#70 Objective: Schmidt (pre-order) – Black Friday Coupon – Free Stuff!!!

BFP’s Objective: Schmidt

BFP just announced that they are 4-6 weeks from shipping this pack so we are taking orders now so we can get these out to you on the day they come in.

 

Black Friday Coupon:

10% off most items in stock, minimum purchase of $100 (no pre-orders). Expires 11/26/2017. Enter coupon code ‘turkey 2017’. Don’t forget to add your free product (see below) to your cart as well.

End of year special:

Spend $100 and chose one of the following items for free!

#69 – New Lone Canuck Publishing – New Friendly Fire – New T-shirt of the Month

Anzio – New LCP Scenario Pack –

Estimated shipping date: November 16th

This 7 scenario pack comes with 140 counters representing the Herman Goering Panzer Division and the FSSF.  All this for only $16 shipping included!  Don’t forget to add the new St. Lo campaign game from LCP with this order if you don’t already have it.

Friendly Fire 11 – Eight Scenarios

Estimated shipping date: November 16th

we are waiting on shipment of the brand new Friendly Fire.  You can order it now to ensure that it ships out the day it arrives here (Hopefully next week).  We are also running a special on the entire Friendly Fire Collection of 11 scenario packs.

FrF85 Junkers Junkyard

FrF85

Ypenburg Airfield, Netherlands, May 10, 1940: The Germans had an ambitious plan: to knock The Nether-lands out of the war in a single day. Airborne troops would first capture three airfields near The Hague, then the Dutch cabinet and the queen. Ypenburg airfield was defended by two grenadier companies, about two dussin AA guns and six Landsverk armored cars. An early-morning bombing attack and Fallschirmjäger both failed to neutralize the AA defenses, and the slow Junkers carrying the airlanded main force met a devastating fire as they came in for their approach.

Designer: Mattias Rönnblom

FrF86 Belgian Tigers

FrF86

Kapelle op den Bos, Belgium, May 17, 1940: In 1935, the Belgian government agreed to purchase 25 French-built AMC 35 tanks, armed with a 47 mm gun and a Hotchkiss MG. Over the next years, for economic and political reasons, the order was reduced to only 10 vehicles. When Hitler’s army invaded Belgium on 10 May 1940, the AMC 35s were the best armored vehicles in the Belgian arsenal. By 16 May, German forces had broken through Belgian lines along the entire front and two of these tanks were about to charge into battle for the first time.

Designers:

  • Peter Struijf
  • Chris Mazzei

FrF87 Mormal Forest

FrF87

Northwest of Locquignol, France, May 20, 1940: The battle of France raged on. The 4. Panzer-Division was tasked to seize Aulnoye-Maroilles line and continue to secure the northwest edge of the Mormal forest. The division’s reconnaissance battalion passed through the forest near Locquignol without enemy interference. Two hours later, the reinforced Schützen-Regiment 12 followed in its tracks. By then the road was closed by competent hands of French colonial troops supported by Renault R35 tanks of the 39e bataillon de chars de combat.

Designer: Mattias Rönnblom

FrF88 Panzer Shield

FrF88

Ryschkowka, Belarus, July 13, 1941: On 12 July, Guderian’s Panzergruppe 2 had two bridgeheads across the Dnepr; one east of Kopys and Shklov and the Bykhov bridgehead south of Mogilev. Mogilev’s defenses had been under construction since late June, and were by now deep and extensive, with minefields, anti-tank ditches, trenches and log bunkers — all in an reminiscent of World War I. XXIV. Armeekorps was to attack out of the bridgehead to the north, and destroy the enemy southeast of Mogilev and open the Dnepr crossing, but its 4. Panzer-Division was quickly forced on the defensive.

Designer: Mattias Rönnblom

FrF89 Red Tears Shed on Gray

FrF89

Karpova, Ukraine, August 18, 1941: Under German-backed dictator Antonescu, Rumania joined its Nazi ally in the fateful Operation Barba-rossa. After two months of defeats, the Soviet Army in the Ukraine was reeling. Second line units, factory militia and ageing equipment were thrown into the path of the Axis invaders. On 17 August, the Rumanian 11th Infantry Division approached the town of Karpova, a key railway junction 30 km northwest of Odessa. The factories and warehouses near the railway station were defended by a ragtag company of Soviet units.

