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Bagration: German Spotlight

Bagration: German Spotlight
Bagration: German is the third German themed book in the Flames Of War Late-war series of army handbooks (after D-Day: German and D-Day: Waffen-SS). It is also the second of the Bagration series, bringing you German Eastern Front forces fighting against Soviet Operation Bagration as featured in Bagration: Soviet.

Bagration: German covers the German forces fighting all across the Eastern Front from Finland in the north to Romania and Hungary in the south from January 1944 to January 1945.

There is a great variety of formations and units available to field, from tanks and armoured infantry to grenadiers and tank-hunters.

Bagration: German Spotlight...

D-Day: Waffen-SS Spotlight
After a brutal 12 months on the Eastern Front, the elite 1st and 2nd SS Panzer Divisions were worn out, barely a regimental sized battlegroup remained. They desperately needed to be withdrawn to France to rebuild back to full strength.

Six weeks into their training, still trying to bring large numbers of conscripted replacements up to scratch, the Allies invaded France on D-Day. Ready or not, the SS panzer divisions were rushed to the invasion front, counterattacking to drive the Allies back into the sea.

D-Day: Waffen-SS Spotlight...

D-Day: Waffen-SS Spotlight

D-Day Germans Spotlight

D-Day: German Spotlight
In early 1944, the situation in France was clearly the quiet before the storm. An Allied invasion would come, probably in the summer, but until then it was a quiet place to rebuild divisions shattered in the desperate autumn and winter battles on the Eastern Front behind the ‘Atlantic Wall’ fortifications lining the coast. The challenge faced by the German commanders, Rommel and von Rundstedt, was how to combine these disparate forces into a battle-winning force. Should the panzers support the beach defences closely? Or should they operate with complete freedom, seeking to strike a battle-winning blow to cut off and destroy the Allied armies once ashore? What would be the best way to handle the massive Allied superiority in numbers, artillery, especially heavy naval gunfire, and aircraft? They made their choices and failed. Can you do better, defeating the Allied invasion and saving Germany?

D-Day: German Spotlight...

21st Panzer Division Spotlight
The 21st Panzer Division is one of the more colourful divisions to fight in the Normandy Campaign. Descended from Rommel's legendary Afrika Korps, they would have attracted attention anyway. On top of this, their equipment with rather unique modified French tanks and half-tracks ensured their lasting interest to wargamers.

While it would have been great to be able to include the division in the D-Day: German book, the fact that little of their equipment actually matched that fielded by any other division made that difficult. Instead, we opted to give them their own booklet and release window highlighting this unusual division and its equipment.

Click here to read the 21st Panzer Spotlight...

21st Panzer 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)...

German Tank-hunter Kampfgruppe (GEAB20)
A Kampfgruppe (battle group) was an ad-hoc combined arms formation, usually employing a combination of tanks, infantry, anti-tank and artillery elements. During Operation Bagration, the Germans employed these combined arms formations to stymie the rapid advance of Soviet forces. For the first few weeks of July 1944, these formations formed the backbone of the German defences

German Tank-hunter Kampfgruppe (GEAB20)...

German Tank-hunter Kampfgruppe (GEAB20)

Waffen-SS Panther Kampfgruppe (GEAB19)

Waffen-SS Panther Kampfgruppe (Plastic) (GEAB19)
The SS panzer divisions were all-arms forces, with an armoured group of tanks and armoured infantry mounted in halftracks, infantry groups fighting on foot, and a reconnaissance group of armoured cars and panzergrenadiers in light halftracks that was often used as the divisional reserve. These elite troops stopped attack after attack, fighting with fanatical determination against great odds.

Waffen-SS Panther Kampfgruppe (GEAB19)...

German Panzer Kampfgruppe (GEAB18)
Like a phoenix ascendant, Germany has risen once again from the false defeat contrived by our traitorous leaders in the First World War. The Treaty of Versailles was foisted upon an undefeated army and a nation willing to do anything to achieve victory. We must all be willing to do anything, anything to have the Fatherland rule the world!

German Panzer Kampfgruppe (GEAB18)...

German Panzer Kampfgruppe (GEAB18)

Panzer IV/70 Platoon (GBX160)

Panzer IV/70 Platoon (GBX160)
The Panzer IV/70 tank combined the excellent gun of the Panther tank with the tested hull of the Panzer IV tank. With additional armour this made for a formidable fighting vehicle. The Panzer IV/70 is armed with the same long 7.5cm KwK42 L/70 gun as the Panther tank and can crack the front armour of any Soviet tank.

Panzer IV/70 Platoon (GBX160)...

Hetzer Tank-hunter Platoon (GBX163)
The assault gun companies armed with Hetzer tank-hunters usually have three platoons of three vehicles, while the Hetzer tank-hunters in Panzerjäger (tank-hunter) companies are organised in platoons of four. Despite the usual support role of these units, often the need for armour to mount counterattacks is great and they are sent in en-mass to push back enemy attacks.

Hetzer Tank-hunter Platoon (GBX167)...

