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Para Warriors of Market Garden (US888) Para Warriors of Market Garden (US888)
includes one Brigadier General James Gavin, one Major General Maxwell Taylor, one Major Julian Cook, eight Airborne Tank Rider figures, fourteen Airborne figures with capture German equipment, one Small three-hole base, two Small two-hole bases & one Medium base.

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Left: Brigadier General James Gavin.
Market Garden
The largest airborne operation in history began on a sunny autumn Sunday in September 1944. The ultimate goal was to gain a bridgehead over the Rhine River, a formidable natural boundary, in an attempt to end the war by Christmas.

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Market Garden
Para Warriors of Market Garden (US888) Brigadier General James Gavin
James Gavin joined the US Army at the age of 17. He was accepted into West Point and proved an able tactician, literally writing the book on US paratrooper tactics following German examples. By 1942 he was the commander of the 505th Parachute Infantry Battalion.

He participated in all of his division’s combat jumps, earning him the nickname: ‘Jumping General’. Gavin’s first combat jump was Operation Husky, the Allied invasion of Sicily. For the jump into Normandy, he was promoted to Brigadier General and became the assistant divisional commander of the 82nd Airborne. His leadership in Normandy earned him full command of the division for Operation Market.
Brigadier General James Gavin in Flames Of War
Characteristics
Brigadier General James Gavin is a Warrior Higher Command Rifle team and is rated Fearless Veteran. Brigadier General James Gavin may join a US Parachute Rifle Company (page 66 of Market Garden) or a Glider Rifle Company (page 78 of Market Garden) from the 82nd Airborne Division for +40 points.

Gavin had more success than his British counterparts when he insisted on dropping his men as close to the objective as possible. Even though the initial casualties may be high, the objectives could be quickly secured before the Germans could organise a determined defence. He also opted to have his support weapons parachuted in, freeing himself from selecting and defending glider landing zones. Gavin also had the help of Captian Arie ‘Harry’ Bestebreurtje, a Dutch liaison officer who worked closely with the local resistance.

Gavin’s troops quickly secured the Grave bridge. He was justifiably concerned that the Germans would counter his landings from the Ruhr, so his next priority was to secure the important Groesbeek Heights to protect his flank. However, when he finally turned his attention to Nijmegen the Germans had heavily reinforced the town.

Gavin’s paratroopers encountered intense German resistance and could make little headway. When 30 Corps arrived, Gavin implemented a bold river assault on 20 September to capture the Nijmegen bridges. The plan was a success and by dawn the next day, 30 Corps was back on the road to Arnhem with Gavin’s division in close support.
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Special Rules
Isolate the Battlefield
General Gavin’s tactical intuition proved vital in countering German efforts to cut the lifeline of 30 Corps racing north.

Immediately after your opponent has rolled all of their dice for Reserves, you may roll one die for each Combat and Weapons Platoon from your company currently held in Reserve.

■ For each result of 5+, your opponent must ignore a successful die result to receive Reserves this turn.

■ On any other roll, your opponent’s Reserves arrive as normal.


Count on it
Troops led by Gavin were expected to, and always met, his demands for rapid movement to engage the enemy, While commanding a regiment, Gavin force-marched his men 50 miles (80km) and into battle in less than 36 hours!


Each time Gavin, or teams from a Parachute Rifle Platoon Joined by Gavin, has moved At the Double, roll a die:

■ On a 3+, Gavin and any teams in the platoon that moved At the Double not considered to have moved At the Double during the opponent’s next turn,

■Otherwise, Gavin and the teams still counts as having moved At the Double as normal.
Gavin continued to command the 82nd Airborne Division until the end of the war. He championed desegregation in the US Army and was also heavily involved in the development of modern airborne strategy and tactics.
Para Warriors of Market Garden (US888) Major General Maxwell Taylor
Maxwell Taylor graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1922, excelling in politics and language skills. In the interwar years Taylor rose through the ranks under the tutelage of General Matthew Ridgway, then commanding 82nd Airborne Division. Taylor fought alongside the 82nd in Italy before receiving his own command of the newly raised 101st ‘Screaming Eagles’ Airborne Division in 1944.

Left: Major General Maxwell Taylor.
Major General Maxwell Taylor in Flames Of War
Characteristics
Major General Maxwell Taylor is a Warrior Higher Command Rifle team and is rated Fearless Veteran. Major General Maxwell Taylor may join a US Parachute Rifle Company (page 67 of Market Garden) or a Glider Rifle Company (page 78 of Market Garden) from the 101st Airborne Division for +60 points.
His next operation was Market Garden. When he was given the plan for the operation, he knew that his division was going to need to hold a rather large portion of the highway open for the British 30 Corps. To deal with this, he readied the 101st for a fight in what he called ‘Indian Territory’. He saw the battle as similar to the US Cavalry’s battles against the Native Americans in the Old West. There the cavalry established forts from which to operate and then struck out in a series of attacks to spoil the enemy’s plans. Para Warriors of Market Garden (US888)
Special Rules
Indian Country
The 101st Airborne’s launched spoiler attacks against the Germans to put them on the back foot and force them to react and defend. Taylor likened his job to that of the US Cavalry during the Indian Wars in the American West.


