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Operation Europe: Path to Victory 1939-45

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Operation Europe: Path to Victory 1939-45
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Koei
Developer:
Original system(s): JP Home Computers
Genre: Simulation

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥12,80012,800 T-76113
Sega Mega Drive
US
T-76096

Operation Europe: Path to Victory 1939-45, known as Europa Sensen (ヨーロッパ戦線) in Japan, is a World War II simulation game by Koei and a part of their World War Series. It was first released on the PC-88 and was ported to a wide variety of platforms, including a 1993 port to the Sega Mega Drive.

Gameplay

Operation Europe is a strategy game with both tactical and strategic elements. Main map movements takes place in real time while tactical battles are turn based. Players can assign different historical generals to different positions and military units.

Player can also call for air strikes, paratroopers, reinforcements and deploy special forces units to affect the outcome of the battle.

Commanders

Commanders' skills are not fixed, they can be "re-rolled" with random numbers before the battle begins.

  • Leadership Affects speed of command executions and increases abilities for all unit types.
  • Charm Increases troop morale and chances of success when requesting supplies and reinforcements from HQ.
  • Infantry Increases effectiveness of infantry units.
  • Artillery Increases effectiveness of artillery units.
  • Tank Increases effectiveness of armored units.

Commanders can be assigned to following positions:

  • Army Commander Overall commander of all forces in the field. Leadership will be most important.
  • Chief of Operations Responsible for day-to-day operations and requesting forces and supplies. Charm is most important.
  • Chief of Intelligence Responsible for success rate of Special Forces. Leadership.
  • Division Commander There are four of these from 1 to 4. Leadership and appropriate skill for the unit type will be necessary.

These positions are already filled by computer:

  • Commander in Chief (CC): Overall leader of the faction you command.
  • Second in Command (CS): Highest ranking executive officer of the faction you command.

Scenarios

There are six scenarios in the game. Players can play either as Axis (Germany) or Allies (French, British, Soviet or United States).

Battle of France: May 10 - Jun 22, 1940

Avaiable Commanders

  • France
    • Commander In Chief: Eisenhower (???)
    • Second in Command: Walter Bedell Smith (???)
    • Andre Corap
    • Bauxdey
    • Henri-Jean Lafontaine
    • Charles De Gaulle
    • Christian Bruneau
    • Brogado (Fictional)
    • Jean de Tassigny
    • Banaux
    • Monet
  • Germany
    • Commander in Chief: Adolf Hitler
    • Second in Command: Franz Halder
    • Gerd Von Rundstedt
    • Erich Von Manstein
    • Gunther Von Kluge
    • Walter Von Reichenau
    • Wilhelm List
    • Busch
    • Georg Von Küchler
    • Evald Von Kleist
    • Haus (Fictional)
    • Heinz Guderian

North African War: May 26 - Jul 5, 1942

Avaiable Commanders

  • Britain
    • Commander In Chief: Eisenhower
    • Second in Command: Walter Bedell Smith
    • Archibal Wavell
    • Alan Cunnigham
    • Claude Auchinleck
    • Harold Alexander
    • Bernard Montgomery
    • John Vereker-Gort
    • John Campbell
    • Richard O'Connor
    • Michael Creagh
    • Pias
    • Freybague
    • Harding
  • Germany
    • Erwin Rommel
    • Ravenstein
    • Silkow
    • Nehring
    • Klavel
    • Marcus
    • Stumme
    • Thoma
    • Arnim
    • Bismarck
    • Lamke
    • Tacchini (Fictional)

Fierce Battle of Kursk: Jul 5 - Sep 5, 1943

Avaiable Commanders

  • Soviet Union
    • Commander in Chief: Josef Stalin
    • Second in Command: Vasilevsky
    • Konstantin Rokossovsky
    • Vatutin
    • Giorgy Zhukov
    • Reitel
    • Galanin
    • Popov
    • Romanenko
    • Katucov
    • Rotmistrov
    • Ivan Konev
    • Vassili Chuikov
    • Skripkin
  • Germany
    • Commander in Chief: Adolf Hitler
    • Second in Command: Franz Halder
    • Gerd Von Rundstedt
    • Erich Von Manstein
    • Gunther Von Kluge
    • Evald Von Kleist
    • Haus (Fictional)
    • Heinz Guderian
    • Erwin Rommel
    • Nehring
    • Kempf
    • Hoth
    • Hausser
    • Jochen Peiper

