates of Fire: The initial Soviet offensive in Northern Norway
    • The Baltic Will Tell: Warsaw Pact’s surprise assault against Stockholm
    • Against a Sea of Troubles: Soviet amphibious invasion of Denmark
    • Black Become the Sun’s Beams: Warsaw Pact’s assault on Norway
    • Nordic Balance: The full World War Three Arctic campaign
    • To Shatter the Old World: Under an Iron Sky + Deadly Northern Lights + Sacred Oil combined campaign. Nothing can be worse.

Additional information

Weight 2.2 kg
Dimensions 38 × 28 × 8 cm


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