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WWIII: West German – Hard Cover

World War III: West German is the latest supplement for World War III: TeamYankee. It introduces the forces of West Germans to the turbulent battles ofWorld War III from 1985. World War III: West German and the West German rangeof Team Yankee models contains everything you need to hold back the redmenace.

Inside you will find background on the West German Bundeswehr (armed forces)and Heer (army) and their role in the initial stages of World War III. You willalso find the stories of Panzer Division 1 and Kampfgruppe Müller as theyfight to defend their country from the invading communist forces

World War III: West German allows you to build twelve different fightingcompanies. You can field three different tank companies including the newLeopard 2A5 Panzer Kompanie. This formation fields the up-armored Leopard2 with its distinctly angled spaced armor on its turret front, as well improvedside armor. These improvements make it one of the most heavily armored tanksavailable with its Front 22, Side 12, and Top 2. This is further enhanced bysophisticated Chobham Armour giving it further protection from HEAT (HighExplosive Anti-tank) weapon commonly used by infantry anti-tank weapons andguided missiles. On top of this it is armed with the powerful 120mm L/44 gun(Anti-tank 22) with an advance stabilizer, making it just as effectivestationery or on the move (ROF 2 Halted or Moving).

The Leopard 2 Panzer Kompanie is based around the excellent Leopard 2 mainbattle tank. This tank does not have as much armour (Front 18, Side 7, Side 2)as the Leopard 2A5, but is still at the cutting edge of modern weaponstechnology. It is armed with the same excellent gun as the Leopard 2A5. The WestGermans also fielded large number of Leopard 1 tanks. These usually provide thePanzergrenadier Brigades with their tank element. The Leopard 1 is armed with a105mm L7 gun (Anti-tank 19) that is fully stabilised giving it a ROF of2 whether stationary or moving. The Leopard 1 is lightly armoured (Front 9,Side 5, Top 1) and is quite mobile.

The Leopard 2, Leopard 2, and Leopard 1 tanks’ parent Panzer Kompanieformations are adaptable. In each Panzer Zug unit can be swapped with one of thedifferent types of Panzergrenadier Zug. This gives the company an integratedinfantry element. These Formations also contain various units from the divisionas part of a battlegroup that includes Jaguar 1 tank-hunters armed with thepowerful HOT anti-tank missile (anti-tank 23), Luchs Späh Trupp (armoured carpatrol) to advance ahead of your force, discovering the enemy, Gepardanti-aircraft tanks to sweep the sky of Soviet aircraft, and M109Gself-propelled guns to prepare the enemy’s positions before an attack. TheLeopard 2A5 and Leopard 2 formations also get access to the M109A3G. Thisself-propelled artillery vehicle is updated with the longer 155mm howitzerimproving the bombardment firing range out to 112”/280cm!

World War III: West German contains three different Panzergrenadier Kompanieformations representing the mechanized infantry of the Heer (Army) of theBundeswehr (Federal Armed Forces).

The Marder 2 Panzergrenadier Kompanie lets you field the Marder 2 infantryfighting vehicle. This vehicle was designed, but never adopted by the WestGerman due to the end of the Cold War. However, the alternative World War III:Team Yankee timeline it made a logical addition to the arsenal of the Heer. TheMarder 2 was one of the most heavily armoured and armed infantry fightingvehicles to be designed. It is designed to replace the Marder 1 (see below),taking the same number of passengers (2). However, the Marder 2 IFV is wellarmoured (Front 6, Side 4, Top1) with the addition of composite layered armourgiving it Chobham (Front and Side Armour 16 against HEAT weapons), making itnear invulnerable to a weapon like Soviet RPG. It is also uniquely armed with Rh503 autocannon which can be either 35mm or 50mm caliber. Both calibers have ROF3/3 and Advanced Stabilisers and Laser Range Finders. The 35mm is AT 11, FP 4+,while the 50mm is AT 13 and FP 4+. The Marder 2 can also mount a Milananti-tank guided missile with the Milan Mount rule. You can also field a MarderPanzergrenadier Kompanie with the older Marder 1 IFV. The Marder addsadditional firepower to the Panzergrenadiers with its 20mm Rh 202 gun (ROF3 halted, 2 moving). The third type of Panzergrenadier Kompanie formation ismounted in M113 armored personnel carriers.

The Panzergrenadier Zug units are small but well-armed. Its three MG3 teams(ROF 3 halted, 2 moving) are additionally armed with Panzerfaust 44 anti-tankrockets (Anti-tank 15). The Zug also comes with two Milan anti-tank missileteams, or three in the case of the units mounted in the roomier M113 APC. TheMilan is a powerful European developed anti-tank weapon more than capable oftaking out most Soviet tanks (Anti-tank 21).

