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    By Simon Macdonald

    Updatedon

    22 aUgUst

    2013

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    53rd (Welsh) Division

    WWIandInterWarOn 2 July 1915 the Division was ordered to ret or servicein the Mediterranean. Leaving the artillery and train behind,

    the rest o the Division let between 14 and 19 July andembarked at Sevonport and sailed via Alexandria, landing atSuvla Bay, Gallipoli on 9 August 1915.

    Te eects o month o savage ghting that typied thiscampaign, ew reinorcements and the dreadul blizzard oNovember reduced the Division to just 162 ocers and2428 men (about 15% o ull strength). Between 11 and12 December the Division was evacuated and went on to

    Alexandria, where it began to arrive 20 December. From1916 onwards the division was involved in the PalestineCampaign.

    On 26 March 1917, the 53rd

    Division bore the brunt othe First Battle o Gaza where the three brigades, along

    with the 161st Brigade o the 54th Division, had to advanceacross exposed ground, withstanding shrapnel, machinegun and rife re, to capture the urkish ortications.Despite gaining the advantage towards the end o the day,the British commander called o the attack so that thedivisions casualties, close to 3,500, were suered in vain.1917 concluded with the capture and subsequent deenceo Jerusalem.

    Remaining active throughout the interwar years, the divisionserved as part o the Home Deence Forces o the United

    Kingdom between 19391940, ttingly based to deendWales and the borders.

    preparatIonand traInIngTe Divisional badge, a red W on horizontal a bar wasconceived by Major General B Wilson who commandedthe regiment upon re-mobilisation in 1939.

    It was observed by Lieutenant Colonel Cole in Heraldryin War that the emblems meanings were three-old; Notonly did the W standing or Wales, it is a symbol o a

    Bardic Crown as well as the process o attack. Te horizontalrepresenting the rm base o the attack, the central, solidpoint representing the spearhead and the side members theoutfanking movements.

    Early in the war the Division was posted on several deensiveassignments. In April 1940 the Division transerred toNorthern Ireland, where it remained until November 1941.It returned to the mainland again to deend Kent and theSouth Coast between 19411943, when it was earmarked toorm part o the British Second Army.

    In October 1943 the division was reorganised, its 159thInantry Brigade detaching to orm part o 11th ArmouredDivision, with the 71st Inantry Brigade taking its place.

    Te 71st Brigade oten jokingly reerred to as the divisionsInternational Brigade being ormed rom Te EastLancashire, Oxord and Buckinghamshire Light Inantryand the Highland Light Inantry Regiments.

    During the Divisions crossing o the channel BrigadierWhistler o 160th Brigade was fown o to Normandy totake command o the 3rd Division (Montys Ironsides) on23 June.

    normandy

    53rd Welsh Division landed in Normandy on 28 June as oneo Montys Green Divisions and was placed under commando XII Corps now deending the Odon Valley position and

    was held in reserve or Operation Epsom, the drive to Hill112.

    Te division then went onto the line in the Hill 112/Odon

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    area and saw heavy ghting as part o Operation Greenline,a diversionary attack West o Caen leading up to OperationGoodwood.

    In August the Division began to push out o the Odonregion driving along the river Orne adjacent to the Canadiansector as part o the attempt to close the Falaise Pocket. It

    was during the ghting near Balour that Lieutenant askerWatkins won his Victoria Cross.

    Due to the casualties suered by the division in Normandyand the acute lack o inantry reinorcements, some battalions

    were replaced and reorganised. Te international regimentswere mixed throughout the division as a result.

    HollandDuring Operation Market-Garden the Division was located

    on the West fank continuing its advance with XII Corpstarting on the Lommel Bridgehead and advancing on theilburg/S Hertogenbosch axis.

    Ater the week long grind the XII Corp had still hadnt madetheir objective o s-Hertogenbosch. Over the ollowing

    weeks the 53rd garrisoned the island South o Arnhem.

    Te taking o the Scheldt peninsula (Operation Pheasant)commenced on 22 October. Te British XII Corps wastasked not only with expanding the Nijmegen Salient

    westward, but also with destroying the German ortress ats-Hertogenbosch, thereby cutting the German 15. Armeesline o communication with LXXXVIII. Korps, stationedsouth o the Maas on the Scheldt.

    For this task, XII Corps was reinorced by the addition o

    15th (Scottish) Division, who would be given the objectivecity o ilburg. Te 51st (Highland) Division meanwhile,

    would take the towns o Schijndel and Boxtel and would cutthe German lateral lines o communication between Vught

    and ilburg. Te 53rd (Welsh) Division would attack romwhat they hoped would be an unexpected direction romthe northeast.

    Te division was battle-hardened rom Normandy, but hadnot suered anywhere near the level o casualties suered byother British divisions in the killing elds o the Bocage. Asa consequence, it was experienced, seasoned and condent.It was also to be well-supported by artillery and air power,as well as armour rom 7th Armoured Division and specialistFunny armour rom General Hobarts 79th ArmouredDivision.

    Arguably the Funniest o all were the newly convertedCanadian Ram Kangaroos armoured troop carriers basedon obsolete Ram tanks. Tese Ram Kangaroos were to beused in action or the rst time in this operation, which wasdesignated Operation Alan.

    Armoured Support was also provided by the Cromwells othe 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards (Te Skins)sent to reinorce the 7th Armoured ollowing their lossesin Normandy. Te Skins were the only Regiment o the7th Armoured Division in attendance or the assault on thecity. Additional support armour support was also providedby the Shermans o the East Riding Yeomanry (ERY) rom

    33rd

    Armoured Brigade and the Crocodiles o 141st

    RAC(Te Bus).

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    shertogenbosch and approaches

    1000 0 1000 2000 3000 4000 5000

    Yards

    Positions at the endof 24 October

    OssHeerschNulandKruisstrattBruggan

    Rosmalen

    Positions at the endof 25 October

    Hintham

    GeneralDirection ofAdvance

    160Brig

    ade(less

    6RWF)

    158Brig

    ade15

    8Brigade

    6RWF

    ZuidWillemsCanal

    Rosmalen

    Dijk

    Railway Station

    s-HertogenboscHTe city, designated a Festung or Fortress by the Germanhigh command, was a vital supply connection to the German

    orces let on the Scheldt as well as the only real withdrawalroute rom the peninsula. Even Hitler himsel telephoned inthe order to Hold at all costs.

