April 19th, 2001
Rob's Rules for Historical Force Purchases
For games with purchases of 1000 points or more
Reason for rule given in italics.
For Games with Purchases of under 1000 points
Armour and Vehicles
No airborne forces.
No mixing of allied infantry from different countries
(you can mix rifle infantry and engineers though).
Less than 10% of allied forces were airborne. Hence
it was "normal" to encounter leg infantry. While cross attachments of tanks
from the different nations did occur at the battalion level, infantry was
rarely cross attached at the battalion level.
No airborne (Fallschirmjäger), Mountain
(Gebirgsjäger), or Volksgrenadier.
No mixing of infantry types (i.e. Sturmkompanie, Rifle
44, Panzergrenadier) unless a company's worth is purchased, i.e. 1 Coy
Rifle 44, 1 Coy Panzer Grenadier. Up to 1 Platoon of pioneers can be purchased
per company of other troops.
Less then 10% of axis forces were airborne or mountain.
It is unlikely that Volksgrenadier Divisions were ever formed and equipped
as noted, and should be conscript or green if used.
SS troops are included as they frequently made up up
to 1/3 of the forces in an area (Normandy and the Ardennes for example)
and were frequently encountered in battle by Allied forces.
As a general rule tanks and vehicles have to
be bought as a minimum of two of each type. Such as 2 Shermans (any version,
including 105's and crocs), 2 Panthers (any turreted version), 2 PzIVs
(any turreted version), 2 Priests, 2 Stu (any version ie 1 StuG and 1 StuH),
2 Tigers (any turreted version). Exceptions are explicitly noted below.
Doctrinally tanks and vehicles operate in platoons
(3-5 vehicles in WW2) of one type. As a minimum a pair of tanks may be
assigned to support a company, and both of these would come from the same
platoon. Typical allied tank platoons had one to four 76mm or 17pdr armed
tanks with the rest being 75mm tanks. German platoons frequently mixed
versions of a tank, but the base model was almost always the same. It was
"normal" for an infantry battalion to be assigned a company of tanks, or
an infantry brigade a battalion of tanks. It was rare for a company or
battalion to be assigned tanks of different types, this would normally
only occur for two reasons.
1. The tank Battalion supporting a Brigade had light
(for example Stuart) and medium tanks (for example Sherman) (common in
Allied tank Battalions). For the Germans reconnaissance companies frequently
included a platoon of medium tanks supporting armored cars and PZ II's,
and a late war German armored division had one Panther Battalion and one
PZ IV battalion, with Jagdpanzers used in the anti-tank battalion.
2. The force is the advance (van) guard, flank guard
or rear guard. Doctrinally advance, flank and rear guards were often heavily
task organized with a mix of a company of infantry, a platoon of tanks,
a platoon of armored cars and sometimes detachment of self propelled artillery.
Fireflys's (Sherman with 17Pdr) can be used as
a pair with any other Sherman or Cromwell tank (ie 1 Firefly and 1 Cromwell).
Challengers can be used with Cromwells.
WASP flamethower carriers can be bought at no more than
1 per company of infantry ( ie 3 coy of infantry and you can buy up to
Any allied scout or armored car can be mixed with any
other scout or armored car, but a pair still has to be bought.
Hetzer cannot be used prior to December 1944.
Jagdpanzer IV, Jagdpanther and Jagdtiger do not count
as part of a pair with their turreted versions. They must be bought as
pairs of their own type (i.e. 2 x Jagdpanzer IV).
No German Halftrack mounted AA guns. Tank mounted
AA guns (Ostwind and Wirbelwind) are ok.
German halftracks cannot be mixed, you either
buy 250 variants or 251 variants.
1 x SPW 251/9 (75mm halftrack) per 3 x SPW 251/1 halftracks.
(i.e. you need to buy 3 x SPW 251/1's before you can get a second SPW 251/9)
1 x SPW 250/8 (75mm halftrack) per 3 x other
250 series halftracks (i.e. you need to buy 3 x 250/1's before you can
get a second 250/8).
1 x Puma per two other German armored cars (i.e. you need
to buy two other armored car variants before you can buy a second Puma).
AT (including RCL's) and AA and infantry guns
are to be purchased in pairs of the same type (i.e. 2x 57mm or 2x76mm).
155 mm or under (includes rockets), no allied
For games under 1000 pts then individual weapon
systems can be purchased ( i.e. 1 tank, 1 gun), but if more than one is
purchased it must conform to the rules noted above. (i.e. if you buy 2
tanks they must conform to the above rules)
Otherwise all other rules apply.