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Grey Wolf was compiled from the following books: Editors: Peter Simunovich, John-Paul Brisigotti

Stalin’s Onslaught, Hammer And Sickle, Graphic Design: Victor Pesch


River Of Heroes, Stalin’s Europe and Fortress Europe.
Terrain, Modelling and Photography: Battlefront Studio
These books were originally produced by
the Battlefront team and friends. Painting: James Brown, Blake Coster, Casey Davies,
Mike Haught, Jeremy Painter, Matt Parkes,
Compiled and edited by: Wayne Turner
Victor Pesch, Chris Townley, and Wayne Turner
New material written by:
Cover Art: Vincent Wai
Heath Alexander, Steve Bernich, Scott Elaurant, Van Norton,
Jyrki Saari, Ken Camel, Michael Haught, and Phil Yates. Internal Art: Randy Elliott, Warren Mahy,
Many thanks to all of the playtesters and proofreaders Vincent Wai, and Ben Wooten
who have made this compilation possible. Miniatures Design: Evan Allen, Karl Cederman, and Seth Nash

CONTENTS
Introduction....................................... 2 Panzerkompanie.................................72 SS Divisional Support......................164
The Eastern Front............................... 8 Gepanzerte German Special Rules.......................173
Panzergrenadierkompanie...................76 SS-Special Rules...............................174
German Forces Panzergrenadierkompanie...................80 German Arsenal...............................178
on the Eastern Front......................... 10 Gepanzerte Panzerpionierkompanie...86 Hungarians on the Eastern Front.... 184
Hungarian Forces on the Panzerpionierkompanie......................88 Warrior: Föhadnagy Ervin Tarczay...190
Eastern Front.................................... 12 Panzerspähkompanie..........................90 Harckocsizó Század..........................192
Finnish Forces Sperrverband......................................94 Gépkocsizó Lövész Század................196
on the Eastern Front......................... 13 Ersatz Pionierkompanie......................98 Rohamágyús Üteg............................200
Battle for the Narva Line.................. 16 Battle for Poland............................. 102 Puskás Század...................................202
Korsun Pocket.................................. 18 Warrior: Önkéntes Puskás Század...................206
Sturmbannführer Fritz Biermeyer.....106 Hungarian Divisional Support.........209
Kamenets-Podolsky Pocket............... 19 Warrior: Hungarian Special Rules...................213
Warrior: Panzer Kanonen...............................107 Hungarian Arsenal...........................214
Oberstleutnant Dr Franz Bäke...........21 SS-Panzerkampfgruppe....................108
Kampfgruppe Bäke............................22 The Finnish Army in 1944.............. 218
SS-Panzergrenadierkampfgruppe......110 Warrior: Korpraali Toivo Ilomäki.....222
Grenadierkompanie............................26 Sicherungskompanie........................118
Fallschirmjägerkompanie....................32 Warrior: Kapteeni Lauri Törni..........223
Armoured Trains..............................122 Panssarikomppania...........................224
SS-Freiwilligen-
Panzergrenadierkompanie...................38 The Battles for Hungary................. 126 Sturmikomppania............................226
Feldhernnhalle Panzerkampfgruppe..130 Jääkärikomppania.............................228
Operation Bagration......................... 46 Feldhernnhalle Jalkaväkikomppania.........................232
Warrior: Feldwebel Dietrich Uthoff....51 Panzergrenadierkompanie.................134 Pioneerikomppania..........................236
Sturmkompanie.................................52 Panzerjägerkompanie........................138 Finnish Divisional Support..............238
StuG Batterie.....................................58 SS-Kavallerieschwadron...................140 Finnish Special Rules........................241
Pionierkompanie................................60 Finnish Arsenal................................242
Fortifications.................................. 146
Bagration Breakthrough................... 64 Field Fortifications...........................146 Painting Guides.............................. 246
Warrior: Street Fortifications..........................148 German Heer...................................246
Feldwebel Ludwig Windgruber..........68 German Waffen-SS...........................249
Warrior: General der Panzertruppen German Divisional Support, Special
Rules and Arsenal........................... 152 Hungarian........................................250
Dietrich von Saucken.........................69 Finnish.............................................251
Schwere Panzerkompanie...................70 Heer Divisional Support..................152
Luftwaffe Divisional Support...........162

REVISED EDITION
This is a supplement for Flames Of War, the World War II miniatures game.
A copy of the rulebook for Flames Of War is necessary to fully use the contents of this book.

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any
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© Copyright Battlefront Miniatures Ltd., 2013. ISBN: 978-0-9922555-5-8 1


Introduction
Flames of War the German section there is also a Hungarian section and
a Finnish section including intelligence briefings for tank,
In Flames Of War you take on the role of a company
motorised infantry, or infantry companies.
commander manoeuvring your troops across the battlefields
of World War II. This classic period of warfare is brought Each company has easy-to-use charts, highlighting available
to life in your own game room. Grey Wolf provides the core platoons which represent the fighting units of your company.
armies in the form of Intelligence Briefings. These Intelligence Each platoon diagram visually displays what troops are
Briefings allow you to field the German, Hungarian and included in the platoon.
Finnish forces that clashed with the Soviet Red Army and its
A detailed arsenal at the end of each national section contains
allies on the Eastern Front in 1944 and early 1945.
the specific ratings for your units’ vehicles and the weapons
To play Flames Of War you’ll also need the Flames Of War they use. From tanks to infantry, this book contains every-
rulebook. The rulebook contains all the rules that you need thing you need to get started on your army!
to fight miniature World War II battles.
In addition to the technical information you’ll need to build
your force, this book contains plenty of inspiring pictures and
Why collect a force from Grey Wolf? history to help you capture the flavour of your new Flames Of
Grey Wolf provides Flames Of War you with the German, War force!
Hungarian and Finnish forces needed to recreate the battles
on the Eastern Front from January 1944 to February 1945. All of the forces in this book are based on historical examples
that fought on the Eastern Front from January 1944 to
With your German force, start by holding back the Soviet February 1945.
assaults to pry Leningrad from your grasp, before staunchly
holding off the red tide on the Narva line in Estonia. Fight the To find out more, visit your local game store, or visit our
brutal winter battles of the Korsun and Kamenets-Podolsky informative website at www.FlamesOfWar.com.
Pockets, escaping each in turn through determined defence Flames Of War uses a point system when setting up and playing
and powerful counterattacks. games. Typical games are around 1500 or 1750 points, but
Fight to hold the Festerplatz fortified cities in Byelorussia as are certainly not limited to any value! Play any point value
the Red Army throws all its power at your German forces you and your opponent decide. You can play small 600 point
during Operation Bagration. If they breach your line, delay games in an hour or you can play mammoth games using
them at every turn with your blocking forces before turning armies that are 3000 or 5000 points or more!
back their mobile forces with your panzers and Tiger tanks. In most Flames Of War games you will command a company
Finally bring an end to the Soviet assault on the banks of the with several platoons.
Vistula River with elite SS armoured forces. Hold them on
the river and bring their massive offensive to a stop. Throw 3. SS-PANZERDIVISION ‘TOTENKOPF’
the red scourge back across the river with counterattacks from SS-PANZERKAMPFGRUPPE
the armoured troops of 3. SS-Panzerdivision ‘Totenkopf ’ and
5. SS-Panzerdivision ‘Wiking’. HQ
Refight the battles to hold Romania and its precious oil from A SS-Panzerkampfgruppe HQ
the Red Army. Fight with tough infantry forces or armoured 2 Panzer IV H 200 points
forces as the red claw makes its grab for Romania.
Defend Transylvania with Hungarian and German forces Combat Platoons
as the traitorous Romanians switch sides and make to B Biermeyer’s 3. SS-Panzer Platoon
seize Hungarian Transylvania. Fight the tank battles of the 5 Panzer IV H 325 points
Hungarian plains in October and November 1944. Hold the
crossings of the Tisza River, while German and Hungarian C SS-Panzer Platoon
3 Panther A 640 points
forces re-group to fight the gruelling battle for Budapest.
In 100-days of bloody battle, fight through the streets of the D Gepanzerte SS-Panzergrenadier Platoon
3 Panzergrenadier Squads 260 points
Hungarian capital. Hold every street with barricades and other
fortifications with mixed forces of Hungarians, dismounted
SS-Cavalry and elite Feldherrnhalle Panzergrenadiers. Weapons Platoons
E Armoured SS-Anti-aircraft Gun Platoon
How this Book Works 2 Armoured Sd Kfz 7/1 (Quad 2cm) 125 points
The Germans in this book are divided into sections based on F Heavy Anti-tank Gun Platoon
battles or operations. Each section has a number of forces ap- 2 8.8cm PaK43 210 points
propriate for the battles featured. These include intelligence
briefings for tank, armoured infantry, or infantry companies Total: 1760 points
and other unique variations on these themes. In addition to

2
Company HQ
The company headquarters platoon
is required—you have no command
SS-Panzerkampfgruppe
SS armoured BaTTlegroup

without it! When you choose your (Tank Company)


force the first thing you must purchase

HeAdquArters
HeAdquArters You must field one platoon from each box shaded black and may field one platoon from each box
shaded grey.
with your points is your company Your Company HQ, Combat, Weapons, and Support platoons must be all either from 3. SS-
Panzerdivision ‘Totenkopf’ (Marked ) or 5. SS-Panzerdivision ‘Wiking’ (Marked ), unless
headquarters platoon. SS-Panzerkampfgruppe otherwise noted.

10
HQ

9
divisionAl suPPort PlAtoons

Combat Platoons

combAt PlAtoons

WeAPons PlAtoons
Armour Anti-AircrAft
Armour Artillery

Usually, at least two combat platoons

10
SS-Panzer Platoon Armoured SS-Anti- Heavy SS-Tank
are required. Whatever your battle

11

16
9
aircraft Gun Platoon Platoon Heavy Assault

17
2
Howitzer Platoon
Biermeyer’s 3. SS-

10
6
Panzer Platoon
plan requires, the Combat Platoons Armoured SS-Artillery

16
mAcHine-Guns Armour

9
Battery
Armour SS-Kampfgruppe

11
are the ones you rely upon to get the

7
Artillery Battery

job done! Artillery

11

10
SS-Heavy Platoon SS-Panzer Platoon

9
Armoured SS-Heavy SS-Tank-hunter

10

11

16
SS-Panzer Platoon

3
Platoon

5
Platoon
SS-Rocket Launcher

17
0
infAntry Artillery infAntry Battery

Weapons Platoons
SS-Vielfachwerfer

17
1
Battery

Gepanzerte SS- Gepanzerte SS-

11
11
Anti-tAnk
Weapons platoons come from

1
Panzergrenadier Platoon

1
Panzergrenadier Platoon

11
SS-Mortar Platoon

4
SS-Panzergrenadier SS-Panzergrenadier

11
11
Armoured SS-Mortar

2
2
Platoon Platoon
your own battalion. They are not

11
4
Platoon
SS-Aufklarüngs

16
Platoon

5
Heavy SS-Anti-aircraft

17
required, but can offer your company Gun Platoon

0
Artillery
Allied PlAtoons SS-Panzergrenadier

16
7
Pioneer Platoon Heavy Anti-tank

15
5
excellent support, such as machine-
Gun Platoon
Gepanzerte SS-

16
7
Panzerpionier Platoon
Anti-AircrAft
guns, mortars, recon and anti-tank Heer and Luftwaffe SS-Self-propelled

11
Infantry Gun Platoon

5
Platoons in your force are reconnAissAnce

weapons. Allies and follow the Allies


rules in the rulebook. Anti-tAnk
Luftwaffe Heavy

16
3
Anti-aircraft Gun

11
SS-Scout platoon

6
Platoon
SS-Anti-tank Gun SS-Panzerspäh

16
Luftwaffe Light

11

16
6
Platoon

5
Platoon

3
Anti-aircraft Gun
Platoon

Support Platoons
Heavy SS-Panzerspäh

16
6
Platoon
reconnAissAnce
AircrAft
Artillery
Support platoons are loaned to your 11

SS-Scout Platoon
company by the regiment, brigade,
6

16
SS-Kampfgruppe Air Support

11

2
Artillery Battery

7
Armour
division, or corps. These platoons flAme-tHroWer
SS-Kampfgruppe

11
7
Heavy Artillery Battery
give you extra support in many forms Armoured SS-Artillery

16
Battery

9
Armoured SS-Cannon SS-Armoured Flame-
11

11

ranging from tanks to artillery. Platoon


6

thrower Platoon
6

Armoured Heavy SS-

16
9
Artillery Battery

108 GermAn

3. SS-PANZERDIVISION ‘TOTENKOPF’
SS-Panzerkampfgruppe
SS Armoured Battlegroup
E F

3
Using a Company Diagram
Each force begins with the Company Diagram, which demonstrates the company organisation graphically in an easy-to-read
format. This simple diagram will help you create your Flames Of War company and get you playing in no time at all!

Choosing your Company


This first step is entirely up to you. There are a wide variety of companies, including infantry, reconnaissance, mechanised,
and tank forces. Have a read through the backgrounds. Find a force that you find interesting and you’re off!

Instructions
Once you have decided which company to build,
have a look at the small box that contains the SS-Panzerkampfgruppe
SS armoured BaTTlegroup
instructions you will need to build your force. (Tank Company)

HeAdquArters
HeAdquArters
It will also detail any divisional variants that the You must field one platoon from each box shaded black and may field one platoon from each box
shaded grey.
Your Company HQ, Combat, Weapons, and Support platoons must be all either from 3. SS-
company might have. The example to the right SS-Panzerkampfgruppe
Panzerdivision ‘Totenkopf’ (Marked
otherwise noted.
) or 5. SS-Panzerdivision ‘Wiking’ (Marked ), unless

10
HQ

9
demonstrates a list with two variants: 3. SS-
divisionAl suPPort PlAtoons
Panzerdivision and 5. SS-Panzerdivision. When
combAt PlAtoons

WeAPons PlAtoons
Armour Anti-AircrAft
building a force with variants, choose one variant Armour Artillery

and follow the instructions for variant forces


10
SS-Panzer Platoon Armoured SS-Anti- Heavy SS-Tank

11

16
below. 9
aircraft Gun Platoon Platoon Heavy Assault

17
2
Howitzer Platoon
Biermeyer’s 3. SS-
10
6
Panzer Platoon Armoured SS-Artillery

16
mAcHine-Guns Armour

9
Battery
Armour SS-Kampfgruppe

11
7
Artillery Battery

Variant Forces Artillery

11

10
SS-Heavy Platoon SS-Panzer Platoon

9
Some companies are based on a single division, like
Armoured SS-Heavy SS-Tank-hunter
10

11

16
SS-Panzer Platoon
9

3
Platoon

5
Platoon
SS-Rocket Launcher

17
the Grenadierkompanie. However, other companies

0
infAntry Artillery infAntry Battery
SS-Vielfachwerfer

17
1
Battery

have several variants based on specific divisions, such Gepanzerte SS- Gepanzerte SS-

11
11

Anti-tAnk

1
Panzergrenadier Platoon
1

Panzergrenadier Platoon
11

SS-Mortar Platoon
as the SS-Panzerkampfgruppe representing 3. SS-
4

SS-Panzergrenadier SS-Panzergrenadier

11
11

Armoured SS-Mortar

2
2

Platoon Platoon
11
4

Platoon
Panzerdivision and 5. SS-Panzerdivision. SS-Aufklarüngs

16
Platoon

5
Heavy SS-Anti-aircraft

17
Gun Platoon

0
Artillery
Allied PlAtoons SS-Panzergrenadier

16
7
Pioneer Platoon Heavy Anti-tank

15
5
Gun Platoon
When building a force that has several division Gepanzerte SS-
16
7
Panzerpionier Platoon
Anti-AircrAft
Heer and Luftwaffe
variants, you must choose one of the variants and SS-Self-propelled
11

Infantry Gun Platoon


5

Platoons in your force are reconnAissAnce


Allies and follow the Allies
stick to it. Your Company HQ and all of your rules in the rulebook. Anti-tAnk
Luftwaffe Heavy

16
3
Anti-aircraft Gun
11

SS-Scout platoon
Combat, Weapons, and a few Support platoons must
6

Platoon
SS-Anti-tank Gun SS-Panzerspäh
16

Luftwaffe Light
11

16
6

Platoon
5

Platoon

3
Anti-aircraft Gun
match the division you have chosen. To help, we Heavy SS-Panzerspäh
Platoon
16
6

Platoon
reconnAissAnce

have included divisional symbols to distinguish the Artillery


AircrAft

variants. Simply use the same divisional symbol when


11

SS-Scout Platoon
6

16

SS-Kampfgruppe Air Support


calculating points or choosing platoon options.
11

Artillery Battery
7

Armour flAme-tHroWer
SS-Kampfgruppe
11
7

Heavy Artillery Battery


Armoured SS-Artillery
16

Battery
9

Building Your Company


Armoured SS-Cannon SS-Armoured Flame-
11

11

Platoon
6

thrower Platoon
6

Armoured Heavy SS-


16
9

Artillery Battery

You will notice that the Company Diagram consists


108 GermAn
of several black and grey boxes, each containing a
silhouette of soldiers, guns, or vehicles. Each of
these boxes are platoons available to your force.
Special Platoon Options
The black boxes are the core of your force. When building Sometimes a platoon box in the company diagram will have
your company, you must field one platoon from each box special platoon options available to a specific variant. These
shaded black. The grey boxes are optional platoons. You may are always marked with the variant’s symbol to the left of the
field one platoon from each box shaded grey. platoon name. Only forces based on the same variant as the
special option may take that platoon.
Page Reference
Each platoon box will have a page number. Use this to find The example below (from the ARTILLERY
the platoon and its points value. SS-Panzerkampfgruppe on
page 108) demonstrates that
Allied Platoons while either variant may field
an Armoured SS-Artillery
Some platoons available to your company are from a different Heavy Assault
17

Battery or SS-Kampfgruppe Howitzer Battery


2

nation or branch of armed services. These can be easily


Artillery Battery, the 3. SS- Armoured SS-Artillery
identified by special national or branch symbols found to
16

Battery
9

Panzerdivision (   ) can also


the right of the platoon title in the company diagram. Allied
take a Heavy Assault Howitzer SS-Kampfgruppe
11

platoons have to follow Allied rules found in the Flames Of Artillery Battery
7

Battery.
War rulebook.

4
• Replace either or both Command SMG teams with
Command Panzerfaust SMG teams for +10 points Sd Kfz 251/1 Sd Kfz 251/1
per team. half-track half-track Panzerschreck team

• Add an Anti-tank Section with: Company HQ

2 Panzerschreck teams +75 points +65 points Sd Kfz 251/1 half-track


1 Panzerschreck team +40 points +35 points Anti-tank
Section
SS-Panzergrenadierkampgruppe HQ
A SS-Panzergrenadierkampfgruppe HQ may use the

BUILDING A 3. SS-PANZERDIVISION SS-PANZERKAMPFGRUPPE Mounted Assault special rule.

Combat Platoons
I have chosen to field a SS-Panzerkampfgruppe (found
gePanzerte UNTERSTURMFührer
on page 108) using the 3. SS-Panzerdivision ‘Totenkopf ’ SS-Panzergrenadier PlatOOn UNTERSTURMFührer

(   ) variant. I chose a company from 3. SS-Panzerdivision PlatOOn


HQ Section with: Command MG team Sd Kfz 251/1 half-track
‘Totenkopf ’ because of their elite status. 3 Panzergrenadier HQ Section
Squads 260 points 200 points
UNTERSCHARFührer UNTERSCHARFührer
2 Panzergrenadier
I chose 3. SS-Panzerdivision ‘Totenkopf ’ (   ) as my division Squads 190 points 145 points

variant, so all of my combat and weapons platoons should OPtiOnS MG team MG team MG team MG team

• Replace the Command MG team with Command


match that symbol or have no symbol. Panzerfaust SMG team for +10 points.
• Replace up to one MG team per squad with a
Sd Kfz 251/1 half-track
Panzergrenadier
Sd Kfz 251/1 half-track
Panzergrenadier
Squad Squad
Panzerfaust MG team for +10 points per squad.
Reading the instructions, I ARMOUR Gepanzerte SS-Panzergrenadier Platoons may use the
UNTERSCHARFührer

need to field at least a Company Mounted Assault special rule. MG team MG team Sd Kfz 251/1 half-track

HQ and two Armour Combat


Panzergrenadier Squad
Gepanzerte SS-Panzergrenadier platoon

Platoons in the black boxes. GeRman 111


From there I’ll add some of
SS-Panzer Platoon When building my 3. SS-Panzerdivision force I use the

10
9
the optional platoons in grey
Biermeyer’s 3. SS-
points in the left column.
boxes. One of my compul-

10
Panzer Platoon

6
sory Combat Platoon boxes
contains two options. I can I’ll need some anti-aircraft guns to protect my tanks from
either take a SS-Panzer Platoon or Biermeyer’s 3. SS-Panzer the Red Air Force, so I’ve selected an Armoured SS-Anti-
Platoon, which comes with its own special rules. I decided aircraft Gun Platoon (page 112). Again, there are two avail-
to take Biermeyer and his platoon as one combat Platoon able variants, but I have to choose the 3. SS-Panzerdivision
while my second Combat Platoon will be a standard SS- variant.
Panzer Platoon.
Next, I would also like to take a Heavy Anti-tank Gun Platoon
For my optional Combat Platoon I would like to take a (page 165) to deal with enemy heavy tanks. This platoon is
Gepanzerte SS-Panzergrenadier Platoon (page 111). This from the German Heer (army) and is an Allied Platoon. It

Heer Divisional suPPort


means I need to use the points listed in the column marked has no divisional symbols, but since the company diagram
(   ) to match my division variant. There are two available allows it as an option, I can take it in my company (see
variants: 3. SS-Panzerdivision, and 5. SS-Panzerdivision. the following example).
Since I have chosen 3. SS-Panzerdivision as my variant, I
must use the column marked with my division symbol (see Heavy anti-tank
Gun Platoon
Leutnant
Leutnant

the following example). Platoon


HQ Section with: Command SMG team Kfz 15 field car

4 8.8cm PaK43 420 points HQ Section

3 8.8cm PaK43 315 points Unteroffizier Unteroffizier


2 8.8cm PaK43 210 points
1 8.8cm PaK43 105 points
8.8cm anti-tank gun 8.8cm anti-tank gun
4 8.8cm PaK43/41 405 points
3 8.8cm PaK43/41 305 points

Because the Heavy Anti-tank Gun Platoon has no di-


2 8.8cm PaK43/41
1 8.8cm PaK43/41
205
105
points
points
RSO tractor
Anti-tank
RSO tractor
Anti-tank
Gun Section Gun Section
visional
oPtions symbol it can be taken as an option for any Unteroffizier Unteroffizier

SS-Panzerkampfgruppe.
• Add Kfz 15 field car and RSO tractors for +5 points
for the platoon.
8.8cm anti-tank gun 8.8cm anti-tank gun
• Replace all RSO tractors with Sd Kfz 7 half-tracks for
+5 points for the platoon.

If you find yourself pitted against Soviet heavy armour then RSO tractor RSO tractor

ADDING WARRIORS TO YOUR FORCE


enlisting a few sections of 8.8cm PaK43 or PaK43/41 guns is Anti-tank Anti-tank
Gun Section Gun Section
exactly what the doctor ordered. They have the added punch
needed to destroy those Soviet iron monsters. Heavy Anti-tank Gun Platoon

There are many Warriors throughout this book. These are heroic soldiers who Gcan
anti-tank un Pjoin your force and help
latoon it to victory.
Leutnant

Platoon Leutnant

Warriors are available from the Flames Of War website www.FlamesOfWar.com


HQ Section with: and independent retailers as special order Command SMG team Kfz 15 field car
4 7.5cm PaK40 205 points
items (GSO### or FSO###,), blister packs (GE### or HU###), 3 or 7.5cmin
PaK40boxes (GBX##). Use the table below to find the
155 points HQ Section
2 7.5cm PaK40 105 points
relevant product code for each Warrior. 4 7.62cm PaK36(r) 165 points
Unteroffizier Unteroffizier

3 7.62cm PaK36(r) 125 points Anti-tank gun Anti-tank gun

Pictured below is the Warrior Sturmbannführer Fritz Biermeyer in his Panzer IV H tank.
2 7.62cm PaK36(r) 85 points

oPtions 3-ton truck 3-ton truck


• Add Kfz 15 field car and 3-ton trucks to the platoon
Warrior name and page number
for +5 points for the platoon.
• Replace all 3-ton trucks with RSO tractors at no cost
Product code
Anti-tank gun Anti-tank gun

Oberstleutnant Dr. Franz Bäke (Page 21)


or with Sd Kfz 7 or 11 half-tracks for +5 points for
the platoon. 3-ton truckGE894 3-ton truck
Anti-tank Anti-tank

Feldwebel Dietrich Uthoff (Page 51) gun Section


GSO30
Anti-tank gun Platoon
gun Section

Feldwebel Ludwig Windgruber (Page 68) GBX28


Gereral der Panzertruppen German 165

Dietrich von Saucken (Page 69) GE888


Sturmbannführer Fritz Biermeyer (Page 106) GE889
Panzer Kanonen (Page 107) GBX32
Fohadnagy Ervin Tarczay (Page 204) HU880
Korpraali Toivo Ilomäki (Page 236) FI520
Kapteeni Lauri Törni (Page 237) FI703

5
Basing your army
Battlefront Miniatures packages Flames Of War products to give you everything you need to assemble your force as quickly
and accurately as possible. Our blisters and box sets are packaged to give you all of the options available to build your army.

How to base different types of units


Every army organises its platoons differently, and the organisation diagrams reflect this. For example, a Panzergrenadier squad
in a Gepanzerte Panzergrenadier Platoon is comprised of nine men split into two teams, one of four soldiers and one of five,
yet a Panzergrenadier squad in a motorised Panzergrenadier Platoon has eight men split into two teams of four soldiers. Of
course, units in combat rarely maintain their theoretical strength. We reflect this by allowing you to take fewer squads.

Infantry teams
The fundamental building blocks of an infantry platoon are the various types of infantry teams. The most common ones are
shown below with a brief description of their function and organisation.

Command Teams A Command team is made up of an officer, an NCO and a rifleman on


a small base. There are often options to upgrade your Command team
with a different weapon. To do so, simply replace the rifleman with the
chosen upgrade. You can see an example of this on the following page.

Rifle teams Rifle teams are the basic form of infantry. All the miniatures in a rifle
team will normally be armed with rifles. Some squads may have a single
machine-gun, but its effect is diluted by the number of rifles in the
squad. Base your rifle teams on a medium base.

Rifle/MG teams Rifle/MG teams are organised like rifle teams, except that every squad of
two teams have a machine-gun. Base Rifle/MG teams on a medium base
with the second base normally modelled with a crew-fed machine-gun.

MG teams MG teams are better armed than Rifle/MG teams. Every MG team has
a machine-gun. Base MG teams with a crew-fed machine-gun and two
to three riflemen on a medium base.

SMG teams Some nations equipped entire platoons with submachine-guns. SMG
teams are made up of miniatures armed exclusively with submachine-
guns. Base SMG teams on a medium base.

Pioneer teams A Pioneer team retains the normal characteristics and basing of its type,
e.g. a Rifle team on a medium base, and gains combat engineering char-
acteristics and abilities such as an increased anti-tank rating in assault
and the ability to clear mines and demolish fortifications.

Light Mortar Light Mortar teams are made up of a miniature armed with a light
teams mortar and a loader on a small base.

Anti-tank Anti-tank Infantry teams are infantry teams made up of two miniatures
Infantry teams armed with a weapon like a Panzerschreck anti-tank rocket launcher and
two loaders on a medium base.
Gun teams
Artillery batteries and machine-gun, anti-tank gun, infantry gun platoons combine command infantry teams with gun teams.
Information on basing gun teams can be found in Basing Your Miniatures in the rulebook. Essentially, Man-packed gun
teams are mounted like infantry teams on a medium base, anti-tank and infantry guns are mounted on a medium base facing
the narrow end, and artillery is mounted on a large base facing the narrow end.

Platoon diagrams
Each platoon diagram indicates the required squads and teams you must have to make that unit combat-worthy. Troops and
vehicles in black are the core of the unit. Troops and vehicles in grey are options that you can add to give them more punch
or mobility. Many platoons also include options allowing you to improve the equipment or capabilities of some of the teams.
The platoon entry will also list the special rules that the platoon follows.

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Each platoon entry in a Flames Of War book reflects the historical make-up of the platoon, and tells you how to base the
blister or box set that represents that particular unit. The following example shows a platoon of Panzergrenadiers and how to
assemble it using the contents of the GBX09 Panzergrenadier Platoon (Late) box.

THE PLATOON ENTRY FROM THE BOOK (PAGE 77)

Gepanzerte Leutnant or oberfeldwebel


Panzergrenadier Platoon Leutnant or Oberfeldwebel

Platoon
HQ Section with: Command MG team Sd Kfz 251/1 half-track
3 Panzergrenadier Squads 220 points HQ Section
2 Panzergrenadier Squads 155 points
Unteroffizier Unteroffizier
Options
• Replace the Command MG team with a Command MG team MG team MG team MG team
Panzerknacker SMG team for +5  points or a
Command Panzerfaust SMG team for +10 points.
Sd Kfz 251/1 half-track Sd Kfz 251/1 half-track
• Replace Sd Kfz 251/1 half-track in HQ Section with
Panzergrenadier Panzergrenadier
a Sd Kfz 251/10 (3.7cm) half-track at no cost. Squad Squad
Unteroffizier
Gepanzerte Panzergrenadier Platoons may use the Mounted
Assault special rule. MG team MG team Sd Kfz 251/1 half-track
Panzergrenadier Squad
Building the Platoon
Gepanzerte Panzergrenadier platoon
Use the diagram below to base your platoon. By replacing the
rifleman on the Command MG team with an Panzerknacker
or Panzerfaust armed miniature, the team is upgraded to a
Command Panzerknacker or Panzerfaust SMG team.

BUILDING THE PLATOON


Leutnant or oberfeldwebel
Leutnant or Oberfeldwebel

OR OR

Command Command Command Sd Kfz 251/10


MG team Panzerknacker SMG team Panzerfaust SMG team (3.7cm) half-track

HQ Section

Unteroffizier Unteroffizier Unteroffizier

MG team MG team MG team

MG team MG team MG team

Sd Kfz 251/1 half-track Sd Kfz 251/1 half-track Sd Kfz 251/1 half-track

Panzergrenadier Squad Panzergrenadier Squad Panzergrenadier Squad

Gepanzerte Panzergrenadier platoon

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the Eastern Front
The German defeat at the Battle of Kursk in July 1943 Disaster in the Crimea
marked the beginning of the end for the Wehrmacht on
Back in the south the Red Army maintained its momentum
the Eastern Front. Both sides suffered huge losses in men
as troops of the Third Ukrainian Front swept across the
and machines. However, they were losses the Soviets could
Southern Ukraine, reaching the borders of Romania by
make good, but from which the Germans would never
12 May. The Soviet advance had cut off the German and
fully recover. In August 1943 the Red Army began a series
Romanian troops under General Janecke in the Crimean
of massive counteroffensives that gathered in momentum,
peninsula.
driving the invaders before them.
On 8 April Soviet troops attacked and quickly overwhelmed
The Soviet counteroffensives the Axis defences. On 9 May the German garrison in
Sevastopol surrendered.
Even while fighting continued at Kursk, the Red Army
launched a series of counterattacks throughout the second
half of 1943 that eventually led them to the Dnepr River. Operation bagration
By May the Red Army had recaptured large areas of the
Generalfeldmarschall Manstein scrambled to plug the holes,
motherland from the invaders. The Crimea and the Ukraine
pleading for reinforcements for his battered Army Group
were back in Soviet hands and the Germans had been driven
South. Reluctantly, Hitler released 48. Panzerkorps to rein-
back from the approaches to Moscow and Leningrad, yet
force the crumbling German lines. This allowed the belea-
still large swathes of Byelorussia remained under German
guered Germans to hold on until the autumn rains created a
control.
quagmire, halting Soviet attacks.
On 22 June the Soviets launched Operation Bagration
Counterattack at Zhitomir with the First Baltic, Second and Third Byelorussian Fronts
smashing into the German defences between the cities of
In December the bitter cold of the harsh Russian winter had
Vitebsk and Bobruisk, centred on Orsha. The Germans
frozen the mud solid. In a bold move that caught the Soviets
took a heavy toll on the attacking Soviet forces, but the Red
by surprise, 4. Panzer­armee attacked north of Zhitomir. The
Army still had more to give. By 25 June German forces were
Soviet forces reeled before the ferocity of the assault and Red
retreating back to the fortified cities, before Soviet assaults
Army reserves were rushed west to bolster the lines. Army
drove the Germans first out of Vitebsk, then Orsha, while
Group South recaptured Korosten and bought itself a little
encircling Mogilov and Bobruisk.
time to regroup.
As German forces retreated towards Minsk, Berlin sent
The Korsun-Cherkassy pocket Generalfeld­marschall Model to stop the Soviet advance.
On Christmas Eve Vatutin’s First Ukrainian Front attacked. Every available soldier was thrown into the battle in impro-
Most of Army Group South fell back to the Panther-Wotan vised blocking forces. Two panzer divisions and a heavy tank
line, but by early January large numbers of German troops battalion were thrown against the Red Army’s spearheads,
still remained in exposed positions. Manstein sought to pull delaying the onslaught bravely. More infantry, cavalry and
the exposed troops back to safety but Hitler, reluctant to armour were sent against them, but eventually the weight
take another backward step, ordered them to hold fast. The of the red tide told. Minsk fell on 3 July and the Germans
Soviet First and Second Ukrainian Fronts quickly enveloped withdrew to prepare for the next assault.
the Germans, trapping 56,000 men from six divisions in the
Korsun-Cherkassy pocket. On to the Vistula
The initial Soviet spearheads of Operation Bagration had
A relief force was hastily assembled to rescue the trapped
reached their objectives by mid July. They had retaken
divisions. Belatedly, Hitler authorised a withdrawal from the
Byelorussia and now found themselves engulfing the
pocket. Soviet artillery shells and rockets pounded the retreat-
Festerplatz (fortified) cities in eastern Poland. Soviet forces
ing German columns mercilessly. The retreat became a rout
began to establish bridgeheads over the Vistula River.
and the troops abandoned almost all of their equipment.
Clashing upon the banks of the Vistula the Soviets locked
horns with German forces holding the river and the doorway
Relieving Leningrad to Germany and Berlin. The battles raged from Sandomierz
Even as Army Group South suffered defeat in the Ukraine, far in the south to the villages north of Warsaw. However,
to the north troops from the Soviet Leningrad and Volkhov vigorous counterattacks by SS, Luftwaffe and Heer armoured
Fronts attacked the fortified lines south of Lake Ladoga. The forces finally halted the Red Army and Operation Bagration
offensive surprised the German Eighteenth Army besieging finally ended.
Leningrad and they were steadily driven back from the ap-
proaches to the city by wave after wave of assaulting infantry. Assault on Romania
On 18 January Red Army troops finally broke the siege that
When the Crimea fell to the Red Army in May 1944, only
had lasted nearly 900 days.
a handful of Romanians were left to be evacuated. In the

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meantime the Romanians were rebuilding, only returning to to Hungary to deal with the threat and a massive clash of
the fight when the advancing Soviets reached Romanian ter- armoured forces delayed the Soviet offensive at Debrecen.
ritory. In June 1944, the Soviets pushed the Romanians and However, the respite was temporary as the great red sledge-
Germans back across the Bug River and entered Bessarabia. hammer was soon ready to swing again. The Red Army drove
The Red Army was on the very doorstep of Romania. on towards Budapest, the Hungarian capital.
The Germans and Romanians established a defensive line German and Hungarian forces attempted to stop the en-
along the Bessarabian frontier. This held until the Soviets circlement of the city, and a mixed corps of German and
launched a massive offensive on 20 August 1944. Two Soviet Hungarian troops held the city from repeated assaults by
thrusts were directed at the cities of Iasi and Chisinau. Soviet and Romanian forces. This savage and bitter struggle
Powerful Soviet armoured forces smashed through the lasted for 100 gruelling days, but the city was finally taken
Romanian lines and the small Romanian and German on 13 February 1945.
armoured reserves couldn’t stem the tide.
Meanwhile the fight for Hungary continued as three German
Shortly afterwards, to save Romania from total destruc- counter-offensives failed to break the siege. Eventually the
tion, an agreement was reached with the Soviet Union for assaults were called off on 27 January 1945 and the priority
Romania to swap sides and join the Allies. Romanian troops became the delay of the Soviet push on Austria.
were soon in action defending the Transylvanian border
from Hungarians trying to capture the vital passes through
the Carpathian Mountains.
FINLAND
The Invasion of Hungary Vyborg
Leningrad
After the fall of Romania three massive Soviet armies turned
on Hungary which was desperately defended by six German SOVIET
and Hungarian armies. Hitler rushed fresh armoured forces Narva
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German Forces
ARMOURED FORCES Panzerjägerkompanie
(Tank-hunter Company) Pg. 138
Kampfgruppe Bäke In the latter half of 1944 the Hetzer tank-hunter became
(Battle Group Bäke) Pg. 22 available in increasing numbers and these were used to equip
In late 1943 a collection of units were flung together to form both assault gun and tank-hunter units. Many of these newly
a kampfgruppe (battle group). The experienced Oberstleutnant formed or refitted units went into battle supporting infantry
Dr Franz Bäke was placed in command and they were hurled forces where the Hetzer tank-hunter performed well in its
into action. Kampfgruppe Bäke is a fully self-contained force dual role as an assault gun and tank-hunter.
and although primarily a panzer unit of Panther and Tiger
tanks, it had its own supporting infantry and artillery.
MOTORISED FORCES
StuG Batterie SS-Freiwilligen-
(Assault Gun Battery) Pg. 58
Panzergrenadierkompanie
Every well-equipped German infantry division had a battalion (SS Volunteer Motorised Infantry Company) Pg. 38
of assault guns, this is especially true of 78. Sturmdivision. The
While the Panzer divisions seize enemy held ground in
189. Sturmgeschutzabteilung (189th Assault Gun Battalion)
sweeping counterattacks it is the role of Panzergrenadier
follows the sturm grenadiers’ assaults, taking out subborn
divisions to quickly follow up and hold the new positions.
Soviet resistance. Riding into battle with them are the Begliet
However, on the Narva River the foreign volunteer SS-
(tank escorts), who fight from the StuG G assault guns with
Panzergrenadiers hold the line against vigorous Red Army
STG44 Assault Rifles, protecting the StuGs from enemy
assaults, before organising counterattacks to retake ground.
infantry.
Gepanzerte Panzergrenadierkompanie
Schwere Panzerkompanie (Armoured Infantry Company) Pg. 76
(Heavy Tank Company) Pg. 70
The Gepanzerte Panzergrenadierkompanie are the elite of the
The heavy Tiger I E tanks of 502. Schwere Panzerabteilung
mechanised infantry. Instead of trucks they are equipped with
and 505. Schwere Panzerabteilung provide the power to
armoured Sd Kfz 251 half-tracks giving them the mobility
engage and destroy even the most tank heavy Soviet bat-
and armour to accompany the tanks into the fighting.
talions. Hitler has also released the first battalion of forty-
five new Tiger II heavy tanks, which were delivered to 501.
Schwere Panzerabteilung to defeat the Soviets at Sandomierz, Panzergrenadierkompanie
(Motorised Infantry Company) Pg. 80
Poland in August 1944.
The Panzergrenadierkompanie uses trucks to bring its veteran
Panzerkompanie sold­iers to the battlefield where they dismount and fight on
(Tank Company) Pg. 72 foot. Well-supported by Panzers, assault guns and mobile
artillery their usual role is to attack defences to create a break-
5. Panzerdivision and 12. Panzerdivision were rushed into
through for the Panzers, or to hold the ground they take with
the line to halt the Soviet breakthrough at the start of
the Panzers as a counterattack reserve.
Operation Bagration. Other panzer divisions fought up and
down the Eastern Front throughout 1944. The panzers of
a Panzerkompanie have undergone a constant evolution Gepanzerte Panzerpionierkompanie
(Armoured Engineer Company) Pg. 86
throughout the war. They are heavier, better armed and more
mobile than those of your enemies. A Panzer division’s armoured pioneers are heavily-armed
assault specialists. Equipped with armoured half-tracks the
SS-Panzerkampfgruppe Gepanzerte Panzerpionier Platoon’s combat engineers are
(SS Armoured Battle Group) Pg. 108 well protected during the opening phase of close assaults.
SS tank forces provide ample striking power to decimate enemy
units. Newly refurbished with fresh recruits, the Kanonen Panzerpionierkompanie
(Motorised Engineer Company) Pg. 88
(Tank Aces) of the Panzer companies provide the leadership
needed to strike a deadly blow to advancing Soviet tanks. Most of the combat engineers of the Panzerdivision are mo-
torised in trucks. The Panzerpionier troops are called forward
Feldhernnhalle Panzerkampfgruppe when enemy fortified positions need to be cleared. In defence,
(Feldhernnhalle Armoured Battle Group) Pg. 130 they are equally good at creating barriers and obstacles around
strategic positions. Well armed with rifles, machine-guns,
The Panzerkampfgruppe is the powerful strike arm of the
mines and demolition carriers, these pioneers are able to take
Panzerdivision. By assembling the panzers and armoured
on anything that the Soviets can throw against them.
panzergrenadiers together the division had a potent weapon
with which to blunt the enemy’s advance or overrun them.

