For this year there is something a little different on the operational front, combining three prior individual games into a Second World War campaign weekend. The first is Czech Mate '38, (alternate history), then Hold the Line in '39 (Poland) and 1940, the Blitzkrieg Story (Low Countries and France). each game will have at least two sides, the Allies in 1940 have their work cut out though.
Participants can attend one, two or all three and have the option of changing sides or role between them, as well as taking a turn at umpiring (there is no charge for the latter, express interest in comments box).
All games utilise the 'Blockspiel' system with visible regimental blocks on an 'open' map, as well as hidden/disguised movement adding to the fog of war. This is compounded by a dispersed chain of command which makes players work hard to gather, assimilate and process information in order to complicate decision-making,
Roles include High Command (with pre-planning games to identify key factors), operational commanders at the map, air commanders dealing with attrition and the staff officers who aid communicatins.
Operational decisions regarding logistics and reinforcements link with an off-table air game which both feed into the on table action.
As the games move forward in time, complexity increases as combined arms operations become increasingly vital.
The system is designed to minimise time spent referring to combat tables and number of umpires required. Previous feedback will be used in redesigning certain scenario elements, but core mechanics will remain, to help those familiar with them. Please see the uploaded past handbooks for an overview of what to expect.
June: Evening online pre-game planning discussions.
6 July: Evening setup for Czech Mate
7 July: 0930-1600 - Czech Mate ~20 players
1600-1800 - set up and planning for Hold the Line
8 July: 0930-1630 - Hold the Line ~ 30 players
1630-1830 - set up and planning for The Blitzkrieg Story
9 Jul: 0930-1700 - The Blitzkrieg Story ~ 30 players
*Reduced rates available for students, OAPs, unwaged. Please use the contact form for more details
There is no charge for umpiring, although limited spaces and previous experience of these games is preferred.
Past handbooks from 2018 (CM), 2019 (HTL) and 2021 (TBS)