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Soviet M4 Sherman Forward Detachment (SUAB16)

Soviet M4 Sherman Forward Detachment (SUAB16)
Forward Detachments (Peredovoye Otryad) came in all sizes, but by 1944 they were all combined arms formations, containing infantry, tanks, guns or assault guns, and engineers. The Forward Detachments kept the momentum of the advance by securing deep objectives by surprise and hindering German attempts to establish new defensive lines.

If a Forward Detachment meets stiff German resistance, the following infantry, supported by an anti-tank battalion, would dig in to hold against the inevitable German counterattack.

The Forward Detachment would then move around the hardpoint to continue the advance, with mechanised or tank forces trailing them. Later, infantry forces would arrive to complete the destruction of the defensive hardpoint.

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Berlin: Soviet
By April 1945 the Soviet Red Army had pushed to the Oder River, just on the doorstep of the German Capital, Berlin. On 16 April 1945 the Soviets launched the Berlin Offensive across the Oder.

However, the Germans had not been idle and withdrew from the Oder River and took up positions on the Seelow Height on the most direct route to Berlin. Eventually the Soviet weight of numbers and firepower told and three German were thrown back from the Oder.

Berlin: Soviet

The Soviet M4 Sherman Forward Detachment comes with:

• One Motor Rifle Forward Detachment HQ
• One Guards Hero Motor Rifle Company
• Four M4 Sherman (76mm) Tanks
• Three T-70 (45mm) Tanks
• Three SU-76 (76mm) Assault Guns
• Three ZSU M17 Self-Propelled Anti-aircraft

• Three SU-100 (100mm) Assault Guns
• Two Katyusha Rocket Launchers
• Complete A5 Flames Of War rulebook
• One Soviet "Start Here" Guide
• Two Decal Sheets
• Ten Unit cards.


Soviet M4 Sherman Forward Detachment (SUAB16)

Soviet M4 Sherman Forward Detachment (SUAB16)

The Soviets preferred the diesel Sherman as their Soviet-built tanks were also diesel-powered. Consequently, they were the largest user of the M4A2 with 76mm gun. Its characteristics were comparable to those of the T-34/85, making it a very effective tank.

The T-70 light tank was amazingly powerful for such a compact design. Despite its small size, it mounted a 45mm gun and had 45mm of armour, although its two-man crew have to do all the work of the bigger crew found in other tanks.

Soviet M4 Sherman Forward Detachment (SUAB16)

Soviet M4 Sherman Forward Detachment (SUAB16)

The SU-76M assault guns of the assault gun companies are a vital part of any tank or mechanised corps. The Red Army assault gunners are always close by to provide support and covering fire for the assault forces.

The ZSU M17 MGMC lend-lease half-tracks were fitted with quad .50 cal machine-guns. These light anti-aircraft weapons were often enough to deter the few remaining German tank-busting aircraft that roamed the skies over the front.

Soviet M4 Sherman Forward Detachment (SUAB16)

Soviet M4 Sherman Forward Detachment (SUAB16)

The SU-100 self-propelled gun was the successor to the SU-85. It was based on a similar, but not identical, chassis mounting a 100mm D-10s gun. This excellent gun could penetrate 162mm of armour at 500 meters and 150mm at 1000 meters range.

The Red Army was also a world leader in the field of rocketry. They used truck-mounted salvo rocket launchers against the Germans right from the start of the war. These saturated a large area with explosives, and were called Stalin's Organs.

Soviet M4 Sherman Forward Detachment (SUAB16)

Soviet M4 Sherman Forward Detachment (SUAB16)

Soviet M4 Sherman Forward Detachment (SUAB16)

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Soviet infantry are the backbone of the army. Their unrelenting assaults were relied upon to push the German army back time and time again. Hero units represent the survivors of previous attacks with the most skilful, cunning or lucky having survived to see another day.


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Flames Of War 4th Edition Mini Rulebook (x1)
Quick Start Guide (x1)
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Plastic M4 Sherman (Late) Sprue (x4)
Soviet M4 Sherman Forward Detachment (SUAB16)
Plastic M4A2 Hull Top Sprue (x4)
British Cromwell Sprue
Plastic T-70 Sprue (x3)
Soviet M4 Sherman Forward Detachment (SUAB16)
Plastic SU-76 Sprue (x3)
Soviet M4 Sherman Forward Detachment (SUAB16)
Plastic ZSU M17 Sprue (x3)
Soviet M4 Sherman Forward Detachment (SUAB16)
Plastic SU-100 Sprue (x3)
Soviet M4 Sherman Forward Detachment (SUAB16)
Soviet M4 Sherman Forward Detachment (SUAB16)
Plastic Katyusha Sprue (x2)
Soviet M4 Sherman Forward Detachment (SUAB16)
Plastic Motor Rifle Company Sprue (x2)
Soviet M4 Sherman Forward Detachment (SUAB16)
SU-76 Crew (x3) ZSU M17 Crew (x1) Tank Commander Sprue (x1)
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Plastic Bases
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Soviet Decal Sheet (x2) 
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Unit Cards (click to see full-size images)
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M4 Sherman (Late) Assembly Guide
T-70 Assembly Guide
SU-76 Assembly Guide
ZSU M17 Assembly Guide 
SU-100 Assembly Guide
Katyusha Assembly Guide
Infantry Assembly Guide


Last Updated On Thursday, February 9, 2023 by Ryan Smith