Combat Commander

Combat Commander
Combat Commander is a card-driven board game covering tactical infantry combat in the European and Pacific Theaters of World War II.

Games and Expansions:
Combat Commander: Battle Pack #7 – Tournament Battle Pack (2015)
Combat Commander: Battle Pack #6 – Sea Lion (2014)
Combat Commander: Battle Pack #5 – Fall of the West (2013)
Combat Commander: Battle Pack #4 – New Guinea (2011)
Combat Commander: Battle Pack #3 – Normandy (2010)
Combat Commander: Battle Pack #2 – Stalingrad (2008)
Combat Commander: Battle Pack #1 – Paratroopers (2007)
Combat Commander: Resistance! (2011)
Combat Commander: Pacific (2008)
Combat Commander: Mediterranean (2007)
Combat Commander: Europe (2006)

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Red Sector A
The US effort to break into the Ruhr was given to the US 1st Army. The Germans defended the city of Aachen and its approaches with grim determination in an effort to prevent the breaking of the Siegfried Line.

La Villa Strangiato
The US 7th Army battled its way through western Sicily after the collapse of the Axis beach defense forces in early July. The Italian Forces, however, were still game to defend their homeland.

Barbarossa Unleashed
"'All is not quiet on the Eastern Front.”

Operation Mercury
“Expecting a seaborne invasion, little did the defenders of Rethymnon concern themselves with an airborne invasion.”

Codes in the Sunrise
The first commando raid on occupied France was carried out by 115 men of No.11 Independent Company just three weeks after the final evacuation at Dunkirk. The raiders were divided into four groups, each was tasked with reconnaissance and intelligence…

Signals in the Snow
Some of the bitterest fighting in the Winter War was along the Mannerheim Line on the Karelian lsthmus. Finnish units stubbornly defended their isolate bunkers and fixed positions as Soviet units probed the line looking for any weakness to exploit.

One Steppe Beyond
Dawn was still barely visible on the horizon. l walked back towards the artillery line which was to support the reconnaissance forces should they encounter organized Resistance.

On the Road to Victory
Canadian war correspondent Ross Munro recorded his experiences of the first few days of the attack on the Italian 122 lnfantry Regiment north of Pachino in a newspaper article printed on 12 July: "Stubborn Resistance has been put up by …

Bridge Too Far, The
Col. Frost's 2nd Bn, 1st Airborne lnfantry is cut off at Arnhem Bridge. Bittrich's Panzergrenadiers move in to eliminate the airborne pocket. “. . .what, you didn't really think the enemy was made up of Old Men and Young Boys, …

A Midnight Clear
Two reinforced reconnaissance platoons, one German, one US, face each other across No Man's Land. “I'm not exactly sure what country we're in. Could be Belgium, Luxembourg, France, or even Germany. I don't know what day it is. I have …

Blitzkrieg Unleashed
“Pawel, I have no idea what that sound is. Perhaps you should investigate.”

Hill 133
“Soldier, the enemy occupies Hill 133. The Motherland and Political Officer Blurtarsky require you to wrest control of it from him."

Wau Me Worry
After an arduous trek cutting through the jungle, and harassed along the way by Australian KANGA Force, the exhausted Japanese troops of the 102nd Regiment, Okabu Detachment struggled onto the high ground overlooking their objective—the airfield at…

Closing Outer Camp
The Japanese defenses at Buna were extensive and compartmentalized, requiring coordinated Allied operations at various points. Elements of the well-supported 2/9th assaulted the defenders in the area identified by the Japanese as ”Outer Camp". The…

The Butcher's Bill
The Japanese defenses west of the Girua River were anchored on numerous hidden strong points along the Soputa-Sanananda Road. One such strongpoint was flanked and cut off by the men of Coy l, 3rd Bn, 126th IR under the command …

The Australians had taken Kokoda and were driving toward the north coast of New Guinea. The Japanese forward defense was centered on Gorari. The Australians managed to find a parallel around the Japanese defense and managed to break it into …

