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British Forces

Bulge: British Forces on the Western Front, 1944-45 Spotlight
with Phil Yates

With the release of Bulge: British, the Battle of the Bulge series of books for Flames of War is complete. Like the American book in this series, Bulge: British covers the period from the end of the Normandy Campaign until the end of the war.

Bulge: British has everything a beginner needs: history and background, interesting formations, organisational information for building a force, a painting and basing guide, and game stats for playing the game, along with a beautifully illustrated catalogue. For an experienced player, it brings the opportunity to field new models, units, and formations, and some exciting upgrades on some existing formations.

Bulge: British Forces on the Western Front, 1944-45 Spotlight...

Bulge: British Forces on the Western Front, 1944-45 Spotlight

D-Day British Spotlight

D-Day British Spotlight
On june 6th, 1944 the allied forces launched one of the largest amphibious assaults ever. This book follows the British and Commonwealth forces that overcame the German defences and claimed Sword, Gold, and Juno beaches as well as the break out after. The forces in the book are broken down into three major groups: you have your Regular war weary units that form the backbone of your forces, you have your Desert Rat veterans and lastly you have your elite troops like the Commandos and Airborne units. These archetypes are perfect to build any list for D-Day and the break out.

D-Day British Spotlight...

British Desert Rats Squadron (BRAB13)

British Desert Rats Squadron (BRAB13)
The armoured squadron is the strike force of the British Army. With their exceptionally fast Cromwell tanks, the ‘Desert Rats’ have the ability to rapidly strike the enemy rear area and relentlessly pursue the slower enemy forces. This speed allows the armoured squadron to continually work around to the weaker flanks of enemy formations, always striking from the side rather than slogging their way up the middle.

British Desert Rats Squadron (BRAB13)...

Churchill Armoured Troop (Plastic) (BBX56)
The Churchill infantry tank is designed to move at a walking pace ahead of the infantry, knocking out enemy machine-guns as they advance, secure behind its heavy armour. A British infantry division can expect a full brigade of 180 of these powerful tanks attached to it in support of its attacks!

Churchill Armoured Troop (Plastic) (BBX56)...

Churchill Armoured Troop (Plastic) (BBX56)

Sherman Armoured Troop (Plastic) (BBX60)

Sherman Armoured Troop (Plastic) (BBX60)
Most of the British armoured divisions in Normandy were equipped with Sherman tanks. These reliable American-made tanks gave them a balance of firepower, armour, and mobility that they had long lacked.

Sherman Armoured Troop (Plastic) (BBX60)...

Stuart Recce Patrol (Plastic) (BBX58)
The Recce Patrol offers a fully tracked and fast tank that can keep in front of the main battle tanks and scout out possible ambush locations along the route of march. Lightly-armed and armoured, the Recce Patrol uses stealth and cunning to get close to and threaten the enemy.

Stuart Recce Patrol (Plastic) (BBX58)...

Stuart Recce Patrol (Plastic) (BBX58)

Cromwell Armoured Troop (Plastic) (BBX57)

Cromwell Armoured Troop (Plastic) (BBX57)
Armoured troops are designed for the attack. With their speed and hitting power they can easily roll over enemy formations after moving to the flank and engaging them. The hardhitting 17 pdr of the Firefly tank can take on the toughest German targets.

Cromwell Armoured Troop (Plastic) (BBX57)...

M10 SP Anti-tank Platoon (Plastic) (BBX62)
The self-propelled guns are best used as part of a mobile defence. They have the ability to stage an ambush, then leave before the enemy can retaliate strongly. They also have the advantage of not needing to be dug in to survive.


M10 SP Anti-tank Platoon (Plastic) (BBX62)...

M10 SP Anti-tank Platoon (Plastic) (BBX62)

Priest Field Troop (Plastic) (BBX64)

Priest Field Troop (Plastic) (BBX64)
The American M7 self-propelled 105mm howitzer has gained the nickname 'Priest' in British service from the pulpit-like machine-gun mounting. Built on the chassis of the Grant tank, the Priest gives the armoured divisions a mobile artillery piece able to keep up with its tanks during cross-country moves.

Priest Field Troop (Plastic) (BBX64)...

Crusader AA Troop (Plastic) (BBX59)
The Crusader AA anti-aircraft tank mounted twin 20mm Oerlikon anti-aircraft guns on a fast, light tank chassis. Armoured regiments had a troop of six Crusader AA tanks, usually distributed as a pair to each squadron.