    In line with its importance it was garrisoned by some ourbattalions rom 712. Inanterie-Division. Approximatelynine companies were located in the town with the remainderguarding likely approach routes.

    Te 53rd Divisions start line was some 15km to the NorthEast near Oss. Te structure o the attack was;

    160 Brigade to push to the North o the railway supported bythe Skins, some Crocodile Churchills rom the Bus as wellas Flail Sherman Crabs rom the Westminster Dragoons(79th Armoured Division).

    71st Brigade to advance South o the railways astride themain Oss-S Hertogenbosch road.

    158th Brigade was held in reserve along with the 53rdReconnaissance Regiment and a squadron o the Skins toexploit any gaps in the line and to seize the canal bridges intothe town, should an opportunity arise.

    At 0630 on 22 October the advance began well with the160th Brigade gaining some 5 miles (8km) and reachingKruisstratt at 1.30pm. Te 71st Brigade, unsupported byarmour, made much slower progress.

    By 1500, the Divisional commander, Lieutentant GeneralBobby Ross decided to capitalize the gains o 160 Brigade.

    On the codeword Saucepan he released the reserved158th Brigade, spearheaded by the 53rd Recce Regiment and1st East Lancashires mounted in Ram Kangaroos, to push

    through their gained positions. Unortunately 158th

    Brigaderan into mine elds shortly ater and the advance boggeddown. 160th Brigade were once again ordered to advance.

    During the days ghting the 71st Brigade saw some sharpaction, with the 1st Highland Light inantry (1st HLI) inthe village o Nuland and the 4th Royal Welch Fusiliers (6thRWF) were unortunate to lose all their ocers who were hit

    while assembled to receive orders.

    Te advance continued early on 23 October with 160thBrigade pushing on towards Rosmalen. 71st Brigade continuedslowly onwards through the orested terrain which straddledthe road South o the Railway. By aternoon the Division

    was well placed to attack the city itsel.

    o prepare or the assault on the city proper the artilleryprogramme Chicago, consisting o some 200 guns (approxthree quarters 25 pdrs, the remainder Medium and Heavyguns), red over 50,000 shells into the city throughout thenight o 23/24 October.

    During the night o 23/24 October the hamlet o Hinthamwas assaulted jointly by elements o 160th Brigade rom theNorth and 158th Brigade rom the East in order to make upor the comparatively slow going o the 71st Brigade. Teremainder o each brigade made good progress into the city

    overnight with a platoon rom 160th Brigade even crossingthe canal beore the bridge was blown behind them.

    Te remainder o 24 October saw one squadron o the Skins

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    joining 158th Brigade in the city ollowing a head long dashdown the steeply banked railway, under the sights o Germanguns. Te remainder o the Skins pushed along the Hinthamroad with the 6th RWF into the city.

    Later that aternoon the 6th RWF made the assault acrossthe lock gates, supported by the Skins tanks and theBus Crocodiles and held the bridge against determined

    counterattacks throughout the night while a class 40 bridgewas constructed by the supporting engineers.

    Te battle had until now gone more-or-less according to plan.During 25 October however, the Division suered severalset-backs; Te attempts to cross the canal in the NW o thecity by 160th Brigade were unsuccessul as the Germans hadreinorced the position overnight.

    Te 1st East Lancs were to fank the city and drive towards thebridges in the SW o the city while the 1/5th Welch Regiment

    were to clear the centre o the city. Both these advances didnot start until late in the aternoon with each only reachingtheir objectives late in the evening, by which time all three

    bridges were reported as blown and partially destroyed.

    Te plan or 26 October was or 158th Brigade to cross thepartially demolished bridges in the SW o the city. Te 1/5 th

    Welch were to rush the bridge in the centre o the town withthe 7th RWF in reserve, ready to exploit either bridgehead.Te inantry were now supported by the Shermans o theERY who had now relieved the Skins.

    At 11am the 1/5th Welch rushed the bridge under smokeand mortar preparation, taking 25 prisoners and 2 MGs.Tese early gains were opposed with violent counterattacksthroughout the day. Te East Lancs however took their

    bridge in the southwest against only light opposition.

    Exploiting the East Lancs success, 7th RWF passed throughthe East Lancs bridgehead and ought their way towards therailway station. Te East Lancs meanwhile, pushed along theriver and linked up with the 1/5th Welch at approximately10pm.

    Te 27 October saw mainly mopping up in the West othe city until the Germans counterattacked with inantry

    in company strength, supported by some ve StuGs andthree Jagdpanthers. Te inantry were halted by combinedsmall arms and mortar re. Te armour was engaged by allavailable guns and eventually seven o the eight were eitherdestroyed or captured.

    Te taking o S Hertogenbosch is still seen as a ne exampleo inantry/armour co-operation in an urban environment.

    By special order the divisional commander, Major GeneralBobby Ross stated, I do not think that any ormation couldhave shown greater enterprise and resourceulness...

    Even the captured German Garrison Commander, Major

    Riehl, stated that he had been surprised by the speed o theDivisions advance and was impressed by the resolute mannerwith which the inantry had crossed the various canal andriver crossings under re.

    ardennesIn December 1944, now attached to XXX Corps, it was oneo the British divisions that took part in the Battle o theBulge as part o Montys Long-stop, helping to blunt thenorthern tip o the German salient.

    Te 53rd Recce Regiment was attached to the British 6thAirborne Division or the operation while the main body o

    the Division saw action at the very tip o the bulge South oLige on the River Ourthe.

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    Welsh Special Rules

    cymrUam bytH

    (Pronounced: Cum-ree am beeth, ranslation: WalesForever)

    Te old saying goes: o be born welsh is to be privileged;not with a silver spoon in your mouth, but with musicin your heart and poetry in your soul. Tis eeling opride, combined with the close-nit arming and miningcommunities the 53rd (Welsh) Division is raised rom givesthe soldiers a strong sense o community. Te senior NCOs

    A platoon joined by the 2iC Command team rom a Welshcompany (including those rom the international brigade)may re-roll ailed Platoon Morale Checks.

