New Flames of War articles and Spotlights

The Flames of War website has been updated with several new articles and product spotlights.

German Forces In The Mediterranean
In 1942 and 1943 Germany deployed a wide variety of units to the Mediterranean Theatre. This article briefly discusses the units in each area and how to field them in Flames Of War using North Africa.

Soviet Strelkovy Batalon: Making A Force And Its Tactics
Mike Allen takes a look at constucting Strelkovy force from Fortress Europe and how to go about using it.

Late War Fallschirmpionierkompanie Goes Official
A company of elite Fallschirmpionier could be counted on to hold any objective. Few forces without overwhelming odds have a chance in rooting them out once they are determined to stay.

Airborne Reconnaissance Platoon (BBX17)
The 1st Airlanding Reconnaissance Squadron was formed in 1941 under the command of Major CFH ‘Freddie’ Gough and attached to the 1st Airborne Division’s reconnaissance unit in late 1942. The squadron had 250 men organised into a headquarters troop, four recce troops (named A to D Troops), and a support troop including the squadron’s heavy weapons.

Hauptsturmführer Graebner (GE890)
On 17 September 1944, SS-Kampfgruppe Graebner was assembled at Hoenderloo, near Arnhem. The battlegroup consisted of battered veterans from the 9. SS-Panzeraufklärungs Abteilung (9th SS Armoured Reconnaissance Battalion),
commanded by the eccentric and bold SS-Hauptsturmführer Viktor Graebner.

Reinforced Trucks (GE439)
The trucks that went into combat with Graebner’s assault were reinforced with sandbags, 55-gallon drums filled with sand and grain, and anything else that would offer the slightest bit of protection for the troops inside.

2cm Quad FlaK Gun Platoon (GE535)
Not satisfied with the rate of fire of the single barrelled 2cm FlaK38, the quadrupled barrelled version of the FlaK38 boosted an impressive rate of fire of 1800 rounds per minute.

9. SS-Panzerdivision ‘Hohenstaufen’ Gaming Set (TD029)
The 9. SS Panzer Division ‘Hohenstaufen’ was formed in 1943, seeing heavy action in the Ukraine and Normandy. During Operation Market Garden the Aufklärungs-Abteilung undertook the now infamous charge across Arnhem Bridge in an attempt to penetrate the British Paras’ defensive lines.