The year is 1941. Germany has defeated Poland, Denmark, Norway, and France with ease. Now the Fhrer desires more 'Lebensraum' and attacks the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941 under the code name Operation Barbarossa. He thinks the Soviets will fold like a house of cards. Their officer cadre had been massacred by Stalin, training was poor, and morale low. The Blitzkrieg catches the Soviets by surprise and they lose over 1.75 million men in the first two months alone. The Germans are unstoppable, their Panzers pushing to the very gates of Moscow. But the winter comes and the Soviets begin to counterattack. THE BEAR AWAKENS! Winner 'Origins Historical Boardgame of the Year' Winner 'Charles S Robert Historical Boardgame of the Year' Winner 'James F Dunnigan Design Elegance' Winner 'Genius Award for best Historical Game' The #1 Rated Wargame Series is finally available again! NEW 3D map graphics, NEW Counter Art, NEW Firefights and Campaign Games! Fun Quick simultaneous play allows players to interact without waiting. Simple Teach new players how to play in under 5 minutes. Historically Accurate Portrays realistic forces and tactics. Counters Depict individual vehicles, tanks, guns, squads and more. Consistent Each game in the series uses the same rule system. Awakening the Bear is the perfect introduction to tactical squad level war gaming!