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Gibsons on L'Attaque for 100th birthday

The company celebrate their centenary this May by reissuing their classic strategy game L’Attaque as well as a range of new jigsaws

This extra-special copy of L'Attaque has been released to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the family-owned, jigsaw puzzle and board game company that was founded on 15 May 1919. The box artwork has been carefully recreated to mimic a 1920s version of the game. Inside the box are the original rules (as well as the modern version!) as a memento from the captivating and historic game from Gibsons' archives.

L'Attaque was the first of the 'big four' military-themed, strategy-based games from Gibsons. It was printed and manufactured in their premises in Aldersgate Street, London, from the early 1920s until 1940, when the site was destroyed in The Blitz.

A game for two people, L'Attaque is played on a 9x10 square board with 36 soldiers in each army, which represents the French and the English. Players must strategically move their pieces to attack on alternate moves with the aim of capturing their opponent's Flag. What's more, they must use their Spy playing piece to seek out the Commander in Chief, the most valuable piece on the board besides the all-important Flag.

Originally marketed as the 'game to rival chess', copies of L'Attaque are featured in various historical museums, including the V&A in London.

Among the new 1000-piece puzzles is a montage of delicious Vintage Walls Ice Cream imagery. With a rich history stretching back to the early 20th century, Wall’s is deeply rooted in British summertime culture, and these designs reflect the smile and a laughter of every Wall’s ice-cream bite.

To commemorate the 75 years that have passed since the D-Day Landings in 1944, Gibsons has re-released artist Bill Perring's 1000-piece puzzle from 2004. The scene shows the Allied Forces landing in France with a Spitfire in the foreground, two Typhoons to the right and landing craft approaching the beach in the background.

Gibsons will also be releasing Curious Kittens, an image featuring a brand-new dolls’ house that has piqued the kitten’s interest; All Aboard to Keswick, a steam train puzzle painted by Stephen Warnes which is just the ticket for train enthusiasts; and Caravan Escapes, a nostalgic scene that brings back memories of caravan holidays in the great British countryside.

Two new 500-piece puzzles include a design from Greg Giordano called In the Garden, depicting an overgrown garden filled with everything from butterflies to blue tits. Glenny’s Garden Shop is a floral design awash with colour, painted by the talented Steve Read, and available in a 500XL piece count. The pieces of this puzzle are double the size of those in a 1000-piece puzzle, which means it is perfect for beginners or those with sight or handling difficulties.

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