Designers:

  • Peter Struijf
  • Chris Mazzei

FrF90 Speed is the Essence of War

FrF90

Slim River, Malaya, January 7, 1942: The British were in full retreat from northern Malaya. Two battered Indian brigades were arranged in depth back through Trolak to the Slim River bridge. In the early morning hours of 7 January, a Japanese tank company accompanied by truck-borne infantry charged down the road. The Japanese tanks quickly overran the bulk of the 12th Brigade, and next up for lighting-fast defeat was the 28th Brigade. Because of very poor British communications, the brigade were unaware of the impending threat, and the Japanese caught them on the move.

Designer: Mattias Rönnblom

FrF91 Moonlight Drive

FrF91

North of Yigo, Guam, August 8, 1944: Although the Japanese had been blasted out of Yigo, they had enough strength remaining to trouble the US 77th Infantry Division. Encouraged by a recent armored night raid, which had wreaked havoc in the lines of the 305th Infantry Regiment, the Japanese decided to put the 306th to the same test. Late in the evening, several enemy infantry patrols felt out the American positions. At 02:00 tanks were heard approaching from the north. The Americans readied bazookas and flame-throwers, the only anti-tank weapons available in the moonlit night.

Designers:

  • Peter Struijf
  • Chris Mazzei

FrF92 Arms Race

FrF92

Lonnecker bridge, Twente Canal, Netherlands, April 1, 1945: The British Guards Armoured Division were ordered to break through the German lines and reach Hamburg via Bremen. In other sectors, the Germans were in full rout, but ahead of the British tankers was the experienced and battered, but still cohesive, 7. Fallschirmjäger-Division. A step on the way was the Lonneker bridge between the Dutch towns of Hengelo and Enschede, and the rocket-equipped Shermans of the 2. Squadron, 1st Battalion set to capture it in a surprise attack.

 

Hidden Gems:

I just realized that I have had these FTC packs (FTC 5,6, and 7) in stock for over a year and never posted them to the web site for sale. These scenario packs are on sale and in stock now:

Also, remember to order the brand new From The Cellar 8 which should be arriving this month.  Order all 4 and get a free T-shirt (click on t-shirt and select your size (scroll down to the free t-shirts, the photo will not match but do not worry, you will get this uber cool red Tiger shirt)).

 

#68 – New From Le Franc Tireur: From The Cellar 8. – New LCP Module

Xavier and the gang from LFT have released the newest installment of From the Cellar.  It is on the way to us and will ship to you the moment it arrives (hopefully the second week of November).  Click on the image below to order your discounted copy with free shipping.

From the Cellar pack 8

Estimated shipping date: November 23rd

More than a scenario pack, this new product is something between our FTC packs and our regular LFT magazine. Its release is scheduled for mid November and it should start shipping as early as Nov 15th. It will contain 56 pages and 15 scenarios.

The subject ? Well, the cover says it all !

This product contains both a 56 pages magazine and 15 scenarios. The magazine itself contains historical and technical articles on subjects you never dared (or even imagined ?) asking.

What will be a FTC without scenarios ? The 15 scenarios are the products of a variety of designers, from France (of course !), but also from Canada, Germany and even Corsica !

The scenario mix depicts mostly Free French units, alone or with allies but not only. Four of the scenarios can be linked in a mini-campaign :

FT209 Euphrates Clash vs. 5 turns

MAYADINE, SYRIA, 29 September 1941 : After the conquest of French Levant by the Allied, the garrison of the region was mostly done by Free French units. The Bataillon de Marche n°2, part of the 1ère Division Française Libre, was given garrison duty in the eastern part of Syria. On 29 september, a light supply column was attacked by a thousand (according to French sources) Bedouins at the village entry. The 5th company of the Bataillon de Marche n°2 in a defensive position in the military police building reacted swiftly to help their comrades.

FT210 The Longest Week vs. 5 turns

MOUNT SAN BASILIO, SICILY 5 August 1943 : A dramatic week of battles starting 31 July characterized the fierce inland fighting in Sicily during Operation Husky. The American Seventh Army’s First Division and two Canadian regiments fought off two dozens of counterattacks against mixed Axis Forces supported by artillery shelling enemy positions in the rocky hillsides. The battle focused mainly around the numerous hills and mountains surrounding Troina which the Germans had heavily fortified and used as bases for direct and indirect fire. By 5 August, German infantry counter-attacked again, starting another round of furious fighting to dislodge Americans from the hills and save Troina for another day.