Hetzer Tank-hunter Platoon (GBX167)

Tiger Tank Platoon (GBX140)

Tiger Tank Platoon (GBX140)
The Tiger tank has such a reputation amongst Allied tankers, that any tank that held up their advance became a ‘Tiger’. With armour capable of stopping nearly all Allied anti-tank rounds, and a gun that penetrates Allied tanks with ease, its reputation is well deserved.

Tiger Tank Platoon (GBX140)...

Panzer IV Tank Platoon (Plastic) (GBX142)
Although various marks of the Panzer IV have been in combat since the beginning of the war, the latest models used in Normandy are far more powerful than the originals and still out-gun most enemy medium tanks.

Panzer IV Tank Platoon (Plastic) (GBX142)...

Panzer IV Tank Platoon (Plastic) (GBX142)

Fallschirmjäger StuG Assault Gun Platoon (Plastic) (GBX143)

Fallschirmjäger StuG Assault Gun Platoon (Plastic) (GBX143)
The StuG (short for Sturmgeschütz, or assault gun) mounts the same 7.5cm gun as the Panzer IV tank, making it effective at both knocking out machine-guns to assist the infantry to advance and knocking out enemy tanks.

Fallschirmjäger StuG Assault Gun Platoon (Plastic) (GBX143)...

Panther Tank Platoon (GBX161)
While the Panther tank is nominally a medium tank, its gun can penetrate any Allied tank with ease, while its own armour is difficult to penetrate in return. Their doctrine requires the panzer divisions to use their Panthers in heavy punches, smashing anything in their way to the objective, then withdraw them from the front line to prepare for the next attack.

Panther Tank Platoon (GBX161)...

Panther Tank Platoon (GBX161)

Fallschirmjäger Company (Plastic) (GBX136)

Fallschirmjäger Company (Plastic) (GBX136)
The paratroopers of the Fallschirmjäger divisions saw themselves as the best of the best. After jumping out of aircraft, combat held little fear for them, whether stubbornly defending or launching their own attacks to push the Allies back.

Fallschirmjäger Company (Plastic) (GBX136)...

Escort Platoon (GE788)
189. Sturmgeschützabteilung was the first unit to use Begleit, or escort, tank riders to escort their assault guns. Sometimes they fought dismounted away from the assault guns as the battle conditions dictated. They were armed with the new StG44 assault rifle, the first weapon of this type to see combat.

Escort Platoon (GE788)...

Escort Platoon (GE788)

Fallschirmjäger Rifle Platoon (Plastic) (GE768)

Fallschirmjäger Rifle Platoon (Plastic) (GE768)
Fallschirmjäger rifle platoons are larger than normal rifle platoons to allow for expected parachuting casualties on landing. This added manpower gives them greater resilience in prolonged ground operations. The esprit de corps of the Fallschirmjäger together with their extra team per squad make them the toughest and most feared German light infantry.

Fallschirmjäger Rifle Platoon (Plastic) (GE768)...

Grenadier Company (Plastic) (GBX170)
The troops assigned to defend the beaches of France against the Allied invasion had been deemed unfit for front-line service. They spent more of their time building fortifications than training, but their lack of combat skills mattered less when they stuck to their intended defensive role, but did limit their capability in offensive operations.

Grenadier Company (Plastic) (GBX170)...

Grenadier Company (Plastic) (GBX170)

SS Panzergrenadier Platoon (Plastic) (GBX141)

SS Panzergrenadier Platoon (Plastic) (GBX141)
SS panzergrenadiers were heavily armed, with two MG42 machine-guns in each squad backed with plenty of guns and mortars, so their firepower (and ammunition expenditure) was immense. Fortunately, their motorised transport meant that they could bring up the required ammunition each night, ready for the next day’s battle. Their fearless determination to defend the Third Reich, and the impressive volume of fire they could generate, made them a tough nut for the Allies to crack.

SS Panzergrenadier Platoon (Plastic) (GBX141)...

Panzergrenadier Platoon (Plastic) (GBX169)
The motorised panzergrenadier battalions have much more firepower than the rifle battalions of the infantry divisions, allowing them to launch attacks and counterattacks without the need to wait for outside support. When they have panzers and artillery attached, they are difficult to stop without a layered defence in depth.

Panzergrenadier Platoon (Plastic) (GBX169)...

Panzergrenadier Platoon (Plastic) (GBX169)

Armoured AA Tank Platoon (GBX166)

Armoured AA Tank Platoon (GBX166)
The Ostwind has been designed in 1944 as a successor to the Wirbelwind. Armed with a 3.7cm FlaK43 anti-aircraft gun it has better range and hitting power than the Quad 2cm AA gun of it predecessor.

Armoured AA Tank Platoon (GBX166)...

Sd Kfz 251 Transports (Plastic) (GBX152)
The Sd Kfz 251 half-track gives the panzergrenadiers the speed and armour to attack at the same pace as the panzers. Suppressing the enemy defences with their on-board weapons, the panzergrenadiers can be on top of the enemy positions before the defenders can reposition their reserves and bring fire to bear.

Sd Kfz 251 Transports (Plastic) (GBX152)...

