Ever since Chain of Command was published we have focused on a whole range of products to support the rules, from downloadable army lists to Pint-Sized Campaigns. Now we have taken the next step by producing our first theatre specific handbook, the first of what will become a whole range covering the entire war. Blitzkrieg 1940 covers the war in France, Holland and Belgium in May and June of 1940, with a comprehensive look at the armies of Germany, Britain, France, Holland, Belgium and Italy, allowing you to field a whole range of forces to refight one of the most dynamic campaigns of WWII.
So, what is in the handbook? We feel very strongly that in order to wargame any period, it is important that the rules reflect the very specific circumstances and issues which influenced not just the war as a whole, but also the particular campaign. Blitzkrieg 1940 includes an historical account of the campaign in the West, as well as whole raft of new rules to cover the events of that incredible summer.
New theatre specific rules include Assault boats and river crossings, parachute drops, glider landings, bicycles, horse mounted troops and motorcycles. We have several new armour classifications for tanks with small turrets, vehicles lacking of radios and unreliable vehicles. Fancy blowing up a section of the Maginot Line? Well, you can with our new rules on fortifications and demolitions as well as looking at Francs Tireurs, ‘Shabby Nazi Tricks’ in the form of Brandenburg Commandos, Civilians, Stuka attacks and even the odd drinks cabinet being rolled out to stiffen the stiffest of upper lips.
Biggest of all is the truly massive section on Army lists. Here we wanted to provide a really comprehensive guide to the period and in doing so we went right back to the book, or more specifically the manuals that the armies of the period issued to their troops. The French Tableau d’Effectifs de Guerre, the German KsTN lists, the Dutch Handboek vor den Soldat and Officier series and many others issued throughout the 1930s and up to 1940. These manuals tell us not just how troops were organised, but how their training prepared them for war and their doctrines. This has allowed us to produce not just Army Lists but introduce national characteristics which make each nation unique in the way they fight.
Here is a list of the core platoons that are included.
Airfield Defence forces
First Line Infantry
Reconnaissance Motorcycle Fusiliers
Light DIvision Infantry
Groupe Franc Motorise de Cavalerie
1939 Regulation Platoon
1940 Regulation Platoon
Line of Communication troops
1st Wave infantry
2nd Wave infantry
3rd Wave infantry
5th Wave infantry
7th Wave Infantry
Schutzen Type 1
Schutzen Type 2
SS Verfungs and Leibstandarte
SS Motorcycle platoon
SS Aufklarungs motorcycle platoon
Fallschirmjager Type 1
Fallschirmjager Type 2
Luftlande Glider platoon
Alongside these lists we have nearly fifty support option lists giving support choices for a huge number of unit types, so if you have a motorcycle reconnaissance platoon you can select support from the different divisions which fielded that unit type. All in all, the gamer can choose an incredible range of interesting and varied troops types and then choose supports from friendly forces and allies for forces of almost limitless variety. But that’s not all. Each nation has a full Arsenal list for weapons and AFVs as well as comprehensive notes to cover their support options.
Finally, we have five new scenarios types, Going with a Bang, Strike from Above, Swift to Support, Hasty Defence and Blitzkrieg to bring the 1940 campaigns to life. All in all, a huge addition to your Chain of Command library in both hard copy and PDF.