Taylor may make a Spearhead Deployment (see page 261 in the rulebook) with any or all Parachute Rifle (page 68 of Market Garden) or Glider Rifle (page 79 Market Garden) Platoons his force.

Bring up the Guns!
During the fight at Son Bridge, Taylor personally tracked down a parachute anti-tank gun and brought it up to fire on the advancing German armour.


An Airborne Anti-tank Platoon (page 71 of Market Garden) or a Glider Anti-tank Platoon (page 81 of Market Garden) joined by Taylor may use the German Stormtrooper special rule (see page 241 of the rulebook).
Para Warriors of Market Garden (US888) Taylor gave each of his regiments a point along the highway to anchor their defences upon. From these strongpoints the division would launch spoiling attacks against the Germans, keeping them occupied while 30 Corps charged north. He also anticipated the immediate need for engineers and broke up his 326th Airborne Engineer Battalion to assign a platoon to each regiment. This enabled each regiment to tackle engineering tasks as they came up. Such was the case with the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment when the Germans demolished Son bridge. The engineers threw together a footbridge and kept the 506th moving to Eindhoven.

Taylor’s men kept the highway open long enough to get the main column of 30 Corps through to Nijmegen before the Germans finally managed to cut the road at Koevering. Taylor brought the 506th PIR north and cleared the road once again and the Germans never managed to duplicate their success. Hell’s Highway was permanently open for business.
Major Julian Cook
Julian Cook graduated as an officer from West Point in 1940. In 1942 he volunteered for the 82nd Airborne Division and made his first combat jump during Operation Husky, the Allied invasion of Sicily in 1943. On his way out the door of his C-47 transport plane, he was hit ‘in the can’ by flak, narrowly missing an artery. Nevertheless, he made the jump. Cook made three more combat jumps before taking command of 3rd Battalion, 504th PIR just prior to Operation Market Garden.


Right: Major Julian Cook.
Para Warriors of Market Garden (US888)
Major Julian Cook in Flames Of War
Characteristics

Major Julian Cook is a Warrior Higher Command Rifle team and is rated Fearless Veteran. Major Cook may join a US Parachute Rifle Company (page 66 of Market Garden) from the 82nd Airborne Division for +50 points.
Para Warriors of Market Garden (US888) Major Cook jumped into Holland at DZ ‘O’ near the Maas-Waal Canal. After helping to secure the canal crossing, Cook and his men marched to Nijmegen. There, General Gavin ordered a daylight crossing of the Waal River to outflank the stubborn German defenders entrenched around the city’s important bridges. Cook was given command of the crossing and led his men in the first wave across the river. Once ashore Cook and his men cleared the river bank and assaulted both the railroad and highway bridges. After a sharp fight the 3rd Battalion at 1900 hours, captured the bridge.
Special Rules
A Daring Plan
In Cook’s plan the 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion played a critical part, fearlessly piloting the assault boats to quickly get Cook’s men as the close to the action as possible.


A force commanded by Cook may elect to use the Always Attack rule on page 257 of the rulebook. If it does so and is the Attacker, they may make a Spearhead Deployment (see page 261 in the rulebook) with any or all of their Parachute Rifle and Airborne Engineer Platoons.

Amphibious Assault
The paratroopers were relentless in their drive to reach the opposite shore, using speed to cut down on caualties and reach the opposite river bank.


Infantry and Man-packed Gun teams ignore the Sitting Ducks rule and retain their normal Infantry Save when using the River Crossing rules on page 56 of the rulebook.


Soften ’em Up!
Cook’s parachute field artillery batteries and mortars saturated the opposite bank of the river with high explosives and smoke to both pin the enemy and conceal the paratroopers as they furiously paddled across the Waal River.


A force commanded by Cook may ignore the effects of Smoke over an Aiming Point when Ranging In an Artillery Bombardment.

Hail Mary…
As bullets and shrapnel tore through the vulnerable paratroopers, Cook, a devout Catholic, recited Hail Mary loudly, giving his men inspiration in a desperate situation.


Cook, and any platoon he has currently Joined, always pass Motivation Tests on a roll of 2+.
The British general, Sir Miles Dempsey, witnessed the 504th PIR’s crossing, shook his head in amazement and simply described the crossing as, ‘Unbelievable’.