    Te 53rd Welsh Division uses all o the normal British special rules ound on pages 247 to 248 o the rulebook. In addition,they use the ollowing special rule.

    and Junior ocers were oten seen as leading members othe community, in and out o military service and wouldrequently inspire those around them to continue on whentimes were at their bleakest.

    Mae bys Meri-Ann wedi brio,A Daydd y gwas ddim yn iach.Maer baban yn y crud yn crio,Ar gath wedi sgrapo Joni bach.Sosban ach yn berwi ar y tn,Sosban awr yn berwi ar y llawr,

    Ar gath wedi sgrapo Joni bach.

    Mary-Ann has hurt her nger,And David the servant is not well.Te baby in the cradle is crying,

    And the cat has scratched little Johnny.A little saucepan is boiling on the re,A big saucepan is boiling on the foor,And the cat has scratched little Johnny.

    Extract oSospan Fach(Little Saucepan) unocial divisional song o 53rd (Welsh)Division

    Into germanyFollowing the Ardennes, the division was sent north inFebruary 1945, to take part in Operation Veritable. Stillattached to XXX Corps, the division slogged its way throughthe Reichswald Forest and assaulted the ortied city o

    Weeze beyond. It was during this bitter period o dicultghting in deep orest, waterlogged elds and shattered

    towns, all the while mired in mud, that the division sueredover hal its total casualties or the war. Nevertheless, thedivision broke through the Siegried Line.

    Rejoining XII Corps and crossing the Rhine during OperationPlunder, the division saw action as part o the ExploitationReserve and broke out to the North East across the RiverIssel. Te ghting which ollowed, in the last months o the

    war, saw several bitter battles against enemy ormations thatincluded determined Marine Divisions and even a Hungarianregiment, beore ending the War in Hamburg.

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    Lieutenant Tasker Watkins

    lIeUtenant taskerWatkIns, VIctorIacross, 1/5 WelcH regImentOn 16 August, West o Falaise, Lieutenant Watkins companycame under short range re while crossing a corn eld laced

    with booby traps. In response Lieutenant Watkins personallycharged two enemy posts in succession. On reaching thesecond his Sten gun jammed, throwing the carbine in theGermans aced he pulled out his revolver and shot himbeore he could recover.

    With only 30 men remaining o his company the Germanscounter-attacked with some 50 inantry. Lieutenant Watkinsdirected the re o his men in response beore leading abayonet charge resulting in the near complete destructiono the enemy.

    At dusk the battalion was ordered to withdraw. LieutenantWatkins did not receive the orders and now nding themselvesalone, surrounded, depleted in numbers and in ailing lightLieutenant Watkins organised the companys withdrawal.

    While withdrawing back through the corn elds they wereonce again challenged. Lieutenant Watkins ordered his mento scatter and once again charged the enemy position; this

    time armed with a Brengun. Ater silencingyet another enemyposition Lieutenant

    Watkins nally leadthe remainder o thecompany back to hisBattalions lines.

    Retiring rom the Armyat the rank o Major aterthe war, asker joinedthe legal proession; herepresented the victims

    characteristics

    Lieutenant asker Watkins is a Warrior Company Command Rife team and is rated Confdent Veteran. Lieutenant askerWatkins replaces the Company Command team o a Rife Company (page 8) rom the 53rd Welsh Division or +20 points.

    bloodyangryIn one o his ew interviews asker talked about hisremarkable actions leading to his VC, asker showedcharacteristic humility and concern or his men. Uponseeing the decimation o the men under his command bythe German machine-guns, asker described how I just gotso bloody angry.

    When asker Watkins and a platoon he has joined is orcedto Fall Back by deensive re in an Assault, asker Watkinsmay choose to not Fall Back and continue the Assault byhimsel. I asker Watkins continues the Assault in this wayhe hits on 2+ in the Assault.

    Enemy platoons do not need to make a Motivation est toCounterattack i only assaulted by asker Watkins.

    Regardless o whether or not asker Watkins was hit inthe enemy Counterattack, you must take a Motivationest to Counterattack or asker Watkins and the platoonhe has joined. I passed, the whole platoon may Chargeinto Contact, rejoin and continue the Assault as normal.asker Watkins calms down and reverts to hitting on 3+in Assaults.

    Otherwise asker Watkins Breaks O.

    commandIng VoIceasker was noted at a young age to have a commanding

    voice, one that would shore-up the line during the war andsubsequently silence a court room in the years ollowing.

    A Company commanded by asker Watkins may re-rollCompany Morale Checks.

    amilies during the Aberan Disaster and eventually gainedthe position o Lord Justice o Appeal. asker also pursuedhis passion or rugby, rstly as a player or Cardi RFC andthe Glamorgan Wanderers. His association with the sportcontinued o the pitch with him being Chairman o the

    Welsh Rugby Union until 2003. asker passed away in 2007,aged 88. Tere is a statue erected in his memory outside theNational Millennium Stadium in Central Cardi.

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    You must field one platoon from each box shaded black and may field one platoon from eachbox shaded grey.

    Any Divisional Support Armoured Platoons in your force must be from the same regiment,if you take an ERY Armoured Platoon, a second Armour choice must be an ERY ArmouredPlatoon. If your take a Skins Armoured Platoon, a second Armour choice must be a SkinsArmoured Platoon.

    Rife Company(Infantry Company)

    DIvIsIonal support platoons

    15

    antI-tank

    14

    14

    reConnaIssanCe

    C

    ombatplatoons

    HeaDquarters

    Rife Company HQ

    HeaDquarters

    9

    Rife Platoon

    Infantry

    9

    Weaponsplatoons

    Pioneer Platoon

    Infantry

    10

    Recce Platoon

    Anti-tank Platoon(SP), Royal Artillery

    artIllery

    16

    17

    Field Battery,Royal Artillery

    Medium Battery,Royal Artillery

    Carrier Platoon

    reConnaIssanCe

    11

    Mortar Platoon

    artIllery

    10

    Anti-tank Platoon

    antI-tank

    11

    brIgaDesu

    pportplatoons

    artIllery

    16Field Battery,Royal Artillery

    aIrCraft

    18Air Support

    aop

    18Air Observation Post

    Rife Platoon

    Infantry

    9

    Rife Platoon

    Infantry

    9

    armour

    13

    13

    19

    ERY Armoured Platoon

    Skins ArmouredPlatoon

    Crocodile Tank Platoon

    antI-aIrCraft

    15

    14

    Light Anti-aircraftPlatoon, Royal Artillery

    Light Anti-aircraft Platoon(SP), Royal Artillery

    Machine-gun Platoon

    maCHIne-guns

    12

    Machine-gun Platoon

    maCHIne-guns

    12

    Transport Platoon

    transport

    1

    2

    12Heavy Mortar Platoon

    armour

    13

    13

    19

    19Breaching Group

    ERY Armoured Platoon

    Skins ArmouredPlatoon

    Breaching Group

    Anti-tank Platoon,Royal Artillery

    Infantry

    9Rife Platoon

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    Rifle Company HQ

    Rifle Platoon

    Transport Section

    Ram Kangaroo APC

    Ram Kangaroo APC

    HeadqUarters

    Company HQ 50 points

    optIon

    Add Jeep or Troop Carrier or +5 points.

