Battlefront features the 4.2″ Mortar Platoon for Tour of Duty

Battlefront knows that the US used more than just one type of mortar during the Vietnam conflict. Here’s their look at another type used during the fighting.

From the website:

The M30 4.2in (107mm) mortar first entered service with the United States Army in 1951 as a direct replacement for the M2 107mm mortar. Despite being twice the weight of the M2 (305kg vs. 151kg), the M30 enjoyed greater range and an increase in killing power when compared to its predecessor.

Due to its weight, the M30 was often mounted in vehicles such as the M113 where it could offer mobile fire support to hotspots on the battlefield. When mounted on the ground, the base plate had to be dug-in and covered in sandbags in order to stabilise it. But even with these measures, the recoil caused when the weapon was fired would cause the base plate to shift therefore drastically reducing accuracy. What’s more, rate of fire was also reduced while the crew were forced to recalibrate the sights with the aiming stakes.

In many cases these were discarded for the lighter and more mobile M29 81mm mortar to allow the platoon to accompany the battalion on combat operations.

Battlefront features US Mortar Platoon for Tour of Duty

Battlefront is showing off another unit for Tour of Duty. This one’s the US Mortar Platoon.

From the website:

Mortar Platoon (VUS715) includes one Command M16 Rifle team, two Mortar sections each with two M29 81mm mortars and crew, one Small three-hole base & four Medium four-hole bases.

By 1952, the M1 81mm mortar which had served US armed forces during the Second World War and into the Korean War had been superseded by the M29 81mm mortar. The M29 offered an increase in range and portability due to a reduction in weight when compared to the older M1 (42kg vs. 62kg).

Battlefront features the US Rifle Platoon for Tour of Duty

Battlefront gives us another look inside Tour of Duty, this time featuring the US Rifle Platoon.

From the website:

Rifle Platoon (VUS712) includes two Command M16 teams, one Medic team, three Rifle squads each with two M16 Rifle teams, one Weapons squads with two M60 LMG teams and optional M67 90mm recoilless team upgrade, two Small three-hole bases, one Small two-hole base & nine Medium four-hole bases.

The bulk of American combat soldiers in Vietnam served in rifle companies. As well as the basic grunt work, these workhorses undertook air assaults and worked with the tanks in mobile operations.

Battlefront features M48A3 Patton for Tour of Duty

Battlefront has a new tank featured for Tour of Duty. This one’s the M48A3 Patton.

From the website:

M48A3 Patton (VUSBX05) includes two M48A3 Patton Tanks with optional MG & .50 cal Cuploa MG upgrades, eight crew figures, one tank decal sheet & four rare earth magnets.

The M48 Patton tank was completely modernised version of the WWII M26 Pershing heavy tank, designed to fight Soviet tanks on a nuclear battlefield. Oddly, many of the lessons of WWII had been forgotten and the M48 lacked
a stabiliser and was likely to catch fire when penetrated. Its impressive anti-tank capability was of little use in Vietnam.

Much more useful was the M336 canister round, popularly known as ‘beehive’, filled with 1281 steel pellets that turned the tank’s main gun into a giant shotgun. The crews often moved the commander’s machine-gun from inside the cupola to on top of it, added another for the loader.

Battlefront features UH-1D Slick for Tour of Duty

Battlefront is featuring one of the iconic pieces from the Vietnam war, the UH-1D Slick.

From the website:

The most widely used military helicopter, the Bell UH-1 series Iroquois, better known as the “Huey”, began arriving in Vietnam in 1963. Before the end of the conflict, more than 5,000 of these versatile aircraft were introduced into Southeast Asia. “Hueys” were used for MedEvac, command and control, and air assault; to transport personnel and materiel; and as gunships.

UH-1D, were nicknamed ‘Slicks’ because they didn’t have all of the encumbrances of the gunships. While the UH-1D was rated for two crew and twelve passengers, in Vietnam the crew was increased to include a crew chief and a door gunner.

The number of passengers was further decreased by the thinner air of the ‘hot and high’ conditions of the Vietnamese highlands, with even six passengers proving a heavy load in the worst conditions.

Despite all the difficulties, the chopper pilots prided themselves in getting their passengers in, even under fire, and evacuating any wounded.

It was dangerous work and many helicopters came home riddled with bullet holes and with wounded pilots and crew.

Battlefront features PAVN Weapons Companies & Divisional Fire Support for Tour of Duty

Battlefront gives you more support for the PAVN forces for Tour of Duty with Weapons Companies and Divisional Fire Support.

From the announcement:

The PAVN weapons companies were equipped with an array of different armaments for a diverse number of roles. Much of the equipment was Chinese copies of either Soviet weapons or American equipment that was captured during the conflict in Korea.

For example, the Type 52 recoilless rifle was a copy of the American M20 75mm recoilless rifle and the Type 53 82mm mortar were copies of the old, but reliable Soviet 82-BM-37 battalion mortar.

Perhaps no piece of equipment was more important than the Type 54 12.7mm Anti-aircraft machine-gun. The American forces relied heavily on the helicopter for mobility, firepower and supply and any capability to threaten this dependence was welcomed by the communist forces.

Battlefront features Tour Of Duty: PAVN Infantry Battalion HQ & Infantry Company

Battlefront gives us some more looks into the Tour of Duty game with a focus on the PAVN Infantry Battalion HQ and Infantry Company.

From the announcement:

The basic unit of the PAVN is an infantry battalion called a Ti?u ?oàn B? Binh (pronounced tee-eh-oo daw-an boh bin), or just a Ti?u ?oàn, a battalion. The battalion commander is a Thi?u Tá or Major, but is usually referred to in typical revolutionary fashion as a D Tr??ng or D Leader (after the code for a battalion, ‘D’).

The b? ??i, foot soldiers, are the core of the infantry companies. As the troops of B3 Front are some of the best in the PAVN, they have an almost equal mix of the newer AK47 assault rifles and older SKS carbines. The squad automatic weapon is the RPD machine-gun, a modernised, belt-fed version of the WWII-era DP ‘record player’ machine-gun. Each squad also contains a B40 rocket launcher, a Chinese copy of the Soviet RPG-2.

Battlefront gives us a look into the design of Tour of Duty in their latest post

Battlefront tells a bit about the upcoming Tour of Duty Vietnam War minis game in this Design Diary post.

From the post:

Four years ago I knew about as much about the Vietnam War as the next wargamer (so a bit more than the average population, but not much more). Tour Of Duty, Battlefront’s latest project, is my third visit to this fascinating war, and signals an escalation in both the status of Vietnam in Flames Of War and in the war itself. What started out as a minor side project has now become a core part of Battlefront’s range with a wide variety of forces awaiting you on the field of battle.

Battlefront features T-54 Ironclad Company for Tour of Duty

Battlefront is showing off more of their Tour of Duty line with a look at the T-54 Ironclad Company.

From the article:

K-2 (T-54) Ironclad Company (VPABX01) includes five K-2 (T-54) Tanks, one Tank Commander sprue, ten Rare earth magnets & one PAVN Tank Decal sheet.

The People’s Army committed their armour into battle in battalions, Ti?u ?oàn Thi?t Giáp (pronounced thee-ow doh?ahn tee-et harp), and grouped these into entire regiments.

Battlefront brings you Tour of Duty, a Vietnam War minis game

Battlefront is featuring Tour of Duty, their Vietnam War miniatures game, now with added heavy armor.

From the announcement:

Next month we return to Vietnam for our Third Tour and this time the war is not just about fighting in the jungles as the PAVN, the ANZACs and the ARVN are all bringing the heavy armour to the party.