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Feb 17th, 2011
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The Flames of War website has been updated with new articles and product spotlights.

Articles
Reconnaissance By Combat
When Germany invaded the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, it rapidly destroyed almost every prewar formation of the Red Army. They were aided by Stalin’s purges over the previous three years which had eliminated many of the Red Army’s officers and sent many more to the gulags.

Rommel’s Next Move
The advance of Rommel’s 7th Panzer Division was slowed dramatically by British and French counterattacks over the
two days following the Battle of Arras, and was halted the next day, 24 May. The German High Command was worried about a co-ordinated French counterattack cutting off the panzer divisions instead of the panzer divisions cutting off the British and French armies in Belgium.

Bloody Omaha 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.

Battlecry Early War Grand Tournament 2011
If you are in the Auckland area and at a loose end this weekend be sure to check out the Battlecry Early War Grand Tournament. The tournament is held in association with the Battlecry Convention on the 19-20 February at the ASB Stadium in Kohimarama, Auckland, New Zealand.

Flames Of War on YouTube
Jeff Brooks demonstrates how to paint the German Panzer IV/70, the Soviet 76mm Sherman and the SU-100 from Stalin’s Europe.

Product Spotlights
Jagdpanther Platoon (GBX41)
The success of the 8.8cm gun had a direct influence on the design of German tanks and tank-hunters. The 8.8cm PaK43 was too big to be useful on a Panzer III or IV chassis, so German industry sought a compromise to upgrade the slow manoeuvring heavies such as the Ferdinand assault gun and Königstiger heavy tank.

Anti-tank Pillboxes (BB121)
Built from reinforced concrete and steel, pillboxes are able to withstand tremendous punishment, from naval ships at sea to massive aerial bombardments. Powerful networks of pillboxes will make sure that the enemy will have to pay dearly for every square inch that they advance!

Street Barricades (XBX01)
During the many battles for cities on the Eastern Front the defenders used improvised barricades to block access to the streets and thoroughfares. These were used to slow the momentum of the attackers and as an anchor point for the defence. The barricade would slow or stop any enemy armour, making them vulnerable to attacks from the surrounding buildings.

MG Bunkers (XBX02)
With concrete in short supply, German planners installed nests to act as temporary defences until they could build a proper pillbox. Nests can be purpose-built to be cheap and nasty or they can be half-finished pillboxes. Either way they do not have as much protection as a pillbox. However, this allows the nest to be easily concealed giving it the advantage of surprise.

5cm KwK Nest (XBX03) Direct Sale Only
Fortifications are the centrepiece of any defence. A bunker provides the occupants with protection from enemy fire, while providing excellent fields of fire.