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Pimp Your Bunker – Part II Basing
This week I have moved onto phase two and based my bunker on a scenic base. I did this for several reasons. The first reason is that it looks cool. Such a large piece allows me to really get into it with some landscaping and extra details. Another reason for basing the pillbox is so that it will match with my machine-gun nests and pillboxes as well as my infantry bases.
The Beginnings of the Waffen-SS Part Two – Combat History
The invasion of Poland was to finally test the SS-VT in true combat, albeit as separate elements. Regiment Germania was attached to several separate Corps of Army Group South, split up into subunits and parceled out. The SS-VT pioneer battalion was attached to Heer XV Corps of 10th Army of Army Group South. Regiment Deutschland was to be part of a Heer experiment.
Battlecry 2011 Early War Tournament Results
On the weekend of the 19-20 February 2011, Battlecry hosted the first New Zealand Flames Of War Early War Grand Tournament in association with Battlefront Miniatures. Featuring a total of 28 players, a fun time was had by all as each player battled it out over five action packed rounds.
D Minus 1 Scenarios
With the release of the new D-Day compilations, Turning Tide and Earth & Steel; the scenarios that featured in the original books were omitted in order to make space for all the new army lists. However, we didn’t want these to disappear altogether so we decided to provide the scenarios featured in these books as PDF downloads for your enjoyment.
Reconnaissance Tank Platoon (PBX01)
Armed with either a machine-gun or 20mm gun, the TKS tankette was ideal for reconnaissance work during the defence of Poland. Roman Orlik proved that a well-handled TKS could also be a match for German armour, scoring a string of kills as he used the small size of the vehicle to spring ambushes on unsuspecting enemy tanks, making the Germans pay dearly for their advances.
Renault FT-17 (x2) (FR001)
France still had several thousand First World War Renault FT tanks in 1940. Over 500 of them were still in service in independent bataillons de chars de combat (BCC) tank battalions in the front lines. Although adequate for infantry support, they were totally outclassed by German tanks in a mobile battle.
The 7TP (meaning 7-Ton, Polish—weighing in at nearly 10 tons) light tank was a locally-produced, diesel-engined version of the British Vickers E. Like the Vickers E, the first 40 completed were armed with twin wz. 30 machine-gun turrets (labelled dw from dwuwie?owy or twin turret), while the final 95 had a single turret armed with the excellent Bofors 37mm wz. 37 gun (labelled jw from jednowie?owy or single turret).
75mm Light Gun Battery (PBX03)
An infantry division has a light artillery regiment with two battalions of field guns and one of howitzers. Each battalion has three batteries, which each have four guns. The light gun batteries use the classic French 75mm Model 1897. In Polish service it is known as the armata polowa wz. 97/17 (field gun model 1897/1917). Mobility and ammunition are provided by horse drawn limbers.
100mm Light Howitzer Battery (PBX04)
The light artillery regiment’s howitzer battalion has twelve Skoda 100mm haubic wz. 1914/19 howitzers. These guns were widely exported by Czechoslovakia and are used by many European nations. It is a solid design, able to stand up to long, hard use, while still light enough to be conveniently towed by horse teams.