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Red Bear and Grey Wolf contain all the forces you will be familiar with from Stalin’s Onslaught, Hammer and Sickle, River of Heroes and Stalin’s Europe. We’ve also added our most popular PDF Intelligence Briefings as well as some new Briefings and some forces from Fortress Europe.

One of the general changes you will notice is a number of points changes. This involves the recalculation of gun platoons for cheaper command teams, changes to Soviet vehicles with Hen and Chicks, and few minor tweaks to keep things in line with Atlantik Wall.

Revised Editions
There have been two printings of both Red Bear and Grey Wolf. To tell them apart just flip the book over and just above the ISBN number you will see Revised Edition on the 2013 and 2014 editions respectively.

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Grey Wolf
The Germans
Wayne takes a quick look at what you can expect from the German lists covered by the Late War compilation Grey Wolf.
Red Bear
The Soviets
Wayne takes a quick look at what you can expect from the Soviet lists covered by the Late War compilation Red Bear.



The Finns and Hungarians 
Wayne takes a quick look at what you can expect from the Finnish and Hungarian lists covered by the Late War compilation Grey Wolf.

The Poles and Romanians
Wayne takes a quick look at what you can expect from the Polish and Romanian lists covered by the Late War compilation Red Bear.


What’s in Grey Wolf

Grey Wolf is our Axis volume. It contains the Germans, Hungarians and Finns. The German forces cover everything from infantry to tank forces, with forces representing the Heer (army), Waffen-SS and the Luftwaffe (air force).

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German New Stuff
One of the first new forces you will discover is the Kampfgruppe Bäke briefing. This was originally published on the website as a PDF intelligence briefing. This force represents the heavy tank regiment formed under Oberstleutnant Dr. Franz Bäke. His unit contained one battalion each of Tiger I E and Panther tanks. Bäke’s regiment play a crucial role in the battles for the Korsun and Kaments-Podulsky Pockets. The briefing also includes Warrior rules for Oberstleutnant Dr. Franz Bäke himself.

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The next new briefing covers the foreign SS forces that fought in Estonia on the Narva River. These Dutch and Scandinavian volunteers fought alongside Heer and Luftwaffe troops to hold the Soviet advance. The two units were often supported by the Tiger I E tanks of Otto Carius and 502. Schwere Panzerabteilung.

We have also added the Sicherungskompanie, or Security Company, another former website PDF intelligence briefing.. This force is a great opponent for the Partisans and Poles in Red Bear. They also found themselves in the thick of the fighting during Operation Bagration as the Red Army encroached into the rear areas.

The Sicherungs and other troops were often given support by Armoured Trains. Two new armoured train platoons are available to support a variety of forces. The first represents the captured Polish trains the Germans put into service, while the second option covers the German designed BP44 Armoured Train.
German captured Polish Armoured Train
German captured Polish Armoured Train
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Both trains feature Panzer 38(t) tanks and Panzer IV turret tank-hunter cars. Grey Wolf also contains full Armoured Train rules for introducing these armoured beasts to the Late-war.

In the second half of 1944 the Hetzer tank-hunter began to be issued to tank-hunter and assault-gun units in infantry divisions. These effective vehicles were often pressed into combat as units when tanks or StuGs were not available to counterattack.

The SS cavalry of 8. SS-Kavalleriedivision Florian Geyer and 22. SS-Freiwilligen-Kavalleriedivision Maria Theresia fought in the battle for Hungary, and played their part in the defence of Budapest.

Fighting dismounted alongside Feldherrnhalle and Hungarian troops they were involved in savage street fighting through December 1944, January and February 1945. They can take Street Fortifications to help them hold the streets from Soviet Shturmovye Groups and Romanian infantry, as well as supporting assault guns and security tanks.

As well as the forces featured above Grey Wolf also includes a number of Pioneer forces and the Panzerspähkompanie previously featured on the Flames Of War website as PDFs. The following is a full list of the German Intelligence Briefing found in Grey Wolf.

