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Combat Commander: Europe is a card-driven board game by Chad Jensen covering tactical infantry combat in the European Theater of World War II. One player takes the role of Germany while another player commands either America or Russia. These two players will take turns playing one or more “Fate” cards from their hands in order to activate units on the mapboard for various military functions.

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The Combat Commander series is published by GMT Games.

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Now including Great War Commander designed by Roger Nord and Pascal Toupy, published by Hexasim.  GWC, based on GMT's Combat Commander by Chad Jensen, covers tactical combat in World War I.  Formations in Great War Commander represent either a single Leader, a Runner, a 12 men Team, a 65 men Platoon, or a Tank.

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Vol I - Europe

Combat Commander: Europe is a card-driven board game covering tactical infantry combat in the European Theater of World War II. One player takes the role of Germany while another player commands either America or Russia. These two players will take turns playing one or more “Fate” cards from their hands in order to activate units on the mapboard for various military functions.

There is no strict sequence of play to follow in Combat Commander: each measure of game Time is divided into a variable number of player Turns, each of which may consist of one or more “Orders” conducted by the active player. “Actions” may generally be conducted by either player at any time. “Events” — both good and bad — will also occur at random intervals to add a bit of chaos and uncertainty to each player’s perfect plan.

Orders include: Fire, Move, Advance, Recover, Rout, and Artillery functions. Each nationality also has a varying number of Command Confusion Orders which act as duds while in hand.

Players attempt to achieve victory by moving their combat units across the game map to attack their opponent’s combat units and occupy as many objectives as possible. The degree to which a player succeeds or fails is measured by a scenario’s specific Objective chits, the destruction of enemy units, and the exiting of friendly units off the opponent’s board edge. Command & Control is extremely important in Combat Commander, being modeled via the “Command” number on Leader units. Command serves both to enhance the abilities of Squads and Teams stacked with the Leader, as well as allowing for multiple activations with a single Order.

Combat Commander includes twelve historical scenarios as well as a “roll your own” scenario system that provides an almost unending variety of map configurations, combat situations, and historically-based force structures. Each scenario is played on one of twelve maps, each with a 10x15 hexgrid depicting various terrain at a scale of approximately 100 feet per hex.

Replayability for Combat Commander is high. And with unlimited possibilities as far as additional scenarios, maps, units, weapons, variants, etc. that will be released in years to come – as well as the expected sequels covering the British, French, Italians, and the Pacific Theater – Combat Commander is one of those rare exceptional values in wargaming: one that can be revisited time and time again, each with a new tale to tell.

Source – GmtGames.com

**NEW** The tables now include play counts, average length in minutes and an average number of time triggers per playing. These stats are based on plays entered by all users.

* The Min/Max Time columns are to provide some sense of the length of the scenario relavtive to other scenarios. Of course, multiple Time Events may occur in quick succession, or may be spaced far appart. This does not consider possible Surrender/Attrition game end conditions, which could potentially occur prior to the Min Time Event number.