    headquarters

    combat platoons

    platoon

    HQ Section with:

    3 Rife Squads 180 points

    2 Rife Squads 140 points

    Add a Transport Section with:

    3 Ram Kangaroo APC +20 points

    optIons

    Add a .50 cal MG to any or all Ram Kangaroo APCsor +5 points per APC.

    Te last ew years o hard training across Britain hasormed the various Regiments into a tight nit Division.Regardless what Gerry throws at you are condent thatthe supporting arms o Artillery and Armour will carrythe day.

    rIfle companyHq

    rIfle platoon

    As the commander o a company Welshmen you takewith you the pride o this small nations regiments withhistorys spanning several hundred years a piece. Whethera Boyo rom the South, Gog rom the North or one o

    the international regiments, youre all coal eating, sheepchasing, rugby playing ays now according to the topbrass.

    motIVatIonandskIllAter their blooding on the killing elds o Normandy, ater arriving rom Britain as one oMontys Green Divisions, the division has earned important battleeld experience. A RifeCompany rom the 53rdWelsh Division is ratedConfdent Veteran.

    reluCtant

    ConfIDent

    fearless

    ConsCrIpt

    traIneD

    veteran

    motIvatIon skIll

    rD WelsHDIvIsIon

    All Rife Platoons in your orce with a ransport Section,must be equipped with the same type o vehicles.

    When making a Night Attack, Rife Platoons equippedwith a ransport Section may still make a Spearhead move,even though the platoon is not entirely made up o Inantryeams.

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    Mortar Platoon

    Subaltern

    Subaltern

    HQ Section

    Command Rifle team Troop Carrier

    Sergeant

    Mortar Section

    Mortar Carrier

    ML 3 Mk IIMortar

    Mortar Carrier

    ML 3 Mk IIMortar

    Observer Rifle Team

    Sergeant

    Mortar Section

    Mortar Carrier

    Mortar Carrier

    ML 3 Mk IIMortar

    ML 3 Mk IIMortar

    ObserverRifle Team

    Sergeant

    Mortar Section

    Mortar Carrier

    Mortar Carrier

    ML 3 Mk IIMortar

    ML 3 Mk IIMortar

    ObserverRifle Team

    Weapons platoons

    platoon

    HQ Section with:

    3 Mortar Sections 175 points2 Mortar Sections 120 points

    1 Mortar Section 65 points

    optIon

    Add Troop Carrier and Mortar Carriers or +5 pointsor the platoon.

    mortarplatoon

    Te new ML 3 Mark II mortar is a big improvementover the old Mark I. Its increased range allows it to matchthe German weapons and earn the crew ve bob a sheepduring range practice.

    platoon

    HQ Section with:

    2 Assault Squads 80 points

    1 Assault Squad 55 points

    optIon

    Add a 15 cwt truck and Jeeps with trailer to theplatoon or +5 points.

    pIoneerplatoon

    A rife battalion has its own platoon o pioneers otradesmen and sappers. Te pioneers receive additionaltraining in the specialist areas o eld ortications and

    obstacles. Tey have proven their worth time and timeagain in Normandy, clearing the way or inantry assaultsagainst the Germans deences.

    You may replace up to one Pioneer Rife team with a Flame-thrower team at the start o the game beore deployment.

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    Loyd carrier Loyd carrier Loyd carrier Loyd carrier

    Loyd carrier Loyd carrier

    platoon

    4 Carrier Patrols 345 points

    3 Carrier Patrols 260 points

    2 Carrier Patrols 175 points

    1 Carrier Patrol 90 points

    optIons

    Arm any or all Universal Carriers with an extra hull-mounted MG or +5 points per carrier.

    Replace up to one extra hull-mounted MG witha hull-mounted .50 cal MG per Carrier Patrol or+5 points per carrier.

    Replace up to one extra hull-mounted MG with a PIATanti-tank projector per Carrier Patrol at no cost.

    Replace all Universal Carriers in all Carrier Patrols withWasp Carriers or +25 point per Patrol.

    In the close terrain o Normandy, the support o thecarriers proved vital. Teir ongoing support in Holland

    will continue prove their worth. Ater receiving the rstbatch o wasps in Normandy, the General keeps these inreserve in order to pool them in support o the attackinginantry brigade.

    carrIerplatoon

    Carrier Platoon

    Captain

    Captain

    Carrier Patrol

    Command

    Universal Carrier

    Universal

    Carrier

    Universal

    Carrier

    Sergeant

    Carrier Patrol

    Command

    Universal Carrier

    Universal

    Carrier

    Universal

    Carrier

    Sergeant

    Carrier Patrol

    Command

    Universal Carrier

    Universal

    Carrier

    Universal

    Carrier

    Sergeant

    Carrier Patrol

    Command

    Universal Carrier

    Universal

    Carrier

    Universal

    Carrier

    Carrier Patrols are Reconnaissance Platoons.

    Carrier Patrols operate as separate platoons, each withtheir own command team.

    platoon

    HQ Section with:

    6 OQF 6 pdr (late) 205 points

    4 OQF 6 pdr (late) 140 points

    2 OQF 6 pdr (late) 75 points

    optIon

    Add Troop and Loyd Carriers or +5 points or theplatoon.

    Even in 1944, two years ater its rst battles in the Desert,the 6pdr is still a potent anti-tank gun. It can take outmost o Jerrys tanks. Only the largest o Gerrys Panzerscause it problems, and these still all prey to fank shots.

