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D-Day American Forces In Normandy 1944

D-Day: Americans Spotlight

D-Day: American Spotlight
The D-Day landings were the biggest undertaking of the US Army to that point in the war. The US Army was huge, but most of its divisions were totally inexperienced. Only a handful of divisions had taken part in the fighting in North Africa, and most of those were still engaged in Italy. To offset this inexperience, they had raised elite assault troops, such as paratroopers and rangers, reorganised their regular troops for assault landings, and brought experienced veteran divisions back from the Mediterranean. This gives an American commander a wide choice of forces, even though their equipment was standardised to maximise the benefits of Americsn-style mass production. Do you want to field fresh, eager troops, available in significant numbers, or do you want to field the less common desert veterans. Are you content with regular army troops, or do you want a small, elite strike force?

D-Day: American Spotlight...

Hit The Beach (FWBX09) Hit The Beach (FWBX09)
With a thunderous crash another shell smashes into the wall above you, showering your trench with rubble. Looking around, your entire position resembles a cauldron of fire—every roof ablaze, black smoke billowing into the night sky. As the echo of the blast dies away, the crack of rifle fire breaks out, and an ominous clanking and rumbling… Suddenly, out of the flames roars a Tiger tank! Leaping from your trench you run forwards. ‘Bazooka! Bazooka, now!’ Even as the din swallows your shouting, you see a trooper levelling his rocket launcher at the great beast’s tracks. It may not be enough. You are in command. Take control. What are your orders?

Hit The Beach (FWBX09)...

American Combat Command (USAB10)
The US Army fights as a combined arms force of tanks, infantry and artillery— an’ I do mean combined. Every infantry division has a battalion of tanks attached, We’ve got artillery, an’ lots of it, at every level. It’s kept well supplied so it can fire day and night. It’s said the US artillery fires more rounds in a day’n most German units can fire in a whole campaign. We’ve also got plenty of radios, at all levels of command, meanin’ we’ve got a versatility on the battlefield that the Germans can’t hope to match, an’ our allies can only dream of.

American Combat Command (USAB10)...

American Combat Command (USAB10)

M4 Sherman Tank Platoon (Plastic) (UBX69)

M4 Sherman Tank Platoon (Plastic) (UBX69)
The M4 Medium Tank, aka the Sherman, is the most iconic and ubiquitous American tank of WWII, with a total of more than 44,000 produced. By 1944 the tank was showing its age, but this didn't stop the tankers from adding modifications and upgrades to help them fight on.

M4 Sherman Tank Platoon (Plastic) (UBX69)...

M5 Stuart Light Tank Platoon (Plastic) (UBX70)
The M5 is the second major version of the Stuart light tank. The new model has a bit more armour protection as well as an larger turret. The extra weight was handle

M5 Stuart Light Tank Platoon (Plastic) (UBX70)...

M5 Stuart Light Tank Platoon (Plastic) (UBX70)

M4 Sherman (105mm) Assault Gun Platoon (Plastic) (UBX71)

M4 Sherman (105mm) Assault Gun Platoon (Plastic) (UBX71)
The M4 Sherman (105mm) assault gun combines the indirect firepower of a mortar, the first shot kill of a big gun, and the armour of a tank. These armoured 105mm guns have the ability to pin down enemy troops or destroy them with deadly direct fire.

M4 Sherman (105mm) Assault Gun Platoon (Plastic) (UBX71)...

Parachute Rifle Company (Plastic) (UBX64)
All company commanders take pride in their units, but parachute company commanders take that even further. They expect more from their men and in return the officers are willing to give everything for the company.

Parachute Rifle Comapny (Plastic) UBX64...

Parachute Rifle Company (Plastic) (UBX64)

Parachute Rifle Platoon (Plastic) (US792)

Parachute Rifle Platoon (Plastic) (US792)
To the man, each soldiers of the parachute regiments is a highly trained and capable volunteer. They have undergone the most rigorous training available to earn their jump wings. A Parachute Rifle Company has the best troops in the US Army. They have excellent motivation, making them very reliable, and their superior training gives them flexibility in the field to ensure victory.

Parachute Rifle Platoon (Plastic) (US792)...

