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Free Nations: Canadian, French, Dutch and Australian Forces In WWIII
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Free Nations: Canadian, French, Dutch and Australian Forces In WWIII

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The world of Team Yankee continues to expand, and our newest book adds four more nations to the roster of forces with which to play. Free Nations started as an idea to add some of the forces of the smaller NATO nations, but grew into something much bigger with four western nations covered (well, technically five if you choose to run your ANZACs as New Zealanders). Wayne looks at Free Nations and all the different nations in the book.

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NATO's Front Line Plastic Army Deal (TNAAB1)

NATO's Front Line Plastic Army Deal (TNAAB1)
NATO's troops stand ready on the border awaiting the Soviet onslaught, confident in their abilities and equipment they have been given. 

This army deal contains the Leopard 1 tank and the PAH Anti-tank Helicopter. The Leopard 1 was originally a collaborative project between West Germany and France that the West Germans eventually took into full production and quickly became the standard tank of many forces around the world. The PAH Anti-tank Helicopter originally selected because of its outstanding manoeuvrability. It is armed with six wire-guided HOT anti-tank missiles, three mounted on each side to destroy enemy tanks.

The NATO First Line Plastic Army Deal can be used to field West German, Canadian and Dutch Forces.

NATO's Front Line Plastic Army Deal (TNAAB1)...

Leopard 1 Tank Platoon (Plastic) (TNBX01)
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. 

The West German made Leopard 1 was adopted and used by Australian, Canadian and Dutch forces making it one of the most widely used tanks of the era.

The NATO Leopard 1 Tank Platoon Box can be used to field Canadian, Dutch and Australian Forces.

Leopard 1 Tank Platoon (Plastic) (TNBX01)...

Leopard 1 Tank Platoon (Plastic) (TNBX01)

M109 Field Battery (TNBX02)

M109 Field Battery (TNBX02)
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. Both the Canadians and the Royal Netherlands Army Chose to support their troops with this hard hitting mobile artillery piece

The NATO M109 Field Battery Box can be used to support Canadian and Dutch Forces.

M109 Field Battery (TNBX02)...

Canadian Product Spotlights Canadian Product Spotlights Canadian Product Spotlights

M113 Platoon (Plastic) (TCBX02)
4 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group contained two mechanized battalions. These battalions each contained four mechanized infantry companies mounted in M113 armoured personnel carriers (APCs). In addition each battalion included a Lynx armed reconnaissance troop, a mortar platoon and an anti-tank defence platoon with 18 M150 TOW anti-tank vehicles.

M113 Platoon (Plastic) (TCBX02)...

M113 Platoon (Plastic) (TCBX02)

ADATS Air Defence Platoon (TCBX01)

ADATS Air Defence Platoon (TCBX01)
The Air Defense Anti-Tank System (ADATS) is a dual-purpose short range surface-to-air and anti-tank missile system based on the M113A2 vehicle. It was developed as a private venture by the Swiss company Oerlikon-Contraves, a member of the Rheinmetall Defence Group of Germany (launcher, radar and fire control) and the American Martin Marietta Corporation (missile). 

ADATS Air Defence Platoon (TCBX01)...

Mechanised Platoon (TCA702)
The mechanised platoons of 4 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group are trained and prepared for large scale combined arms defence and counterattacks against a Warsaw Pact invasion of West Germany and Western Europe. Training, equipment and tactics are designed to face this threat, and annual exercises keep them fully prepared.

Mechanised Platoon (TCA702)...

Mechanised Platoon (TCA702)

Lynx Reconnaissance Patrol (TCA300)

Lynx Reconnaissance Patrol (TCA300)
The Canadian Lynx is armed with a .50 cal heavy machine-gun and a 7.62mm machinegun. The commander operates the manually traversed M26 heavy machine-gun cupola from inside the vehicle. The rear-facing observer operates the radio and fires the pintle-mounted 7.62mm machine-gun. 

Lynx Reconnaissance Patrol (TCA300)...