    Your company has access to the battalions excellent 6-pdranti-tank guns. You can set up a deadly ambush with theirhigh rate o re and low silhouette.

    While attacking, place them wisely to halt an enemy

    armoured counterattack, keeping your combat platoonsocused on securing their objectives. You can also movethem orward and shell enemy oxholes and gun teams.

    antI-tankplatoon

    Carrier Patrols equipped with Wasp Carriers are notReconnaissance Platoons. A orce with Carrier Patrolequipped with Wasp Carrier may not use the British Night

    Attack special rule. Instead they Always Attack.

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    Machine-gun Platoon

    Subaltern

    Subaltern

    HQ SectionPIAT teamCommand Rifle team Troop Carrier

    Sergeant

    Machine-gunSection

    Vickers HMG MMG Carrier

    Vickers HMG MMG Carrier

    Sergeant

    Machine-gunSection

    Vickers HMG MMG Carrier

    Vickers HMG MMG Carrier

    Transport Section

    Corporal

    Corporal Lance Corporal

    Transport Squad

    Lance Corporal

    Transport Squad

    Lance Corporal

    Transport Squad

    3-ton lorry 3-ton lorry

    Command3-ton lorry

    3-ton lorry

    3-ton lorry 3-ton lorry

    3-ton lorry 3-ton lorry

    Transport Squad

    platoon

    HQ Section with:

    2 Machine-gun Sections 140 points1 Machine-gun Section 75 points

    optIons

    Add PIAT team or +20 points.

    Add Troop Carrier and MMG Carriers to the platoonor +15 points per Machine-gun Section.

    Despite being English pansies, the boys rom the ManchesterRegiment provide excellent service to the division. Teycan just about make their Vickers machine-guns sing! TeManchesters extensive training allows them to get the most

    rom their weapons, even to the extent o bombardingtargets ar beyond normal machine-gun range.

    macHIne-gUn platoon

    platoon

    HQ Section with:

    2 Mortar Sections 155 points

    1 Mortar Section 80 points

    optIonsAdd PIAT team or +20 points.

    Add Troop Carriers and Loyd Carriers to the platoonor +5 points.

    As well as their medium machine-guns; the Manchestershave a platoon o heavy 4.2 mortars. Tese combinethe advantages o both mortars and medium artillery.Tey have the mobility and quick response o a mortaralong with a large calibre shell delivering even more highexplosive per round than a 25pound gun!

    HeaVymortarplatoon

    brigade support platoons

    platoon

    4 Transport Squads 30 points

    3 Transport Squads 25 points

    2 Transport Squads 20 points

    1 Transport Squad 15 points

    transport platoon

    A ransport Platoon is a ransport Platoon (see pages 47 to48 o the rulebook).

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    Divisional & Corps Support

    ERY Armoured Platoon

    Subaltern

    Subaltern

    HQ Tank

    Command Sherman V

    Corporal

    Tank

    Firefly VC

    Sergeant

    Tank

    Sherman V

    Lance Corporal

    Tank

    Tank

    Skins Armoured Platoon

    Subaltern

    Subaltern

    HQ Tank

    Command Cromwell IV

    Corporal

    Tank

    Firefly VC

    Sergeant

    Tank

    Cromwell IV

    Lance Corporal

    Tank

    Tank

    reluCtant

    ConfIDent

    fearless

    ConsCrIpt

    traIneD

    veteran

    motIvatIon skIllmotIVatIonandskIll

    Ater a thorough grounding on the battleelds o France Divisional Support Platoons areratedConfdent Veteran unless otherwise noted.

    In October, the East Riding Yeomanry Regiment (ERY),rom Yorkshire, supported 53rd Welsh Division in Hollandghting around s-Hertogenbosch and the later crossingo the Maas.

    Te production o Firefy tanks has caught up withdemand and some o our platoons are now equipped withtwo o these deadly tanks. Teyll make quick work o anyGerman tank.

    Be wary as you drive up the road. I Jerry so much as

    pokes his head out o any scrub or patch o grass, yourorders are to blast him out with everything youve got!

    ery armoUred platoonplatoon

    2 Sherman V and2 Firefy VC 425 points

    3 Sherman V and1 Firefy VC 375 points

    2 Sherman V and

    1 Firefy VC 295 points

    Freshly arrive rom Blighty, the 5th Royal InniskillingDragoon Guards or Skins have been training hard, butHolland is their rst true test while the rest o the 7 th

    Armoured Division are retting.

    skIns armoUred platoonplatoon

    2 Cromwell IV and2 Firefy VC 350 points

    3 Cromwell IV and1 Firefy VC 320 points

    2 Cromwell IV and1 Firefy VC 250 points

    ConfIDent traIneD

    motIVatIonandskIllSkins ArmouredPlatoons are ratedConfdent Trained.

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    Subaltern

    Anti-tank Platoon (SP), Royal Artillery

    Subaltern Sergeant

    HQ Section Anti-tank Section

    Command SP anti-tank gun SP anti-tank gun

    SP anti-tank gun SP anti-tank gun

    platoon

    4 M10C 17 pdr SP (late) 370 points

    2 M10C 17 pdr SP (late) 185 points

    4 Archer 280 points2 Archer 140 points

    Te priority or this advance has also reed up some 17pdrSP guns to help us maintain momentum.

    Tese sel-propelled guns are ideal or setting up ambushesor holding o an enemy armoured counterattack to ree upyour tanks and inantry to keep pressing orwards.

    antI-tankplatoon (sp),royal artIllery

    platoon

    HQ Section with:

    4 OQF 17 pdr (late) 295 points

    2 OQF 17 pdr (late) 150 points

    Add M5 hal-tracks to the platoon or +5 points.

    HQ Section with:

    4 OQF 6 pdr (late) 140 points

    2 OQF 6 pdr (late) 75 points

    Add Troop and Loyd Carriers or +5 points or theplatoon.

