World War III: West German
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WWIII: West German Spotlight

WWIII: West German Spotlight
World War III: West German is the latest supplement for World War III: Team Yankee. It introduces the forces of West Germans to the turbulent battles of World War III from 1985. World War III: West German and the West German range of Team Yankee models contains everything you need to hold back the red menace.

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 will also find the stories of Panzer Division 1 and Kampfgruppe Müller as they fight to defend their country from the invading communist forces

WWIII: West German Spotlight...


Product Spotlights
West German Starter Force (Plastic) (TGRAB03)

West German Starter Force (Plastic) (TGRAB03)

This Starter Force Contains:

  • Three Leopard 2A5 Tanks
  • Two Leopard 2 Tanks
  • Four Marder 2 Scouts
  • Three M109 155mm Self-propelled guns
  • One M113 OP,
  • Two, PAH Helicopters
  • Two Tornado Aircraft
  • Four Flight Stands
  • Eight rare-earth magnets
  • Four decal sheets
  • One Complete A5 Rulebook,
  • One West German "Start Here Booklet"
  • Twelve Unit cards

West German Starter Force (Plastic) (TGRAB03)...

Leopard 2A5 Panzer Zug (TGBX18)
Initially known as Leopard 2 Improved, but later designated Leopard 2A5, the new model introduced wedge-shaped, spaced add-on armour to the turret front and the frontal area of the hull sides. The new spaced armour modules are designed to defeat the jet of a hollow charge or high-explosive anti-tank round prior to it reaching the base armour.

Leopard 2A5 Panzer Zug (TGBX18)...

Leopard 2A5 Panzer Zug (TGBX18)
Leopard 2 Panzer Zug (TGBX01) Leopard 2 Panzer Zug (TGBX01)
The Leopard 2 came about from the joint German-US ‘Battle Tank 70’ program, which was abandoned after costs rose above what the West German government was willing to spend. However, out of the ashes arose a phoenix, the outstanding Leopard 2 main battle tank.

Leopard 2 Panzer Zug (TGBX01)...

Leopard 1 Panzer Zug (TGBX14)
Though lightly armoured, the Leopard 1 tank is fast and well armed, with a 105mm L7 gun that is more than capable of dealing with any scouting vehicles of Warsaw Pact. Even though the powerful Leopard 2 main battle tank is now in service throughout the panzer brigades, the Leopard 1 tank has not been retired. One of its roles is now as part of the divisional Panzeraufklärungs battalions in the schwere Panzeraufklärungs Kompanien

Leopard 1 Panzer Zug (TGBX14)...

Leopard 1 Panzer Zug (TGBX14)
Marder 2 Zug (TGBX19) Marder 2 Zug (TGBX19)
Compared to the original Marder, the Marder 2 is an entirely new vehicle, which shares only the name and general layout. The armored protection of the Marder 2 was rated to withstand a 30mm AP round frontally and a 14.5mm round at all other angles. This was achieved through modular passive armour bolted on to the hull and turret which were constructed with steel.

Marder 2 Zug (TGBX19)...

Marder Zug (TGBX02)
The West Germans are one of the innovators of the infantry fighting vehicle concept. The Marder was the first such vehicle to see service in NATO from 1971. Named after the Marder ('marten' in English), a member of the weasel family, it is armed with a MG3 machine-gun and a 20mm Rh 202 auto-cannon to provide the panzergrenadiers with fire support, and can also mount the powerful Milan anti-tank missile system.

Marder Zug (TGBX02)...

Marder Zug (TGBX02)
Jäger Zug (TGR712)

Jäger Zug (TGR712)
Heimatschutz Jäger riflemen are the last line of defence, defending their own homes from the red threat. These older and wiser troops know their battleground intimately, even if their reflexes are not what they used to be.

Jäger Zug (TGR712)...

Panzergrenadier Zug (TGR702)
The modern Panzergrenadier Zug (Armoured Infantry Platoon) is a small but well-trained, -motivated, and -equipped, unit, armed with MG3 machine-guns, G3 assault rifles, as well as the Panzerfaust 44 anti-tank rocket.

Panzergrenadier Zug (TGR702)...

Panzergrenadier Zug (TGR702)

Fuchs Transport (TGBX06) Fuchs Transport (TGBX06)
The Fuchs (Fox) Transport-panzer (abbreviated to TPz) is a 6-wheeled, fully amphibious, armoured personnel carrier designed for a variety roles including troop transport, engineer transport, bomb disposal, NBC (Nuclear, Biological and Chemical) reconnaissance and electronic warfare.

Fuchs Transport (TGBX06)...

Luchs Späh Trupp (TGBX05)
The Aufklärungs troops at the very front of the division’s vanguard are the Späh Truppen (reconnaissance patrols) equipped with the 8-wheeled Luchs armoured car.

Luchs Späh Trupp (TGBX05)...