Fortifications
German Briefings in Grey Wolf
Kampfgruppe Bäke (Battle Group Bäke)
Grenadierkompanie (Infantry Company)
Fallschirmjägerkompanie (Parachute Infantry Company)
SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadierkompanie (SS Volunteer Motorised Infantry Company)
Sturmkompanie (Storm Company)
StuG Batterie (Assault Gun Battery)
Pionierkompanie (Engineer Company)
Schwere Panzerkompanie (Heavy Tank Company)
Panzerkompanie (Tank Company)
Gepanzerte Panzergrenadierkompanie (Armoured Infantry Company)
Panzergrenadierkompanie (Motorised Infantry Company)
Gepanzerte Panzerpionierkompanie (Armoured Engineer Company)
Panzerpionierkompanie (Motorised Engineer Company)
Panzerspähkompanie (Armoured Car Company)
Sperrverband (Blocking Force)
Ersatz Pionierkompanie (Reserve Engineer Company)
SS-Panzerkampfgruppe (SS Armoured Battle Group)
SS-Panzergrenadierkampfgruppe (SS Mechanised Infantry Battle Group)
Sicherungskompanie (Security Company)
Feldherrnhalle Panzerkampfgruppe (Feldherrnhalle Armoured Battle Group)
Feldherrnhalle Panzergrenadierkompanie (Feldherrnhalle Motorised Infantry Company)
Panzerjägerkompanie (Tank-hunter Company)
SS-Kavallerieschwadron (SS Cavalry Squadron)

Hungarian New Stuff
In addition to the Hungarian briefings from Stalin’s Europe, we also have added the Gépkocsizó Lövész Század (Motorised Infantry Company), the infantry of the armoured divisions. This company gets plenty of armoured support as well as it own weapons platoons featuring machine-guns, mortars, and anti-tank guns.

Hungarian Rockets

The second new Hungarian company is the Puskás Század (Rifle Company) from the infantry divisions, which has also been up on the website as an PDF Intelligence Briefing. This comes with two Motivation and Skill options, Confident Veteran to represent the experienced divisions and Confident Trained to represent the more recently raised divisions. Both options come with a wider variety support and weapons options than the volunteers of the Önkéntes Puskás Század (Volunteer Rifle Company). The Puskás Század represents to the bulk of the Hungarian infantry fighting outside Budapest.

Hungarian Briefings in Grey Wolf
Harckocsizó Század (Tank Company)
Gépkocsizó Lövész Század (Motorised Infantry Company)
Rohamágyús Üteg (Assault Gun Battery)
Puskás Század (Rifle Company)
Önkéntes Puskás Század (Volunteer Rifle Company)

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Finnish New Stuff
All the Finnish forces in Grey Wolf are new to print, but have been featured in PDF form on the Flames Of War website. The Finnish Panssarikomppania (Tank Company) was equipped with a variety of captured Soviet tanks, the bulk of which were the old T-26 tank, but some companies included heavier T-28, KV-1 and T-34 tanks.

The Sturmikomppania (Assault Gun Company) contains the Sturmi, which is a StuG G assault gun supplied by the Germans and then modified with concrete and additional stowage bins. We have a great new model coming out of the Sturmi.

Two different infantry companies available, the Jääkärikomppania (Light Infantry Company), who fought with the tanks and Sturmi assault guns, and Jalkaväkikomppania (Infantry Company), the tough infantry who were the Finns main line of defence. Finally the Finns also have a Pioneerikomppania (Engineer Company), ideal for assaulting fortifications.
Finnish Sturmi assault guns
Finnish Briefings in Grey Wolf
Panssarikomppania (Tank Company)
Sturmikomppania (Assault Gun Company)
Jääkärikomppania (Light Infantry Company)
Jalkaväkikomppania (Infantry Company)
Pioneerikomppania (Engineer Company)

Other Features of Grey Wolf
Like our Normandy books, Grey Wolf has also undergone a thorough points review resulting in a number of reductions in the area of gun platoons and infantry platoons containing MG teams.

Grey Wolf also includes German, Hungarian and Finnish special rules. These have been updated and revised as required.

It also includes Fortification placement rules to be used in conjunction with the Fortifications rules in Das Book. We introduced strongpoint-based fortifications, reflecting the practice on Eastern Front, where the vast spaces didn’t always allow for continuous fortified lines.

In Grey Wolf you will find a selection of Warriors. Some are new like Oberstleutnant Dr. Franz Bäke and Finn Toivo Ilomäki, while some you may remember from our older books. Some have undergone review and have had new rules introduced.

At the back of Grey Wolf you will find painting guides for the Germans, Hungarians and Finns. All throughout the book there are also many inspirational colour photographs of Flames Of War models.

