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Iron Cross - German forces on the Eastern Front 1942-43
Iron Cross - German forces on the Eastern Front 1942-43

Iron Cross Spotlight

Iron Cross is the next step for the German army in Mid-War as we look towards the Eastern Front. German players will be able to field familiar favourites such as the Panzer III and Panzer IV tanks whilst Iron Cross also introduces Grenadiers and Assault Pioneers allowing you to recreate the intense infantry fights of Stalingrad and beyond.

Join Mike as he takes a look at what is in store for players in Iron Cross.

Iron Cross Spotlight...

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Iron Cross & Enemy at the Gates Live Launch

On the 23rd and 24th of August we had the Iron Cross and Enemy at the Gates Live Launch. During this time we updated the website with plenty of information, lists and pictures and a fun day was had by everyone here. If you haven't seen it yet, be sure to head over the Live Launch website and check out all the content from the day’s activities 

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Dietrich's Ghosts (Plastic) (GEAB16)
The dust got into everything. Feldwebel Unger tied his handkerchief tighter across his nose and mouth, knowing it would make little difference, he could already feel the grit against his teeth. His platoon was sweeping across the steppes of the Eastern Ukraine, chasing the broken remnants of many Soviet armies. His Panzer IV had made it through a harsh winter and savage Red Army attacks around Kharkov, but now they were pushing back.

Dietrich's Ghosts (Plastic) (GEAB16)...

Dietrich's Ghosts (Plastic) (GEAB16)

Panzer III Platoon (Plastic) (GBX105)

Panzer III Platoon (Plastic) (GBX105)
The bulk of the panzer regiment in 1942 was equipped with the reliable Panzer III tank. Early versions of the tank gave exceptional service, but were under-armoured when Soviet medium tanks arrived in numbers. Uparmoured panzers arrived later in the year, putting the tanks back on an even footing.

Panzer III Platoon (Plastic) (GBX105)...

Panzer IV Platoon (Plastic) (GBX106)
By 1942, Panzer IV medium companies were a mix of short and long barrelled tanks. As more Soviet T-34 tanks began to show up on the battlefield, the older short barrelled Panzer IVs began to be pushed into an auxiliary role, supporting the more powerful long-barrelled tanks with valuable artillery fire and smoke screens.

Panzer IV Platoon (Plastic) (GBX106)...

Panzer IV Platoon (Plastic) (GBX106)

Tiger Heavy Tank Platoon (Plastic) (GBX107)

Tiger Heavy Tank Platoon (Plastic) (GBX107)
The Tiger was developed as a breakthrough tank, intended to smash its way through a fortified enemy line. It was heavily armoured and well-armed with a version of the 8.8cm FlaK36 anti-aircraft gun. Wide tracks, and interleaved suspension with 16 large road wheels on each side gives this monster almost as good mobility as a medium tank. 

Tiger Heavy Tank Platoon (Plastic) (GBX107)...

15cm Nebelwerfer Battery (Plastic) (GBX118)
The six-barrelled 15cm Nebelwerfer rocket launcher terrified Allied soldiers, delivering six screaming rockets per launcher and scattering rockets packed with high-explosives across a wide area. When a commander needs a quick, effective suppressive barrage, the Nebelwerfer is the perfect choice.

15cm Nebelwerfer Battery (Plastic) (GBX118)...

15cm Nebelwerfer Battery (Plastic) (GBX118)

Grenadier Platoon (Plastic) (GE756)

Grenadier Platoon (Plastic) (GE756)
The bulk of the German army's soldiers was the venerable infantry of the Grenadier divisions. These foot troops were important for holding the ground the tanks captured, dealing with Soviet counterattacks, and clearing the streets in city combat. Grenadiers had some of the most difficult missions in the war, whether it was sitting in a frost-bitten trench or crawling through the ruins of Stalingrad.

Grenadier Platoon (Plastic) (GE756)...

Panzergrenadier Platoon (Plastic) (GE757)
The panzergrenadiers provided the panzer divisions with their own mobile infantry support. Equipped with the latest heavy weapons, these troops were essential for clearing out objectives in terrain that was not suited for the tanks, such as cities. They were heavily armed, with more MG34 machine-guns than the standard infantry platoons in a infantry division.

