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Finishing The Job Finishing The Job:
British Forces in Nachtjäger
with Mike Haught

By March 1945, the Soviets are crushing their way west to the Oder River, the US Army has crossed the Rhine at Remagen, and the British at Wesel. The final battle for Germany is on as the defenders are besieged on all sides.

During the previous winter, the British are able to rebuild their strength and deliver new equipment, such as the powerful Comet tank. The infantry divisions are refreshed and prepared for the crossing of the Rhine.

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True to his style, Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery meticulously planned his Rhine assault, with the experienced 51st (Highland) and 15th (Scottish) Divisions and tough 1st Commando Brigade leading the way. Two Allied airborne divisions are deployed across the river to ensure success. Once a gap was blasted open, the armoured divisions were let loose across the northern plains of Germany.

Nachtjäger covers the British Army’s final battles in northern Germany. In it players will find a British Rifle Company, and armoured squadrons from the relentless 11th Armoured Division.
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The Infantry
Critical to the success of the Rhine crossing is the Poor Bloody Infantry. These stoic troops have been the key to victory for all of Montgomery’s greatest successes. Some of these troops, such as a few from 51st (Highland) Division, have been fighting since the fall of France in 1940.

Despite its Scottish emphasis, the Rifle Company in Nachtjäger is actually designed to cover all front-line Britishinfantry divisions in the final phase of the war.

The Rhine posed a serious obstacle in front of the Allied advance. However, after many months of river assaults and fighting in flooded battlefields, there was no army better prepared for the challenge than the British. The assault rifle companies were well supported by amphibious gear such as LVT-4 Buffaloes, DD Sherman tanks, and DUKW trucks. Once a bridgehead was established, the highly experienced tankers of the 79th Armoured Division provided excellent assault tank support in the forms of Churchill Crocodile flametanks, AVRE engineering tanks, and Crab mine-flail tanks.

The rifle company in Nachtjäger is as reliable as ever, with excellent artillery, tank, and reconnaissance options. They are tough fighters, eager to get in there and finish the job.

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The Tanks
As the reliable infantry smashed open the door, the venerable armoured divisions rushed in with the 11th Armoured’s new Comet tanks in the lead. These new tanks were the pinnacle of British tank design, incorporating all of the lessons learned from years of tank combat. It was fast, well armoured, and packed a serious punch with its 77mm anti-tank gun.

Once across the Rhine, British tankers quickly dealt with German resistance and kept up the charge. Enemy tanks, gun nests, heavy anti-aircraft guns, and more had to be dealt with by the armoured divisions as they sped across northern Germany, however one river after another was overcome until the division they reached the Elbe.

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As most of the Allied armies and divisions came to a stop, the 11th pressed on with one last mission to secure the unconditional surrender of the German government now situated in Flensburg on the Danish border following the suicide of Adolf Hitler on 30 April 1945. The men of the 11th Armoured accomplished their mission as their comrades began meeting up with the Soviet troops coming from the east. The war was over.

There are two British armoured forces in Nachtjäger, the Armoured Squadron and the unique B Squadron of the 15th/19th Hussars. The first is entirely equipped with the new Comet tank, fast and hard-hitting. This squadron represents the finest of British tanks and tankers. The second is based on a specific unit, B Squadron of the 15th/19th Hussars. When there was not enough Comets to go around initially, this unit received all of the division’s remaining Cromwell and Challenger tanks. They were then sent up to support the advance along side the division’s infantry component. This force may have older equipment, but it would be unwise to underestimate them!
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Other Forces
The British crossing of the Rhine was a major operation involving many different divisions with many different objectives. Besides the above mentioned infantry and armoured divisions, these included commando and paratrooper formations. The commandos secured a portion of the Rhine as an amphibious assault unit, while the paratroopers of the British 6th and US 17th Airborne Divisions landed behind enemy lines.

Also, the single largest SAS operation in Northwest Europe, Operation Archway, was launched into northern Germany to secure the flanks of the armoured divisions and provide reconnaissance.

All of these special forces worked closely with the main infantry and tank forces to accomplish a stunning breakout into northern Germany, which only came to a stop with total victory over the German military.

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VE Day for the British
Nachtjäger concludes the long and stoic story of the British army in World War II, which began in 1939. Nearly six years later and after a long and difficult road, the British have overcome amazing odds, defying Hitler’s might at every corner. They persevered and endured and have been rewarded with a heroic place in history.

~ Mike.

Last Updated On Thursday, January 29, 2015 by Blake at Battlefront