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Blitzkrieg Commander IV

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Blitzkrieg Commander is an exciting wargame that allows you to recreate battles of the Second World War using miniatures on a tabletop.

- Suitable for any scale miniatures, from 2mm right up to 28mm.
- Simple command system that emphasises the fog of war.
- Effective mechanism for casualty resolution.
- Flexible figure ratio meaning one base represents a platoon.
- Minimal setup time, simply assemble your forces and play.
- Contains 44 army lists covering all nations and theatres.
- Includes 15 scenarios.
- Suitable for solo, two player or multi-player games.
- No supplements, everything you need to play WWII games in one book.
- Fully bookmarked, easy-to-use PDF.

Blitzkrieg Commander is one of the most popular WWII rulesets of the past decade with over 5000 copies sold so far. Our overriding intention with BKC-IV was to show a natural evolution from BCKII, retaining the best elements of BKC-III but at the same time remaining true to both the BKC tradition and the Commander series of rules mechanisms.  In addition, we’ve added new game mechanisms, incorporated several widely used, tried and tested ‘house rules’, as well as tidying up the army lists.  

The design of BKC-IV will allow players to choose between a more formalised and higher-level game, back (almost) to BCKI and BKCII in many ways; or to play a much more granular game, almost but not quite down to a skirmish level or 1:1 level game.  We have also added (by request) more Example Tables, for ease of play and quick reference.

The significant changes are:
•   An enhanced and expanded Reconnaissance section – making Recce a more important and integral part of the game.
•   Introduction of Snipers and their effect on the battlefield.
•   Changes to the way Infantry Anti-Tank Weapons work to make them more cost effective and realistic.
•   Changes to the Artillery Barrage rules – to remove a potential for imbalance.
•   The correction of an anomaly around Naval Guns and FAOs.
•   Adding a new Tactical Doctrine for Guerrillas/Partisans, with additional features to make playing an insurgency or resistance style game possible.
•   Re-working and clarifying the Scenarios.
•   Adding to, re-wording and editing the list of Special Characteristics.

Rather than a printed QRS supplied with the rules, we've put a pdf download on the Pendraken Forum, for people to print off as many copies as they like.  Along with this we'll be creating a series of pdfs containing a variety of expanded Optional Rules – including Perilous Terrain, Armoured Trains and Refugees amongst many others.  More of these Optional Rules will be added to the archive going forward, as will more Army Lists (an ANZAC list is already on the work-bench!)

If you are a long-standing BKC player or a new convert to WW2 gaming or even a ‘refugee’ from another set of rules, we believe that BKCIV will give you a fast to play, enjoyable and realistic table-top WW2 gaming experience.remains true to the BKC you're familiar with, but with a bit of a refresh on the text.  All of the core elements remain in the game and everything should run much the way it always has.  Things that you may find work slightly differently include:

These rules are also available as a hardcopy directly through our website:

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Nigel D June 25, 2021 3:08 pm UTC
Please could you let me know the page count, and roughly the split between rules and the army list section. Also, is this in A4 or US letter format?
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Leon P June 25, 2021 3:17 pm UTC
Thanks for the message, the total page count is 177 with the army lists starting on page 82. The book is in A4 format as well. Let me know if there's anything we can help with.
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Nigel D June 26, 2021 2:01 pm UTC
Thank you.
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Dorian A May 05, 2020 4:43 pm UTC
In what way is it "suitable for solo" - is there a system or is it just playing both sides?
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Leon P May 08, 2020 7:34 pm UTC
Thanks for the message, there is a guide to Solo gaming with BKC available here:
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mattia M July 22, 2022 1:47 pm UTC
In this 2 page i don't have found a rule for A.i. so i think the solo approach in this case is "play both side". Correct?
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Leon P July 22, 2022 1:55 pm UTC
That's correct, you play both sides. There isn't an 'official' rule for Solo play but Steve's guide works well.
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Jay T April 13, 2019 4:59 pm UTC
I noticed that the M3 Lee tank was not on the American Tunisia Force List.
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Leon P April 13, 2019 6:21 pm UTC
Thanks for the comment, we've had this raised by a couple of other folks as well so we'll be starting to compile an errata list in the next few weeks. If you spot anything else, the best place to let us know is over on our Forum where we can compile anything into a single list.,136.0.html
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