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Bulge: American Command Cards (FW270C)
Bulge: American Command Cards (FW270C)
Contains 61 cards to enhance your force, field iconic warriors and customise your units.
Command Cards allow Flames Of War generals to field iconic warriors, build new types of units, field new types of equipment, enhance your commander’s capabilities, and bring new tactics and stratagems to the battlefield.
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By September 1944 and the Allies have stormed across France. Patton’s Third Army was poised to strike into Germany itself, with the 4th Armored Division in the lead. Hitler’s new Panzer Brigades were diverted to meet the Americans in the Lorraine. By early December 1944 it seemed unlikely that the Germans would attack. On 16 December that illusion was shattered when the might of German Sixth Panzer Army smashed into the thinly-held US lines in the Ardennes forests. In the central sector, the Germans approached the town of Bastogne on 19 December, defended by the veteran 101st Airborne Division. What followed was an epic seven day struggle.
Command Cards are entirely optional and can be added to your force in two ways. You can add them to your normal point cost, just as you would add a unit to your force, or you and your opponent can agree on a set amount of points that each may use just to add Command Cards to your lists.
Many Command Cards are hidden until they are used, so you’re never quite sure what your opponent’s battle plans are until they are revealed. While hidden, Command Cards do not affect their attached unit—a player must reveal them if they wish to gain the benefits of the card. Some Command Cards must be revealed at the start of the game; these cards are used to build your army and have the keyword 'Build'.
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The Bulge: American Command Card pack is a full set of Late War Command cards, like in Mid-War you can add these cards to your force for a point cost listed on the card. But there have been some changes to the Late War Command Cards as well; we have two new types of command cards, Titles and Equipment. Here is a list of what command cards come in the box.
The Bulge: American Command Card List
- 57mm High-explosive
- 76mm Hyper-volocity AP
- Tank Destroyer Hyper-velocity AP
- Outpost Guns
- Outpost Machine-guns
- Uparmoured Sherman (Late)
- Uparmoured M4 Easy Eight
- Sandbag Armour
- M4 Easy Eight 105mm
- Sherman Crab Mine Flail Tank Platoon
- Sherman Crocodile Flame Tank Platoon
- M36B1 Tank Destroyer Platoon
- Fresh M18 Tank Destroyers
- Improvised Turret Top Armour
- M4 Sherman Tanks
- M4 Sherman (Early) Calliope
- 10.5cm Provisional Field Artillery
- 8.8cm Provisional Field Artillery
- Long 8.8cm Provisional Field Artillery
- Total Air Superiority
- Sticky Bombs
- Glider 37mm Anti-tank Platoon
- Tank Telephones
- 4.2 Inch Chemical Mortars
- 291st Engineer Combat Battalion - Damned Engineers
- 291st Engineer Combat Battalion - Roadblock
- 291st Engineer Combat Battalion - Bobby Traps
- Engineer Combat Platoon
- M24 Chaffee Cavalry Tank Company
- M5 Stuart Cavalry Tank Company
- Cavalry Recon Troop
- 2000lbs Bomb Load
- 3rd Armoured Divisions - Spearhead
- 761st Tank Battalion Black - Panthers
- 761st Tank Battalion Black - Mosquito Fleet
- 2nd Infantry Division - Indian Head
- 2nd Infantry Division - Thopson SMGs
- 4th Infantry Division -Ivy
- 30th Infantry Division - Old Hickory
- 99th Infantry Division - Battle Babies
- 99th Infantry Battalion (Separate) - Viking Battalion
- 106th Infantry Division -Golden Lion
- 2nd Ranger Battalion
- 2nd Division Blindee - Chars De Combat
- 2nd Division Blindee - Infantrerie Portee
- 1st Division Blindee - Zouaves Portee
- 9th Division D’infanterie Coloniale - Colonials
- 1re Division De Marche D’infanterie - Foreign Legion
- George S. Patton Jr.
- Creighton Abrams
- Audie Murphy
- Maxwell Taylor
- Richard Winters
- Ronald Speirs
- Carwood Lipton
- Julian Cook
- James Gavin
- Softskin Transport
- Amphobious Transport
- LVT-4 Amtrac Transport
Command Card Previews
As you might expect, the Bulge: American pack has many of the same Command Cards as other nations like Softskin Transport, Lucky, etc. However, you will also find a great variety of cards for Warriors, Unit and Formation builds, as well as cards that enhance a particular part of your Forces capabilities. You will find plenty of flavourful cards as well to give your force a feel all of its own. As an example, there are a number of different build cards. Some do simple things like 57mm HIGH-EXPLOSIVE, which removes the No HE rule from a 57mm Anti-tank Platoon for 1 point for the Unit. The similar 76mm HYPER-VELOCITY AP card increases the Anti-tank rating of M4 Sherman 76mm guns to 13 (from 12) for +1 point per two teams (or part thereof).
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|An example Unit Build card is the 10.5cm PROVISIONAL FIELD ARTILLERY. After the hard fighting of Normandy, the US Army is desperately short of 105mm ammunition. The solution was to field batteries of captured guns. With this card you can field a battery of captured German 10.5cm howitzers instead of your normal US 105mm howitzers. Other similar cards allow you to field captured German 8.8cm or Long 8.8cm guns instead.
There are a number of Formation Build cards. The 291st Engineer Combat Battalion cards are also title cards and allow you to field a Formation of engineers with the Damned Engineers! Card. This is combined with the Engineer Combat Platoon card to build your units. The other 291st Engineer Combat Battalion Title cards include ROADBLOCK which allows you to field Anti-tank Obstacles and Barbed Wire Entanglements in addition to Minefields in mission that allow you force to field Minefields, and BOOBY TRAPS which allows you to convert one Minefield into four Booby Traps which you deploy in the Ambush part of the Starting Step.
Other Formation Build cards included are M24 Chaffee Cavalry Tank Company, M5 Stuart Cavalry Tank Company, and Cavalry Recon Troop.
There are also a bunch of much simpler build card like 30th Infantry Division Old Hickory which increases the Motivation and Last Stand of your Battle Weary Rifle Company.
There are nine Warriors to field. One of these is George S. Patton Jr. the famously aggressive army commander. Patton gives your Formation Commander the ability to influence units within 8”/20cm giving them Rally or Remount of 2+. In addition, each turn you may re-roll one failed die roll to receive Reserves.
Or you could field Audie Murphy, who when a German machine-gun nest killed one of Murphy’s close friends, he flew into a rage and killed every German manning the nest, picked up the machine-gun and a bunch of grenades, and stormed several other German positions nearby. In Assaults, the Unit Leader (Murphy) Hits on a roll of 3+ and any Tanks that he Hits will Save using their Top Armour against his Anti-tank rating of 3. The Unit also has a Counterattack rating of 3+.