Red Bear

What’s in Red Bear

Red Bear is our Allied volume. It contains the Soviet, Poles and Romanians. The Soviet forces cover everything from infantry to tank forces, with forces representing the regular Red Army troops as well as Guards forces.

The backgrounds allow you to follow the success of the Red Army as they push the Germans and their minions back towards the Reich, reclaim their territory, and liberate Eastern Europe.

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Soviet New Stuff
As well as the familiar forces from Stalin’s Onslaught, Hammer and Sickle, River of Heroes, Stalin’s Europe and Fortress Europe, Red Bear contains a number of new forces or previously Flames Of War website PDF forces.
The first of these new forces is the Pulyemyetno-artillyeriyskiy Batalon (Machine-gun Artillery Battalion). This is a Soviet fortified company made of many weapons and few men designed for static defensive positions. Its Combat Companies are made up of MG teams, Maksim HMGs, anti-tank guns, anti-tank rifles and mortars with their own trenches and gun pits. They come with their own Artillery Group of 76mm ZIS-3 guns and can take obstacles to further hinder the enemy.

Red Bear

They also have rifle division infantry, artillery and assault gun support for the counterattack.

The Peredovoye Otryad (Forward Detachment), which has previously been on the website as a PDF intelligence briefing, represents the ad hoc units put together to lead a Soviet advance. By forming a mixed all-arms formation the commander of a Peredovoye Otryad was able deal with whatever enemy they encountered, whether to breakthrough the line and lead the rest of parent unit forward, or to go around a strong enemy and lead the attack in a new direction. The force’s combat companies consist of one tank company and one infantry company. Additional tanks, infantry and artillery can be added to cater the force to your needs.

Shturmovye Batalon
Red Bear Despite its seemingly archaic origins the Gvardeyskiy Kazachiy Polk (Guard Cossack Regiment) proved an important element in the success of the Red Army in 1944. Alongside the Tank and Mechanised Corps, the Cavalry Corps lead the way in the breakthrough and exploitation operations after the shock troops had busted through the Axis lines. The Gvardeyskiy Kazachiy Polk includes mounted and dismounted cavalry troops with their own supporting tanks, artillery, mortars, machine-guns and anti-tank guns. They can also field Cossack Warrior Podpolkovnik Pavel Kamnev. This is a fast and aggressive infantry force!

We have also added Legkiy Samokhodno-artillyeriyskiy Polk (Light Self-propelled Artillery Regiment). This allows the Soviet player to field SU-76M or SU-122 assault howitzers en masse. This makes an interesting alternative to the Tyazhelyy Samokhodno-artillyeriyskiy Polk (Heavy Self-propelled Artillery Regiment) with its heavy ISU assault guns.

Another of the new forces in Red Bear is the Partizanskiy Brigada (Partisan Brigade). This force allows you to field Partisan guerrillas against German security forces.

Partisans

You can even have armoured and motorised support as the success of Operation Bagration breaks through on to the Partisans area of operations.

In Red Bear you will find a selection of Warriors, some of which have undergone a review and have had new rules introduced.

Hen and Chicks
We have also introduced a new version of the Hen and Chicks Special Rule. The new rule reflects the actual tactics of Soviet armoured formations more smoothly. The new rule allows them to fire on the move, but they now get an addition +1 to the score required to hit. However, there is no such restriction to the tanks’ machine-guns. If the whole platoon (Soviet Company) remains stationary they fire as normal. The new Hen and Chicks rule gives them a little more firepower overall, so we have increased the points of Soviet tanks with ROF 2 or more. However, we have also recognised the penalty new rule has on ROF1 vehicles and they have come down in points.

