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Battlefront is heading back to WWI (a personal area of interest for me from my history grad student days) with Great War. The new version will be hitting store shelves in March, but they've gone ahead and opened up their webshop for pre-orders. Be the first gamer on your block with these kits when they're available.

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We just passed the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. It was, I consider, the true foundation of the rest of the 20th century. In honor of the end of the war, Battlefront is having a sale for the rest of November on Great War. They are also announcing that they are upgrading the rules to the current format for Battlefront games. Head on over and get your figures now.

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Battlefront might be busy dealing with Dust Studios right now, but they've not forgotten about the game that got them to where they are: Flames of War. They've posted up a look at what they have coming up for the game. Expect to head to Germany's borders and then further on to Berlin. There'll be fights on the Mekong river in Tour of Duty. There'll be a trip back again to WWI. Then we rocket back forward again to conflicts between NATO and the Warsaw Pact in Fulda Gap. Finally, the year will end in the Pacific with conflicts between the Japanese and Americans.

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Battlefront has a new Battlefield in a Box set available in their webshop. This one's for Great War. It's called Shattered Battlefield.

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From the website:

Many battlefields had woods that were either utterly destroyed by shelling and fighting or cleared to provide a field of fire for machine-guns. These woods still provide some cover.


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Battlefront knows that playing a Western-front WWI game wouldn't be anything without trenches. As such, they're coming out with their Trenchline System Battlefield in a Box set.

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Perhaps the most iconic symbol of World War I is the trench. Starting from simple slit trenches and developing into elaborate trench networks such as the Hindenburg Line, the science of entrenchment was king of the battlefield. As well as protecting the front line troops trenches link with the reserve area, allowing for reinforcements to get forward quickly and safely.


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Battlefront keeps up the Great War previews. This time it's with the Trench Mortar Platoon.

Trench Mortar Platoon

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Trench warfare has highlighted the need for the forward infantry to have heavy fire support with them to knock out enemy defences. The new Stokes mortar has been designed to do the job, and is just the ticket. It has good range, rate of fire, and firepower, thanks to its three-inch shell.


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Battlefront returns fire on all that ordinance the Germans had been bringing to the field with a look at the OQF 18pdr for the British.

OQF 18 pdr

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The Ordnance Quick Firing 18 pounder (84mm) gun is our standard field piece and the backbone of the Royal Artillery. It fires a heavier shell than the French 75mm or German 77mm, and is accurate, reliable, and has good range. Combined with the well-trained crews of the Royal Artillery, the 18 pounder can out-shoot any foe.

Mobile for its size, the 18 pdr was often used by forward detachments. The Royal Artillery are learning to operate in small units attached to the front line infantry to help deal with German tanks or offer direct fire to knock out enemy gun emplacements.


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Battlefront brings some more big guns to the field with a look at their 7.7cm FK96 n.A. Gun for Great War.

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The armies of this Great War rely heavily on artillery to help prepare the enemy for an assault or to break up enemy attacks. The 7.7cm FK96 n.A. is a versatile field gun used all across the front. Its light weight makes it a very mobile gun compared to its competitors.

With a variety of shells available, ranging from anti-tank to shrapnel rounds, this gun can be employed successfully in different combat situations. This gives commanders a valuable tool in both offensive and defensive operations.


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Battlefront brings out some of the artillery with a look at the 7.62cm Krupp IG for Great War.

7.62cm Krupp IG

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The 7.62cm Krupp infantry gun has outstanding accuracy and is lightweight, making it a favourite among the crews that use it.

It gives German infantry a weapon capable of destroying the targets that heavy artillery misses or attacking enemy tanks. This makes it a very versatile and essential part of an assault.


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Battlefront knows every army needs support. So they're showing off the Regimental Support Platoon for Great War.

Regimental Support Platoons

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With British tanks on the prowl, the German army has developed several weapons to deal with them. One of these is the relatively light-weight 3.7cm TaK gun, built by Rheinmetall. It has the ability to penetrate enemy tanks' armour and knock them out. It's low profile also makes it suitable to move across no-man's-land to support the infantry.

Infantry alone lack the firepower to dig out enemy troops and fortifications. To address this problem the German army employs the Minenwerfer (mine-thrower or mortar). Its high explosive shells are essential for knocking out enemy strong points. When British tanks are about, the Minenwerfer can be used to combat these beasts in an anti-tank role.


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Battlefront continues their Great War previews with a look at the Stoss Platoon.

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Stosstactik places importance on combined arms warfare. Lead units are heavily equipped with sub-machine guns and grenades to clear trenches.

They are then followed-up by regular infantry with light machine-guns for mobile firepower, and flame-throwers to knock out the strongpoints. It is the start of modern infantry tactics, and will pave the way Stoss Platoons are rated for twentieth century warfare.


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Battlefront shows off some cutting-edge technology (for the time) and one of the more iconic additions to the battlefields of WWI with a look at the British Machine Gun platoon for Great War.

British Machine Gun Platoon

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If there is one weapon that the British infantryman trusts more than his 303, it is the Vickers machine gun. The modern Vickers is a symbol of British industry. Sturdy, with a tripod for accuracy and water-cooled for sustained fire, it is supremely reliable.


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Battlefront gets some boots on the ground with their British HQ & Rifle Platoon for Great War.

HQ and Rifle Platoon

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After three long years of war, the British infantry are worn, but their courage has not dimmed. They can look to their officers to provide an example. The company's major will draw his revolver and lead the men forward, as he has always done, to glorious victory.


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Battlefront takes a look at the Whippet (whippet good) tank for Great War in this article.

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While the Mark I and later the Mark IV tanks were excellent infantry support weapons, and could even create a substantial breach in an enemy line when used in numbers, they lacked the speed to exploit that gap. In late 1916, William Tritton proposed a faster vehicle to the Landships Committee which would be capable of filling this role on the battlefield.


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Battlefront takes a look at their Mark IV tank for Great War in this new article.

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The British Mark IV is a powerful weapon on the battlefield. Nearly invincible, these steel behemoths will crush enemy troops and blast open gun nests. ‘Female’ tanks will unleash a torrent of machinegun fire, while ‘Male’ tanks will smash the enemy trench with high-explosive six-pounder fire.


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Battlefront continues looking into the units for the upcoming Great War game with a look at the Infanterie Machine-gun Platoon.

Infanterie Machine-gun Platoon

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The Maxim machine-gun has drastically changed how battles are fought. Now a small crew of men can put out a remarkable amount of fire. Multiply this across a whole platoon of these weapons and you have a unit capable of an immense rate of fire.


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Battlefront gives us another look inside the Great War with a preview of the A7V.

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The panzer is a new and unstoppable weapon. Our A7V is more powerful, faster, and better armoured than Tommy’s tanks. These steel beasts will break the British frontline, opening the way to victory.


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