Storming of Normandy: Jun 6 - Aug 19, 1944

Avaiable Commanders

  • Britain / United States
    • Bernard Montgomery
    • Gale
    • Dempsey
    • Omar Bradley
    • George Patton
    • Collins
    • Giraud
    • Gavin
    • Taylor
    • Ottoway
    • Howie
    • Creighton Abrams
  • Germany
    • Gunther Von Kluge
    • Heinz Guderian
    • Erwin Rommel
    • Hausser
    • Schwepenberg
    • Marcus
    • Dietrich
    • Bayerlein
    • Lehr
    • Jochen Pieper
    • Husso Von Manteuffel
    • Von der Heydte

Battle of the Bulge: Dec 16, 1944 - Jan 21, 1945

Avaiable Commanders

  • United States
    • Omar Bradley
    • George Patton
    • Gilgres
    • Middleton
    • Fuller
    • Cota
    • Morris
    • McAuliffe
    • Roberts
    • Degar
    • Sanders (Fictional)
    • Creighton Abrams
  • Germany
    • Gerd Von Rundstedt
    • Erich Von Manstein
    • Heinz Guderian
    • Dietrich
    • Bayerlein
    • Jochen Pieper
    • Husso Von Manteffel
    • Kokott
    • Heilmann
    • Tokopf (Fictional)
    • Otto Skorzeny
    • Von der Leydte

Fight for Berlin: Apr 16 - May 16, 1945

Avaiable Commanders

  • Soviet Union
    • Commander in Chief: Josef Stalin
    • Second in Command: Vasilevsky
    • Konstantin Rokossovsky
    • Vatutin
    • Giorgy Zhukov
    • Reitel
    • Galanin
    • Popov
    • Romanenko
    • Katucov
    • Rotmistrov
    • Ivan Konev
    • Vassili Chuikov
    • Skripkin
  • Germany
    • Commander in Chief: Adolf Hitler
    • Second in Command: Franz Halder
    • Dietrich
    • Bayerlein
    • Lehr
    • Jochen Pieper
    • Tokopf (Fictional)
    • Otto Skorzeny
    • Albert Kesselring
    • Walter Wenck
    • Heinrici

Versions

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English (US) Operation Europe: Path to Victory 1939-45 Operation Europe: Path to Victory 1939-45
Japanese Europa Sensen (ヨーロッパ戦線)

Magazine articles

Main article: Operation Europe: Path to Victory 1939-45/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

EGM2 US 01.pdf

PDF
Print advert in EGM² (US) #1: "July 1994" (1994-07-19)
also published in:
  • EGM² (US) #2: "August 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[1]

BeepMD JP 1992-12.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1992-12: "December 1992" (1992-11-07)

BeepMD JP 1993-01.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1993-01: "January 1993" (1992-12-08)

BeepMD JP 1993-02.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1993-02: "February 1993" (1993-01-08)

BeepMD JP 1993-03.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1993-03: "March 1993" (1993-02-08)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
58 [2]
47 [3]
53 №214, p38
50 №1993-02, p39
25 [4]
36 №58, p60
Sega Mega Drive
45
Based on
6 reviews

Mega Drive, US
OperationEurope MD US Box.jpg
Cover
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Cart
OperationEurope MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
OperationEurope MD US Poster Back.jpgOperationEurope MD US Poster Front.jpg
Poster
Mega Drive, JP
OperationEurope MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
EuropeWar MD JP CartTop.jpg
EuropeWar MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
EuropeWar MD JP Poster.pdf
Poster

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 e7cba1d8
MD5 347c270e2a50ca62777dae5a01aa693e
SHA-1 e2e484c6db2bb058d04288b4dfea0ed199108d24
1MB 1994-03 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 b0416c60
MD5 4f956308a08635f1be2c0839c50f5ca0
SHA-1 d382f977ea3071f133a947ceb3528904e72f9bc9
1MB 1992-11 Cartridge (JP)

References

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