New Flames of War content
Battlefront have updated the Flames of War website with new articles and product spotlights Articles Sneak Peek at Hellfire and Back We take a sneak peek at some of the contents featured in the upcoming Early War book Hellfire and Back; covering the North Africa campaign from the Italian invasion of Egypt till the end Operation Crusader. Division Légère de Cavalerie The five Division Légère de Cavalerie (DLC) were formed in the winter of 1939-40 to address the need for a more modern, part mechanised formation to act as a screen for French troops. France had three horsed cavalry divisions (DC) prior to this point and all but the 1st Cavalry Brigade of these divisions were disbanded to become partly mechanised and form the nucleus of the five new DLC. Spotlights All-Terrain Towed 105mm Artillery Battery (FRX05) Of more advanced design than the 75mm mle 1897, but fewer in number, was the excellent little Bourges 105mm Court mle 1935. It too had a relatively high rate of fire and was designed with a split trail that splayed the guns’ wheels outwards to provide additional protection for its crew. Self-Propelled 75mm Anti-Aircraft Platoon (FRX06) When the Germany invaded France in 1940, the French Army were forced to bring back into service many vehicles of World War One vintage; included amongst these were the Autocanon de 75mm. Lorraine 38L Armoured Carrier (FR201) A peleton de châsseurs portés (light mechanised cavalry platoon) is composed of well-trained, well-equipped and well-armed troops with twice the number of light machine-guns as normal infantry. More importantly each squad of châsseurs is carried to battle in a Lorraine VBCP (Voiture Blindé de Châsseurs Portés) 38L. Heavy Artillery Battery (GBX46) The specifications of what would become the s10cm K18 howitzer were given to both Krupp and Rheinmetall for developed during the 1920s. Adapted for service in 1933-34, the s10cm K18 was actually an amalgamation of the Krupp designed carriage and the Rhienmetall designed gun. 10cm FK30(t) Howitzer (GE569) The SS Totenkopf Division, the SS ‘Deaths Head’ Division, was equipped with captured Czech weapons rather than German guns. It had a battalion of 8cm FK30(t) field guns and two of 10cm leFH30(t) in place of the normal 10.5cm leFH18 battalions. Gebirgsjäger Platoon (GE832) The Gebirgsjäger or mountain troops were light infantry trained for mountain warfare. Due to the terrain they operated in, the traditional support available to the regular infantrymen of the German Army such as heavy artillery or tanks were not available to the Gebirgsjäger.