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Divisional Fire Support (VPABX09) Divisional Fire Support (VPABX09)
includes one Divisional Mortar Company with one Command AK47 Assault Rifle team, three Type 53 120mm mortars with crew & one optional Observer AK47 Assault Rifle team, one Divisional Recoilless Gun Company with one Command AK47 Assault Rifle team, three Type 65 82mm recoilless guns with crew, one Anti-air Company with one Command AK47 Assault Rifle team, three ZPU-1 14.5mm guns with crew, one Small two-hole base, three Small three-hole bases, six Medium four-hole bases & six Large six-hole bases.

Equipped with an array of different armaments for a diverse number of roles; the PAVN Divisional Support was armed with equipment that was either Chinese copies of Soviet equipment or actual Soviet-made weapons.

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Tour Of Duty
The Vietnam War defined a generation, whether it was through service in Vietnam or opposition to the war. The war in Vietnam remains one the bloodiest wars since the Second World War.

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Tour Of Duty
Divisional Fire Support (VPABX09) For example, the Type B10 82mm recoilless gun was Soviet-made and much more modern than the WWII-era 75mm examples used at the regiment level and provided a better anti-tank capability. While the Type 53 120mm mortar were copies of the Soviet 120-BM-38 heavy mortar and were capable of firing a round more powerful than the American 105mm howitzer.

Perhaps no piece of equipment was more important than the ZPU-1 14.5mm gun, more powerful than the Type 54 12.7mm Anti-aircraft machine-gun.  These guns posed even more of a threat to the helicopters the American forces relied upon for mobility, firepower and supply.

Figures designed by Anton Ducrot
Painted by Mark Hazell

The Divisional Anti-air Company
The Command AK47 Assault Rifle Team
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The AK47 Assault Rifle Team in Flames Of War Vietnam
Team
Mobility
Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower
Notes
AK47 Assault Rifle team
Infantry
8"/20cm
2
1
6
Full ROF when moving.
The ZPU-1 14.5mm Guns
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The ZPU-1 14.5mm Gun in Flames Of War Vietnam
Team
Mobility
Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower
Notes
ZPU-1 14.5mm gun
Man-packed
16"/40cm
4
5
5+ Anti-aircraft, Turntable.
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Guns on Turntables
Some guns, mostly anti-aircraft guns, are mounted on turntables allowing them to turn in any direction.


Gun teams on Turntables can fire in any direction.
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The Divisional Recoilless Gun Company
The Command AK47 Assault Rifle Team
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The AK47 Assault Rifle Team in Flames Of War Vietnam
Team
Mobility
Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower
Notes
AK47 Assault Rifle team
Infantry
8"/20cm
2
1
6
Full ROF when moving.
The Type 65 82mm Recoilless Guns
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The Type 65 82mm Recoilless Gun in Flames Of War Vietnam
Team
Mobility
Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower
Notes
Type 65 82mm recoilless gun
Man-packed
24"/60cm
2
13
3+ Recoilless gun.
Firing bombardment
  48"/120cm
-
3
6
 
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Recoilless Guns
These weapons vent propellant gasses from the rear of the gun to counteract the recoil of the shell being fired. Although this creates a large cloud of dust and flying debris behind the gun, it does allow it to do away with the heavy recoil-absorbing carriage of most artillery.


Recoilless guns never count as Concealed if they fired in their last Shooting Step as the dust cloud gives away their position.

Because of the danger from flying debris, you cannot fire a Recoilless gun when any part of a friendly team is directly behind and within 2”/5cm of the Gun team. Recoilless guns cannot fire from within Buildings.
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The Divisional Mortar Company
The Command AK47 Assault Rifle Team
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The AK47 Assault Rifle Team in Flames Of War Vietnam
Team
Mobility
Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower
Notes
AK47 Assault Rifle team
Infantry
8"/20cm
2
1
6
Full ROF when moving.
The Observer AK47 Assault Rifle Team
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Observer teams need a good view of the battlefield in order to do their job correctly. Be sure to deploy them in a position where they have an excellent view of the battlefield such as on a hilltop or on the top floor of a multi-level building.
The Type 53 120mm Mortars
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The Type 53 120mm Mortar in Flames Of War Vietnam
Team
Mobility
Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower
Type 53 120mm mortar Man-packed
56"/140cm
-
3
3+
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Fire Assault
Assaults by the People’s Army were often accompanied by a mortar bombardment fired from carefully reconnoitred positions.

The Bộ Binh Mortar Company may be held off table using the Fire Assault special rule on page 114 of Tour Of Duty. Only the Observer team appears on table.
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PAVN Divisional Fire Support 'Born in the North to Die in the South'
Divisional Fire Support (VPABX09)
Content of the Divisional Fire Support Box Set
Contact the customer service team at customerservice@battlefront.co.nz if you have any issues with any of the components.
The Divisional Recoilless Gun Company
Command Team
Description of Components

a. 1x Officer figure with hand up.
b. 1x Rifleman figure with AK47.
c. 1x Rifleman figure with SKS.