Like the Panzers, the Panzergrenadiers often swapped one of their threePanzergrenadier Zug units for a Leopard 2A5, Leopard 2, or Leopard 1 PanzerZug. Panzergrenadier Kompanie formations are also well supported by attachedunits from the brigade and division. As well as the Panzergrenadiers and Leopardtanks, you can field M113 Panzermörser 120mm self-propelled mortars to provideimmediate fire support. Anti-tank fire support comes from Jaguar 1 or Jaguar2 tank-hunters. The Jaguar 2 is armed with an American Improved TOW missile(Anti-tank 21). The Panzergrenadiers are also supported by Luchs recon, Gepardsanti-aircraft, and M109G artillery.

The third type of formation you can build is the reconnaissance troops. Thereare three different Panzeraufklärungs Kompanie. These troops come from thePanzer Division’s Pan­zeraufklärungs Bataillon, or armoured reconnaissancebattalion. As the testbed for both the Leopard 2A5 and Marder 2,Panzerlehrbrigade 9 has formed an experimental Panzeraufklärungs Kompaniearmed with Leopard 2A5 or Leopard 2 and Marder 2 IFVs. The Marder 2s areorganized into Späh Trupp units of two vehicles with the Scout andSpearhead rules.

The Leopard Panzeraufklärungs Kompanie is built around the mixed company ofthe battalion and contains Luchs armored cars and Leopard 1 tanks. The Leopard1 tanks are an older model of main battle tank build for maneuver and firepowerover armor and many are still in service with the West German Heer in 1985. TheLeopard 1 tank’s role in the Panzeraufklärungs Kompanie is to provide heavyfirepower while the Luchs armored cars advance ahead. The Leopard 1 is armedwith a 105mm L7 gun (Anti-tank 19), a weapon that can cause problems for anySoviet spearhead.

The Luchs itself is an impressive vehicle. It’s as long as a Leopard andis 8-wheel drive giving it fast on-road performance and excellent cross-countrycapabilities. It is armed with a 20mm RH 202 gun. The Luchs Späh Trupp hasboth the Scout and Spearhead rules, allowing them to fulfill their role withskill, pushing to the edge of the enemy’s positions and then quickly escapingwhen the fireworks start. The Panzeraufklärungs battalion has its own infantryfor clearing and reconnoitering terrain such as dense woods and villages insupport of the Luchs.

The Fuchs Panzeraufklärungs Kompanie represents the infantry element of thebattalion. The Fuchs Panzeraufklärungs Zug is mounted in Fuchs 6-wheeledarmoured transports. They are organized much the same as the Panzergrenadiersbut only have one Milan anti-tank missile team. The rest of the formation ismade up of Luchs Späh Trupp units and options for Gepard AA tanks and Leopard1 tanks.

World War III: West German also contains three infantry formations. The firstof these is the Fallschirmjäger Kompanie. These troops give West German ahelicopter-borne infantry element. A Fallschirmjäger Kompanie comes with threeFallschirmjäger Zug unit, each containing five MG & G3 teams (Range16”/40cm, ROF 2/1, AT 2, FP 5+) with Panzerfaust 44 anti-tank rockets (Range12”/30cm, ROF 1/1, AT 15, FP 5+, HEAT, Slow Firing). The unit also has a MilanATGM and can be mounted in two UH-1 Huey helicopters. The Fallschirmjäger alsohas its own light armor, the Wiesel. This light tracked vehicle comes in twovariants, the Wiesel TOW armed with the Improved TOW ATGM, and the Wiesel FK20mm armed with the 2cm Rh 202 anti-helicopter cannon.

You can also field a Gebirgsjäger Kompanie (Mountain Infantry Company). Thisformation has four Gebirgsjäger Zug units as well as their own tanks, recon,mortars, and anti-aircraft weapons. Each Gebirgsjäger Zug has five to seven MG& G3 teams with Panzerfaust 44 anti-tank rockets and one or two MilanATGMs. These troops have the Mountaineers rule allowing them to scale cliffs andsimilar impassable terrain.

Finally, we have the Heimatschutzbrigade (Homeland Security Brigade) Jäger(Light Infantry). The Jäger Kompanie formation contains three Jäger Zug units,a M113 Jäger Panzermörser Zug, and either a Kanonenjagdpanzer Zug or aHeimatschutzbrigade Leopard 1 Panzer Zug. All these Heimatschutz troops arereservist troops with less Skill (4+ instead of the normal West German 3+) andhave lower Rally and Remount ratings (4+ instead of 3+), but retain the WestGerman Morale rating of 3+. The Kanonenjagdpanzer Zug contains 3–4Kanonenjagdpanzer assault guns armed with 90mm guns (Range 32”/80cm, ROF 2/1,AT 16, FP 2+, Forward Firing, HEAT). They have enough armor to protect them fromlighter weapons (Front 6, Side 3, Top 1).