Sd Kfz 251 Transports (Plastic) (GBX152)

Armoured Panzergrenadier Company HQ (Plastic) (GBX168)

Armoured SS Panzergrenadier Company HQ (Plastic) (GBX138)
The SS armoured panzergrenadier companies were the division’s strike force. Fast and armoured, their half-tracks allowed them to keep up with the panzers in mobile operations. The same traits made them equally good as rearguards. Once they halted the enemy advance with their massive firepower, they could quickly withdraw to the next defence line, protected from enemy artillery fire.

Armoured SS Panzergrenadier Company HQ (Plastic) (GBX138)...

Armoured SS Reconnaissance Company HQ (Plastic) (GBX153)
The armoured SS panzergrenadiers and their reconnaissance company brothers had a lot in common, being fanatically tough infantry mounted in armoured half-tracks. The real difference came in the form of their transport. While the panzergrenadiers fought from their big Sd Kfz 251 half-tracks, the reconnaissance company were mounted in the smaller, stealthier Sd Kfz 250 half-track. Its smaller size meant that they needed twice as many to carry a platoon, but that also meant that they had twice as many machine-guns when they needed them.

Armoured SS Reconnaissance Company HQ (Plastic) (GBX153)...

Armoured SS Reconnaissance Company HQ (Plastic) (GBX153)

Armoured Panzergrenadier Company HQ (Plastic) (GBX168)

Armoured Panzergrenadier Company HQ (Plastic) (GBX168)
The mobility and massed firepower of the Armoured panzergrenadier companies allows them to overwhelm the enemy before they can respond Their integral support allows the panzergrenadiers to fight with their own resources, freeing the panzers to continue with their own attack.

Armoured Panzergrenadier Company HQ (Plastic) (GBX168)...

Armoured Reconnaissance Company HQ (Plastic) (GBX150)
The light reconnaissance company is organised along the same lines as a panzergrenadier company. The biggest difference is that they are mounted in the smaller Sd Kfz 250 halftrack. While this is often small enough to avoid detection, they need nearly twice as many of them. If they do get into a full-on fight, this can prove to be a blessing as the Sd Kfz 250 half-track is as heavily armed as the panzergrenadiers’ bigger Sd Kfz 251, meaning that they have nearly twice the firepower.

Armoured Reconnaissance Company HQ (Plastic) (GBX150)...

Armoured Reconnaissance Company HQ (Plastic) (GBX150)

Sd Kfz 250 Transports (Plastic) (GBX129)

Sd Kfz 250 Transports (Plastic) (GBX129)
The Sd Kfz 250 half-track is a smaller version of the panzergrenadiers’ Sd Kfz 251, carrying a single MG42 team. Although faster than its bigger cousin, the Sd Kfz 250 has a much shorter wheelbase, limiting its ability to cross obstacles. The smaller size and greater speed of the Sd Kfz 250 makes it much easier to conceal and ideal for reconnaissance operations.

Sd Kfz 250 Transports (Plastic) (GBX129)...

Sd Kfz Scout Troop (Plastic) (GBX176)
The Sd Kfz 250/9 2cm-armed half-tracked armoured cars, and their Sd Kfz 250 command vehicle with its powerful radio, scout ahead of the panzer division, spearheading its advance. Although well-enough armed to tackle enemy armoured cars, they attempt to avoid combat with anything bigger, using stealth to complete their scouting role.

Sd Kfz Scout Troop (Plastic) (GBX176)...

Sd Kfz Scout Platoon (Plastic) (GBX176)

Puma Scout Troop (Plastic) (GBX172)

Puma Scout Troop (Plastic) (GBX172)
With their 5cm guns, the big eight-wheeled Puma give the light armoured cars of the armoured reconnaissance battalions some heavier back up. However, worried that commanders would start fights rather than scouting as they are supposed to, later production switched to the Sd Kfz 234/1 with a 2cm gun.

Puma Scout Troop (Plastic) (GBX172)...

Armoured Flame-thrower Platoon (GBX156)
Armoured flame-throwers like the Sd Kfz 251/16 half-track are successful terror weapons. With a flame-thrower spewing fire from each side, enemy infantry abandon their positions rather than be burned to death, clearing the way for the panzergrenadiers.

Armoured Flame-thrower Platoon (GBX156)...

Armoured Flame-thrower Platoon (GBX156)

Sd Kfz 251 Transports (Plastic) (GBX152)

Gun Platoon - Mortar Section (Plastic) (GBX177)
The Sd Kfz 251/2 half-tracks from the heavy weapons platoon carry 8cm mortars in the passenger compartment to support the infantry with fast, accurate artillery fire. The half-tracks carry the weapon and ammunition together, ready and able to quickly provide support for the panzergrenadiers.

Gun Platoon - Mortar Section (Plastic) (GBX177)...

sMG42 SS Machine-gun Platoon (Plastic) (GE797)
Each SS panzergrenadier company had four sMG42 heavy machine-guns in its heavy weapons platoon. These gave long-range fire support, freeing up the panzergrenadiers from worrying about an open flank or pinning down the enemy infantry as they advanced.

sMG42 SS Machine-gun Platoon (Plastic) (GE797)...

sMG42 SS Machine-gun Platoon (Plastic) (GE797)

Fallschirmjager sMG34 Machine-gun Platoon (Plastic) (GE770)

Fallschirmjäger sMG42 Machine-gun Platoon (Plastic) (GE770)
The MG42 is a powerful weapon capable of firing 1200 rounds per minute at ranges up to 1000 metres. This makes the tripod-mounted sMG42 heavy machine-gun ideal for establishing a defensive line, covering your flanks, or suppressing the enemy's fire before an assault.

