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Have had a quick look at Battle of Wesnoth, but not sure if it would be suitable for a light operational/strategic level WW2 wargame I'd like to develop over time as a hobby (think "Panzer General" or "Commander: Europe at War").

Programming language does not matter nor does the platform (I have/use both Windows/Mac/Linux at home).

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The Vassal engine may be a good choice.

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Saw that, not sure if it's engine is in-depth enough to support a true wargame experience vs. a board/card game. –  WuckaChucka Feb 9 '11 at 19:28
    
I swear there is a Warhammer 40,000 (the tabletop sci-fi wargame) game made with that engine. If you want to go much further, I'd probably say the best way is to get a generic RTS engine such as the 'likes of this question' Grace Note posted, and implement everything else yourself. –  The Communist Duck Feb 9 '11 at 19:37
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I'm downloading it now and will try that Warhammer module. Argh, can't vote you up yet. –  WuckaChucka Feb 9 '11 at 19:46

Whilst not open source, the game/engine Advanced Tactics Gold, has an editor and can be modded with custom tiles to cover just about any WWII conflict you want.

The game is sourced from Matrix http://www.matrixgames.com/products/405/details/

And there is already a considerable scenario bank http://www.advancedtactics.org/

Whilst basic scenarios can be knocked up fairly quickly, I know larger more serious efforts even Campaigns can be built with the game's editor.

This might not be the path you are looking for, but it is certainly a path to your goal. Food for thought, anyway.

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While this is in isometric view, http://flarerpg.org/ is also something to look at. I imagine its possible to reskin the medieval fantasy look it has to what you want.

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