Panzergrenadier Platoon (Plastic) (GE757)...

Panzergrenadier Platoon (Plastic) (GE757)

Assault Pioneer Platoon (Plastic) (GE758)

Assault Pioneer Platoon (Plastic) (GE758)
During the street-fighting in Stalingrad, the assault pioneers quickly replaced their cumbersome rifles with lighter submachine-guns. Special pioneer battalions deal with the toughest assault problems facing the German army. They handle the most difficult resistance with explosives, submachine-guns, and sharpened spades. They are second to none in lethal close combat.

Assault Pioneer Platoon (Plastic) (GE758)...

sMG34 Machine-gun Platoon (Plastic) (GE759)
The heavy machine-guns of the MG platoon are essential for setting up a base of fire to support an infantry assault or destroy a Soviet human wave attack. Mounted on a tripod for long-range accuracy and with plenty of ammunition, it is an excellent defensive weapon. The company's heavy machineguns are allocated to the most exposed platoons.

sMG34 Machine-gun Platoon (Plastic) (GE759)...

sMG34 Machine-gun Platoon (Plastic) (GE759)

8cm Mortar Platoon (Plastic) (GE760)

8cm Mortar Platoon (Plastic) (GE760)
Panzergrenadiers had mortar sections attached from the battalion's heavy weapons platoon. These would be located close to the action to make sure the infantry was well supported with overhead artillery support allowing them to bombard enemy infantry trying to hide behind cover and knock out enemy guns.

8cm Mortar Platoon (Plastic) (GE760)...

3.7cm Tank-Hunter Platoon (Plastic) (GBX114)
The 3.7cm PaK36 anti-tank guns served with distinction in the early campaigns of the war and could be armed with the new Stielgranate (stick grenade) ammunition.The Stielgranate 41 is a projectile is attached to the end of the PaK36's gun barrel and when fired at a close range had the general equivalent impact of a 7.5cm PaK40 shell givng these guns a new lease of life.

3.7cm Tank-Hunter Platoon (Plastic) (GBX114)...

3.7cm Tank-Hunter Platoon (Plastic) (GBX114)

7.5cm Tank-Hunter Platoon (Plastic) (GBX116)

7.5cm Tank-Hunter Platoon (Plastic) (GBX116)
The 7.5cm PaK40 anti-tank gun was an excellent weapon, combining a very powerful gun with a well-designed light frame to keep the gun low to the ground and mobile. The gun could be easily concealed in ambush locations, ensuring that they would have the first and very lethal shot.

7.5cm Tank-Hunter Platoon (Plastic) (GBX116)...

8.8cm Heavy AA Platoon (Plastic) (GBX119)
The legacy of the famously versatile 8.8cm FlaK36 anti-aircraft gun on the Eastern Front began with its ability to deal with the heaviest Soviet tanks. The 8.8cm FlaK36 anti-aircraft gun is accurate out to a range of several kilometres giving it the ability to knock out tanks beyond the range at which they can reply.

8.8cm Heavy AA Platoon (Plastic) (GBX119)...

8.8cm Heavy AA Platoon (Plastic) (GBX119)

5cm Tank-Hunter Platoon (Plastic) (GBX115)

5cm Tank-Hunter Platoon (Plastic) (GBX115)
5cm PaK38 guns are mounted on light frames so that troops can move them into difficult areas where they can surprise enemy targets. They are built low to the ground, making them easy to conceal. As Soviet tanks became more heavily armoured, older anti-tank guns were replaced by the formidable 5cm PaK38 guns in late 1941.

5cm Tank-Hunter Platoon (Plastic) (GBX115)...

10.5cm Artillery Battery (Plastic) (GBX117)
The 10.5cm leFH18 light field howitzer's main mission was to support German attacks and to shatter enemy counterattacks before they reached their objective. They also provided a base of fire in a last-ditch line of defence.

10.5cm Artillery Battery (Plastic) (GBX117)...