Luchs Späh Trupp (TGBX05)

M113 Panzermörser Zug (TGBX09)

M113 Panzermörser Zug (TGBX09)
The Panzergrenadier Battalions had their very own artillery in the form of 120mm M120 mortars mounted in modified M113 armoured personnel carriers.

M113 Panzermörser Zug (TGBX09)...

UH-1 Huey Transport Platoon (TGBX17)
The ubiquitous Bell UH-1 “Huey” first flew in 1956 and remains in service around the world in both military and civilian roles.

UH-1 Huey Transport Platoon (TGBX17)...

UH-1 Huey Transport Platoon (TGBX17)
BO-105 Anti-tank Helicopter Flight (TGBX12)

PAH Anti-tank Helicopter Flight (TGBX12)
The Bölkow Bo-105P was selected as the German PAH anti-tank helicopter due to its outstanding manoeuvrability. It is armed with six wire-guided HOT anti-tank missiles, three mounted on each side. Flying below the tree line, it can sneak up to a firing position unseen, then unleash a deadly attack to smash a Soviet spearhead.

BO-105 Anti-tank Helicopter Flight (TGBX12)...

Tornado Strike Flight (TGBX15)
The main role of the Tornado is as an Interdictor Strike (IDS) aircraft. The Tornado is armed with two internally mounted 27mm Mauser BK-27 auto-cannons and two AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles for self-defence. It can carry a variety of conventional bombs, as well as the MW-1 submunition dispenser that drops a variety of munitions, including the KB44 antitank bomblet.

Tornado Strike Flight (TGBX15)...

Tornado Strike Flight (TGBX15)

Kanonenjagdpanzer Zug (TGBX16) Kanonenjagdpanzer Zug (TGBX17)
Although obsolete for frontline use, Heimatshutzkommando find this nimble and low set vehicle excellent. With a 90mm main gun and two MGs, the Kanonenjagdpanzer can be devastating against enemy strongpoints

Kanonenjagdpanzer Zug (TGBX16)...

Jaguar Jagdpanzer Zug (TGBX04)
The Jaguar 1 and Jaguar 2 were German Raketenjagdpanzer (rocket tank-hunter) tank destroyers armed with anti-tank guided missiles.The Jaguar 1 can support your Panzer Kompanie. It carried the HOT missile system, with an automated firing system allowing the crew to fire it from inside the vehicle under NBC (nuclear, biological and chemical) protection.The Jaguar 2, which can support your Panzergrenadier Kompanie, mounted the older US-made Improved TOW missile system.

Jaguar Jagdpanzer Zug (TGBX04)...

Jaguar Jagdpanzer Zug (TGBX04)
Wiesel FK 20mm Flugabwehr Zug (TGR001) Wiesel FK 20mm Flugabwehr Zug (TGR001)
Of the 343 Wiesel Armoured Weapons Carriers produced, 133 were built with a one-man turret equipped with a Rheinmetall Mk 20 Rh-202 20mm autocannon. In this configuration, the Wiesel can be deployed as both a highly maneuverable reconnaissance and fire support vehicle.

Wiesel FK 20mm Flugabwehr Zug (TGR001) ...

Wiesel TOW Panzerabwehr Zug (TGR002)
The diminutive Wiesel (“weasel”) weighs between 2.75 and 4.75 tonnes depending on configuration and is powered by an Audi 5 cylinder inline turbo-diesel engine. The vehicle’s tiny profile and agility makes it difficult to spot on the battlefield. When coupled with the Raytheon improved TOW missile system, it provides strong anti-tank support, especially when fired from concealment during an ambush

Wiesel TOW Panzerabwehr Zug (TGR002)...

Wiesel TOW Panzerabwehr Zug (TGR002)
M109 Artillery Battery (Plastic) (TUBX24) M109 Artillery Battery (Plastic) (TUBX24)
The excellence of the M109 self-propelled howitzer is evidenced by the fact that it is used by every Western army on NATO’s Central Front apart from the French. The M185 155mm howitzer fires a wide variety of ammunition, including conventional high explosive, DPICM (Dual-Purpose Improved Conventional Munitions) bomblets, scatterable minelets, and Copperhead laser-guided projectiles out to a range of 18 km (11 miles).

Check out the M109 Artillery Battery in the online store...

M270 MLRS Battery (Plastic) (TUBX25)
The Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) is a high-mobility automatic artillery system. It is made up of a twelve tube launcher packaged in two six-rocket pods, which are mounted on a stretched Bradley chassis with excellent crosscountry mobility.

M270 MLRS Battery (Plastic) (TUBX25)...

M270 MLRS Battery (Plastic) (TUBX25)
LARS Rakatenwerfer Batterie (TGBX11) LARS Raketenwerfer Batterie (TGBX11)
The LARS (Leichte Artillerie-raketen-system, light artillery rocket system) is a self-propelled multiple rocket launcher used by the division’s Raketenartillerie Bataillon (rocket artillery battalion). The LARS mounts two launcher pods with 18 tubes each. A single LARS launcher is able to fire 36 spin-stabilized 110mm rockets in 18 seconds.

