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).

The module provides 

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).

Related Games

Replaces Western Desert and The Near East

Requires War in the Desert and/or Balkan Front to play

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.


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.


Istanbul Rail Ferry


On reviewing map 3C (Istanbul), one detail struck me as odd. There is a rail line crossing the Bosphorus and connecting Istanbul to Uskudar. Shouldn’t this be a or a ferry? I think the bridges crossing the Bosphorus are post-WWII.


Yes, the crossing between Istanbul and Uskudar is a rail ferry. If you have the Total War maps, check out map 105, and in lower left of map you can see the Istanbul/Uskudar area, including the rail ferry.


Posted by Arthur E. Goodwin on the Yahoo Europa Mailing list on 18.01.2013 00:58.