Monday, 11 August 2014

CALL TO ARMS COMPETITION - PLAYER LISTS

CALL TO ARMS competition next weekend, and the Umpire has posted out the player lists
and they look quite formidable, especially for my Poles I have taken.

We have 19 players entered with the umpire rounding it up to 20 with him playing the bye position. Its good to see a vast array of different army Nationalities being used, with the Germans being the most numerous as could be expected. Only 3 British and 2 French players and a numerous lists from the new Rising Sun book

There is some truly horrible lists in there that my Polish force would struggle with, with so many units of high end AT such as Pak38's and 45mm obr 1939 guns (volley fire Soviets), the AT value is something that I am not particularly bothered with as I only have 5 tanks but its their ability to dug out my guns and infantry that's worrying, and theirs some large Artillery park armies..... but if I can get my bypass unit on it could come in handy coming in behind their guns !

Glad to see also a good range of different types of forces with 5 being tanks, 5 Mechansied and 9 Infantry Lists and one brave Fortified List.

Right onto the Lists then ....

 Italian Lists: Only one !
My brothers Army - Andrew Stanton, Italian, 
Compagnia Motociclisti, Hellfire and Back! 
CO and 2IC Rifle teams 
Motociclisti Platoon with 3 squads 
Motociclisti Platoon with 3 squads 
Motociclisti Machine-gun Platoon with 4x HMG 
Armoured Car Platoon with 4x AB41 
Carri Platoon with 4x M13/40 
Medium Tank Platoon with 5x M11/39 
Anti-tank Platoon with 4x 47/32 gun 
Bersaglieri Platoon 
Motorised Howitzer Battery with 4x 100/17 guns 
Light Anti-Aircraft Platoon with 2x 20/65guns on trucks 


 Soviet Lists:  3 Ruskies being played in total
John Fletcher, Soviet Union, Strelkovy Batalon, Rising Sun 
Strelkovy Batalion HQ 
Strelkovy Company 30x Rifle 2x Maksim HMG 
Strelkovy Company 20x Rifle 2x Maksim HMG 
Strelkovy Anti-tank Company 4x 45mm obr 1937 gun 
Strelkovy Anti-tank Company 4x 45mm obr 1937 gun 
Heavy Tankovy Company 2x T-35 
Artillery Battalion 4x 76mm obr 1902/30 gun

Soviet Union, Heavy Tankovie Batalon, Rising Sun 
Heavy Tankovy Batalon HQ 1 x T-35 
Heavy Tankovy Company 4 x T-35 
Heavy Tankovy Company 2 x T-35 
Light Tankovy Company 6 x T-26 obr 1933 or 1939 
Motorised Artillery Battalion 4 x 122mm obr 1938 howitzer 
Sporadic Air Support I-153 

Soviet Union, Strelkovy Batalon, Rising Sun 
Strelkovy HQ, 2 Rifle, Komissar 
Strelkovy Company, Komissar, Light Mortar, 19 Rifle 
Strelkovy Company, Komissar, 20 Rifle 
Regimental Gun Company, 4x 76mm Obr 1927 
Anti-tank Company, Komissar, 6x 45mm Obr 1937 
Artillery Batalon, Komissar, Staff, 12x 76mm Obr 1902/30 
Anti-tank Company, Komissar, 6x 45mm Obr 1937 

German Lists :  6 Germans in total  (a good number, i.e. not too many of them)
Gebirgsjager (all Confident Vet), Burning Empire 
HQ + 2 HMG 
Gebirgs Inf Plt + AT Rifle 
Gebirgs Inf Plt 
Gebirgs Pioneer Plt 
Gebirgs Regimental AT Plt 3 x Pak 38 
Gebirgs Mountain Arty Bty + pack mules 
AT Plt 4 x Pak 36 
Panzer Plt 4 x Pz II 

Leichte Panzerkompanie, Hellfire and Back 
Leichte Panzerkompanie HQ, Panzer III H, Sd Kfz 9 
Panzer III Platoon, Panzer III G, 2 Panzer III, Valentine II 
Leichte Pionier Platoon, Pioneer SMG, 9 Pioneer Rifle, Motorcycle and Sidecar, 3 Kfz 15 Field Car, 3 Kfz 70 truck 
Heavy Panzerspäh Platoon, 2 Sd Kfz 231 (8-rad) with PaK shield armour 
Light Anti-aircraft Gun Platoon, 4 Sd Kfz 10/5 (2cm) 

