New Flames of War articles
Battlefront have updated the Flames of War website with new articles and product spotlights. Articles British Armoured Regiment Adjustment Feedback on the British Armoured Regiment in Blitzkrieg and Hellfire and Back since their release has suggested that we got it wrong and we agree. After careful consideration, we have decided to adjust the points for the Armoured Regiment and Crusader Squadron, remove the Charge! rule, and break up the Armoured Companies into separate platoons for all purposes. 17. SS-Panzergrenadierdivision Götz von Berlichingen The 17. SS-Panzergrenadierdivision was ordered to be formed near Poitiers, France in October 1943. Many of the recruits were Volksdeutch (ethnic Germans) from Romania. The process began on 15 November 1943. The division was granted the title “Götz von Berlichingen” after the 15th century German knight and mercenary Gottfried von Berlichingen (c. 1480–1562) from Hornberg in Württemberg. Berlichingen was made famous by writer and poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) who wrote a play based on his life. The divisional symbol was an iron fist in a shield, taken from Berlichingen’s iron prosthetic forearm, which he wore after losing his original during a siege. Feldherrnhalle and the Battle for Hungary The 13. Panzerdivision and Panzergrenadierdivision Feldherrnhalle were both in the process of rebuilding when they were hastily reinforced and thrown into the cauldron of the battle for Hungary in October 1944. 2011 Late War US Nationals Tournament Results & Winners The 2010-2011 Tournament Circuit in North America has come to a close and we had a great season. We brought the Nationals Tournament Circuit to two brand new locations in Lombard, Illinois at Adepticon and Austin, Texas at Wargames Con on top of the Nationals held at Historicon in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. A Brief History of the 7th Armoured Division The Desert Rats This famous formation first came into being in 1938, it was formed from garrison troops stationed in North Africa for the purpose of protecting the vital Suez canal from the growing Italian Empire which possessed Cyrenaica, Tripolitania and Ethiopia. Product Spotlights 100/17 Howitzer Battery (IBX07) The 100/17 howitzer was fielded by the Italian Army during the campaign in North Africa, but first saw service as specialist heavy mountain gun by Austro-Hungarian forces during the First World War. At the beginning of the 20th century companies such as Skoda and Krupp were leading the world in artillery technology; many of the European nations equipped their armies with guns from the Skoda factories. Royal Horse Artillery Battery (BBX03) At the end of the First World War, the British Army begun to develop a light artillery piece that amalgamated the advantages of a howitzer with those of a field gun. Further analysis concluded that new design should be 3.7 inches in calibre, fire a shell weighing between 20-25 lbs at ranges up to 15,000 yards. After testing several options, the War Department quickly concluded that the 25 pdr would be used to equip future units of the field artillery. DAK Kradschützen Platoon (GBX49) The true tip of Germany’s armoured spear-thrusts are the motorcycle companies and their supporting armoured cars. Fast and mobile they often fight alongside the panzers. Kradschützen companies outmanoeuvre the enemy, speeding through gaps in their lines to capture key objectives. Brigadier JC 'Jock' Campbell (BR888) During Operation Compass British forces pursued the retreating Italians back into Libya. Campbell was put in command of the Royal Horse Artillery units of the division and sent ahead of the tanks. He joined the armoured cars of the 11th Hussars near Beda Fomm and outflanked the retreating Italians. Campbell’s men held the roadblock, pouring fire onto the Italians, which eventually led to the destruction of the Italian 10th Army. For his part in the battle Campbell was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO).