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New Flames of War articles and spotlights

The Flames of War website has been updated with new articles and product spotlights Articles The Axis Romanian Army in 1944 The Romanians Axis ’44 Intelligence Briefing is a comprehensive PDF covering the Romanian forces during the fighting in 1944 as they tried to cling on to the Crimea and then as they defended their country from the advancing Red Army. The briefing covers the period from January to August 1944, until they ended their alliance with the Germans and were pressured to fight alongside the Soviets. Axis Romania: The Romanian Army in 1944 At the start of 1944 the Romanians had already seen much combat against the Red Army. They had fought all the way to the gates of Stalingrad only to be pushed back to the Crimea. They fought the Red Army in the Caucasus, in the Crimea and now the red menace was beating at their door! A Sneak Peek at Cassino With the release of Cassino set for June, we thought that we’d wet your appetite for the Italian campaign but taking a sneak peek at some of the upcoming releases associated with this great, new book. Indianhead Goes Official The division, under the command of Major General Walter Robertson, landed on Omaha Beach on 7 June (D+1) 1944 and immediately set to work securing the beach, mopping up German resistance, and liberating the town of Trévières before moving inland. Spotlights 4.5" Howitzer Battery (BBX22) The origins of the Ordinance Quick Fire (OQF) 4.5” howitzer go back as far as the Boer War of 1899-1902. The British forces begun to realise that their own field artillery was being outclassed by the more modern pieces being fielded by the Boers. The British immediately got to work developing potential contenders in an attempt to catch up. Hotchkiss 25mm Gun (BR505) In addition to arming the French Army, the canon de 25 also saw service with the British Expeditionary Force (BEF). By this time, all available 2pdr anti-tank guns were needed by the artillery ant-tank regiments, so the infantry purchased canon de 25 from the French instead. 80mm 29/38M Anti-aircraft Gun (HU550) The 80mm 29/38M Anti-aircraft gun may have been overshadowed by the smaller 40mm Bofors Anti-aircraft gun during World War Two, but it’s designed took root in the work done in conjunction with Krupp which eventually lead to the design of the even more famous gun, the infamous German ‘88’. 75mm 40M Anti-tank Gun (HU520) Those Hungarian Anti-tank units that weren’t armed with the Zrìnyi or the Hetzer instead were armed with the effective 75mm 40M Anti-tank gun. This was the Hungarian designation for the German 7.5cm PaK40 Anti-tank gun. 149mm 14/31M Howitzer (HU580) The artillery of the Hungarian infantry divisions underwent a numbers of changes since 1943. The infantry’s artillery fought with 100mm 14M Skoda howitzers as the standard weapons instead of the retired 80mm gun. The medium batteries were equipped with the 149mm 14/31M howitzer.