Check out the LARS Raketenwerfer Batterie in the online store...

Gepard Flakpanzer Batterie (TGBX07)
The Flugabwehrkanonenpanzer Gepard (Antiaircraft Cannon Tank, Cheetah), or Flakpanzer Gepard for short, is the main anti-aircraft vehicle of the panzer divisions. It is fitted with a sophisticated anti-aircraft radar system for locating and tracking its targets.

Check out the Gepard Flakpanzer Batterie in the online store...

Gepard Flak Batterie (TGBX07)
Roland Flak Batterie (TGBX08) Roland Flak Batterie (TGBX08)
The Roland 2 Flugabwehrraketenpanzer (abbreviated to FlaRakPanzer, or Anti-aircraft Rocket Tank) is a sophisticated mobile short-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system. The Roland anti-aircraft missile was a joint development between the French and Germans.

Check out the Roland Flak Batterie in the online store here...

Fliegerfaust Gruppe (TGR708)
The FIM-43 Redeye was a man-portable surface-to-air missile system, which used infrared track its target - hence its name. In West German service it was known as the Fliegerfaust 1By accompanying the Gepards and Rolands the Fliegerfaust 1 teams could take advantage of other anti-aircraft system's long-range detection capacity to give an early warning of approaching aircraft.

Fliegerfaust Gruppe (TGR708)...

Fliegerfaust Gruppe (TGR708)

Leopard Articles

The Leopard's Roar
Leopard Battle Reports
The release of Leopard has already seen some great Battle Reports that you can watch or read. Here we show off three of the best, including a video battle report Phil made with the Beasts of War guys, and a chance for you to win a copy of Kamfgruppe Müller army.

The Leopard's Roar – Leopard Battle Reports...

The Leopard's Roar – Leopard Battle Reports
Rob's West Germans

Rob's West Germans
Rob is one of our resident rivet counters in the office, loving all things Bundeswehr. When developing Leopard he brought in a wealth of information for the team to read and review. He also brought in a rather impressive 1/6 scale remote control Leopard II that patrolled the office rolling over anything that got in its way.

Rob's West Germans...


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Leopard Launch Weekend July 9-10

A third nation has entered the Third World War, with the arrival of West Germany.
Leopard, West Germans in World War III expands the story started in Team Yankee.

Over the entire launch weekend the Battlefront ran a live blog, with product previews, assembly and painting videos, battle reports and a looke behind the scenes at the design studio.

 
Leopard Live Blog – Saturday Leopard Live Blog – Sunday
• Welcome to Leopard
• The studio gets to work
• German Plastics Preview
• Leopard 2A4 shooting at minibus
• Leopard Battle Report — Part 1
• Marder Assembly video
• German Support Preview
• Leopard 2 Assembly
• Afternoon gaming
• Wayne's Leopard 2 Panzer Kompanie
• NATO Camouflage templates
• Leopard 2 Painting Guide
• Anders's Panzergrenadier Kompanie
• Chris's Team Yankee M1 Abrams Company
• BO-105 PAH Assembly Video
• BO-105 PAH Painting Guide
• Andrew's Leopard 2 Panzer Kompanie
• German Aufklärungs Preview
• Battlefield in a Box Fast Food Restaurant
• Leopard lands in the Digital app
• Chris's Leopard 2 Panzer Kompanie
• German AA & Tornado Preview
• German Infantry Painting Guide
• Lonnie's Panzergrenadier Kompanie
• Battlefield in a Box European Farm House
• Khairul's Tornadoes
• Leopard Q&A
• Battle Report – Part 2
Leopard Battle Report

Leopard Battle Report
Wayne Turner vs Chris Townley

A West German Leopard 2 Panzer Kompanie, played by Wayne Turner, who wrote Leopard, challenges Chris Townley's T-72 Tank Battalion using the Dust-up mission from the Team Yankee rulebook.

Leopard Battle Report...

 


Phil talks to Beasts of War

Jon and Justin from Beasts of War talked to Phil Yates about some of the new West German units for Leopard, as well as trying out the new skirmish game TANKS.

(Phil's interview segment starts at 1:08:20)

Beasts of War Weekender – Phil Yates interview...

Beast of War Weekender

Breakthrough Assault: Leopard Review

Following Ben's previews of of Leopard Unit Cards, this week Mark Goddard takes an in-depth look at the book itself.

Breakthrough Assault: Leopard Review...

Breakthrough Assault: Leopard Review
Breakthrough Assault: Leopard Lists Breakthrough Assault: Leopard Lists

And following on from his review of the book, Mark talks about some sample lists, showing the variety you can take at the 100-point level.

Breakthrough Assault: Leopard Lists...


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