Crusader AA Troop (Plastic) (BBX59)...

Crusader AA Troop (Plastic) (BBX59)

Daimler Armoured Car Troop (Plastic) (BBX61)

Daimler Armoured Car Troop (Plastic) (BBX61)
The Daimler armoured car and Dingo scout car have powerful engines and independent suspension giving them great mobility. The 2 pdr anti-tank gun gives it a huge punch for such a small armoured car.

Daimler Armoured Car Troop (Plastic) (BBX61)...

Universal Carrier Patrol (Plastic) (BBX55)
The Universal Carrier can be modified and used many ways hence its name. Some carriers were used as recon vehicles, others as MMG Carriers. The Wasp Carrier was modified to carry a hull mounted flame-thrower. Being mounted on a carrier means the Wasps can keep up with the troops and provide much needed fire support.

Universal Carrier Patrol (Plastic) (BBX55)...

Universal Carrier Patrol (Plastic) (BBX55)

Parachute Company (Plastic) (BBX49)

Parachute Company (Plastic) (BBX49)
The elite British paratroopers dropped on the flank of the D-Day landings to destroy German coastal guns overlooking the landings, and to capture vital bridges. Dispersed behind the enemy lines, they were able to regroup and secure their objectives under the most difficult conditions.

Parachute Company (Plastic) (BBX49)...

Rifle Company (Plastic) (BBX53)
The cornerstone of your force is your rifle platoons. You have your carriers, mortars, and anti-tank guns in support. When you need them, the colonel will give you support from machine-guns, heavy mortars, armour, artillery, and air power to make a true combined arms unit capable of both unremitting attack and aggressive defence.

Rifle Company (Plastic) (BBX53)...

Rifle Company (Plastic) (BBX53)

Airborne Vickers Machine-gun Platoon (Plastic) (BR814)

Airborne Vickers Machine-gun Platoon (Plastic) (BR814)
Armed with the incredibly reliable Vickers medium machine-gun, this platoon gives heavy, sustained fire support for your company. One of the machine-gun platoons located around Ranville has been used to provide indirect map fire for several units.

Airborne Vickers Machine-gun Platoon (Plastic) (BR814)...

Vickers Machine-gun Platoon (Plastic) (BR728)
Unlike many armies, the British Army has specialist machinegun battalions. These experts have perfected the use of the famous Vickers machine-guns, whether laying down a withering crossfire or or firing over the infantry’s heads supporting their attacks.

Vickers Machine-gun Platoon (Plastic) (BR728)...

Vickers Machine-gun Platoon (Plastic) (BR728)

17 pdr Anti-tank Platoon (Plastic) (BBX52)

17 pdr Anti-tank Platoon (Plastic) (BBX54)
These anti-tank troops are the real ace-up-thesleeve of any cunning commander. Capable of bringing down even Jerry’s heavy Tiger tank, your 17 pdrs must be deployed carefully to dominate likely armour approaches. You must maximise their destructive capability at a critical moment in the battle.

17 pdr Anti-tank Platoon (Plastic) (BBX52)...

Airborne 6 pdr Anti-tank Platoon (Plastic) (BBX51)
Airborne companies by their very nature are lightly armed. German Panzers have the ability to make a meal of even the toughest troops if they are unsupported, so you need anti-tank assets with you on the ground and in action immediately. This is where the 6 pdr-armed airlanding anti-tank platoon comes to the fore. Landed in gliders, these guns can be deployed quickly to meet the German armoured resistance.

Airborne 6 pdr Anti-tank Platoon (Plastic) (BBX51)...

Airborne 6 pdr Anti-tank Platoon (Plastic) (BBX51)

6 pdr Anti-tank Platoon (Plastic) (BBX54)

6 pdr Anti-tank Platoon (Plastic) (BBX54)
The 6 pdr first saw action in May 1942 at Gazala. It made an immediate impact on the battlefield as it was able to penetrate any enemy tank then in service. Use the 6 pdr anti-tank guns to protect your men from German tanks. When used with skill these superb little guns are capable of punching well above their weight.

6 pdr Anti-tank Platoon (Plastic) (BBX54)...

