I treated myself to the latest I Ain't Been Shot Mum
supplement to come from Too Fat Lardies
last month when Richard Clarke ran a sale. I finally printed off the relevant pages the other night. For your 10 pounds you get 111 (yes ONE HUNDRED and ELEVEN!)
pages of PDF detailing forces for the Eastern Front from 1943 to 1945. I didn't print off all 111, just most of the German lists and the Russians.
The lists follow the format used in Battle for Liberation
. For each company there are core platoons and then a selection of options from battalion and divisional supports. Colour coding tells you which ones are off table and the text will tell you which ones are rare or limited. Which tanks would be typical in each platoon by year is also noted. The scenario design tells you how many platoons you may select from your list. Obviously some armies such as German panzer and panzer grenadier forces will get a dizzying array of possible supporting options and the Kampfgruppe rule
pretty much lets you throw together whatever you think is appropriate. Other forces such as Volksturm, Yugoslavian Partisans or Finnish Border Jagers are much more limited for choice. Each national section is then rounded out with tables for rating your infantry, armour and weapon stats, plus card suggestions for putting your game deck together and adding extra Big Men.
The German lists from Battle for Liberation
are expanded to include Cavalry and Cossack units plus anti-partisan Schuma battalions in addition to AFVs that only saw action on the Eastern Front. The Soviet lists are pretty straight forward, although I find myself drawn to the allure of fielding an entire Guards Heavy Tank Regiment (I mean it's ONLY
The book isn't just limited to the Germans and Russians. The Finns for the Continuation War are present driving their captured Soviet tanks. There are Hungarians and Romanians. Yugoslavian Partisans are also listed and the book includes rules for generating forces for anti-partisan games and a selection of scenarios.
The lay out and graphics are well done and the format is very easy to use. Another must have for IABSM
Of course I don't even have any WW2 Soviets.... yet...