The first Grand Europa module, Wavell’s War links the games War in the Desert and Balkan Front with new material (maps and counters) covering the campaign for Italian East Africa. This is a module and requires the games War in the Desert and Balkan Front in order to play fully (the East Africa campaign and the Desert Scenarios in Wavell’s War requires only Wavell’s War and War in the Desert; and the Balkan Front scenarios in Wavell’s War require only Wavell’s War and Balkan Front, but the huge Grand Campaign Game requires Wavell’s War, War in the Desert, and Balkan Front).

Game Components

  • 21 mapsheets covering all of East Africa and much of Sudan and the Arabian peninsula,
  • 1 mapsheet overlay to Balkan Front
  • Play aids including eleven game charts
  • A rules book
  • A scenarios and appendices book with 16 scenarios
  • 22 quarter-size maps
  • 3 countersheets (840 counters).

Game Reports

Wavells War - Iraqi Campaign Scenario: Gregory Bartels examining in fascinating detail the Iraq Scenario of Wavell's War, played in 2014/15

Wavells War starting with "Desert Cauldron: In his second take on Wavell`s War Gregory Bartels updated Frank Watson's "Desert Cauldron"-Scenario (TEM 36) to serve as a starting point for an abridged game of Wavell's War, with interesting results.

Brian O'Connell heads the Allied team in this monumental game report about a full campaign of Wavell's War, played in the Spring of 2005.

In 2017 Gregory Bartels  handed in an truly epic AAR, using the Enter Rommel Scenario from TEM 15as a starting point for a solitaire camapign game of Wavell's War.


The Full Rules Set of Wavell´s War is available for download at the HMS website.

Wavell´s War can currently be ordered at the HMS/GRD website for $80 plus shipping (last retrieved April 9th, 2015)

The Page of Wavell´s War at the Boardgame Geek has a plethora of more material.


“The Balkan Front in Wavell’s War.” By Troy Kenily. TEM 75.
“East Africa at Europafest.” By Patrick Haugh in TEM 69.
“The Invasion of British Somaliland.” By Frank Watson and Jean Guy Rathe. TEM 75.
“The Malta Question – Changing Malta for Wavell’s War?” By Frank Watson. TEM 71.
“Wavell’s War at Europafest.” By Patrick Haugh. TEM 69.
“Wavell’s War Q&A.” By Frank Watson. TEM 75.
“Wavell’s War: Thoughts from an Axis Balkan Commander.” TEM 69.


Related Games

Balkan Front - Box Front

Balkan Front - required for play

War in the Desert - Front cover

War in the Desert -  required for play

Western Desert - Front Cover

Western Desert - Predecessor

The near East - Game Box - Front

The near East - Predecessor

Strategy & Tactics 128

Africa Orientale - Predecessor


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