10 GERMAN
SS-Panzergrenadierkampfgruppe Sperrverband

German Forces
(SS Motorised Infantry Battle Group) Pg. 110 (Blocking Force) Pg. 94
The unique make up of the ‘Wiking’ division allows you In the desperate days of the Bagration breakthrough
to field either Danish or Flemish troops. The Totenkopf Sperrverband forces organised a core of veterans and sup-
(Death’s Head) division has its own Tiger company, as well ported them with the best troops available, allowing them
as Sturmtiger assault howitzers, in support to assist them in time to dig in, prepare solid defences, and halt the Soviet tank
erasing Soviet tanks or assault groups from the battlefield. hordes in their tracks.

Feldhernnhalle Ersatz Pionierkompanie


Panzergrenadierkompanie (Reserve Engineer Company) Pg. 98
(Feldhernnhalle If you see the need for more fortifications and engineering in
Motorised Infantry Company) Pg. 134 your defence then try the Ersatz Pioniere (Reserve Pioneers).
The Feldhernnhalle Panzer division’s panzergrenadiers are ex- They provide the manpower and expertise you need to solidly
cellent infantry provided with transport for fast deployment. hold the line until you can counterattack with your Panzers.
In Budapest they mostly fight on foot from street fortifica-
tions. They are supported by weapons platoons from their Sicherungskompanie
own division as well as allied Hungarian platoons. (Security Company) Pg. 118
The Sicherungskompanie was primarily used to hunt down
INFANTRY FORCES partisans. However, as the front lines in Byelorussia crumbled
German security forces were thrust into the front lines. While
Grenadierkompanie fighting partisans, or guarding the rail and roadways behind
(Infantry Company) Pg. 26 the lines, swiftly advancing Soviet spearheads sometimes
A Grenadierkompanie is the finest infantry force you can forced security forces to hold until support could arrive.
command. The troops are all experienced veterans and they
are backed by the best weapons that the German army can SS-Kavallerieschwadron
provide, from StuG assault guns to the feared Tiger, your (SS Cavalry Squadron) Pg. 140
Grenadierkompanie will never be out-gunned or out-classed. During the siege of Budapest the 8. SS-Kavalleriedivision
‘Florian Geyer’ and 22. SS-Freiwilligen-Kavalleriedivision
Fallschirmjägerkompanie ‘Maria Theresia’ cavalry divisions were trapped inside the
(Parachute Rifle Company) Pg. 32 city. They fought furiously against the red onslaught on foot
The Fallschirmjäger are Germany’s paratroopers. Like all para- alongside the Hungarians to save their glittering capital. Like
troopers, they are tough, tenacious and independent fighters. all good modern cavalry they easily adapted to fighting on
Though no longer making air assaults, they are Germany’s foot, making use of the good defensive positions.
finest light infantry, quite capable of holding their position in
the most dire situations. RECONNAISSANCE FORCES
Sturmkompanie Panzerspähkompanie
(Assault Company) Pg. 52 (Armoured Car Company) Pg. 90
The 78. Sturmdivision was organised in early 1943 as a spe- Armoured cars do not generally engage the enemy directly
cialised assault division. The concept of the Sturmkompanie except when confronted by a weak enemy or at the point
went beyond the normal grenadier organisation by giving it of attack. Armoured car patrols are the true reconnaissance
a lot more heavy equipment, such as its own integral 7.5cm troops of an Aufklärungsabteilung (reconnaissance battalion).
PaK40 anti-tank guns, a heavy platoon and the support from While the rest of the battalion is beating a path through the
the divisions own StuG Batterie, which lends immediate enemy the armoured cars goal is to exploit the gap in the lines
armoured support whenever needed. to get behind the enemy and scout out his positions.

Pionierkompanie
(Engineer Company) Pg. 60
The Pionierkompanie is composed of tough well-trained
combat engineers ready to do two things: undertake danger-
ous engineering assignments while under fire, and storm
enemy positions by close assault.

GERMAN 11
Hungarian Forces
ARMOURED FORCES INFANTRY FORCES
Harckocsizó Század Puskás Század
(Tank Company) Pg. 192 (Rifle Company) Pg. 202
The armoured troops are highly motivated and well trained. The bulk of the Hungarian Army, or Honvéd (pronounced
They fight with a mix of Hungarian and German tanks and hon-veed), was made up of the infantry of the Puskás Század
call on support from their infantry, anti-aircraft, and artillery. (Rifle Company). The Hungarians have built up their infantry
In addition they fight side-by-side with the Germans and are forces rapidly as the threat of Soviet invasion loomed. Some
supported by German armour, artillery and aircraft. divisions have been raised from reservists and new recruits,
while other divisions call on the experience of previous battles.
Rohamágyús Üteg The Hungarians had also been reforming their organisation
(Assault Gun Battery) Pg. 200 and arming their troops with more modern heavy weapons
The assault gun battalions are the elite mobile arm of the such as German 75mm anti-tank guns, 120mm mortars and
Hungarian artillery. They use their own native Zrínyi German Panzerfaust and Panzershreck anti-tank weapons.
assault howitzer, or German StuG G or Hetzer assault They can even call on the support of their own assault guns
guns. They are supported by the divisions they fight with, in armoured support.
which includes Hungarian tanks, anti-tank, infantry,
reconnaissance, anti-aircraft, artillery and aircraft, as well as Önkéntes Puskás Század
German panzers, panzergrenadiers, and aircraft. (Volunteer Rifle Company) Pg. 206
The riflemen of the Budapest defence infantry come from
a variety of sources, from highly motivated volunteers to
MOTORISED FORCES professional police and regular soldiers. All the different
Gépkocsizó Lövesz Század forces trapped inside Budapest fought together and sup-
(Motorised Infantry Company) Pg. 196 ported each other. In addition to the machine-guns of their
weapons platoons, they are backed by mortars, assault guns,
The motorised infantry of 1 and 2 Armoured Division are
st nd
panzers, anti-tank, infantry, reconnaissance, heavy mortars,
commanded by veterans of the battles on the Don in 1942 to anti-aircraft, artillery and aircraft.
1943. They are some of the best troops in the Hungarian armies.
These skilled riflemen keep pace with the rapid movements of
the tanks to provide support when it is needed, ready to take
captured positions and hold them against counterattack.

12 HUNGARIAN
Finnish Forces

Hungarian and Finnish Forces


ARMOURED FORCES INFANTRY FORCES
Panssarikomppania Jääkärikomppania
(Tank Company) Pg. 224 (Light Infantry Company) Pg. 228
Finnish Panssari (Tank or Armour) units are seasoned The Jääkäri (light infantry) remain the best of the Finnish
veterans, who have had up to two years training. They have infantry, and rigorous training and patrolling has kept them
learnt to survive operating obsolete Soviet light and medium so during the quiet of 1943. Their tactics emphasize speed
tanks and are now full of confidence in heavier T-34 tanks. and mobility. A high proportion of their leaders are volun-
Some Panssari companies are a mixture of the captured teers or former regular army officers and often the men are
Soviet medium tanks. However, most brave crews still soldier from rural areas with excellent fieldcraft skills. For them the
on in T-26 and T-28 tanks The T-26 tank remains the most best form of reconnaissance is attack.
numerous tank in the Finnish arsenal.
Jalkaväkikomppania
Sturmikomppania (Infantry Company) Pg. 232
(Assault Gun Company) Pg. 226 The Jalkaväki (infantry) are superbly trained and experi-
With new German-supplied Sturmi (StuG III G) assault enced, although some of the troops grow weary from five
guns, the Panssari division now packs quite a punch. The years of war. Jalkaväki regiments are balanced with infantry,
Sturmi crews have been training hard, are led by selected light infantry (Jääkäri scouts), machine guns and mortars.
officers picked from Jääkäri units, and are ready for battle Each regiment has an anti-tank unit. Divisional support is
against the toughest foes. Their 75mm guns, combined with better than ever, with anti-aircraft, anti-tank and artillery
the skill of their Finnish crews, have enabled them to achieve support readily available and even modern assault guns – the
impressive kill ratios, even against Soviet heavy armour. Sturmi.

Pioneerikomppania
(Engineer Company) Pg. 236
The Pioneerikomppania (Engineer Company) provide the
Finnish divisions with experts in field engineering and mine
clearing. They also serve as excellent assault troops for taking
our enemy’s fortifications. In attack their satchel charges,
flame-throwers and pioneer skills are invaluable. In defence
they can lay the minefields that have so effectively slowed the
Soviet advance.

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Tiger IE tanks of Kampfgruppe Bäke grind through the snow to relieve the trapped forces.

Grenadiers hold fast as Soviet Strelkovy put the squeeze on their positions.

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Kampfgruppe Bäke Panther tanks had vital support from attached Gebirgsjäger infantry.

The armoured anti-aircraft half-tracks are the last line of defence against attack from the air.

15
Battle for the Narva Line

Germany’s Army Group North had been besieging Leningrad Manning this position were troops from 4. SS-Freiwilligen
for over two years. In January 1944, the Red Army launched Panzergrenadier-Brigade Nederland and 11. SS-Freiwilligen
an offensive that threatened to encircle the besieging army. Panzergrenadierdivision Nordland. These units were unusual
Through a series of skilful rear guard actions, the III SS- in that they consisted of volunteers from European countries
Panzerkorps was able to withdraw to the natural defensive other than Germany (Freiwilligen means volunteers).
positions on the Narva River near the city of Narva.
On 3 February the Soviet attack began with a thrust through
As they arrived, the German forces found that the defensive the defences on the eastern side of the river. Soviet tanks broke
fortifications of the Panther Line existed only on paper. There through and threatened to establish their own bridgehead
were a few emplacements from the invasion in 1941, but on the western side of the river. The Nordland SS-Divison’s
generally these were in poor locations for the current battle. Panzer Battalion, named Hermann von Salza, and the Tiger
The ground was frozen making the preparation of new trench tanks of 502. Schwere Panzerabteilung (502nd Heavy Tank
lines difficult. However, the terrain offered a choke point with Battalion), which included Tiger ace Leutnant Otto Carius,
Lake Peipus in the south and the Gulf of Finland to the north joined the battle. They defeated the Soviet armour, and with
connected from south to north by the Narva River. their support, the Nordland infantry was able to recapture
the position on the eastern side of the river.
The river represents the border between Russia and the
Baltic nation of Estonia. If the Red Army could drive the On 11 February the Soviet 43rd Rifle Corps attacked north of
Germans from Narva, they would remove them from the the city, but was met strongly by the 227. Grenadierdivision
whole region. This would score both a strategic and political and the Nederland SS-Brigade. In the south, attacks by the
victory for Stalin’s armies. The river was icy and the bridges Red Army’s 109th and 122nd Rifle Corps were somewhat
were the key to both the defence of Narva and the success of more successful advancing 7½ miles before being stopped
the Soviet attacks. by Nordland SS-Division, 170. Grenadierdivision and the
Panzergrenadierdivision Feldherrnhalle.
The Red Army did not wait for the Germans to settle. On 2
February 1944 the Second Shock Army immediately attacked Soviet assaults continued up and down the Narva line. In the
the German bridgehead on the east side of the Narva River. north the Soviets established a bridgehead on the western
This bridgehead was a seven mile long line stretching from side of the river near the village of Siivertsi. After nine days
the village of Lilienback in the north to the village of Dolpaya of heavy fighting the Soviets were again forced back to the
Niva in the south. east side of the river.

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On 14 February the Soviet hight command (Stavka) issued General Govorov attempted to revive the assault on 2 March
new orders to General Govorov commanding the Red Army by bringing fresh forces to bear against the Narva defences.
on the Narva front. A fresh Soviet assault south of Narva These attacks also floundered. Rather than allow the Soviets
by the 30th Guard Rifle Corps broke through the defensive to consolidate the few gains they had achieved, the German
line and established a bridgehead. By 24 February the assault forces launched a series of vicious counterattacks between 4
forces had swung in a wide arc around Narva, reaching the and 6 March. These attacks recaptured the lost ground and
rail line supporting the city and threatening to encircle the returned the front to its February positions.
defenders. It was stopped when Panzergrenadierdivision
In response, on the night of 6/7 March, the Red Air Force
Feldherrnhalle and 502. Schwere Panzerabteilung counter
made a massive bombing raid on the city of Narva, reducing
attacked.
it to ruins. The surviving civilians fled west, but the defend-
After a week of relative quiet, March saw a renewed offensive ers positions remained intact.
by the Soviets. At dawn on 1 March, the Red Army began
The Soviets continued attacking up and down the Narva
a 20-minute artillery barrage against the German positions.
Line probing for weaknesses. One attack against Nederland’s
This was followed by the advance of units from three rifle
49. SS-Freiwilligen Panzergrenadier Regiment broke through
corps. The artillery barrage proved inadequate against the
towards the river. The Soviets committed their tank reserves
well dug in defenders and the advance halted after heavy
to seize the bridges across the river into the city. The de-
casualties. Accurate and timely German artillery played a
fenders counterattacked with Nordland’s Herman von Salza
large part in breaking up the assault, as did the Luftwaffe
Panzer Abteilung. The panzers stopped the advancing tanks,
even though the Soviets enjoyed a roughly 3 to 1 advantage
but they were prevented from exploiting their advantage by
in air power. The Soviet assault had gained little.
heavy anti-tank fire from the eastern side of the river.
On 23 March Hilter ordered
the creation of Festung
Narva-Jöesuu 3 February Narwa (Fortress Narva)
Gulf of Finland to be held at all costs. The
2 February
Germans launched a series
1 March of counterattacks beginning
on 26 March. These attacks
2 February
were designed to eliminate
Sillamäe Lillienbach the Soviet bridgehead
Siivertsi gained by the 30th Guard
8 March
Rifle Corps in February on
19-23 April Narva the western side of the river.
They drove the Red forces
Dolpaya Niva back to the river, but not
26-31 March
across it. The attacks could
Sirgala
not be sustained with the
6-8 April equipment and manpower
available, but the threat
7 February Vyaska was sufficient that General
2 February Govorov ordered the con-
11 February struction of extensive de-
Putki
Krivasu fensive works on the eastern
side of the river to prevent a
possible breakout.
River

By the end of March, the


Red Army was not able
a
Narv

to defeat the Germans at


14 March N Narva. The Germans had
Gorodenka succeeded in rapidly rein-
forcing their position, while
the Soviets were hampered
in their attacks both by the
terrain and a poor coop-
Karoli eration between the various
2 February units in the sector. The thaw
in April and the rasputitsa
0 Miles 5 10 15 (muddy season) forced a
halt all major operations
0 Kilometres 10 15 20 until late May.
Lake Peipus

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Korsun Pocket
The battle for the Korsun Pocket was a huge complex battle
involving 400,000 men fighting over an area 100 square kilo-
metres for three weeks.
On 24 January 1944 the Soviet First and Second Ukrainian Dnepr River
Fronts, having regrouped after their successful campaigns at
the end of 1943, attacked south of Kiev hitting the positions
of the German First Panzer Army near the town of Korsun- Cherkassy
Medvyn Korsun-
Shevchenkovskiy (100 miles southeast of Kiev). The aim was Shevchenkovskiy
to trap the Germans in a pincer formed by the two fronts,
taking advantage of the desire of the Germans to hold some
V’yazivok
part of the Dnepr River, rather than withdraw.
Zvenyhorodkha
The Soviet First Ukrainian Front attacks met serious resist- Shpola
ance the following day and suffered heavy casualties from Lebedyn
concentrated German artillery. The battle around Korsun
raged through the following days and by 28 January 1944
the Soviets had encircled six German divisions from the XI
and XLII Korps (Eighth Army). Hitler insisted that the sur- On 14 February Soviet forces captured Korsun-
rounded positions on the Dnepr River be held and forbad any Shevchenkovskiy against the determined resistance of the
breakout attempt. In response Field Marshal von Manstein, SS Walloon Brigade, of 5. SS-Panzerdivision Wiking. As the
commanding Army Group South, began to assemble an perimeter of the pocket continued to shrink Hitler grudg-
armoured force to break into the encirclement. ingly gave permission to attempt a breakout on 15 February.
The following day the III Panzerkorps was stopped 12 miles
By 4 February Von Manstein had massed four panzer divi- from the perimeter of the pocket. The relief forces were ex-
sions and an ad hoc heavy tank regiment under Dr. Franz hausted and it was concluded that any further action would
Bäke (one battalion each of Tigers and Panthers) and began be fruitless.
his counterattack to relieve forces trapped around Korsun.
The force was denuded of the full strength 24. Panzerdivision Led by the remnants of 5. SS-Panzerdivision Wiking,
at the last minute when Hitler personally intervened to send Kampgruppe Stemmermann launched their attempt to break
it south to help at Sixth Army at Nikopol. out on 17 February. In a blinding snowstorm they managed
to find a seam in the Soviet defences. At dawn, the weather
The German forces inside the pocket were designated cleared and the Soviet cavalry and aircraft pounced on the
Kampfgruppe Stemmermann (after the senior commander) columns of fleeing Germans. Having abandoned their heavy
on 5 February. The Soviets stepped-up attacks to reduce the equipment, the breakout turned into a rout as desperate men
pocket the same day. To compound difficulties for both sides, fled from the carnage. General Stemmermann was killed
the temperature plummeted to well below zero throughout along with many of his men. However, around 35,000 men
the battle area. By 7 February Kampfgruppe Stemmermann, escaped. They had little more than their personal weapons,
while under continuous pressure from Soviet attacks, con- if that. However, if Stalin had expected a battle of annihila-
tracted its perimeter, abandoning Gorodische and Yanovka, tion like at Stalingrad, he was mistaken. The Germans had
and began to prepare for a breakout attack. Meanwhile, von effected their escape and the pocket was empty.
Manstein’s break-in operation continued against very heavy
resistance. The Korsun Pocket was a Soviet victory, though it came at a
high price and the Germans could claim that most of their
On 8 February the Soviets offered Kampfgruppe Stemmermann men escaped the trap. The intensity of the battles was born
the opportunity to surrender, but it refused. The Germans out in the casualty figures. In two months the Soviets lost
redoubled their efforts to fly supplies into the pocket and exit 25,000 killed, 56,000 wounded (from 240,000) and half their
flights were able to evacuate some of the seriously wounded. 500 tanks. For the Germans claims vary, but as a minimum
Having finally assembled an effective force, III Panzerkorps 20,000 Germans in the pocket were killed or captured, and
began its relief attacks on 11 February. They get within 10 another 11,000 escapees were wounded (from 55,000). In
miles of the pocket, but Soviet resistance stiffened in the fol- addition a similar number of killed and wounded were lost
lowing days. from the relieving forces, which also lost over 100 tanks (from
80,000 men and 300 tanks).

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Kamenets-Podolsky (Hube’s) Pocket.
On 4 March 1944 the Soviets began another offensive aimed Frundsberg), 100. Jäger and 367. Infanterie divisions, which
at pushing Army Group South out of the Ukraine. Taking ad- would fight their way from the 4. Panzerarmee lines to try and
vantage of the weakening of the southern German positions reach the encircled troops.
by moving panzer troops northwards for the Korsun Pocket
Hube repositioned his forces into three distinct kampfgrup-
battles, the Soviets drove the First and Second Ukrainian
pen, the first and second being northern and southern attack
Fronts to the north and south of the 1. Panzerarmee, eventu-
groups. The kampfgruppen were to carry out the initial break
ally encircling them by 25 March.
out west while a rearguard group would fight aggressive
Leading the 1. Panzerarmee was Generaloberst Hans Valentin withdrawing engagements. The North and South spearheads
Hube, a standout general, known as ‘Der Mensch’ (‘The Man’) were led by Panzerkampfgruppe Bäke and his Panthers as well
among the soldiers. Having experienced the encirclement as the other panzer divisions. The Tiger companies of the
of 6. Armee at Stalingrad he took steps to limit a potential 509. Schwere Panzerabteilung dominated the rearguard.
disaster by ordering all administrative and non-combat per-
Early afternoon radio reports of 28 March and reconnais-
sonnel to the rear and reducing the number of non-combat
sance indicated to the Soviets that the 1. Panzerarmee was
vehicles in the area to save fuel.
making preparations to cross the bridgehead and break out
The Soviet encirclement was complete by 25 March with south. Believing the break out was heading south the Soviets
six Soviet armies applying pressure to Hube’s force. At the relaxed their other armies and focused all attention on the
same time the external encirclement of another three Soviet southern units.
armies, was designed to force the German 4. Panzerarmee and
This played perfectly into Hube’s plan. On the night of 28/29
8. Armee back and stop any rescue operation.
March, Panzerkampfgruppe Bäke broke west with 1. Panzer
With the 1. Panzerarmee still holding the bridge over the army’s entire force behind it. A blizzard began the night
Dniester at Khotin, it seemed obvious to the Soviets that at of 28 March blanketing everything in thick white snow, a
some point Hube would attempt an offensive south. The two mixed blessing that slowed movement, but also provided
Soviet fronts began to shift forces southward to prepare for concealment. By 29 March, the first Panther battalions of
this break out. 1. Panzerarmee had seized three separate bridgeheads across
the Zbrucz River and were advancing against Soviet defend-
Manstein and Hube, seeing the strengthening of the
ers in the valley between the Zbrucz and the Seret.
Soviet southern forces, began to devise a counter plan. In
spite of the strength of the forces to the north and west of It was at this point that the Soviet commanders realised they’d
the 1. Panzerarmee and the distance of 125 miles to the been tricked. The southern break out was simply deception.
4. Panzerarmee lines, Manstein wanted Hube to breakout Immediately, intense attacks were launched against the
west. This would force the 1. Panzerarmee to fight its way 1. Panzer army’s rearguard. However, they held off the Soviet
out of encirclement against some of the strongest forces sur- attacks, halting the assault by 31 March.
rounding it.
The Soviets were masters of keeping their advance moving
On 25 March Hitler gave Hube authority to break out as in the winter conditions, but the Germans were equal to the
well as giving Manstein command of II SS-Panzerkorps, con- task. The Luftwaffe kept 1. Panzerarmee fuelled and supplied
sisting of 9. and 10. SS-Panzer divisions (Hohenstaufen and enough for the constant moving and fighting, both day and
night, over the two week running battle.
Ternopol II SS-Panzerkorps slammed into the weakly held lines around
Podgaitsy, smashing through on 4 April. The next day, advance
Zbrucz River

elements of 1. Panzer army’s breakout force met elements of


Seret Riv

the II SS-Panzerkorps. Over the next few days, elements of


1. Panzerarmee pushed forward into 4. Panzer army’s lines at
and around Buczacz on the Strypa River. The breakout had
r e

been secured, but fighting continued for another two weeks


Chortkov into April as all of 1. Panzer army’s divisions and men were
successfully withdrawn.
The 1. Panzerarmee had escaped with most of its manpower
Skala and remained a viable fighting force. They re-established a
new front line from the Dniester River up to the town of
Kamenets- Brody. They suffered minimal casualties but lost most of their
Podolskiy
heavy equipment throughout the almost month long battle.
Dniester Having saved the 1. Panzerarmee Generaloberst Hube, after
River
receiving Diamonds for his Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves
Front Lines Khotin
and Swords, tragically died when his plane crashed in the
German Forces
Russian Forces
Austrian Alps after leaving his medal ceremony.

19
Schwere Panzerregiment Bäke
The year 1943 drew to a close in the cold of the Ukrainian With both Soviet and German forces worn out on the
winter, with German Army Group South in crisis. Retreating southern front, there was finally time to regroup and for
everywhere since the defeat at Kursk, a succession of Soviet the Germans to stabilise the front. In May 1944 Schwere
offensives saw the liberation of Kharkov, Kiev and the Panzerregiment Bäke was split up and its components
crossing of the Dnieper River line. They were outnumbered returned to their parent divisions.
everywhere, and knew that another Soviet strike would
surely come in the new year. Faced with the reality that he Organisation of Schwere Panzer
could not possibly hold the line, Feldmarschall von Manstein Regiment Bäke
realised that he needed mobile reserves.
The German army had long practiced combining tactical
It was at this time that the German general staff’s genius for sub-units into a Kampfgruppe for particular operations. As
organisation and flexibility was demonstrated. Hurriedly in- the war dragged on, and gradually turned against Germany,
dependent units and portions of larger formations in reserve this virtue of flexibility became a necessity. By the Late War
were flung together to form a kampfgruppe. An experienced period many Kampfgruppen up to regimental or divisional
commander, Oberstleutnant Dr Franz Bäke, was placed in size became semi-permanent, with internal logistics to sustain
command and soon formed a unique group of forces into a them. In the long term this practice was the unfortunate
cohesive regiment. Then they were hurled into action. side effect of rendering many conventional divisions under-
Schwere Panzerregiment Bäke’s first battle was at the strength due to various missing sub-units. Nevertheless,
Balabonowka pocket in January 1944, where it immediately some of the Kampfgruppen were highly successful.
had to halt a Soviet offensive. On the boundary between Schwere Panzerregiment Bäke was a fully self-contained force
First and Fourth Panzer Armies, five Soviet Tank Corps from created by combining various independent units with others
1st Tank Army had broken through and headed for Vinnitsa. withdrawn from line divisions. Although primarily a panzer
On the open steppe between the Bug and Dneiper Bäke’s unit, it had supporting infantry and artillery.
Tigers and Panthers met the Soviets. They destroyed over
250 Soviet tanks for the loss of just four. During this battle Oberstleutnant Dr Franz Bäke
Bäke personally destroyed three Soviet tanks at close quarters
By 1944 Oberstleutnant Dr Franz Bäke was one of the most
with infantry weapons.
capable and experienced front-line panzer commanders in the
Next Schwere Panzerregiment Bäke led attempts to relieve German Army. Born in 1898 in the town of Schwarzenfels,
the Korsun Pocket. III Panzerkorps and XLVII Panzerkorps Bäke had served in World War One as an enlisted man. He
were rapidly launched in counter-offensives to break them fought in the infantry on the western front including the
out. Schwere Panzerregiment Bäke formed the spearhead of battle of Verdun, was wounded, awarded the Iron Cross
III Panzerkorps. Thrusting through two Soviet Infantry corps Second Class and finished the war as a sergeant and officer
and 5th Guards Tank Corps (including units equipped with candidate. Between the wars he studied dentistry, gained his
IS-2 heavy tanks), Regiment Bäke reached the Gniloy Tikich doctorate, and established a successful professional career. Still
River, just ten kilometres from the pocket. Though falling a reservist, Bäke was called up in 1937, and was a Leutnant
short it held the southern flank open to allow thousands of commanding a panzer platoon at the start of the war.
the trapped men to escape.
Bäke’s platoon was part of the Panzerabteilung 65,
There was little time to recover after Korsun. In March 1. Jägerdivision, later reorganised as 6. Panzerdivision.
Schwere Panzerregiment Bäke was itself encircled in the Equipped with the Czech Panzer 35(t) tanks. Bäke’s unit
Kaminets-Podolsky pocket, better known as Hube’s pocket. took part in the invasion of Poland, where Bäke served
Here Zhukov and Konev launched another offensive with two well and was promoted to company commander. In France
huge pincers, this time cutting off the entire 1. Panzerarmee 1940, 6. Panzerdivision formed part of Guderian’s strike
under General Hans Hube in a huge sack between the Bug force through the Ardennes. Bäke’s Company captured a key
and Dniester Rivers, further to the west of Korsun. By now bridge across the Meuse. Wounded twice in the campaign,
von Manstein and Hube were not about to sit idly by waiting Bäke was awarded the Gold Wound Badge and the Iron
for orders. While his force was mobile he would get himself Cross, First Class.
out. Rather than break through the bulk of the Soviet spear-
In 1941 6. Panzerdivision was transferred to East Prussia
head in front of him, von Manstein ordered Hube to thrust
for Operation Barbarossa. Bäke’s role changed to a staff
sideways, through the weaker Soviet flanking forces. Once
position in charge of recovery of damaged tanks. As regi-
again Schwere Panzerregiment Bäke formed part of the spear-
mental Ordinanz-Offizier he carried out tank recovery with
head of Brieth’s III Korps. They were part of the force that cut
his customary energy and intelligence. With Operation
through the Soviet infantry along the Zbruch River. Hube
Typhoon reaching its climax he often led ad-hoc kampfgrup-
had ordered all non-fighting equipment to be ruthlessly
pen forward on missions.
discarded and both combat and support units moved with
the panzers as transport. These desperate measures worked After the winter of 1941/42 the worn-out 6. Panzerdivision
and led to the successful break-out. 1. Panzerarmee reached was withdrawn to France for rebuilding. Bäke was promoted
German lines on 5 April. to commander of II Abteillung/11. Panzerregiment. By the

20
time the rebuilt division was ready for combat Stalingrad After further defensive battles Bäke’s unit was disbanded
had been encircled. 6. Panzerdivision was transferred back in May 1944. Bäke took command of Panzer Brigade 106
east and thrown into the relief attempt. Unable to break Feldherrnhalle, now forming in the west with Panthers
through, it then helped encircle and destroy Soviet tanks and armoured infantry. By September these were fighting
thrusting towards Kharkov. For this action Bäke was awarded defensive battles against Patton’s Third US Army. At first
the Knights Cross in January 1943. successful against US tanks, Bäke suffered his first defeat
when he attacked the US 90th Infantry Division, which
At Kursk 6. Panzerdivision formed part of Hoth’s
took the Panzer attacks in its stride and counterattacked the
4. Panzerarmee attacking from the south. Wounded again
Panzergrenadiers. The Feldherrnhalle panzer brigade fell back
himself, Bäke continued and took over command of 11.
with heavy losses.
Panzerregiment when its commander was severely wounded.
Bäke led the unit through the defensive battles towards the In January 1945 Bäke completed a course in divisional
Dneiper, receiving the Oak Leaves to the Knights Cross in command and in March led Panzerdivision Feldehernhalle
August 1943. He was promoted to Oberstleutnant der Reserve 2 in the final offensive in Hungary. Bäke led them back to
and ordered to form Schwere Panzerregiment Bäke in December Czechoslovakia where he was promoted to General in April.
1943. Six months of intensive combat involving the Regiment In May he led them in a breakout through encircling Soviet
proved Bäke’s ability to command larger formations. Bäke was forces to surrender to American forces at the Elbe. After the
awarded the Swords to the Knights Cross for his efforts to war Bäke was held as a POW until 1950, and then returned to
relieve the Korsun pocket in February 1944. his dentistry career until his death in a car accident in 1978.

OBERSTLEUTNANT
Dr Franz Bäke

CHARACTERISTICS
Franz Bäke is a Warrior and Higher Command Team rated Master Tactician
as Fearless Veteran. He may join a Kampfgruppe Bäke
Bäke preferred to win his battles through manoeuvre and
company (page 22) mounted in a Panther tank replacing the
tactics rather than bludgeoning the enemy.
Company Command team for +60 points.
Bäke’s combat career was characterised by his intelligence, If Bäke is present on the battlefield one Bäke Panther
determination and energy. Bäke gained his success not by Platoon or Bäke Schwere Panzer Platoon may make a
fanaticism or bravado, but through his tactical skill. Bäke Reconnaissance Deployment move after deployment is com-
always has the following abilities: pleted but before the first turn begins.

Energetic Commander Every Shot Counts


Bäke was an energetic commander who both led by example Bäke is a veteran of tank combat and has personally served in
and pushed his men as hard as needed to achieve victory. almost every mark of tank used by the Panzer units. He knows
how to stay cool under pressure and shoot accurately.
Bäke and any platoon he has joined pass their Skill Test to
make a Stormtroopers Move on a roll of 2+. Bäke’s Panther tank may re-roll any failed To Hit rolls
when it shoots.

21
Kampfgruppe
B G B
Bäke attle roup äke

(Tank Company)
HEADQUARTERS

HEADQUARTERS

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

Kampfgruppe Bäke
23

HQ

DIVISIONAL SUPPORT PLATOONS


COMBAT PLATOONS

WEAPONS PLATOONS

ARMOUR INFANTRY
INFANTRY ARTILLERY

Panzer Pioneer Platoon


74

Gebirgsjäger Platoon

25
Bäke Panther Platoon Armoured Artillery
23

15
Battery

8
RECONNAISSANCE Armoured Heavy

15
ARMOUR INFANTRY Artillery Battery

8
ARTILLERY
Panzer Scout Platoon
75

Gebirgsjäger Platoon

25
Bäke Panther Platoon
23

ANTI-AIRCRAFT Gepanzerte
Panzerpionier Platoon 87 Rocket Launcher Battery

15
9
Bäke Schwere Panzer
24

Platoon Panzerpionier Platoon Armoured Rocket


89

16
Launcher Battery

0
ARMOUR Schwere Panzer
25

Armoured Scout Platoon


Bäke Anti-aircraft AIRCRAFT
24

Gun Platoon
RECONNAISSANCE

Bäke Panther Platoon


23

Air Support

16
2
Bäke Schwere Panzer Half-tracked
24

91

Platoon Panzerspäh Platoon

22
Kampfgruppe Bäke
Motivation and Skill
RELUCTANT CONSCRIPT
The companies of Schwere Panzerregiment Bäke (Heavy Tank Regiment Bäke) are led by
CONFIDENT TRAINED
seasoned veterans of past battles. These men teach the new recruits the tricks of tank combat
and weld them into an effective fighting force. Kampfgruppe Bäke is rated as Confident FEARLESS VETERAN
Veteran.

HEADQUARTERS

Kampfgruppe Bäke HQ Hauptmann

Headquarters Hauptmann Unteroffizier

Company HQ with:
Panther A 190 points
Company Command
Panther
Options Bergepanther
• Add a second Panther A tank for +190 points. Recovery Section
• Add a Bergepanther recovery vehicle for +15 points.
2iC Command
Panther
Schwere Panzerregiment Bäke was a fully self-contained force
Company HQ
created by combining various independent units with others
withdrawn from line divisions. Although primarily a panzer Kampfgruppe Bäke HQ
unit, it had supporting infantry and artillery.
If you form a Kampfgruppe under your 2iC Command
Often with German Panzer units during intense fighting
Panther tank any Tiger I E tanks included still roll for Tiger
the number of operational tanks could get quite low.
Aces skills. However, any Tiger Ace Skill that normally effects
Consequently, a Flames Of War on table company may
the whole platoon will only be applied to the Tiger I E tanks
represent all the tanks available at times during the various
in the Kampfgruppe.
operations of Schwere Panzerregiment Bäke.

COMBAT PLATOONS

Bäke Panther Platoon Leutnant

Platoon LEUTNANT

4 Panther A 750 points


3 Panther A 560 points
Command Panther
The Panthers of Kampfgruppe Bäke are drawn from an experi- HQ Section
enced Panzer battalion, II Battalion, 23. Panzerregiment, 23.
Panzerdivision. Their mobility enabled them to be used on Unteroffizier Unteroffizier
wide outflanking manoeuvres while the Tigers engaged fron-
tally. They act as the rapier while the Tigers form the shield.

Panther Panther
Panzer Section Panzer Section
Unteroffizier

Panther
Panzer Section

Bäke Panther Platoon

23
Bäke Schwere Panzer Platoon Leutnant
Platoon LEUTNANT

4 Tiger I E 860 points


3 Tiger I E 645 points
2 Tiger I E 430 points Command Tiger I E
Remember to roll for your Tiger Ace Skills before each HQ Section
game.
Unteroffizier Unteroffizier
The Tigers of Schwere Panzerregiment Bäke are from 503.
Schwere Panzer Abteilung, one of the first Tiger units
formed and with excellent quality crews. 509. Schwere
Panzer Abteilung also joined and fought alongside Schwere Tiger I E Tiger I E
Panzerregiment Bäke during March 1944. Though there were HEAVY TANK Section HEAVY TANK Section
never enough to go around, the German Tiger battalions Unteroffizier
proved themselves a serious problem for the Soviets. Kill
ratios of three or four to one were common for Tigers across
the Eastern Front.
Unleashing your Tigers upon the enemy will certainly cause Tiger I E
their commander great concern. His armour losses will HEAVY TANK Section
swiftly mount and his battle plan will suffer immediate reas- Bäke Schwere Panzer Platoon
sessment. Whether counterattacking alone or in support of
your other units, the Tigers can carry the battle to the enemy
and reverse the fortunes of war.

WEAPONS PLATOONS

Bäke Anti-aircraft
Gun Platoon
Platoon
3 Armoured Sd Kfz 7/1 (Quad 2cm) 150 points
2 Armoured Sd Kfz 7/1 (Quad 2cm) 100 points Command Anti-aircraft tank

3 Armoured Sd Kfz 10/5 (2cm) 120 points


2 Armoured Sd Kfz 10/5 (2cm) 80 points

1944 saw the air superiority that the panzers had relied on for
so long finally pass to the Soviets, as the Luftwaffe withdrew
more and more fighters to defend Germany. Mobile anti- Anti-aircraft tank Anti-aircraft tank
aircraft guns that could keep up with the panzers became es-
sential. Both panzer battalions of the regiment have integral
Anti-aircraft half-tracks, Sd Kfz 10/5 half-tracks with the Bäke Anti-aircraft Gun Platoon
panthers, and Sd Kfz 7/1 half-tracks with the Tigers.

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Kampfgruppe Bäke
DIVISIONAL SUPPORT PLATOONS

Gebirgsjäger Platoon Leutnant


Platoon Leutnant

HQ Section with:
3 Jäger Squads 155 points Command
Rifle/MG team
2 Jäger Squads 110 points HQ Section

Option Unteroffizier Unteroffizier


• Replace the Command Rifle/MG team with a
Command Panzerknacker SMG team for +5 points or
a Command Panzerfaust SMG team for +10 points. Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team

The Gebirgsjäger drafted into Schwere Panzerregiment Bäke per-


Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team
formed yeoman service. They were well trained and, although
unaccustomed to fighting with tanks, soon learned the basics Jäger Squad Jäger Squad
of infantry-armour cooperation. Unteroffizier

Gebirgsjäger Platoons are Mountaineers.


Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team
Jäger Squad
Gebirgsjäger Platoon

Schwere Panzer Armoured Leutnant


Scout Platoon Leutnant

Platoon
HQ Section with: Command MG team Sd Kfz 251/1C half-track
HQ Section
6 Scout Squads 250 points
4 Scout Squads 175 points Unteroffizier Unteroffizier
2 Scout Squads 105 points

Option MG team Sd Kfz 251/1C MG team Sd Kfz 251/1C


half-track half-track
• Replace the Command MG team with a Command
Scout Squad Scout Squad
Panzerfaust SMG team for +10 points.
Unteroffizier Unteroffizier
Armoured Scout Platoons may use the Mounted Assault
special rule. MG team Sd Kfz 251/1C MG team Sd Kfz 251/1C
half-track half-track
Armoured scouts will protect your Tigers, keep enemy Scout Squad Scout Squad
infantry at bay, and allow you to exploit a hole in the
enemy’s defence no matter the terrain. Use terrain cover to Unteroffizier Unteroffizier
the advance but don’t get too far away from your Tigers just
in case the enemy gets nasty.
MG team Sd Kfz 251/1C MG team Sd Kfz 251/1C
half-track half-track
Scout Squad Scout Squad
SChwere Panzer Armoured ScouT Platoon

25
Grenadierkompanie
Infantry Company

(Infantry Company)
HEADQUARTERS

HEADQUARTERS

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

Grenadierkompanie HQ
27

DIVISIONAL SUPPORT PLATOONS


COMBAT PLATOONS

REGIMENTAL SUPPORT PLATOONS

INFANTRY ARMOUR
ARMOUR ARTILLERY

Grenadier Platoon
27

Artillery Battery

15
Looted Panzer Platoon

6
29

Panzer Platoon

73
Rocket Launcher Battery

15
INFANTRY

9
Schwere Panzer Platoon

71
ARTILLERY
Armoured Rocket

16
Launcher Battery

0
Radio-control Tank

15
Platoon

2
Grenadier Platoon Grenadier
27

ANTI-AIRCRAFT
29

Infantry Gun Platoon


ARMOUR
INFANTRY ANTI-TANK

Anti-aircraft Gun Platoon

16
1
StuG Platoon
59

Grenadier Anti-tank
Grenadier Platoon
30
27

Gun Platoon
Sturmpanzer Platoon ANTI-TANK
15
2

RECONNAISSANCE
Tank-hunter Platoon
15
3
WEAPONS PLATOONS

MACHINE-GUNS
Anti-tank Gun Platoon Heavy Anti-aircraft
15

16
Gun Platoon
5

1
Grenadier Scout
31

Platoon Luftwaffe Heavy

16
Grenadier Anti-aircraft Gun

3
28

Machine-gun Platoon INFANTRY


Platoon
ANTI-AIRCRAFT Heavy Anti-tank Gun
14

Field Fortifications 15
6

Platoon 5

Fallschirmjäger
33

MACHINE-GUNS Grenadier Anti-aircraft Platoon


AIRCRAFT
31

Gun Platoon
ARTILLERY
Grenadier INFANTRY
28

Machine-gun Platoon
Air Support
16
2

ARTILLERY
Artillery Battery
15

Pionier Platoon
6
61

Heavy Artillery Battery


15

ALLIED PLATOONS
6

Grenadier Mortar
28

Platoon Armoured Train


12
2

Luftwaffe Platoons in your


force are Allies and follow
the Allies rules in the
rulebook.