10.5cm Artillery Battery (Plastic) (GBX117)

7.5cm Infantry Gun Platoon (GE545)

7.5cm Infantry Gun Platoon (GE545)
When the German Grenadiers need high-explosive shells launched downrange, they bring the 7.5cm Infantry Gun. Not only can the 7.5cm Infantry Gun break up Russian formations, it can also launch smoke to cover German advances or to block out Soviet strong-points, forcing them to reposition for a shot.

7.5cm Infantry Gun Platoon (GE545)...

15cm Infantry Gun Platoon (GE567)
In the Streets of Stalingrad, the 15cm Infantry Gun is the ideal tool for leveling buildings, obliterating nests, and tearing apart enemy barricades. With its impressive range and barrage capabilities, the 15cm Infantry Gun can rain explosive rounds down on the enemy with excellent accuracy and to devastating effect. The 15cm Infantry Gun is best used to soften up enemy targets before an attack, or to deny the enemy ground through devastating repeat bombardements.

15cm Infantry Gun Platoon (GE567)...

15cm Infantry Gun Platoon (GE567)

Marder (7.62cm) Tank-hunter Platoon (GBX110)

Marder (7.62cm) Tank-hunter Platoon (GBX110)
For the German army advancing deep into Russia, the lack of an effective and efficient means of penetrating the thick armour of the Soviet T-34 and KV-1 tanks proved to be a considerable obstacle. Fortunately for German forces, early victories on the Eastern front provided a welcome solution to their problem in the form of large numbers of captured Soviet field guns, abandoned by retreating defenders.

Marder (7.62cm) Tank-hunter Platoon (GBX110)...

StuG (Early) Assault Gun Platoon (GBX109)
Designed to give infantry their own armoured support in battle, the StuG Assault Gun mounted a 7.5cm gun on the tried and trued Panzer III chassis. In the field, the StuG was used to unseat the enemy from defensive positions with high-explosive firepower and the long-barrelled 7.5cm variant could be trained on enemy tanks to great effect.

StuG (Early) Assault Gun Platoon (GBX109)...

StuG (Early) Assault Gun Platoon (GBX109)

Panzer II Light Tank Platoon (GBX108)

Panzer II Light Tank Platoon (GBX108)
The Panzer II was intended to be a training tank but, with the outbreak of war, it was pressed into service in the invasions of France and Poland. With a three-man crew—driver, commander, and radio operator— the Panzer II was the most numerous tank in the German army back during its Early-War heydey. Even then, the Panzer II only got its chance for the fact that a sufficient number of Panzers III & IV had not yet been produced

Panzer II Light Tank Platoon (GBX108)...

Sd Kfz 221 & 222 Light Scout Troop (GBX112)
An army can’t attack or defend against what it can’t see, and with the Red Army’s determined defence in the face of every German counterattack proving a tough nut to crack, the Sd Kfz 221 and 222 armoured cars were required to gather valuable intelligence on enemy positions and screen advancing forces.

Sd Kfz 221 & 222 Light Scout Troop (GBX112)...

Sd Kfz 221 & 222 Light Scout Troop (GBX112)

Sd Kfz 231 Heavy Scout Troop (GBX113)

Sd Kfz 231 Heavy Scout Troop (GBX113)
The eight-wheeled Sd Kfz 231 had excellent mobility and off-road capability, lending it to reconnaissance missions in across treacherous terrain—terrain its smaller, four-wheeled cousins were unable to traverse. With heavier armour than the Sd Kfz 221 & 222, the 231 was not only employed to gather intelligence in arduous conditions, but also to break up enemy ambushes and engage light enemy vehicles and infantry groups ahead of the main combat elements.

Sd Kfz 231 Heavy Scout Troop (GBX113)...

Sd Kfz 10/4 Light AA Platoon (GBX111)
The Sd Kfz 10/4 half-track's 20mm anti-aircraft gun protected German tanks and infantry. Their high-rate of fire put up a wall of lead that stopped anything from the Il-2 Sturmovik flying tank to a determined Soviet infantry assault.

Sd Kfz 10/4 Light AA Platoon (GBX111)...