Panzerpionierekompanie, Hellfire and Back! 
HQ 2 SMG, 2 Motorcycle and Sidecar 
Leichte Pionier Platoon, 10 Pionier Rifle 
Gepanzerte Pionier Platoon, 10 Pionier Rifle 
Anti-tank Gun Patoon, SMG, 3x 5cm PaK38 
Anti-tank Gun Patoon, SMG, 3x 5cm PaK38 
Destruction Platoon, 4 Panzer II C (late), 1 with Demolition Charge 
Limited Air Support, Stuka 

Leichte Panzerkompanie, Hellfire and Back! 
Leichte Panzerkompanie HQ, Panzer III G 
Panzer III Platoon, 5 Panzer III G 
Panzer II Platoon, 3 Panzer II C (late) 
Anti-tank Gun Platoon, SMG, 3x 3.7cm PaK36, 
Heavy Anti-tank Gun Platoon, 2x 8.8cm FlaK36 with extra crew  

Gebirgsjager Infantriekompanie, Burning Empire 
Infantriekompanie HQ, 2 SMG 
Infanterie Platoon, 5 Rifle/MG, Light Mortar, Anti-tank Rifle 
Infanterie Platoon, 7 Rifle/MG, Light Mortar 
Regimental Anti-tank Gun Platoon, 3x 5cm PaK38 
Panzer III Platoon, 3 Panzer III G 
Tank-hunter Platoon, 3 Panzerjager I 
Light Panzerspah Platoon, Sd Kfz 221(MG), 2x Sd Kfz 222 (2cm early) 

SS Infantriekompanie, Blitzkrieg 
HQ, 2 SMG New infantry Platoon, 9 Rifle/MG, Light Mortar 
New infantry Platoon, 9 Rifle/MG, Light Mortar, 4 3-ton Truck 
Infanterie Machine-gun Platoon, 4x MG34 HMG 
Infanterie Machine-gun Platoon, 4x MG34 HMG 
Intanterie Mortar Platoon, 6x GW34 Mortar 
Regimental Anti-tank Gun Platoon, 3x 3.7cm PaK36 
Infantry Anti-tank Gun Platoon, 3x 3.7cm PaK36 
Heavy Anti-tank Gun Platoon, SMG, 2x 8.8cm FlaK36 
Priority Air Support, Stuka, Schwerpunkt 

Finnish Lists : only one of them ..
Finnish, Mannerheim Line (Fortified Company), Rising Sun 
Mannerheim Line Strongpoint HQ 
Jalkavaki Strongpoint Command Rifle, 8x Rifle, 4x Trench Line, 2x HMG Nest 
Jalkavaki Strongpoint Command Rifle, 8x Rifle, 4x Trench Line, 2x HMG Nest 
Fortified Mortar Platoon Command Rifle, Observer Rifle, 3x Tampella M/35 81mm mortar, 2x Trench Line Fortifications 
Gun Position Trench Line, 4x Gun Pit 
Gun Position Trench Line, 2x Gun Pit 
Gun Position Trench Line, 2x Gun Pit 
6x Barbed Wire Entaglement 
3x Communication Trenches 
Panssarii Platoon Command T-26, 4x T-26 
Jalkavaki Anti-tank Platoon 2x 37 PstK/37 gun 
Artillery Battery Command Rifle, Staff, Observer Rifle, 4x 76 K/02 gun 
Anti-aircraft Platoon Command Rifle, 2x 40 ItK/38 gun (Bofors 40mm)  




Japanese Lists : good to see these been represented
Japanese, 3rd Sensha Rentai, Rising Sun 
3rd Sensha Rentai HQ - 2x Type 89 Chi-Ro + 1x Type 94 TK 
Sensha Company - 3x Command Type 89 Chi-Ro + 9x Type 89 Chi-Ro 
Sensha Company - 3x Command Type 89 Chi-Ro + 9x Type 89 Chi-Ro 
Hohei Platoon - 2x Rifle Squads 
Hohei Rapid Fire Gun Platoon - 2x Type 94 37mm 

Japanese, Hohei Chutai, Rising Sun 
Hohei Chutai HQ, 2 Sword, Regimental Standard 
Hohei Platoon, Sword, 9 Rifle, 3 LM, Banners 
Hohei Platoon, Sword, 9 Rifle, 3 LM, Banners 
Hohei Machine-gun Platoon, 4x Type 3 HMG 
Hohei, Gun Platoon, Sword, 2 Type 92 70mm 
Medium Sensha 5x Type 89 Chi-Ro, 2 Type 94 TK  