Rifle Company (Plastic) (UBX68)
The bulk of US infantry in Normandy are from the rifle companies. These are large formations, backed up by a tremendous amount of firepower support. American artillery, tanks, and reconnaissance are never in short supply for the American 'doughboys'.

Rifle Comapny (Plastic) (UBX68)...

Rifle Company (Plastic) (UBX68)

Armoured Rifle Platoon (Plastic) (UBX75)

Armoured Rifle Platoon (Plastic) (UBX75)
Mounted up in M3 Half-tracks, these troops are highly mobile and well armed. The 'armored doughs' are well supported by the division's tanks and tank-destroyers, making them an unstoppable force in the field.

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M1917 Machine-gun Platoon (Plastic) (US805)
The tried-and-true M1917 heavy machinegun was an ideal defensive weapon. Put your machine-guns just behind the forward line of your own troops where they can sweep the ground in front of your position and stop the enemy infantry. In the attack use these guns on a flank, advancing into cover within range of enemy infantry, and opening up to keep the enemy’s heads down while your own infantry assaults to clear the objective.

M1917 Machine-gun Platoon (Plastic) (US805)...

M1917 Machine-gun Platoon (Plastic) (US805)

Armoured Rifle Company HQ (Plastic) (UBX74)

Armoured Rifle Company HQ (Plastic) (UBX74)
For many 'Armoured doughs', Normandy will be their first real fight. The enemy is dug in and expecting them, but the armoured infantry is lavishly equipped with machine-guns, bazookas, half-tracks, and tanks—more than enough firepower to defeat the enemy.

Armoured Rifle Company HQ (Plastic) (UBX74)...

Recon Patrol Security Section (Plastic) (UBX79)
Cavalry patrols operate over large areas of ground, constantly reporting on German positions, testing and securing bridges, and making contact with local resistance groups. The information collected by these patrols is transmitted using radios to help guide the tanks and infantry.

Recon Patrol Security Section  (Plastic) (UBX79)...

Recon Patrol Security Section  (Plastic) (UBX79)

Assault Company (Plastic) (UBX86)

Assault Company (UBX86)
Due to the limited load capacity of the landing craft, every man is critical and the company's heavy weapons were distributed across several craft to minimise losses .

Assault Company (UBX86)...

Airborne Jeep Recon Patrol (Plastic) (UBX65)
The divisional reconnaissance group has two glider-landed reconnaissance platoons. Equipped with machine-gun-armed jeeps, they are ideal for scouting for enemy counterattacks or as part of a mobile reserve.

Recon Jeep Patrol (Plastic) UBX65...

Airborne Jeep Recon Patrol (Plastic) (UBX65)

M3 Halftrack Transport Platoon (Plastic) (UBX76)

M3 Halftrack Transport Platoon (Plastic) (UBX76)
The M3 half-track is the essential US armoured transport, which has been in service since North Africa. These half-tracks come with their own firepower, but in classic American style, they have plenty of hard points to mount even more machine-guns when needed.

M3 Halftrack Transport Platoon (Plastic) UBX76)...

Parachute 57mm Anti-tank Platoon (Plastic) (UBX67)
The divisional anti-tank battalion has heavier British airborne 57mm (6 pdr) guns landed in British Horsa gliders and an excellent example of inter-allied cooperation! The heavier guns give the division real punch when the panzers start rolling.

Parachute 57mm Anti-tank Platoon (Plastic) (UBX67)...

Parachute 57mm Anti-tank Platoon (Plastic) (UBX67)

57mm Anti-tank Platoon (Plastic) (UBX81)

57mm Anti-tank Platoon (Plastic) (UBX81)
Rifle companies have excellent anti-tank guns and bazookas to keep the tanks at bay. Your 57mm guns are for point defence of vulnerable areas. Dig them in behind terrain so the enemy can’t see them and wait for the enemy to drive into your kill zone.

57mm Anti-tank Platoon (Plastic) (UBX81)...

