Hit the Beach board game
The Hit the Beach board game is a vintage board game produced in the 1960s by the games company Milton Bradley.
The game was first released in 1965 as part of the Milton Bradley series of American Heritage Command Decision Strategy Games. Each of these games was based around a different historical military campaign, and featured strategic game-play for families. Each game also included a booklet with historical information about the battles themselves.
The series was rereleased by Milton Bradley during the mid-1970s, to coincide with America's Bicentennial celebrations.
The Milton Bradley Hit the Beach board game
The Hit the Beach board game was the last of the series to be released in the 1960s, and is based around the American campaign in the Pacific during World War II. Players control military landing forces, and the aim was to reach Japanese H.Q first by defeating their defence forces and slowing down your opponents.
The game can be played by up to four people, with each force consisting of:
- 2 Marines
- 2 infantry
- 1 naval landing support ship
- 1 strategic air support aircraft
In addition there are 14 Japanese defence force pieces.
How much is a Hit the Beach board game worth?
The American Heritage Command Decision Strategy is popular with vintage board game collectors, with the original 1960s games the most sought after.
In good condition and with all its pieces, Hit the Beach can sell for around $40 - $50 on auction sites such as eBay. Often examples can be found intact apart from their glossy historical booklets, and these can sell for up to $30 depending on their condition. Examples with missing game pieces can be found for less than $15.