Canadian Gaming Aids
Templates, Tokens and Dice are not only necessary to help you play the game, but by selecting ones with a Maple Leaf on them you are guaranteed to play better! (results may vary, no actual improvement of dice or troop performance is guaranteed, see your doctor if pain persists)

Canadian Gaming Aids...
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French Product Spotlights French Product Spotlights French Product Spotlights

VAB Mephisto Anti-tank Platoon (TFBX04)

VAB Mephisto Anti-tank Platoon (TFBX04)
The VAB Mephisto (VCAC - Véhicule de Combat Anti-Char) is an anti-tank vehicle that mounts the Franco-German HOT anti-tank guided missile system. This powerful wire-guided anti-tank missile is capable of knocking out any Warsaw Pact tank from outside the tank’s effective gun range.

VAB Mephisto Anti-tank Platoon (TFBX04)...

VAB Transport Platoon (TFBX03)
The French infantry section can field the VAB 4x4 armoured personnel carrier. The VAB provides space to transport ten men and is armed with a 12.7mm (.50 cal) heavy machine-gun for fire support.

VAB Transport Platoon (TFBX03)...

VAB Transport Platoon (TFBX03)

Infantry Platoon (TFR702)

Infantry Platoon (TFR702)
The French Infantry platoon can either be transported in AMX-10Ps or the VAB wheeled transport. Each platoon is equipped with an array of weapons making them capable of achieving any mission, from FAMAS assault rifles and 7.62mm NF1 machine-guns to 89mm LRAC (Lance-Roquettes AntiChar de 89 mm modèle F1) reusable rocket launchers.

Infantry Platoon (TFR702)...

Milan Section (TFR706)
French VAB mounted infantry battalions have 24 Milan anti-tank guided missile teams available in support. These Milan teams can be allocated out to individual companies to give them the integrated anti-tank support that they would otherwise be missing. All of these missiles make French infantry difficult to roll over.

Milan Section (TFR706)...

Milan Section (TFR706)

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Leopard 2 Tank Platoon (Plastic) (TDBX01)

Leopard 2 Tank Platoon (Plastic) (TDBX01)
The Royal Netherlands Army ordered 445 Leopard 2 tanks on 2 March 1979, making them the first export customer of the Leopard 2. Deliveries began in July 1981. The minor differences between the Dutch Leopard 2NL and the West German Leopard 2A4 were that the Dutch version included locally produced equipment, FN MAG machine-guns and a passive night driving periscope.

Leopard 2 Tank Platoon (Plastic) (TDBX01)...

YPR-765 Platoon (TDBX02)
The YPR-765 PRI (pantser-rups-infanterie, or armoured tracked infantry) is the basic armoured infantry fighting vehicle fitted with a turret mounting a 25mm KBA-B02 cannon and a coaxial 7.62mm FN MAG machine-gun. It has a crew of three and can carry seven passengers in the rear compartment.

YPR-765 Platoon (TDBX02)...

YPR-765 Platoon (TDBX02)

M113 or M106 Platoon (TDBX03)

M113 or M106 Platoon (TDBX03)
In peace time, the Dutch 120mm mortars are towed by YPR-765 PRMR mortar tractors. As the chance of war became likely, the Dutch government purchased more M106 mortar carriers from the FMC corporation and converted them to carry their MO-120-RT 120mm mortars. This allows the mortars to fire from armoured protection.

M113 or M106 Platoon (TDBX03)...

PRTL AA Platoon (TDBX04)
The PRTL Pantserluchtdoel Peloton (PRTL anti-aircraft platoon) is armed with the Dutch version of the West German Gepard, known as the PRTL (pantser-rups-tegen-luchtdoelen, translating to ‘amour track against air targets’). PRTL is pronounced by the Dutch soldiers as ‘pruttel’ meaning ‘to splutter’. 

PRTL AA Platoon (TDBX04)...