Parachute 75mm Artillery Battery (Plastic) (UBX66)
Vital to the survival of the airborne division is the air-transportable parachute field artillery battery equipped with the M1A1 75mm pack howitzer. Each gun can be broken down into nine parachute loads. These are all tied together and dropped as a single aircraft load. If all goes well, they’ll still be all together on landing. The bundles can be quickly located by the crew and assembled so as to go into action in support of the parachute infantry regiments immediately.

Parachute 75mm Artillery Battery (Plastic) (UBX66)...

Parachute 75mm Artillery Battery (Plastic) (UBX66)

105mm Cannon Platoon (Plastic) (UBX82)

105mm Cannon Platoon (Plastic) (UBX82)
The M3 105mm howitzer offers good punch in a light-weight package. While its bombardment range is not as good as the M2A1 field howitzer, it makes up for that with superior mobility and its ability to be transported by glider.

105mm Cannon Platoon (Plastic) (UBX82)...

M7 Priest Artillery Battery (Plastic) (UBX73)
D-Day planners committed M7 Priest batteries to support the invading infantry coming ashore. In a pinch they could be used as assault guns by firing directly at bunkers blocking the beach exits.

M7 Priest Artillery Battery (Plastic) (UBX73)...

M7 Priest Artillery Battery (Plastic) (UBX73)

M12 155mm Artillery Battery (UBX84)

M12 155mm Artillery Battery (UBX84)
The long 155mm guns have great range and firepower. Even heavy battle tanks are not safe from their heavy shells. These big guns have a secondary role as bunker busters when German fortifications slow down the advance.

M12 155mm Artillery Battery (UBX84) ...

M4 81mm Armoured Mortar Platoon  (UBX78)
Armoured mortars are ideal for supporting your troops. They can keep up with your half-tracks and don't need to dismount to fire an artillery bombardment. Keeping your troops well supported with artillery is key to success.

M4 81mm Armoured Mortar Platoon  (UBX78)...

M4 81mm Armoured Mortar Platoon (UBX78)

Parachute Rifle Platoon (Plastic) (US792)

Parachute Mortar Platoon (Plastic) (US794)
As the battle develops, you’ll want access to more and more fire support to take your objectives. Always the first to respond are the M1 81mm mortars of the battalion’s mortar platoon. Quick to deploy, mobile and accurate, it’s likely these men will have fired their whole mission before the big boys on the beach will have gotten the sand out of their radios.

Parachute Mortar Platoon (Plastic) (US794)...

81mm Mortar Platoon (Plastic) (US804)
American mortars provide quick and accurate fire for your infantry. Remember that each platoon leader and the company commander are trained to call for fire using some of the finest communications gear available. This gives you greater flexibility when calling for fire than any other nation’s army.

81mm Mortar Platoon (Plastic) (US804)...

81mm Mortar Platoon (Plastic) (US804)

Self Propelled AAA Platoon (UBX83)

Self Propelled AAA Platoon (UBX83)
When enemy air is on the prowl, use the 'Triple A' platoon to guard your valuable guns and positions. Even when aircraft is not a threat, the anti-aircraft artillery can saturate enemy strongpoints and pin down the enemy with a tremendous amount of fire.

Self Propelled AAA Platoon (UBX83)...

P-47 Thunderbolt Flight  (UBX85)
Having swept the Luftwaffe, the German Air Force, from the skies, the Allied air forces have exposed the German Army to our fighter bombers. P-47 Thunderbolts destroy targets using 500lb bombs, a battery of eight .50 cal machineguns, or 5-inch high-velocity anti-tank rockets.

P-47 Thunderbolt Flight (UBX85)...

P-47 Thunderbolt Flight (UBX85)

Parachute Rifle Platoon (Plastic) (US792)

82nd Airborne Gaming Aids
Even though they are toy soldiers, your troops react to heavy fire like real soldiers. Sometimes they get pinned down or bail out of their tanks. They can dig foxholes for protection or go to ground, hiding from the enemy. Tokens help you keep track of the state of your troops.

82nd Airborne Gaming Aids...

101st Airborne Gaming Aids
Even though they are toy soldiers, your troops react to heavy fire like real soldiers. Sometimes they get pinned down or bail out of their tanks. They can dig foxholes for protection or go to ground, hiding from the enemy. Tokens help you keep track of the state of your troops.

