Blitzkrieg 1940 Handbook for Chain of Command

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The 1940 Handbook is an expansion for the Chain of Command rules with everything needed to play the 1940 campaign in the Low Countries and France, with dozens of new lists, support options and new scenarios. The rules are fast paced, exciting and fun, using the unique command and control system which presents the player with the battlefield decisions made by his historical counterpart.

  • Written by: Richard Clarke and Nick Skinner
  • Full-colour softback, 124 pages
  • No ISBN
  • Language: English

This 124-page handbook provides comprehensive coverage of the campaign in France and the Low Countries in 1940. Included is a historical account of the campaign in the West, as well as a whole raft of new rules to cover the events of that 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 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 voor den Soldaat 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.


  • Line Infantry
  • Reserve infantry
  • Infantry scouts
  • Chasseur Ardennais
  • Frontier Cyclists
  • Motorised Cavalry
  • Motorcycle Cavalry

The Netherlands

  • Line Infantry
  • Reserve Infantry
  • Mounted Cavalry
  • Border Infantry
  • Bicycle troops
  • Motorcycle troops
  • Airfield Defence forces
  • Marines


  • First Line Infantry
  • Reserve Infantry
  • Chasseurs
  • Groupe Franc
  • Reconnaissance Motorcycle Fusiliers
  • Reconnaissance Cavalry
  • Motorised Infantry
  • Dragon Portes
  • Mounted Cavalry
  • Chasseur Portes
  • Colonial Troops
  • Mountain Troops
  • Ski Scouts
  • Light DIvision Infantry
  • Groupe Franc Motorise de Cavalerie


  • 1939 Regulation Platoon
  • 1940 Regulation Platoon
  • Motor Infantry
  • Motorcycle infantry
  • Line of Communication troops
  • Searchlight Troops


  • 1st Wave infantry
  • 2nd Wave infantry
  • 3rd Wave infantry
  • 5th Wave infantry
  • 7th Wave Infantry
  • Static infantry
  • Pioneers
  • Motorised Infantry
  • Motorcycle Reconnaissance
  • Schutzen Type 1
  • Schutzen Type 2
  • SS Totenkopf
  • SS Verfügungs and Leibstandarte
  • SS Motorcycle platoon
  • SS Aufklarungs motorcycle platoon
  • Fallschirmjager Type 1
  • Fallschirmjager Type 2
  • Luftlande Glider platoon
  • Gebirgsjager


  • Infantry
  • Blackshirt troops
  • Alpini

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.


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