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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!


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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 Windows NeoMoose (1259)
As of now (March, 2001) this is the best tactical squad level WW2 game ever made. Windows Iguana (36)

Critic Reviews

PC Gameworld Windows 2000 98 out of 100 98
Deaf Gamers Windows 2002 9.4 out of 10 94
GameSpot Windows Jul 05, 2000 9.1 out of 10 91 Windows Mar 23, 2002 87 out of 100 87 Windows Apr 08, 2002 73 out of 100 73
GameStar (Germany) Windows Sep, 2000 72 out of 100 72 Windows Aug 07, 2001 14 out of 20 70
Absolute Games ( Windows Jun 30, 2000 65 out of 100 65
AppleLinks.Com Macintosh Jul 27, 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60 Windows 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 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: Beyond Overlord (official website)
  • 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.)
Contributed to by Sciere (695514) and Kasey Chang (4612)