Press Release

Get in the game with Heat of Battle II at The National World War II Museum

Second annual conference dedicated to WWII and wargaming

NEW ORLEANS (July 31, 2008) – Walk in the footsteps of McArthur, Eisenhower and everyday fighting men with the Heat of Battle wargaming convention on August 22 - 24, 2008.  Presented by The National World War II Museum’s Education Department, Heat of Battle is an educational and entertaining opportunity to recreate history via board and miniature games.

“Being able to recreate battles like the Bulge or Normandy is the best way to understand the complex decisions that soldiers and commanders had to make,” said Walt Burgoyne, Education Programs Coordinator and Heat of Battle director.

So far almost 40 games have been scheduled including a monster Stalingrad game with over 400 buildings and a game of the Avalon Hill chestnut, D-Day! Two Flames of War Tournaments are scheduled.  All offerings will be focused on World War II campaigns on land, sea and air in many Theaters of Operation.

Heat of Battle registration is open to gamers at all levels as well as anyone who would like to come and observe. The $45 weekend registration includes lectures, participation in games and chances at door prizes as well as entrance to the nation’s premier World War II Museum.  Tickets are also available for single day admissions. Meal tickets are available for purchase with registration. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

The partner hotel for Heat of Battle is the Hotel New Orleans, conveniently located only four blocks from the Museum. For reservations, call 1-888-524-1881. Mention code HOB or Heat of Battle when registering to get a low rate of $69.

The Museum also hosts regular wargame meetings on the first Thursday of every month along with regular weekend wargame demonstrations for the public.  For information on Heat of Battle, first Thursday gaming meetings or other educational wargaming opportunities, contact Walt Burgoyne at 504-527-6012 x 333 or  For information on this and other events at The National World War II Museum, visit

The National World War II Museum tells the story of the American Experience in the war that changed the world – why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today – so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn.  Dedicated in 2000 as The National D-Day Museum and now designated by Congress as the country’s official museum of the Second World War, it celebrates the American Spirit, the teamwork, optimism, courage and sacrifice of the men and women fought on the battlefront and the Home Front. For more information, call 877-813-3329 or visit