FT211 9è company sacrifice vs. 7 turns

HILL 470, NEAR COLLE BELVEDERE, ITALY, 26 January 1944 : The French 3 ème Division d’Infanterie Algérienne was tasked to attack the German forces near Cassino to divert German troops from the main thrust. This diversion was to take place on bare and steep hills north of Cassino known as “Colle Belvedere”. The mission already very dangerous would have been transformed in a suicide attack if the flanking fires from hill 470 on the east side of the attack were not silenced. The 9ème Compagnie, 4ème Régiment de Tirailleurs Tunisiens, had to take this bare hill and hold it at all costs to allow the whole attack to succeed.

FT212 For Hitler, for Allah vs. 5.5 turns

AREA OF SEKOVICI, BOSNIA, 1 May 1944 : In 1943 Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler gave orders to establish a new waffen-SS division, consisting of Muslim Bosniaks. This new division should relieve Wehrmacht units in Yugoslavia for further deployment on the eastern front. The Division saw engagements in smaller anti-partisan operations and at the end of april 1944 the first larger operation took place, the goal of “Operation Maibaum” was the destruction of the III. Bosnian Partisan-Korps, consisting of three divisions which were located in the area of the river Drina. In course of “Operation Maibaum”, parts of the I.SS- Freiwillige-Gebirgs-Regiment 28 were trapped in the village of Sekovici. To save them from total annihilation, the II.Bataillon of the regiment attacked the partisans in the hillside around the village.

FT213 Up the Liri Valley vs. 5 turns

LIRI VALLEY, ITALY, 17 May 1944 : During Operation Diadem, the 1st “Free French” Division was given the task to shield the right flank of the French Mountain Corps which was to lead the main attack into the difficult Aurunci Mountains. On 17th May, the French were progressing quickly along the Liri River valley thanks to the retreat of the German troops after the breakthrough around Monte Petrella. Around noon, the leading elements of the BM11 (March Battalion 11), abandoned by the accompanying tanks that were stopped sooner by mines, were stopped by MG fire coming from fortified houses on both sides of the road.

FT214 A grain of Sand vs. 5.5 turns

LES SABLONS, FRANCE, 10 August 1944 : Just after the fights for Mézière-sous-Ballon started the Normandy campaign for the French 2ème Division Blindée. Within the US 15 th Army Corps, it was part of the southern part of the move to encircle the Germans in the Falaise cauldron. The 10 th of August 1944, the first elements of Groupe Minjonnet met a strong and well concealed German force from the just arrived 9.Panzer-Division in the woods and bocage near Les Sablons farm just before arriving in Mézière-sous-Ballon that will be the first French city liberated by the 2ème DB.

FT215 Ghostly Attack vs. 5 turns

LUNEVILLE, FRANCE, 15 September 1944 : In an effort to take Nancy, the US Army decided to encircled the town and a large movement was directed to cut it from the rest of the German Army. Lunéville was a medium sized town on the route of movement to complete the encirclement. The 2nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (known as “Patton’s Ghosts”) reached Lunéville on 15 September and Platoons n°1 and 2 of C Troop, 42nd Mechanized Reconnaissance Cavalry Battalion were sent, with great optimism, to take the city by a ‘coup de main’.

FT216 Back in Force vs. 6.5 turns

LUNEVILLE, FRANCE, 16 September 1944 : After its first attempt to take by surprise the town failed, the 2nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron tried again the next day but this time with the help from the CCR of the 4 th Armored Division attacking from the northwest. The town was held by the remnants of the 15.Panzergrenadier-Division, with only 3,500 men at this time. In fact, the 4th Armored Division alone outnumbered the whole 1st and 5th Panzer Armies in all departments !