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Grenadierkompanie
Motivation and Skill
RELUCTANT CONSCRIPT
The Heer or German Army is well trained and has many victorious campaigns on the
CONFIDENT TRAINED
Eastern Front behind it. The soldiers are confident that victory lies in the near future. A
Grenadierkompanie is rated as Confident Veteran. FEARLESS VETERAN

HEADQUARTERS

Grenadierkompanie HQ HAUPTmann

Headquarters HAUPTMANN

Company HQ 45 points
Company Command 2iC Command
Options SMG team SMG team

• Replace either or both Command SMG teams with Company HQ


Command Panzerknacker SMG teams for +5 points
Unteroffizier Unteroffizier
per team or Command Panzerfaust SMG teams for
+10 points per team.
• Add an Anti-tank Section for +25 points. 8cm GW43 8cm GW43
Panzerschreck team mortar mortar
• Replace Panzerschreck team with a 8.8cm RW43 Anti-tank Section Mortar Section
Püppchen rocket launcher at no cost.
Grenadierkompanie HQ
• Add Mortar Section for +55 points.
• Add up to three Sniper teams for +50 points per team.

COMBAT PLATOONS

Grenadier Platoon Leutnant


Platoon Leutnant

HQ Section with:
3 Grenadier Squads 155 points Command
Rifle/MG team
2 Grenadier Squads 110 points HQ Section

Option Unteroffizier Unteroffizier


• Replace Command Rifle/MG team with a Command
Panzerknacker SMG team for +5 points or Command
Panzerfaust SMG team for +10 points. Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team

Attach machine-guns and anti-tank guns to Grenadier


Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team
platoons forming strongpoints to anchor your defensive
Grenadier Squad Grenadier Squad
position. Keep other Grenadier platoons in reserve as a
counterattack force to recover any strongpoints lost to the Unteroffizier
enemy.
The Infanterieregiment has considerable engineering capabili- Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team
ties of its own and each battalion forms a pioneer platoon Grenadier Squad
from its Grenadiers as needed. These infantry pioneers are Grenadier Platoon
called ‘white’ pioneers because they wear the white piping of
infantry rather than the black piping of engineers.

If your Grenadierkompanie has three Grenadier Platoons, you may upgrade the smallest Grenadier Platoon to a Grenadier Pioneer
Platoon for +15 points per squad. This converts the Command team and every Rifle/MG team into Pioneer teams with the same
armament. The Grenadier Pioneer Platoon may have a horse-drawn Pioneer Supply Wagon for an additional +20 points.

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WEAPONS PLATOONS

Grenadier Machine-gun Leutnant


Platoon Leutnant

Platoon
HQ Section with: Command SMG team
2 Machine-gun Sections 135 points HQ Section
1 Machine-gun Section 70 points
Unteroffizier Unteroffizier
Option
• Replace Command SMG team with a Command MG42 HMG MG42 HMG
Panzerknacker SMG team for +5 points.
MG42 HMG MG42 HMG
Machine-gun Machine-gun
Grenadier Machine-gun Platoons may make Combat Section Section
Attachments to Grenadier Platoons. Grenadier Machine-gun Platoon

The machine-gun platoons are essential in both attack and defences and pin them for the Grenadier attack. In defence
defence. When attacking they use their speed and initiative they form the front line using their range and firepower to
to find covered positions from which they can engage the keep the enemy at bay.

Grenadier Mortar Platoon Leutnant


Platoon Leutnant

HQ Section with:
3 Mortar Sections 180 points Command SMG team
2 Mortar Sections 125 points HQ Section
1 Mortar Section 65 points
Unteroffizier Unteroffizier
Option
• Replace all 8cm GW34 mortars with 12cm sGW43 Observer Rifle team Observer Rifle team
mortars towed by a 3-ton truck or RSO tractor for
+20 points per Mortar Section. 8cm GW34 8cm GW34 8cm GW34 8cm GW34
mortar mortar mortar mortar
You must upgrade the Grenadier Mortar Platoon
Mortar Section Mortar Section
to 12cm sGW43 mortars if you have 8cm GW34
mortars in the Company HQ. Unteroffizier

A Grenadier Mortar Platoon upgraded to 12cm


Observer Rifle team 8cm GW34 mortar 8cm GW34 mortar
sGW43 mortars may not have more than two Mortar
Mortar Section
Sections.
Grenadier Mortar Platoon
Mortar platoons provide instant artillery support for breaking
the lighter 8cm models were assigned out to the company
up enemy concentrations and pinning down their support-
headquarters for close support work.
ing weapons. As the heavy 12cm mortars became available,

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Grenadierkompanie
REGIMENTAL SUPPORT PLATOONS

Looted Panzer Platoon Leutnant

Platoon Leutnant

T-70 obr 1943 30 points


M4 (M4A2 Sherman) 55 points
T-34 obr 1942 55 points Command tank

T-34/85 obr 1943 80 points Captured tank

Looted Panzer Platoon


Option
• Upgrade T-34 obr 1942 tank to have a cupola for
+5 points.

In an effort to stem the tide of enemy troops, the German


All captured tanks in a Looted Tank Platoon are rated as Grenadiers often resorted to using captured enemy tanks as
Confident Trained a last ditch effort to plug any breaches in the line.
and are Unreliable. CONFIDENT TRAINED
A Beutepanzer like this was used until it broke down beyond
repair or was destroyed.

Grenadier Infantry Leutnant


Gun Platoon Leutnant

Platoon
HQ Section with: Command SMG team Observer Rifle team
HQ Section
2 7.5cm leIG18 65 points
2 15cm sIG33 145 points Unteroffizier Unteroffizier

Options Infantry gun Infantry gun


• Add horse-drawn limbers for +5 points for the platoon.
• Replace both horse-drawn limbers with 3‑ton trucks
Horse-drawn limber Horse-drawn limber
or RSO tractors at no cost.
gun section gun section
Infantry gun platoons provide the Grenadierkompanie with Grenadier Infantry gun Platoon
close-support artillery, taking out targets such as gun posi-
tions and bunkers with direct fire. The light 7.5cm guns are machine gun nests. The heavy 15cm guns are more suited to
useful in the forward areas firing over open sights at enemy sitting back and firing as heavy artillery.

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Grenadier Anti-tank Leutnant
Gun Platoon Leutnant

Platoon
HQ Section with: Command SMG team Kfz 15 field car
3 3.7cm PaK36 80 points HQ Section
2 3.7cm PaK36 55 points Unteroffizier Unteroffizier
• All 3.7cm PaK36 guns are equipped with Stiel­granate
ammunition at no cost. Anti-tank gun Anti-tank gun
3 5cm PaK38 90 points
2 5cm PaK38 60 points Kfz 70 truck Kfz 70 truck
3 7.5cm PaK97/38 95 points Anti-tank Anti-tank
gun Section gun Section
2 7.5cm PaK97/38 65 points
Unteroffizier
3 7.62cm PaK36(r) 125 points
2 7.62cm PaK36(r) 85 points
Anti-tank gun Kfz 70 truck
3 7.5cm PaK40 155 points Anti-tank gun Section
2 7.5cm PaK40 105 points
Grenadier Anti-tank gun Platoon
Options
• Add Kfz 15 field car and either Kfz 70 trucks in
platoons equipped with 3.7cm PaK36, 5cm PaK38,
or 7.5cm PaK97/38 guns or 3-ton trucks in platoons
equipped with 7.62cm PaK36(r) or 7.5cm PaK40
guns for +5 points for the platoon.
• Replace all trucks with RSO tractors at no cost.

The Grenadiers’ regimental anti-tank guns are few and far service if carefully positioned so that they cannot be seen
between, but are often the only thing they have to keep until the enemy is at point-blank range.
enemy tanks at bay. Even the older models can provide good

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Grenadierkompanie
Grenadier Scout Platoon Leutnant

Platoon Leutnant

HQ Section with:
Command Rifle team
2 Scout Squads 115 points
HQ Section
1 Scout Squad 70 points

Options Unteroffizier Unteroffizier

• Replace Command Rifle team with a Command


Panzerknacker SMG team for +15 points. Rifle team Rifle team Rifle team Rifle team
• Replace all Rifle teams with Assault Rifle teams for Scout Squad Scout Squad
+15 points per team. Grenadier Scout Platoon
• Replace Command Assault Rifle team with Command
Panzerknacker Assault Rifle team for +5 points. Grenadier Scout Platoons are Reconnaissance Platoons.

The regimental scouts are the only reconnaissance troops ambushed. They are also a useful combat reserve for last-
left in the Infanteriedivision. Their main role is scouting the ditch counterattacks to regain lost positions.
flanks of an advance to prevent the Grenadiers from being

Grenadier Anti-aircraft Leutnant


Gun Platoon Leutnant

Platoon
HQ Section with: Command SMG team Kfz 15 field car
3 2cm FlaK38 75 points HQ Section

Options Unteroffizier Unteroffizier


• Add Kfz 15 field car and 3-ton trucks for +5 points
for the platoon. 2cm FlaK38 gun 2cm FlaK38 gun
• Replace all trucks with RSO tractors at no cost.
• Mount 2cm FlaK38 guns on 3-ton trucks as Portees
3-ton truck 3-ton truck
at no cost.
Anti-aircraft Anti-aircraft
Section Section
Unfortunately, the Grenadiers have very little in the way of
anti-aircraft gun support, sporting just one company within Unteroffizier
the anti-tank battalion.
However, these light anti-aircraft guns can move and hide
2cm FlaK38 gun 3-ton truck
from marauding aircraft along with the infantry they are
Anti-aircraft Section
supporting, much better than the tanks and half-tracks of
the armoured divisions. Grenadier Anti-aircraft gun Platoon

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Fallschirmjägerkompanie
P I C arachute nfantry ompany

(Infantry Company)
HEADQUARTERS

HEADQUARTERS

You must field one platoon from each box shaded black and may field one platoon from each box
shaded grey.
Fallschirmjägerkompanie
33

HQ

DIVISIONAL SUPPORT PLATOONS


COMBAT PLATOONS

WEAPONS PLATOONS

INFANTRY MACHINE-GUNS
ARMOUR ARTILLERY

Fallschirmjäger 34
Fallschirmjäger Machine-gun Platoon Fallschirmjäger
33

Platoon

36
Artillery Battery
Panzer Platoon

73
Artillery Battery

15
MACHINE-GUNS

6
INFANTRY Schwere Panzer

71
Platoon Heavy Artillery

15
Battery

6
Fallschirmjäger Radio-control Tank

15
Platoon
34

2
Machine-gun Platoon Motorised Artillery

15
Fallschirmjäger Battery

7
33

Platoon
ARMOUR Motorised Heavy

15
ARTILLERY Artillery Battery

7
INFANTRY
ARTILLERY
Fallschirmjäger
34

Mortar Platoon StuG Platoon


59

Fallschirmjäger
33

Platoon Tank-hunter Rocket Launcher


15

Platoon

15
ANTI-TANK
3

Battery

9
Anti-tank Gun Armoured Rocket
15

Platoon

16
5

Launcher Battery

0
ALLIED PLATOONS
Fallschirmjäger Heavy Anti-tank
15
34

Light Gun Platoon Artillery Battery

15
Gun Platoon
5

6
Motorised Artillery

15
Battery

7
Heer Platoons in your INFANTRY
REGIMENTAL SUPPORT PLATOONS

force are Allies and follow INFANTRY


the Allies rules in the ANTI-AIRCRAFT
rulebook. Fallschirmpionier
37

Platoon
Fallschirmjäger
35

Heavy Mortar Platoon Fallschirmjäger


37

INFANTRY Anti-aircraft Gun Platoon


Anti-aircraft Gun
16

ANTI-TANK Platoon
1

Panzergrenadier ANTI-AIRCRAFT
Fallschirmjäger
81

Platoon
35

Anti-tank Gun Platoon


Grenadier Platoon
27

Luftwaffe Heavy Anti-


16

aircraft Gun Platoon


3

AIRCRAFT

Air Support
16
2

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Fallschirmjägerkompanie
Motivation and Skill
RELUCTANT CONSCRIPT
All Fallschirmjäger (paratroopers) are volunteers. They are put through rigorous selection ex-
CONFIDENT TRAINED
aminations and hard training before they win their wings. A Fallschirmjägerkompanie is rated as
Fearless Veteran. FEARLESS VETERAN

HEADQUARTERS

Fallschirmjägerkompanie HQ HAUPTmann

Headquarters HAUPTMANN

Company HQ 55 points
Company Command 2iC Command
Options SMG team SMG team

• Replace Command SMG teams with Command Company HQ


Panzerknacker SMG teams for +5 points per team or
Oberjäger Oberjäger
Command Panzerfaust SMG teams for +10 points
per team.
• Add an Anti-tank Section for +30 points. 8cm GW42 8cm GW42
Panzerschreck team mortar mortar
• Replace Panzerschreck team with 8.8cm RW43 Anti-tank Section
(Püppchen) launcher at no cost. 8cm GW42 mortar
• Add a Mortar Section of up to three 8cm GW42 Mortar Section
(Stummelwerfer) mortars for +25 points per mortar.
Fallschirmjagerkompanie HQ
• Add up to three Sniper teams for +50 points per
team.

The Fallschirmjäger are Germany’s elite para­troops. They fall While most of the Fallschirmjäger are trained for parachute
under the operational control of the army, but are part of the operations, they have not conducted large-scale parachute
Luftwaffe or air force. As such they wear air force uniforms operations in three years. Instead they fight as elite light
and rank insignia, and of course, consider themselves far infantry wherever the army needs assistance.
better than the army!

COMBAT PLATOONS

Fallschirmjäger Platoon Leutnant or Oberfeldwebel

Platoon Leutnant

HQ Section with:
Command
3 Fallschirmjäger Squads 265 points Rifle/MG team
2 Fallschirmjäger Squads 185 points HQ Section

Option Oberjäger Oberjäger


• Replace Command Rifle/MG team with a Command
Panzerknacker SMG team for +5 points or with a
Command Panzerfaust SMG team for +10 points. Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team

The Fallschirmjäger platoon provides the manpower to hold Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team
off the staunchest assaults. These platoons were made larger
Fallschirmjäger Fallschirmjäger
than normal rifle platoons to allow for expected parachut- Squad Squad
ing casualties on landing. This added manpower gives them Oberjäger
greater resilience in prolonged ground operations, helping
them retain their reputation for holding at all costs.
Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team
The esprit de corps of the Fallschirmjäger together with
Fallschirmjäger Squad
their extra team per squad makes them the toughest and
most feared German light infantry, capable of truly heroic Fallschirmjäger Platoon
operations.

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WEAPONS PLATOONS

Fallschirmjäger Leutnant
Machine-gun Platoon Leutnant

Platoon
HQ Section with: Command SMG team
2 Machine-gun Sections 150 points HQ Section
1 Machine-gun Section 80 points
Oberjäger Oberjäger
Option
• Replace Command SMG team with a Command MG42 HMG MG42 HMG
Panzerknacker SMG team for +5 points.
MG42 HMG MG42 HMG
Machine-gun Machine-gun
Fallschirmjäger Machine-gun Platoons may make Combat Section Section
Attachments to Fallschirmjäger Platoons. Fallschirmjäger Machine-gun Platoon

Fallschirmjäger Leutnant
Mortar Platoon Leutnant

Platoon
HQ Section with: Command SMG team
2 Mortar Sections 120 points HQ Section
1 Mortar Section 65 points
Oberjäger Oberjäger
Option
• Replace Command SMG team with a Command Observer Rifle team Observer Rifle team
Panzerknacker SMG team for +5 points.
8cm GW42 8cm GW42 8cm GW42 8cm GW42
The Fallschirmjäger use light 8cm GW42 mortars. These are mortar mortar mortar mortar
nicknamed Stummelwerfer or ‘Stump mortar’ for their short Mortar Section Mortar Section
barrels. Between the mortars in the company HQ and the Fallschirmjäger Mortar Platoon
mortar platoon, they have plenty of firepower to break up
enemy assaults.

Fallschirmjäger Leutnant
Light Gun Platoon Leutnant

Platoon
HQ Section with: Command SMG team
2 Gun Sections 55 points HQ Section

Option Oberjäger Oberjäger

• Replace Command SMG team with a Command


Panzerknacker SMG team for +5 points. 7.5cm LG40 gun 7.5cm LG40 gun

The 7.5cm light guns combine the role of a light anti-tank Fallschirmjäger Light gun Platoon
weapon and an infantry gun. They are small, mobile, and
deadly at short range. These weapons can be devastating if Keep them dug-in and well hidden until the opportunity
used properly. Use light anti-tank guns to prevent the enemy to strike presents itself. Well-placed anti-tank weapons
from driving their armour over a critical position. Use supported by infantry can hold a static position for quite
them at close range and wait for the flanking shot so that some time.
their maximum effectiveness can be used in destroying the
attacking enemy armour.

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Fallschirmjägerkompanie
REGIMENTAL SUPPORT PLATOONS

Fallschirmjäger Leutnant
Heavy Mortar Platoon Leutnant

Platoon
HQ Section with: Command SMG team Kfz 15 field car
4 10.5cm NbW35 165 points HQ Section
2 10.5cm NbW35 85 points
Oberjäger Oberjäger
Options
• Add Kfz 15 field car and 3-ton trucks to the platoon Observer Rifle team Observer Rifle team
for +5 points.
• Replace 10.5cm NbW35 mortars with 12cm sGW43
10.5cm NbW35 3-ton truck 10.5cm NbW35 3-ton truck
mortars for +10 points per Mortar Section. mortar mortar

The Fallschirmjäger recognised the need for heavier fire


support early, initially the only weapons they were able 10.5cm NbW35 3-ton truck 10.5cm NbW35 3-ton truck
mortar mortar
to secure were old 10.5cm NbW35 Nebelwerfer chemical Mortar Section Mortar Section
mortars that had been made redundant by the new rocket
launchers issued to the chemical troops. Later they were able Fallschirmjäger Heavy Mortar Platoon
to obtain 12cm sGW43 heavy mortars.

Fallschirmjäger Leutnant
Anti-tank Gun Platoon Leutnant

Platoon
HQ Section with: Command SMG team Kfz 15 field car
4 3.7cm PaK36 115 points HQ Section
3 3.7cm PaK36 90 points Oberjäger Oberjäger
2 3.7cm PaK36 65 points
• All 3.7cm PaK36 guns are equipped with Stiel­granate
Anti-tank gun Kfz 70 truck Anti-tank gun Kfz 70 truck
ammunition at no cost.
4 5cm PaK38 140 points
3 5cm PaK38 100 points Anti-tank gun Kfz 70 truck Anti-tank gun Kfz 70 truck
Anti-tank Anti-tank
2 5cm PaK38 75 points gun Section gun Section
4 7.5cm PaK40 240 points Fallschirmjäger Anti-tank gun Platoon
3 7.5cm PaK40 180 points
2 7.5cm PaK40 120 points

Option
• Add Kfz 15 field car and either Kfz 70 trucks in pla-
toons equipped with 3.7cm PaK36 or 5cm PaK38, or
3-ton trucks in platoons equipped with 7.5cm PaK40
guns for +5 points for the platoon.

35
Fallschirmjäger HAUPTMANN
Artillery Battery HAUPTMANN
Platoon
HQ Section with: Command Kfz 15 field car Staff team Kfz 68 radio
4 7.5cm GebG36 175 points SMG team truck
HQ Section
2 7.5cm GebG36 95 points
LEUTNANT LEUTNANT
4 10.5cm LG40 245 points
2 10.5cm LG40 130 points
Observer Rifle team Observer Rifle team
4 10.5cm leFH18 230 points
2 10.5cm leFH18 120 points Gun or howitzer Gun or howitzer
4 10.5cm leFH18/40 240 points
2 10.5cm leFH18/40 125 points
3-ton truck 3-ton truck
Option
• Add Kfz 15 field car, Kfz 68 radio truck and 3-ton Gun or howitzer Gun or howitzer
trucks for +5 points for the battery.

3-ton truck 3-ton truck


You may replace all 10.5cm LG40 recoilless guns with GUN SECTION GUN SECTION
10.5cm leFH18 howitzers at the start of any game before
deployment. Fallschirmjäger Artillery Battery

leFH18 howitzers. This increased their range and effective-


The flexibility of the Fallschirm­jäger light artillery battery is ness in providing artillery support for their light infantry.
showcased with the ability to use two different types of artillery Many units still retained their light 10.5cm recoilless guns
pieces. They have both a conventional 7.5cm mountain gun for any airborne operations that might eventuate.
and the newly-developed 10.5cm recoilless gun. Both offer
solid artillery support without the hindrance of immobile guns. Artillery support can be critical in defending important pos-
Before each operation the Fallschirm­jäger commander may itions. Providing smoke and targeting enemy troops at the
select the most appropriate weapon for the current mission. proper moment can render their attacks useless and provide
the cover needed to unleash a devastating counterattack with
With the end of airborne operations, many Fallschirm­jäger anti-tank and infantry assets.
units replaced their light 7.5cm guns with heavier 10.5cm

36
Fallschirmjägerkompanie
Fallschirmjäger Leutnant
Anti-aircraft Gun Platoon Leutnant

Platoon
HQ Section with: Command SMG team Kfz 15 field car
3 2cm FlaK38 80 points HQ Section

Options Oberjäger Oberjäger

• Add Kfz 15 field car and 3-ton trucks for +5 points


for the platoon. 2cm FlaK38 gun 2cm FlaK38 gun

• Mount 2cm FlaK38 guns on 3-ton trucks as Portees


at no cost.
3-ton truck 3-ton truck
As part of the Luftwaffe, the Fallschirmjäger have always been Anti-aircraft Anti-aircraft
aware of the need for protection from enemy air attack. The Section Section
lightweight 2cm FlaK38 gun is easy to move and hide while Oberjäger
its good rate of fire provides adequate protection without the
need for heavy anti-aircraft support.
2cm FlaK38 gun 3-ton truck
This platoon can also provide additional fire support against
attacking infantry tipping the scales in favour of the defender. Anti-aircraft Section
Fallschirmjäger Anti-aircraft gun Platoon

Fallschirmpionier Platoon Leutnant


Platoon Leutnant

HQ Section with:
3 Pioneer Squads 345 points Command Pioneer Pioneer Supply truck
Rifle/MG team
2 Pioneer Squads 240 points
HQ Section
1 Pioneer Squad 135 points
Oberjäger Oberjäger
Option
• Add a Pioneer Supply truck for +25 points.
Pioneer Pioneer Pioneer Pioneer
Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team
You may replace up to one Pioneer Rifle/MG team per
Pioneer Squad with a Flame-thrower team at the start of
Pioneer Pioneer
the game before deployment. Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team
Pioneer Squad Pioneer Squad
The Fallschirmpionier have a history as long and illustrious
as the Fallschirmjäger. Their role is both field engineering, Oberjäger
laying and clearing minefields and other defences, and
leading attacks as assault engineers. Pioneer Pioneer Pioneer
Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team
Pioneer Squad

Fallschirmpionier Platoon

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SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadierkompanie
SS Motorised Infantry Company

(Infantry Company)
HEADQUARTERS

HEADQUARTERS You must field one platoon from each box shaded black and may field one platoon from each box
shaded grey.
Your Company HQ, Combat, Weapons and Support platoons must be all either from
4. SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier Brigade ‘Nederland’ (Marked   ) or 11. SS-Freiwilligen-
SS-Freiwilligen-Panzer- Panzergrenadierdivision ‘Nordland’ (Marked   ), unless otherwise noted.
39

grenadierkompanie HQ

DIVISIONAL SUPPORT PLATOONS


COMBAT PLATOONS

WEAPONS PLATOONS

INFANTRY MACHINE-GUNS
ARMOUR ARTILLERY

SS-Freiwilligen- SS-Freiwilligen-Heavy
40
Motorised SS-Artillery
39

Panzergrenadier Platoon Platoon

16
Schwere Panzer Battery

8
71
Platoon
14

Field Fortifications Motorised Heavy SS-


6

16
Veteran Tank- Artillery Battery

8
INFANTRY

15
hunter Platoon

4
ARTILLERY
ROCKET ARTILLERY
ARMOUR
SS-Freiwilligen-
39

Panzergrenadier Platoon
SS-Freiwilligen- SS-Rocket Launcher

17
40

Mortar Platoon Battery

0
INFANTRY Nordland SS-Panzer
Platoon 42 SS-Vielfachwerfer

17
Battery

1
ANTI-AIRCRAFT
Motorised SS-Artillery

16
INFANTRY Battery

8
SS-Freiwilligen-
39

Panzergrenadier Platoon
SS-Freiwilligen-Anti-
41

aircraft Gun Platoon ANTI-AIRCRAFT


SS-Freiwilligen-
43

Aufklarüngs Platoon
ALLIED PLATOONS ARTILLERY
SS-Panzergrenadier
16

Pioneer Platoon
7

Heavy SS-Anti-aircraft

17
Luftwaffe Jäger Gun Platoon

0
16

SS-Freiwilligen-Light Platoon
2
42

Heer and Luftwaffe Infantry Gun Platoon Self-propelled SS-Anti-


aircraft Gun Platoon 17
Platoons in your force are RECONNAISSANCE 1
Luftwaffe Heavy
16

Allies and follow the Allies ANTI-TANK


Anti-aircraft Gun
3

Platoon
rules in the rulebook.
SS-Freiwilligen-Anti- SS-Panzerspäh AIRCRAFT
16
41

tank Gun Platoon Platoon


6

Heavy SS-Panzerspäh
16

Platoon
6
REGIMENTAL SUPPORT PLATOONS

ARTILLERY Air Support


16
2

SS-Freiwilligen-Heavy
42

Infantry Gun Platoon


An SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadierkompanie from
11. SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadierdivision Nordland
uses the Nordland SS special rules on page 175 as well as
all the normal German special rules on pages 241 to 245
of the rulebook.
An SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadierkompanie from
4. SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier Brigade Nederland
uses the Nederland SS special rules on page 175 as well as
all the normal German special rules on pages 241 to 245 of
the rulebook.

38 GERMAN
SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadierkompanie
Motivation and Skill
RELUCTANT CONSCRIPT RELUCTANT CONSCRIPT
The 4. SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier Brigade
CONFIDENT TRAINED CONFIDENT TRAINED
Nederland retains a core of combat veterans who
had been fighting on the Russian Front since 1941. FEARLESS VETERAN FEARLESS VETERAN
An SS-Panzergrenadierkompanie from 4. SS-
SS-Freiwilligen- SS-Freiwilligen-
Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier Brigade Nederland Panzergrenadier Panzergrenadier-
is rated Fearless Veteran. Brigade ‘Nederland’ division ‘Nordland’
The 11. SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadierdivision
Nordland was formed around a core of veterans from the Wiking SS-Division, Freikorps Danmark and Legion Norwegen,
though many of the recruits are Volksdeutsch Germans from other parts of Europe. An SS-Panzergrenadierkompanie from
11. SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadierdivision Nordland is rated Fearless Trained.

HEADQUARTERS

SS-Freiwilligen- Hauptsturmführer
Panzergrenadierkompanie HQ Hauptsturmführer Unterscharführer

Panzergrenadier HQ
Company HQ 55 points 40 points Panzerschreck team
• Replace either or both Command SMG teams with
Command Panzerfaust SMG teams for +10 points
per team. Panzerschreck team

Option
Anti-tank Section with:
2 Panzerschreck teams +65 points +50 points SS-Freiwilligen-Panzer-
1 Panzerschreck team +35 points +25 points grenadierkompanie HQ

COMBAT PLATOONS

SS-Freiwilligen- UNTERSTURMFührer
Panzergrenadier Platoon UNTERSTURMFührer

Platoon
HQ Section with: Command MG team

3 Panzergrenadier HQ Section
Squads 220 points 165 points
UNTERSCHARFührer UNTERSCHARFührer
2 Panzergrenadier
Squads 155 points 115 points
MG team MG team MG team MG team
Options
• Replace the Command MG team with a Command
Panzerfaust SMG team for +10 points.
3-ton truck 3-ton truck
• Replace up to one MG team per squad with a Panzergrenadier Panzergrenadier
Panzerfaust MG team for +10 points per team. Squad Squad
• Add 3-ton trucks for +5 points for the platoon. UNTERSCHARFührer

If MG teams, other than the Command MG team, are


replaced with Panzerfaust MG teams your force may MG team MG team 3-ton truck
not contain a Nordland SS-Panzer Platoon armed
Panzergrenadier Squad
with Panther D tanks.
SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier platoon
The SS-Panzergrenadiers are motorised infantry and fight their
the trucks to move them quickly around the battlefield, but
battles on foot. They don’t have the advantage of armoured
be sure to dismount before entering the combat zone.
half-tracks like their comrades from a SS-Panzerdivision. Use

GERMAN 39
WEAPONS PLATOONS

SS-Freiwilligen-Heavy Platoon UNTERSTURMFührer


Platoon UNTERSTURMFührer

HQ Section with:
2 Machine-gun Command SMG team Kfz 15 field car
Sections 155 points 120 points HQ Section
1 Machine-gun
Section 85 points 65 points UNTERSCHARFührer UNTERSCHARFührer
No Machine-gun
Sections 10 points 10 points MG42 HMG MG42 HMG MG42 HMG MG42 HMG

Add
1 Mortar Section +70 points +55 points Kfz 70 truck Kfz 70 truck Kfz 70 truck Kfz 70 truck
Machine-gun Machine-gun
Option Section Section
• Add additional Kfz 70 trucks at no cost. UNTERSCHARFührer
A Heavy Platoon must have a Mortar Section if it has
no Machine-gun Sections. Observer GW34 mortar GW34 mortar
Rifle team

SS-Freiwlligen-Heavy Platoons may make Combat


Attachments to SS-Freiwlligen-Panzergrenadier Platoons. Kübelwagen Kfz 70 truck Kfz 70 truck
Mortar Section
In one platoon you can consolidate all the heavy weapons SS-Freiwilligen-Heavy Platoon
support you may need to complement your Panzergrenadiers
whether they be on offence, defence or in counterattack. This Alternately, if you assault or counterattack, a heavy weapons
one platoon can provide the necessary firepower to halt most platoon can provide the required edge to ensure your assault-
any infantry assaults against you. ing forces reach the enemy lines with minimal casualties.

SS-Freiwilligen- UNTERSTURMFührer
Mortar Platoon UNTERSTURMFührer

Motorised Platoon
HQ Section with: Command SMG team Kfz 15 field car

3 Mortar Sections 210 points 160 points HQ Section

2 Mortar Sections 150 points 115 points UNTERSCHARFührer UNTERSCHARFührer


1 Mortar Section 80 points 60 points

Options Observer Kübelwagen Observer Kübelwagen


Rifle team Rifle team
• Add Kfz 15 field car and 3-ton trucks for +5 points
for the platoon.
8cm GW34 3-ton truck 8cm GW34 3-ton truck
• Replace 3-ton trucks with Opel Maultier half-tracks mortar mortar
for +5 points for the platoon.
8cm GW34 3-ton truck 8cm GW34 3-ton truck
Good light artillery is critical in pinning or blinding enemy mortar mortar
positions or strongpoints with smoke. SS-Mortar platoons Mortar Section Mortar Section
are excellent in this role due to the speed with which they
UNTERSCHARFührer
respond to calls for fire.
With plenty of observer teams they can engage any target
Observer Rifle team 8cm GW34 mortar 8cm GW34 mortar
across the whole battlefield much faster than the big guns of
the artillery. The 8cm GW34 mortar can pin down enemy
attacks as well as deliver covering smoke just as well as any
Kübelwagen 3-ton truck 3-ton truck
artillery battery.
Mortar Section
SS-Freiwilligen-Mortar Platoon

40 GERMAN
SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadierkompanie
SS-Freiwilligen-Anti-aircraft Obersturmführer
Gun Platoon Obersturmführer

Platoon
HQ Section with:
3 2cm FlaK38 80 points 60 points
Untersturmführer Untersturmführer
3 3.7cm FlaK43 110 points 85 points

Option Anti-aircraft gun Anti-aircraft gun


• Add Kfz 15 Field Car and 3-ton trucks for +5 points
for the platoon.

Protection from air attacks is a vital part of any division’s


arsenal. The 2cm Flak38 guns are light and easy to move
allowing them to cover the SS-Panzergrenadiers even during Untersturmführer
a counterattack. It has a good rate of fire to provide adequate
protection without the need for heavy anti-aircraft support.
The platoon can also provide additional fire support against Anti-aircraft gun
attacking infantry tipping the scales in favour of the
defenders.
SS-Freiwilligen-Anti-aircraft
Gun Platoon

SS-Freiwilligen-Anti-tank UNTERSTURMFührer
Gun Platoon UNTERSTURMFührer
Platoon
HQ Section with: Command SMG team Kübelwagen
3 7.5cm PaK40 180 points 135 points HQ Section
2 7.5cm PaK40 120 points 90 points UNTERSCHARFührer UNTERSCHARFührer

Option
Anti-tank gun Anti-tank gun
• Add Kübelwagen jeep and 3-ton trucks for +5 points
for the platoon.
3-ton truck 3-ton truck
SS-Freiwilligen-Anti-tank Gun Platoons may make Combat Anti-tank Anti-tank
Attachments to SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier Platoons. gun Section gun Section
UNTERSCHARFührer
The 7.5cm PaK40 gun has become the standard anti-tank
gun of the SS-Panzergrenadier divisions. The hard hitting
PaK40 will destroy almost any tank the enemy cares to put Anti-tank gun 3-ton truck
in range of them.
Anti-tank gun Section
Place your anti-tank assets in good cover behind your front SS-Freiwilligen-Anti-tank gun Platoon
lines, then spring your ambush when the enemy tanks close
to overrun your position. Your concentrated fire will stop the
assault in its tracks.

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SS-Freiwilligen-Light Untersturmführer
Infantry Gun Platoon Untersturmführer
Platoon
HQ Section with: Observer Rifle
team
2 7.5cm leIG18 75 points 60 points

Options Unterscharführer Unterscharführer


• Add Kfz 15 field car and 3-ton trucks for +5 points
for the platoon.
3-ton truck 3-ton truck
• Replace 3-ton trucks with RSO tractors at no cost.
Infantry Gun Section Infantry Gun Section
SS-Freiwilligen-Light Infantry Gun Platoon

REGIMENTAL SUPPORT PLATOON

SS-Freiwilligen-Heavy Untersturmführer
Infantry Gun Platoon Untersturmführer

Platoon
HQ Section with: Command Kfz 15 field car Observer Motorcycle
SMG team Rifle team and sidecar
2 15cm sIG33 165 points 125 points HQ Section

Option Unterscharführer Unterscharführer


• Add Kfz 15 field car and Sd Kfz 11 half-tracks for
+5 points for the platoon.
15cm sIG33 gun 15cm sIG33 gun
Heavy infantry guns can and will destroy any enemy resist-
ance nest. Even bunkers are not immune.
Sd Kfz 11 half-track Sd Kfz 11 half-track
gun section gun section

SS-Freiwilligen-heavy Infantry gun Platoon

DIVISIONAL SUPPORT PLATOONS

Nordland SS-Panzer Platoon Untersturmführer

Platoon Untersturmführer

5 StuG G 545 points


4 StuG G 435 points
3 StuG G 325 points Tank
HQ tank
3 Panther D 610 points
Unterscharführer Unterscharführer

The Panzerabteilung of the Nordland SS-Division also


supported the Nederland SS-Brigade. They use the
Nordland Waffen-SS Tank Tank
special rules and are FEARLESS VETERAN
rated Fearless Veteran.
Tank Tank
If a company with Nordland SS-Panzer Platoon armed Panzer Section Panzer Section
with Panther D tanks is defending in a Mission with the Nordland SS-Panzer Platoon
Prepared Positions special rule they may be deployed in
Tank Pits (see page 216 of the rulebook). armed with StuG III G assault guns. On a number of oc-
casions these assault guns also supported the troops of the
The ‘Hermann von Salza’ Panzerabteilung of the 4. SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier Brigade Nederland’
11. SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadierdivision Nordland was

42 GERMAN
SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadierkompanie
SS-Freiwilligen-Aufklärungs Untersturmführer
Platoon Untersturmführer

Platoon
HQ Section with: Command Motorcycle
MG team
3 Aufklärungs Squads 305 points 235 points
2 Aufklärungs Squads 220 points 170 points
Unterscharführer Unterscharführer
Options
• Replace Command Motorcycle MG team with a Motorcycle MG team Motorcycle MG team
Command Motorcycle Panzerfaust SMG team for
+10 points.
Motorcycle MG team Motorcycle MG team
• Replace all Motorcycle teams with the equivalent
Schwimmwagen teams for +5 points for the platoon.

While still capable of deep penetration behind enemy lines, Unterscharführer


the prevalence of enemy armour requires the intelligent use of
this highly valued unit to ensure its maximum effectiveness.
Motorcycle MG team Motorcycle MG team

SS-Freiwilligen-Aufklärungs Platoons use the Motorcycle


Reconnaissance rules on page 196 of the rulebook and are SS-Freiwilligen-Aufklärungs Platoon
Reconnaissance Platoons while mounted.

You may model your Motorcycle MG teams with Kübelwagen


jeeps instead of motorcycles, they are based the same way as
the Motorcycle MG teams and use the same rules.

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Having swept through the German trench lines, the Red Army advances at lightning speed...

Ambushing PaK40 anti-tank guns stop Soviet attempts to encircle the StuGs...

44
...only to have their advance slowed at the river by the retreating German defenders.

...which gives the Germans time to re-establish their defences.

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Operation Bagration
Build up to Bagration The German Army
From the Soviet Stavka (High Command) perspective, the The German forces of Army Group Centre had been stripped
Byelorussian offensive was a result of three years of learning of the majority of their Panzer elements, which had been sent
by ordeal at the hands of the German Wehrmacht (armed to reinforce Army Group Northern Ukraine, where Hitler
forces). The miracle at Moscow, where the first German strat­ and the majority of the high command were convinced the
egic offensive was halted, and the epic struggle at Stalingrad, main thrust of the Soviet summer campaign would fall.
gave Stavka the confidence to plan their offensive.
German forces in the region consisted of, from north to
Geographically, the operation dwarfed all other campaigns to south, 3. Panzerarmee (3rd Armoured Army) in Vitebsk,
date. They constructed a plan to crush the German armies, 4. Armee (4th Army) centred near Orsha and Mogilev and
and drive the war into the German homeland and on to the 9. Armee (9th Army) based out of Bobruisk.
victory. The Red Army’s furious blitzkrieg was timed to
Hitler had ordered that German forces maintain a static
launch on the third anniversary of the German invasion of
line of defence, while also holding several fortified cities, or
the Soviet Union.
Festerplatz. The major communications and supply centres of
Vitebsk, Bobruisk, Orsha, and Mogilev all became Festerplatz
towns. Each received a division of infantry to garrison the
city and were ordered to defend at all costs. Retreat was
simply not an option!

Front Line Front Line sc ow


26 June 22 June Mo
iver
1st Baltic Front na R
Dvi
Dzisna Polotsk
1st Tank Corps 3rd Guards Mech Corps

29th Tank Corps

Dzisna River Vitebsk 3rd Byelorussian


3RD PANZER
Front
ARMY
Front Line 3rd Guards Cavalry Corps

4 July Berezina River Bogushevsk


Lepel 5th Army Independent tank Bde

505. Schwere Panzer Abt.


Smolensk
3rd Guards Tank Corps

78. Sturm Div.

5. Panzer Div. 2nd Guards Tank Corps


501. Schwere Panzer Abt. Orsha

r
ve
Borizov 63rd Guards Heavy Tank Rgt.
Ri
Molodechno zh
4TH ARMY So
25. Panzergrenadier Div.
14. Panzergrenadier Div.

