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Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord (Windows)

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Join American, British, Polish, French, Canadians, or the German army in WW2, from Invasion of France to the end of the war in this hybrid tactical wargame. Control 50 heavy weapons, 126 vehicles, 45 types of terrain, and 50 missions. Mission editor is included, limited only by your imagination. See all your units move and fight in full 3D, in a turn-based/simultaneous execution format. The latest version adds TCP/IP multiplayer support!


Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord Windows Soldier (with an MP-44) Flees From Bombardment
Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord Windows Winston Churchill's Tank Mission
Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord Windows A US Halftrack
Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord Windows The United States Conquers a Hill (High Res)

Alternate Titles

  • "战斗任务:远方霸主" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Линия фронта: Нормандия" -- Russian spelling
  • "Squad Leader" -- Working title
  • "Combat Mission" -- German/UK title
  • "CM: Beyond Overlord" -- Abbreviated title

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User Reviews

One Word: Groundbreaking NeoMoose (1103) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
As of now (March, 2001) this is the best tactical squad level WW2 game ever made. Iguana (36) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars

The Press Says

Pelit Oct, 2000 93 out of 100 93
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Aug 04, 2000 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
IGN May 30, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Play.tm Mar 23, 2002 87 out of 100 87
Svenska PC Gamer May, 2002 78 out of 100 78
GameStar (Germany) Sep, 2000 72 out of 100 72
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Jun 30, 2000 65 out of 100 65
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Apr, 2002 59 out of 100 59
PC Action Dec 10, 2001 45 out of 100 45
Gamesmania 2000 41 out of 100 41


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Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord was first in development at Big Time Software helmed by Charles Moylan, but when it became apparent that its publishing company Avalon Hill would be acquired by Hasbro Interactive, the studio was absorbed into Battlefront.com in 1999, which Moyan co-founded a few years before, and where the development team was expanded.


Battlefront designed and produced this game, and originally the only way to buy it was through their website. Why? They believe the gaming industry is unfair to wargames, and decided to produce and sell the game themselves. Later, CDV picked it up in a distribution deal, after packaging it with over 100 user contributed scenarios, improved textures, vehicles, and more. The result is a "special edition" which can only be found in stores.


The names of in-game Polish soldiers have been taken from names of contemporary Polish politicians (such as Buzek, Frasyniuk, Kuroń, Niesiołowski or Kwaśniewski). Non-Polish players probably won't notice, but for someone from Poland it's an amusing experience to see the famous politicians commandeering battalions.


  • Computer Gaming World
    • April 2001 (Issue #201) – Wargame of the Year
  • PC Gamer
    • October 2001 - #50 in the "Top 50 Games of All Time" list
Information also contributed by Grov, JudgeDredd, Kasey Chang and Sciere

Related Web Sites

  • Combat Mission HQ (Home of the CM Webring and famous CMHQ Chat where many of the game designers and beta testers hang out. Also has the largest collection of add-ons for Combat Mission on the internet.)
Kasey Chang (3654) added Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord (Windows) on Jan 16, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Sciere (249420)