British and Commonwealth Lists: 3 in total :
Paul Waechter, British, Honey Armoured Squadron, Hellfire and Back! 
Honey Armoured Squadron HQ, 4 Honey Stuart 
Honey Armoured Platoon, 3 Honey Stuart 
Honey Armoured Platoon, 3 Honey Stuart 
Armoured Car Platoon, 3 Humber I or II 
Motor Platoon, 4x MG, Light Mortar, Anti-tank Rifle 
Anti-tank Platoon, Royal Horse Artillery, 4 47/32 Portee 

New Zealanders, Commonwealth Infantry Company, Hellfire and Back! 
Rifle Company HQ (NZ), 2 Rifle 
Rifle Platoon (NZ), 7 Rifle/MG (Sticky Bombs), Light Mortar, AT Rifle 
Rifle Platoon (NZ), 7 Rifle/MG (Sticky Bombs), Light Mortar, AT Rifle 
Carrier Platoon (NZ), 3 Universal Carriers 
Mortar Platoon (NZ), Rifle, Observer Rifle, 4x ML 3" Mortar 
Matilda Tank Platoon, 2 Matilda II 
Anti-tank Platoon, Royal Artillery (NZ), Rifle, 4x OQF 2 pdr 
Field Battery, Royal Artillery (NZ), 4x OQF 18/25 pdr 
Light Anti-aircraft Platoon (NZ), Rifle, 2x Bofors 40mm 

New Zealanders, Divisional Cavalry, 2nd NZ Div, Hellfire and Back! 
CHQ 2x MkVI 
A Troop 3x MkVI 
B Troop 3x MkVI 
C Troop 3x Scout Carriers 
D Troop 3x Scout Carriers 
Infantry platoon, 28th Maori Battalion 
Artillery battery, 8x 25pdr 
AT Troop 4x 2pdr Portees 
AA Troop 2x Bofors 

The French Lists: Two of them
French, Escardron Reconnaissance, Blitzkrieg 
HQ, Panhard 
AMD-35 Deep Recon 5 Panhard 
 AMD-35 Deep Recon 5 Panhard
AMD-35 Deep Recon 5 Panhard
Medium Combat Platoon, 4 Somua 
Anti-tank Gun Platoon, 3 25mm SA-34 gun, 
Self-Propelled 47mm AT Platoon, 4 Laffy W15 TCC 
All-terrain Towed 105mm Artillery Battery, 
with 4x 105mm C mle 1935 B howitzer

French, Compagnie de Combat, Blitzkrieg 
Headquarters, Char B 
Warrior , De Gaulle Motorcycle Transport team 
Battle Tank Platoon, 3 Char Bs 
Light Tank Platoon, 3 Renault R-35 
Light Tank Platoon, 3 Renault R-35 
Deep Reconnaissance Platoon, 4 Panhard AMD-35 
All-terrain Towed 105mm Battery, Observer Rifle, 4x 105mm C mle 1935B 
Divisional Anti-tank Platoon, Rifle, 2 47mm SA-37 + tractors 

And the Brave Polish list : Just myself now
Mark Stanton, Polish, Batalion Piechoty, Blitzkrieg 
CO and 2IC Rifle teams 
Piechoty Company with 13x Rifle teams 
Piechoty Company with 13x Rifle teams 
Piechoty Company with 13x Rifle teams 
Piechoty Infantry Gun Platoon with 2x 75mm wz 02/26 guns 
Piechoty Anti-tank Platoon with 3x 37mm wz 36 guns 
Piechoty Anti-tank Platoon with 3x 37mm wz 36 guns 
Piechoty Scout Platoon with 5x Rifle teams upgraded to Cavalry Teams 
Light Tank Platoon with 5x 7TP-dw tanks 
Light Gun Battery with 4x 75mm wz 1897 guns with added Observer Team

Edit: Another German player has joined the competition .. so there is no need for the umpire to play the bye game, hooray ... although I was hoping to play the Polish cavarly list as its something different.  At least the German player list is some interesting German motorcycle troops

German, Kradschutzen, Hellfire and Back!
Kradschutzenkompanie HQ, 2 Motorcycle SMG
Krad Platoon, 9 Motorcycle MG, Motorcycle light mortar
Krad Platoon, 9 Motorcycle MG, Motorcycle light mortar
Krad Machine-gun platoon, MG, 2 HMG Motorcycles
Panzer III Plat9oon, 1 Panzer III G, 2 Panzer III H
Anti-tank Gun Platoon, SMG, 3 Pak38 5cm and Transport


So some good lists there, some others I would rather very much avoid , and some that would be fun to play / something different too, but all in all,  its going to be a challenging weekend I think ! 

I think it might be Axis vs Allies as well, but I hope not as I dont like playing Germans, but would expect/hope for a historical match up in the first round - maybe the SS German List or even the Soviet lists. Wish me luck 

Cheers
Mark