Airborne 75mm Light Troop (Plastic) (BBX50)
In order to make sure airborne forces have ready access to artillery support, the airlanding light regiment lands with its 75mm pack howitzers in Horsa gliders. Even when the field regiments of the Royal Artillery have made it off the beach, with so many competing demands for fire missions, the airborne troops expect to have to fend for themselves, so this integral light artillery support is essential.

Airborne 75mm Light Troop (Plastic) (BBX50)...

Airborne 75mm Light Troop (Plastic) (BBX50)

25 pdr Field Troop (Plastic) (BBX63)

25 pdr Field Troop (Plastic) (BBX63)
The 25 pdr gun artillery batteries can serve in dual roles, both as artillery and anti-tank, although its anti-tank capability has been reduced over time with the thicker armour on the German panzers and so care should be taken when engaging enemy tanks.

25 pdr Field Troop (Plastic) (BBX63)...

Airborne 3-inch Mortar Platoon (Plastic) (BR815)
With six tubes at their disposal, the airborne mortar platoon is quite effective. Landing by glider, the platoon is quickly ready for action, providing the company with its own integral, highly mobile and accurate light artillery asset. Mortar bombs fly in a high-arcing trajectory, soaring over friendly troops and intervening terrain, to drop down onto the target from above. Unlike most other infantry weapons, they cannot conduct direct fire.

Airborne 3-inch Mortar Platoon (Plastic) (BR815)...

Airborne 3-inch Mortar Platoon (Plastic) (BR815)

3-inch Mortar Platoon (Plastic) (BR729)

3-inch Mortar Platoon (Plastic) (BR729)
3-inch mortars provide effective fire support, keeping the Germans deep inside their foxholes as you assault their positions, or forcing them to hit the dirt as they approach your lines.

3-inch Mortar Platoon (Plastic) (BR729)...

Bofors Light AA Troop (Plastic) (BBX65)
The quick-firing Bofors guns can be relied on to drive away the harassing Axis aircraft before they have a chance to do too much harm.

Bofors Light AA Troop (Plastic) (BBX65)...

Bofors Light AA Troop (Plastic) (BBX65)

Typhoon Fighter Flight (Plastic) (BBX66)

Typhoon Fighter Flight (Plastic) (BBX66)
The US Air Force and the Royal Air Force (RAF) dominated the skies, supporting the troops with close air support while keeping German aircraft far from the beaches of Normandy. The black and white invasion stripes were added to Allied aircraft to reduce the chance that they would be attacked by friendly forces during the large scale Normandy landings.

Typhoon Fighter Flight (Plastic) (BBX66)...

Auster OP Observation Post (BR951)
The use of aircraft in the role of an air observation post had its origins during the First World War. This tradition carried on during World War Two, where several American designed light aircraft were utilised in this role. These aircraft featured a tandem-cockpit accommodation which made them ideal for their roles as a reconnaissance aircraft.  While the American force lent heavily on the L4 Grasshopper, the British relied on the Taylorcraft designed Auster AOP.

Auster OP Observation Post (BR951)...

Auster OP Observation Post (BR951)

Late War Unit Cards

D-Day: British 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: British Unit Cards (FW264U)...

6th 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. Tokens help you keep track of the state of your troops.

6th Airborne Gaming Aids...

6th Airborne Token & Objective Set (BR907)

6th Airborne Token & Objective Set (BR907)

D-Day British Gaming Aids (Direct Only)
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.Tokens help you keep track of the state of your troops.

D-Day British Gaming Aids (Direct Only)...

British Decals (Late) (BR946)
The British Decals (Late) covers vehicle marking of the British and Canadian Armies fighting in North-Western Europe from the invasion of Normandy to the end of the war. It includes divisional insignias, tactical numbers and recognition markings for units such as the 7th Armoured Division, British Guards Divisions and the 4th Canadian Division plus many other armoured regiments and motor divisions.

British Decal (Late) (BR946)...
Late War British Decal Recognition Guide...

British Decal (Late) (BR946)

D-Day: British Command Cards pack

D-Day: British Command Cards (FW264C)

Contains 47 cards to enhance your force, field iconic warriors and cutomise your units. 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: British Command Cards (FW264C)...

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...

Click on each Paint set to order them in the Online store

The Big Four Of Late War

The Big Four Of Late War is an epic journey where four friends (and members of the Studio team) embark on the Late- War Journey, building new armies and expanding them over the coure of four (yes, four!) years.