    Te inantry have their own anti-tank guns, but the RoyalArtillery backs them up with additional and bigger gunswhen needed. Tey have heavy 17pdr guns or the bigJerry tanks.

    antI-tankplatoon,

    royal artIllery

    Anti-tank Platoon, Royal Artillery

    Half-track or carrier

    Half-track or carrier

    Half-track or carrier

    Half-track or carrier

    Half-trackor carrier

    Anti-tank gun

    Anti-tank gun

    Anti-tank gun

    Anti-tank gun

    lIgHt antI-aIrcraft platoon(sp), royal artIllery

    platoon

    6 Bofor 40mm SP 250 points

    4 Bofor 40mm SP 170 points

    2 Bofor 40mm SP 85 points

    Light Anti-aircraft Platoon(SP), Royal Artillery

    Subaltern

    Subaltern

    Anti-aircraftSection

    Sergeant

    Anti-aircraftSection

    Sergeant

    Sel-propelled Boors 40mm guns can keep up with yourtanks and still provide some anti-aircrat cover, should

    Jerry slip an air attack by the Royal Air Force.

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    Light Anti-aircraft Platoon,ROYAL ARTILLERY

    Subaltern

    Subaltern

    JeepCommand Rifle team

    Sergeant

    Anti-aircraftSection

    Sergeant

    Bofors 40mm gun AA tractor

    Bofors 40mm gun AA tractor

    Anti-aircraftSection

    Sergeant

    Bofors 40mm gun AA tractor

    Bofors 40mm gun AA tractor

    Anti-aircraftSection

    Bofors 40mm gun AA tractor Bofors 40mm gun AA tractor

    Recce Platoon

    Subaltern

    Sergeant

    Scout Patrol

    Command

    Universal Carrier

    Universal

    Carrier

    Universal

    Carrier

    Sergeant

    Scout Patrol

    Command

    Universal Carrier

    Universal

    Carrier

    Universal

    Carrier

    Subaltern

    Recce Patrol

    Subaltern

    HQ Armoured Car

    Command Humber IV

    Corporal

    Recce Section

    Humber IV Humber LRC

    Recce Section

    Humber IV Humber LRC

    Sergeant

    53rd Recce Regiment, RAC supported the division armedwith Humber IV armoured cars accompanied by HumberLRC IIIs and carriers. Tey lead the way, scouting aheadand locating the enemys weaknesses and strengths.

    recce platoonplatoon

    Recce Patrol 190 points

    optIonsAdd Scout Patrols or +90 points per patrol.

    Arm any or all Universal Carriers with an extra hull-mounted MG or +5 points per carrier or .50 cal MGor +10 points per carrier.

    Replace up to one extra hull-mounted MG with aPIAT anti-tank projector per Scout Patrol at no cost.

    platoon

    HQ Section with:

    6 Boors 40mm 175 points

    4 Boors 40mm 120 points2 Boors 40mm 60 points

    optIon

    Add a Jeep and AA tractors to the platoon or+5 points per Anti-Aircrat section.

    You never know when Jerry might strike your columnwith dive bombers so the 94th Light AA Regiment, RoyalArtillery has been assigned to keep the skies clear duringyour attack.

    Te platoon is well armed with Boors 40mm guns. Deploy

    them along with your support troops such as artillery tokeep them sae and ree to support the advance.

    lIgHt antI-aIrcraft platoon,royal artIllery

    Recce and Scout Patrols are Reconnaissance Platoons.

    Recce and Scout Patrols operate as separate platoons, eachwith their own command team.

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    Major

    Major

    HQ Troop

    Lieutenant

    Lieutenant

    HQ Section

    Sergeant

    GUN Section GUN Section

    GUN Troop

    GUN Section GUN Section

    GUN Troop

    Sergeant

    HQ Section

    Sergeant Sergeant

    Lieutenant

    Lieutenant

    Field Battery, Royal Artillery

    OQF 25 pdr gunOQF 25 pdr gun

    OQF 25 pdr gunOQF 25 pdr gun

    OQF 25 pdr gunOQF 25 pdr gun

    OQF 25 pdr gunOQF 25 pdr gun

    platoon

    HQ Troop with:

    Two Gun Troops with a total o:

    8 OQF 25 pdr 325 points

    One Gun Troop with:4 OQF 25 pdr 185 points

    2 OQF 25 pdr 105 points

    optIons

    Add Jeep and 15 cwt trucks and Quad tractors or+5 points per Gun Troop.

    Replace HQ Troop jeep with a White scout car or anunarmed captured StuG or +5 points.

    Replace any or all Observer Rife teams and theirOP Carriers with Observer Sherman OP tanks or+10 points per tank.

    fIeld battery, royal artIllery

    Observer Sherman OP tanks cannot launch assaults.

    Although a Field Battery, Royal Artillery is a singleSupport choice, each Gun roop operates as a separate

    platoon with its own Command team. Te Commandteam and Sta team o the HQ roop must be attachedto a Gun roop rom its battery at the start o the gamebeore deployment (see page 248 o the rulebook).

    With 200 guns supporting the division, Te highly trained

    men o the Royal Artillery always ensure a devastatingbarrage is just a eld telephone call away.

    With eight guns at their disposal, and urther batteriesrom the division ready to support, any enemy troopscaught under the gaze o a orward observer better startdigging. Tough once the barrage lits the Welshmen

    wont be ar behind!

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    Major

    Major

    HQ Troop

    Lieutenant

    Lieutenant

    HQ Section

    Sergeant

    GUN Section GUN Section

    GUN Troop

    GUN Section GUN Section

    GUN Troop

    Sergeant

    HQ Section

    Sergeant Sergeant

    Lieutenant

    Lieutenant

    Medium Battery, Royal Artillery

    Matador tractor

    BL 5.5 gun

    Matador tractor

    BL 5.5 gun

    Matador tractor

    BL 5.5 gun

    Matador tractor

    BL 5.5 gun

    Matador tractor

    BL 5.5 gun

    Matador tractor

    BL 5.5 gun

    Matador tractor

    BL 5.5 gun

    Matador tractor

    BL 5.5 gun

    platoon

    HQ Troop with:

    Two Gun Troops with a total o:

    8 BL 5.5 540 points

    One Gun Troop with:

    4 BL 5.5 310 points

    2 BL 5.5 170 points

    optIon

    Add Jeep and 15 cwt trucks and Matador tractors or+5 points per Gun Troop.

