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What did (WW2) Germans play for card games during recreation?

War Park 2021-11-06 13:42

Adapted from War Park Weibo News Release

Germany has a long tradition of card games, and it is recorded that poker first entered the German-speaking region in the late 1370s. The earliest traditional German poker cards appeared perhaps around 1450, adopted the standard four suits of acorns, leaves, hearts and bells, and influenced the design of modern poker. Then, under the influence of Spanish and French poker, a World War II-era German-style poker card, "Skat" appeared.


Skat is a card game played by a trio. Skat has 32 cards, consisting of four suits in plum, spades, hearts and diamonds, but each suit only has 7, 8, 9, 10 four-digit cards and B, D, K, A four-letter cards. A declarer takes twelve cards, two defensive players take ten cards each, and the defensive play cooperates with each other against the declarer, even though they do not know the other side's cards. Skat is recognized as an intangible cultural heritage in Germany. In December 2016, the German UNESCO Committee added Skate to the Federal Register of Intellectual Heritage.

In order to supplement the recreational and entertainment life of the generals and soldiers, the Third Reich propaganda actually printed information on weapons knowledge and various cultural propaganda, historical events and so on, on to the playing cards and distributed them to the troops. These is similar to today’s modern enterprises and companies who sometimes print safety procedures and corporate culture on to game cards for their employees.







Incidentally, during the second part of the PC game “Medal of Honor - Joint Attack”, players donning German uniforms sneaked into the German submarine base. In a room, 3 players can be seen playing poker. Although the three played a German card game, the cards appear to have 2, 3, Q and other numbers. Thus, perhaps, this can only be interpreted as card decks being seized from the U. S. military prisoners?


As the war protracted, it became more and more brutal, and hence, proper recreation was vital to the physical and mental health of soldiers. During break, a game of cards with comrades perhaps can also bring a moment of joy and relaxation. Hope this month’s release of War Park German figures playing cards can bring our collectors the same joy and relaxation!


In Nov 2021, War Park releases seven German armoured personnel in casual pursuits and supplies boxes.


KU078 Tank Crew Playing Accordion

KU079 Tank Crew Filling Bottle

KU080 Tank Crew Playing Skat Game

WS032 Storage Crates

汉斯们是如何斗地主的?

战争公园 战争公园 2021-11-06 13:42

德国在纸牌游戏方面有着悠久的传统,据记载扑克牌最初是在1370年代后期进入德语区。最早的传统德式扑克在1450年左右形成标准,四种花色分别为橡子、树叶、红心和铃铛,并影响了现代扑克的设计。随后在西班牙和法国扑克的影响下,形成了二战时期德国特色的扑克牌——“斯卡特”(Skat)。

斯卡特是一款类似“斗地主”三人玩的纸牌游戏。斯卡特一共32张牌,四种花色为梅花、黑桃、红桃和钻石,但每种花色仅有7、8、9、10四个数字牌和B、D、K、A四个字母牌。一名过关玩家取十二张牌,两名防守玩家各取十张牌,防守玩家相互合作但不知道对方的牌。斯卡特在德国被确认为非物质文化遗产。2016年12月,德国联合国教科文组织委员会将斯卡特列入《联邦知识遗产登记册》。

为了丰富广大官兵的娱乐生活,第三帝国宣传机构将武器知识、文化宣传、历史事件等信息印刷在扑克牌上,发放到部队当中。可谓是一些现代企业把安全生产和企业文化印到扑克牌上的鼻祖了。

在游戏《荣誉勋章-联合袭击》的第二关里,玩家身穿德军制服潜入德军潜艇基地时,可以在一个房间里看到三名德军士兵在打扑克。虽然三人玩法很德系,但是牌面上出现2、3、Q等点数就只能解释为从美军俘虏那里缴获的。

旷日持久的战争是残酷的,适当的娱乐对于士兵的身心健康都是极其重要。休整期间,与战友之间斗个地主也能带来不少快乐。希望战争公园的模型像扑克牌对于德军那样,给玩家带来一样的快乐!

本月战争公园推出了休闲姿态的德军装甲兵7人以及物资箱。

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