Those Haughty British Those Haughty British:
Fielding British Forces From Great War
with Andrew Haught

Last week I shared my thoughts on fielding German forces from Great War. This week it’s time to cover the British.

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Great War
The Great War of 1914-18 was global in its reach. Yet this global conflict would be decided by the mighty clashes upon the battlefields of Europe.

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Great War
Of the two nations featured in Great War, I knew immediately that I wanted to play British. I simply love the look of the British equipment during World War One and for me nothing looks better on the tabletop than a Mark IV tank.

There is a recruitment poster that my brother had up on the wall in his room while growing up that always pops into my head when the topic of World War One comes up. While it is an American in origin, the poster pictured a Mark IV tank and was the spark the ignited my love affair with the Mark IV tank.

I am a defensive player at heart; I love infantry lists and artillery. For my British, I wanted just that: infantry and artillery. Once again, I will provide a 1500-point list before adding a few more options to create a 1750-point force. So let’s kick things off with my 1500-point list stacked with my favourite core units.

Right: The poster that sparked my love affair with the Mark IV tank.
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Rifle Company (Confident Trained)
Headquarters  
Company HQ
 
with Company Command Pistol team & 2iC Command Pistol team.
25 points
Combat Platoons
 
Rifle Platoon
 
with HQ Section & two Rifle Sections. 170 points
Rifle Platoon  
with HQ Section & two Rifle Sections. 170 points
Brigade Support Platoons  
Machine-gun Platoon
 
with HQ Section & four Vickers HMGs.
225 points
Machine-gun Platoon  
with HQ Section & four Vickers HMGs. 225 points
Support Platoons
 
Field Battery, Royal Artillery  
with HQ Section & three OQF 18 pdr guns.
425 points
Royal Artillery Detachment
 
with two OQF 18 pdr guns. 260 points
Total Points: 1500 points
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The artillery serves several roles in this army; chiefly firing bombardments, but they also provided a much-needed anti-tank deterrent. Their placement is paramount to the outcome of the game, since I need to make sure they can cover both objectives and prevent any wandering enemy forces from stealing a cheap victory.

The HMGs will focus on pinning advancing troops. Since in some missions you can exchange the HMGs for nests or bunkers, in these I will be exchanging at least one platoon so that I can spread out their rate of fire. The HMG bombardments can also be handy if the enemy is out of direct-fire range.
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Rifle Company (Confident Trained)
Headquarters  
Company HQ
 
with Company Command Pistol team & 2iC Command Pistol team.
25 points
Combat Platoons
 
Rifle Platoon
 
with HQ Section & two Rifle Sections. 170 points
Rifle Platoon  
with HQ Section & two Rifle Sections. 170 points
Brigade Support Platoons  
Machine-gun Platoon
 
with HQ Section & four Vickers HMGs.
225 points
Support Platoons
 
Heavy Tank Platoon
 
with one Mark IV Female tank & one Mark IV Male tank. 460 points
Field Battery, Royal Artillery  
with HQ Section & three OQF 18 pdr guns.
425 points
Royal Artillery Detachment
 
with two OQF 18 pdr guns. 260 points
Total Points: 1735 points
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The infantry is the backbone of my list; I am counting on them holding their ground and mopping up what the HMGs and artillery fail to destroy with their size and mix of weapons. All in all it’s a basic plan that will no doubt be ruined by my opponent once they deploy. The game will come down to how well I can adapt to the tactics my opponent employs and how lucky I am.

The units I have picked are flexible and will allow me to react given time and maybe a game or two before I figure out how to deploy everything correctly.


~ Andrew.

Those Haughty British


Last Updated On Thursday, August 28, 2014 by Blake at Battlefront