Fallschirmjäger sMG42 Machine-gun Platoon (Plastic) (GE770)...

sMG34 Machine-gun Platoon (Plastic) (GE784)
The sMG34 heavy machine-guns of the battalion machine-gun platoons form a base of fire for the infantry to operate around. They dig in and dominate the ground in front of them, pinning the enemy down so that the infantry can counterattack and wipe them out.

sMG34 Machine-gun Platoon (Plastic) (GE784)...

sMG34 Machine-Gun Platoon (Plastic) (GE784)

10.5cm Artillery Battery (Plastic) (GBX145)

10.5cm Artillery Battery (Plastic) (GBX145)
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) (GBX145)...

15cm Nebelwerfer Battery (Plastic) (GBX146)
The six-barrelled 15cm Nebelwerfer rocket launcher terrifies Allied soldiers, delivering six screaming rockets per launcher, scattering rockets, packed with 31.8 kg (70 lb) of high-explosives, across a wide area.

15cm Nebelwerfer Battery (Plastic) (GBX146)...

15cm Nebelwerfer Battery (Plastic) (GBX146)

8cm SS Mortar Platoon (Plastic) (GE798)

8cm SS Mortar Platoon (Plastic) (GE798)
SS panzergrenadier battalions had a pair of 8cm mortars in each company’s heavy weapons platoon, and up to another six in the battalion mortar platoon. These gave quick and responsive artillery support to the troops in the front line.

8cm SS Mortar Platoon (Plastic) (GE798)...

8cm Mortar Platoon (Plastic) (GE785)
The battalion mortar platoon reaches out and touches the enemy at long range, either bombarding their assembly areas to hinder their attacks, or knocking out their machine-guns.

8cm Mortar Platoon (Plastic) (GE785)...

8cm Mortar Platoon (Plastic) (GE785)

12cm SS Mortar Platoon (Plastic) (GE799)

12cm SS Mortar Platoon (Plastic) (GE799)
The 1st SS Panzer Division had new 12cm mortars in place of its battalion mortars and 7.5cm infantry guns, giving it increased firepower while requiring fewer soldiers. This worked well and later became standard across all SS panzer divisions.

12cm SS Mortar Platoon (Plastic) (GE799)...

12cm Mortar Platoon (Plastic) (GE771)
The big regimental 12cm mortars fire a heavier bombardment at a longer range than the light 8cm mortars. However, they are less versatile as they lack the capability to fire smoke screens to blind the enemy as your troops manoeuvre.

12cm Mortar Platoon (Plastic) (GE771)...

12cm Mortar Platoon (Plastic) (GE771)

Fallschirmjager Mortar Platoon (Plastic) (GE769)

Fallschirmjäger Mortar Platoon (Plastic) (GE769)
The Fallschirmjäger use light 8cm mortars as company and battalion mortars. These are nicknamed Stummelwerfer or ‘Stump mortar’ for their short barrels. The Fallschirmjäger found their mortars useful in breaking up American assaults on Hill 192 in Normandy, firing into the gullies where the Americans formed up. The big regimental 12cm mortars fire a heavier bombardment at a longer range than the light 8cm mortars. However, they are less versatile as they lack the capability to fire smoke screens to blind the enemy as your troops manoeuvre.

Fallschirmjäger Mortar Platoon (Plastic) (GE769)...

7.5cm Tank Hunter Platoon (Plastic) (GBX148)
No anti-tank gun has earned its reputation more than the 7.5cm PaK40. These guns started to arrive in large numbers on the front by the start of 1944, replacing the older 5cm guns.

7.5cm Tank Hunter Platoon (Plastic) (GBX148)...

7.5cm Tank Hunter Platoon (Plastic) (GBX148)

Elefant Tank-hunter Platoon (GBX163)

Elefant Tank-hunter Platoon (GBX163)
The Elefant is an improved version of the Ferdinand tank-hunter that made its debut during the battle of Kursk. Like the Ferdinand, the Elefant had 200mm of front armour, 80mm on the sides and rear and 30mm on the top. It was very hard to knock out with conventional anti-tank guns, and now with the added visibility of the commander and the hull machine-gun infantry could be seen off.

Elefant Tank-hunter Platoon (GBX163)...

Brummbär Assault Tank Platoon (GBX164)
The Brummbär assault tank is designed to withstand artillery attacks and provide close-in heavy gun support to the infantry, especially in a close urban environment.

Brummbär Assault Tank Platoon (GBX164)...

Brummbär Assault Tank Platoon (GBX164)

Hornisse Tank-hunter Platoon (GBX162)

Hornisse Tank-hunter Platoon (GBX162)
Built on the Panzer IV hull, the Hornisse was easy to maintain, and devastated Soviet armour wherever they were stationed. It had 30mm of hull front armour, but only 10mm on its superstructure. It had a crew of four and an additional machine gun for local and anti-aircraft defence.