2nd Byelorussian
ARMY GROUP Smolevichi Mogilev
Front
CENTRE Minsk 18. Panzergrenadier Div.

Sv 4th Army Independent tank Bde


islo
ch
Ri
ver
Bykhov
FHH Panzergrenadier Div.

Marina Gorka

20. Panzer Div. Osipovichi 9th Tank Corps

Bobruisk Rogachev 1st Byelorussian


Front
Dr
ut

4th Guards Cavalry Corps


Slutsk n
Ri
ver

2nd Guards Cavalry Corps

9TH ARMY W E
Slutsk River

2 ND
ARMY
Gomel
Dn

1st Guards Tank Corps


ep

S
rR

Pripyat Marshes
ive

1st Mech Corps


r

Berlin
0 Miles 25
Pripyat River 7
th
Guards Cavalry Corps 0 Kilometres 50

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VITEBSK
The Soviet war machine launched Operation Bagration with On the morning of 27 June, the remains of the German
the assault on Festerplatz Vitebsk on 22 June. The Soviet garrison evacuated the city and began their break out. They
First Baltic and Third Byelorussian Fronts attacked the managed to push twelve miles to the south-west of the city
German Third Panzer Army and the Fourth Army defending where they quickly became encircled once more.
the region with overwhelming force pushing the Germans
The Soviet juggernaut rapidly overtook the isolated German
back.
soldiers. As they retreated west, lack of ammunition, fuel and
The Third Panzer Army counterattacked in an attempt supplies led to the majority of the Third Panzer Army being
to hold open an escape corridor for the forces defending killed or captured. Its battered remnants withdrew towards
Vitebsk. This attack was defeated by the Soviet infantry, Minsk.
assisted by support from the Soviet First Air Army.

Front Line n
22 June
1st Tank Corps First Baltic 3rd Air Army

1st Baltic Front Engineers Front W E


Polosk

r
ve
6th Guards Army

Ri
na
S

vi
43rd Army

D
Third Byelorussian
Front
Front Line
28 June 53rd Corps Vitebsk 3rd Guards Mech Corps

Ushachi 29th Tank Corps 5th Guards Tank Army

Third PANZER 3 Army


rd 39th Army
3rd Guards Tank Corps
Counter- 1st Air Army
ARMY attacks
6th Corps 5th Army
5TH ARTILLERY CORPS
Lepel Bogushevsk
2nd Guards Tank Corps
Senno 11th Guards Army

78. Sturm Div.


3rd Guards Cavalry Corps

Dnepr River
27th Corps
31st Army

501. Schwere Panzer Abt.

Fourth ARMY Orsha

Tolochin

Orsha-Minsk Highway 39th Panzer Corps 25. Panzergrenadier Div.

0 Miles 25
Borizov
18. Panzergrenadier Div.
0 Kilometres 50

ORSHA
Immediately south of Vitebsk the Soviet 11th Guards Army Tank Corps found a weak point and broke through the line
launched a brutal assault against Festerplatz Orsha. The on the left flank of the Sturmdivision. The Germans moved
German 78. Sturmdivision (78th Assault Division) and to counter, but the flank was lost. The 2nd Tank Corps bolted
501. Schwere Panzerabteilung (501st Heavy Tank Battalion) through the gap and took off towards Minsk, leaving a tank
defended the region using a vast network of trenches and brigade behind to complete the encirclement of Orsha.
strongpoints. The town itself was fortified by troops from the
Despite the heroic and desperate defence of the city by
78th and other divisions.
78. Sturmdivision and the heavy Tiger tanks of 501. Schwere
The battle for Orsha was fierce and the well-placed fortifica- Panzerabteilung, Festerplatz Orsha fell on 27 June.
tions initially stalled the Soviet assault. The Soviet 2nd Guards

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BOBRUISK
The Soviet onslaught in the south began on 24 June. The The Soviet 9th Tank Corps and the 1st Guards Tank Corps
Soviet First Byelorussian Front attack against the German combined their efforts against 20. Panzerdivision. The
Ninth  Army near Bobruisk made some progress. The German renewed Soviet attack proved too much for the German
20. Panzerdivision (20th Armoured Division) quickly coun- defenders who reluctantly retreated out of the city.
terattacked and bought time for the German infantry to
re-establish the front line.

Front Line
12th Panzer Div. Svisloch 23 June
Front Line
n 29 June
4th Army

Osipovichi
W E
3rd Army

S 20. Panzer Div.


Bobruisk 9th Tank Corps

Rogachev
Starye Dorogi 9th Corps Tolusha

Glusk
35th Corps
Zhlobin

48th Army

Parychu
Karpilovka
1st Guards Tank Corps

41st Panzer Corps


1st Byelorussian
Front
65th Army 0 Miles 25

28th Army 0 Kilometres 50

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78. Sturmdivision
The 78. Sturmdivision was originally raised in 1939 as Problems arose when a Soviet reconnaissance patrol discov-
78. Grenadierdivision in Stuttgart, Germany. The division ered a disused narrow-gauge rail line through the swampy
participated in the invasion of Russia and advanced to the forest between the Sturmdivision and 256. Grenadierdivision.
gates of Moscow, before being forced back. The 2nd Guards Tank Corps pushed through along the rail
line, and the Sturmdivision was outflanked.
In January 1943, 78. Grenadierdivision reformed as the
78. Sturmdivision. The motive behind these changes was to On 26 June the division withdrew again into Orsha, and
create a division with many weapons and few men. Each fell under attack by two Soviet divisions. Meanwhile,
Sturmkompanie was authorised enlarged infantry platoons 5. Panzerdivision and the Tiger tanks of 505. Schwere Panzer
and significant increases in heavy weapons. Additionally, Abteilung arrived to try to stem the Soviet advance. However,
each battalion had nine integral 7.5cm PaK40 anti- by the morning of the 27 June, Orsha had fallen, and the
tank guns, a number usually held by an entire Grenadier road to Minsk was wide open.
regiment. Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 189 was also attached to
The Sturmdivision continued to retreat, abandoning its heavy
the division, along with Panzerjäger-Abteilung 178.
equipment at the Berezina River. Any stragglers risked attack
Soon after its reorganisation 78. Sturmdivision was commit- by units of partisans lurking in the forests.
ted to Operation Zitadelle (Citadel) where the unit fought
By 5 July the Sturmdivision had fought from encirclement
with distinction at Kursk.
to encirclement, having conducted a 200km-long fighting
By October 1943, the veteran 78. Sturmdivision was placed withdrawal. The division managed to get clear of the encir-
along the Panther Line near Orsha. It was now part of the cling enemy, despite losing the majority of 78. Sturmdivision
XXVII Army Corps along with 25. Panzergrenadierdivision and its commander, General Traut. They were not alone, as
and 260. Grenadierdivision, and defended the critical Army Group Centre lost 17 other divisions completely, with
junction along the Moscow–Minsk highway. many more severely depleted.
Three years after the German invasion of the Soviet Union, Those few survivors that managed to escape the collapse of
on 22 June 1944, the Soviets launched Operation Bagration Army Group Centre were absorbed by 565. Volksgrenadier-
with a huge preparatory bombardment. The initial attacks division, and the Sturmdivision would be reformed as
failed with heavy losses, despite the use of special armoured 78. Volksgrenadierdivision a few weeks later. The reformed
assault groups by the 11th Guards Army. division would fight through Poland, Silesia and
Czechoslovakia.
By the evening of 23 June 78. Sturmdivision had withdrawn
back in good order, about 5km to its second defensive line.

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78. STURMDIVISION ARMOURY
Of all the German divisions in Byelorussia, the StuG Assault guns
78. Sturmdivision is the most prepared to receive the impend-
Since the Battle of Kursk, the Sturmdivision has had its own
ing Soviet attack. The Sturmdivision has been kept at high
Sturmgeschützabteilung (Assault gun battalion). The StuG G
strength with a trench-strength of 5,700 troops compared
Assault guns of 189. Sturmgeschützabteilung (189th Assault
to the average 2,500 troops of the other German divisions.
Gun Battalion) offer an immediate tank response to any
In addition to its high strength, the assault division has been
breakthroughs, helping shore up the line and restore de-
issued plenty of heavy weapons to support its troops! The
fensive positions or follow up a Sturmgrenadier assault. The
78.Sturmdivision is fully prepared for a Soviet assault!
StuG assault guns of the Batterie offer a huge morale boost
to the men and are a vital asset to the
Sturmdivision!

The MG42 Light Machine-gun


The Sturmdivision has been issued two MG42
Light machine-guns per squad, rather than StG44 Assault Rifle
the usual Grenadierkompanie organisation of
one per squad. This sort of additional fire-
Begliet Riders
power will hold the line against the Soviet The 189. Sturmgeschützabteilung pioneered the use of Begleit,
onslaught! or Escort, troops at Kursk. These Grenadiers ride atop the
StuGs when the battalion is manoeuvring, offering the assault
Panzerfaust Anti-tank guns their own infantry protection. When in combat, the
Begleit riders often dismount and fight alongside their tanks,
launcher working together to mount successful counterattacks.
By June 1944, Panzerfaust anti-tank launchers are a welcome
addition to the Grenadier’s arsenal. These weapons are deadly StG44 Assault Rifle
at short range, roughly 30 meters (98 feet) and will penetrate
The Begleit riders in the 189. Sturmgeschützabteilung are among
armour up to 200mm (8 inches) thick! By June these in-
the first to receive the new StG44 (or, Sturmgewehr 44) Assault
expensive tank-busters can be found in large quantities all
rifle, also known as the MP44 (or, Maschinenpistole 44). The
along the 78th Assault Division’s fortifications.
StG44 assault rifle combines the firepower of a submachine-
gun in close combat with the accuracy of a rifle at medium
ranges. It fires a shortened version of the 7.92mm round, also
used in the standard Karabiner 98k rifle. The gun’s ammuni-
Panzerfaust Anti-tank Launcher tion supply also increases the standard five-round capacity of
the Karabiner 98k to an impressive 30-round magazine in
The 7.5cm PaK40 Anti-tank gun the StG44 assault rifle!
Each Sturmkompanie has its own Sturm Anti-tank platoon
This fully automatic rifle will help the Begleit riders to assault
with two 7.5cm PaK40 anti-tank guns. This gives each
the enemy infantry with their Assault guns in support!
company its own anti-tank guns in addition to the battalion
and regimental anti-tank guns. No other German division
can boast having 99 PaK40 anti-tank guns at its disposal!

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FELDWEBEL
Dietrich Uthoff

Dietrich Uthoff joined the army after a series of unsuccess- In late June 1944, Operation Bagration erupted in front of
ful careers. In the military, Uthoff discovered his calling. He Uthoff and his men and by the afternoon of the first day the
rapidly gained the rank of Unteroffizier, or corporal. platoon had been reduced to just six men. He asked for two
volunteers and ordered the remainder of the men to rejoin
He transferred to the 78. Infanteriedivision just as the division
the division in Orsha.
was sent to Russia, where he was wounded while manning a
machine-gun after its crew had been wiped out by a 76mm Uthoff and the volunteers were last seen dashing between
shell. This earned him an Iron Cross and a promotion to mortar craters and upturned earth, each with three
Feldwebel, or sergeant. Panzerfaust launchers. Several Soviet T-34 and IS-2 tanks
exploded as they made their way through no-man’s-land.
In 1943, Uthoff and the 78. Infantriedivision reorganised
as a Sturmdivision. During the conversion, Uthoff acquired For his bravery, Dietrich Uthoff was posthumously recom-
the latest weapons, such as his own personal Sturmgewehr 44 mended for the Knight’s Cross.
assault rifle and a pile of Panzerfaust launchers for his men.

CHARACTERISTICS
Feldwebel Dietrich Uthoff is a Warrior and a Panzerfaust Tank Hunter
Assault Rifle team. He is an Independent team and rated as
Uthoff knew that there was no time to waste in stemming
Fearless Veteran.
the Red tide!
Uthoff may join a Sturmkompanie (page 52) from
78. Sturmdivision for +50 points. Feldwebel Uthoff may move and shoot with his Panzerfaust
anti-tank launcher.
Ambush!
Feldwebel Uthoff used craters, destroyed tanks and bombed- Faust Expert
out trenches to surprise hapless Soviet tanks. After several years of hunting tanks with Panzerknackers, the
new Panzerfaust launchers make tank-hunting even easier!
Uthoff may be deployed using the Ambush special rule in
the rulebook in addition to any other platoons that would Feldwebel Uthoff may re-roll failed To Hit rolls with his
normally be deployed in Ambush. Panzerfaust anti-tank launcher.
While defending, Uthoff may deploy in Ambush even in
missions that do not normally use the Ambush special rule.

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Sturmkompanie
S C torm ompany

(Infantry Company)
HEADQUARTERS

HEADQUARTERS

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

Sturmkompanie HQ
53

DIVISIONAL SUPPORT PLATOONS


COMBAT PLATOONS

WEAPONS PLATOONS

INFANTRY MACHINE-GUNS
ARMOUR ARTILLERY

Sturm Machine-gun 55
Sturm Platoon Platoon
53

Bäke Schwere Panzer


Heavy Artillery Battery

24

15
Platoon

6
MACHINE-GUNS
INFANTRY
ARMOUR ARTILLERY
Sturm Machine-gun
55

Platoon
Sturm Platoon
53

Rocket Launcher Battery

15
ARTILLERY StuG Platoon

59

9
INFANTRY
Armoured Rocket

16
Tank-hunter Platoon 15 Launcher Battery

0
3
Sturm Mortar Platoon
55

INFANTRY ANTI-AIRCRAFT
Sturm Platoon
53

ANTI-TANK
MACHINE-GUNS
Pionier Platoon Heavy Anti-aircraft
61

16
Gun Platoon

1
Sturm Heavy Anti-
56

tank Gun Platoon


Sturm Heavy Platoon INFANTRY
54

ANTI-AIRCRAFT
REGIMENTAL SUPPORT PLATOONS

ANTI-TANK ANTI-TANK
Sturm Scout Platoon Sturm Anti-aircraft
57

57

Gun Platoon
Sturm Anti-tank Luftwaffe Anti-
Sturm Heavy Anti-
54

16

Gun Platoon aircraft Gun


56

tank Gun Platoon ARTILLERY


Platoon

ARTILLERY
AIRCRAFT
Sturm Heavy Mortar
57

Platoon
Sturm Infantry Gun
56

Platoon ARTILLERY
Air Support
16
2

FORTIFICATIONS
Artillery Battery
15
6

Field Fortifications
14

ALLIED PLATOONS
6

Luftwaffe Platoons in your


force are Allies and follow the
Allies rules in the rulebook.

52 GERMAN
Sturmkompanie
Motivation and Skill
RELUCTANT CONSCRIPT
The illustrious 78. Sturmdivision has seen combat from the gates of Moscow to Kursk, and now
CONFIDENT TRAINED
guards the critical point at Orsha. The high concentration of integrated infantry weapons and
assault guns makes the unit a very powerful formation. The 78. Sturmdivision will keep the FEARLESS VETERAN
Soviets in check, should they decide to assault! A Sturmkompanie is rated Confident Veteran.

HEADQUARTERS

Sturmkompanie HQ HAUPTmann
HAUPTMANN Unteroffizier
Headquarters
Company HQ 45 points
Company Command Panzerschreck Panzerschreck
SMG team team team
Options
• Replace either or both Command SMG teams with
Command Panzerfaust SMG teams for +10 points 2iC Command
SMG team Panzerschreck team
per team.
Company HQ Anti-tank Section
• Add an Anti-tank section with up to three
Panzerschreck teams for +25 points per team. Sturmkompanie HQ
• Add up to three Sniper teams for +50 points per
team.

Now is the time to dig in and prepare for the expected Soviet Your Sturmkompanie is well supplied with the new Panzerfaust
offensive. We cannot be certain where this blow will fall, but and Panzerschreck anti-tank rocket launchers able to repel any
we can be assured that the mighty 78. Sturmdivision is ready. Bolshevik attack!

COMBAT PLATOONS

Sturm Platoon Leutnant

Platoon Leutnant

HQ Section with:
Command MG team
3 Grenadier Squads 180 points
HQ Section
2 Grenadier Squads 130 points
Unteroffizier Unteroffizier
Option
• Replace Command MG team with a Command
Panzerfaust SMG team for +10 points. If you do MG team MG team
this, you may replace all remaining MG teams with
Panzerfaust MG teams for +20 points per squad.
MG team MG team
Grenadier Squad Grenadier Squad
Not only is the Sturmkompanie well equipped with machine-
guns and Panzerfaust anti-tank launchers, but it also has a Unteroffizier
higher unit strength compared to other Grenadier units
in the front line. This combination of defensive weaponry
MG team MG team
and manpower should make it easier to build a formidable
Grenadier Squad
defensive line.
Sturm Platoon
On the other hand, your Sturmkompanie has not lost its
offensive potential. The company is prepared to leave its
trenches and counterattack against whatever small gains the
Soviets might manage to secure.

If your Sturmkompanie has three Sturm platoons, you may upgrade the smallest Sturm Platoon to a Sturm Pionier Platoon for
+15 points per squad. This converts the Command team and every MG team into Pioneer teams with the same armament. The
Sturm Pionier Platoon may have a Pioneer Supply Truck for an additional +25 points.

GERMAN 53
Sturm Heavy Platoon Leutnant
Platoon Leutnant

HQ Section with:
1 Machine-gun Section 70 points Command SMG team
HQ Section
No Machine-gun Section 10 points

Options Unteroffizier Unteroffizier

• Replace Command SMG team with a Command


Panzerfaust SMG team for +10 points. MG42 HMG MG42 HMG Observer Rifle team
Machine-gun
• Add a Mortar Section for +60 points. section
GW34 mortar GW34 mortar
A Heavy Platoon must have a Mortar Section if it has
Mortar section
no Machine-gun Section.
Sturm Heavy Platoon

Sturm Heavy Platoons may make Combat Attachments to Assigning a heavy machine-gun to each of your Sturmgrenadier
Sturm Platoons. platoons will boost their defensive capability.
While the fourth platoon’s heavy machine-guns are not much
As a Grenadier force, your company is unique in having a use against waves of Soviet tanks, they are vitally needed to
heavy platoon available to it. The company’s fourth, heavy cut down their infantry support. The platoon’s 8cm mortars
platoon is a great asset to use along the defensive line and pin down attacking formations and lay smoke to conceal a
lend its fire against the Bolshevik assault. counterattack.

Sturm Anti-tank gun Platoon Leutnant


Platoon Leutnant

HQ Section with:
2 Anti-tank Gun Sections 110 points Command SMG team
HQ Section
Option
Unteroffizier Unteroffizier
• Replace Command SMG team with a Command
Panzerfaust SMG team for +10 points.
7.5cm PaK40 7.5cm PaK40

Sturm Anti-tank gun Platoons may make Combat


Attachments to Sturm Platoons. RSO tractor RSO tractor
Anti-tank gun Anti-tank gun
Pakfront! section section
German defensive doctrine used the Pakfront to efficiently Sturm Anti-tank gun Platoon
devastate Soviet tank assaults. Guns are deployed carefully
with overlapping fields of fire, inflicting maximum damage. The 7.5cm PaK40 anti-tank guns of your fifth, anti-tank platoon
The 78. Sturmdivision made expert use of the Pakfront de- give the Sturmkompanie its own guns. If positioned carefully, these
fending Festerplatz Orsha. can destroy even heavy tanks. They are also useful as infantry
guns, to knock out enemy machine-gun nests.
You may choose your Sturm Anti-tank Gun Platoon or
one of your Sturm Heavy Anti-tank Gun Platoons to
form a Pakfront. Do not deploy the platoon when you
would normally. Instead, it is deployed at the same time as
Independent Teams.

54
Sturmkompanie
WEAPONS PLATOONS

Sturm Machine-gun Platoon Leutnant


Company Leutnant

HQ Section with:
2 Machine-gun Sections 135 points Command SMG team
HQ Section
1 Machine-gun Section 70 points

Option Unteroffizier Unteroffizier

• Replace Command SMG team with a Command


Panzerfaust SMG team for +10 points. MG42 HMG MG42 HMG MG42 HMG MG42 HMG
Machine-gun Machine-gun
section section
Sturm Machine-gun Platoons may make Combat Sturm Machine-gun Platoon
Attachments to Sturm Platoons.
the Grenadiers to counterattack. Position them carefully to
The battalion’s assault machine-gun platoons strengthen the cover objectives and dig them in quickly. They will be the
line, forming strong points to stop Soviet infantry and allow rock upon which the waves of Soviet infantry break!

Sturm Mortar Platoon Leutnant


Platoon Leutnant

HQ Section with:
3 Mortar Sections 180 points Command SMG team

2 Mortar Sections 125 points HQ Section

1 Mortar Section 65 points Unteroffizier Unteroffizier

Option
Observer Rifle team Observer Rifle team
• Replace Command SMG team with a Command
Panzerfaust SMG team for +10 points.
8cm GW34 8cm GW34 8cm GW34 8cm GW34
mortar mortar mortar mortar
The battalion’s integral mortar platoon delivers a quick
Mortar Section Mortar Section
response to calls for fire. It is excellent at pinning the enemy
as they advance, or as your troops close to assault. Unteroffizier

A well-placed mortar platoon can stop a Soviet advance cold


with six mortar tubes in the platoon. A mortar barrage can Observer 8cm GW34 8cm GW34
Rifle team mortar mortar
be devastating as enemy troops approach in the open.
Mortar Section

Sturm Mortar Platoon

GERMAN 55
Sturm Heavy Leutnant
Anti-tank gun Platoon Leutnant

Platoon
HQ Section with: Command SMG team
HQ Section
3 Anti-tank Gun Sections 155 points
2 Anti-tank Gun Sections 105 points Unteroffizier Unteroffizier

Options
7.5cm PaK40 7.5cm PaK40
• Replace Command SMG team with a Command
Panzerfaust SMG team for +10 points.
• Add RSO tractors for +5 points for the platoon. RSO tractor RSO tractor
Anti-tank gun Anti-tank gun
Each regiment of the 78. Sturmdivision has a section section
14. Kompanie holding twelve heavy anti-tank guns. The
Unteroffizier
Sturmdivision is well stocked with anti-tank guns, far exceed-
ing the allocation for a Grenadierdivision.
Sight your guns so you can maximise their fields of fire 7.5cm PaK40 RSO tractor
and inflict devastating losses to your opponent’s tanks! The Anti-tank gun section
7.5cm PaK40 anti-tank guns are ideal for ambushing enemy
platoons from concealing terrain. Sturm Heavy Anti-tank gun Platoon

REGIMENTAL SUPPORT PLATOONS

Sturm Infantry Gun Platoon Leutnant

Platoon Leutnant

HQ Section with:
Command SMG team Observer Rifle team
2 7.5cm leIG18 65 points
HQ Section
2 15cm sIG33 145 points
Unteroffizier Unteroffizier
Options
• Replace Command SMG team with a Command Infantry gun Infantry gun
Panzerfaust SMG team for +10 points.
• Add horse-drawn limbers for +5 points for the platoon.
• Replace both horse-drawn limbers with 3‑ton trucks Horse-drawn limber Horse-drawn limber
or RSO tractors at no cost. Infantry gun Infantry gun
section section

The 7.5cm leIG18 and 15cm sIG33 infantry guns of the Sturm Infantry gun Platoon
Sturm Regiment’s 13. Kompanie may be few, but they are ver-
satile weapons on defence or when counterattacking. Move
them up to pin down the enemy, or take out enemy gun pits,
or dig them in to help defend against Soviet armour.

56 GERMAN
Sturmkompanie
Sturm Heavy Mortar Platoon Leutnant
Platoon Leutnant

HQ Section with:
4 12cm sGW43 160 points Command SMG team Kfz 15 field car

2 12cm sGW43 80 points HQ Section

Option Unteroffizier Unteroffizier

• Add Kfz 15 field car and 3-ton trucks for +5 points


Observer Rifle team Observer Rifle team
for the platoon.

5. Schwere Granatwerfer Bataillon (5th Heavy Mortar 12cm sGW43 3-ton truck 12cm sGW43 3-ton truck
Battalion) is armed with thirty-six of the brilliant new 12cm mortar mortar
heavy mortars. These are able to destroy even dug-in targets.
12cm sGW43 3-ton truck 12cm sGW43 3-ton truck
The mortar’s inability to maintain their fire over a prolonged mortar mortar
period is more than overcome by their ability to provide Mortar Section Mortar Section
rapid-fire support to the assault troops.
Sturm Heavy Mortar Platoon

Sturm Anti-aircraft
Gun Platoon
Platoon
HQ Section with
3 2cm FlaK38 75 points

Options
• Replace Command SMG team with a Command
2cm FlaK38 gun 2cm FlaK38 gun
Panzerfaust SMG team for +10 points.
• Add Kfz 15 field car and 3-ton trucks for +5 points
for the platoon.
• Replace all trucks with RSO tractors at no cost.
Anti-aircraft Section Anti-aircraft Section
• Mount 2cm FlaK38 guns on 3-ton trucks as Portees
at no cost.

The 293. Heeres Flakabteilung is the dedicated anti-aircraft


2cm FlaK38 gun
battalion for our 78. Sturmdivision.
Anti-aircraft Section

Sturm Anti-aircraft Gun Platoon

Sturm Scout Platoon Leutnant

Platoon Leutnant

HQ Section with:
Command Motorcycle MG team
2 Scout Squads 180 points
HQ Section
1 Scout Squad 110 points

Option Unteroffizier Unteroffizier

• Replace Command Motorcycle MG team with a


Command Panzerfaust Motorcycle SMG team for Motorcycle MG team Motorcycle MG team
+10 points.
Motorcycle MG team Motorcycle MG team
You may model your Motorcycle MG teams with Kübelwagen Scout Squad Scout Squad
jeeps instead of motorcycles, they are based the same way as
the Motorcycle MG teams and use the same rules. Sturm Scout Platoon

The 178. Aufklarungsabteilung will provide you with Sturm Scout Platoons use the Motorcycle Reconnaissance rules
necessary field reconnaissance. on page 196 of the rulebook and are Reconnaissance Platoons
while mounted.

GERMAN 57
StuG
A
Batterie
G B ssault un attery

(Tank Company)
HEADQUARTERS

HEADQUARTERS

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

StuG Batterie HQ
59

DIVISIONAL SUPPORT PLATOONS


COMBAT PLATOONS

WEAPONS PLATOONS

ARMOUR INFANTRY
ARMOUR ARTILLERY

Begleit Platoon
59

StuG Platoon
59

Schwere Panzer Platoon Heavy Artillery Battery

71

15
6
INFANTRY
ARMOUR
ARMOUR ARTILLERY

Pionier Platoon
61

StuG Platoon
59

Rocket Launcher Battery

15
StuG Platoon

59

9
Armoured Rocket

16
ARMOUR
Launcher Battery

0
ARMOUR

ANTI-AIRCRAFT

StuG Platoon
59

Tank-hunter Platoon
15
3

Heavy Anti-aircraft

16
Gun Platoon

1
INFANTRY

ANTI-AIRCRAFT

Sturm Platoon
53

Sturm Anti-aircraft
57

Gun Platoon
INFANTRY
AIRCRAFT

Sturm Scout Platoon


57

Sturm Platoon
53

Air Support
16
2

ARTILLERY

Sturm Heavy Mortar


57

Platoon
15

Artillery Battery
6

58
StuG Batterie
Motivation and Skill
RELUCTANT CONSCRIPT
The 189. Sturmgeschützabteilung has a long history working with the 78. Sturmdivision
CONFIDENT TRAINED
and has earned recognition as an elite assault gun force. The StuG assault guns and their
Begleit escort troops are ready to be deployed wherever needed to help the Sturmgrenadiers FEARLESS VETERAN
repel Soviet attacks. A StuG Batterie is rated Confident Veteran.

HEADQUARTERS

StuG Batterie HQ HAUPTmann

Headquarters HAUPTMANN

StuG G 95 points

Option Company Command StuG G


• Mount Assault Rifle Tank Escortson StuG G for Company HQ
+15 points. Stug Batterie HQ

COMBAT PLATOONS

StuG Platoon Leutnant


Platoon Leutnant

3 StuG G 285 points

Options Command StuG G


• Replace one StuG G assault gun with a StuH42 HQ Section
assault gun at no cost.
Unteroffizier Unteroffizier
• Mount Assault Rifle Tank Escorts on each StuG G or
StuH42 assault gun for +45 points for the platoon.

The 189. Sturmgeschützabteilung, the 189th Assault Gun StuG G StuG G


Battalion, has been attached to 78. Sturmdivision since ASSAULT GUN SECTION ASSAULT GUN SECTION
December 1942. It fought with the Sturmdivision during the Stug Platoon
tough battles at Kursk.

WEAPONS PLATOONS

Begleit Platoon Leutnant


Platoon Leutnant

3 Begleit Squads 310 points


2 Begleit Squads 220 points Command Assault Rifle team
HQ Section

Your force may not contain a Begliet Platoon if any of your Unteroffizier Unteroffizier
StuG Platoons have Tank Escort teams.
Assault Rifle Assault Rifle Assault Rifle Assault Rifle
team team team team
At the start of the game before deployment you may select
not to use your Begleit Platoon during the game. Instead
you may give your StuG Batterie HQ and all your StuG Assault Rifle team Assault Rifle team
Platoons Assault Rifle Tank Escorts. Begleit Squad Begleit Squad
Unteroffizier
189. Sturmgeschützabteilung was the first unit to use Begleit
(pronounced be-glite), or escort, tank riders to escort their
assault guns. Sometimes they fought dismounted away from Assault Rifle team Assault Rifle team Assault Rifle team
the assault gun as the battle conditions dictated. Begleit Squad
Begleit Platoon

GERMAN 59
Pionierkompanie
E C ngineer ompany

(Infantry Company)
HEADQUARTERS

HEADQUARTERS

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

Pionierkompanie HQ
61

DIVISIONAL SUPPORT PLATOONS

ALLIED PLATOONS
COMBAT PLATOONS

INFANTRY
ARMOUR ARTILLERY

Pionier Platoon
Luftwaffe Platoons in your
61

Rocket Launcher Battery

15
force are Allies and follow

9
Panzer Platoon

73
the Allies rules in the Armoured Rocket

16
INFANTRY Launcher Battery
rulebook.

0
Schwere Panzer Platoon

71
Artillery Battery

15
Radio-control Tank

6
15
Platoon

2
Pionier Platoon
61

ANTI-AIRCRAFT
ARMOUR
INFANTRY

Anti-aircraft Gun Platoon

16
1
StuG Platoon
59

Pionier Platoon
61

Sturmpanzer Platoon
15

ANTI-TANK
2

Tank-hunter Platoon
15
3
15

Anti-tank Gun Platoon Heavy Anti-aircraft


5

16
Gun Platoon

1
Luftwaffe Heavy

16
INFANTRY Anti-aircraft Gun

3
Platoon
Heavy Anti-tank Gun 15
Platoon
5

Grenadier Platoon
27

AIRCRAFT
Fallschirmjäger
33

Platoon

Sturm Platoon
53

Air Support
16
2

ARTILLERY

Artillery Battery
15
6
15

Heavy Artillery Battery


6

60
Pionierkompanie
Motivation and Skill
RELUCTANT CONSCRIPT
Pioniers are tough fighters, as well trained and equipped to lead assaults as they are for other
CONFIDENT TRAINED
hazardous tasks like laying and clearing minefields. They know what they are about and are
confident of their ability to do it. A Pionierkompanie is rated as Confident Veteran. FEARLESS VETERAN

HEADQUARTERS

Pionierkompanie HQ HAUPTmann

Headquarters HAUPTMANN

Company HQ 45 points
Company Command 2iC Command
Options SMG team SMG team
• Replace either or both Command SMG teams with Company HQ
Command Panzerknacker SMG teams for +5 points
Unteroffizier Unteroffizier
per team or Command Panzerfaust SMG teams for
+10 points per team.
• Add Mortar Section for +55 points. MG42 HMG MG42 HMG 8cm GW34 8cm GW34
mortar mortar
• Add Machine-gun Section for + 60 points. Machine-gun Section Mortar Section

The Pionierkompanie is composed of tough well-trained PIonierkompanie HQ


combat engineers ready to do two things: undertake specialist engineering tasks. They lay minefields, prepare
dangerous engineering assignments while under fire, and bunkers, and create other defensive positions.
storm enemy positions by close assault.
When the Grenadiers counterattack to regain lost positions,
The ‘black’ pioneers of the Infanteriedivision perform all the the pioneers lead the way with their flame-throwers.

COMBAT PLATOONS

Pionier Platoon Leutnant


Platoon Leutnant

HQ Section with:
3 Pioneer Squads 235 points Command Pioneer Pioneer Supply
Rifle team horse-drawn wagon
2 Pioneer Squads 165 points
HQ Section
Options
Unteroffizier Unteroffizier
• Replace Command Pioneer Rifle team with
Command Pioneer Panzerknacker SMG team for
+5 points or Command Pioneer Panzerfaust SMG Pioneer Pioneer Pioneer Pioneer
team for +10 points. Rifle team Rifle team Rifle team Rifle team

• Equip one Pioneer Rifle team with a Goliath demo-


lition carrier in addition to its normal weapons for Pioneer Pioneer
+30 points. Rifle team Rifle team

• Add Pioneer Supply horse-drawn wagon for Pioneer Squad Pioneer Squad
+20 points, or Pioneer Supply RSO tractor for Unteroffizier
+25 points.
Pioneer Pioneer Pioneer
You may replace up to one Pioneer Rifle team per Pioneer Rifle team Rifle team Rifle team
Squad with a Flame-thrower team at the start of the game Pioneer Squad
before deployment. Pionier Platoon

GERMAN 61
General Der Panzertruppen Von Saucken directs his Panzers to the front line...

... while RSO auf PaK40 tank-hunters ambush and slow down the enemy advance.

62
...giving the infantry time to prepare their defences...

Feldwebel Windgruber leads the counter-assault to drive the communists back.

63
Bagration Breakthrough
THE PANZER DIVISIONS FACING OPERATION BAGRATION
When Feldmarschal Model took command of Army Group Panzerabteilung (505th Heavy Tank Battalion). They fought
Centre during the chaos of the Soviet breakthrough those around Borisov and Minsk, delaying the breakthrough forces
panzer divisions that could be quickly pushed into action of the Red Army as they sped towards Minsk.
were sent against the Soviet onslaught. The panzer divisions
To the south 4. Panzerdivision and 12. Panzerdivision arrived
were used to reinforce ad hoc blocking forces (Sperrverbände)
to reinforce various Sperrverband defending the road between
and battle groups (kampfgruppen). The first to see action was
Bobruisk and Baranovichi. They were further reinforced by
20. Panzerdivison who were already deployed near Bobruisk as
Hungarian and German cavalry units who arrived from anti-
the front reserve. As they were pushed back their men joined
partisan duties to be thrown in the line against Soviet tank,
the blocking forces holding against the Soviet breakthrough.
mechanised and cavalry corps rampaging westwards.
They were joined at the front by 5. Panzerdivision under
General der Panzertruppen von Saucken and the 505. Schwere

THE FALL OF MINSK


On 2 July, fierce fighting erupted to the immediate north of chaotically abandoned the city under the protection of
Minsk, the Byelorussian capital. Elements of 5. Panzerdivision 5. Panzerdivision.
(5th Armoured Division) dutifully contained various threats
The remnants of the German Fourth Army were trapped in
along the northern flank of the city. From the south, the
a large pocket east of Minsk, resisting desperately against
Soviet 2nd Guards Tank Corps captured Smolevichi before
Soviet efforts to reduce it. By 5 July, the Fourth Army con-
crashing into Minsk. Along the way the Soviets only encoun-
cluded that they would have to attempt a break out. Despite
tered sporadic German resistance.
achieving initial successes, on 6 July, the majority of the
Realising the flaws in the Festerplatz strategy, Hitler auth­ army’s soldiers were either killed or captured.
orised the evacuation of Minsk on 3 July. German troops

n
5th Army
3rd Byelorussian
3 Panzer Army
rd

Front W E
Molodechno 11th Guards Army
2nd Guards Tank Corps
Tolochin
5th Guards Tank Army S
Front Line
Front Line Borizov 31 Army
st 28 June
4 July 5. Panzer Div.

33rd Army

78. Sturm Div. 29th Tank Corps

German Soviet 49th Army


Division Corps
Minsk Smolevichi

4th Army (remnants)


53rd Corps 39th Army

German Soviet
Unit Unit
39th Panzer Corps
50th Army
Osipovichi
Stolbtsy
Dnepr River

Svisloch
3rd Army
1st Byelorussian
9
th
Army Bobruisk Front
48th Army

0 Miles 25
Zhlobin
65th Army 0 Kilometres 50

64
THE AFTERMATH
Hitler’s insistence on constructing a rigid defence along The operation was an unqualified Soviet success, not only
a static front using Festerplatz tied down the defence and liberating the last areas of Soviet territory held by the
played perfectly into Soviet strategy. The Red Army simply Germans, but also bringing about the total collapse of Army
bypassed the fortified cities, trapping the defending units Group Centre. Of the thirty four German divisions in the
within and then reducing the pockets at will. field, twenty eight were destroyed or rendered ineffective.
Soviet forces advanced extremely rapidly making it almost Total casualties for the Germans reached over 300,000
impossible for the few units breaking out of encirclement to troops killed or captured, while the Soviet casualty count on
reach the safety of their own lines. all fronts numbered 765,000. In less than two weeks the Red
Army managed to break open the front, leaving the road to
With Minsk liberated and the German Fourth Army reduced,
Berlin wide open.
Soviet forces paused to reorganise and prepare to push into Poland.

TIGERS
As well as 505. Schwere Panzerabteilung (505th Heavy Tank of Army Group Narva during the battles for Narva and the
Battalion), which fought to halt the Soviet Operation Tannenberg Line. It spent the war fighting in the north of
Bagration breakthrough, other Heer Tiger battalions played the Eastern Front in support of Army Group North.
an important role in the fighting on the Eastern Front in
The most famous of its Tiger I E tank commanders was Otto
1944 and 1945.
Carius, who was awarded a Knight’s Cross on 4 May 1944
for his efforts during the Narva fighting.
501. Schwere Panzerabteilung
The first battalion to receive Tiger I tanks was also the first 503. Schwere Panzerabteilung
battalion to receive the Königstiger or Tiger II tanks. From
503. Schwere Panzerabteilung (later Feldherrnhalle) was ini-
1942 to 1944 501. Schwere Panzerabteilung fought in Africa,
tially equipped with Tiger I tanks and Panzer IIIs. In 1944,
the Eastern Front, and finally in Poland.
it was re-equipped with the new Tiger II. The battalion saw
Part of the battalion received its first Tiger II tanks while action on the Eastern and Western Fronts.
another part was still fighting in Minsk during Operation
During early November 1944 13. Panzerdivision fought
Bagration. Initially equipped with 45 Tiger II, the battal-
alongside 503. Schwere Panzerabteilung around Hatvan and
ion was attached to 16. Panzerdivision in the counterattack
Jakohalma during the battles to halt the Soviet advance on
against the Sandomierz bridgehead on the Vistula River.
Budapest.
In December 1944 the battalion was redesignated the 424.
503. Schwere Panzerabteilung was heavily involved in the
Schwere Panzerabteilung and moved to the Western Front. fighting around Debrecen in October 1944 leading the
counterattack with the 24. Panzerdivision and 4. Polizei
502. Schwere Panzerabteilung SS-Panzergrendierdivision.
502. Schwere Panzerabteilung was formed in 1943 dispatched Later the battalion became part of the newly formed
to the Leningrad front in July 1943. It supported the troops Panzerkorps Feldherrnhalle.

65
Kampfgruppen
A Kampfgruppe (battle group) was an ad-hoc combined During Operation Bagration, the Germans employed these
arms formation, usually employing a combination of tanks, combined arms formations to stymy the rapid advance of
infantry, anti-tank and artillery elements. It was generally Soviet forces. For the first few weeks of July 1944, these for-
organised for a particular task or operation. mations formed the backbone of the German defences.
A Kampfgruppe was usually named after its commanding The Kampfgruppen formed during Operation Bagration
officer or its parent division. The battle group could range in were built around infantry and security divisions, and even
size from a corps to a company, but the most common was headquarters units that survived the initial Soviet onslaught.
an Abteilung (battalion) sized formation. These were then reinforced by the 5th and 12th Panzer
Divisions brought up from reserve.