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#NamePublished InMapAxisAlliesYearLocationQty PlaysAvg Length (Mins)Avg Time TriggersMin Time*Max Time*
7Bessarabian NightsVol I - Europe7GermansRussians1944Bessarabia32707513
27Carentan CausewayBattle Pack #1 - Paratroopers27GermansAmericans1944North of Carentan, France21508813
82Hidden Guns Lash OutBattle Pack #5 - Fall of the West59GermansFrench1940Farm of Sart-Ernage, near Gembloux, France3898613
66Those Are Not BirdsResistance20GermansPartisans1942Near Dyatkovo, Bryansk Forest, Byelorussia11107813
89Beneath A Steel SkyBattle Pack #6 - Sea Lion65GermansBritish1940Portsmouth Docks, England21067713
19Metaxas SeasonVol II - Mediterranean19GermansGreeks1941Kilkis, Greece4944713
120Deadly ConvoyC3i Nr 273GermansPartisans1944Hameau De Cuad, Berson, Gironde, France   711
25bFields of BloodBattle Pack #1 - Paratroopers25GermansAmericans1944Ghost Front, Lanzerath, Germany1240899
40Into the BreachBattle Pack #2 - Stalingrad34GermansRussians1942Barrikady Gun Factory, Stalingrad, Russia312861011
93Foxtrot UniformBattle Pack #6 - Sea Lion69GermansAmericans1940R.A.F. Upper Heyford, Bicester, England3112478
103RVarsity Blues (reprint)C3i Nr 231GermansAmericans1945Diersfordt, Germany11803612
18Bridge HuntVol II - Mediterranean18GermansYugoslavia1941Nisava River, Yugoslavia2814613
43Lyudnikov's IslandBattle Pack #2 - Stalingrad31GermansRussians1942Barrikady Fuel Tanks, Stalingrad, Russia51157713
115Summit ConferenceC3i Nr 2621ItaliansIndia1941Dongolaas Ravine, Eritrea1485712
36Sea DevilsBattle Pack #2 - Stalingrad30GermansRussians1942Minina Suburb, Stalingrad, Russia71316613
77Crucible of Fire, TheBattle Pack #5 - Fall of the West54GermansBritish1940Petegem, Belguim31477612
58Compagnie ScamaroniBattle Pack #3 - Normandy17GermansCanadians / FFI Irregulars1944Caen   813
95Lined In ChalkBattle Pack #6 - Sea Lion71GermansBritish1940South Foreland Battery, Dover, England21018813
33We Go!Battle Pack #1 - Paratroopers2GermansAmericans1944St. Mere-Eglise, France51958713
3Bonfire of the NKVDVol I - Europe3GermansRussians1941Outside Brest-Litovsk41143713
45Stand and Die (Campaign)Battle Pack #2 - StalingradVariableGermansRussians1942Mamayev Kurgan, Stalingrad4284   
20A March In DecemberVol II - Mediterranean20FinlandRussians1939Tolvajärvi, Finland41316713
119Sky FallC3i Nr 2713GermansPartisans1944Goeland Drop Area, Roquebrune, Gironde, France   713
112SonnenwendeC3i Nr 246GermansRussians1945Arsnwalde2126   
13Tussle At MalemeVol II - Mediterranean13GermansAnzac1941Near Maleme Airfield, Crete3886613
67Orient Express, TheResistance46ItaliansPartisans1942Gorgopotamos Bridge, near Lamia, Central Greece2807813
48Widerstandsnest 61Battle Pack #3 - Normandy40GermansAmericans1944Omaha Beach, Fox Green Sector, Normandy41448713
118No. 4 CommandoC3i Nr 2719GermansBritish1942Operation Jubilee, Occupied France21314613
TBP08Codes in the SunriseBattle Pack #7 - Leader of Men - Tournament Battle Pack4GermansBritish1940Le Touquet, France21296513
2Hedgerows & Hand GrenadesVol I - Europe2GermansAmericans1944Bocage Country, Normandy, France71487813
12Misty MountainVol I - Europe12GermansAmericans1944Monte Castello, Italy6246889
42Rumanian DefianceBattle Pack #2 - Stalingrad14RumanianRussians1942Obliskaya Airfield, Russia21397713
8Breakout DanceVol I - Europe8GermansRussians1943Velikiye-Luki, Russia41736513
59Cheux'd upBattle Pack #3 - Normandy15GermansScotland1944Cheux, Normandy31156610
CV6Douce FranceVae Victis #99 GermansFrench1940Hameau de Feucherolles     