Hornisse Tank-hunter Platoon (GBX162)...

Jagdpanzer IV Platoon (GBX151)
The Jagdpanzer IV is the first fully-armoured specialist tank-hunter to enter mass production. Combining the mobility and firepower of the Panzer IV tank in a low-slung, well-armoured chassis, the Jagdpanzer is well suited to its role.

Jagdpanzer IV Platoon (GBX151)...

Jagdpanzer IV Platoon (GBX151)

Fallschirmjager 7.5cm Tank Hunter Platoon (Plastic) (GBX139)

Fallschirmjäger 7.5cm Tank Hunter Platoon (Plastic) (GBX139)
Although they only have a handful of anti-tank guns, the newly-equipped Fallschirmjäger have been issued the latest 7.5cm PaK40. This powerful gun is often mistaken for an '88' by fearful Allied tankers.

Fallschirmjäger 7.5cm Tank Hunter Platoon (Plastic) (GBX139)...

5cm Tank-Hunter Platoon (Plastic) (GBX144)
The lightweight 5cm anti-tank gun may have been relegated to second line divisions like the beach defence formations, but it is still effective at giving the infantry close protection against Allied tanks, leaving the tanks and the big ‘88’s to do their work unencumbered by the need to protect the infantry.


5cm Tank-Hunter Platoon (Plastic) (GBX144)...

5cm Tank-Hunter Platoon (Plastic) (GBX144)

15cm Infantry Gun Platoon (GE570)

15cm Infantry Gun Platoon (GE570)
The 15cm gun offers super-heavy firepower to the infantry. A single shell from one of these guns can easily pulverise a foxhole, level a building, or shatter a bunker. By German standards, this gun is heavy and hard to move, but it is still easier to get into position than most Allied weapons, rolling forward to destroy enemy defences at point-blank range.

15cm Infantry Gun Platoon (GE570)...

7.5cm Infantry Gun Platoon (GE579)
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 (GE579)...

7.5cm Infantry Gun Platoon (GE579)

Grille 15cm Gun Platoon (GE151)

Grille 15cm Gun Platoon (GE151)
Unlike the lighter 7.5cm gun, the 15cm gun cannot be mounted on an Sd Kfz 251 half-track, so the Germans built the Grille (Cricket). This gives the panzergrenadiers some serious firepower to knock out bunkers and a heavy artillery piece to bombard stubborn defences.

Grille 15cm Gun Platoon (GE151)...

Wespe Artillery Battery (GBX155)
The Wespe (Wasp) self-propelled howitzer first saw action at Kursk in 1943. Based on the reliable Panzer II chassis, the vehicle quickly proved itself well suited for supporting armoured units. Its weapon is the standard 10.5cm howitzer, which provides powerful mobile artillery firepower to the panzer divisions they support.

Wespe Artillery Battery (GBX155)...

Wespe Artillery Battery (GBX155)

Hummel Artillery Battery (GBX158)

Hummel Artillery Battery (GBX158)
The Hummel (Bumblebee) has seen extensive since Kursk, where it entered service. Built on the Panzer IV chassis, the Hummel mounts a powerful 15cm howitzer that gives excellent service in support of panzer attacks.

Hummel Artillery Battery (GBX158)...

Panzerwerfer 42 Battery (GBX165)
Mobile rocket launchers address the main vulnerability of the near stationary NW41 Nebelwerfer rocket launcher. They can provide the same devastating support while allowing you to move them rapidly away from immediate counterbattery fire.

Panzerwerfer 42 Battery (GBX165)...

Panzerwerfer 42 Battery (GBX165)

8.8cm Tank-hunter Platoon (Plastic) (GBX175)

8.8cm Tank-hunter Platoon (Plastic) (GBX175)
The new 8.8cm anti-tank gun is a tremendously powerful gun, capable of destroying any tank on the battlefield. The latest version is mounted on a cruciform chassis like the famous 8.8cm anti-aircraft gun, but is much easier to conceal.

8.8cm Tank-hunter Platoon (Plastic) (GBX175)...

8.8cm Heavy AA Platoon (Plastic) (GBX149)
There are well over 100 heavy 8.8cm anti-aircraft guns in Normandy to keep the Allied air forces at bay. When needed, they are also capable of devastating Allied tank attacks.

8.8cm Heavy AA Platoon (Plastic) (GBX149)...

8.8cm Heavy AA Platoon (Plastic) (GBX149)

Sd Kfz 231 SS Scout Troops (GBX154)

Sd Kfz 231 SS Scout Troops (GBX154)
The Sd Kfz 231 eight-wheeler armoured car was bigger and better armoured than the small Sd Kfz 222, allowing it to carry its own radio. This made it ideal for longer-ranged patrols deep behind enemy lines.

Sd Kfz 231 SS Scout Troops (GBX154)...

Sd Kfz 221 and 222 SS Scout Troop (GBX157)
While the old four-wheeled Sd Kfz 222 was not quite as fast or well-armoured as the newer types, it was just as well armed with its 2cm gun. Its machine-gun armed radio vehicle, the Sd Kfz 221, passed back everything they learned to the commanders planning their next move.