More about Hen and Chicks…

SU-85 assault guns and Strelkovy riflemen

Soviet Briefings in Red Bear
Tankovy Batalon (Tank Battalion)
Strelkovy Batalon (Rifle Battalion)
Opornymi Punkt (Strongpoint)
Pulyemyetno-artillyeriyskiy Batalon (Machine-gun Artillery Battalion)
Morskaya Pekhota Batalon (Naval Infantry Battalion)
Gvardeyskiy Tyazhelyy Tankovy Polk (Guards Heavy Tank Regiment)
8ya Otdyelnaya Shtrafnoy Batalon (8th Independent Penal Battalion)
Udarny Strelkovy Batalion (Shock Rifle Battalion)
Gvardeyskiy Tankovy Batalon (Guards Tank Battalion)
Motostrelkovy Batalon (Motor Rifle Battalion)
Peredovoye Otryad (Forward Detachment)
Rota Razvedki (Reconnaissance Company)
Gvardeyskiy Kazachiy Polk (Guard Cossack Regiment)
Tyazhelyy Samokhodno-artillyeriyskiy Polk (Heavy Self-propelled Artillery Regiment)
Sredniy Samokhodno-artillyeriyskiy Polk (Medium Self-propelled Artillery Regiment)
Legkiy Tyazhelyy Samokhodno-artillyeriyskiy Polk (Light Self-propelled Artillery Regiment)
Inzhenerno-saperniy Batalon (Engineer Sapper Battalion)
Partizanskiy Brigada (Partisan Brigade)
Inomarochnikiy Tankovy Batalon (Lend-lease Tank Battalion)
Shturmovye Batalon (Assault Battalion)

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Polish New Stuff

Red Bear also includes the Polish forces of the Warsaw Uprising. The Batalon Armii Krajowej (Home Army Battalion) consists of the irregular forces of the Polish Warsaw underground. Using home-made and captured weapons they stood up against oppressive German forces in a bid for freedom.

Polish Briefing in Red Bear
Batalon Armii Krajowej (Home Army Battalion)

Romanian New Stuff

The Romanians in Red Bear are unusual in that they can be taken as Allied, fighting on the side of the Soviets, or Axis, fighting alongside the Germans. Up until August 1944 they fought in the Crimea, Southern Ukraine and Romanian with the Germans against the Soviets. On their defeat they were forced to change sides and fought the remainder of the war against the Germans. In addition to the Batalion Puscasi (Rifle Battalion) first featured in Stalin’s Europe, you can now also field two tank, a motorised infantry, and a cavalry company.

 Poles and Romanians
In the Companie Tancuri (Tank Company) you can field Romania’s older light tanks like the R-2 and T-38. The R-35 Vanatorul de Care (R-35 tank-hunter) introduces a new variation on the French R-35. To improve the performance of this old tank the Romanian fitted a captured Soviet 45mm gun. The Companie Tancuri Medii (Medium Tank Company) offers more options in improved firepower and armour. The Romanians were supplied T-4 (Panzer IV H) tanks and TA (StuG G) assault guns by the Germans and continued to use these after their defection to the Allies. Both tank companies are supported by motorised or armoured infantry and TACAM tank-hunters, of which two new models are on the way.
Romanian Cavalry

The Companie Vanatori Motorizata (Motorised Infantry Company) represents the motorised cavalry and the infantry of the armoured division. They are mounted in trucks to keep pace with the tanks and are supported by the full might of the division.

Romanian Companie de Cavalerie (Cavalry Company) fought mounted or dismounted and your can field the company as either or a mix of both. Fast on attack or stubborn on defence the cavalry are the elite arm of the Romanian army.

The Batalion Puscasi (Rifle Battalion) can now be fielded fighting in Hungary allied to the Soviets or defending their homeland allied to the Germans. Depending of the option you select you have support options from either nation, but not both. Whatever you choose you can have the support of excellent Romanian troops such as the TAC 43 Resita 75mm gun, one of the better anti-tank guns produced during the war.
Romanian artillery
TAC 43 Resita 75mm gun

Also included is a new Warrior to go with you Romanian pioneer platoons, Sergent Aurel Sandu.

Romanian Briefings in Red bear
Companie Tancuri (Tank Company)
Companie Tancuri Medii (Medium Tank Company)
Companie Vanatori Motorizata (Motorised Infantry Company)
Companie de Cavalerie (Cavalry Company)
Batalion Puscasi (Rifle Battalion)

Other Features of Red Bear

As with the Normandy books, Red Bear has also undergone a thorough points review resulting in a number of reductions in the area of gun platoons and infantry platoons containing MG teams.

Red Bear also includes Soviet, Polish and Romanian special rules. These have been updated and revised as required.

It also includes Fortification placement rules to be used in conjunction with the Fortifications rules in Das Book. Like Grey Wolf we introduced strongpoint-based fortifications.

At the back of Red Bear you will find painting guides for the Soviets, Polish and Romanians. The Polish section includes a model guide and other modelling suggestions. All throughout the book there are many inspirational colour photographs of Flames Of War models.

 

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Last Updated On Thursday, May 29, 2014 by Blake at Battlefront