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New Flames of War article and spotlights

The Flames of War website has been updated with several new articles and product spotlights. Articles Operation Cobra: 3rd Armoured Division CCB When we were asked to put on a big game for the re-release and refresh of the Normandy lists, as a group we were a bit stuck for a choice of where to concentrate. As there are so many parts of the campaign that are so compelling. From the actual beach landings all the way to Falaise, there are actions large and small that we could have done. Mike's Batalion Puscasi When I got my copy of Stalin's Europe, I was eager to field something new that I've never done before, both on the game table and on the painting table. So looking through I became interested in the Romanians. Romanian Mountain Divisions Goes Official When we worked on Eastern Front we wanted to only include full Intelligence Briefings and we just didn't have enough space to fill out the old Romanian Vanatori de Munte from the old Ostfront. To do it justice we decided to save it as a Website Intelligence Briefing. German Beutepanzer Markings Captured Russian vehicles have always been of interest to me. But when I read Evan’s great article on German Panzer markings, I thought I would add German Beutepanzers to the list. Playing with Beutepanzers in your army can add quite a nice gaming experience. But that’s only half of the fun with painting and modeling the Beutepanzers being the other half. Spotlights Kradschützen Platoon (GBX37) Nothing says Blitzkrieg like columns of German motorcycles racing across France in the wake of the Panzers or scouting ahead with the armoured cars. The Kradschützen motorcyclists lead the way to victory, bursting through light opposition, machine-guns blazing, and dismounting to assault enemy roadblocks. Sd Kfz 231 (6-Rad) (GE320) The development of an armoured car that utilised the 6 x 4 truck chassis was ordered as early as 1929, with three companies being awarded contracts to design the vehicle. These primitive designs were little more than an armoured superstructure fitted to a modified truck chassis. BEF Company HQ (BR701) British infantry divisions are unique in the world, being the only army with fully-motorised infantry - they don’t have a single horse on strength. Initially, all battalions were pre-war regulars made up almost entirely of long-service volunteers, including a brigade of Guards in Montgomery’s 3rd Division. Since then, battalions of territorials, part-time volunteers, have completed their training and joined them in the lines. BEF Rifle Platoon (BR702) When the British Expeditionary Force first arrived in France there was a shortage of trained junior officers, so only the first rifle platoon in a company was commanded by subalterns (officers), while the second and third platoons were commanded by platoon sergeant-majors (senior sergeants). BEF Machine-gun Platoon (BR704) Each corps has its own specialist machine-gun battalions. These were assigned to divisions as needed and then companies loaned out to each infantry brigade, which can then loan platoons of four Vickers Mk I medium machine-guns to battalions as required. 2 pdr gun (BEF) (BR501) Each division in the BEF has its own Anti-tank Regiment from the Royal Artillery. These have four batteries, each with twelve anti-tank guns in three platoons. These were positioned across the divisional front to prevent armoured breakthroughs. Field Battery Royal Artillery (BBX21) In the delaying actions during the withdrawal to Dunkirk, gunners were often forced to fire over open sights at German reconnaissance troops and Panzers trying to cut of the retreating British troops. When they did, they gave a good account of themselves. Matilda I (BR050) The BEF’s heavy tank formation, the 1st Army Tank Brigade, consisted of the 4th and 7th Battalions, Royal Tank Regiment equipped with Infantry or ‘I’ tanks (with a handful of light tanks for command and liaison work). As the ‘I’ tanks were designed to cooperate with infantry, they were heavily armoured, almost impervious to German anti-tank weapons, but moved at a walking pace.