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Stalin's Europe Wayne’s Hungarian Assault Guns
 
I was pretty excited to work on Stalin’s Europe. The Hungarians are one of my favourite armies of the war and I wanted to add some of their interestingly unique forces to the book. One of these forces is the Rohamágyús Üteg (assault gun battery, pronounced ro-ham-ar-goose ew-teg). These forces were created in 1943 to provide the infantry divisions with armoured support. Eventually they ended up fighting with the armoured divisions as well and were used wherever some armoured forces were needed.

To put my painting time where my mouth is I’ve been working on a Rohamágyús Üteg of my own (plus I have a couple of other Hungarian forces on the boil, but more on them later). I’ve based my force on the 10th Assault Gun Battalion fighting in Transylvania against the Romanians and Soviets in September 1944. To capture the flavour of the fighting in this border region I’ve incorporated units from the two divisions fighting alongside the 10th Assault Gun Battalion.
The Hungarian assault artillery troops were the elite of the artillery forces and in Flames Of War are rated Confident Veteran.

The bulk of the company consists of Zrínyi II assault howitzers. This is a native Hungarian design based on their Turán tank hull. This has good frontal protection (a front armour rating of 7) and is fitted with a 105mm howitzer that has good anti-tank performance (AT 10) and a high firepower for digging out stubborn infantry (FP 2+). It is also a very cool looking model with it very low silhouette.

My force core consists of:
 
Rohamágyús Üteg Company HQ
1 Zrínyi II assault howitzer - 75 points.

Rohamágyús Üteg Company HQ
Rohamágyús Platoon
3 Zrínyi II assault howitzers - 225 points.
The first Rohamágyús Platoon
Rohamágyús Platoon
3 Zrínyi II assault howitzers - 225 points.
The second Rohamágyús Platoon
Rohamágyús Platoon
3 Zrínyi II assault howitzers - 225 points.
The third Rohamágyús Platoon
For infantry support from the 25th Infantry Division I’ve added:
 
Önkéntes Puskás Platoon
3 Puskás Squads
: All Rifle/MG teams with a Command Páncélvadász SMG team - 160 points.
Önkéntes Puskás Platoon
The infantry company in Stalin’s Europe is a Önkéntes Puskás Század (volunteer rifle company, pronounced un-ken-tesh push-kars sar-zod) and represents the infantry fighting in Budapest, but can also represent infantry forces fighting elsewhere. In the future I’ll be working on an Intelligence Briefing covering the forces of the infantry divisions. It’s a nice big unit with a total of ten teams, including a command team equipped to assault tanks.

From the 2nd Armoured Division I’ve selected a platoon of Ervin Tarczay’s Panther tanks and some of the division’s medium artillery. I’ll have more on Tarczay, the new Hungarian Warrior, in the future.
 
Harckocsizó Platoon
2 Panther A tanks - 365 points
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Harckocsizó Platoon
The Harckocsizó Platoon comes from the Harckocsizó Század (armoured company, pronounced harks-koch-sheez-oh). The Hungarians used a variety of tanks in their two armoured divisions including Tiger, Panthers, Panzer IV H and their own native Turán and Toldi tanks. I went for the Panthers as they fought alongside the 10th Assault Gun Battery in Transylvania.

Motorised Artillery Battery
4 149mm 14/31M howitzers - 225 points.

Motorised Artillery Battery
Finally the assault guns are backed up by their artillery brothers from the 2nd Armoured Division. By 1944 the Hungarian has replaced their 80mm field guns with 100mm 14M Howitzers (as found in the Italian range as the 100/17). The role of the 100mm howitzer in the divisions was taken over by the former corps level 149mm howitzer. These two guns are similar Skoda howitzers, but now Evan has sculpted up a new 149mm barrel to go with the 100/17 carriage and shield. This gun will be available in a new gun box set for the Hungarians (HBX02) to come out with Stalin’s Europe. The armoured divisions are a little different and use the German 105mm 37M howitzer (10.5cm leFH18), but also have the 149mm 14/31M howitzer in their medium batteries.

Total Points: 1500 points.

Wayne's Rohamágyús Üteg
Stalin's Europe Logo I’ve really enjoyed playing with this force so far, but it will under go its real baptism of fire when I take it to the New Zealand Late-war Grand Tournament this weekend (23-24 October 2010).

In a few weeks I’ll also have my design notes up on the site where I’ll tell you a little more on what you’ll find in Stalin’s Europe. In the meantime check out this week’s brief introduction.
 
Introduction to Stalin’s Europe…


Last Updated On Wednesday, May 18, 2011 by Blake at Battlefront