FT217 Cavalry Delaying Action vs. 6.5 turns

LUNEVILLE, FRANCE, 18 September 1944 : Based on the reports of prisoners captured on 17 September, 2nd cavalry Group commander, Colonel Charles Reed, became convinced that the Germans were preparing to launch a major counterattack and requested tank destroyer assistance. His request was denied by the XII Corps. On the 18th, the 42nd Cavalry Reconnaissance forces screening the eastern approaches of Luneville announced the arrival of the Panzer-Brigade.111 looking to retake the city. The 42nd would have to buy time to allow the retreat of rest of the 2nd Cavalry Group and the intervention of US heavy tanks.

FT218 Taking Luneville vs. 8 turns

LUNEVILLE, FRANCE, 18 September 1944 : Slowed by the sacrifice of the 42nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Group near Moncel, thePanzer-Brigade.111 reached Lunéville late in the morning of the 18 th . The town was already under attack from the remnants of the Panzergrenadier-Regiment.15 that had managed to retake part of the town on the 17th . Time was on the side of the Allies with tanks reinforcements coming in at maximum speed. The final part of the first battle of Lunéville was about to begin with a major tank clash.

FT219 Koniev’s Finest vs. 4.5 turns

NORTH OF CHMIELNIK, POLAND, 12 JANUARY 45 : Russian army had been bordering the Vistula on its length, holding three bridgeheads on the German side. On the 12th of January, Marshal Koniev unleashed his first Ukrainian front and cleared the German lines of defense. At mid-day, the first and second lines were breached and Koniev had seized his main axis of penetration. He immediately ordered the introduction of his tank units to exploit the gap in German lines. The Germans tried a desperate action and immediately counterattacked the lead Soviet units.

FT220 Alsatian Verdun vs. 9.5 turns

JEBSHEIM, FRANCE, 26 January 1945 : As part of the Colmar pocket, one of the strongest part of the German line was located in the Alsatian village of Jebsheim. The night of the 26th, the 254th Infantry Regiment was ordered to take the village. That night was one of the coldest during that winter with temperature down to –20° C. The night attack had to be cancelled because the troops, which had to cross a frigid stream to reach the village, were freezing and the weapons refused to work. A new attack began at dawn. It will be a difficult day for the 254th and its supporting tanks.

FT221 Independance Day vs. 5.5 turns

DIDONNE, FRANCE, 15 April 1945 : From summer 1944, the Royan area has become one of the fortified pockets of the Atlantic coast, locking the access to the Gironde River as well as to the harbour of Bordeaux. The codename for its conquest would be « operation Independence ». Several units took part in the Operation, such as the 2è Division Blindée, the 13è Régiment de Dragons equipped with French tanks of 1940 or the Bataillon de Marche n°2 manned with soldiers of current Centroafrica. Nevertheless, the defenders were determined to fight and their fortifications looked formidable.

FT222 Hetzer Butcher vs. 7 turns

KÖNIGSBACH, GERMANY, 6 April 1945 : Created in 1943 in North Africa, the “5eme division blindée” landed in France in September 1944 and took part in the Vosges/Colmar salient campaigns and in the invasion of Southern Germany. On the road to Stuttgart, late on April 5th, elements of the french Division took half of the German town of Konigsbach. Early in the morning of the following day, the Germans counterattacked with Volksgrenadiers, SS elements and a Panzer support of 15 Hetzers. The German attack supported by artillery directed from the steep hills dominating the town quickly overhelmed several French positions.

FT223 Kings of Bollersdorf vs. 6.5 turns

BOLLERSDORF, GERMANY, April 19 th 1945 : On the morning of April 19th , during the battle for the Seelow Heights with Berlin as the final objective, the Russians had placed their heaviest armor forward to conduct the expected breakthrough with the 12th Guards Tank Corps, as per their doctrine. Their lead elements, advancing without any proper reconnaissance and infantry support, drove right into several Königstigers of the SS Pz. Abt. 503, that recently arrived from Nordland’s SS Pz. Abt. 11 Hermann von Salza. Forming up outside Bollersdorff were more than one hundred T-34/85 ready to roll through the gap the IS-2 would have opened up in the German lines.

Sample counters you will find on our scenario cards

Post-scriptum

Please be aware that there will be no counters in the pack, the counters on this page are rendition of our new counter artwork as seen on the scenario cards, just for the pleasure of the eyes. 🙂

Rumor Mill:

John Dober is planning on hosting an ASL tournament in Gettysburg, PA.  sometime in the new year.  Please look him up on Facebook if interested in attending.

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