    You may not feld a Medium Battery, Royal Artilleryunless you are also felding a Field Battery, RoyalArtillery or Field Battery (SP), Royal Artillery with

    at least as many guns.

    medIUm battery,royal artIllery

    Although a Medium Battery, Royal Artillery is a singleSupport choice, each Gun roop operates as a separate

    platoon with its own Command team. Te Commandteam and Sta team o the HQ roop must be attachedto a Gun roop rom its battery at the start o the gamebeore deployment (see page 248 o the rulebook).

    Te AGRAs (Army Group, Royal Artillery) were brigade-sized artillery ormations assigned to the dierent Corpsoperating in Holland.

    Te mainstay o the medium regiments is the BL 5.5 gunhowitzer. Tis superb weapon res a 100lb/45kg shell andcan reach targets over 9 miles (nearly 15km) away andadds considerable punch to British artillery capabilities.

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    When aced with big cats our best response is to takedeensive positions and snot them with an air strike romthe ever present RAF yphoons. Once the big cats are slain,the Division can push on to its objectives.

    aIrsUpport

    aop

    Auster AOP 25 points

    aIrobserVatIon post

    Flight

    Flight Lieutenant

    Flight

    Flight Lieutenant

    Typhoon

    Air Observation Post

    Flight Lieutenant

    AOP

    Flight Lieutenant

    Auster AOPTe Royal Artillery has several Air Observation Posts thatcan fy high above the battleeld and spot dicult-to-seetargets behind enemy lines.

    prIorItyaIrsUpport

    Typhoon 220 points

    lImIted aIrsUpport

    Typhoon 170 points

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    Hobarts funnIes In belgIum anD HollanD

    79th Armoured Division

    Crocodile Tank Platoon

    Churchill Crocodile

    Command Churchill Crocodile

    Churchill Crocodile

    Breaching Group

    Command AVRE Assault Tank

    Command Sherman V

    Sherman Crab flail tank Sherman Crab flail tank

    Subaltern

    Subaltern

    Flail Section

    AVRE Section

    Bulldozer Section

    AVRE Assault Tank

    D7 Bulldozer

    reluCtantConfIDent

    fearless

    ConsCrIpttraIneD

    veteran

    motIvatIon skIllmotIVatIonand skIllTe 79th Armoured Division has been put to the test on the beaches o Normandy, now

    they are expert assault engineers, putting their skills to work breaching the tough Germandeences in Holland.

    Support Platoons rom the 79th Armoured Division are ratedConfdent Veteran.

    tH armoureDDIvIsIon

    platoon

    3 Churchill Crocodiles 510 points

    2 Churchill Crocodiles 340 points

    On a number o occasions the Canadians called on the helpo Churchill Crocodiles rom the 79th British ArmouredDivision to deal with entrenched German positions.

    crocodIle tankplatoon

    fUel traIlerChurchill Crocodile tanks are not aected by the Fuelanks rule like normal tank fame-throwers.

    In addition, Crocodile ank Platoons equipped withChurchill Crocodile tanks may not launch assaults normay they Counterattack i assaulted.

    A orce with a Crocodile ank Platoon may not use theBritish Night Attack special rule. Instead they Always

    Attack (see page 257 o the rulebook).

    Now the unnies have proven themselves time and againon D-Day and though-out Normandy they have picked upvital experience and some new kit ater dealing with Gerrysortications.

    Although a Breaching Group is a single Support choice,each Section operates as a separate platoon with its ownCommand team. Te D7 Bulldozer is an Independenttank team.

    platoon

    1 Sherman V and 2 Sherman Crab 150 points

    optIons

    Add AVRE Section or +50 points.

    Add Bulldozer Section or +15 points.

    breacHIng groUp

    eams rom all Sections o a Breaching Group are alwaysNon-assaulting teams when involved in an assault.However, a D7 Bulldozer may assault Bunkers asnormal.

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    fascIneand sbg brIdgeAVsRE are oten tted to carry ascines or SBG bridges. Teascine, a bundle o saplings used to ll a ditch, is carried ona rame on the ront o the tank. When the tank reaches the

    ditch, it drops the ascine, and then resumes its demolitionduties.

    Te SBG (Small Box Girder) bridge is a standard British lightbridge 34 (10 metres) long. An SBG bridge is carried on theront o the tank and lowered across streams and ditches oragainst seawalls and embankments to create a crossing.

    Te AVRE is equipped with a Petard spigot mortar. Tisstrange weapon res a 290mm bomb popularly known asa Flying Dustbin. Unusually, the breech opens outside thetank above the assistant drivers hatch. Tey slide the hatchback and load the weapon as it sits above them.

    demolIsHIng tanksTe Petard is a weapon that relies entirely on explosive eect.I the Petard ever red at a tank, its armour would be almostirrelevant. Te blast is likely to blow o tracks and causeother damage without penetrating the armour.

    Any Armoured vehicle hit by a Petard mortar uses its oparmour rating or its Armour Saves.

    demolIsHIng obstaclesTe Petard res such a big round that it can even demolishanti-tank obstacles.

    At the start o the game ater ortications (i any) areplaced, but beore deployment, you may elect to mount aFascine or Assault Bridge on any or all o your AVsRE. An

    AVRE that has a Fascine or Assault Bridge mounted cannotshoot. In addition, an AVRE that has an Assault Bridge

    mounted is Overloaded rather than Wide-tracked.

    Fascines act as Assault Bridges, but may only be used tobridge ditches and craters.

    An AVRE may abandon its Fascine or Assault Bridgeinstead o shooting, removing the Fascine or Assault Bridge

    rom play.An AVRE may attempt to gap an Obstacle. Te AVRE mustnot move in the Movement Step, and must be able to drawa Line o Sight to an Obstacle and be within 4/10cm o itto attempt to gap it.

    Roll a Skill est or the AVRE in the Shooting Step instead

    o shooting.

    I the test is successul, the Obstacle is removed,

    Otherwise, it remains intact.

    avre special rules

    breacHIng forceBreaching teams always lead every attack with the inantry,storming straight into the jaws o the enemy ortications.

    A orce that includes a Breaching Group Always Attacks

    and is considered a Mechanised Company or the purposeo the Armoured Reserves rule ound on page 269 o therulebook.

    breaching group special rules

    gUntanksforWard!When the engineers encountered an armoured threat, theAVsRE were sent to the rear and let the job to the gun tanks.