PRTL AA Platoon (TDBX04)

Armoured Infantry Platoon (TDU702)

Armoured Infantry Platoon (TDU702)
Each armoured infantry platoon (pantserinfanterie peloton) is made up of four groups. The platoon command group is mounted in a YPR- 765 PRI armoured infantry fighting vehicle and has one 7.62mm FN MAG GPMG and two M47 Dragon anti-tank guided missile systems. 

Armoured Infantry Platoon (TDU702)...

Stinger Platoon (TDU704)
An armoured anti-aircraft artillery platoon, as well as being equipped with PRTL anti-aircraft tanks, also has three FIM-92 Stinger man-portable air defence systems, each with six missiles, for additional anti-aircraft cover.These men, along with the replacement group with three extra PRTL crews, enables the anti-aircraft platoon to maintain operational readiness around the clock through crew rotations.

Stinger Platoon (TDU704)...

Stinger Platoon (TDU704)

M113 C&V Recon Platoon (TDU200)

M113 C&V Recon Platoon (TDU200)
The M113 C&V (Commando & Verkenning) used by the Dutch reconnaissance troops has the same origins as the Canadian Lynx. However, in the 1970s M113 C&V had its machine-gun cupola replaced with a Oerlikon-Bührle GBD-ADA turret fitted with a 25mm KBA cannon. The 25mm cannon allows them to suppress an enemy position before making their escape.

M113 C&V Recon Platoon (TDU200)...

Dutch Gaming Aids
Even though they are toy soldiers, your troops react to heavy fire like real soldiers. Sometimes they get pinned down or bail out of their tanks. They can dig foxholes for protection or go to ground, hiding from the enemy. Tokens help you keep track of the state of your troops:

Dutch Gaming Aids...
Dutch Gaming Aids
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M113 MRV Platoon (TABX01)

M113 MRV Platoon (TABX01)
As the eyes and ears of the 1st Brigade, 2 Cavalry Regiment’s Troops of MRVs (Medium Reconnaissance Vehicle) are the tip of the spear. Backing up the lighter M113 LRV, the M113 MRV is the direct descendant of the Saladin turreted FSV (Fire Support Vehicle). 

M113 MRV Platoon (TABX01)...

M113 (T50) Platoon (Plastic) (TABX02)
Affectionately known as the ‘Bucket’, the M113 provides the ‘Diggers’ with fire support from a combination of .50 cal M2 and .30 cal M1919 Browning machine-guns in a T50 Cadillac Gage one man turret. The US-made M125 is a popular choice to provide the ‘Diggers’ with relief when under ‘red’ attack. Whether it be smoke on demand, illumination at night, or highly accurate HE, the boys of the ‘Mortar Tracks’ get rounds downrange as needed, pronto.

M113 (T50) Platoon Platoon (Plastic) (TABX02)...

M113 (T50) Platoon (Plastic) (TABX02)

Mechanised Platoon (TAU702)

Mechanised Platoon (TAU702)
The 5/7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment is the only mechanised battalion in the Australian Army and is the largest mechanised battalion in the world at this time. The battalion is made up of four rifle companies, totalling twelve infantry platoons, an admin company and a support company with antitank, assault pioneer, machine-gun and sniper platoons.

Mechanised Platoon (TAU702)...

Milan Section (TAU704)
The Milan missile is a modern man-portable, light anti-tank missile. Its small size makes the missile team easy to dig in and conceal, yet it can penetrate most tanks. Its heavy weight has meant that cavalry and mounted units are the main users of this system. Crews prefer to operate near vehicles rather than manually carrying reloads.

Milan Section (TAU704)...

Milan Section (TAU704)

Anti-tank Land Rover Section (TAU121)

Anti-tank Land Rover Section (TAU121)
The 106mm Recoilless on a Short Wheel Base Landrover 88 has seen extensive Aussie service, being useful as both an anti-bunker, as well as an anti-tank, weapon. The ‘Gun Buggy’ provides a potent weapon that is lethal against both medium and light armour. An ideal weapon for an ambush

Anti-tank Land Rover Section (TAU121)...

