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The Burning Blue

The Battle of Britain, 1940

"Hello, Gannic Leader! Gannic Leader! Carfax calling! 200-plus coming in over Red Queen. Vector one-two-zero. Angels two-five. Watch out for snappers above!"

- Biggin Hill Sector Controller, 15 September 1940

Box art by Rodger MacGowanTHE BURNING BLUE is a board wargame that recreates the savage air battles over Southern England from July to December 1940.

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Beginning with the fighting above the Channel convoys and ending with the assault on London and the fighter-bomber offensive, The Burning Blue simulates battles between German air power and the British air defence system. It recreates the tense minute-by-minute 'plotting board' battles between RAF fighter controllers and the Luftwaffe air raids.

As the RAF player order fighter squadrons to scramble as the enemy raids form up on radar. As your pilots gain precious height, breaking through the low layers of cloud, vector them to intercept raids or order them to patrol vital targets. Despatch Hurricanes to surprise the enemy bombers from out of the sun while Spitfires tangle with the Luftwaffe escort fighters. Then get your squadons home double-quick to rearm and refuel before the next wave arrives.

As the Luftwaffe player you craft your attack plans to peel apart the Tommy defences. Order fighter close escorts and top cover to protect your bomber gruppen while you send a geschwader of Me109s to sweep the sky ahead of your massed formations. As your escort fighters swoop down on 'vics' of desperately climbing Spitfires, Stukas dive past balloon barrages to plant bombs on the docksides below. Meanwhile, an elite staffel of Dornier bombers slips in under the radar to bomb a vital sector airfield, running into a fusilade of light Ack-Ack fire.

Based on original archive research and with the help of pilot veterans of the Battle of Britain, The Burning Blue models this famous conflict in unprecedented detail. Playable and exciting, the game provides new insights into this turning point of World War Two.

How To Order

California-based games company GMT Games have published The Burning Blue. You can place your order at the GMT website HERE.

You can also place your order via 'phone. GMT's ever-helpful staff are on hand to take your call and order. Their toll-free number (US and Canada only) is: 1-(800)-523-6111. Calls from elsewhere should ring: 559-583-1236.

Latest News

Update 15th April 2007

Rule Supplement #3 Posted!

Rules supplement #3 has been posted! Advanced players can enjoy the rules supplements. These supplements detail optional rules that add historical detail to the game, though at a cost in complexity and player workload. These are available at the Download Page in .pdf format.

The Burning Blue at Boardgamegeek

The Burning Blue is currently rated highly in the wargame category, as rated by gamers at the website Boardgamegeek. Check out the Boardgamegeek entry for The Burning Blue HERE and add your own rating.

Online Play! VASSAL Aids Complete!

Rick Billings and his team have done a great job adapting The Burning Blue to VASSAL for online play. You can download the VASSAL engine HERE and the module for The Burning Blue HERE.

Play by e-Mail! Cyberboard Gamebox Available!

The Cyberboard gamebox for The Burning Blue is now available for players who wish to Play by e-Mail. Download it from HERE.

Release Rules Available for Download!

The release copies of the game rules and scenario book have been made available at the Download Page in .pdf format. Feel free to download and preview the game.

The Burning Blue Discussion Forum Open

A Consimworld forum for discussion of the design can be found HERE.

Veterans Assist With Research

Two Battle of Britain veterans, John Greenwood of 253 Squadron (Hurricanes) and John Freeborn DFC of 74 Squadron (Spitfires) have been helping the designer in his research for the game. Lee Brimmicombe-Wood is enormously grateful for their kind assistance, recalling events from 64 years ago and clearing up many matters of detail. Also a big thank you to Squadron Leader Doug Tidy for helping make contact with John Freeborn.

An interview with John Greenwood is available HERE. Notes from the interviews with John Freeborn can be found HERE.


All questions and enquiries should be directed to the designer Lee Brimmicombe-Wood at: leebwood at googlemail dot com (Note that this address has been modified to protect against web spiders and other malware.)

The Burning Blue game and materials are copyright © GMT Games LLC, 2006. These pages copyright © Lee Brimmicombe-Wood, 2003-2009. All rights reserved.


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