Sd Kfz 221 and 222 SS Scout Troop (GBX157)...

Sd Kfz 221 and 222 SS Scout Troop (GBX157)

Ju 87 Stuka Flight (GBX173)

Ju 87 Stuka Flight (GBX173)
The Luftwaffe's dive bombers lead every German offensive in the east. Their lethally accurate dive bombing prepares the way for the incoming assault.Later in 1943, the Germans saw the need for a flying tank-killer aircraft. The new G-model of the sturdy Ju-87 Stuka mounts a pair of 3.7cm guns under the wings.

Ju 87 Stuka Flight (GBX173)...

Möbelwagen AA Platoon (GBX174)
Recognising the need for something heavier than the light 2cm, the Germans have started building a self-propelled 3.7cm Flakpanzer (anti-aircraft tank) on the Panzer IV chassis. The Flakpanzer IV is nicknamed ‘Möbelwagen’ or ‘Furniture Van’ for it’s slab-sided appearance until the armoured shields are folded down to give its 3.7cm AA gun an all-round field of fire. The tank chassis gives the Möbelwagen the mobility to keep up with the panzers, while the 3.7cm gun gives it the punch to bring down any aircraft.

Möbelwagen AA Platoon (GBX174)...

Möbelwagen AA Platoon (GBX174)

Sd Kfz 10/4 Light AA Platoon (GBX147)

Sd Kfz 10/4 Light AA Platoon (GBX147)
The Sd Kfz 10/4 half-track's 20mm gun is one of the most common anti-aircraft guns in the German army and is equally useful against both Allied air strikes and ground attacks. When defending, the panzergrenadiers often dismount their guns and dug them in for better protection.

Sd Kfz 10/4 Light AA Platoon (GBX147)...

Sd Kfz 7/1 Quad AA Platoon (GBX159)
The Sd Kfz 7/1 half-track is armed with quadruple- mounted 20mm anti-aircraft guns, giving each vehicle a tremendous rate of fire of 1800 rounds per minute. With that much fire in the sky, any Allied aircraft will have a very difficult time attacking panzer spearheads.

Sd Kfz 7/1 Quad AA Platoon (GBX159)...

Sd Kfz 7/1 Quad AA Platoon (GBX159)

Fallschirmjäger Token & Objective Set (GE907)

Fallschirmjäger 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.

Fallschirmjäger Gaming Aids...

Bagration: German Command Cards (FW267C)

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 stratagems to the battlefield.

Bagration: German Command Cards (FW267C)...

Bagration: German Command Cards (FW267C)

D-Day: German Command Cards (FW263C)

D-Day: German Command Cards (FW263C)
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: German Command Cards (FW263C)...

D-Day: Waffen-SS Command Cards (FW265C)
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: Waffen-SS Command Cards (FW265C)...

D-Day: Waffen-SS Command Cards (FW265C)

Late War Unit Cards

Late War Unit Card Packs
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.

Bagration: German Unit Cards (FW267U)...

D-Day German Unit Cards (FW263U)
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: German Unit Cards (FW263U)...

Late War Unit Cards

Late War Unit Cards

D-Day Waffen-SS Unit Cards (FW265U)
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: Waffen-SS Unit Cards (FW265U)...

D-Day German Tokens & Objetives - Direct Range
21st Panzer Token & Objective Set (GSO905) 21st Panzer Token & Objective Set (GSO905) 21st Panzer Token & Objective Set (GSO905) 21st Panzer Token & Objective Set (GSO905) 21st Panzer Token & Objective Set (GSO905)
352. Infantry Tokens & Objectives (GSO900) 716. Infantry Divisions Tokens & Objectives (GSO901) 503 Heavy Tank Battalion Tokens & Objectives (GSO902) 2. Panzer Division Tokens & Objectives (GSO903) Panzer Lehr Tokens & Objectives (GSO904)

D-Day Waffen-SS Tokens & Objetives - Direct Range
1. Leibstandarte Tokens & Objectives (GSO906) 2. Das Reich Tokens & Objectives (GSO907) 9. Hohenstaufen Tokens & Objectives (GSO908) 10. Frundsberg Tokens & Objectives (GSO909) 12. Hitlerjugend Tokens & Objectives (GSO910) 101. Schwere SS Panzerrabteilung Tokens & Objectives (GSO911)
1. Leibstandarte Tokens & Objectives (GSO906) 2. Das Reich Tokens & Objectives (GSO907) 9. Hohenstaufen Tokens & Objectives (GSO908) 10. Frundsberg Tokens & Objectives (GSO909) 12. Hitlerjugend Tokens & Objectives (GSO910) 101. Schwere SS Panzerrabteilung Tokens & Objectives (GSO911)
21st Panzer Spotlights
Hotchkiss (7.5cm or 10.5cm) (GE127)

Hotchkiss (7.5cm or 10.5cm) (GE127)
Major Becker equipped his Stugabteilung (Assault Gun Battalion) with the best equipment he could build. Every battery had ten light tank-hunters built on old French Hotchkiss light tank chassis.

Hotchkiss (7.5cm or 10.5cm) (GE127)...