90Man Who Would Be King, TheBattle Pack #6 - Sea Lion66FascistBritish1940Holloway Prison, London, England3757613
87Bloody BognorBattle Pack #6 - Sea Lion63GermansBritish1940Bognor Regis, England2945713
31Blizzard BaptismBattle Pack #1 - Paratroopers3GermansAmericans1945Flamierge, Belgium61767613
47aTaking the Point (Historical)Battle Pack #3 - Normandy39GermansAmericans1944Pointe-Du-Hoc, France218671013
CV10Le convoi de la mortVae Victis #105 GermansPartisans1944Hameau De Cuad, Berson, Gironde, France     
102Night ShiftGMT Website2GermansAmericans1944Near Belle Fontaine, France1144 813
81Bottleneck, TheBattle Pack #5 - Fall of the West58GermansFrench1940Road to Chéhery, South of Sedan, France21217713
16Blitzkrieg Checked, TheVol II - Mediterranean16GermansFrench1940Gembloux, France4886713
TBP03A Midnight ClearBattle Pack #7 - Leader of Men - Tournament Battle Pack3GermansAmericans1944Ardennes Forest, Belgium21103713
91Battle of Trafalgar, TheBattle Pack #6 - Sea Lion67GermansBritish1940Trafalgar Square, London, England41387713
65Road TripResistance15GermansPartisans1944Cressensac, France1 8813
37Dom 31Battle Pack #2 - Stalingrad35GermansRussians1942Behind the Barrikady, Stalingrad, Russia412461011
TBP07Signals in the SnowBattle Pack #7 - Leader of Men - Tournament Battle Pack20FinlandRussians1939Karelian Isthmus, Finland3118556
26Turnbull Turns 'EmBattle Pack #1 - Paratroopers26GermansAmericans1944Neuville-Au-Plain, France   710
17Little StalingradVol II - Mediterranean17GermansCanadians1943Ortona, Italy41106713
73No QuarterResistance51GermansPartisans1944Town Cemetery, Drvar, Western Bosnia1 10713
35Spartakovka SalientBattle Pack #2 - Stalingrad1GermansRussians1942Spartakovka, Russia41557713
106Lost Battalion, TheC3i Nr 2129GermansAmericans1944Vosges Mountains, Alsace, France1180 510
60Old Hickory ResoluteBattle Pack #3 - Normandy19GermansAmericans1944Hill 314, East of Mortain, France11206512
28No Ingouf AroundBattle Pack #1 - Paratroopers28GermansAmericans1944M. Ingouf's Farm North of Carentan, France21948813
80Bitter IsthmusBattle Pack #5 - Fall of the West57GermansFrench1940Monthermé, France31167713
TBP02Blitzkrieg UnleashedBattle Pack #7 - Leader of Men - Tournament Battle Pack12GermansPolish1939Polish Frontier31285611
64Predator Becomes PreyResistance21GermansPartisans1943Leskovic, Albania11808713
41Commissar House, TheBattle Pack #2 - Stalingrad35GermansRussians1942Near the Volga, Stalingrad, Russia31278713
34Encircled at Hill 30Battle Pack #1 - Paratroopers9GermansAmericans1944Hill 30, Caponnet, France31527713
110Arctic AssaultC3i Nr 239GermansNorwegian1940Gratangen Valley, Narvik Front, Norway2174   
TBP11La Villa StrangiatoBattle Pack #7 - Leader of Men - Tournament Battle Pack72ItaliansAmericans1943Route 120 Vicinity, Sicily   713
117Avanti Tridentina, Avanti!C3i Nr 275ItaliansRussians1943Nikolaevka, Voronezh Front, Russia   610
92Let England ShakeBattle Pack #6 - Sea Lion68GermansBritish1940Highclere Castle, England21147713
94Tonbridge Two, TheBattle Pack #6 - Sea Lion70GermansBritish1940Hawkshead Woods, Tonbridge Wells, England2876713
63Praise the Lord and Pass the AmmunitionResistance6GermansPartisans1944Rouen, France11207613
108In My Time of DyingC3i Nr 2227GermansBritish1944Strongpoint Hillman, France     
29Operation RepulseBattle Pack #1 - Paratroopers11GermansAmericans1944Bastogne, Belgium71737713
75Sturmgruppe BetonBattle Pack #5 - Fall of the West22GermansBelgian1940Vroenhoven, Belguim21577612