Blind Man's Bluff
The Australians had taken the crossings over Eora Creek, but the Kokoda Trail remained blocked by a Japanese strongpoint to the north. B Company 2/1 Battalion was pinned down to the south and subjected to fire from Japanese heavy weapons. …

Templteton's Crossing
The Japanese advance along the Kokoda trail had reached its high water mark. The Japanese high command decided to focus first on Guadalcanal, and the forces on New Guinea were in retreat, having extended their supply lines. The Australian 25th …

Rebuked at Rabi
The Japanese attempt to seize the allied airfields in the vicinity of Rabi (Operation Re) encountered unexpected stiff Resistance from the defending Australians of Milne Force. After initial gains the 5th Kure Special Naval Landing Force was driven…

The Gloomy Forest
The initial formation of Maroubra Force (39th, 53rd and Papuan Infantry Battalions) faced the vanguard of the Japanese presence building up on New Guinea in June 1942. The force worked rapidly in an attempt to block the easy spread of …

Encirclement of Troop C
After the westward breakthroughs across the river (earlier in July), the 20th Infantry Division was ordered to entrap and destroy American units. The Miyake Force (composed of the 78th, 79th and 80th Infantry Regiments, each fielding no more than a …

Bad Dreams
The desperate Japanese offensive along the Driniumor River by forces of the 20th Infantry Division faced widely strung out US regiments (the 127th, the 128th and the 112th Cavalry), with both parties probing each other. At the culmination point,…

Scarlet Beach
As the Allies progressed up the New Guinea coast. General Adachi’s XVIII Army desperately counterattacked. To support a 20th Division thrust into the Allied perimeter around Finschhafen, Adachi dispatched barges loaded with remnants of 1st Lt.…

Shattered Bobdubi
Following the Allied victory at Buna, Australian infantry pushed northwest toward the next enemy coastal base in a war of small-unit actions across the jungle tracks and kunai-grass heights of the interior. As a pincer with a US landing near …

Bulolo River Bridge
A company of the ANZAC 2/5 battalion ordered to intercept elements of the Japanese 51st Division advancing on Wau finds itself bypassed and cut off. The unit attempts to sneak back to friendly lines through the advancing Japanese forces but …

Rabaul Rousers
The Australian men of Lt. W. G. Grant’s platoon of Coy. A, 2/22 Bn. were the forward elements defending the beachhead on the northern slopes of Mt. Vulcan. Grant's view across Simpson Bay showed the city of Rabaul and its …

Slopes of Hell
The 2/16th Battalion (Australian 21st Brigade) had fallen back from Templeton's Crossing and finally reached the positions of the battered 2/14th Battalion, which in turn dropped back to the mountain village of Myola. Meanwhile, the Koiwai Battalion…

Burning Buna
Combined Australian and American forces surrounded the desperate Japanese defenses at Buna during December 1942. After an opening barrage starting at 0530, various companies of 2/9th Battalion (Australian 16th Brigade) crossed the start line promptly…

The Deadly Trees
After the failure of the September attacks, Japanese HO sent as many ground forces as could be spared to build up for another multi- pronged attack. During what is known as the Battle of Henderson Field, between 0300 and 0500 …

In the second major attempt at dislodging the enemy position, the Japanese maneuvered deep in the jungle to the south of the American perimeter expecting that it would be less defended. General Kawaguchi employed a complicated plan using battalions…

Dog Plus Eight
Eight days after the initial landing on the island and four days after the American flag had been raised on Mount Suribachi, the 3rd Marine Division found itself dug in on the barren stone plateau north of the airfields. The …

Bitter Creek
After nearly succeeding in pushing the Australians back upon Port Moresby, the Japanese had neither supply chain nor time enough to hold their gains along the Kokoda Trail and so reverted to the defensive. In a series of grim battles, …

The Japanese unveiled a new defensive approach on Peleliu using well-entrenched positions, extensive caves, and natural barriers across the island. This was developed by Colonel Nakagawa, commander of the 2nd Infantry Regiment of the 14th Infantry…