 The Big Four Of Late War

The Big Four Of Late War – A Flames Of War Journey
Find out how the whole project started, who the Big Four are, and what the Late War Journey is over on the dedicated website.

The Big Four Of Late War...

Chris Townley's British Army
Join Chris as he builds his British Army over on the Big Four website. See what he is building and why. You can also find plenty of inspiration there if you are looking to building or paint your own British Force.

British Articles on the Big Four Website...

The Big Four Of Late War

Converting a .50cal Carrier – How to annoy your opponent!
One of the Command Cards that I think is interesting in D-Day: British is the .50cal Carrier Card. In the previous version my regular opponent would always upgrade his bloody annoying carriers with .50cals and shoot up my poor German armoured cars and infantry... I hated these things with a passion! Every time we played, I would make sure I wiped out those things as soon as I could. But soon he would use that against me as well, and would use them as bait. 

Converting a .50cal Carrier – How to annoy your opponent!...

Converting a .50cal Carrier – How to annoy your opponent!

Churchill Tanks In D-Day British

Churchill Tanks In D-Day British
The Churchill infantry tank underwent a long and transformative period of development by the time the Allies launched their D-Day invasion. By June of 1944 the Churchill had evolved into an effective infantry tank. 

Churchill Tanks In D-Day British...

Building A Cromwell Force
I wanted to write an article introducing the Cromwell tank as I have a personal connection with one of the regiments the Cromwell tank was issued to, 8th Royal Irish Hussars of the 7th “Desert Rats” Armoured Division.  In this we will look at a bit of historical background to the Cromwell as well as looking at how you can build a fantastic army around your Cromwell tanks.

Building A Cromwell Force...

Building A Cromwell Force

Working With Thermo Plastic

Working With Thermoplastic
With the release of D-Day: British comes the first of our Thermoplastic figures, the British Airborne. Since Thermoplastic is a relatively new technology, and as working with it is slightly different to any of our other plastic figures, it’s worth taking you through a few primers on how Thermoplastic behaves and how you can get the most out of our new figures.

Working With Thermoplastic...

Slow and Steady – A New D-Day: British Force
Up until now, my Late War British forces have all been based on the 7th Armoured Division, but I’ve been thinking that might have to change. I love the Churchill tank almost as much as the Cromwell (they’re just so boxy!), and have had a passion for them since building the old Airfix kit as a kid (although I didn’t enjoy the twenty or more parts for each track assembly!).

Slow and Steady - A New D-Day British Force...

Slow and Steady – A New D-Day: British Force

Making Tracks

Evan’s Churchill Project
I started my Churchill company project shamelessly copying Chris Townley’s “Big Four” Churchill article. But after I’d painted the base coat and added some modulation I was looking at photos of Churchills in Normandy and noticed they were festooned in many cases with spare track and hessian camouflage strips. Each Churchill frame comes with two bits of spare track so I figured I’d need more bits for this project.

Evans Churchill Project....

Churchills On The Horizon
During the launch of Late War and the global Hobby League, Luke took the opportunity to build a Brtitish force using Churchills as the core. Now with the release of D-Day: British he is looking at how he can expand the force with some of the new options that are now available.

Churchills On The Horizon....

Churchills on the Horizon

D-Day British: Rotationals
Want to check out all of the releases from D-Day: British, then check out our latest rotationals video. It has all the new models and Unit Cards you can field – a great way to start planning out what models you might want to add to your army!

Unboxing The New Late War British Starter Force

OnTableTop Discussions
Join the guys from OnTableTop as they discuss the D-Day: British book and releases.

No Dice, No Glory

No Dice, No Glory - D-Day British Previews
Check out No Dice No Glory and their coverage of D-Day: British in the links below

Flames Of War D-Day British Spoiled...
Flames Of War D-Day British Airborne...
New Units from D-Day British...
For The King and the Country - Four lists you can try with the new D-Day British Book...
Battle Report "D-Day +2" D-Day British vs Germans, Free-For-All 100pts...

Breakthrough Assault - D-Day British Previews
Check out Breakthrough Assault and their coverage of D-Day: British in the links below

Breaching the line: Practical...
Guardsmen in Churchill Tanks...
Breaching the Line...
By Silk and Horsa - British Airborne Forces in V4...
Send in the "Toms"...
Battling Back Against the British...
The Thin Beige Line. Defence Brit Infantry...

Breakthrough Assault

Last Updated On Wednesday, October 19, 2022