03 May 2018

I Come From a Land Downunder! Australian's in WWIII


Let's remember going into this article that Team Yankee is set in a hypothetical 1985 so the inclusion of Australian and New Zealand troops in Western Europe is most definitely plausible! Likely, they were included as part of exercises with other NATO powers and just got caught up in the whole mess.

Fielding an ANZAC force in Team Yankee has limited choices in terms of your formation. You can take either a Leopard AS1 Armoured Squadron or an M113 Mechanised Company. As with other Free Nations forces, your ANZAC force can also include a formation from another NATO party as an allied formation. There is also specific ANZAC Brigade support as well as British support options for you to choose from.

Let's dig in...

Leopard AS1 Armoured Squadron

The Australian regiments started using the West German Leopard 1 in around 1976, relieving the long-serving British Centurion as their MBT. 

To field this formation, your HQ selection will consist of either 1 or 2 Leopard 1 tanks.

You have to field at least 2 Leopard AS1 Armoured Troops at a minimum. From there, you have optional choices of:

- an additional Leopard Armoured Troop, and
- either another Armoured Troop or an M113 Mechanised Platoon, and
- up to 2 M113 Cavalry Troops.



Your Leopard Troops can be bought in either 3 or 4 tank troops depending on how many points you want to spend. 


We'll take a look at the M113 Mechanised Platoon shortly, but also inherent to the Armoured Squadron is the M113 Cavalry Troop. These guys effectively act as your Recce section, scouting ahead for the all clear.

There are a few options here in terms of the size and make-up of your Troop. You can choose to make them up of. 

- 4 x M113 LRV and 1 x M113 MRV,
- 3 x M113 LRV and 1 x M113 MRV
- 4 x M113 LRV, or
- 3 x M114 LRV

As you can tell, these are both based on the American M113 hull. The M113 LRV (Light Reconnaissance Vehicle) is armed with a .50 cal MG as well as the standard 7.62mm while the M113 MRV (Medium Reconnaissance Vehicle) has an improved Scorpion turret housing a 76mm gun which, in the side of most tanks, should be enough to dispatch them!


While the M113 MRV has a slower Tactical move than the LRV, it also has the Sneak and Peek rule which allows it to move 10"/25cm Tactical if it doesn't fire it's 76mm gun.

These guys I see as being very complimentary to the Leopards, giving them Scout and Spearhead capabilities as well as being pretty well powered to handle threats.


M113 Mechanised Platoon

Like other NATO nations, the Australians are now utilising mechanised infantry battalions as part of their make-up. Riding in the American M113, the Diggers of the 1st Brigade are ready to take to the fight!

Your formation HQ is made up of a single SLR rifle team riding in an M113.

From there, you have to take 2 M113 Mechanised Platoons at a minimum and can then add:

- Either another M113 Mechanised Platoon or a Leopard 1 Squadron, and
- an M125 Mortar Platoon, and
- up to 2 M113 Cavalry Troops, and
- up to 2 Milan Anti-tank Sections.

You have 2 options for you Mechanised Platoons:

- 4 x M60 teams w/ integrated M79 LAW, 3 x Carl Gustav AT teams and 4 M113 APC's, or
- 3 x M60/LAW teams, 2 x Carl Gustav teams and 3 x M113 APC's.




Alongside the infantry, you also get access to some artillery support in the form of the M125 'Mortar Track'. You can choose to take either 2, 4 or 6 tubes depending on the points you spend.


And giving you access to more Anti-tank capabilities, you can pile in a heap of Milan teams with their own designated transports as well. You can choose to take either 4 Milans with 4 M113's or just 2 and 2. If it were me.....I'd take 4. 






Australian Brigade Support

Now, here's where things start getting a bit interesting! There are a few support choices here specific the Aussie's, and I think they're pretty cool!

Let's start by taking a look at the Anti-tank Land Rover Section. What you have here is effectively Jeeps with 106mm recoilless guns mounted on them! Yeah, that's right! These things serve a dual-purpose role in that they're reasonable anti-tank weapons and they're also fantastic at getting infantry out of foxholes....by vapourising them!! You get to take either 2 or 4 of the buggers!



Because you really don't want to be deprived of AA in Team Yankee, you also have access to the M113 Redeye. Mounted on the M113 hull, you can take 2 AA tracks.



And finally, what Aussie force would be complete without our Kiwi cousins! The Queen Alexandra's Squadron are here assisting the Aussie on their maneuvers in their nimble Scorpion tanks! You get access to either 2 or 4 of these and with the Spearhead special rule, can get them into the thick of it! You also have the option to take 2 of these as part of your force.


I think these are a must add in any Australian force. If you're not using the main gun, the get Sneak and Peek so can get around pretty quick, causing all sorts of potential flanking issues for your opponent. They'll also ruin BMP's days pretty smartly as well.



Divisional Support

As mentioned at the start, your divisional support is taken from the British. Here, you have access to:

- Artillery in the form of either an Abbot battery or M109 battery.
- AA support in a Tracked Rapier SAM section.
- Choppers in TOW Lynx Heliarm Flights. You can take 2 of these!
- Fast movers in the Harrier Close Support Flight.


All in all, an Australian force, despite it's limited choices, has the potential to be pretty well rounded and can cause some concerns for any opponent. Definitely a fun army to take a look at!

Next cab off the rank....let's look at some Canadians...eh?

6 comments:

  1. Free Nations is going to be great! Do you think the Aussies and Canadians will play similar do to their kit? A great topic for a podcast I think......

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  2. Hi Bill,

    Definitely a good talk for a podcast, I'll raise it!

    I think there is definitely similarities in the Canadians and the Aussies, especially given their stats are also very similar. While the core is most much the same, it's the support choices that will provide the point of difference I think.

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  3. Notice that they (Battlefront) have painted their Australian Mechanised Platoon in AUSCAM. I was under the impression that the uniform in 1985 was still the jungle greens with the American webbing. I thought Auscam was introduced when they changed from the SLR to the F88 Steyr bullpup rifle ( after 1988).

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  4. Not 100% sure on that. I do see that AUSCAM was issued for testing in 1983 so it may well have been given to the troops on exercise in West Germany in the alternate 1985 we're playing in.

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