Lorraine Schlepper (GE149)
155. Panzerartillerie regiment are equipped with self-propelled guns mounted on French Lorraine Schlepper tracked carrier chassis. The third battery in each self-propelled artillery battalion has the heavy 15cm (sf ) Lorraine Schlepper self-propelled guns.

Lorraine Schlepper (GE149)...

Lorraine Schlepper (GE149)

U304(F) Half-track (GE245)

U304(F) Half-track (GE245)
The 21st Panzer Division used French half-tracks fitted with armoured bodies in place of the usual Sd Kfz 251 half-tracks.

U304(F) Half-track (GE245)...

Reihenwerfer (8cm) (GE212)
The Reihenwerfer mounts 16 French mortars in a single battery. They can all fire at once, saturating a large area with deadly mortar rounds.

Reihenwerfer (8cm) (GE212)...

Reihenwerfer (8cm) (GE212)

S307(f) (7.5cm) (GE214)

S307(f) (7.5cm) (GE214)
Unlike most Panzergrenadier units, your PaK40 anti-tank guns are in self-propelled mountings. This gives you far more flexibility in responding to enemy armoured thrusts.

S307(f) (7.5cm) (GE214)...

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...

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D-Day: Waffen-SS Videos

Transferring to the Eastern Front
With all the new toys coming out for the Germans in Bagration: German, you might be wondering what else is in the book apart from the shiny new Hetzers and Panzer IV/70s, well this article is here to explain how some of the existing formations have changed in Bagration and why you should consider transferring your preexisting forces to the Eastern Front to get access to some new options and gear.

Transferring to the Eastern Front...

Transferring to the Eastern Front

Panthers on the Prowl

Panthers on the Prowl
A number of years ago my family went to the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa where among the exhibits, I first saw a Panther tank in person. I was instantly wowed by this awesome machine. At 3 meters high with a high velocity 75mm cannon and lines that made it somehow superimposed between the armoured behemoths of World War II and modern battlefield predators, the Panther tank instantly became my favorite vehicle. Tracks, wheels, or wings, nothing beats the Panther for me!

Panthers on the Prowl...

Switching Sides
Usually I’m the class Sovietophile, however when I’m not painting Soviets I’m painting Waffen-SS. They have the coolest camouflage uniforms and are very rewarding to paint.  I have been looking forward to the Late-War release as a chance to dust them off.

Switching Sides...

Switching Sides

Panzerfausts In The Hedgerows

Panzerfausts In The Hedgerows
With the interest in the new D-Day: Waffen-SS book there has been many good articles on the heavy hitters available such as the SS Tigers, Panthers and Armoured Panzergrenadiers.  All of which provide some exciting new options for Flames Of War. However, I feel these only shed light on part of the story. 

Panzerfausts In The Hedgerows...

What German Products Can The Waffen-SS Use?
The release of the D-Day: Waffen-SS comes with a small pile of new products that are filled with new models specific to the Waffen-SS. At the same time we have a massive range of Late War codes for the Germans that are perfectly suitable for you to use to build your new army.

What German Products Can The Waffen-SS Use?...

What German Products Can The Waffen-SS Use?

D-Day Global Campaign: Alex And His Hobby League Army

D-Day Global Campaign: Alex And His Hobby League Army
Well, it’s finally done. A hundred and something infantry figures and a handful of guns and tanks and that’s my Hobby League project.

Alex And His Hobby League Army...

Painting Tropical Fallschirmjäger
Victor is currently starting a new force from D-Day: German, the Fallschirmjäger StuG Assault Gun Company. Instead of having it themed for Normandy, he's using it to represent Fallschirmjäger & StuGs in the Italian Campaign. Check out this article for a quick step by step and colour guide on how.

Painting Tropical Fallschirmjäger...

Painting Tropical Fallschirmjäger

2nd Panzer Aufklärungsabteilung

2nd Panzer Aufklärungsabteilung
Chad's favourite list from V3 was the Panzerspahkompany from Grey Wolf, so when D-Day: German hit his desk and he saw the Reconnaissance Company in the Forces list he rushed to page 59 and looked at what he would be building.

2nd Panzer Aufklärungsabteilung...

D-Day: German Counter List
The Germans are here and, not being a German player, I’m planning on beefing up my American D-Day Forces to counter the Panzer IVs, Panthers, and Tigers (oh my) that I hear Brian talking about and expect to be dealing with. I expect to be dealing with somewhere between 9 and 17 tanks so I’ve got to be smart about what I’m taking.

D-Day: German Counter List...

D-Day: German Counter List

Building a V1 Rocket Launch Site

Building a V1 Rocket Launch Site
The V-1 rocket included in the Hit the Beach Boxed set is a wonderful model that I feel makes the perfect objective or centrepiece for the game table. In fact, I like it so much I decided to use it as an inspiration for an entire terrain piece that looks right at home in your D-Day themed games. In this article I will detail how I built this terrain so that you can construct something similar for yourself to enhance your games of Flames Of War.

Building a V1 Rocket Launch Site...