101st Airborne Gaming Aids...

Parachute Rifle Platoon (Plastic) (US792)

Late War Unit Cards

D-Day American Unit Cards
For a limited time only boxes of Unit Cards will be available for each Flames Of War Late 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.

D-Day: American Unit Cards(FW262U)...

D-Day: American Command Cards (FW262C)
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.

D-Day: American Command Cards (FW262C)...

D-Day: American Command Cards (FW262C)

D-Day American Token & Objective Set - Direct Range

Late War American Dice Set (US906) Late War American Dice Set (US906) Late War American Dice Set (US906) Late War American Dice Set (US906) Late War American Dice Set (US906) Late War American Dice Set (US906)
29th Infantry Division Tokens and Objectives (US900) Armored Divisions Tokens and Objectives (USO901) Rangers Tokens and Objectives (USO902) 1st Infantry Division Tokens and Objectives (USO903) Glider Infantry Regiment Tokens and Objectives (USO905) Tank Destroyer Tokens and Objectives (USO906)

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Battlefront Paint Sets
Each Paint set together with the Utility Paint Set, provides the specialist colours needed to paint your WWII or WWIII force in the appropriate colours all in an easy to grab box. Get everything painted! From the camo paint all the way to the tow cables.

Battlefront Paint Sets...

Scenario - The Battle for Carentan
Carentan was a focal point in the German defense in the days after D-Day. As US forces expanded their beachheads, German positions in Carentan prevented the linking of the VII Corps from Utah Beach and V Corps from Omaha Beach. The 101st Airborne Division was tasked with clearing the town. Learn more about the background and download a new mission to play with D-Day: American and D-Day: German forces

Scenario - The Battle for Carentan...

Scenario - The Battle for Carentan

Matt's Paras

Matt's Paras
I had only dabbled in the Americans previously, I had built a small platoon from the hard plastic range and thought this release would be perfect to expand them into a fully fledged army. Time to dig out Band of Brothers methinks.

The first stage is to get my company HQ and additional platoons assembled and painted

Matt's Paras...

Lend Lease! ‘Hit the Beach’ Shermans in British Service
Part of the Flames Of War hobby has for me always included an element of historical research and modelling. While recognising that not everyone is as interested in modelling historical units as I am, I thought it would still be useful to provide some information on how you can use the M4A1 Sherman Tanks from the Hit the Beach starter set as a basis for a British Armoured Squadron. 

Lend Lease! 'Hit The Beach' Shermans in British Service...

Lend Lease! ‘Hit the Beach’ Shermans in British Service

Examining The M10 Company

Examining The M10 Company
After the tense battles to breach Hitler’s Atlantic Wall, the Allied forces in northern France were needing to clear operational space around the landing zones, clean up the various closeby German strongholds and line up to advance on Paris, then on to Berlin. They had landed on the beaches and dropped behind enemy lines to reclaim Europe from the Axis occupiers after over four long years of oppression and terror.

Examining The M10 Company...

Designing Airborne Figures
Hi! My name is Ales, and I am a designer behind some of the figure miniatures produced for Flames of War. For this article, I will guide you through the process of creation from beginning to final product. It is quite a specific line of work since the production of miniatures requires knowledge in different areas; such as 3D sculpting, casting processes, working with small scales, materials, and prototyping equipment.

Designing Airborne Figures...

Designing Airborne Figures

“Spearhead”: US D-Day Shermans Aggressive

“Spearhead”: US D-Day Shermans Aggressive
The Armoured forces of the United States of America had rapidly grown to become a modern fighting force. Now using reliable designs and constantly revising and improving their vehicles to be as deadly, fast and safe as they could. The aim of these Breakout themed articles is to help new or returning players build up their understanding of the US Late War forces in D-Day: American, for use in Flames Of War Version 4 games. 

“Spearhead”: US D-Day Shermans Aggressive...

Click here to Go to the D-Day American Live Launch...

D-Day American Live Launch
On July 6th 2019 we launched 
D-Day: American. Even though it is over you can still check out everything we put up in the link below.

Click here to Go to the D-Day American Live Launch...

Last Updated On Friday, July 9, 2021 by Luke at Battlefront