51Uneasy Wait, TheBattle Pack #3 - Normandy45GermansBritish1944La Breche, Sword Beach, France22406813
61Surrender Is Out of the Question!Battle Pack #3 - Normandy21GermansPolish1944Hill 262, The Falaise Pocket11868813
68Tito's TrickResistance47ItaliansPartisans1943Neretva River, Jablanica, Hercegovina   713
CV5Baptême de feu a PhilippsbourgVae Victis #98 GermansAmericans1945Northeast of Philippsbourg, Lorraine     
4Closed for RenovationVol I - Europe4GermansAmericans1944Humaine, Belguim71556612
23No-Man's LandVol II - Mediterranean23ItaliansBritish1942Southern Desert, Egypt3107667
TBP04Bridge Too Far, TheBattle Pack #7 - Leader of Men - Tournament Battle Pack17GermansBritish1944Arnhem, Netherlands1  711
50This Man Was GoodBattle Pack #3 - Normandy42GermansAmericans1944Overlooking Omaha Beach, Normandy1948713
86Keep Calm and Carry OnBattle Pack #6 - Sea Lion62GermansBritish1940Brede, England31286713
71Valley of the HerosResistance49CroatiansPartisans1943Sutjeska River, Tjentište, Foča, Eastern Bosnia   713
105La Fiere CounterattackC3i Nr 205GermansAmericans1944La Fiere Causeway, France1130   
116These Are No Altar BoysC3i Nr 2614GermansCanadians1944St. Martin de Fontenay, Normandy1180 813
55Graveyard of the North ShoresBattle Pack #3 - Normandy14GermansCanadians1944Carpiquet, Normandy11617713
10Commando SchoolVol I - Europe10GermansRussians1943Novorossiysk, Russia101976613
52New Highlanders, TheBattle Pack #3 - Normandy15GermansCanadians1944Authie, Normandy61646512
6Paralyzed From the West DownVol I - Europe6GermansAmericans1944St. Mere-Eglise, France51857613
CV2Devine Qui Vient Diner Ce SoirVae Victis Quarterly 14 GermansRussians1944Near Dupowva, Poland     
46Pegasus BridgeBattle Pack #3 - Normandy38GermansBritish1944Benouville, France31407612
30Red Skies at NightBattle Pack #1 - Paratroopers8GermansRussians1943Veliki Bukrin Bridgehead, Russia2 5512
CV9Tombés du cielVae Victis #103 GermansPartisans1944Near Largage Goéland, Roquebrune, Gironde     
38Not One Step BackBattle Pack #2 - Stalingrad32GermansRussians1942Dolgyi Gully, Stalingrad, Russia1746611
TBP05On the Road to VictoryBattle Pack #7 - Leader of Men - Tournament Battle Pack10ItaliansBritish1943Outskirts of Modica, Sicily   611
76A Most Gallant Dirty Little ImpBattle Pack #5 - Fall of the West53GermansBritish1940Dyle River Line, La Tombe Vicinity, Belguim41997713
5629, Let's Go (Campaign)Battle Pack #3 - NormandyVariableGermansAmericans1944Outside St. Lô, Normandy     
79Battering Ram At KvamBattle Pack #5 - Fall of the West56GermansBritish1940Kvam, Norway21656611
14At the CrossroadsVol II - Mediterranean14GermansPolish1939Sochaczew, Poland31246613
1Fat LipkiVol I - Europe1GermansRussians1941Lipki, Russia171294511
88All Ahead, Full StopBattle Pack #6 - Sea Lion64GermansFrench1940The River Medway, England41106813
122Barbarossa SustainedC3i Nr 2838GermansRussians1941Plyussa River, Narva Vicinity, Estonia11206611
62Bessarabian Nights IIResistance7GermansPartisans1944Bessarabia1 7513
11Hold the LineVol I - Europe11GermansAmericans1944St. Jean De Daye, France51044412
9Rush To ContactVol I - Europe9GermansAmericans1945Outskirts of Hitdorf, Germany317771011
44Stalingrad of the NorthBattle Pack #2 - Stalingrad12GermansRussians1943Velikiye Luki, Russia222010913
53Deeds Not WordsBattle Pack #3 - Normandy43GermansAmericans1944Utah Beach Vicinity, Normandy21658813
103Varsity BluesC3i Nr 191GermansAmericans1945Diersfordt, Germany   612
CV1Autel CompletVae Victis Quarterly 14 GermansCanadians1944St. Martin de Fontenay, Normandy     