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

21st Panzer Division Tactics

21st Panzer Division Tactics
Fielding a 21st Panzer Division force in Flames Of War can be challenging, but very fun as well. It was the first army I collected and painted for Flames Of War owing to my keen interest in oddball German armour of World War II from my days building 1/35th scale model tanks, and I’m very happy to see the force make a return to Flames Of War.

21st Panzer Division Tactics...

21st Panzer Division Missions for Flames Of War

With the release of 21st Panzer Division we’ve decided to release a set of missions you can play out using the new formations found in the new booklet. Each mission provides example forces, terrain layout and your objectives as well as the historical background for each fight as the 21st Panzer Division fights it’s way across Normandy.

21st Panzer Division Missions for Flames Of War...

21st Panzer Division Missions for Flames Of War

Baustab Becker and 21. Panzer-Division in Normandy

Baustab Becker and 21. Panzer-Division in Normandy
In early May, 1943 after the destruction of the original 21. Panzer-Division in Africa, Hitler ordered the upgrade of a mobile brigade forming in France, Schnelle Brigade West, to a full panzer division and renamed it 21. Panzer-Division. Veterans of the original division who had not been killed or captured were made available and formed the core of the new formation. To avoid confusion, the division was officially referred to as 21. Panzer-Division “Neu” (for “new”) until 1 January 1944.

Baustab Becker and 21. Panzer-Division in Normandy...

21st Panzer Panzergrenadiers
One of the two formations available in 21st Panzer Division is the unique Panzergrenadier Company kitted out with the U304(f) half-tracks. An iconic feature of the 2st Panzerdivison, the U304(f) offers players some slightly different considerations when fielding a Panzergrenadier force with its own benefits and drawbacks to be considered when list-building.

21st Panzer Panzergrenadiers...

21st Panzer Panzergrenadiers

Wolverines vs. Tigers

M10s vs. Tigers
In this battle I had the chance to field my first force from the new D-Day: American book. This is a fantastic book and along with the accompanying command cards it gives you great options  to customize your force. I was going for the veteran Armoured Rifles. Here I particularly like the subtle difference with the regular Armoured Rifles who are better at rallying (Blood ‘n Guts) and the veterans who are not as good as rally but are careful and have tactics. The Armoured Rifles have everything you could wish for, infantry, bazookas galore, support weapons, and their trusty half-tracks which can lay down strong supportive fire. This book is easily my favorite book so far. For this game we played 65 points, our group Burning Bridges is now playing Late War Normandy and gradually expanding our forces as we paint and get them ready.

M10s Vs. Tigers...

The D-Day German Reconnaissance Company
The greatest thing about being a wargamer is having opinions. While writing this article I saw that Phil had also written a piece on the Reconnaissance Company from the D-Day: German book, you will see his choices differ from my own.

The D-Day German Reconnaissance Company...

The D-Day German Reconnaissance Company

The Green Devils of Normandy: Fallschirmjager in D-Day: German

The Green Devils of Normandy: Fallschirmjager in D-Day: German
Of all the forces that the Germans had available in the defence of Normandy, few had the reputation of the elite Fallschirmjӓger. Also known as the ‘Green Devils’ by Allied forces who fought against them, these highly trained paratroopers were renowned for being tenacious in defence, unwavering in their efforts to hold the ground they were ordered to defend, even in the grimmest of situations. 

The Green Devils of Normandy– Fallschirmjager in D-Day: German...

Prowling the Bocage
With the release of D-Day: German, which details the forces available to the Wehrmacht in Normandy 1944, the two Big Cats on the table are Tiger and the Panther. Now it may seem at first glance that the Tiger at 12 points a model, with the same FA (9) as the Panther and a better side armour is a no-brainer. the Panther has the same gun, is slightly faster and normally 1 point cheaper. When you start taking a few of them, the extra points add up and can allow you a few extra goodies. I don’t know about you, but I find in German lists I am always scraping for extra points, and the points you can save by taking Panthers instead of Tigers can buy you some extra Recce units, an interesting Command Card, or an upgrade for a infantry platoon.

Prowling the Bocage...

Prowling the Bocage

Building a Reconnaissance Company Force

Building a Reconnaissance Company Force
The coolest thing about the new Reconnaissance Company in D-Day: German is its flexibility. It’s similar to an Armoured Panzergrenadier Company in many ways, but lighter, faster, and more flexible. If I’m building a divisional reserve type force, I want to create a battlegroup mixing tanks and armoured infantry for a flexible approach to battle.

Building a Reconnaissance Company Force...

Chris Builds a D-Day: German Tournament List
Normally when I put together a list, there is an aesthetic or historical reason behind it and I am able to give (at length) reasons why I have chosen that Army. Alas, and much to the relief of my wife, this time is a little different for the German D-Day book. I won’t be waxing lyrical about specific units or historical formations. Instead I have actually approached the book from a gamer’s point of view, albeit with some restrictions.

Chris Builds a D-Day: German Tournament List...

Chris Builds a D-Day: German Tournament List

D-Day German Live Launch

D-Day German Live Launch
While the D-Day German Live Launch is over you can still check out all the videos and articles we posted up on the week over on the Battlefront Live Launch website.

Click here to go to the Battlefront Launch Website...

Last Updated On Monday, March 7, 2022 by Luke at Battlefront