SPERRVERBAND KAMPFGRUPPEN
Kampfgruppe Lindig, Sperrverband Bergen, Sperrverband Meinecke,
Kampfgruppe Bercken, Kampfgruppe von Vormann,
Kampfgruppe Birkel, Panzergruppe Hoppe
The 9. Armee Sperrverbände (Blocking Forces) consisted of Additional Kampfgruppen were formed to block the routes
Kampfgruppen from the XXXXI and LV Armeekorps. Primarily into Minsk using regiments from 9. Armee Weapons School
constituted from the remnants of the forward infantry divi- and 390. Feldausbildungs (field replacement) Division. This
sions, these Sperrverbände were supported by a varied selec- replacement unit was made from veteran leaders of field
tion of troops and vehicles. units, returning wounded and new recruits. They fought like
demons possessed.
These included the retreating mobile assets of the infantry
divisions, independent anti-tank battalions and Luftwaffe Another Sperrverband Kampfgruppe known as Panzergruppe
Flak battalions. Eventually the Kampfgruppen were sup- Hoppe was formed in the area occupied by 3. Panzerarmee.
ported by elements of the newly arrived 12. Panzerdivision, It contained units from 252. Infanteriedivision (infantry),
as well as by retreating elements of 20. Panzerdivision after 391. Sicherungsdivision (Security), a battalion of StuG assault
the fall of Bobruisk. guns, and an independent battalion of Hornisse tank-hunters.

KAMPFGRUPPE VON SAUCKEN


Kampfgruppe Lendil, Kampfgruppe Metz,
Kampfgruppe I, Kampfgruppe II, Kampfgruppe III
General der Panzertruppen Dietrich von Saucken had gained All told, he created five separate Kampfgruppen, mixing
the reputation as a field commander who could stop any the assets of 5. Panzerdivision with various other units to
Soviet offensive. When Generalfeldmarschall Model took over take the brunt of Soviet armour. His Kampfgruppen took
Army Group centre, General von Saucken was immediately enormous casualties. However, they inflicted many more and
tasked to develop a mobile counterattacking force. ultimately allowed the remaining divisions of 4. Armee to
escape the closing pincers of the ever-advancing Soviet forward
Taking over the reserve forces available to keep the bridges
detachments. Kampfgruppe von Saucken later became the
over the Berezina River and the railroad to Minsk open, von
XXXIX Panzer Korps.
Saucken built Kampfgruppen to meet the oncoming spear-
heads of the Soviet mechanised and armoured corps.

SICHERUNGS AND WALKÜRE


Until reserve infantry divisions could be brought up to form The Walküre or German homeguard infantry battalions
Sperrverbände, the Germans utilized their Sicherungs (Security) were brought up to form Sperrverband Kampfgruppen. These
Divisions as stopgap forces. Although lacking the full support infantry regiments had their full complement of soldiers but
options of a German infantry division, small Kampfgruppen had never faced combat.
were organized from these as emergency forces.

German Karabiner K98k Rifle with Bayonet

66
Dvina River

KAMPFGRUPPE VON SAUCKEN KAMPFGRUPPEN


Kampfgruppe Metz Kampfgruppe Lendil Kampfgruppe II
(Walküre or Sicherungs) (Walküre or Sicherungs) (13. Panzergrenadierregiment, 5. PD)
170. Infantry Division 170. Infantry Division 13. Panzergrenadier Regiment
14. Infantry Division 731. Panzerjäger Battalion 89. Panzerpionier Battalion Vitebsk
299. Infantry Division 221. Sicherungs Division elements of 31. Panzerregiment
31. Polizei Battalion
Kampfgruppe I Kampfgruppe III
221. Sicherungs Division
(14. Panzergrenadierregiment, 5. PD) (31. Panzerregiment, 5. PD)
18. FlaK Battalion
II 14. Panzergrenadier Regiment I 14. Panzergrenadier Regiment
5. Ersatz Pionierabteilung 505. Schwere Panzerabteilung
elements of 31. Panzer Regiment elements of 31. Panzer Regiment
elements of 85. Pionierabteilung
N
Begoml
Panzergruppe Hoppe
Panzergruppe
HOPPE (Sperrverband/Sicherungs)
Pt
ic hR 252. Infantry Division

Ber
ive 391. Sicherungs Division

ezin
3 Guards
rd

r Mechanised Corps Sturmgeschütz Battery

aR
Molodechno Panzerjäger Company (Hornisse)

iver
731. Panzerjäger
Battalion
299. Infantry
(Walküre) Division

Kampfgruppe II
Krupki
170. Infantry
(Walküre) Division Kampfgruppe (13.PGR) Kampfgruppe III
Metz (14.PGR)

Gorodki Borisov 5th Guards


Tank Army
221. Sicherungs
Division

Kampfgruppe
Lendil
Sperrverband Meinecke
Kampfgruppe I
(Sperrverband)
(14.PGR)
60. Panzergrenadier Division
Smolevichi 5. Panzergrenadier Regiment, 12. PD
31. Polizei
Battalion

Sperrverband Bergen
MINSK (Sperrverband or Sicherungs)
390 Feldausbildungs HQ
Sperrverband
791. Sicherungs Battalion
Dzerzhinsk MEINECKE 915. Sicherungs Battalion
2/603. Sicherungs Regiment
Bergen 3/22. Artillerie Regiment
Sperrverband
65th Army
Marina Gorka

Nesvizh
4. Panzerdivision Kampfgruppe
LINDIG
Bobruisk
28th Army

Kopyl Shishitzy
Baranovichi 1st Guards
Mechanised Corps

12. Panzerdivision Kampfgruppe


Von Vormann
Kampfgruppe von Vormann
Kampfgruppe
BIRKEL (Sperrverband)
Slutsk 102. Infantry Division
Kampfgruppe
Von Bercken
129. Infantry Division
Glusk 292. Infantry Division

Kampfgruppe Birkel Kampfgruppe Lindig Kampfgruppe von Bercken


(Sperrverband) (Sperrverband) (Sperrverband)
35. Infantry Division 9. Armee Weapons School 102. Infantry Division
9. Armee Weapons School 390 Feldausbildungs Division 35. Infantry Division
12. Panzerdivision incl. 129. Infantry Division
I/25 Panzergrenadier Regiment
(armoured)
0 Miles 20 40 60 80 100 120

0 Kilometres 40 60 80 100 120 160 180 200


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140
FELDWEBEL
Ludwig
Windgruber

Born in Oppeln, Upper Silesia in 1922, Windgruber Germany to recover. Prior to returning to the division
joined the Wehrmacht in 1940 just before the invasion he earned his black epaulettes at the Pioneer Training
of France. He was initially assigned to a rifle company of Battalion. When he was ready to return to the front he had
the 84th Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division. Ludwig found that his old regiment had been transferred to the
received his baptism under fire in Flanders when the 102nd Infantry Division, and subsequently Windgruber
84th Regiment marched through Belgium on its way around found himself in the 2. Kompanie of the 102nd Pioneer
the Maginot Line as part of 16. Armee. Battalion now wearing the black epaulettes of a Pioneer.
It was here, around the towns of Verdun and Metz that Ludwig For the next two years Windgruber fought across the
began to show his leadership abilities, helping his fellow steppes and marshes of Russia and the Ukraine. Through
soldiers tie down the French divisions in the Maginot Line attrition, good fortune and veteran instinct, Feldwebel
while the rest of the German forces marched on. With the fall Windgruber found himself, at the age of 22, the Alter Häse
of Paris and the capitulation of France, Ludwig found himself (Old Hare, a seasoned and crafty survivor) of 2. Kompanie.
polishing his newly acquired Obergrenadier pip and witnessing His combat experience was known throughout the battalion
the Führer’s acceptance of the French surrender. For the next and any officer wishing to succeed would first seek out the
six months the 84th regiment did garrison duty in France. Alter Grüber (Old Digger) before attempting any combat
patrols. Windgruber’s ability to lead an attack and assault
In December 1940 the division was sent to Poland. As a
Soviet tanks was legend within the division.
veteran of Bryansk, Vyazma, and the bitter battle around
Moscow, Obergrenadier Windgruber earned his first medals The Iron Cross and Panzerknacker badge on his uniform told
for courage and wounds. During the battle of Moscow but a small part of the close combat he had survived.
in 1941 he was wounded by shrapnel and sent back to

CHARACTERISTICS
Windgruber replaces the 2iC in a Sperrverband (page 94) or Old Hare (Alter Häse)
Grenadierkompanie (page 26) for +30 points. He is a Warrior
Feldwebel Windgruber was an ‘Old Hare’ who could inspire
Pioneer Panzerfaust SMG team rated Confident Veteran.
his troops to attack when the odds favoured the opponent.
This can destroy your enemy’s will to fight and disrupt their
Green Hell (Grün hölle) plans before they can execute them. Feldwebel Windgruber’s
Grün Hölle, literally Green Hell, referred to the constant close leadership enabled him to take the fight to the enemy before
combat in the green fields of Russia. Feldwebel Windgruber they could overrun the defences.
learned his lessons well instilling the ferocity needed to turn
back Soviet attacks while keeping his men alive to fight again. Feldwebel Windgruber may launch an Assault from
6”/15cm away from enemy teams. He moves up to 6”/15cm
All teams from a Sperr, Sperr Pionier, or Grenadier Platoon when Charging into Contact or Counterattacking. Any
joined by, or in a Kampfgruppe formed by, Feldwebel platoon he has joined still move 4”/10cm in assaults, often
Windgruber hit on 2+ in assaults. meaning that they don’t get into the fight until the platoon
Counterattacks.

68
GENERAL DER PANZERTRUPPEN
Dietrich
Von Saucken

In 1910 at the age of eighteen, Dietrich von Saucken entered known as a defensive and counterattack specialist, after halting
the Imperial Army as an officer cadet. After two years he was numerous Red Army offensives, von Saucken gained the Oak
appointed Leutnant serving as a cavalry officer of the ‘Kaiser Leaves and Swords to his Knight’s Cross.
Wilhelm I’ Cavalry Regiment. Wounded seven times in the Von Saucken’s mobile counterattack expertise was once again
First World War von Saucken rose to the rank of Rittmeister called upon during the Soviet summer offensive of 1944. He
(Captain). He remained with the army between the wars as led Kampfgruppe von Saucken against Marshal Rotmistrov’s
a tactics teacher at the Hannover War School. 5th Guards Tank Army. Though casualties were high, and
Oberst von Saucken led 2. Reiterregiment (2nd Cavalry while stopping the overwhelming force of the Soviet advance
Regiment) throughout the fighting in Poland and France. proved impossible, von Saucken’s blocking actions allowed
In November 1940 he was posted to 4. Schützenbrigade (4th many German units to escape westward, avoiding capture.
Rifle Brigade) of 4. Panzerdivision until he took command of An aristocratic officer, the monocle-wearing General
the division in December 1941. Promoted to Generalmajor von Saucken came from Prussian nobility and had
(Major General) on 1 January 1942, von Saucken was little time for the Nazis political agenda. He was one of
severely wounded the next day. He returned to duty as com- the few high-ranking members of the Wehrmacht who
mander of the Cavalry School in August 1942. was neither intimidated by Hitler’s intense ravings nor
After promotion to Generalleutnant (Lieutenant General) hypnotized by the charisma of the Führer.
in 1943, von Saucken returned to the front to command In early 1945 when the Vistula front collapsed, von Saucken
4. Panzerdivision once again. For the next year, von Saucken’s once more successfully smashed his way through the Russian
division distinguished itself in a number of decisive engage- lines and led his corps, consisting of the Grossdeutschland and
ments, culminating with the battle of Kovel. Becoming Hermann Göring divisions, back to the Oder and safety.

CHARACTERISTICS
General der Panzertruppen von Saucken is mounted in a Sd Kfz 250 half-track. He is a Warrior Higher Command SMG team
rated as Fearless Veteran. Von Saucken may join a Panzerkompanie (page 72), Gepanzerte Panzergrenadierkompanie (page
76), Panzergreandierkompanie (page 80), Gepanzerte Panzerpionierkompanie (page 86), Panzerpionierkompanie (page 88),
Sperrverband (page 94), Ersate Pionierkompanie (page 98), or a Sicherungskompanie (page 118) for +65 points.

Counterattack Expert Panzers March


Von Saucken was repeatedly called upon by Der Führer to Von Saucken‘s keen tactical abilities and strong leadership
prevent Soviet breakthroughs with thrown together forces. skills provided his forces the opportunities to provide decisive
Von Saucken’s proven ability to organize and launch mobile force when needed to stop Soviet spearheads. Time and
counterattack became his forte, having demonstrated his again, across the Eastern Front, von Saucken’s units managed
tactical skill many times on the Eastern Front. to apply the right force at the right point in meeting Soviet
advancing formations.
All platoons within Command Distance of von Saucken may
reroll any failed Skill Tests to make a Stormtroopers Move. Each turn von Saucken may re-roll one die rolled to receive
Reserves for his company.

69
Schwere Panzerkompanie
H T C eavy ank ompany

(Tank Company)
HEADQUARTERS

HEADQUARTERS

You must field one platoon from each box shaded black and may field one platoon from each box
shaded grey.
Schwere
71

Panzerkompanie HQ

DIVISIONAL SUPPORT PLATOONS


COMBAT PLATOONS

WEAPONS PLATOONS

ARMOUR INFANTRY
ARMOUR ARTILLERY

Panzer Pioneer Platoon


74

Schwere Panzer Platoon


71

Motorised Artillery

15
Panzer Platoon Battery

73

7
ANTI-AIRCRAFT
Rocket Launcher Battery

15
ARMOUR Panther Platoon

74

9
Armoured Rocket

16
Launcher Battery

0
ARMOUR
Panzer Anti-aircraft
75

Gun Platoon ANTI-AIRCRAFT


Schwere Panzer Platoon
71

RECONNAISSANCE Veteran Tank-hunter


ARMOUR Platoon 15
4
Luftwaffe Heavy

16
Anti-aircraft Gun
15

Tank-hunter Platoon

3
3

Platoon
Panzer Scout Platoon
75

Luftwaffe Light

16
Anti-aircraft Gun

3
Schwere Panzer Platoon INFANTRY
71

Schwere Panzer Platoon


25

Armoured
Scout Platoon
ANTI-AIRCRAFT
Gepanzete
77

Panzergrenadier Platoon
505. SCHWERE PANZERABTEILUNG Panzergrenadier
81

Platoon
Luftwaffe Heavy 16
A company of Tigers would do wonders for morale. SS-Freiwillingen- Anti-aircraft Gun 3
Platoon
39

— Feldwebel Windgruber, 102. Infanteriedivision. Panzergrenadier


Platoon
Luftwaffe Light
16

Though there were never enough to go around, the Tiger bat- Gepanzerte Anti-aircraft Gun
3
87

Panzerpionier Platoon Platoon


talions proved themselves a serious problem for Soviet forward
units. Kill ratios of three or four to one were common for Panzerpionier Platoon
89

AIRCRAFT
Tiger units across the Eastern Front. Even a platoon of four
Grenadier Platoon
27

could hold the enemy at bay or stop an enemy column.


The 505. Schwere Panzerabteilung spent the Winter and Spring
ARTILLERY
of 1943-44 on the Eastern Front countering small Soviet in- Air Support
16
2

cursions into the German lines. In early April it found itself


in Orsha preparing for deployment south of Pinsk to face
a suspected Soviet offensive into the Ukraine. The offensive Motorised Artillery ALLIED PLATOONS
15

Battery
7

never materialised, so after a few skirmishes the battalion


found itself relocated west towards the Polish border to refit. Motorised Heavy
15

Artillery Battery
7

Here the battalion was brought back up to full strength and


Armoured Artillery SS and Luftwaffe Platoons
15

by 17 June sported 51 new Tiger I heavy tanks. Battery


8

in your force are Allies and


On 24 June, the battalion joined Kampfgruppe von Saucken Armoured Heavy
15

Artillery Battery follow the Allies rules in the


8

and 5. Panzerdivision. Deploying on 26 June under air attack, rulebook.


the battalion fought continuously for the next eight days
destroying nearly 130 Soviet tanks. However, by 5 July this
constant combat reduced the 505. Schwere Panzerabteilung to
only 15 operational Tiger tanks.

70 GERMAN
Schwere Panzerkompanie
Motivation and skill
RELUCTANT CONSCRIPT
The 505. Schwere Panzerabteilung was attached to the 5. Panzerdivision in defence of
CONFIDENT TRAINED
Byelorussia during the summer of 1944. The 501. Schwere Panzerabteilung was attached
to the 16. Panzerdivision in defence of Poland during the summer of 1944. A Schwere FEARLESS VETERAN
Panzerkompanie is rated as Confident Veteran.

HEADQUARTERS

Schwere Panzerkompanie HQ Hauptmann

Headquarters Hauptmann Feldwebel

2 Tiger I E 430 points


1 Tiger I E 225 points
2 Königstiger (Henschel) 695 points Company Command Tiger
Bergepanther recovery vehicle
1 Königstiger (Henschel) 350 points Recovery section

Option 2iC Command Tiger


• Add a Bergepanther recovery vehicle for +15 points. Company HQ

Schwere Panzerkompanie HQ
The Company Command tank always has two Tiger Ace
Skills (see page 244 of the rulebook). Roll 2 dice and any roll the plans of even the most confident enemy tank com-
of a 6 (or ) allows you to choose your Tiger Ace skill. mander. Their firepower can wreak havoc way beyond their
numbers. They excel in either an offensive or defensive role.
A Schwere Panzerkompanie (heavy tank company—pro- And though slow, can turn the tide in their favour in any
nounced shvair-rer pant-serr kom-pan-ee) can easily spoil tank battle.

COMBAT PLATOONS

Schwere Panzer Platoon Leutnant

Platoon LEUTNANT

4 Tiger I E 860 points


3 Tiger I E 645 points
2 Tiger I E 430 points Command Tiger
HQ Section
4 Königstiger (Henschel) 1380 points
3 Königstiger (Henschel) 1035 points Unteroffizier Unteroffizier
2 Königstiger (Henschel) 690 points
1 Königstiger (Henschel) 345 points

Tiger Tiger
Remember to roll for your Tiger Ace Skills before each game. HEAVY TANK Section HEAVY TANK Section
Unteroffizier
All the Schwere Panzer Platoons in your force must be
entirely equipped with the same type of Tiger as your Schwere
Panzerkompanie Command tank.
Tiger
HEAVY TANK Section

Schwere Panzer Platoon

71
Panzerkompanie
T C ank ompany

(Tank Company)
HEADQUARTERS

HEADQUARTERS

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

Panzerkompanie HQ
73

DIVISIONAL SUPPORT PLATOONS


COMBAT PLATOONS

WEAPONS PLATOONS

ARMOUR INFANTRY
ARMOUR ARTILLERY

Panzer Pioneer
74

Panzer Platoon Platoon


73

Schwere Panzer Platoon Motorised Artillery

15
71
Battery

7
Panther Platoon
74

RECONNAISSANCE Radio-control Tank Motorised Heavy

15

15
Platoon Artillery Battery

7
Armoured Artillery

15
ARMOUR Battery

8
ARMOUR
Panzer Scout Platoon Armoured Heavy
75

15
Artillery Battery

8
12
Armoured Train

2
ANTI-AIRCRAFT
Panzer Platoon
73

Sturmpanzer Platoon 15
2
Panther Platoon ARTILLERY
74

Tank-hunter Platoon
15
3

Anti-tank Gun Platoon


15

ARMOUR Panzer Anti-aircraft


5
75

Gun Platoon
Rocket Launcher

15
Battery

9
INFANTRY
Armoured Rocket

16
Launcher Battery

0
Panzer Platoon
73

RECONNAISSANCE Motorised Artillery

15
Battery

7
Gepanzerte
Panther Platoon
77
74

Panzergrenadier Platoon

Panzergrenadier Platoon ANTI-AIRCRAFT


81

ARMOUR Light Panzerspäh


91

Platoon Fallschirmjäger
33

Half-tracked Platoon
91

Panzerspäh Platoon
Aufklärungs Platoon Anti-aircraft Gun
93

16

Tracked Panzerspäh Platoon


1
92

Panzer Platoon Platoon Gepanzerte Aufklärungs


73

93

Puma Panzerspäh Platoon


92

Platoon ANTI-TANK
15

Walküre Platoon
9

Heavy Panzerspäh
92

Platoon
INFANTRY
Heavy Anti-aircraft
16

Gun Platoon
1

ALLIED PLATOONS Luftwaffe Heavy


16

Anti-aircraft Gun
3

Gepanzerte Platoon
87

Panzerpionier Platoon
Heavy Anti-tank Gun
15

Platoon
5

Luftwaffe Platoons in your Panzerpionier Platoon


89

force are Allies and follow


the Allies rules in the AIRCRAFT
rulebook.

Air Support
16
2

72 GERMAN
Panzerkompanie
Motivation and Skill
RELUCTANT CONSCRIPT
The Panzertruppen have years of combat behind them and are confident of their ability to
CONFIDENT TRAINED
utilise their superior tactics and equipment to defeat their enemies. A Panzerkompanie is
rated as Confident Veteran. FEARLESS VETERAN

HEADQUARTERS

Panzerkompanie HQ HAUPTmann
Headquarters HAUPTMANN Unteroffizier

Company HQ with:
2 Panzer IV H 180 points
Company Command tank Recovery vehicle
2 StuG G or StuG IV 190 points Recovery Section

2 Panther A or G 375 points


2iC Command tank
Option Company HQ
• Add an Sd Kfz 9 (18t) recovery half-track for +5  points,
Panzerkompanie HQ
a Bergepanzer III recovery vehicle for +10 points, or a
Bergepanther recovery vehicle for +15 points. You must field at least one Panzer Platoon or Panther
Platoon entirely equipped with the same model of tank as
the Company HQ.

COMBAT PLATOONS

Panzer Platoon Leutnant


Platoon
5 Panzer IV H 450 points
4 Panzer IV H 360 points Command Panzer IV H
3 Panzer IV H 270 points HQ tank

5 StuG G or StuG IV 475 points Unteroffizier Unteroffizier


4 StuG G or StuG IV 380 points
3 StuG G or StuG IV 285 points
Panzer IV H Panzer IV H
Panzer Section Panzer Section

73
Panther Platoon Leutnant

Platoon Leutnant

5 Panther A or G 940 points


4 Panther A or G 750 points
3 Panther A or G 560 points Command Panther
HQ tank

German doctrine requires tanks to be used as a concentrated Unteroffizier Unteroffizier


strike force at the decisive point. Massed tanks attacking
across good ground are almost impossible to stop. As a tank
commander, you must be decisive. Choose your objective,
then overwhelm it with everything you have. Do not take Panther Panther
unnecessary risks, but by the same token, do not give the
enemy time to counter your plan.

Panther Panther
Panzer Section Panzer Section
Panther Platoon

WEAPONS PLATOONS

Panzer Pioneer Platoon


Platoon
HQ Section with:
3 Pioneer Squads 135 points
2 Pioneer Squads 100 points

Option
• Replace all Opel Maultier half-tracks with
Sd Kfz 251/7 (Pioneer) half-tracks for +15 points per
half-track.

Pionier platoons assigned to support Tigers and panzers are


trained to quickly remove obstacles that hinder their advance.
Additionally, their assistance prevents enemy infantry from
bothering your tanks.
The equipment and specialist training afforded to these
troops more than makes up for their lesser numbers and with
the ability to both attack and defend they make an excellent
Panzer Pionier Platoon
support platoon for your tanks.

74
Panzerkompanie
Panzer Anti-aircraft
Gun Platoon
Platoon
3 Sd Kfz 7/1 (Quad 2cm) 120 points
2 Sd Kfz 7/1 (Quad 2cm) 80 points Command Anti-aircraft gun

3 Armoured Sd Kfz 7/1 (Quad 2cm) 150 points


2 Armoured Sd Kfz 7/1 (Quad 2cm) 100 points
3 Flakpanzer 38(t) 120 points
2 Flakpanzer 38(t) 80 points
3 Möbelwagen (3.7cm) 165 points Anti-aircraft gun Anti-aircraft gun
2 Möbelwagen (3.7cm) 110 points
3 Wirbelwind (Quad 2cm) 165 points
Panzer Anti-aircraft gun Platoon
2 Wirbelwind (Quad 2cm) 110 points

Keeping enemy fighters from harassing your panzers can be enough away from enemy armour not to become easy targets
a full time job. Just make sure your anti-aircraft guns are far yet close enough to cover your panzers.

Panzer Scout Platoon Leutnant


Leutnant
Platoon
HQ Section with:
Command Motorcycle MG team
3 Scout Squads 145 points
HQ Section
2 Scout Squads 110 points
Unteroffizier Unteroffizier
Option
• Replace the Command Motorcycle MG team with
a Command Panzerfaust Motorcycle SMG team for Motorcycle MG team Motorcycle MG team
+10 points. Scout Squad Scout Squad
Unteroffizier
Panzer Scout Platoons use the Motorcycle Reconnaissance rules
on page 196 of the rulebook and are Reconnaissance Platoons
Motorcycle MG team
while mounted.
Scout Squad
Panzer ScouT Platoon
You may model your Motorcycle MG teams with Kübelwagen
jeeps instead of motorcycles, they are based the same way as The Panzer Scout Platoon’s job is to prevent an ambush of
the Motorcycle MG teams and use the same rules. your Tigers from enemy tank-hunters. Protect your heavies
and they will protect you from any armoured threat.

75
Gepanzerte Panzergrenadierkompanie
Amoured Infantry Company

(Mechanised Company)
HEADQUARTERS

HEADQUARTERS

You must field one platoon from each box shaded black and may field one platoon from each box
shaded grey.
Gepanzerte Panzer-
77

grenadierkompanie HQ

DIVISIONAL SUPPORT PLATOONS


COMBAT PLATOONS

WEAPONS PLATOONS

INFANTRY ARMOUR
ARMOUR INFANTRY

Gepanzerte Gepanzerte Gepanzerte


77

78

Panzergrenadier Platoon Cannon Platoon

87
Panzer Platoon Panzerpionier Platoon

73
INFANTRY ARTILLERY Panther Platoon

74
ARTILLERY

Schwere Panzer Platoon

71
Gepanzerte Gepanzerte Radio-control

15
Motorised Artillery
77

79

Tank Platoon

2
Panzergrenadier Platoon Mortar Platoon

15
Battery

7
Gepanzerte Heavy
Motorised Heavy
79

Mortar Platoon

15
INFANTRY ARMOUR Artillery Battery

7
Armoured Artillery

15
ARTILLERY Battery

8
Armoured Heavy

15
Gepanzerte Artillery Battery

8
Panzer Platoon
73
77

Panzergrenadier Platoon
Gepanzerte Infantry
79

12
Gun Platoon Armoured Train

2
Panther Platoon
74

INFANTRY
ANTI-TANK Anti-tank Gun Platoon
15

ARTILLERY
5

Heavy Anti-tank
15

Gun Platoon
5

Gepanzerte Heavy Panzergrenadier


78

Platoon
83

Anti-tank Gun Platoon Rocket Launcher


Battery 15
9
RECONNAISSANCE
Armoured Rocket
16
ANTI-AIRCRAFT
Launcher Battery
0
REGIMENTAL SUPPORT PLATOONS

RECONNAISSANCE Motorised Artillery


Light Panzerspäh
15

Battery
91

Platoon
Panzergrenadier Anti- Half-tracked
91

Panzerspäh Platoon
84

aircraft Gun Platoon ANTI-AIRCRAFT


Panzer Scout Platoon
75

Tracked Panzerspäh
92

Platoon
INFANTRY
FLAME-THROWER Puma Panzerspäh
92

Platoon Anti-aircraft Gun Platoon


16
1

Heavy Panzerspäh
92

Platoon
Gepanzerte ANTI-AIRCRAFT
87

Armoured Flame- Panzerpionier Platoon


84

thrower Platoon INFANTRY

ARTILLERY Heavy Anti-aircraft


16

ALLIED PLATOONS Gun Platoon


1

Panzergrenadier Luftwaffe Heavy


16
81

Platoon Anti-aircraft Gun


3

Platoon
Heavy Infantry Gun Fallschirmjäger
84

Luftwaffe Platoons in your


33

Platoon Platoon
Self-propelled Infantry force are Allies and follow Gepanzerte Aufklärungs AIRCRAFT
85

93

Gun Platoon the Allies rules in the Platoon


rulebook.
Air Support
16
2

76 GERMAN
Gepanzerte Panzergrenadierkompanie
Motivation and Skill
RELUCTANT CONSCRIPT
A Panzer division’s gepanzerte, or armoured, Panzergrenadier battalion mounts its best men
CONFIDENT TRAINED
in armoured half-tracks to allow them to keep pace with tanks in an attack. A Gepanzerte
Panzer­grenadier­kompanie is rated as Confident Veteran. FEARLESS VETERAN

HEADQUARTERS

Gepanzerte HAUPTmann
Panzergrenadierkompanie HQ HAUPTMANN Unteroffizier

Headquarters
Company HQ 65 points Company Command 2iC Command
SMG team SMG team Panzerschreck team
Options
• Replace Command SMG teams with Command Sd Kfz 251/1 Sd Kfz 251/1 Sd Kfz 251/1 half-track
Panzerknacker SMG teams for +5 points per team or half-track half-track
Anti-tank
Command Panzerfaust SMG teams for +10 points Company HQ Section
per team. Gepanzerte PanzerGrenadierkompanie HQ
• Add an Anti-tank Section for +40 points.
• Replace Panzerschreck team with a 8.8cm RW43 The Company HQ of a Gepanzerte Panzergrenadier-
Püppchen rocket launcher at no cost. kompanie may use the Mounted Assault special rule.

COMBAT PLATOONS

Gepanzerte Leutnant or oberfeldwebel


Panzergrenadier Platoon Leutnant or Oberfeldwebel

Platoon
HQ Section with: Command MG team Sd Kfz 251/1 half-track
3 Panzergrenadier Squads 220 points HQ Section
2 Panzergrenadier Squads 155 points
Unteroffizier Unteroffizier
Options
• Replace the Command MG team with a Command MG team MG team MG team MG team
Panzerknacker SMG team for +5  points or a
Command Panzerfaust SMG team for +10 points.
Sd Kfz 251/1 half-track Sd Kfz 251/1 half-track
• Replace Sd Kfz 251/1 half-track in HQ Section with
Panzergrenadier Panzergrenadier
a Sd Kfz 251/10 (3.7cm) half-track at no cost. Squad Squad
Unteroffizier
Gepanzerte Panzergrenadier Platoons may use the Mounted
Assault special rule. MG team MG team Sd Kfz 251/1 half-track
Panzergrenadier Squad
Gepanzerte Panzergrenadier platoon

77
Gepanzerte Heavy Platoon Leutnant

Platoon Leutnant Unteroffizier

HQ Section with:
Command SMG team Sd Kfz 251/9 (7.5cm) half-track
2 Machine-gun Sections 165 points
1 Machine-gun Section 90 points
No Machine-gun Sections 15 points Sd Kfz 251/1 half-track Sd Kfz 251/9 (7.5cm) half-track
HQ Section Gun Section
Options
• Add a Gun Section for +80 points. Unteroffizier Unteroffizier
• Add a Mortar Section for +85 points.
MG42 HMG MG42 HMG MG42 HMG MG42 HMG
A Gepanzerte Heavy Platoon must have a Gun or
Mortar Section if it has no Machine-gun Sections.
Sd Kfz 251/1 (HMG) half-track Sd Kfz 251/1 (HMG) half-track
Gepanzerte Heavy Platoons may make Combat Attachments Machine-gun Machine-gun
Section Section
to Gepanzerte Panzergrenadier Platoons.
Unteroffizier
Like their Panzergrenadier platoon, the Schwere, or heavy
platoon, can fight from their half-tracks. This gives the
company the firepower to assault most targets without Observer Kübelwagen Sd Kfz 251/2 Sd Kfz 251/2
slowing the pace of the advance. Rifle team (8cm) half-track (8cm) half-track
Mortar Section
Gepanzerte Heavy Platoon

WEAPONS PLATOONS

Gepanzerte Cannon Platoon Leutnant

Platoon Leutnant

3 Gun Sections 240 points


2 Gun Sections 160 points Command Sd Kfz 251/9 Sd Kfz 251/9
(7.5cm) half-track (7.5cm) half-track
1 Gun Section 80 points
Gun Section

The cannon platoon gives the Panzergrenadierkompanie their Unteroffizier Unteroffizier


own assault guns. This platoon will neutralise a machine-gun
nest or a light anti-tank gun in a few shots. Do not expect
them to fight tanks, as their light armour will lead them to Sd Kfz 251/9 (7.5cm) half-track Sd Kfz 251/9 (7.5cm) half-track
a quick grave.

Sd Kfz 251/9 (7.5cm) half-track Sd Kfz 251/9 (7.5cm) half-track


Gun Section Gun Section

Gepanzerte Cannon Platoon

78
Gepanzerte Panzergrenadierkompanie
Gepanzerte Mortar Platoon Leutnant
Platoon Leutnant

HQ Section with:
3 Mortar Sections 240 points Command SMG team Sd Kfz 251/1 half-track
2 Mortar Sections 175 points HQ Section

1 Mortar Section 90 points


Unteroffizier Unteroffizier

Mortars provide local artillery support to your advancing


Panzergrenadiers. With three full sections of 8cm mortars Observer Sd Kfz 251/2 Observer Sd Kfz 251/2
you can expect to silence or blind even well hidden enemy Rifle team (8cm) half-track Rifle team (8cm) half-track
machine-guns the instant they make themselves known.
The Panzergrenadierdivisionen, such as Großdeutschland, who Kübelwagen Sd Kfz 251/2 Kübelwagen Sd Kfz 251/2
were converted into Panzerdivisionen later were unique in (8cm) half-track (8cm) half-track
having fully armoured mortar platoons. Mortar Section Mortar Section
Unteroffizier

Observer Kübelwagen Sd Kfz 251/2 Sd Kfz 251/2


Rifle team (8cm) half-track (8cm) half-track
Mortar Section
Gepanzerte Mortar Platoon

Gepanzerte Heavy
Mortar Platoon
Platoon
HQ Section with:
2 Mortar Sections 165 points
1 Mortar Section 85 points

Option
• Add Sd Kfz 251/1 half-tracks for +5 points per
half-track.

Armed with 12cm sGW43 mortars, the armoured mortar


platoon is able to blast away dug in troops and guns to give
your troops deadly fire support.

Gepanzerte Heavy Mortar Platoon

Gepanzerte Infantry Leutnant


Gun Platoon Leutnant

Platoon
HQ Section with: Command Sd Kfz 251/1 Observer Motorcycle
SMG team half-track Rifle team and sidecar
2 7.5cm leIG18 70 points HQ Section

Option Unteroffizier Unteroffizier


• Add Sd Kfz 251/1 half-tracks for +5 points per
half-track.
7.5cm leIG18 Sd Kfz 251/1 7.5cm leIG18 Sd Kfz 251/1
gun half-track gun half-track
Infantry gun crew in a Gepanzerte Panzergrenadier battalion
Infantry gun section Infantry gun section
have the same gun as those in normal Panzergrenadier bat-
talions, but they are towed by Sd Kfz 251/1 half-tracks. Gepanzerte Infantry gun Platoon

GERMAN 79
Panzergrenadierkompanie
M I C otorised nfantry ompany

(Infantry Company)
HEADQUARTERS

HEADQUARTERS

You must field one platoon from each box shaded black and may field one platoon from each box
shaded grey.
Panzergrenadier-
81

kompanie HQ

DIVISIONAL SUPPORT PLATOONS


COMBAT PLATOONS

WEAPONS PLATOONS

INFANTRY ARTILLERY
ARMOUR ARTILLERY

Panzergrenadier
82

Panzergrenadier Platoon Mortar Platoon Rocket Launcher

15
81

Battery

9
Panzer Platoon

73
Armoured Rocket

16
ARTILLERY
Launcher Battery

0
INFANTRY Panther Platoon

74
Motorised Artillery

15
Battery

7
Panzergrenadier Schwere Panzer Platoon

71
83

Infantry Gun Platoon


Radio-control INFANTRY

15
Panzergrenadier Platoon Tank Platoon

2
81

ANTI-TANK
ARMOUR
INFANTRY Gepanzerte

77
Panzergrenadier Panzergrenadier Platoon
83

Anti-tank Gun Platoon


Fallschirmjäger

33
Platoon
Sturmpanzer Platoon
15

ANTI-AIRCRAFT Aufklärungs Platoon


Panzergrenadier Platoon

93
2
81

Tank-hunter Platoon Gepanzerte Aufklärungs


15

93
3

Platoon
MACHINE-GUNS
Anti-tank Gun Platoon
15

Panzergrenadier
5
84

Anti-aircraft Gun Platoon INFANTRY


Heavy Anti-tank
15

Gun Platoon
5

Panzergrenadier INFANTRY
82

Heavy Platoon
RECONNAISSANCE
Panzerpionier Platoon
89

Gepanzerte
87

ALLIED PLATOONS Panzerpionier Platoon Panzerpionier Platoon


89

Light Panzerspäh
91

Platoon
ANTI-AIRCRAFT
Half-tracked
91

Panzerspäh Platoon
REGIMENTAL SUPPORT PLATOONS

Luftwaffe Platoons in your RECONNAISSANCE


Tracked Panzerspäh
92

force are Allies and follow Platoon


Anti-aircraft Gun Platoon
16

the Allies rules in the Puma Panzerspäh


1
92

Platoon
rulebook. Panzer Scout Platoon
75

Heavy Panzerspäh
92

Platoon ANTI-AIRCRAFT

FLAME-THROWER
ARTILLERY

Heavy Anti-aircraft
16

Gun Platoon
1

Armoured Flame-
84

thrower Platoon Motorised Artillery Luftwaffe Heavy


15

16

Battery Anti-aircraft Gun


7

Platoon
Motorised Heavy
15

ARTILLERY Artillery Battery


7

Armoured Artillery AIRCRAFT


15

Battery
8

Heavy Infantry Gun Armoured Heavy


15
84

Platoon Artillery Battery


8

Self-propelled Infantry Air Support


16
12
85

Armoured Train
2

Gun Platoon
2

80 GERMAN
Panzergrenadierkompanie
Motivation and Skill
RELUCTANT CONSCRIPT
The Panzergrenadiers have been fighting and winning since the war began. These experienced
CONFIDENT TRAINED
soldiers keep pace with the armoured troops in their trucks. A Panzergrenadierkompanie is
rated as Confident Veteran. FEARLESS VETERAN

HEADQUARTERS

Panzergrendierkompanie HQ HAUPTmann

Headquarters HAUPTMANN Unteroffizier

Company HQ 45 points
Company Command Motorcycle
Options SMG team and sidecar Panzerschreck team

• Replace Command SMG teams with Command


Panzerknacker SMG teams for +5 points per team or 2iC Command Kfz 15 field car Kfz 70 truck
Command Panzerfaust SMG teams for +10 points SMG team
Anti-tank
per team. Company HQ Section
• Add an Anti-tank Section for +20 points. PanzerGrenadierkompanie HQ
• Replace Panzerschreck team with a 8.8cm RW43
Püppchen rocket launcher at no cost.

Despite their name, most Panzergrenadier companies are enemy machine-gun nests and infantry guns as your soldiers
motorised in trucks rather then mounted in armoured advance. Move quickly and decisively from cover to cover
vehicles. None-the-less, they are still the core of the Panzer until you reach your assault positions. Then under covering
and Panzergrenadier divisions. Panzergrenadiers have a large fire from your machine-guns, storm the objective.
amount of close fire support. Use this in attacks to knock out

COMBAT PLATOONS

Panzergrenadier Platoon Leutnant or oberfeldwebel

Platoon Leutnant or Oberfeldwebel

HQ Section with:
3 Panzergrenadier Squads 185 points Command MG team Kfz 15 field car

2 Panzergrenadier Squads 135 points HQ Section

Options Unteroffizier Unteroffizier

• Replace the Command MG team with a Command


Panzerknacker SMG team for +5  points or a MG team MG team MG team MG team
Command Panzerfaust SMG team for +10 points.
• Remove Kfz 15 field car and replace all Kfz 70 trucks
with 3-ton trucks at no cost. Kfz 70 truck Kfz 70 truck
Panzergrenadier Panzergrenadier
Do not attempt to fight from your trucks. They should be used Squad Squad
to move your troops up to the fighting zone. Dismount under Unteroffizier
cover and send them to the rear before assaulting on foot.
While the Panzer divisions have individual trucks for each
MG team MG team Kfz 70 truck
Panzergrenadier section and a car for the platoon leader,
Panzergrenadier Squad
Panzergrenadier divisions have fewer bigger trucks with the
leader riding with the troops. Panzergrenadier platoon

GERMAN 81
Panzergrenadier Leutnant
Heavy Platoon Leutnant

Platoon
HQ Section with: Command SMG team Kfz 15 field car
2 Machine-gun Sections 140 points HQ Section
1 Machine-gun Section 75 points
Unteroffizier Unteroffizier
No Machine-gun Sections 10 points

Options MG42 HMG MG42 HMG MG42 HMG MG42 HMG

• Add a Mortar Section for +65 points.


