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105mm Field Artillery Battery (VUSBX09) 105mm Field Artillery Battery (VUSBX09)
includes one Command M16 team, one Staff team, one Gun section with three M101A1 105mm howitzers with crew one Small three-hole base, one Medium four-hole base & three Large six-hole bases.

The M2A1 105mm howitzer was the mainstay of the United States artillery units during World War Two. First entering production in 1941, it quickly gained a reputation for its high degree of accuracy and exceptional firepower.

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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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105mm Field Artillery Battery (VUSBX09) Despite being developed during the 1920s, the gun didn’t enter go production due to the surplus number of World War One vintage 75mm field guns that were still in service. The project was put on hold till the United States entered World War Two in 1941. Designated as the 105mm howitzer M1, further refinements were made during the course of the war with various designations. However, in 1962 the designation system for artillery changed and the 105mm M2A1 howitzer became known as the M101A1. The change in designation didn’t detract from its performance in any way during the course of the conflict in Vietnam.

While the M101A1 howitzer has been retired by the United States military; it continues to see service with many armed forces spanning the globe.

Gun designed by Karl Cederman
Figures designed by Evan Allen
Painted by Mark Hazell

The Command M16 Rifle Team
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The M16 Rifle Team in Flames Of War Vietnam
Team
Mobility Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower
Notes
M16 Rifle team
-
12"/30cm
2
1
6
Add one die in Defensive Fire.
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Staff Teams in Flames Of War Vietnam
To do their job, a staff team needs lots of maps, plotting boards, charts and tables, not to mention radios and telephones. All this equipment prevents them from being very mobile or effective in combat.


Although they are an Infantry team, Staff teams are part of their Artillery platoon and move slowly as if they were a Heavy Gun team. A Staff team can shoot as a Rifle team, but cannot function as a Staff team in the turn it does so.

A Staff team can function just as well when it is mounted in its own Transport team as it can when Dismounted (as long as it is not Bailed Out or Bogged Down), but cannot function at all when mounted in another Transport team.
The M101A1 105mm Howitzers
Smoke
Sometimes your weapons won’t destroy the enemy quickly enough to prevent them from wreaking havoc on your own troops first. One way to protect your troops in the meanwhile is to fire smoke at the enemy to temporarily impair their vision.

Only weapons listed as having the Smoke attribute in their Arsenal may fire smoke. Some weapons can also fire Smoke Bombardments (see page 136 of the main rulebook).
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105mm Field Artillery Battery (VUSBX09)
The M101A1 105mm Howitzer in Flames Of War Vietnam
Team
Mobility Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower
Notes
M101A1 105mm howitzer
Immobile
24"/60cm
1
9
2+
Beehive, Breakthrough gun, Gun shield, Smoke.
Firing Bombardment
  72"/180cm
-
4
4+
Smoke bombardments.
Gun Shields
Manning a gun in the thick of battle is a hazardous job. To offset the increased vulnerability of gun crews to enemy fire, many guns have a bulletproof gun shield.


Gun Shields provide your Gun teams with Bulletproof Cover from shots fired from in front of a line drawn across the front of the team’s base. Shots fired from behind this line hit the unprotected crew behind the shield.

Gun Shields do not provide cover to teams moving At the Double, nor from artillery bombardments.
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Beehive Ammunition
A vital round for tanks and artillery in Vietnam was the devastating, ‘beehive’ canister round, named for the sound of more than a thousand pellets whizzing past.


A gun equipped with Beehive ammunition may fire this instead of normal ammunition. A tank firing Beehive ammunition with its main gun can still fire its machine-guns as it would if the main gun fired any other sort of ammunition. In addition, it can fire any Cupola MG when firing Beehive ammunition as no sophisticated aiming is needed.

Beehive ammunition has the characteristics listed below. Unlike normal ammunition, the ROF of Beehive is not reduced when the firing team moves or is Pinned Down. Instead it suffers a +1 penalty on its To Hit rolls.

Name
Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower
Firing Beehive
8"/20cm
5
1
6
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No Saves from Big Guns
Some weapons are just so powerful that there is no chance of surviving a hit from them. These heavy guns are often mounted in tanks and self-propelled guns designed to break through enemy defensive lines.

Infantry teams, Gun teams, Passengers, and Unarmoured vehicles automatically fail their Saves when hit by a Breakthrough Gun or a Bunker Buster. This does not apply to Artillery Bombardments.
The 105mm Field Artillery Battery Prepare A Fire Mission
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Contents of the 105mm Field Artillery Battery Box Set
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The Command Team
Description of Components
a. 1x NCO figure with M16 pointing upwards and arm out.
b.
1x Radio operator figure holding handset.
c. 1x Officer figure pointing with pistol.

Assembling The Command Team
Simply arrange figures A, B and C to taste on one of small three-hole bases included in the blister pack
.
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105mm Field Artillery Battery (VUSBX09)
Description of Components
a. 1x Staff team table legs sprue.
b. 1x Staff team tabletop.
c.
1x Officer figure holding M16 with hand raised.

d. 1x NCO figure with M16 pointing upwards and arm out.
e. 1x Radio operator figure holding handset.
f. 1x Officer figure pointing with pistol.

Assembling The Staff Team
On the medium four-hole base provided in the box set, simply arrange each figure type to taste around the Staff team table.
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The M101A1 105mm Howitzer Crew
Description of Components

a. 3x Standing figures bending over.
b. 3x Loader figures holding shell.
c. 3x Loader figuers discarding spent shell case.
d. 3x Standing figures with arm raised.
e. 3x Standing figures with hands on hips.

Assembling The M101A1 105mm Howitzer Crew
Simply arrange one of each figure type around each of the M101A1 105mm howitzer to taste. The M101A1 105mm howitzer and crew a modelled on the large six-hole bases provided in the box set.
The M101A1 105mm Howitzer
Description of Components

a. 3x Gun trails.
b. 6x Gun trail wheels.
c. 3x Gun shields
d. 3x Gun barrels.

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105mm Field Artillery Battery (VUSBX09)
The Bases
Description of Components
a. 1x Small three-hole base.
b. 1x Medium four-hole base.
c. 3x Large six-hole bases.
Assembling The M101A1 105mm Howitzer
Step 1. Begin assembly by attaching the wheels to the gun trail.
Below: The back of the gun shield has a tab that is keyed to the front of the gun trail.
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Below: The front of the gun trail has been keyed to accept the gun shield.
Step 2. Attach the gun shield to the front of the gun trail.
Below: The gun trail has been keyed on either to accept the gun barrel.
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Below: The gun barrel has been keyed to match the gun trail. Step 3. Finally, attach the gun barrel to the gun trail at the desired level of elevation.
Below: With the gun barrel in place, the M101A1 105mm howitzer is ready tohit the painting table.
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105mm Field Artillery Battery (VUSBX09)
US Infantry Painting Guide
Tip: The M101A1 105mm howitzer are painted exactly like US tanks and helicopters of the period. Base colour: Sherman Drab (FWP321); Highlight colour: Military Khaki (FWP327).
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Last Updated On Monday, July 6, 2015 by George at Battlefront