72ThunderstormResistance50GermansPartisans1943Central Road, Island of Korčula, Croatia   713
32Look Mom, No Tanks!Battle Pack #1 - Paratroopers3GermansAmericans1944Belgium71377613
22A Veritable BloodbathVol II - Mediterranean22GermansBritish1945South of Goch, Holland51556613
109Escape Is EverythingC3i Nr 2221GermansPolish1944Hill 262, The Falaise Pocket2186   
121How Close Is Too CloseC3i Nr 2849GermansAmericans1944St. Genevieve, France   613
21Saint AgathaVol II - Mediterranean21ItaliansAmericans1943Northern Sicily11256612
CV3La Chute de SébastopolVae Victis #96 Germans / RomaniansRussians1942Near Sevastopol     
104Go For BrokeC3i Nr 207GermansAmericans1944Vosges Mountains, Alsace, France     
47bTaking the Point (Planned)Battle Pack #3 - Normandy39GermansAmericans1944Pointe-Du-Hoc, France2210101013
TBP12Red Sector ABattle Pack #7 - Leader of Men - Tournament Battle Pack73GermansAmericans1944Aachen Vicinity, Germany1180 510
CV4La Vallée de la mortVae Victis #97 GermansYugoslavia1944Near the Drina River, Bosnia     
111Scheldt, TheC3i Nr 2420GermansCanadians1944Scheldt Estuary3166   
74Sturmgruppe GranitBattle Pack #5 - Fall of the West52GermansBelgian1940Fort Eben Emael, Maastrict Vicinity, Belgium31447713
85Striking Hammer, TheBattle Pack #5 - Fall of the West61GermansFrench1940Perthes, South of Rethel, France3718813
TBP10Barbarossa UnleashedBattle Pack #7 - Leader of Men - Tournament Battle Pack2GermansRussians1941Outskirts of Minsk, Belorussia1624513
5Cold FrontVol I - Europe5GermansRussians1941Staritsa, Russia4174688
78By These Deeds They Shall Be KnownBattle Pack #5 - Fall of the West55GermansBritish1940Cassel, France2117469
CV12Pris qui croyait prendreVae Victis #111 GermansFrench1940Thulin, Belgium     
TBP01Hill 133Battle Pack #7 - Leader of Men - Tournament Battle Pack24GermansRussians1943Somewhere deep in Russia1904713
107Operation DeadstickC3i Nr 2118GermansBritish1944Benouville, France1 7612
101Rubble RousersGMT Website6GermansRussians1942Stalingrad, Russia3112889
CV7Rencontre au sommetVae Victis #100 ItaliansIndia1941Col de Dongolaas, Eritrea     
84Seize the CanalBattle Pack #5 - Fall of the West60GermansFrench1940Château-Porcien, West of Rethel, France41406813
39Fortresses of Blood and IronBattle Pack #2 - Stalingrad33GermansRussians1942Near Krutoy Gully, Stalingrad, Russia42065713
70Appointment At DalikiResistance48GermansPartisans1943Village of Pospach, Byelorussia21489913
69Compagnie Scamaroni IIResistance17GermansPartisans1944Caen, France1 9913
49Mazed and ConfusedBattle Pack #3 - Normandy41GermansAmericans1944Omaha Beach, Normandy1904713
24Six HillsVol II - Mediterranean24ItaliansIndia1940Tug Argan Pass, Somaliland3886713
TBP06One Steppe BeyondBattle Pack #7 - Leader of Men - Tournament Battle Pack8GermansRussians1943Central Russia   57
15Armata RomanaVol II - Mediterranean15RumanianRussians1941Bessarabia41306713
54East By NorthwestBattle Pack #3 - Normandy4GermansFrench1944Chateau Sainte-Genevieve, Brittany21807613
57Bingham Must HoldBattle Pack #3 - Normandy44GermansAmericans1944La Madeleine, France   610
25aFields of FireBattle Pack #1 - Paratroopers25GermansAmericans1944Ghost Front, Lanzerath, Germany11909713
TBP09Operation MercuryBattle Pack #7 - Leader of Men - Tournament Battle Pack8GermansBritish1941Rethymnon Vicinity, Crete1745510
83Thrust in the DustBattle Pack #5 - Fall of the West15GermansFrench1940Ernage, near Gembloux, France21117813

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