Assembling The Command Team
Simply arrange figure A, figure B and figure C to taste on one of the small three-hole base provided in the box set.
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Description of Components
a. 1x Kneeling figure pointing.
b.
2x Kneeling figures with hand up.
c.
3x Kneeling figures with shell.
d. 3x Kneeling figures without Boonie hat.
e. 3x Type 65 82mm Recoilless guns.
f. 3x Type 65 82mm Recoilless gun tripods.
Assembling The Type 65 82mm Recoilless Gun
Step 1. The gun has a plug to match the tab on the tripod for the Type 65 recoilless gun. Add a small amount of hobby glue to secure the gun into place.
Below: The fully-assembled Type 65 82mm recoilless gun.
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The Type 65 82mm recoilless gun are manned by a three-man crew; each of your Type 65 82mm gun should include one of figure type C and D and one of either figure type A or B. The Type 65 82mm recoilless gun teams are modelled on the medium four-hole bases included in the box set.
Divisional Fire Support (VPABX09) The Divisional Mortar Company
Command Team
Description of Components

a. 1x Officer figure holding map.
b. 1x Officer figure walking forward.
c. 1x Rifleman figure with AK47.

Assembling The Command Team
Simply arrange figure A, figure B and figure C to taste on one of the small three-hole base provided in the box set.
Observer Team
Description of Components
a. 1x Kneeling figures pointing.
b. 1x Standing figure with hand up.

Assembling The Observer Team
Simply arrange figure A and figure B to taste on one of the small two-hole base provided in the box set.
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Description of Components
a. 1x Officer figure holding map.
b.
1x Officer figure walking forward.
c.
2x Standing figure with hand up.
d.
1x Kneeling figures with hand up.
e.
1x Kneeling figures pointing.
f. 3x Mortar gunner figures loading mortar projectile.
g. 3x Mortar gunner figures holding mortar projectile.
h. 3x Type 53 120mm mortar tubes with base plate.
i. 3x Type 53 120mm mortar bipods.
j. 3x 120mm mortar ammunition crate.
Assembling The Type 53 120mm Mortar

Step 1.
Attach the mortar bipod to the mortar tube and base.
Tip: Arrange the gunner figure (figure f) in an appropiate spot when basing the mortar tip.
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Each Type 53 120mm mortar is manned by a four-man crew made up of the two gunner figures (figure types F and G) and two other figures of your choice (figure types A, B, C, D & E).  The Type 53 120mm mortar teams are modelled on the large six-hole bases included in the box set. You can also add the ammunition crates included to your mortar teams for some modelling variation.
Divisional Fire Support (VPABX09) The Divisional Anti-air Company
Command Team
Description of Components

a. 1x Officer figure with binoculars round neck.
b. 1x NCO figure with AK47 and hand up.
c. 1x Rifleman figure with AK47.

Assembling The Command Team
Simply arrange figure A, figure B and figure C to taste on one of the small three-hole base provided in the box set.
Divisional Fire Support (VPABX09)
Description of Components
a. 3x Kneeling figures.
b.
1x Kneeling figures with hand up.
c.
2x Kneeling figures pointing.
d.
3x Kneeling loader figures.
e.
3x Standing loader figures.
f. 3x ZPU-1 14.5mm gun platforms.
g. 3x ZPU-1 14.5mm guns.
h. 3x ZPU-1 14.5mm gun wheel sprues.
i. 3x Seated gunner figures.
j. 6x Ammunition cans.
Assembling the ZPU-1 14.5mm Anti-aircraft Gun
Step 1. Begin by removing the mold feed that is attached to the gunner's seat and the sighting group.
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Step 2. Next, attach the gun to the base plate. Step 3. Attach the wheels to the each side of the gun.
Below: The left-hand side wheel attached to the gun.
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Below: The right-hand side wheel attached to the gun. Step 4. Finally, add the seated gunner figure to the seated at the rear of the gun.
Below: The fully-assembled ZPU-1 14.5mm AA gun.
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Each ZPU-1 14.5mm gun is manned by a four-man crew (including the gunner) by default made up of the loader figures (figure types D and E) and one other figures of your choice (figure types A, B & C).  You can also model the guns with a five-man crew (including the gunner) for +5 points per platoon; this upgrades each gun to ROF 5 instead of ROF 4. The ZPU-1 14.5mm gun teams are modelled on the medium four-hole bases when modelled with a four-man crew or the large six-hole bases if modelled with a five-man crew. You can also add the ammunition cans included to your gun teams for some modelling variation.

The Bases
Description of Components
a. 1x Small two-hole base.
b. 3x Small three-hole bases.
c. 3x Medium four-hole bases.
d. 6x Large six-hole bases.

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Last Updated On Thursday, April 4, 2013 by Blake at Battlefront