Support

All these formations have access to supporting forces that include rocketartillery, artillery observers, anti-aircraft missiles, anti-tank helicopters,and ground attack aircraft. The LARS Raketenwerfer Batterie (LARS RocketLauncher Battery) is armed with two to four truck-mounted LARS (LeichteArtillerie-Rakuten-system, light artillery rocket system). Each LARS truckmounts two 18 tubes 110mm rocket pods and can fire all 36 rockets within18 seconds giving you a devastating SALVO template.

The West Germans also field the heavier 227mm MARS Raketenwerfer Batterie(MLRS in US service). This weapon system has a longer artillery range and usesthe MLRS rule that sees each launcher count as two weapons when firing a SALVObombardment. Both the LARS and MARS can fire optional Minelets, allowing them todrop a minefield on an enemy position during the battle. The M113 OP observationpost can act as an observer the LARS, MARS, M109Gs, M109GA3s, or Panzermörsermortars.

To supplement the firepower of Gepard anti-aircraft tanks is the RolandFlaRakpanzer Batterie (Roland anti-aircraft rocket battery). Like the Gepards,you can take 6, 4 or 2 Rolands in your battery. The FlaRakpanzer is armed withthe Roland 2 anti-aircraft missile with excellent range (56”/140cm) and isguided (no To Hit penalty for range over 16”/40cm). Additional anti-aircrafttroops can be added to your force with the Fliegerfaust Gruppe. This unit canonly be added to your force if you already have Gepards or Rolands. It added2 to 6 Redeye teams to your force. The Redeye is an American man-portableguided surface-to-air missile (range 48”/120cm).

The PAH (Panzer-Abwehr-Hubschrauber, or anti-tank helicopter) is a light andhighly maneuverable Bölkow Bo-105P helicopter armed with six HOT anti-tankmissiles. The PAH pops above the trees to fire its guided missiles, beforedropping back down into concealment. The powerful HOT missile easily cutsthrough most armored vehicles.

Air support comes from the Tornado Strike Flight. The Luftwaffe (air force)operates Tornado Interdictor Strike (IDS) aircraft. These come in low and fastbefore dropping their KB44 bomblet payload from their MW-1 submunitiondispenser (SALVO, anti-tank 8, Firepower 3+).

Main Changes to Note from Leopard

The main changes those of you with Leopard will notice are the additionalFormations and Units. We have added six new formations; Leopard 2A5 PanzerKompanie, Marder 2 Panzergrenadier Kompanie, Leopard 2 PanzeraufklärungsKompanie, Fallschirmjäger Kompanie, Gebirgsjäger Kompanie, and JägerKompanie. World War III: West German now also includes the three Formations fromthe Panzertruppen booklet; Leopard 1 Panzer Kompanie, M113 PanzergrenadierKompanie and Fuchs Panzeraufklärungs Kompanie.

We have added options for an additional Marder transport and an M3 team inthe Marder Panzergrenadier Kompanie HQ, while the Panzergrenadier Zug can add aCarl Gustav team to the Unit (Range 16”/40cm, ROF 1/1, AT 17, FP 3+, Assault5, HEAT, Slow Firing). We have also reorganized the Panzer Kompanie formationsinto three Panzer Zug units with up to four tanks in each Panzer Zug unit.

We have also broken up the Gepard FlaKpanzer Batterie into more options, sonow you can take 6, 4, 3, 2 Gepards in your Unit. We have done the same thingwith the M109G and M109A3G Panzerartillerie Batterie units. However, the LuchsSpäh Trupp units have gone up and they now cost 2 points per Unit, which isstill good value for a very handy Spearhead unit.

We have updated the Milan Mount rule to be more flexible. Instead of havingto commit your Milan team to be removed from the game to have its missilemounted on its Marder, you can now fire the Milan from the Marder as long as theMilan team is a Passenger. Once the Milan team dismounts the Marder can nolonger fire a Milan weapon.

Scenarios

World War III: West German also contains three scenarios to test your skillswith your West German force.

The first scenario, ‘At the Forward Edge of Battle’, pits a MarderPanzergrenadier Kompanie against the initial wave of the Soviet attack. You mustdelay them before withdrawing to your next delaying position.

The second scenario, ‘Delaying Attack’, sees a Leopard 2 Panzer Kompanieadvancing to head off a Soviet attack, delaying it until their fellow units canprepare positions in another location.

The third scenario has a Leopard 2 Panzer Kompanie advancing to attack asurprised Soviet force that has advanced beyond its immediate reserves.

Painting Guides

World War III: West German also contains a detailed painting guide to helpyou prepare your West Germans for combat. You will find details on what colorsto use, with options for the three-color NATO scheme or simple one-colourGelboliv (Yellow Olive) scheme. It also contains guides for painting and basingyour panzergrenadiers.

Product Details

Product Code: 35179630
Barcode: 9781988558264
Brand: Flames of War


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