    At the beginning o the game beore deployment, or each

    Breaching Group, you may remove the AVRE Section romthe Group to add a single Sherman Crab Flail tank tothe Flail Section (or a total o one Sherman V and threeSherman Crab fail tanks in the Breaching Group).

    Te Petard mortar shoots as a normal (although very short-ranged) gun.

    petard mortar

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    British Arsenal

    ArmourName Mobility Front Side Top Equipment and Notes

    Weapon Range ROF Anti-tank Firepower

    tanksCromwell IV Light Tank 6 4 1 Co-ax MG, Hull MG, Protected ammo, Tow hook.

    OQF 75mm gun 32/80cm 2 10 3+ Semi-indirect re, Smoke.

    Sherman V Standard Tank 6 4 1 Co-ax MG, Hull MG, Tow hook.M3 75mm gun 32/80cm 2 10 3+ Semi-indirect re, Smoke.

    Firefy VC Standard Tank 6 4 1 Co-ax MG, Tow hook.OQF 17 pdr gun (late) 32/80cm 2 15 3+ No HE, Semi-indirect re.

    InfantrysUpportChurchill Crocodile Slow Tank 13 7 1 Co-ax MG, Protected Ammo, Wide tracks.

    OQF 75mm gun 32/80cm 2 10 3+ Slow traverse, Smoke.Crocodile fame-gun 6/15cm 5 - 5+ Hull-mounted, Flame-thrower, Fuel trailer.

    Wasp Carrier Hal-tracked 0 0 0Wasp fame-gun 4/10cm 3 - 6 Hull-mounted, Flame-thrower.

    self-propelled gUnsBoors 40mm SP Wheeled - - - Gun shield, Awkward layout.

    Boors 40mm gun 24/60cm 4 6 4+ Anti-aircrat.

    M10C 17 pdr SP Standard Tank 4 2 0 .50 cal AA MG.OQF 17 pdr gun (late) 32/80cm 2 15 3+ No HE, Slow traverse.

    Archer Slow Tank 1 1 0 AA MG, Awkward layout.OQF 17 pdr gun (late) 32/80cm 2 15 3+ Hull mounted, No HE.

    Sherman OP Standard Tank 6 4 1 Hull MG.

    reconnaIssanceUniversal Carrier Hal-tracked 0 0 0 Hull MG, Recce.

    With PIAT anti-tank projector 8/20cm 1 10 5+ Hull-mounted.With .50 cal MG 16/40cm 3 4 5+ Hull-mounted.

    Humber IV Wheeled 1 0 0 Co-ax MG, Recce.M6 37mm gun 24/60cm 2 7 4+

    Humber LRC III Jeep 0 0 0 MG, Recce.Boys anti-tank rife 16/40cm 2 4 5+ Hull-mounted.

    engIneerIng tanksAVRE Slow Tank 8 7 2 Co-ax MG, Hull MG, Protected ammo. Wide tracks.

    Petard mortar 4/10cm 1 5 1+ Bunker buster, Demolition mortar, Slow traverse.

    Sherman Crab Standard Tank 6 4 1 Co-ax MG, Overloaded, Mine fail.M3 75mm gun 32/80cm 2 10 3+ Semi-indirect re, Smoke.

    VeHIcle macHIne-gUnsVehicle MG 16/40cm 3 2 6 ROF 1 i other weapons re.

    .50 cal Vehicle MG 16/40cm 3 4 5+ ROF 1 i other weapons re.

    tank teams

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    gun teams

    Weapon Mobility Range ROF Anti-tank Firepower Notes

    Vickers HMG Man-packed 24/60cm 6 2 6 ROF 3 when pinned down.

    Firing bombardments 40/100cm - - -

    ML 3 Mk II mortar Man-packed 24/60cm 2 2 3+ Smoke, Minimum range 8/20cm.

    Firing bombardments 40/100cm - 2 6 Smoke bombardment.

    ML 4.2 mortar Light 48/120cm - 3 4+ Smoke bombardment.

    Boors 40mm gun Immobile 24/60cm 4 6 4+ Anti-aircrat, Gun shield, Turntable.

    OQF 6 pdr gun (late) Medium 24/60cm 3 11 4+ Gun shield.

    OQF 17 pdr gun (late) Immobile 32/80cm 2 15 3+ Gun shield, No HE.

    OQF 25 pdr gun Heavy 24/60cm 2 9 3+ Gun shield, Smoke, Turntable.

    Firing bombardments 80/200cm - 4 5+ Smoke bombardment.

    BL 5.5 gun Immobile 32/80cm 1 13 1+ Bunker buster.

    Firing bombardments 88/220cm - 5 2+

    ArmourVehicle Mobility Front Side Top Equipment and Notes

    Jeep or Jeep with Trailer Jeep - - -

    CMP 15cwt, or Bedord QLT 3-ton truck Wheeled - - -

    DUKW truck Wheeled - - - Amphibious.

    Matador, Quad, or Morris AA tractor Wheeled - - -

    White scout car Jeep 1 0 0

    M5 hal-track Hal-tracked 1 0 0 Optional passenger-red .50 cal AA MG.

    Troop, OP, Mortar, or Loyd Carrier Hal-tracked 0 0 0

    MMG Carrier Hal-tracked 0 0 0 HMG Carrier, Passenger-red hull MG.

    armoUred personnel carrIers

    Ram Kangaroo APC Standard Tank 5 3 0 Deck-turret MG.

    Aircraft Weapon To Hit Anti-tank Firepower Notes

    Typhoon Cannon 3+ 8 5+

    Rockets 3+ 6 3+

    transport teams

    aircraft

    Team Range ROF Anti-tank Firepower Notes

    Rife team 16/40cm 1 2 6Rife/MG team 16/40cm 2 2 6

    Light Mortar team 16/40cm 1 1 4+ Smoke, Can re over riendly teams.

    PIAT team 8/20cm 1 10 5+ Tank Assault 4.

    Flame-thrower team 4/10cm 2 - 6 Flame-thrower.

    Sta team 16/40cm 1 2 6 Moves as a Heavy Gun team.

    addItIonal traInIngand eqUIpmentPioneer teams and teams equipped with Gammon Bombs are rated as Tank Assault 3.

    infantry teams


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