Designed by Evan Allen
Painted by James Brown & Jeremy Painter
Para Warriors of Market Garden (US888)
Added Extras
The Para Warriors of Market Garden also contains a number of extra figures ideal for adding some modelling variation to your bases and vehicles. These included US Airborne tank riders and paratroopers armed with captured German equipment such as SMGs, LMGs and Panzerfausts.
Below: The US Airborne Tank Rider figures.
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Below: The US Airborne Tank Riders hitch a ride on the back of a British Firefly.
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The US Airborne Panzerfaust Figures
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The Panzerfaust in American Hands
The 82nd Airborne had gained access to significant numbers of captured Panzerfausts during the fighting in Normandy. During Operation Market Garden, the paratroopers were quite happy to turn them on their former owners.

When fielding a Parachute Rifle Company 82nd Airborne Division for Market Garden you may replace either or both Command Carbine teams in the Company HQ with Command Panzerfaust teams for +30 points per team.

You may also replace the Command Rifle/MG team in a Parachute Rifle Platoon with a Command SMG team for +20 points.
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The Panzerfaust in 82nd Airborne Hands
Team Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower
Notes
Panzerfaust 4"/10cm 1 12 5+ Bunker buster, Tank Assault 6, Cannot shoot in the
Shooting Step if moved in the Movement Step.
Below: An example of the US Airborne LMG team armed with a captured MG42.
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Contents Para Warriors of Market Garden Blister Pack
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Para Warriors of Market Garden (US888) Brigadier General James Gavin
Description of Components
a. 1x Brigadier General James Gavin figure.
b. 1x Captian Arie ‘Harry’ Bestebreurtje figure.
c. 1x Broken fence section.
Assembling Brigadier General James Gavin
To assemble Gavin, simply arrange figures A and B along with the broken fence section on one of the small two-hole bases provided.

Major General Maxwell Taylor
Description of Components
a. 1x Major General Maxwell Taylor figure.
b. 1x Kneeling radio operator figure.
c. 1x Radio sprue.

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Assembling Major General Maxwell Taylor
To assemble Taylor, simply arrange figures A and B along with a radio on the other small two-hole base provided.
Para Warriors of Market Garden (US888) Major Julian Cook
Description of Components
a. 1x Major Julian Cook figure.
b. 1x NCO figure with hand up.
c. 1x Standing rifleman figure.

Assembling Major Julian Cook
To assemble Cook, simply arrange figures A, B and C on the small three-hole base provided.
The Tank Riders
Description of Components
a. 2x Kneeling figures holding SMG looking sideways.
b. 2x Seated figures with rifle.
c. 2x Kneeling figures with rifle.
d. 2x Kneeling figures with SMG looking forward.
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Para Warriors of Market Garden (US888) Assembling The Tank Riders
To assemble the Tank Rider figures, simply arrange them to taste on the vehicle of your choosing.

Left: An example of a British Firefly with US Airborne tank rider aboard.
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Description of Components
a. 3x Airborne Panzerfaust figures with SMG lowered.
b. 4x Airborne Panzerfaust figures aiming Panzerfaust.
c. 3x Airborne Panzerfaust figures raising SMG.
d. 2x Prone LMG loader figures.
e. 2x Prone LMG gunner figures.
Assembling the Panzerfaust Figures
When upgrading a command team to include a Panzerfaust, simply replace a rifleman figure with any of the Panzerfaust figures included in the blister pack.
Assembling the LMG Figures
To add some modelling variety to your Rifle/MG teams, simply replace two of the figures with the LMG loader and gunner figures. When attaching them to the base, ensure that the loader is feeding the ammunition belt from the gunner’s left-hand side.
The Wounded in Hand Cart
Description of Components
a. 1x Hand cart handle.
b. 1x Cart with wounded trooper.
c. 1x Rifleman pulling cart with rifle pointing upwards.
d.
1x Rifleman pulling cart with rifle pointing downwards.
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Assembling the Hand Cart
Step 1. Begin by attaching the the handle of the underside of the hand cart.

Note: The underside of the hand cart is keyed to accept the handle.
Step 2. Next, attach one of the riflemen figures to the cart handle.
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Step 3. Then attach the second riflemen figure to the cart handle. Below: With both riflemen in place the hand cart is fully assembled and ready for painting.

Note: When basing the hand cart, use the medium base provided.
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Para Warriors of Market Garden (US888) The Bases
Description of Components
a. 2x Small two-hole bases.
b. 1x Small three-hole base.
c. 1x Medium base.


Last Updated On Tuesday, February 26, 2019 by Luke at Battlefront