Sd Kfz 10/4 Light AA Platoon (GBX111)

Ju 87 Stuka Flight (GBX120)

Ju 87 Stuka Flight (GBX120)
Though its design seems somewhat clunky and old fashioned, the Stuka provided a much-needed service to the Luftwaffe and her allies as a ground attack aircraft. Despite the initial perception, the Stuka included some innovative features, such as an automatic pull-up system to ensure that the plane recovered from a dive even if the pilot lost consciousness from the G-forces.

Ju 87 Stuka Flight (GBX120)...

Iron Cross Command Cards (FW247C)
Command Cards allow Flames Of War generals to field iconic warriors, build new types of units, field new types of equipment, enhance your commander’s capabilities, and bring new tactics and strategems to the battlefield.

Iron Cross Command Cards (FW247C)...

Iron Cross Command Cards (FW247C)

Iron Cross Unit Cards (FW247U)

Iron Cross Unit Cards (FW247U)
For a limited time only boxes of Unit Cards will be available for each Flames Of War Mid War book. The packs will contain one of each Unit Card that relates to their book. The packs have been designed to assist existing players that have already bought our miniatures and built their armies under previous editions and want cards to help transition to V4.

Iron Cross Unit Cards (FW247U)...

The Panzer III On The Eastern Front

The Panzer III On The Eastern Front
With the release of Iron Cross, Adam thought it might be a good idea to look at the Panzer Forces that the Wehrmacht had available in 1942 in their push to defeat the Soviet Forces. In particular the Panzer III, which formed the backbone of the German armour forces up to 1943.

The Panzer III On The Eastern Front...

Using Sd Kfz 251 Half-tracks in Iron Cross
The full armoured panzergrenadiers list will be coming out with our next Eastern Front book, Ghost Panzers but we know that many of our existing players already have their halftracks and are excited to try them out now. To that end, here’s the rules and card that you’ll need to mechanize your Iron Cross panzergrenadier units.

Using Sd Kfz 251 Half-tracks in Iron Cross...

Using Sd Kfz 251 Half-tracks in Iron Cross

German Forces in Tunisia

German Forces in Tunisia
With the release of Iron Cross, there are a variety of new formations available for German players from Grenadier Companies to Panzergrenadier Companies. Now these formations aren’t just limited to service on the Eastern Front and can be used to represent German forces fighting in Tunisia in 1942 and 1943. Ryan takes a look at how to use Iron Cross to represent these forces

German Forces in Tunisia...

Brick Factory (BB234) Brick Factory (BB234)
With design features like the saw-tooth roof and bare brick walls, this is a totally typical manufacturing plant or warehouse. It will look at home on battlefields for any period from the Industrial Revolution till today.

Brick Factory (BB234)...

Destroyed Brick Factory (BB235)
Collateral damage can be inevitable in nearly any large scale conflict and large buildings like factories can get caught in the cross fire. This destroyed factory won’t look out of place in any battlefield, from the industrial revolution to present day.

Destroyed Brick Factory (BB235)...

Destroyed Factory (BB235)
 Factory Chimneys (BB236) Factory Chimneys (BB236)
In a fight cover can make all the difference and a chimney is no exception with soldiers making use of anything to give them an edge in a fight.  These factory chimneys provide enough cover for a tank or infantry team to hide behind. 

 Factory Chimneys (BB236)...

Stalingrad Rubble Piles (BB238)
In the Battle Of Stalingrad many parts of the city were reduced to ruins with buildings damaged or even outright destroyed. These piles of rubble provided cover for infantry and could prove difficult for tanks and vehicles to cross.

Stalingrad Rubble Piles (BB238)...

Stalingrad Rubble Piles (BB238)
Destroyed Factory Ground Floor (BB235A) Destroyed Factory Ground Floor (BB235A)
War often takes its toll on the buildings with many reduced to shadows of their former selves. Even a ruin however still provide cover for a solider or a hiding spot for an ambush.

Destroyed Factory Ground Floor (BB235A)...

Destroyed Factory Ground Floor (BB235A)
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Last Updated On Monday, December 10, 2018