War on the Southern Front (WSF) is the second installment HPS’s Total War in Europe series. It focuses on the ground and air campaigns fought in the regions surrounding the Mediterranean in 1940-43. This includes the Italian Invasion of Greece in 1940, the subsequent German invasion of the Balkans, Rommel and the exploits of the Afrika Korps, and the Allied invasion of Sicily. These campaigns saw a wide range of operations, from swift armor thrusts in the desert to infantry slogging matches in the mountains to daring airborne assaults.
Each scenario covers a campaign or major battle. These include the battles for Tobruk and El Alamein, the Axis last stand in Tunisia, the mountain warfare in Greece in 1940-41, the German airborne assault on Crete, the British intervention in Vichy Syria, and the Patton-Montgomery race for Messina in Sicily. Game units are regimental-brigade level, with divisional builds. There are also extensive air orders of battles. Command, supply, partisans, weather and many more features of operational level warfare are included.
The OOB contains fifteen nations with 337 different unit types. The combat model accounts for such factors as armor effects and morale. Airpower includes missions such as close support, interdiction, recon and interception. There is an extensive campaign manual included as an electronic file which includes information on networked play, PBEM, and a troubleshooting guide.
- 23 Scenarios – with optimization for PBEM as well as a separate version for play against the system AI
- The Master Map covering the entire Mediterranean theater of operations.
– Game scale is 1 hex = 10 kilometers, 1 turn = 2 days
- Scenario editors which allow players to customize the game
- Sub-map feature allows the main map to be “chopped” up into smaller segments for custom scenario creation.
War on the Southern Front provides multiple play options including play against the computer AI, Play by e-mail (PBEM), LAN & Internet “live” play, and two player hotseat.