• Add a second Kfz 70 truck per Machine-gun Section Kfz 70 truck Kfz 70 truck Kfz 70 truck Kfz 70 truck
at no cost. Machine-gun Machine-gun
Section Section
A Panzergrenadier Heavy Platoon must have a
Mortar Section if it has no Machine-gun Sections. Unteroffizier

Observer Rifle team GW34 mortar GW34 mortar


Panzergrenadier Heavy Platoons may make Combat
Attachments to Panzergrenadier Platoons.

Your heavy platoon must operate well forward in an attack. Kübelwagen Kfz 70 truck Kfz 70 truck
The mortars engage distant targets while the machine-guns Mortar Section
hammer the target to keep the enemy pinned down as the Panzergrenadier Heavy Platoon
Panzergrenadiers assault. Make sure you use all available
cover to protect your vulnerable heavy weapons as they get
into firing positions.

WEAPONS PLATOONS

Panzergrenadier Leutnant
Mortar Platoon Leutnant

Platoon
HQ Section with: Command SMG team Kfz 15 field car
6 8cm GW34 180 points HQ Section
4 8cm GW34 125 points
Unteroffizier Unteroffizier
2 8cm GW34 65 points
4 12cm sGW43 165 points
Observer Kübelwagen Observer Kübelwagen
2 12cm sGW43 85 points Rifle team Rifle team

Option
Mortar 3-ton truck Mortar 3-ton truck
• Add Kfz 15 field car, Kübelwagen jeeps, and 3-ton
trucks for +5 points for the platoon.
Mortar 3-ton truck Mortar 3-ton truck
Mortar platoons are supposed to be equipped with 12cm
heavy mortars. Unfortunately these are in very short supply Mortar Section Mortar Section
and many units must make do with greater numbers of 8cm Unteroffizier
mortars instead. Use your mortars to engage enemy heavy
weapons to protect your Panzergrenadiers as they advance.
Observer Rifle team Mortar Mortar
The Panzergrenadier Mortar Platoon was usually found in the
Panzergreandierdivisionen, while the Panzergreanadiers of the
Panzerdivisionen usually had Heavy Platoons in support. Kübelwagen 3-ton truck 3-ton truck
Mortar Section
Panzergrenadier Mortar Platoon

82 GERMAN
Panzergrenadierkompanie
Panzergrenadier Leutnant
Infantry Gun Platoon Leutnant

Platoon
HQ Section with: Command Kfz 15 field car Observer Motorcycle
SMG team Rifle team and sidecar
2 7.5cm leIG18 70 points
HQ Section

Option
Unteroffizier Unteroffizier
• Add Kfz 15 field car and Kfz 70 trucks +5 points for
the platoon.
7.5cm leIG18 gun 7.5cm leIG18 gun

Though not overpowering, the 7.5cm leIG18 gun provides


flexibility to your company. Adding a light infantry gun Kfz 70 field car Kfz 70 field car
platoon provides an answer to a number of field problems. Infantry gun Infantry gun
It can provide smoke and artillery support for advancing section section
infantry while also protecting the front lines against assaults.
Panzergrenadier Infantry gun Platoon
It can dig out enemy machine guns and anti-tank guns as
well as provide some anti-tank capability against assaulting
tanks. A simple solution to some perplexing problems.

Panzergrenadier Leutnant
Anti-tank Gun Platoon Leutnant

Platoon
HQ Section with: Command SMG team Kfz 15 field car
3 5cm PaK38 90 points HQ Section

2 5cm PaK38 60 points Unteroffizier Unteroffizier


3 7.5cm PaK40 155 points
2 7.5cm PaK40 105 points Anti-tank gun Anti-tank gun

Option
Kfz 70 truck Kfz 70 truck
• Add Kfz 15 field car and Kfz 70 trucks for +5 points
Anti-tank Anti-tank
for the platoon. gun Section gun Section
Unteroffizier
While the panzers are advancing you may need protection
against wandering enemy armour. A light anti-tank platoon
could be the best answer. Dug-in and well-concealed these Anti-tank gun Kfz 70 truck
guns can punish enemy tanks foolish enough to try and Anti-tank gun Section
punch through your lines.
Panzergrenadier Anti-tank gun Platoon
Each Panzergrenadier battalion has a light anti-tank gun
platoon armed with either light 5cm PaK38 anti-tank guns
or the more powerful 7.5cm PaK40 anti-tank guns.

83
Panzergrenadier Anti- Leutnant
aircraft Gun Platoon Leutnant

Platoon
3 Sd Kfz 10/5 (2cm) 85 points
Command SdKfz 10/5 (2cm) half-track
2 Sd Kfz 10/5 (2cm) 55 points
HQ Section
3 Armoured Sd Kfz 10/5 (2cm) 115 points
2 Armoured Sd Kfz 10/5 (2cm) 75 points Unteroffizier Unteroffizier

Ground troops need to be self-sufficient in their anti-


aircraft protection. These mobile anti-aircraft guns allow SdKfz 10/5 (2cm) half-track SdKfz 10/5 (2cm) half-track
the Panzergrenadiers to manoeuvre even if an enemy Jabo Anti-aircraft Anti-aircraft
section section
attempts to interfere.
Panzergrenadier Anti-aircraft Gun Platoon

REGIMENTAL SUPPORT PLATOONS

Armoured Flame- Leutnant


thrower Platoon Leutnant

Platoon
3 Flame Sections 315 points Command Sd Kfz 251/16 Sd Kfz 251/16
(Flamm) half-track (Flamm) half-track
2 Flame Sections 210 points
Flame Section
1 Flame Section 105 points
Unteroffizier Unteroffizier

Sd Kfz 251/16 (Flamm) half-tracks may not launch


assaults, nor may they Counterattack if assaulted. Sd Kfz 251/16 Sd Kfz 251/16
(Flamm) half-track (Flamm) half-track

The Sd Kfz 251/16 mounts one flame-thrower on each side


of the body. These can both fire at the same time, but must Sd Kfz 251/16 Sd Kfz 251/16
(Flamm) half-track (Flamm) half-track
fire at the same enemy platoon. Each flame-thrower can
Flame Section Flame Section
fire at any target on its side of the half-track, from straight
ahead to straight behind. Armoured Flame-thrower Platoon
a terrifying weapon by itself. Six of them can open a wide
Flame-throwers are offensive weapons designed to take
hole in the enemy’s defence allowing the assaulting infantry
the initiative away from the enemy and provide deadly
the luxury of mopping up. Make use of them as a shock
support to attacking Panzergrenadiers. The Sd Kfz 251/16
weapon to force the enemy into inactivity just as your
Flammpanzerwagen armoured flame-thrower half-track is
Panzergrenadiers slam into their lines.

Heavy Infantry Gun Platoon Leutnant

Platoon Leutnant

HQ Section with:
2 15cm sIG33 145 points Command Kfz 15 field car Observer Motorcycle
SMG team Rifle team and sidecar

Option HQ Section

• Add Kfz 15 field car and Sd Kfz 11 half-tracks to the


Unteroffizier Unteroffizier
platoon for +5 points for the platoon.

Heavy infantry guns can and will destroy any enemy nest of 15cm sIG33 gun 15cm sIG33 gun
resistance. Even bunkers are not immune. Use them to rein-
force the centre of gravity of your attacks to quickly eliminate
enemy weapons that are holding up the Panzergrenadiers. Sd Kfz 11 half-track Sd Kfz 11 half-track
Do not be afraid of using them over open sights to finish off gun section gun section
particularly stubborn resistance. heavy Infantry gun Platoon

84 GERMAN
Panzergrenadierkompanie
Self-propelled Infantry Leutnant

Platoon Gun Platoon Leutnant

HQ Section with:
2 Grille H 175 points Command Sd Kfz 251/1 Observer Motorcycle
SMG team half-track Rifle team and sidecar
2 Grille K 170 points HQ Section

Self-propelled infantry guns are far more flexible than the Unteroffizier Unteroffizier
towed models. They can still operate as artillery, but when
needed can drive forward, using the protection of their armour,
to bring the enemy under direct fire for faster results. Self-propelled infantry gun Self-propelled infantry gun

Self-propelled Infantry gun Platoon

85
Gepanzerte Panzerpionierkompanie
Armoured Engineer Company

(Mechanised Company)
HEADQUARTERS

HEADQUARTERS

You must field one platoon from each box shaded black and may field one platoon from each box
shaded grey.
Gepanzerte Panzer-
87

pionierkompanie HQ

DIVISIONAL SUPPORT PLATOONS


COMBAT PLATOONS

WEAPONS PLATOONS

INFANTRY INFANTRY
ARMOUR ARTILLERY

Gepanzerte
87

Panzerpionier Platoon Panzerpionier Platoon


89

Motorised Artillery

15
Panzer Platoon

73
Battery

7
Motorised Heavy

15
INFANTRY Panther Platoon

74
Artillery Battery

7
Armoured Artillery
Schwere Panzer Platoon

15
71
Battery

8
ALLIED PLATOONS
Gepanzerte Radio-control Armoured Heavy

15
15
Tank Platoon Artillery Battery

8
87

2
Panzerpionier Platoon

ARMOUR ARTILLERY
INFANTRY Luftwaffe Platoons in your
force are Allies and follow
the Allies rules in the
rulebook. Rocket Launcher

15
Gepanzerte Sturmpanzer Platoon Battery
15

9
2
87

Panzerpionier Platoon
Armoured Rocket

16
Tank-hunter Platoon Launcher Battery
15

0
3

Motorised Artillery

15
Anti-tank Gun Platoon Battery
15

7
The combat engineers of the Gepanzerte Panzerpionier-
5

kompanie are heavily-armed assault specialists. They have Heavy Anti-tank


15

Gun Platoon ANTI-AIRCRAFT


5

more firepower per man than any other infantry force.


RECONNAISSANCE

Anti-aircraft Gun
16

Platoon
1

Light Panzerspäh
91

Platoon
Half-tracked ANTI-AIRCRAFT
91

Panzerspäh Platoon
Tracked Panzerspäh
92

Platoon
Puma Panzerspäh Heavy Anti-aircraft
16
92

Platoon Gun Platoon


1

Heavy Panzerspäh Luftwaffe Heavy


16
92

Anti-aircraft Gun
3

Platoon
Platoon

INFANTRY
AIRCRAFT

Gepanzerte
77

Panzergrenadier Platoon
Air Support
16

Panzergrenadier
2
81

Platoon
Aufklärungs Platoon
93

German Iron Cross


Gepanzerte
93

Aufklärungs Platoon
Fallschirmjäger
33

Platoon

86 GERMAN
Gepanzerte Panzerpionierkompanie
Motivation and Skill
RELUCTANT CONSCRIPT
A Panzer division’s gepanzerte, or armoured, pioneers mount their best men in armoured
CONFIDENT TRAINED
half-tracks to allow them to keep pace with tanks in an attack. A Gepanzerte Panzer­pionier­
kompanie is rated as Confident Veteran. FEARLESS VETERAN

HEADQUARTERS

Gepanzerte HAUPTmann
Panzerpionierkompanie HQ HAUPTMANN

Headquarters
Company HQ 65 points Company Command Sd Kfz 251/1 2iC Command Sd Kfz 251/1
SMG team half-track SMG team half-track
Company HQ
Options
• Replace Command SMG teams with Command Unteroffizier Unteroffizier
Panzerknacker SMG teams for +5 points per team or
Command Panzerfaust SMG teams for +10 points
per team. Sd Kfz 251/2 (8cm) half-track Panzerschreck team
• Add a Mortar Section for +85 points.
• Add an Anti-tank Section for +35 points.
Sd Kfz 251/1 half-track
Sd Kfz 251/2 (8cm) half-track
Anti-tank
Mortar Section Section
The Company HQ of a Gepanzerte Panzerpionier-
kompanie and Gepanzerte Panzerpionier Platoons may use Gepanzerte Panzerpionierkompanie HQ
the Mounted Assault special rule.

COMBAT PLATOONS

Gepanzerte Leutnant
Panzerpionier Platoon Leutnant

Platoon
HQ Section with: Command Pioneer Sd Kfz 251/1 Pioneer Supply
MG team half-track 3-ton truck
3 Pionier Squads 265 points
HQ Section
2 Pionier Squads 190 points
Unteroffizier Unteroffizier
Options
• Replace the Command Pioneer MG team with a
Command Panzerknacker Pioneer SMG team for Pioneer Sd Kfz 251/7 Pioneer Sd Kfz 251/7
MG team half-track MG team half-track
+5 points or a Command Panzerfaust Pioneer SMG
team for +10 points.
• Equip one Pioneer MG team with a Goliath demoli- Pioneer Sd Kfz 251/7 Pioneer Sd Kfz 251/7
tion carrier in addition to its normal weapons for MG team half-track MG team half-track
+30 points. Pioneer Squad Pioneer Squad

• Add an additional Sd Kfz 251/7 half-track to each Unteroffizier


squad for +10 points per half-track.
• Replace Sd Kfz 251/1 half-track in HQ Section with Pioneer Pioneer Sd Kfz 251/7 Sd Kfz 251/7
a Sd Kfz 251/11 (2.8cm) half-track for +5 points. MG team MG team half-track half-track

• Add Pioneer Supply 3-ton truck for +25 points or Pioneer Squad
Pioneer Supply Maultier for +30 points. Gepanzerte pionier Platoon
• Replace any or all Sd Kfz 251/7 half-tracks with Sd Kfz
251/1 (Stuka) half-tracks for +35 points per half-track. You may replace up to one Pioneer MG team per Pioneer
Squad with a Flame-thrower team at the start of the game
Only one Gepanzerte Panzerpionier Platoon in your before deployment.
Company may be equipped with Sd Kfz 251/1 (Stuka)
half-tracks.

GERMAN 87
Panzerpionierkompanie
M E C otorised ngineer ompany

(Infantry Company)
HEADQUARTERS

HEADQUARTERS

You must field one platoon from each box shaded black and may field one platoon from each box
shaded grey.
Panzerpionierkompanie
89

HQ

DIVISIONAL SUPPORT PLATOONS


COMBAT PLATOONS

WEAPONS PLATOONS

INFANTRY INFANTRY
ARMOUR ARTILLERY

Gepanzerte
Panzerpionier Platoon
87
89

Panzerpionier Platoon Motorised Artillery


Panzer Platoon

15
73
Battery

7
Panther Platoon Motorised Heavy

15
74
INFANTRY
Artillery Battery

7
Schwere Panzer Platoon Armoured Artillery

15
71
Battery

8
ALLIED PLATOONS Radio-control Armoured Heavy

15

15
Tank Platoon Artillery Battery

8
Panzerpionier Platoon
89

ARMOUR ARTILLERY
INFANTRY Luftwaffe Platoons in your
force are Allies and follow
the Allies rules in the
rulebook. Rocket Launcher

15
Sturmpanzer Platoon Battery
15

9
2

Panzerpionier Platoon
89

Armoured Rocket

16
Tank-hunter Platoon
15

Launcher Battery

0
3

Motorised Artillery

15
Anti-tank Gun Platoon Battery
15

7
5

Heavy Anti-tank
15

Gun Platoon
5

ANTI-AIRCRAFT

RECONNAISSANCE

Anti-aircraft Gun
16

Platoon
1

Light Panzerspäh
91

Platoon
Half-tracked ANTI-AIRCRAFT
91

Panzerspäh Platoon
Tracked Panzerspäh
92

Platoon
Puma Panzerspäh Heavy Anti-aircraft
16

Gun Platoon
92

Platoon
1

Heavy Panzerspäh Luftwaffe Heavy


16
92

Anti-aircraft Gun
3

Platoon
Platoon

INFANTRY
AIRCRAFT

Gepanzerte
77

Panzergrenadier Platoon
Air Support
16

Panzergrenadier
2
81

Platoon

Aufklärungs Platoon
93

German Infantry Assault Badge.


Gepanzerte
93

Aufklärungs Platoon
Fallschirmjäger
33

Platoon

88 GERMAN
Panzerpionierkompanie
Motivation and Skill
RELUCTANT CONSCRIPT
The bulk of a Panzerdivision’s pioneers ride in trucks and takes care of enemy obstacles,
CONFIDENT TRAINED
minefields, and fortifications before the Panzerdivision attacks. A Panzer­pionier­kompanie
is rated as Confident Veteran. FEARLESS VETERAN

HEADQUARTERS

Panzerpionierkompanie HQ HAUPTmann

Headquarters HAUPTMANN Unteroffizier

Company HQ 45 points
Company Kfz 15 field car
Options Command Panzerschreck team
SMG team
• Replace either or both Command SMG teams with
Command Panzerknacker SMG teams for +5 points
per team or Command Panzerfaust SMG teams for 2iC Command Motorcycle
SMG team and sidecar Kfz 70 truck
+10 points per team.
Company HQ Anti-tank Section
• Add Anti-tank Section for +25 points.
• Add Mortar Section for +55 points. Unteroffizier Unteroffizier
• Add Machine-gun Section for +65 points.
MG42 HMG MG42 HMG GW34 mortar GW34 mortar
Note: The Infantry teams of the Company HQ are not Pioneer
teams, they are too busy commanding for pioneer work.
Kfz 70 truck 3-ton truck
The Panzerpionier troops are called forward when enemy Machine-gun Section Mortar Section
fortified positions need to be cleared.
Panzerpionierkompanie HQ

COMBAT PLATOONS

Panzerpionier Platoon Leutnant

Platoon Leutnant

HQ Section with:
3 Pionier Squads 205 points Command Pioneer Kfz 15 field car Pioneer Supply
Rifle/MG team 3-ton truck
2 Pionier Squads 145 points
HQ Section
Options
Unteroffizier Unteroffizier
• Replace the Command Pioneer Rifle/MG team with
a Command Panzerknacker Pioneer SMG team for
+5 points or a Command Panzerfaust Pioneer SMG Pioneer Pioneer Pioneer Pioneer
team for +10 points. Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team

• Equip one Pioneer Rifle/MG team with a Goliath


demolition carrier in addition to its normal weapons
Kfz 70 truck Kfz 70 truck
for +30 points.
Pionier Squad Pionier Squad
• Add Pioneer Supply 3-ton truck for +25 points or
Unteroffizier
Pioneer Supply Maultier for +30 points.

You may replace up to one Pioneer Rifle/MG team per Pioneer Rifle/MG team Pioneer Rifle/MG team Kfz 70 truck
Pioneer Squad with a Flame-thrower team at the start of Pionier Squad
the game before deployment. Panzerpionier Platoon

The Panzerpionier platoon is invaluable in assaults on fortifi- and obstacles around strategic positions. Well armed with
cations, being able to clear mines and breach obstacles with rifles, machine-guns, mines and demolition carriers, these
ease. In defence, they are equally good at creating barriers pioneers are able to take on anything that the Allies can
throw against them.

GERMAN 89
Panzerspähkompanie
A C C rmoured ar ompany

(Mechanised Company)
HEADQUARTERS

HEADQUARTERS

You must field one platoon from each box shaded black and may field one platoon from each box
shaded grey.
Panzerspähkompanie
91

HQ

DIVISIONAL SUPPORT PLATOONS


COMBAT PLATOONS

WEAPONS PLATOONS

RECONNAISSANCE ARMOUR
ARMOUR ARTILLERY

Light Panzerspäh 7.5cm Armoured Car


93
91

Platoon Platoon Motorised Artillery

15
Panzer Platoon Battery

7
73
Half-tracked
91

Panzerspäh Platoon Motorised Heavy

15
INFANTRY Panther Platoon Artillery Battery

7
74
Tracked Panzerspäh
92

Platoon Armoured Artillery


Schwere Panzer

15
Battery

8
71
Puma Panzerspäh Platoon
92

Platoon Gepanzerte Armoured Heavy

15
Radio-control Tank Artillery Battery

15
93

8
Heavy Panzerspäh Aufklärungs Platoon Platoon

2
92

Platoon
Aufklärungs Platoon
93

ARTILLERY
ANTI-TANK
RECONNAISSANCE
INFANTRY
Rocket Launcher

15
Battery

9
Tank-hunter Platoon
15

Light Panzerspäh
3
91

Platoon Armoured Rocket

16
Gepanzerte Launcher Battery

0
93

Aufklärungs Platoon Anti-tank Gun Platoon


15

Half-tracked
5
91

Panzerspäh Platoon Motorised Artillery

15
Aufklärungs Platoon Battery

7
93

Tracked Panzerspäh Heavy Anti-tank Gun


15

Platoon
92

Platoon
Puma Panzerspäh ANTI-AIRCRAFT
ANTI-TANK
92

Platoon INFANTRY

RECONNAISSANCE
Panzergrenadier Anti-
83

tank Gun Platoon Anti-aircraft Gun


16

Platoon
1

Gepanzerte
77

Panzergrenadier Platoon
ARTILLERY
Light Panzerspäh Panzergrenadier ANTI-AIRCRAFT
81
91

Platoon Platoon
Half-tracked
91

Panzerspäh Platoon INFANTRY


Tracked Panzerspäh Gepanzerte Cannon
78

Platoon Heavy Anti-aircraft


92

Platoon
16

Gun Platoon
1

Puma Panzerspäh Gepanzerte Infantry


79

Gun Platoon Luftwaffe Heavy


92

Platoon
16

Gepanzerte Anti-aircraft Gun


3
87

Panzerpionier Platoon Platoon


INFANTRY
RECONNAISSANCE
AIRCRAFT
ALLIED PLATOONS
Light Panzerspäh Panzerpionier Platoon
89
91

Platoon
Air Support
16

Half-tracked Luftwaffe Platoons in your


2
91

Panzerspäh Platoon
force are Allies and follow
Tracked Panzerspäh
92

Platoon the Allies rules in the


Puma Panzerspäh rulebook.
92

Platoon

90 GERMAN
Panzerspähkompanie
Motivation and skill
RELUCTANT CONSCRIPT
Armoured cars do not generally engage the enemy directly except when confronted by a weak
CONFIDENT TRAINED
enemy or at the point of attack. They attack rear-area troops and generally cause havoc while
finding enemy troop concentrations. The armoured car crews of a Panzerspähkompanie know FEARLESS VETERAN
they are the first to meet the enemy and are rated Confident Veteran.

HEADQUARTERS

Panzerspähkompanie HQ Hauptmann
Headquarters Hauptmann

1 Sd Kfz 250 (Recce) 35 points


1 Sd Kfz 223 (radio) 30 points Company Command Armoured Car
Company hQ
1 Sd Kfz 231 (8-rad) 40 points
Panzerspähkompanie HQ
1 Sd Kfz 234/1 (2cm) 40 points
1 Sd Kfz 234/2 Puma 50 points You must field at least one Combat Platoon equipped at
least in part with the same vehicle as the Company HQ.
1 Panzer II L Luchs 40 points

The Company Command vehicle of a Panzerspähkompanie Aufklärungsabteilung (pronounced ouf-klear-ungs-ab-tile-


Company HQ is a Reconnaissance team. ung, reconnaissance battalion). The rest of the battalion beats
a path through the enemy, while the armoured cars exploit the
Armoured cars are the true reconnaissance troops of an gaps to get behind the enemy and scout out his positions.

COMBAT PLATOONS

Light Panzerspäh Platoon


Platoon
2 Panzerspäh Patrols 190 points
1 Panzerspäh Patrol 95 points Command Sd Kfz 222 (2cm) Sd Kfz 222 (2cm)
Sd Kfz 223 (radio)
• Replace any or all Sd Kfz 222 (2cm) with Sd Kfz 221 Panzerspäh Patrol
(2.8cm) at no cost.
Feldwebel

Light Panzerspäh Platoons are Reconnaissance Platoons.


Command Sd Kfz 222 (2cm) Sd Kfz 222 (2cm)
Sd Kfz 223 (radio)
Panzerspäh Patrols of a Light Panzerspäh Platoon operate
Panzerspäh Patrol
as separate platoons, each with their own command team.
Light Panzerspäh Platoon

Half-tracked
Panzerspäh Platoon
Platoon
2 Panzerspäh Patrols 200 points Command Sd Kfz 250/9 (2cm) Sd Kfz 250/9 (2cm)
1 Panzerspäh Patrol 100 points Sd Kfz 250 (Recce)
Panzerspäh Patrol

Feldwebel
Half-tracked Panzerspäh Platoons are Reconnaissance Platoons.

Panzerspäh Patrols of a Half-tracked Panzerspäh Platoon Command Sd Kfz 250/9 (2cm) Sd Kfz 250/9 (2cm)
operate as separate platoons, each with their own command Sd Kfz 250 (Recce)
Panzerspäh Patrol
team.
Half-tracked Panzerspäh Platoon

GERMAN 91
Tracked Panzerspäh Platoon
Platoon
2 Panzerspäh Patrols 230 points
1 Panzerspäh Patrol 115 points Command Panzer II L Luchs Panzer II L Luchs
Panzer II L Luchs
Panzerspäh Patrol
Tracked Panzerspäh Platoons are Reconnaissance Platoons.
Feldwebel
Panzerspäh Patrols of a Tracked Panzerspäh Platoon operate
as separate platoons, each with their own command team.
Command Panzer II L Luchs Panzer II L Luchs
The Luchs (Lynx) is an excellent fully-tracked reconnaissance Panzer II L Luchs
vehicle. It can go anywhere and is very fast. The Panzer II L Panzerspäh Patrol
Luchs saw service on both fronts during 1944 to 45. Amongst tracked Panzerspäh Platoon
its users were 4. Panzerdivision on the Eastern Front.

Puma Panzerspäh Platoon


Platoon
With Sd Kfz 234/2 Puma:
3 Panzerspäh Patrols 300 points Command Armoured Car Armoured Car
2 Panzerspäh Patrols 200 points Panzerspäh Patrol
1 Panzerspäh Patrol 100 points Feldwebel

With Sd Kfz 234/1(2cm):


3 Panzerspäh Patrols 225 points
Command Armoured Car Armoured Car
2 Panzerspäh Patrols 150 points
Panzerspäh Patrol
1 Panzerspäh Patrol 75 points
Feldwebel

Puma Panzerspäh Platoons are Reconnaissance Platoons.


Command Armoured Car Armoured Car
Panzerspäh Patrols of a Puma Panzerspäh Platoon operate Panzerspäh Patrol
as separate platoons, each with their own command team.
Puma Panzerspäh Platoon
The new Puma heavy armoured cars have great mobility and
traction due to their eight wheels. The Puma is armed with a If your Panzerspähkompanie contains any Puma Panzerspäh
5cm KwK39 gun. Some unit have got the 2cm armed Sd Kfz Platoons you may not take any Tracked Panzerspäh Platoons.
234/1 armoured car.

Heavy Panzerspäh Platoon


Platoon
With Sd Kfz 231 (8-rad):
3 Panzerspäh Patrols 210 points Command Armoured Car Armoured Car
2 Panzerspäh Patrols 140 points Panzerspäh Patrol
1 Panzerspäh Patrols 70 points Feldwebel

Heavy Panzerspäh Platoons are Reconnaissance Platoons.


Command Armoured Car Armoured Car
Panzerspäh Patrols of a Heavy Panzerspäh Platoon operate Panzerspäh Patrol
as separate platoons, each with their own command team.
Feldwebel

The old and trusted 8-rad heavy armoured cars have great
mobility and traction due to their eight wheels.
Command Armoured Car Armoured Car
Panzerspäh Patrol

Heavy Panzerspäh Platoon

92 GERMAN
Panzerspähkompanie
WEAPONS PLATOONS

7.5cm Armoured Car Platoon


Platoon
3 Sd Kfz 233 (7.5cm) 135 points
2 Sd Kfz 233 (7.5cm) 90 points Command 7.5cm armoured car

3 Sd Kfz 234/3 (7.5cm) 140 points


2 Sd Kfz 234/3 (7.5cm) 95 points

7.5cm Armoured Car Platoons are not reconnaissance platoons. 7.5cm armoured car 7.5cm armoured car

The battalion’s 7.5cm armoured car platoon gives the armoured


cars the direct firepower to knock out light anti-tank guns. 7.5cm Armoured Car Platoon

Aufklärungs Platoon
Platoon
HQ Section with:
Command Motorcycle MG team
3 Aufklärungs Squads 255 points
2 Aufklärungs Squads 180 points

Options
• Replace the Command Motorcycle MG team with Motorcycle MG team Motorcycle MG team
a Command Panzerfaust Motorcycle SMG team for
+10 points.
Motorcycle MG team Motorcycle MG team
• Replace all Motorcycle teams with the equivalent
Schwimmwagen teams for +5 points for the platoon.

Aufklärungs Platoons use the Motorcycle Reconnaissance rules


on page 196 of the rulebook and are Reconnaissance Platoons Motorcycle MG team Motorcycle MG team
while mounted.
Aufklärungs Platoon
You may model your Motorcycle MG teams with Kübelwagen
jeeps instead of motorcycles, they are based the same way as
the Motorcycle MG teams and use the same rules.

Gepanzerte Aufklärungs
Platoon
Platoon
HQ Section with: Command MG team Sd Kfz 250 half-track

3 Aufklärungs Squads 220 points


2 Aufklärungs Squads 155 points

Options
• Replace the Command MG team with Command
Panzerknacker SMG team for +5 points or Command
Panzerfaust SMG team for +10 points.
• Add an additional Sd Kfz 250 half-track to each
squad for +10 points per half-track.
• Replace Sd Kfz 250 half-track in HQ Section with Sd
Kfz 250/10 (3.7cm) or Sd Kfz 250/11 (2.8cm) half-
track at no cost.

Gepanzerte Aufklärungs Platoons may use the Mounted


Assault special rule. Gepanzerte Aufklärungs Platoon

GERMAN 93
Sperrverband
B F locking orce

(Infantry Company)
HEADQUARTERS

HEADQUARTERS

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

Sperrverband HQ
95

DIVISIONAL SUPPORT PLATOONS


COMBAT PLATOONS

WEAPONS PLATOONS

INFANTRY ARTILLERY
ARMOUR ANTI-AIRCRAFT

Sperr Pionier Platoon Sperr Mortar Platoon


97
95

Panzer Anti-aircraft

75
Panzer Platoon

73
Gun Platoon
INFANTRY ANTI-TANK Luftwaffe Heavy
Sperr Assault Gun

16
97
Platoon Anti-aircraft Gun

3
Platoon
Veteran Tank-hunter

15
Sperr Anti-tank Platoon Luftwaffe Light

16
96

Gun Platoon Anti-aircraft Gun

3
Sperr Platoon Platoon
96

ARMOUR
ARTILLERY
INFANTRY ANTI-AIRCRAFT

Sperr Infantry
97

Gun Platoon Panzer Platoon


73

Sperr Platoon Luftwaffe Heavy


96

16
Anti-aircraft Gun

3
Veteran Tank-hunter
Platoon
15

Platoon
4

Panzergrenadier Luftwaffe Light

16
Time’s Up Anti-aircraft Gun

3
81

Platoon
Platoon
A Sperrverband has the most experienced infantry remaining Panzerpionier Platoon
89

in the division. It is equipped with the greatest amount of ANTI-AIRCRAFT


firepower they can muster. To buy time for the rest of the
division to retreat, each member of the Sperrverband realizes INFANTRY
their time is up and are resigned to their Fate. Luftwaffe Light 16
Anti-aircraft Gun
3

Gepanzerte Platoon
The Sperrverband HQ, and all Sperr and Sperr Pionier
77

Panzergrenadier Platoon
Platoons from a Sperrverband are considered Fearless when
Panzergrenadier AIRCRAFT
81

taking Motivation Tests to launch an Assault or Counterattack Platoon


a platoon that contains Armoured Tank teams. Gepanzerte
87

Panzerpionier Platoon

Panzerpionier Platoon
89

Air Support
16
2

ARTILLERY
ALLIED PLATOONS

Motorised Artillery
15

Battery
7

Luftwaffe Platoons in your


Motorised Heavy force are Allies and follow
15

Artillery Battery
7

the Allies rules in the


Armoured Artillery
15

Battery rulebook.
8

Armoured Heavy
15

Artillery Battery
8

Self-Propelled
85

Infantry Gun Platoon

94
Sperrverband
Motivation and skill
RELUCTANT CONSCRIPT
The Sperrverband are rearguard forces organized around the remaining battalion veterans
CONFIDENT TRAINED
with the grim task of holding while the rest of the division escapes. A Sperrverband is rated
as Reluctant Veteran. FEARLESS VETERAN

HEADQUARTERS

Sperrverband HQ HAUPTmann

Headquarters HAUPTMANN Unteroffizier

Company HQ 40 points
Company Command Panzerschreck team
Options SMG team
• Replace Command SMG teams with Command
Panzerfaust SMG teams for +10 points per team.
2iC Command Panzerschreck team
• Add up to one sniper team for +50 points. SMG team Anti-tank Section
• Add Anti-tank Section with up to two Panzerschreck Company HQ
teams for +25 points per team.
Sperrverband HQ

In an attempt to halt the rapid advance of Soviet mechanised


forces, German infantry divisions would select the best forces
available to form Sperrverband (or blocking company).

COMBAT PLATOONS

Sperr Pionier Platoon Leutnant

Platoon Leutnant

HQ Section with:
Command Pioneer Schwimmwagen Pioneer Supply
3 Pioneer Squads 190 points Maultier
Rifle/MG team
2 Pioneer Squads 135 points HQ Section

Options Unteroffizier Unteroffizier


• Replace Command Pioneer Rifle/MG team with
a Command Pioneer Panzerfaust SMG team for
+10 points. Pioneer Rifle/MG team Pioneer Rifle/MG team

• Add Pioneer Supply Maultier half-track for


+30 points. Pioneer Rifle/MG team Pioneer Rifle/MG team
• Add Schwimmwagen amphibious jeep and Maultier
half-tracks for +5 points for the platoon.
Maultier Maultier
Pioneer Squad Pioneer Squad
You may replace up to one Pioneer Rifle/MG per Pioneer
Unteroffizier
Squad with a Flame-thrower team at the start of the game
before deployment.
Pioneer Pioneer Maultier
Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team
Panzerknacker Badge
Pioneer Squad
Experienced pioneers have already earned their Panzerknacker
Abzeichen (Tank-killer Badge) and are prepared for assaulting Sperr Pionier Platoon
Soviet armour by gathering extra anti-tank mines. The pioneer platoon of a Sperrverband constituted the elite of
the divisional pioneers. These experienced combat engineers
All Pioneer teams in a Sperr Pionier Platoon have Tank outfitted themselves with everything their extensive combat
Assault 5. knowledge and dwindling supply support would allow.

GERMAN 95
Sperr Platoon Leutnant

Platoon Leutnant

HQ Section with:
Command Rifle/MG team
2 Sperr Squads 100 points
HQ Section
Options
Unteroffizier Unteroffizier
• Replace Command Rifle/MG team with Command
Panzerfaust SMG team for +10 points.
• Replace all Rifle/MG teams with MG teams for Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team
+30 points for the platoon.
• Add up to two MG42 HMG teams for +30 points Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team
per team. Sperr Squad Sperr Squad
Unteroffizier
The infantry of the Sperrverband provide the firepower
to deal with assaulting Soviet infantry. They too were the
finest the German infantry battalions had left and were MG42 HMG MG42 HMG
experienced and savvy enough to upgrade their weapons if Machine-gun section
the opportunity presented itself. Sperr Platoon

WEAPONS PLATOONS

Sperr Anti-tank gun Platoon Leutnant


Platoon Leutnant

HQ Section with:
2 Anti-tank Gun Sections 185 points Command SMG team Kfz 15 field car
1 Anti-tank Gun Section 95 points HQ Section

Option Unteroffizier Unteroffizier


• Add 3-ton trucks and Kfz 15 field car for +5 points
for the platoon. 7.5cm PaK40 7.5cm PaK40

Any and all available anti-tank support was welcome in a


Sperrverband. The 7.5cm PaK40 will break the back of any 3-ton truck 3-ton truck
tank assault if proper tactics and surprise can be effected.
Place your anti-tank assets in good cover behind your front 7.5cm PaK40 7.5cm PaK40
lines, then spring your attack when the tanks close to overrun
your position. Your concentrated fire will stop the assault in
its tracks. 3-ton truck 3-ton truck
Anti-tank Anti-tank
gun Section gun Section
Sperr Anti-tank gun Platoon

96
Sperrverband
Sperr Mortar Platoon Leutnant

Platoon Leutnant

HQ Section with:
Command SMG team
2 Mortar Sections 110 points
HQ Section
1 Mortar Section 55 points
Unteroffizier Unteroffizier
Option
• Replace all 8cm GW34 mortars with 12cm sGW43
Observer Rifle team Observer Rifle team
mortars carried by a 3-ton truck or RSO tractor for
+15 points per Mortar Section
8cm GW34 8cm GW34 8cm GW34 8cm GW34
mortar mortar mortar mortar
Providing critical bombardments and smoke in support of the
Sperrverband platoons will prove the difference in holding off Mortar Section Mortar Section
the enemy’s assault, allowing the Sperrverband to fight on. Sperr Mortar Platoon

Sperr infantry gun Platoon Leutnant

Platoon Leutnant

HQ Section with:
Command SMG team Observer Rifle team
2 7.5cm leIG18 60 points
HQ Section
2 15cm sIG33 125 points
Unteroffizier Unteroffizier
Option
• Add RSO tractors for +5 points for the platoon. Infantry gun Infantry gun

Infantry guns bolster the last-ditch defence of the Sperrver-


band. Providing the smoke needed to launch a final assault
or pinning enemy infantry before they attack places these RSO tractor RSO tractor
guns in a critical support role. Infantry gun Infantry gun
section section

Sperr Infantry gun Platoon

DIVISIONAL SUPPORT PLATOONS

Sperr Assault Gun Platoon Leutnant

Platoon Leutnant

3 StuG G or StuG IV 255 points


2 StuG G or StuG IV 170 points
Command Assault Gun
Option HQ Section
• Replace one or all StuG G assault guns with StuH42
assault guns at no cost. Unteroffizier Unteroffizier

You have the honour of supporting the Sperrverband in their


defence of the Fatherland. We are all counting on you. Do not
Assault Gun Assault Gun
fail them.
ASSAULT GUN ASSAULT GUN
— General der Infanterie H. Jordan, Kommandant 9. Armee, SECTION SECTION
July 1944
Sperr Assault gun Platoon

GERMAN 97
Ersatz Pionierkompanie
R E C eserve ngineer ompany

(Infantry Company)
HEADQUARTERS

HEADQUARTERS

You must field one platoon from each box shaded black and may field one platoon from each box
shaded grey.
Ersatz
99

Pionierkompanie HQ

DIVISIONAL SUPPORT PLATOONS


COMBAT PLATOONS

INFANTRY ALLIED PLATOONS


ARMOUR INFANTRY

Ersatz Pionier Platoon Luftwaffe Platoons in your


99

Gepanzerte
force are Allies and follow

77
Schwere Panzer Panzergrenadier Platoon

71
the Allies rules in the Platoon
INFANTRY Panzergrenadier

81
rulebook. Platoon
Panzer Platoon

73
Gepanzerte

87
Panzerpionier Platoon
Panther Platoon

74
Ersatz Pionier Platoon Panzerpionier Platoon
99

89
ARMOUR
INFANTRY ANTI-AIRCRAFT

Panzer Platoon
73

Ersatz Pionier Platoon


99

Panzer Anti-aircraft

75
Gun Platoon
Panther Platoon
74

Luftwaffe Heavy

16
Anti-aircraft Gun

3
Veteran Tank-hunter
15

Platoon Platoon
4

ERSATZ PIONIERKOMPANIE Panzergrenadier Luftwaffe Light

16
81

Anti-aircraft Gun

3
Platoon
If you meet the 5. Panzerdivision do not engage, go around. Platoon
Panzerpionier Platoon
89

— Soviet order, July 1944


ANTI-AIRCRAFT
To build a defence against the inevitable, begin with a solid
ARMOUR
foundation. Use the asset that can take the first attack and
return destruction with zeal. If your target is tanks begin with
Luftwaffe Heavy
16

pioneers. Add additional anti-tank support, throw in some Anti-aircraft Gun


3

armour, anti-air, and a mobile reserve. Set up an ambush and Platoon


Veteran Tank-hunter
15

you have a plan for success. Platoon Luftwaffe Light


4

16

Anti-aircraft Gun
3

— General der Panzertruppen von Saucken Platoon


15

Tank-hunter Platoon
3

These thoughts guided von Saucken’s defence against


ANTI-AIRCRAFT
advancing Soviet mechanised and tank formations. Using ARTILLERY
reserve engineers, he held bridgeheads and forced Soviet
forward detachments to find new routes to the west.
Luftwaffe Light
16

Anti-aircraft Gun
3

Forming a solid defensive position is the job of the pioneer. Motorised Artillery Platoon
15

He used the bridge and road builders, the experts at removing Battery
7

obstacles, to create obstacles. He supplied them with extra Motorised Heavy


15

Artillery Battery AIRCRAFT


7

materials, enhancing their ingenuity for invention.


