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"Lightning War"

In September 1939 a new form of warfare erupted in Europe, one that would forever transform how wars were fought. As German panzers rolled across Poland, a new word was spoken to describe combined armor and air operations: Blitzkrieg.

Following the conquest of Poland, Germany would then turn its attention to Scandinavia and then to France and the Low Countries in the first few years of what would become the Second World War. Can you command the German panzers with the same skill as Guderian and Rommel, or as the Allies, can you stop the Wehrmacht where the historical commanders failed?

The First Blitzkrieg is the start of what will be a series of games called Total War in Europe. Unit scale ranges from divisions to battalions, and includes air groups. Map scale is 10 kilometers per hex and two days per turn. Each game map is part of a greater Master Map, encompassing the whole of Europe and parts of North Africa and Western Asia with a quarter million hexes. The Master Map will be released with the final game in the series.

Polish Corridor

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The First Blitzkrieg contains seventeen scenarios and campaigns from the invasion of Poland to the Fall of France. There are also hypothetical scenarios drawn from Operation SEA LION (the planned German invasion of Britain) and "what if" the Allies had taken the offensive against Germany in the autumn of 1939. Players have the opportunity to alter the course of history on both the operational and strategic level.

Poland 1939
Norway 1940
France 1940

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The game also has the standard scenario, parameter, database & sub-map editors included with the game. Play modes include A/I, Hot Seat, PBEM, LAN & Internet play.


  • Developer: John Tiller
  • Scenario Designers: Dave Blackburn, Jim Dunnam, Wig Graves, & Glenn Saunders
  • AI Programmer: John Rushing
  • Artist: Joe Amoral
  • Unit Graphics: Mark Adams
  • Campaign Maps: Mike Avanzini
  • Playtesters: Glenn Saunders (Coordinator), Bave Blackburn, Lee Elmendorf, Bob Hutchison, Bob Mayer, Paul Sinatra, & Ed Williams
  • Funding Support: Phase I & II STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer Program) contract from USAF Office of Scientific Research; Dr Robert Barker (Program Manager).

System Requirements

Windows XP, Vista, or 7
Processor: 1 GHz
Disk Space: 300 MB
Memory: 256 MB RAM

Planning Maps    (click for full-sized images)
Poland map Scandinavia map France map
Poland: 5.92 mb gif Scandinavia: 14.7 mb gif France: 7.54 mb gif

Britain map
Britain: 4.60 mb gif

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