West Tank Barrier
The Gilbert Islands became one of the first stepping stones in the large scale movement by the US to take back Japanese-held territory. A Japanese seaplane base guarded by a citadel of defenses was the key target on Butaritari, a …

Operation Cherry Blossom
On this date the US 3rd Marine Division landed at Cape Torokina. Naval forces assisting the Marines included 4 cruisers and 8 destroyers. Empress Augusta Bay had been chosen because it was within range of allied land—based fighter bases and …

Ichiki Attacks
Japanese HO dispatched the lchiki Detachment from Truk to displace what was mistakenly thought of as a minor US presence on Guadalcanal. During what is known as the Battle of Tenaru River, by 0030, Colonel lchiki had maneuvered his force …

Ambush at Mogaung
Over the course of three weeks in June, Michael ”Mad Mike” Calvert's 77th (Chindit) Brigade took Mogaung in support of the US advance down the Hukawng Valley. They suffered 50% casualties. Fearing they would then be ordered to join in …

Grassy Knoll
After capturing Libby Airfield with the aid of Filipino guerrillas, the US 24th Infantry Division found the assault toward Davao becoming exceedingly slow and ponderous. Exacerbating the issue was the preponderance of hemp fields in the area, now…

Taking the Point (Planned)
The plan called for three of the companies of 2nd Ranger Battalion to land east and west of the point at 0630 hours, instantly following a half hour bombardment from the battleships Arkansas and Texas. Delta on the West with …

Taking the Point (Historical)
The US Rangers drew the most difficult single mission for the morning of the invasion of Nazi occupied France: Neutralize the Battery of guns on Pointe du Hoc. The Rangers had to scale 100 foot cliffs on the seaward side …

Fields of Blood
After a pause to tend to the wounded, the German paratroopers launched another attack on the American positions along the woodline above Lanzerath. Lieutenant Bouck again called for artillery support and was again denied due to more pressing concerns…

Fields of Fire
Regimental Order No. 54 was given to the 1st Company, 9th Regiment of the 3rd Fallschirmjaeger Division: The unit was instructed to clear Lanzerath and other villages in and around the Losheim Gap of enemy Resistance. This was to prepare …

Barbarossa Sustained
The days of headlong pursuit with little or no Resistance by the Russian Armies had to come to an end at some point. For the soldiers of the German 58th Infantry Division that reality occurred just south of the Estonian …

How Close is Too Close
The initial attack to cross the Moselle River at Pont-a-Mousson on the 5-6 of September had shown that the Germans were well organized for defense in that sector. After renewed planning and intelligence gathering the 80th Division prepared to try …

Deadly Convoy
The Andre’ Jolit led Blaye area Ffi group received eight air drops of arms and equipment in July and August I944. Blitz operations against the Germans increased as a consequence. Operations against small targets (tankers and single enemy vehicles)…

Sky Fall
Operation Cadillac conducted on 14 July I944 was a complete success as 320 B-17s airdropped 417 tons of weapons in 3791 containers to the Dordogne and Correze Maquis. Three days later, a similar drop was destined for the Maquis de …

No. 4 Commando
Lieutenant Colonel Lord Lovat and No. 4 Commando (including six US Army Rangers), to support the Canadian landings at Dieppe, conducted two landings at VarengevilIe-sur-Mer attempting to neutralize a coastal artillery battery of six 150mm guns. The…

Voronoezh Front
The stunning successes of the Russian counterattacks, Operations Uranus, Saturn, and Little Saturn, resulted in the shattering of the Axis front lines along the Don River. On the extreme edge of this battlefield stood the units of the Italian Alpine…

St. Martin de Fontenay
After Operation Goodwood's failure, French Canadian infantry units were ordered to take and hold Saint Martin de Fontenay, a village south of Caen. Once taken British armor could push southward and link up with American forces. Two previous assaults…

Dongolaas Ravine
In mid-January 1941, British forces launched the Eritrea Campaign. The 4th and 5th Indian Divisions started their offensive from Sudan. They broke the Italian defensive lines in two weeks but finally the drive stopped in front of the town of …
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