Australian Gaming Aids
Templates, Tokens and Dice are not only necessary to help you play the game, but by selecting ones with a kangaroo on them you are guaranteed to play better! (results may vary, no actual improvement of dice or troop performance is guaranteed, see your doctor if pain persists)

Australian Gaming Aids...
Canadian Token Set (TTK06)
Free Nations Articles

Free Nations: Canadian, French, Dutch and Australian Forces In WWIII

Free Nations Live Launch
On June 8th the Studio spent the day celebrating the release of Free Nations with another Live Launch day. Head over to the blog to catch up with all the articles, videos and assembly guides.

Free Nations Live Launch...


Build An Ally, Not An Army

Build An Ally, Not An Army
The release of Free Nations has gotten Chris thinking about the benefits of mixing up your forces by fielding an army with elements from a couple of nations. Free Nations gives you some basic ways to mix up your Force thanks to the Allied Support options the Canadians, Dutch and ANZAC Formations can access. Chris takes a look out how you can use Free Nations to add onto your existing force.

Build An Ally, Not An Army...

Canadian Articles Canadian Articles Canadian Articles

Canadian 4 CMBG Painting Templates
Much like US MERDC camo schemes and NATO 3 colour schemes each Canadian vehicle (with the exception of the Leopard 1) is painted in a pre-planned template that specifies the placement of colours on a given piece of equipment/vehicle. To help our Canadian players achieve that look we've put PDFs of camo templates and provided a color scheme to help you paint your Canadian forces.

Canadian 4 CMBG Painting Templates...

Canadian 4 CMBG Painting Templates

Canadian Call Signs

Canadian Call Signs and Decals
In this article Daniel takes us through Canadian Call signs and how the tanks were marked and organised in 1985, first hand from someone who was there and is still is (in the Canadian Army that is). Chris also joins in showing how you can actually model these marking on your miniatures using our decal sheets.

Canadian Call Signs...

Dutch Product Spotlights Dutch Articles Dutch Product Spotlights

Dutch Forces - Little Dutch Boy
Last week saw our Dutch force releases. To continue the theme Gavin has written for us an article on the Dutch. In this he looks at some light background of the Dutch forces and dives straight into list building with a heavy focus on tanks. Whether it be heavy Leopard 2s or the lighter Leopard 1s the Dutch ooze flexibility. Read the full article in the link below.

Dutch Forces - Little Dutch Boy...

Little Dutch Boy

Australian Articles Australian Articles Australian Articles

ANZAC Painting Templates

ANZAC Painting Templates
In Team Yankee the Australian and New Zealand forces found themselves directly embroiled in the latest global conflict on fields far more foreign than they had ever expected. In order to help you replicate how we've painted them in Free Nations we've uploaded PDF templates for you use along with the paint colors we used.

ANZAC Painting Templates..

The Art Of Seeing While Not Being Seen
For quite a while now whenever Aaron has posted photos of his models on the Team Yankee Facebook pages, he has been asked about the camouflage nets and how he constructed them. Well, now is the time to find out as he takes use through a step by step of how to make camo nets using his ANZAC M113s and Scorpions to show us.

The Art Of Seeing While Not Being Seen...

The Art Of Seeing While Not Being Seen

ANZAC Leopards: Engaging The Enemy

ANZAC Leopards
Engaging The Enemy

To go along with our the release of Australians from Free Nations the other week, Garry has written an article on how to get the most out of your Leopards while still being quite aggressive. Garry wrote some of the story segments in Free Nations and he decided to present his advice in this same fashion.

ANZAC Leopards: Engaging The Enemy...

  Videos
Know Your Free Nations - New Plastics Free Nations - Know Your Canadians
Free Nations - New Plastics Free Nations - Know Your ANZAC
Free Nations - Know Your French Free Nations - Know Your French 2
Assembling The Leopard 1 Assembling The AMX30 & AMX AUF1
Assembling The AMX-10P APC Assembling The Gazelle


Last Updated On Monday, July 16, 2018 by Luke at Battlefront