Armoured Artillery
15

Battery
8

He added retreating Luftwaffe Flak battalions and


support from the 5. Panzerdivision and the 505. Schwere Armoured Heavy
15

Artillery Battery Air Support


8

16

Panzerabteilung to increase the ability of pioneers to abruptly


2

Self-Propelled
halt even the most energetic Soviet attack.
85

Infantry Gun Platoon


In addition he used his Panzers as a mobile counterattacking
force to provide the firepower to not only stop the offensive
but destroy it as well.

98 GERMAN
Ersatz Pionierkompanie
Motivation and skill
RELUCTANT CONSCRIPT
An Ersatz Pionierkompanie could build hasty fortifications but lacked combat experience.
CONFIDENT TRAINED
Nevertheless they knew they must stop the Soviet spearheads and fought well. An Ersatz
Pionierkompanie is rated as Confident Trained. FEARLESS VETERAN

HEADQUARTERS

Ersatz Pionierkompanie HQ HAUPTmann

Headquarters HAUPTMANN Unteroffizier

Company HQ 40 points
MG42 HMG
Company Command Pioneer Supply
Options SMG team Maultier
• Replace Command SMG teams with Command MG42 HMG
Panzerfaust SMG teams for +10 points per team. Machine-gun
2iC Command Pioneer Supply Section
• Add up to two Pioneer Supply Maultier half-tracks SMG team Maultier
for +30 points per half-track. Company HQ
• Add a Machine-gun Section with up to two MG42
Ersatz Pionierkompanie HQ
HMG teams for +25 points per team.

The Ersatz Pionierkompanie or substitute company


In Missions with the Prepared Positions special rule you may (pronounced er-zats pi-o-neer kom-pan-ee) possessed a full
replace both Pioneer Supply Maultier half-tracks in your complement of manpower. However they were limited in
Ersatz Pionierkompanie HQ with one Anti-tank Obstacle the amount of firepower they could bring to bear, and their
at the start of the game before the opposing player places experience was behind the lines building roads and bridges.
any Objectives. These are deployed using the Fortification
Deployment rules (see page 262 of the rulebook). If you do
not do this, both Pioneer Supply Maultier half-tracks in
your Ersatz Pionierkompanie HQ must be attached out to
Ersatz Pionier Platoons.

COMBAT PLATOONS

Ersatz Pionier Platoon Leutnant

Platoon Leutnant

HQ Section with:
3 Pioneer Squads 230 points Command Pioneer Pioneer Supply
2 Pioneer Squads 160 points Rifle/MG team Maultier
HQ Section
Options
Unteroffizier Unteroffizier
• Replace Command Pioneer Rifle team with a
Command Panzerfaust Pioneer SMG team for
+10 points. Pioneer Rifle/MG team Pioneer Rifle/MG team
• Equip one Pioneer team with a Goliath demolition
carrier in addition to its normal equipment for
Pioneer Rifle/MG team Pioneer Rifle/MG team
+30 points.
• Add Pioneer Supply Maultier half-track for +30 points.
Pioneer Rifle/MG team Pioneer Rifle/MG team
Pioneer Squad Pioneer Squad
You may replace up to one Pioneer Rifle/MG per Pioneer
Unteroffizier
Squad with a Flame-thrower team at the start of the game
before deployment.
Pioneer Pioneer Pioneer
Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team
Panzerknacker Badge Pioneer Squad
All Pioneer teams in a Ersatz Pionier Platoon have Tank
Assault 5. Ersatz Pionier Platoon

GERMAN 99
IV SS-Panzerkorps advances to meet the Soviet spearhead...

Sturmbanführer Biermeyer blazes into and through the Red armour.

100
...blunting their efforts to break through the defence.

SS-Panzerpionier complete the counterattack, denying Ivan his bridgehead.

101
Battle For Poland
IV SS-PANZERKORPS
IV SS-Panzerkorps was formed in August 1943 as a Elements of IV SS-Panzerkorps, primarily SS security troops
headquarters for reforming SS divisions. It also enabled SS from the Totenkopf SS-Division were dispatched and took part
divisions to fight together instead of being attached piecemeal in the putting down Warsaw Uprising. IV SS-Panzerkorps
to Heer (Army) higher formations. remained in the defence of Warsaw until December 1944.
In response to the Soviet successes in Operation Bagration, It was then shifted south to join 6. Armee in Operation
IV SS-Panzerkorps took command of 3. SS-Panzerdivision Konrad, an attempt to free the Hungarian capital, Budapest,
Totenkopf and 5. SS-Panzerdivision Wiking under the from encirclement. IV SS‑Panzerkorps continued fighting the
leadership of SS-Obergruppenführer Herbert-Otto Gille. Until Soviet advance through Hungary and Austria into 1945.
that time, Gille had commanded the Wiking SS-Division.
After escaping encirclement near Vienna, Austria, the
Its first task was to assist XXXIX Panzerkorps under General remnants of the Panzerkorps surrendered to the Americans
der Panzertruppen von Saucken in halting the lead Soviet on 9 May 1945
spearhead east of Warsaw, Poland. These two Panzerkorps were
successful in virtually destroying the Soviet 2nd Tank Corps
at Wolomin and Radzymin 20 kilometres east Warsaw.

HEER FIRE BRIGADES


In the belief that the Panzerdivisionen could turn the tide Four of these armoured divisions, 4. Panzerdivision,
against the Red Army as it stormed westward, the Germans 5. Panzerdivision, 16. Panzerdivision and 19. Panzerdivision,
used mobile Panzerkorps designed to counterattack the became the backbone of the Heer units committed in de-
spearheads of advancing Soviet armour. The concept fending Poland against the Soviet onslaught from the East.
grew out of General der Panzertruppen von Saucken’s and
Across the entire line of the Vistula River, these four
Feldmarschall Model’s efforts to create the semblance of a
armoured divisions fought to the death with advancing
front line using Sperrverbände and Kampfgruppen fortified
Soviet armour exacting a heavy toll on the Soviet Army in
by a Panzerdivision. These Panzerkorps, because of the ever
tanks and manpower and doing their part to finally bring
dwindling manpower of Germany, became the last efforts
Operation Bagration to a halt at the end in October 1944.
of the dying Nazis’ regime to defend the fatherland. These
The Germans could finally catch their breath and rearm their
divisions were combined into Panzerkorps and readily used
battered forces.
as fire brigades in the German attempts to stem the tide of
Allied incursions towards the Reich.

THE WAFFEN-SS
As well as those featured in this book, other SS formations Pocket in March. The II SS-Panzerkorps relief assault freed
fought on the Eastern Front in 1944 to 1945. the Kampfgruppe, and the remnants were sent to France to
rest and refit. However, a small number of Das Reich units
1. SS-Panzerdivision Leibstandarte SS remained in the east until April 1944.
Adolf Hitler
In early 1944 the 1. SS-Panzerdivision fought to hold the line
9. SS-Panzerdivision Hohenstaufen
at Zhitomir in the Ukraine. Then as part of III Panzerkorps Along with 10. SS-Panzerdivision Frundsberg, the division
relieved the Korsun Pocket in February. Afterwards most of fought in II SS-Panzerkorps during the relief of the Kamenets-
the division was withdrawn to Belgium, but a Kampfgruppe Poldolsky Pocket in March 1944. The two divisions provided
stayed on the front to be encircled in the Kamenets-Poldolsky the spearhead for the operation and were first to link up with
Pocket in March. The Kampfgruppe fought to escape the the pocket’s trapped forces. After suffering heavy casualties
Soviet encirclement to finally link up with II SS-Panzerkorps during the operation the Hohenstaufen division was pulled
on 6 April 1944. They then joined the rest of the division in out of the line to refit in April 1944. It performed fire brigade
Belgium. In March 1945 the division returned to the east duties, stamping out Soviet attacks, until it was moved to
for Operation Frühlingerwachen (Spring Awakening), Hitler’s France in June. They returned to the east to take part in
last desperate attempt to push the Soviets back in Hungary. Operation Frühlingerwachen (Spring Awakening).

2. SS-Panzerdivision Das Reich 10. SS-Panzerdivison Frundsberg


In early 1944 only a portion of 2. SS-Panzerdivision was The division was formed from conscripts and first saw action
fighting in the east as Kampfgruppe Das Reich. It was encircled at Tarnopol in April 1944. It took part in the rescue of German
along with other German units in the Kamenets-Poldolsky troops cut off in the Kamenets-Poldolsky Pocket as part of II
SS-Panzerkorps. In June it was transferred to the west.
102
VISTULA BRIGDEHEADS
Narew Bridgehead Pulawy Bridgehead
On 18 July the First Byelorussian Front struck northeast of The Pulawy Bridgehead, nearly 100 kilometres south
Warsaw where the bend in the Vistula met the Narew River. of Warsaw, was secured by the Soviets on 28 August.
A Soviet bridgehead here threatened to cut off German forces Here the Soviets found the weakened remains of the
in East Prussia. XXXIX. Panzerkorps and IV. SS-Panzerkorps 26. Infanteriedivision supported by the 19. Panzerdivision.
launched a counterattack on 1 August to stop the Soviets. The Using their assault engineers to force the river, the Soviets
battle raged for nearly ten days and when the smoke cleared gained another toehold.
the Soviet 3rd Tank Corps was encircled and severely mauled.
The Soviet 8th Guards Tank Corps suffered similar losses in an Sandomierz Bridgehead
effort to break through to their comrades. Further south along the Vistula River another bridgehead
developed. The Soviet First Ukrainian Front had been ham-
Warka Bridgehead mering its way through Army Group North Ukraine since
Though halted in their dash to the Narew River, the Soviet mid-July. By 29 July, they had crossed the Vistula near the
8th Guards Army began an assault across the Vistula at Warka town of Sandomierz where the Germans counterattacked.
just south of Warsaw. The Germans moved the Herman Göring 4. Panzerarmee with ten German divisions, three Hungarian
Panzerdivision and 19. Panzerdivision to try and eliminate the divisions, six assault gun battalions and 501. Schwere
bridgehead. Additional Soviet forces were pushed across the Panzerabteilung with the new Tiger II heavy tanks rushed to
river to expand the bridgehead. Fierce fighting continued eliminate the Sandomierz bridgehead. After bitter fighting,
through August and September, and though the Soviets took the Red Army held, but both sides were totally exhausted.
heavy casualties they managed to maintain their toehold.

IV. SS
River Panzer 65th army
39. w korps
N
Nare

Vi Panzer
st ula korps
r
Ri ive
ve Objective Bug R 5. SS-Panzer RU SI
r Narew Bridgehead division S A-
PO
4. Panzer LA
division ND
3. SS-Panzer
WARSAW division BO
9. Armee RD
ER
Herman Göring
Panzerdivision
Siedlice
70th army
Magnuszew-Warka 3rd tank
corps 8th guards Brest
Bridgehead tank corps

19. Panzer
division

Radom
16. Panzer
division Pulawy Pulawy
4. Panzer 2nd Tank army
Armee Bridgehead
Lublin
Frontline
29 August
501. Schwere 8th Guards army
PanzerAbteilung Sandomierz
Bridgehead 1st Polish army

Sandomierz

First Ukrainian Front

0 Miles 50 100
0 KM 50 100 150

103
3. SS-PANZERDIVISION & 5. SS-PANZERDIVISION

The infamous 3. SS-Panzerdivision Totenkopf began its history By the end of the war the 3. SS-Panzerdivision Totenkopf had
in an inauspicious manner. Initially performing poorly during sustained more casualties, nearly 57,000, than any other
the campaign in France it was relegated to a support role for German division. From nearly being annihilated at Demjansk
the Soviet invasion in 1941. Its reputation as a group of thugs in 1941, it fought through most of the bloodiest battles on

Berezina R
and prison guards brought them nothing but contempt from the Eastern Front. Its reputation aside, the soldiers believed
their SS peers and German Army officers. themselves to be the elite of the German SS. As such, they
gave and received no quarter from their foes.

iver
IV. SS-Panzerkorps in France,
build new SS divisions
Initially developed to ua rte rs for the
e the battle headq
IV. SS Panzerkorps becam in Po land and
MINSK
SS-Panzerdivisionen Bialystock
Totenkopf and Wiking Wolomin
1945.
Hungary during 1944 to Siedlice

WARSAW Pinsk Slutsk


Jul-Aug

Vis
Brest Aug 1944 Pripyat R
1944 iv

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Ri
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Lublin
Kovel
Prague

Jul 1944
May 1945 Jun 1941 Zhitomir
Freistadt Dec 1944
Jul 1941
May 1944
Berdichev
Tarnopol Dniestr
Vienna

Ri
Mar 1945

ver
Jun 1944
Belgrade Jan 1945

Budapest Apr 1944


Graz Feb 1945
Târgul Frumos

3. SS-Panzerdivision Totenkopf Operational History


1940 - Assisted 7. Panzerdivision in France, suffered heavy August, 1943 - Along with Das Reich, defends Kharkov.
losses. Replacements supplied via regular SS recruitment. Halts offensive and inflicts heavy casualties destroying 800
1941 - Reserve unit to Army Group North for Operation tanks. However, Soviets outflank defenders, forcing them to
Barbarrosa, the invasion of the Soviet Union. abandon city on 23 August.
Feb-April, 1942 - Surrounded at Demyansk, suffered 13,000 September, 1943 - Thrown into action against the
casualties. Surviving 2700 men pulled out in October and Kremenchug bridgehead on the Dniepr River.
sent to France for refit. Eleven Iron Crosses awarded. October - November, 1943 - Reformed as 3. SS‑Panzerdivision
November, 1942 - Participated in Vichy France Totenkopf Engaged in defensive actions at Krivoi-Rog west
takeover. Received Panzer-regiment and designated of the Dnepr. Destroyed 500 tanks and suffered 20-25%
3. SS-Panzergrenadierdivision Totenkopf. casualties.
February, 1943 - Transferred to Kharkov on the Eastern January - February, 1944 - Relieved encircled forces at
Front. 3. SS-Panzerregiment receives company of Tiger I Cherkassy with 1. Panzerdivision.
heavy tanks. April, 1944 - Issued Panther tanks. Fought off heavy Soviet
July, 1943 - Totenkopf covers advance on the left flank attacks towards Târgul Frumos.
towards Kursk. Fought in the largest tank battle of the war at May, 1944 - Reorganized. Received 6000 replacements, 2700
Prokhorovka. Division lost half its armour. men from the 16. SS-Panzergrenadierdivision Reichsfuhrer.
July-August, 1943 - Eliminated Soviet bridgehead near Strength reaches nearly 20,000.
Stepanovka. Lost 1500 men and reduced to 20 tanks. July-August, 1944 - Held line near Siedlice for 11 days
against 9:1 odds. Teamed with 5. SS-Panzerdivision Wiking to
assist in destruction of Soviet 3rd Tank Corps near Wolomin.
104 Held off Soviet attempts to relieve Warsaw.
Feb 1942 Demyansk
r
R ive 5. SS-Panzerdivision Wiking
g a
Oct 1942 Vol By summer 1944 the Wiking division had been fighting on
the Eastern Front for three years. A fierce battle at Cherkassy
in early 1944 followed immediately with another near Kovel
reduced the division to a battlegroup when Operation
Bagration began.
Moscow Pulled out of the line to refit and reform, the
Vitebsk 5. SS-Panzerdivision Wiking returned to fight in Poland in July
r River 1944 with a full complement of 17,000 men. Unfortunately,
Dnep
a large number of surviving veterans had been re-assigned to
Orsha form new SS divisions. Many of the ethnic Germans, Finns,
Tula and Walloons (French speaking Belgians) were either re-
assigned to other SS divisions, returned home, or dead. Their
new recruits came from the Ukraine, Hungary, Romania,
Estonia and Bulgaria.
All was not lost as remaining leaders, especially in the
Panzerregiment, had fought across the steppes of Russia,
into the Caucasus and then back again. As survivors, these
Gomel hardened Panzertruppen were to lead the 5. Wiking SS-
Panzerdivision for the remainder of the war.

Kursk However, The Wiking Panzergrenadier units still retained


their ethnic European diversity. Good-sized Flemish (Dutch
Prokhorovka
speaking Belgians) and Danish contingents remained. One
regiment had started the war with over 2500 Flemish and
Jul 1943 Dutch soldiers. Another regiment contained both Danes and
ethnic Germans from occupied lands. A Danish battalion
Romny
of the Danmark Regiment from the Nordland SS-Division
Kiev was also attached to the Wiking SS-Division in the Fall and
Mar 1944 Jul-Aug 1943 Winter of 1944-45.
Cherkassy Kharkov
Feb 1943
Apr 1943
Sep 1943
Kremenchug Izyum 0 Miles 100 200 300

Aug 1943 0 KM 100 200 300 400


Gradizhsk Lisichansk
Oct-Nov Volga R
Aug 1941 1943 iver
Pavlograd Stalingrad
Jan-Feb
1944 Dnepropetrovsk Stepanovka
Voroshilovgrad

er
Krivoi-Rog
Do n R i v
Feb 1943
Rostov-on-Don
Jul 1942
Odessa ver
pr Ri
Dne

SEA of Azov Sep 1942


Jan 1943

Pavlovskaya

Apr 1944 3. SS-Panzerdivision Totenkopf movements Malgobek

Jul 1944 5. SS-Panzerdivision Wiking movements


Maikop
Dec 1944 3. SS-Panzerdivision and 5. SS-Panzerdivision Dec 1942
movements as IV. SS-Panzerkorps

Oct 1942 Grozny


B L A C K S E A 105
STURMBANNFÜHRER
Fritz Biermeyer

A native of Augsburg, Fritz Biermeyer joined the SS in 1933. His aggressive, attacking reputation continued when he later
He was wounded in France fighting with the Totenkopf took on another Soviet tank battalion with his Panzerkompanie
SS-Division as a infantry platoon commander. After recov- supported by an armoured pioneer company and two assault
ering he was transferred to the Das Reich SS-Division as a guns. By the end of the day his company had destroyed
tank company commander. When 3. SS-Panzerregiment was eleven M4 Sherman, a T-34 tank, a KV-85 heavy tank and
formed in 1942, he returned to Totenkopf. numerous guns.
Biermeyer won his Knight’s Cross for leading his company Finally, during the defence of Warsaw in August 1944, he led
against Soviet tanks near the city of Krasno Konstantinovka his company in five separate attacks to stop the Bolsheviks.
in November 1943. The battle began with him supporting His 5. Kompanie reported seven T-34 tanks, eight KV-85 and
infantry repelling an attack. With the enemy repelled, he one IS-2 heavy tanks, and four 4.5cm guns destroyed. His
advanced ahead of the infantry and attacked 38 T-34 tanks tactical skill and unwavering cold-bloodedness won the day,
and about 800 infantry with his Panzerkompanie. While he though he had only a few panzers left at the end of it.
personally accounted for six destroyed T-34 tanks, his compa-
Biermeyer was killed near Modlin on 10 November 1944 and
ny’s total reached 31 through his aggressive leadership.
was posthumously awarded the Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves.

CHARACTERISTICS
Sturmbannführer Fritz Biermeyer is a Warrior Tank team who Reckless
leads a Panzer Platoon in a Totenkopf SS-Panzerkampfgruppe
Sturmbannführer Biermeyer drove his subordinates on to
(page 108) or SS-Panzergrenadierkampfgrppe (page 110).
victory regardless of the danger or tactical situation.
You must purchase him and his platoon together. Biermeyer
and his platoon are rated Fearless Veteran. Sturmbannführer Biermeyer and his platoon are hit on a
3+ as if they were Trained.
Biermeyer’s 3 SS-Panzer Platoon
Biermeyer’s Panzer Platoon was always found in the thick of
battle and suffered the greatest losses within the division. New Recruits
Sturmbannführer Biermeyer’s losses required his platoons to
Biermeyer and his platoon cannot be joined by Warrior be refit with newly trained Panzertruppen.
teams. The platoon is organized as a standard Panzer
Platoon as on page 109 with Biermeyer as the Platoon If Biermeyer is Destroyed then the platoon becomes
Command Tank for the following point costs. Confident Trained for the remainder of the game.

Biermeyer’s Panzer IV Platoon Towards the Enemy


Platoon When Biermeyer spotted his enemy he immediately ordered
his panzers to close and attack.
5 Panzer IV H 325 points
4 Panzer IV H 260 points In the Assault Step, a platoon led by Biermeyer must assault
3 Panzer IV H 195 points if they can. If they cannot assault they must attempt to make
a Stormtroopers Move as far as possible towards the closest
enemy team or closest Objective.

106
Panzer Kanonen
Thirteen members of the 5. SS-Panzerregiment of the 5. SS-Panzerdivision Wiking were awarded the Knight’s Cross.
Though individual kill numbers are not available, Obersturmführer Senghas led them with over 30 armoured kills.
The division’s first Panzerabteilung (tank battalion) was formed in early 1942 when Wiking was upgraded to a
SS-Panzergrenadierdivision. The cadre of these Panzer Kanonen (Panzer Aces) began then and stayed with the division
throughout the war. Nearly all of these Panzer Kanonen survived the war, despite the regiment suffering severe casualties in
fighting the Soviets across Russia, the Ukraine, Poland, and Hungary.

Panzer Aces of 5. SS-Panzerdivision Wiking: from left to right, Top row: Oberscharführer Helmut Bauer, Obersturmführer Fritz Darges,
Hauptscharführer Sepp Draxenberger, Hauptsturmführer Hans Flugel, Untersturmführer Alfred Grossrock, Obersturmführer Willi
Hein, Hauptsturmführer Karl-Heinz Lichte. Bottom row: Sturmbannführer Johannes Mühlenkamp, Obersturmführer Karl Nicolussi-
Leck, Obersturmführer Karl Picus, Obersharführer Hugo Ruf, Untersturmführer Kurt Schumacher, Obersturmführer Paul Senghas.

CHARACTERISTICS
You may replace any or all Platoon Command teams from any SS-Panzer Platoons in the Wiking SS-Division with a Panzer
Kanone for +65 points per platoon. A Panzer Kanone is a Warrior with the following abilities:

Panzer Kanone Knight’s Cross with Swords


At the start of the game roll a die for each Panzer Kanone to A Panzer Kanone with a Knight’s Cross with Swords
determine the medal he has been awarded. That Panzer Kanone may:
possesses the skills shown for that medal in the table below. • Re-roll any failed roll To Hit when they shoot with
their main gun,
Knight’s Cross • Move and Shoot with full ROF, and
A Panzer Kanone with a Knight’s Cross may: • Have Tank teams in their platoon re-roll failed
• Have Tank teams in their platoon re-roll Skill Tests.
failed Skill Tests.
Knight’s Cross with Diamonds
A Panzer Kanone with a Knight’s Cross with
Knight’s Cross Diamonds may:
with Oak Leaves • Re-roll any failed roll To Hit when they shoot with
A Panzer Kanone with a Knight’s Cross with their main gun,
Oak Leaves may: • Move and Shoot with full ROF,
• Move and Shoot with full ROF, and • Only be destroyed on an enemy roll of 5+ rather
• Have Tank teams in their platoon re-roll than a roll of 4+ when using the Warrior Tank
failed Skill Tests. Team Casualties rule in the rulebook, and
• Have Tank teams in their platoon re-roll failed
Skill Tests.

107
SS-Panzerkampfgruppe
SS Armoured Battlegroup

(Tank Company)
HEADQUARTERS

HEADQUARTERS You must field one platoon from each box shaded black and may field one platoon from each box
shaded grey.
Your Company HQ, Combat, Weapons, and Support platoons must be all either from 3. SS-
Panzerdivision ‘Totenkopf’ (Marked   ) or 5. SS-Panzerdivision ‘Wiking’ (Marked   ), unless
SS-Panzerkampfgruppe otherwise noted.
10

HQ
9

DIVISIONAL SUPPORT PLATOONS


COMBAT PLATOONS

WEAPONS PLATOONS

ARMOUR ANTI-AIRCRAFT
ARMOUR ARTILLERY

SS-Panzer Platoon
10

Armoured SS-Anti- Heavy SS-Tank


11

16
9

aircraft Gun Platoon Platoon Heavy Assault


2

17
Howitzer Platoon

2
Biermeyer’s 3. SS-
10

Panzer Platoon
6

Armoured SS-Artillery

16
MACHINE-GUNS ARMOUR Battery

9
ARMOUR SS-Kampfgruppe

11
Artillery Battery

7
SS-Heavy Platoon ARTILLERY
11

SS-Panzer Platoon

10
3

9
SS-Panzer Platoon Armoured SS-Heavy SS-Tank-hunter
10

11

16
Platoon Platoon
9

5
SS-Rocket Launcher

17
Battery

0
INFANTRY ARTILLERY INFANTRY
SS-Vielfachwerfer

17
Battery

1
Gepanzerte SS- Gepanzerte SS-
11
11

Panzergrenadier Platoon Panzergrenadier Platoon ANTI-TANK


1
1

SS-Mortar Platoon
11
4

SS-Panzergrenadier SS-Panzergrenadier
11
11

Platoon Armoured SS-Mortar Platoon


2
2

11

Platoon
4

SS-Aufklarüngs
16

Platoon Heavy SS-Anti-aircraft


5

17
Gun Platoon

0
ARTILLERY SS-Panzergrenadier
ALLIED PLATOONS
16

Pioneer Platoon Heavy Anti-tank


7

15
Gun Platoon 5
Gepanzerte SS-
16

Panzerpionier Platoon
7

ANTI-AIRCRAFT
Heer and Luftwaffe SS-Self-propelled
11

Infantry Gun Platoon


5

Platoons in your force are RECONNAISSANCE


Allies and follow the Allies
rules in the rulebook. ANTI-TANK
Luftwaffe Heavy
16

Anti-aircraft Gun
3

SS-Scout platoon
11

Platoon
6

SS-Anti-tank Gun SS-Panzerspäh Luftwaffe Light


16
11

16

Platoon Platoon
6
5

Anti-aircraft Gun
3

Platoon
Heavy SS-Panzerspäh
16

Platoon
6

RECONNAISSANCE
AIRCRAFT
ARTILLERY

SS-Scout Platoon
11
6

Air Support
16

SS-Kampfgruppe
11

Artillery Battery
7

ARMOUR FLAME-THROWER
SS-Kampfgruppe
11

Heavy Artillery Battery


7

Armoured SS-Artillery
16

Battery
9

Armoured SS-Cannon Armoured SS-Flame-


11

11

Platoon thrower Platoon


6

Armoured Heavy SS-


16

Artillery Battery
9

108 GERMAN
SS-Panzerkampfgruppe
Motivation and Skill
RELUCTANT CONSCRIPT RELUCTANT CONSCRIPT
3. SS-Panzerdivision Totenkopf retained
CONFIDENT TRAINED CONFIDENT TRAINED
its core of combat veterans. A Totenkopf SS-
Panzerkampfgruppe is rated Fearless Veteran. FEARLESS VETERAN FEARLESS VETERAN

A Totenkopf SS-Panzerkampfgruppe uses the Totenkopf Wiking


Totenkopf Waffen-SS special rules on page 174 SS-Panzerdivision SS-Panzerdivision
as well as all the normal German special rules on
pages 241 to 245 of the rulebook.

5. SS-Panzerdivision Wiking lost many of its veterans in combat and to outfit new SS-Divisions. A Wiking SS-
Panzerkampfgruppe is rated Fearless Trained.
A Wiking SS-Panzerkampfgruppe uses the Wiking Waffen-SS special rules on page 174 as well as all the normal German
special rules on pages 241 to 245 of the rulebook.

HEADQUARTERS

SS-Panzerkampfgruppe HQ Hauptsturmführer

SS-Panzer HQ Hauptsturmführer Unterscharführer

2 Panzer IV H 200 points 155 points


2 Panther A or G 425 points 325 points Recovery vehicle
Company Command tank
Option Recovery Section

• Add a Famo or Bergepanther recovery vehicle for


+15 points. 2iC Command tank
You must field at least one SS-Panzer Platoon entirely Company HQ
equipped with the same model of tank as the Company SS-Panzerkampfgruppe HQ
HQ.

Remember to roll for your Panzer Ace Skill for your


Totenkopf Company Command tank before each game.

COMBAT PLATOONS

SS-Panzer Platoon Untersturmführer

Platoon Untersturmführer

5 Panzer IV H 500 points 390 points


4 Panzer IV H 400 points 310 points
3 Panzer IV H 300 points 230 points Command tank
HQ tank
5 Panther A or G 1060 points 815 points
4 Panther A or G 850 points 655 points Unterscharführer Unterscharführer

3 Panther A or G 640 points 490 points


4 StuG G or StuG IV 435 points 335 points
Tank Tank
3 StuG G or StuG IV 325 points 250 points

Tank Tank
Panzer Section Panzer Section
SS-Panzer Platoon

109
SS-Panzergrenadierkampfgruppe
SS Mechanised Infantry Battlegroup

(Mechanised Company)
HEADQUARTERS

HEADQUARTERS You must field one platoon from each box shaded black and may field one platoon from each box
shaded grey.
Your Company HQ, Combat, Weapons, and Support platoons must be all either from 3. SS-
Panzerdivision ‘Totenkopf’ (Marked   ) or 5. SS-Panzerdivision ‘Wiking’ (Marked   ), unless
SS-Panzergrenadier- otherwise noted.
11

kampfgruppe HQ
1

DIVISIONAL SUPPORT PLATOONS


COMBAT PLATOONS

WEAPONS PLATOONS

INFANTRY ANTI-AIRCRAFT
ARMOUR ARTILLERY

Gepanzerte SS-
11

Panzergrenadier Platoon
1

Armoured SS-Anti- Heavy SS-Tank


11

aircraft Gun Platoon

16
Heavy Assault
2

SS-Panzergrenadier Platoon

17
4
11

Howitzer Platoon

2
Platoon
2

Armoured SS-Artillery

16
MACHINE-GUNS
ARMOUR Battery

9
INFANTRY
SS-Kampfgruppe

11
Artillery Battery

7
SS-Heavy Platoon
11

Gepanzerte SS-
3

SS-Panzer Platoon ARTILLERY


11

10
Panzergrenadier Platoon
1

9
Armoured SS-Heavy
11

SS-Panzergrenadier Platoon SS-Tank-hunter


3
11

Platoon Platoon 16
2

5
SS-Rocket Launcher

17
ARTILLERY Battery

0
ARMOUR INFANTRY
SS-Vielfachwerfer

17
Battery

1
SS-Mortar Platoon Gepanzerte SS-
11

11

ANTI-TANK
Panzergrenadier Platoon
4

SS-Panzer Platoon
10

Armoured SS-Mortar SS-Panzergrenadier


9

11

11

Platoon
4

Platoon
2

Biermeyer’s 3. SS-
10

Panzer Platoon
6

SS-Aufklarüngs
16

Platoon Heavy SS-Anti-aircraft


5

17
ARTILLERY
Gun Platoon

0
SS-Panzergrenadier
16

Pioneer Platoon SS-Anti-tank Gun


7

11
ALLIED PLATOONS Platoon
5
Gepanzerte SS-
16

Panzerpionier Platoon Heavy Anti-tank


7

15

Gun Platoon
5

SS-Self-propelled
11

Infantry Gun Platoon


5

Heer and Luftwaffe RECONNAISSANCE


ANTI-AIRCRAFT
Platoons in your force are ANTI-TANK
Allies and follow the Allies
SS-Scout platoon
11

rules in the rulebook.


6

SS-Anti-tank Gun Luftwaffe Heavy


11

16

Platoon SS-Panzerspäh
5

Anti-aircraft Gun
3
16

Platoon Platoon
6

Heavy SS-Panzerspäh Luftwaffe Light


16

RECONNAISSANCE
16

Platoon Anti-aircraft Gun


6

Platoon
ARTILLERY
SS-Scout Platoon AIRCRAFT
11
6

ARMOUR FLAME-THROWER SS-Kampfgruppe


11

Artillery Battery
7

Air Support
16

SS-Kampfgruppe
2
11

Heavy Artillery Battery


7

Armoured SS-Cannon Armoured SS-Flame-


11

Armoured SS-Artillery
11

Platoon thrower Platoon


16
6
6

Battery
9

Armoured Heavy SS-


16

Artillery Battery
9

110 GERMAN
SS-Panzergrenadierkampfgruppe
Motivation and Skill
RELUCTANT CONSCRIPT RELUCTANT CONSCRIPT
3. SS-Panzer­division Totenkopf retained its
CONFIDENT TRAINED CONFIDENT TRAINED
combat veterans. A Totenkopf SS-Panzergrenadier-
kampfgruppe is rated Fearless Veteran. FEARLESS VETERAN FEARLESS VETERAN

A Totenkopf SS-Panzergrenadierkampfgruppe uses Totenkopf Wiking


the Totenkopf Waffen-SS special rules on page 174 SS-Panzerdivision SS-Panzerdivision
as well as all the normal German special rules on
pages 241 to 245 of the rulebook.

5. SS-Panzer­division Wiking lost many of its veterans in combat and to outfit new SS-Divisions. A Wiking SS-Panzer-
grenadierkampfgruppe is rated Fearless Trained.
A Wiking SS-Panzergrenadierkampfgruppe uses the Wiking Waffen-SS special rules on page 174 as well as all the normal
German special rules on pages 241 to 245 of the rulebook.

HEADQUARTERS

SS-Panzergrenadier- HAUPTSturmführer
kampfgruppe HQ Hauptsturmführer UnterScharführer

SS-Panzergrenadier HQ
Company HQ 75 points 60 points Company Command 2iC Command
SMG team SMG team Panzerschreck team
Option
• Replace either or both Command SMG teams with Sd Kfz 251/1 Sd Kfz 251/1
half-track half-track Panzerschreck team
Command Panzerfaust SMG teams for +10 points
per team. Company HQ

• Add an Anti-tank Section with: Sd Kfz 251/1 half-track


2 Panzerschreck teams +75 points +65 points Anti-tank
Section
1 Panzerschreck team +40 points +35 points
SS-Panzergrenadierkampgruppe HQ

Armoured panzergrenadier form the core of a combined arms


A SS-Panzergrenadierkampfgruppe HQ may use the
fighting force. Their mobility, machine guns, and mounted
Mounted Assault special rule.
assault capability make ideal offensive infantry.

COMBAT PLATOONS

Gepanzerte UNTERSTURMFührer
SS-Panzergrenadier Platoon UNTERSTURMFührer

Platoon
HQ Section with: Command MG team Sd Kfz 251/1 half-track

3 Panzergrenadier HQ Section
Squads 260 points 200 points
2 Panzergrenadier UNTERSCHARFührer UNTERSCHARFührer
Squads 190 points 145 points

Options MG team MG team MG team MG team

• Replace the Command MG team with Command


Panzerfaust SMG team for +10 points. Sd Kfz 251/1 half-track Sd Kfz 251/1 half-track
• Replace up to one MG team per squad with a Panzergrenadier Panzergrenadier
Squad Squad
Panzerfaust MG team for +10 points per squad.
UNTERSCHARFührer

Gepanzerte SS-Panzergrenadier Platoons may use the


Mounted Assault special rule. MG team MG team Sd Kfz 251/1 half-track
Panzergrenadier Squad
Gepanzerte SS-Panzergrenadier platoon

GERMAN 111
SS-Panzergrenadier Platoon UNTERSTURMFührer

Platoon UNTERSTURMFührer

HQ Section with:
3 Panzergrenadier Command MG team
Squads 220 points 165 points HQ Section
2 Panzergrenadier
Squads 155 points 115 points UNTERSCHARFührer UNTERSCHARFührer

Options
MG team MG team MG team MG team
• Replace the Command MG team with a Command
Panzerfaust SMG team for +10 points.
• Replace up to one MG team per squad with a
3-ton truck 3-ton truck
Panzerfaust MG team for +10 points per squad.
Panzergrenadier Panzergrenadier
• Add 3-ton trucks for +5 points for the platoon. Squad Squad
UNTERSCHARFührer
Panzergrenadiers are the perfect complement to Panzers. The
SS divisions found that mixing both together provided the
best flexibility in fighting the Soviets hordes. MG team MG team 3-ton truck

Whether the mission was offence, defence, or counterattack- Panzergrenadier Squad


ing Soviet armoured thrusts, having panzergrenadiers in your SS-Panzergrenadier platoon
force allows you to hold objectives, protect your panzers, and
advance against the enemy.

WEAPONS PLATOONS

Armoured SS-Anti-aircraft UNTERSTURMFührer


Gun Platoon UNTERSTURMFührer

Platoon
3 Armoured Sd Kfz 7/1
(Quad 2cm) 185 points 140 points Command Anti-aircraft half-track
2 Armoured Sd Kfz 7/1
(Quad 2cm) 125 points 95 points
3 Armoured UNTERSCHARFührer UNTERSCHARFührer
Sd Kfz 10/5 (2cm) 135 points 100 points
2 Armoured
Sd Kfz 10/5 (2cm) 90 points 70 points
Anti-aircraft half-track Anti-aircraft half-track

ARmoured SS-Anti-aircraft Gun Platoon

112
SS-Panzergrenadierkampfgruppe
SS-Heavy Platoon UNTERSTURMFührer
Platoon UNTERSTURMFührer

HQ Section with:
2 Machine-gun Command SMG team Kfz 15 field car
Sections 155 points 120 points HQ Section
1 Machine-gun
Section 85 points 65 points UNTERSCHARFührer UNTERSCHARFührer
No Machine-gun
Sections 10 points 10 points
MG42 HMG MG42 HMG MG42 HMG MG42 HMG
Add
1 Mortar Section +70 points +55 points Kfz 70 truck Kfz 70 truck Kfz 70 truck Kfz 70 truck
1 Gun Section +90 points +70 points Machine-gun Machine-gun
Section Section
A SS-Heavy Platoon must have a Mortar Section if it
UNTERSCHARFührer UNTERSCHARFührer
has no Machine-gun Sections.

Observer Kübelwagen
SS-Heavy Platoons may make Combat Attachments to Rifle team Sd Kfz 251/9 (7.5cm) half-track
SS-Panzergrenadier Platoons.

In one platoon you can consolidate all the heavy GW34 mortar Kfz 70 truck Sd Kfz 251/9 (7.5cm) half-track
weapons support you may need to complement your SS- Gun Section
Panzergrenadiers whether they be on offence, defence or in
counterattack. This one platoon can provide the necessary GW34 mortar Kfz 70 truck
firepower to halt most any infantry assaults against you. Mortar Section

The heavy machine-guns can provide covering fire for your SS-Heavy Platoon
advancing infantry, while the mortars can keep the enemy’s
heads down.

Armoured SS-Heavy Platoon Untersturmführer


Platoon Untersturmführer

HQ Section with:
2 Machine-gun
Sections 200 points 130 points
1 Machine-gun
Section 110 points 75 points
Unterscharführer Unterscharführer
No Machine-gun
Sections 20 points 15 points

Add
1 Mortar Section +100 points +75 points
1 Gun Section +90 points +70 points Machine-gun Section Machine-gun Section

An Armoured SS-Heavy Platoon must have a Mortar Unterscharführer Unterscharführer


or Gun Section if it has no Machine-gun Sections.

Armoured SS-Heavy Platoons may make Combat Attach-


ments to Gepanzerte SS-Panzergrenadier Platoons.

