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GE844 HMG Platoon (Winter)

HMG Platoon (Winter) (GE844)
includes one Command SMG team (with optional Panzerfaust upgrade), four MG42 HMG teams, one Small three-hole base & four Medium four-hole bases. 

Armed with the versatile MG42, the HMG platoons of the Heer (Army), including the Volksgrenadiers and Panzergrenadiers, were able to pour fire into an enemy to either suppress them in attack or pin them down in defence.

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The Ardennes Offensive
In December 1944 the German forces on the Western Front made one last major push in the Ardennes and Alsace-Lorraine, trying to split the Allied forces in half and force them to negotiate a peace treaty. It was a daring all-or-nothing gamble.

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The Ardennes Offensive: German Forces in Lorraine and the Ardennes, September 1944 - February 1945
GE844 HMG Platoon (Winter)

MG42 Light Machine-gun was often referred to as the best machine-gun of the war, the MG42 had an amazing rate of fire of 1200 rounds per minute. The German field manual recommended only firing 300 to 350 rounds per minute to reduce overheating and barrel wear. It had a quick-change barrel so a crew could replace the barrel if they needed to keep firing for a long period. Its high rate of fire gave it a unique ripping sound that was easily recognised. Its sound and reputation soon gave it a terror of its own, with Americans naming it ‘Hitler’s buzz saw’.

The MG42 could be used as a light machine-gun when fired from a bipod or as a heavy machine-gun when fired from a tripod which helped reduce recoil and increased accuracy with the help of an optic sight.

Designed by Evan Allen
Painted by Mark Hazell

The MG42 HMG in Flames Of War
MG42 HMG Man-packed 24"/60cm 6 2 6 ROF 3 when pinned down or moving.
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"Positioning them carefully to cover objectives and dig them in quickly will help secure your flank against marauding infantry and cavalry. With their ROF 6, they will absolutely devastate infantry in the open. Even when Pinned Down, they will still be tough to assault with their ROF 3."
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The Machine-gun Platoon (Winter) Ready For Action
GE844 HMG Platoon (Winter) 
The Contents of the HMG Platoon (Winter) Blister Pack
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GE844 HMG Platoon (Winter) Command Team
Description of Components
a. 1x Pointing officier figure with SMG.
b. 1x NCO figure with Assault rifle and hand up.
c. 1x Standing Rifleman figure.
d. 1x Optional Panzerfaust figure.
Assembling the Command Team
Simply arrange figures A, B and C to taste on the small three-hole base provided. To upgrade the command team to include a Panzerfaust, simply replace figure C with figure D.
NCO Figures
Description of Components
a. 1x Kneeling NCO figure pointing.
1x Prone NCO with SMG and hand up.

Assembling the NCOs
The HMG platoon is made up of two sections; each section is made up of two HMG teams. One team in each HMG section needs to contains a NCO figure as part of its crew.
GE844 HMG Platoon (Winter)
GE844 HMG Platoon (Winter) Riflemen Figures
Description of Components
a. 1x Kneeling figure with Assault rifle.
1x Kneeling figure aiming rifle.

Assembling the Riflemen Figures
Each HMG team has three figures; a gunner, a loader and either a NCO (one per section) or a rifleman. Model one HMG team per section with one Rifleman figure and one with a NCO figure along with the HMG itself  mounted on the tripod and the accompanying gunner and loader figures.
GE844 HMG Platoon (Winter)
Description of Components
a. 4x HMG gunner figures.
b. 2x Prone Loader type A figures.
c. 2x Prone loader type B figures.
d. 4x HMG tripods.
e. 4x HMG & ammunition can sprues.
f. 2x Ammounition belt sprues.
Assembling the HMG Teams
See text above regarding assembling the riflemen figures.
The Bases
Description of Components
a. 1x Small three-hole base.
b. 4x Medium four-hole bases.
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Assembling the HMG
Step 1. Attach the HMG to the tripod. Step 2. Position a loader figure on the left-hand side of the HMG. Step 3. Finally, position the gunner figure behind the HMG.
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Last Updated On Monday, February 25, 2019 by Luke at Battlefront