If you assault or counterattack a heavy weapons platoon can


provide the edge required to ensure your assaulting forces
reach the enemy lines with minimal casualties.
A cannon platoon can silence enemy anti-tank guns and
infantry guns that threaten your own armour or half-tracks.
Armoured SS-Heavy Platoon

GERMAN 113
SS-Mortar Platoon UNTERSTURMFührer

Platoon UNTERSTURMFührer

HQ Section with:
3 Mortar Sections 215 points 165 points Command SMG team Kfz 15 field car
2 Mortar Sections 155 points 120 points HQ Section
1 Mortar Section 85 points 60 points
UNTERSCHARFührer UNTERSCHARFührer

The 8cm GW34 mortar can pin down enemy attacks as well
as deliver covering smoke. The SS mortar crew move their Observer Kübelwagen Observer Kübelwagen
Rifle team Rifle team
tubes up in trucks to keep pace with the panzergrenadiers.
Positioned just behind the infantry, they are instantly ready
to give fire support. 8cm GW34 3-ton truck 8cm GW34 3-ton truck
mortar mortar
Whether they are breaking up enemy attacks, supporting a
SS-Panzergrenadier counterattack, or dropping smoke on the
8cm GW34 3-ton truck 8cm GW34 3-ton truck
enemy to conceal their company’s movement, these weapons mortar mortar
give the infantry artillery support at short notice. Mortar Section Mortar Section
UNTERSCHARFührer

Observer Rifle team 8cm GW34 mortar 8cm GW34 mortar

Kübelwagen 3-ton truck 3-ton truck


Mortar Section
SS-Mortar Platoon

Armoured SS-Mortar Platoon Untersturmführer


Platoon Untersturmführer

HQ Section with:
3 Mortar Sections 285 points 220 points
2 Mortar Sections 205 points 155 points
1 Mortar Section 110 points 85 points
Unterscharführer Unterscharführer

Mobile mortars with armoured protection can provide the


needed artillery support for your mechanised company. With
their overabundance of spotters, this platoon is most assured
of finding and hitting any enemy unit in range regardless of
terrain.

Unterscharführer

Armoured SS-Mortar Platoon

114 GERMAN
SS-Panzergrenadierkampfgruppe
SS-Self-propelled UNTERSTURMFührer
Infantry Gun Platoon UNTERSTURMFührer

Platoon
HQ Section with: Command Sd Kfz 251/1 Observer Motorcycle
SMG team half-track Rifle team and sidecar
2 Gun Sections 195 points 145 points
HQ Section
1 Gun Section 115 points 85 points
UNTERSCHARFührer UNTERSCHARFührer
The self-propelled infantry gun platoon has a flexibility
surpassing most other combat units. The ability to provide
artillery support is but one aspect where this unit excels. Grille H (15cm sIG) Grille H (15cm sIG)
If your target is enemy infantry these guns can provide
both indirect and direct fire support. It can deal with dug- SS-Self-propelled Infantry gun Platoon
in enemy infantry, harassing anti-tank and machine guns,
as well as bringing a heavy shell against an enemy tank at
close-quarters.

SS-Anti-tank Gun Platoon UNTERSTURMFührer

Platoon UNTERSTURMFührer

HQ Section with:
3 7.5cm PaK40 185 points 140 points Command SMG team Kübelwagen
2 7.5cm PaK40 125 points 95 points HQ Section

1 7.5cm PaK40 65 points 50 points UNTERSCHARFührer UNTERSCHARFührer


3 7.6cm PaK 36(r) 140 points 105 points
2 7.6cm PaK 36(r) 95 points 70 points Anti-tank gun Anti-tank gun
1 7.6cm PaK 36(r) 50 points 35 points

Option 3-ton truck 3-ton truck

• Replace Kubelwagen and all 3-ton trucks with Anti-tank Anti-tank


gun Section gun Section
Sd Kfz 251/1 half-tracks for +10 points per section.
UNTERSCHARFührer

SS-Anti-tank Gun Platoons may make Combat Attachments


to SS-Panzergrenadier and Gepanzerte SS-Panzergrenadier Anti-tank gun 3-ton truck
Combat Platoons.
Anti-tank gun Section

SS-Anti-tank gun Platoon

115
SS-Scout Platoon
Platoon
HQ Section with:
Command Motorcycle
3 Scout Squads 175 points 135 points MG team
2 Scout Squads 130 points 100 points

Option
• Replace all Motorcycle teams with the equivalent
Schwimmwagen teams for +5 points for the platoon. Motorcycle MG team Motorcycle MG team

SS-Scout Platoons use the Motorcycle Reconnaissance rules on


page 196 of the rulebook and are Reconnaissance Platoons
while mounted. Motorcycle MG team

You may replace all Motorcycle MG teams with Panzerfaust SS-Scout Platoon
SMG teams at the start of the game before deployment. If
you do this, the SS-Scout Platoon is no longer a Motorcycle You may model your Motorcycle MG teams with Kübelwagen
Reconnaissance Platoon. Instead, the platoon may make jeeps instead of motorcycles, they are based the same way as
Combat Attachments to Combat Platoons. the Motorcycle MG teams and use the same rules.

Amoured SS-Flame- UNTERSTURMFührer


thrower Platoon UNTERSTURMFührer

Platoon
3 Flame Sections 350 points 270 points Command Sd Kfz 251/16 Sd Kfz 251/16
2 Flame Sections 235 points 180 points (Flamm) half-track (Flamm) half-track
Flame Section
1 Flame Section 120 points 90 points
UNTERSCHARFührer UNTERSCHARFührer

Sd Kfz 251/16 (Flamm) half-tracks may not launch


assaults, nor may they Counterattack if assaulted. Sd Kfz 251/16 Sd Kfz 251/16
(Flamm) half-track (Flamm) half-track
If you are fortunate enough to have armoured flame-thrower
support then your chances of success against dug-in enemy
infantry will be increased tremendously. The ability to Sd Kfz 251/16 Sd Kfz 251/16
rapidly burn a hole through a defensive line guarantees a (Flamm) half-track (Flamm) half-track
quick advance into the enemy’s rear areas. Flame Section Flame Section

Armoured SS-Flame-thrower Platoon

Armoured SS- UNTERSTURMFührer


Cannon Platoon UNTERSTURMFührer

Platoon
3 Gun Sections 270 points 210 points Command Sd Kfz 251/9 Sd Kfz 251/9
2 Gun Sections 180 points 140 points (7.5cm) half-track (7.5cm) half-track

1 Gun Section 90 points 70 points Gun Section

UNTERSCHARFührer UNTERSCHARFührer
Armoured direct fire support provides the needed firepower to
dig out enemy anti-tank and machine-gun positions without
too much difficulty. This allows your panzergrenadiers the Sd Kfz 251/9 (7.5cm) half-track Sd Kfz 251/9 (7.5cm) half-track
opportunity to overrun the enemy’s position and make the
terrain safe for your advancing Panzers.
Sd Kfz 251/9 (7.5cm) half-track Sd Kfz 251/9 (7.5cm) half-track
Gun Section Gun Section

Armoured SS-Cannon Platoon

116 GERMAN
SS-Panzergrenadierkampfgruppe
DIVISIONAL SUPPORT PLATOONS

SS-Kampfgruppe OberSturmFührer
Artillery Battery Obersturmführer

Platoon
HQ Section and:
2 Gun Sections with:
6 10.5cm leFH18 330 points 255 points Unterscharführer Unterscharführer
4 10.5cm leFH18 240 points 185 points
1 Gun Section with:
3 10.5cm leFH18 180 points 140 points
2 10.5cm leFH18 130 points 100 points 10.5cm leFH18 howitzer 10.5cm leFH18 howitzer

Option
• Add Kfz 15 field car, Kfz 68 radio truck, and 3-ton 3-ton truck 3-ton truck
trucks for +5 points for the platoon.

10.5cm leFH18 howitzer 10.5cm leFH18 howitzer


IV. SS-Panzerkorps Artillerie
The IV. SS-Panzerkorps consolidated the divisional artil-
lery of the Totenkopf and Wiking SS Panzer divisions at the 3-ton truck 3-ton truck
corps level. This allowed them to provide artillery support in
greater numbers in support of either division.
10.5cm leFH18 howitzer 10.5cm leFH18 howitzer
The Totenkopf and Wiking SS-Panzerdivision may be sup-
ported by SS-Kampfgruppe, SS-Kampfgruppe Heavy or SS-
Armoured Artillery Batteries of either SS-Panzerdivision. 3-ton truck 3-ton truck

SS-Kampfgruppe Artillery Battery

SS-Kampfgruppe OberSturmFührer
Heavy Artillery Battery Obersturmführer

Platoon
HQ Section and:
2 Gun Sections with:
6 15cm sFH18 500 points 385 points Unterscharführer Unterscharführer
4 15cm sFH18 360 points 275 points
1 Gun Section with:
3 15cm sFH18 265 points 205 points
2 15cm sFH18 185 points 150 points Howitzer or gun Howitzer or gun
2 Gun Sections with:
4 s10cm K18 375 points 290 points Sd Kfz 7 half-track Sd Kfz 7 half-track
1 Gun Section with:
2 s10cm K18 195 points 150 points Howitzer or gun Howitzer or gun

Option
• Add Kfz 15 field car, Kfz 68 radio truck, and Sd Kfz 7 half-track Sd Kfz 7 half-track
Sd Kfz 7 half-tracks for +5 points for the platoon.

Howitzer or gun Howitzer or gun

Sd Kfz 7 half-track Sd Kfz 7 half-track

SS-Kampfgruppe Heavy Artillery Battery

GERMAN 117
Sicherungskompanie
S C ecurity ompany

(Infantry Company)
HEADQUARTERS

HEADQUARTERS

You must field one platoon from each box shaded black and may field one platoon from each box
shaded grey.
Sicherungskompanie
11

HQ
9

DIVISIONAL SUPPORT PLATOONS


COMBAT PLATOONS

WEAPONS PLATOONS

ARMOUR RECONNAISSANCE
ARMOUR ARTILLERY

Sicherungs Platoon Sicherungs Armoured


11

Motorised Artillery
12
9

Car Patrol

15
0

Battery

7
Panzer Platoon

73
Motorised Heavy

15
ARMOUR Artillery Battery

7
ARTILLERY Panther Platoon

74
Armoured Artillery

15
Schwere Panzer Battery

8
71
Platoon
Sicherungs Platoon Sicherungs Infantry Armoured Heavy

15
11

12

Gun Platoon Veteran Tank-hunter Artillery Battery

8
9

15
Platoon

4
Self-propelled Infantry

85
Captured Tank Platoon Gun Platoon

12
ARMOUR ANTI-TANK

1
Heavy Assault

17
Howitzer Platoon

2
Sturmpanzer Platoon 15
2
Armoured Train

12
Sicherungs Anti-tank

2
12

Sicherungs Platoon
11

Gun Platoon
0
9

ARMOUR
ANTI-AIRCRAFT
INFANTRY
ALLIED PLATOONS
Tank-hunter Platoon
15

Panzer Anti-aircraft
3

75
Feldgendarmerie Gun Platoon
12

Platoon Veteran Tank-hunter


1

15

Platoon Luftwaffe Heavy


4

Luftwaffe Platoons in your


16
Anti-aircraft Gun

3
force are Allies and follow StuG Platoon Platoon
59

the Allies rules in the Luftwaffe Light


16
Radio-control Tank Anti-aircraft Gun
15

3
rulebook. Platoon
2

Platoon

INFANTRY ANTI-AIRCRAFT
SICHERUNGSKOMPANIE
When the German 4. Armee (Fourth Army) retreated from Panzergrenadier
81

Orsha and Mogilev they headed towards Minsk. Behind Platoon Luftwaffe Heavy
16

Anti-aircraft Gun
3

them were the Sicherungs (zish er-roong) or Security Forces Panzerpionier Platoon Platoon
89

that had been ordered to hold and defend key transportation Luftwaffe Light
16

Anti-aircraft Gun
3

hubs from partisan forces behind the lines. Pionier Platoon


61

Platoon
Unfortunately for the Sicherungs, they rapidly became the
new front line. Though hastily reinforced with retreating INFANTRY ANTI-AIRCRAFT
Luftwaffe Flak battalions, they had to rely on the appearance
of the 5. Panzerdivision and the 505. Schwere Panzerabteilung
Luftwaffe Light
Panzergrenadier
16

to have any hope of stopping the advancing Soviet Army. Anti-aircraft Gun
3
81

Platoon Platoon
Armed with inadequate weapons for defending against front
line Soviet troops, the Sicherungskompanie was nevertheless Panzerpionier Platoon
89

expected to hold until a new defensive line could be estab- AIRCRAFT


Pionier Platoon
61

lished with the retreating German infantry divisions.

Air Support
16
2

118 GERMAN
Sicherungskompanie
Motivation and skill
RELUCTANT CONSCRIPT
A Sicherungskompanie was expected to police the rear areas and fight lightly-armed
CONFIDENT TRAINED
partisans, however they were thrown into the front lines in an attempt to halt the Soviet
offensive. A Sicherungskompanie is rated as Reluctant Trained. FEARLESS VETERAN

HEADQUARTERS

Sicherungskompanie HQ HAUPTmann

Headquarters HAUPTMANN

Company HQ 25 points
Company Command 2iC Command
Options SMG team SMG team

• Add a machine-gun section for +40 points. Company HQ

• Add a mortar section for +35 points. Unteroffizier Unteroffizier

Although it is an Infantry Company, a Sicherungskompanie MG42 HMG MG42 HMG 8cm GW34 8cm GW34
may not field Sniper teams. Machine-gun mortar mortar
Section Mortar Section
The Sicherungskompanie was primarily used to hunt down Sicherungskompanie HQ
partisans and rear area troops retreating from the front lines.
However, as the front lines in Byelorussia crumbled German A Sicherungskompanie possessed some light support but any
security forces were thrust into the front lines in a desper- real hope of success would require immediate support from
ate effort to stem the Red tide. Security forces often found whatever counterattacking mechanised forces available. A
themselves confronting mechanised forces with little organic Sicherungskompanie was also responsible for guarding the rail
heavy support. and roadways behind the lines but swiftly advancing Soviet
spearheads sometimes forced German security forces to build
a hasty defence.

COMBAT PLATOONS

Sicherungs Platoon Leutnant


Platoon Leutnant

HQ Section with:
3 Sicherungs Squads 70 points Command Rifle team
HQ Section
Option
• Add 3-ton trucks for +5 points for the platoon. Unteroffizier Unteroffizier

Security battalions were formed by integrating military police


Rifle team Rifle team
forces, convalescing infantryman, and older recruits not fit
for frontline duty. Though trained in local police work with
some combat capability against local partisan forces they Rifle team Rifle team
were totally unprepared to face the brunt of the Red Army.

Security Troops 3-ton truck 3-ton truck


The Sicherungs and other German security forces bore the Sicherungs Squad Sicherungs Squad
brunt of the Polish insurrection. They had to deal with Unteroffizier
the partisan uprising until relieved by better equipped
reinforcements.
Rifle team Rifle team 3-ton truck
Sicherungs Platoons may only be placed in Reserve if no
Sicherungs Squad
other types of platoon are available to fill the required
number of platoons to be held in Reserve. Sicherungs Platoon

GERMAN 119
WEAPONS PLATOONS

Sicherungs Armoured
Car Patrol
Platoon
3 Sd Kfz 221 (MG) 60 points
3 Panhard 178 (f) 65 points
1 BA 10M 25 points

Armoured Car Patrols are Reconnaissance Platoons.

Supporting your Sicherungskompanie with an armoured car


Sicherungs Armoured Car Patrol
patrol provides a reconnaissance capability as well as a light
mobile counterattack force against partisans, light enemy
reconnaissance, or mounted infantry.

Sicherungs infantry Leutnant


gun Platoon Leutnant

Platoon
Command Rifle team Observer Rifle team
HQ Section with:
HQ Section
2 7.5cm leIG18 45 points
Unteroffizier Unteroffizier
Option
• Add horse-drawn limbers for +5 points for the platoon.
7.5cm leIG18 gun 7.5cm leIG18 gun

Attaching an infantry gun platoon to your security forces will


give you additional direct and indirect fire support. They can
Horse-drawn limber Horse-drawn limber
bolster your defence while enhancing your ability to hit the
Infantry gun Infantry gun
enemy before they can close in on your Sicherungs platoons. section section
Don’t forget their smoke capability to hide your movement
until you can get your counterattack forces into position. Sicherungs Infantry gun Platoon

Sicherungs Anti-tank Leutnant


gun Platoon Leutnant

Platoon
HQ Section with: Command Rifle team Kfz 15 field car
3 3.7cm PaK 36 50 points HQ Section

Options Unteroffizier Unteroffizier

• Add Kfz 15 field car and Kfz 70 trucks +5 points for


the platoon. 3.7cm PaK36 3.7cm PaK36

• All 3.7cm PaK36 guns are equipped with Stielgranate


ammunition at no cost. Kfz 70 truck Kfz 70 truck
Anti-tank Anti-tank
As the main threat against security forces came from light gun Section gun Section
armoured vehicles the older 3.7cm PaK36 was deemed suf- Unteroffizier
ficient for the Sicherungskompanie. While this remained true
for advancing enemy mechanized transports it proved insuf-
ficient in stopping enemy armour columns in 1944. 3.7cm PaK36 Kfz 70 truck
Anti-tank gun Section
You can use the Stielgranate ammunition in a last ditch effort
to stop enemy tanks but they must be at close range and it Sicherungs Anti-tank gun Platoon
works best if your units are dug-in and in cover.

120 GERMAN
Sicherungskompanie
Feldgendarmerie Platoon Leutnant

Platoon Leutnant Leutnant

2 Feldgendarmerie Sections 40 points


1 Feldgendarmerie Section 20 points Feldgendarm Feldgendarm Feldgendarm Feldgendarm
team team team team
Feldgendarmerie Feldgendarmerie
Section Section
Feldgendarmerie Feldgendarmerie Platoon
Feldgendarmerie (Field Police) platoons must make
With losses mounting and reinforcements coming from
Combat Attachments to Sicherungs Platoons, Gepanzerte
non-line units, the ability of German units to hold the line
Panzergrenadier Platoons, Panzergrenadier Platoons,
became harder and harder. In a questionable attempt to keep
Gepanzerte Panzerpionier Platoons, Panzerpionier
front line units from retreating, the Feldgendarmerie were
Platoons, Sicherungs Infantry Gun Platoons, Sicherungs
ordered to prevent deserters, traitors, and cowards from
Anti-tank Gun Platoons, Motorised Artillery Batteries or
forsaking their duties to the Fatherland.
Heavy Motorised Artillery Batteries with all their sections.
To accomplish this directive the Feldgendarmerie would
If a German platoon containing a Feldgendarmerie team
position themselves behind the front lines and attempt to
that is In Command fails its Motivation Test to rally from
stop German units from retreating. They had strict orders to
being Pinned Down, to Counterattack in an assault, or to
shoot any retreating German personnel.
pass a Platoon Morale Check (but not to launch an assault
against tank or any other Motivation Test), you may im- This tactic was not always effective. The presence of German
mediately Destroy any other Infantry or Gun team from the officers within the retreating formations would preclude the
platoon within Command Distance of the Feldgendarmerie Feldgendarmerie from carrying out their orders.
team and re-roll the Motivation Test.
If you roll a 1 for the new Motivation Test, however, the
soldiers are pushed past the point of breaking and revolt
against the Feldgendarmerie! In this case the Feldgendarmerie
team is Destroyed as well.
If a Company Commander joins a platoon with a
Feldgendarmerie team attached, the Company Commander
overrules the Feldgendarmerie capability. Thus the unit
may only use the Company Commander’s ability to reroll
motivation.
As with any unit, a German platoon Pinned Down by
Defensive Fire fails to assault its target. It must wait until
its next turn to rally as normal.

DIVISIONAL SUPPORT PLATOONS


+
Captured Tank Platoon Leutnant
Platoon LEUTNANT Unteroffizier

4 Panzer M14/41 100 points


3 Panzer M14/41 75 points
2 Panzer M14/41 50 points Command Tank Tank

4 T-34 obr 1942 (captured) 195 points


3 T-34 obr 1942 (captured) 145 points
Tank Tank
2 T-34 obr 1942 (captured) 95 points
HQ Section Panzer Section
Option Captured TANK Platoon
• Upgrade T-34 obr 1942 tanks to have cupolas for
+5 points for the platoon.

The Sicherungs forces had some limited armour of its own.


A Captured Tank
While these tanks helped boost German morale, they were RELUCTANT TRAINED
Platoon is rated
relatively ineffective in combat and often proved more of a
Reluctant Trained.
liability than a help.

GERMAN 121
ARMOURED TRAIN

Motivation and skill


RELUCTANT CONSCRIPT
The troops and crews of the German armoured trains had had much experience fighting par-
CONFIDENT TRAINED
tisans, defending the rail network, and supporting the frontline troops by the beginning of
1944. An Armoured Train can be either a Captured Armoured Train or a BP44 Armoured FEARLESS VETERAN
Train, both are rated Confident Veteran.

Captured Armoured Train Hauptmann


Hauptmann
Armoured Train Leutnant

Locomotive, Assault Car and Panzergrenadier Platoon


Command MG team MG team MG team MG team MG team MG team
with:
Panzergrenadier Platoon
2 Heavy Artillery Cars 330 points
1 Heavy Artillery Car and
1 Light Artillery Car 310 points
2 Light Artillery Cars 300 points
1 Heavy Artillery Car 260 points Tank-hunter Car Artillery Car
1 Light Artillery Car 250 points Armoured Train
Captured Armoured Train
Locomotive with:
2 Heavy Artillery Cars 140 points • Add Pioneer Section to Panzergrenadier Platoon for
+50 points.
1 Heavy Artillery Car and
1 Light Artillery Car 120 points • Add Mortar Section to Panzergrenadier Platoon for
2 Light Artillery Cars 110 points +50 points.
1 Heavy Artillery Car 70 points • Replace one 7.5cm FK02/26(p) gun in a Light Artillery
1 Light Artillery Car 60 points Car with a 2cm FlaK38 (V) gun at no cost.

Options Armoured Trains may not be deployed in Ambush.


• Add Panzer Platoon for +75 points.
• Add up to two Tank-hunter Cars for +35 points each. Each Artillery Car fires as an Artillery Battery.

BP44 Armoured Train Hauptmann


Hauptmann
Armoured Train Leutnant

Locomotive, Infantry Car and Panzergrenadier Platoon


with: Command MG team MG team MG team MG team MG team MG team
Panzergrenadier Platoon
2 Artillery Cars and 2 Anti-aircraft Cars 485 points
1 Artillery Car and 1 Anti-aircraft Car 335 points

Locomotive with:
2 Artillery Cars and 2 Anti-aircraft Cars 295 points Tank-hunter Car Anti-aircraft Car Infantry Car
1 Artillery Car and 1 Anti-aircraft Car 145 points Armoured Train
BP44 Armoured Train
Options
• Add Panzer Platoon for +75 points. You may replace up to one Pioneer Rifle team in the Pioneer
• Add up to two Tank-hunter Cars for +35 points each. Section with a Flame-thrower team at the start of the game
before deployment.
• Add Staff Car for +15 points.
• Add Pioneer Section to Panzergrenadier Platoon for
+50 points. Armoured Trains may not be deployed in Ambush.
• Add Mortar Section to Panzergrenadier Platoon for
+50 points. Each pair of an Anti-aircraft Car and an Artillery Car fires
• Replace 2cm FlaK38 (V) gun in Anti-aircraft Car as an Artillery Battery (see page 210 of the rulebook).
with 3.7cm FlaK43 gun for +5 points per car.

122 GERMAN
Armoured Trains
Unteroffizier Unteroffizier Feldwebel

MG team Pioneer Rifle team Pioneer Rifle team 8cm GW34 mortar 8cm GW34 mortar Command Panzer 38(t) Panzer 38(t)
Pioneer Section Mortar Section Panzer Platoon

Assault Car Command Locomotive Artillery Car Tank-hunter Car

With the outbreak of war in 1939 the Germans decided Modern anti-aircraft guns and tank-hunter cars were also
to set-up several armoured trains. By 1941 the Germans added making a formidable self-contained fighting unit.
were also using two captured Polish and a number of Czech
During 1944 the Germans ran two Polish trains. These were
armoured trains, in addition to earlier German trains.
Armoured Trains 21 and 22. Armoured Train 21 was armed
With captured Polish and Russian trains as templates the with a mix of 10cm and 7.5cm guns. Armoured Train 22
Germans went about creating a standard model of armoured was armed with 7.5cm guns. During 1944 these trains also
train in 1941. This was known as the BP42, and with later received German BP44 Panzer IV turret tank-hunter cars.
additions, the BP44. These new trains borrowed from the Armoured Train 23, while made up of ex-Czech cars also
captured designs’ increased artillery capability over the received some Polish cars and Russian two-turret artillery
existing German trains. They also overcame some of the cars similar to the Polish models.
perceived design flaws in the captured trains by splitting
the artillery car in two, leaving only one gun on each car The Armoured Train rules are on pages 205 to 212 of the
reducing loss of firepower if an artillery car was knocked out. rulebook.

Unteroffizier Unteroffizier Feldwebel

MG team Pioneer Rifle team Pioneer Rifle team 8cm GW34 mortar 8cm GW34 mortar Command Panzer 38(t) Panzer 38(t)
Pioneer Section Mortar Section Panzer Platoon

Artillery Car Command Locomotive Artillery Car Staff Car Anti-aircraft Car Tank-hunter Car

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SS-Kavallerie fight to prevent Soviets breaking through their Street Barricade.

124
A counterattack by Feldherrnhalle Panzer IV/70 (V) tanks pushes the enemy back.

125
THE BATTLES FOR HUNGARY
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Fighting for Transylvania and infantry. Nyíregyháza was recaptured on 29 October and
the Soviet thrust was broken up resulting in the near destruc-
The Soviet successes in the Ukraine and Romania led the Red
tion of a Soviet cavalry-mechanised group.
Army to the very doorstep of Hungary in September 1944.
The frontlines were drawn along the Carpathian Mountains Hungarian troops held the main crossing of the Tisza at Polgár
in northeastern Hungary and on the Hungarian-Romanian until 31 October. This allowed the German Eighth Army and
border in Transylvania. Striking before the Red Army could Hungarian Second Army to withdraw across the river.
cross Romania, the Hungarians took the opportunity to attack
After capturing Debrecen on 20 October and pushing the
the Romanians on the weakly-held Transylvanian border, but
Axis back to the Tisza River, the Soviets paused to take stock.
rapidly arriving Soviet forces reinforced the Romanians and
Many of the Soviet units were worn down and the Tank and
soon forced the Hungarians to withdraw back into Hungary.
Mechanised Corps were in serious need of rest and refitting.
The Red Army launched a massive offensive on 6 October
However, the Soviet plans called for the offensive to continue
and the battle for Hungary had begun.
on to the next objective, the Hungarian capital Budapest.
Debrecen
The Drive to Budapest
On 12 October, German and Hungarian forces started to
A new Soviet offensive began on 29 October in the south
withdraw back towards the Tisza River. The Soviet plan aimed
against the Hungarian Third Army. This hastily formed
to cut the withdrawing Axis armies off in eastern Hungary,
army was made up of reserve and training units and quickly
to stop them reaching the Tisza River. The Soviets launched
crumbled before the Soviet assault. The Red Army captured
attacks on 17 October to cut off the withdrawing German
Kecskemét on 31 October, and by 1 November had advanced
Eighth Army and Hungarian First and Second Armies.
up to 30 miles (48 km) all along its front. This allowed the
Fighting centred around Debrecen (Hungary’s third largest
mechanised troops to get behind the German Sixth Army’s
city) and along the Tisza River.
flank, opening the way towards Budapest.
The Axis troops held on to Debrecen until 20 October. Savage
Mindful of the near destruction of the cavalry-mechanised
street-fighting by both Hungarian and German infantry
group at Nyíregyháza, the Soviets made sure their spearheads
and assault guns held off the Soviets until the withdrawing
were not overexposed. They kept sufficient numbers of
German and Hungarians passed through.
tanks back to protect the flanks from the inevitable German
Fast-moving Soviet cavalry and mechanised forces thrust counterattacks.
past Debrecen into the rear of the German Eighth Army and
In the north, the Soviet 7th Guards Army had pushed across
captured Nyíregyháza on 22 October. The Germans counter-
the Tisza and established bridgeheads after three days of
attacked on 23 October from Polgár on the Tisza River with
fighting. On 4 November, the Soviet 7th Guards Army broke
armoured forces and from the northwest with mixed armour
through the Hungarian 20th Infantry Division, took Cegléd,

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and advanced to within 10 miles of Budapest, before it
was stopped by German counterattacks. Soon after Hitler’s 13. Panzerdivision at Karcag
reinforcements arrived in Budapest. 8. SS-Kavallerie, 22. The Soviet invasion forced the Germans to send rein-
SS-Kavallerie, and Feldherrnhalle divisions were engaged in forcements to Hungary. Many of these units were panzer
various counterattacks during November around the city. or panzergrenadier formations ordered to stop the Soviet
thrust towards Debrecen and keep open the withdrawal
The German Sixth Army abandoned the Tisza line in early
route of the Axis forces in eastern Hungary.
November and retreated west to new positions between
Budapest and Miskolc. The 13. Panzerdivision was assigned to the III Panzerkorps
during the German counterattack towards Debrecen.
During early November the Soviets regrouped their forces
On 8 October they were ordered to secure Karcag south-
to prepare for an offensive on a much broader front. The
west of Debrecen. The division sent the I Bataillon/66.
Third Ukrainian Front entered Hungary from the south. The
Panzergrenadierregiment towards Karcag supported by a
Second Ukrainian Front, which included the Romanian First
company of 17 Panthers.
and Fourth Armies, was east and northeast of Budapest.
This Kampfgruppe immediately ran into elements of the
Third Ukrainian Front Soviet 7th Mechanised Corps. A desperate struggle ensued
On 7 November the Third Ukrainian Front attempted to for the domination of ground. The Panthers engaged
cross the west bank of the Danube south of Mohács, but thirty Soviet T-34/85 tanks, winning the ferocious
determined German defence held them until 22 November. firefight, but with just six of their own tanks remaining.
The Soviets entered Karcag in the late afternoon, which
The Third Ukrainian Front began a quick advance to the was already occupied by the 66. Panzergrenadierregiment.
northwest of Pécs and north along the Danube in early Fighting for the town continued into the evening with
December. German Panzer units were rushed south to rein- Panzergrenadiers holding off the Soviets despite the
force this flank. German Panzer counterattacks finally stopped latter’s support from IS-2 heavy tanks. By nightfall there
the Soviets’ thrust at the Lake Balaton-Lake Velence line on were just four Panthers in action, and as the Soviets
8 December after ferocious fighting in the rapidly deteriorat- penetrated to the south of the town, the Germans were
ing weather conditions. The Hungarian winter had arrived. forced to retreat to avoid being encircled.
In mid October 13. Panzerdivision moved north to take
part in the counterattack that eventually stopped the Red
Army thrust north of Debrecen.
Soviet Advance N
Axis Counterattack German 1st FIRST UKRAINIAN
Panzer Army FRONT
Axis Withdrawal
5 Oct Front Line Hungarian
III Corps
28 Oct Front Line
Hungarian
1st Army Hungarian
V Corps German
German 8th DOMBRÁD XVII & XXIX
Army German Korps
III Panzerkorps FOURTH
IPOLYSÁG Mátra Hills MISKOLC Hungarian UKRAINIAN
Börzöny Hills
IX Corps FRONT
German NYÍREGYHÁZA
POLGÁR
German 6th LXXII Korps
ESZTERGOM
VÁC Army
Hungarian
HATVAN VII Corps
DEBRECEN
BUDAPEST
VÁL
German
Lake Velence IV Panzerkorps
SZÉKESFEHÉRVÁR KARCAG
CEGLÉD
Lake Balaton SZOLNOK
NAGYVÁRAD
Hungarian 27th Army 40th Army
Hungarian VIII Corps KÉCSKE 7th Guards
3rd Army Romanian Army KÓLOZSVÁR
KECSKEMÉT 6th Guards Romanian
1st Army BÉKÉSCSABA 4th Army
German Tank Army
LVII Panzerkorps 3rd Army TORDA
Pliev Cavalry
R. Danube

Mechanised Group
R. Tisza

ARAD
SECOND 0 Miles 100
53rd Army UKRAINIAN
MOHÁCS
R. Maros
FRONT 0 KM 100 200
THIRD TEMESVÁR
UKRAINIAN
FRONT Romanian THE SOVIET DEBRECEN OFFENSIVE OCTOBER 1944
46th Army 1st Army

127
Second Ukrainian Front The counterattacks by 13. Panzerdivision were not able to
take back the airfield fully, forcing an Axis retreat to a shorter
The Second Ukrainian Front launched a major offensive on
defensive line.
11 November. Resistance was stronger than expected, forcing
the Soviets to fight for every inch of ground. Counterattacks The battle to take the city was taking longer than the Soviets
were conducted by all the available Panzer troops. After a anticipated. Once the encirclement was completed the city
week of fighting the Soviets had reached Miskolc, which they was expected to fall in three to four days. However, the city’s
did not take until 4 December. The Second Ukrainian Front defenders were fighting with great determination to keep the
then pushed into the Mátra Hills, northeast of Budapest. Red Army out. The Soviets asked for the Budapest defenders’
surrender on 29 December, but the offer was refused and the
On 5 December, the Pliev Cavalry-Mechanised Group,
savage street-fighting continued about the city.
6th Guards Tank Army, and 7th Guards Army attacked in
the Hatvan sector, at the junction of the German Sixth and The Soviets and Romanians pressed the defences and by 31
Eighth Armies. The area, defended by three German divi- December they had German troops pushed back to within
sions, including the 13. Panzerdivision, was hit by over 500 half a mile of the Danube.
Soviet tanks and assault guns on the first day. The Soviets
On the night of 31 December/1 January, the Red Army
punched through the frontlines and drove armour through
made a concerted attempt to throw the Axis forces out of Pest
the gaps.
with a front-wide assault on the eastern portion of the city.
German ounterattacks stopped the advance at Érd, on A massive artillery barrage was unleashed all along the front
the southwest outskirts of Budapest on 8 December. The followed by assaults. The 13. Panzerdivision was pushed west
6th Guards Tank Army then thrust north of Budapest and out of Csömõr and the defenders were forced to commit their
into the Börzsönyi Hills on 11 December. last reserves in an attempt to hold Pest.
The Soviets made more attacks between 1 and 15 January,
Final Encirclement but the defenders threw them back. Each time the Germans
On 20 December the 6th Guards Tank Army crushed the and Hungarians were forced to shorten their lines, decreasing
German 357. Infanteriedivision and sped south out of the defensive pocket. Pest’s days were numbered. Axis Forces
the Börzsönyi Hills past Ipolyság. The Third Ukrainian in Pest were finally ordered to withdraw across the Danube
Front attacked north on both sides of Lake Velence. By 22 to Buda on 16 January. The evacuation lasted until daylight
December the Soviets had seized Vál and Budapest was in on 18 January. However, many Hungarian troops and civil-
danger of encirclement. ians were trapped when the last bridge was blown by the
The jaws of the trap closed on 24 December. The 18th Tank Germans.
Corps of the Third Ukrainian Front and the vanguards of the
6th Guards Tank Army of the Second Ukrainian Front linked Operations Konrad I-III
up at Esztergom and Budapest was encircled. While the defenders of Budapest were fighting for their
lives, several attempts were made to relieve the city. These
The Siege of Budapest were spearheaded by the 3. ‘Totenkopf ’ SS-Panzerdivision and
Budapest was defended by 33,000 German and 37,000 5. ‘Wiking’ SS-Panzerdivision transferred from Army Group
Hungarian troops. From 4 December these troops came Centre. Three attempts were made, but each failed after heavy
under the IX SS-Gebirgskorps. The city straddled the Danube fighting. The final offensive ended on 27 January with the
River, with the hilly suburbs of Buda on the western side and city still encircled.
Pest occupying the eastern bank.
End of the Siege
Through December the Soviets made many attempts to pene-
By 19 January food and ammunition were in short supply
trate into the city. They selected sectors held by the Hungarians
with only occasional airdrops getting through. Combat
because Germany’s allies tended to be less well equipped.
troop numbers were also low, the last members of the IX SS-
However, Hungarian armour, German Feldherrnhalle, and SS
Gebirgskorps staff were thrown into the battle as infantry
counterattacks threw back most of the Soviet thrusts.
on 27 January and the Feldherrnhalle Panzerdivision had to
By 9 December the Soviets had established a bridgehead on merge its Panzergrenadier regiments.
Csepel Island south of the city. The Soviets had formed a tight
Fighting continued with savagery and on 3 February the
ring around the city by 10 December and began to pound it
infantry defenders destroyed eight Soviet tanks during the
with heavy artillery.
day’s combat.
Fighting died down between 17 and 23 December, but news
On 5 February the Soviets took their first hill in the west of
arrived on 24 December that the city had been encircled.
Buda further tightening their hold on the decreasing pocket.
The Soviets tried to batter their way into Budapest on 25
A Red Army attack between Castle Hill and the Budapest
December, but fierce fighting by Feldherrnhalle troops held
citadel to split the defending forces was met with fierce resist-
them back.
ance and failed. However, the end was near.
The Soviets made gains on 28 December and on 30
The German command decided to breakout on the night of
December broke through Hungarian 10th Infantry Division
11 February. It began at 2000 hours (8pm). 10,000 seriously
lines near Csömõr. The Germans concentrated flak with
wounded were left behind, heavy equipment was destroyed
the 13. Panzerdivision around Csömõr to protect the New
and 16,000 men prepared to breakout with what light equip-
Racecourse airfield.
ment they could carry.

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THE SIEGE OF BUDAPEST JANUARY TO FEBRUARY 1945
BUDAKALÁSZ KISALAG

XX XXX
XXX N
XXX 25 Guards
th
30th Rifle Corps
75 Rifle Corps
th Rifle
2nd Guards XX
Mech Corps XX XX ROMAIFÜRDÖ X
ÚJPEST XX 155th Rifle
49th Guards 59th Guards 39th Guards
Rifle Rifle Panzergrenadier X
XX
‘Feldherrnhalle’
4th Huszár
XX
320 Rifle
th
II
ÓBUDA RÁKOSPALOTA
I 151st Rifle
XX 15. SS-Kavallerie
XX
Sodró
108th Guards I PESTÚJHELY
MARGIT 13. Panzer
Rifle XX
Univ ISLAND XX
XX
I
XXX
2 Inf nd XXX
180th Rifle Europa I 10th Inf RÁKOSSZENTMIHÁLY
7th Corps
Police OLD RÁKOSFALVA
I IX SS-Gebirgs
JÁNOS HILL I
Korps SASHALOM
Vannay RACECOURSE XX
CITADEL XX Gendarm
PEST
XX I
NEW
BUDA
I
XXX RACECOURSE 19th Inf
XX 12th Inf
Gendarm 1 Arm
st
109th Rifle
XX
XX I Corps
SAS HILL Billnitzer
BUDAKESZI CASTLE HILL Group
8. SS-Kavallerie I KÖBÁNYA 9th Cav
I I I XX
XX
10th
Déri Berend Viharos 1st Armoured
BUDAÖRS
KELENFÖLD
XX II II
I 207th Rifle
KISPEST
II
I
99 Rifle
th
Gendarm 271. VG KG 1. SS-Polizei II
German & I XX
Budapest Hungarian KG
XX Guard XX
ALBERTFALVA Gendarm 22. SS-Kavallerie PESTSZENTLÖRINC 30th
CSEPEL
PESTSZENTERZSÉBET
XXX
316th Rifle X
317th Rifle
ISLAND
23th Rifle Corps 83rd Naval
Rifle BUDAFOK

I XX
German Battalion 3rd
XX

Hungarian II
Regiment XX 68 Guards
th
18th Rifle Corps
Rifle
Soviet X
Brigade 66th Guards
Romanian XX Rifle
Division
XXX
0 Miles 5
Corps

Infantry Cavalry 0 KM 5 10

Tank Assault Guns


Front Lines Successful Breakout
1 Jan 9 Jan 15 Jan 18 Jan 6 Feb Oberstleutnants Wilhelm Schoening and Joachim-
Helmut Wolff led an attempt by the remains of the
Panzerdivision Feldherrnhalle towards Budakeszi with
The Soviets opened fire with artillery as soon as it started. Lead
about 600 men. They overran the Soviet blocking forces
elements from 13. Panzerdivision and 8. SS-Kavalleriedivision
and made their way to woods using ravines and gullies for
were slaughtered under the heavy barrage. A second wave did
cover. By 14 February almost half the group had reached
little better.
the main German lines. This was the largest single force
Various other groups of Hungarians and Germans made it to make it out of the Budapest encirclement.
out in small numbers, but the majority were either killed
or taken prisoner. On 13 February the remaining defenders
surrendered to the Soviets. After an epic struggle, the city of
Budapest had been lost.

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Feldherrnhalle Panzerkampfgruppe
Feldherrnhalle Armoured Battle Group

(Tank Company)
HEADQUARTERS

HEADQUARTERS

You must field one platoon from each box shaded black and may field one platoon from each box
shaded grey.
Feldherrnhalle
13

Panzerkampfgruppe HQ
1

DIVISIONAL SUPPORT PLATOONS


COMBAT PLATOONS

WEAPONS PLATOONS

ARMOUR INFANTRY
ARMOUR ARTILLERY

Panzer Pioneer Platoon


74

Feldherrnhalle Panzer Motorised Artillery


13

Schwere Panzer

15
Platoon