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Fighting First: US Forces In North Africa 1942-43

Fighting First

Fighting First
US Forces In North Africa 1942-43

The latest Mid War book for Flames Of War 4th Edition is here. Fighting First is 52 pages and covers the American forces fighting in North Africa through the Tunisian campaign.

The Mid-War Americans date right back to the first version of Flames Of War, with the books Old Ironsides in 2003, covering armored forces, followed by Stars and Stripes in 2005, which added infantry forces.

A lot has changed since then, of course, and the latest book brings the US Army up to date with the most recent edition of the rules. In doing so, it will bring a lot of added variety to Mid War battlefields, which is sure to be welcome.

Fighting First (FW243)...

Patton's Fighting First

Patton's Fighting First - Army Deal
Bringing Freedom to the world is no easy task but Patton's boys are ready to get the job done.

Patton's Fighting First is a completely mechanized army deal that covers all the bases with three Stuarts ready to dash ahead and cause some trouble, five Shermans that forum the solid and dependable core, and a pair of M10 tank destroyers that can keep German Panzers honest.

This all plastic army deal comes with 10 tanks, decal sheets and unit cards.

Patton's Fighting First - Army Deal (USAB08)...

Fighting First Paint Set and Spray Can
This paint set, when combined with the Quartermaster's Paint Set, contains all the colours needed to paint your American forces for Flames Of War.

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Of course if you are looking to paint an entire army quickly then you will also want the Sherman Drab spray can to quickly lay down the base colour on your entire army.

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Fighting First Paint Set

Armored Rifle Platoon (Plastic)(UBX51)

Armored Rifle Platoon (Plastic)
Armoured rifle platoons have more weaponry available to them than any other infantry in the world, with semi-automatic rifles, .30-calibre light machine-guns, bazookas and a 60mm mortar. With this much firepower and mobility, the platoon is amply equipped for both offensive and defensive operations. On the attack the riflemen assault while the covering fire of the half-tracks’ machine-guns keep the enemies’ heads down. In defence, their light machine-guns and mortar allow them to dominate the terrain around them.

Armored Rifle Platoon (Plastic) (UBX51)...

Armored Rifle Company HQ
There is never enough infantry in the Armored Divisions to go around, so support from armored infantry companies is always in high demand.

Armored Rifle Company HQ (US782)...

Armored Rifle Company HQ (US782)
M3 Halftrack Platoon (Plastic) (UBX57)

M3 Halftrack Platoon (Plastic)
Even though the ‘blitz doughs’ have nicknamed it the ‘purple heart box’, the M3 Half-track is a versatile and resilient machine. However its body offers all-around protection, including an armoured shutter over the radiator and a bulletproof windscreen.

M3 Halftrack Platoon (Plastic) (UBX57)...

Rifle Company (Plastic)
Even in this modern, mechanised war, the infantry remain the backbone of the army—they don’t win battles on their own, but no war is won without them. The US ‘doughboys’ are not yet battle-hardened, but they are no slouches. Their lack of experience is partly overcome by their long and rigorous training.

Rifle Company (Plastic) (UBX58)...

Rifle Company (Plastic) (UBX58)

M3 Lee Tank Platoon (Plastic) (UBX50)

M3 Lee Platoon (Plastic)
In the build-up to entering the war, US Army planners knew they would need a 75mm-armed tank to overcome the latest German panzers. Of the proposed designs which could be produced quickly, none had a turret big enough to hold a 75mm gun. As a temporary solution, the hull of a pre-war M2A1 medium tank was modified to take a short M2 75mm gun in a limited traverse sponson in the right front of the hull, while retaining a 37mm gun in the turret.

M3 Lee Tank Platoon (Plastic) (UBX50)...

M10 3-Inch Tank Destroyer Platoon (Plastic)
The most potent weapon the US Army has in Tunisia for dealing with enemy tanks is the M10 tank destroyer, officially named the M10 3-inch Gun Motor Carriage. It has one job: to stalk and destroy enemy tanks, breaking up the focused armoured attacks for which the German panzer divisions have become famous.

M10 3-Inch Tank Destroyer Platoon (Plastic) (UBX53)...

M10 3-Inch Tank Destroyer Platoon (Plastic) (UBX53)
37mm Anti-tank Gun Platoon (US788)

37mm Anti-tank Gun Platoon
The M3 37mm gun is the US Army's first dedicated anti-tank gun. Its small armour piercing round is not much of a threat to the tough front armour of the German panzers, but it can still be deadly from the side, especially at close range. The Battalion's anti-tank platoon was originally part of the Weapons Company, but it is now attached to the HQ Company.

37mm Anti-tank Gun Platoon (US788)...

Mortar Platoon
Mortars fire in a high arc, dropping a high explosive bomb down onto the enemy's positions. Rifle Companies can call on the support of two types of mortar—three 60mm mortars from their own Weapons Platoon, as well as another six 81mm mortars from the Battalion's Weapons Company.

Mortar Platoon (US785)...

Mortar Platoon (US785)

Fighting First Command Cards (FW243C)

Fighting First Command Cards
Command Cards provide Flames Of War generals with a way to further personalise and enhance their forces. These optional cards include a range of options that can enhance or change your gaming experience by adding new Formations, Upgrades and Warriors, giving you even more choice when building your force.

Fighting First Command Cards (FW243C)...

Fighting First Token Set
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.The Fighting First Token Set contains 20 gaming tokens.

Fighting First Token Set (US901)...

Fighting First Token Set (US901)


The "First of the First"
with Blair Mackey

Battlefronts Blair Mackey checks out the real life conterparts of his future Fighting First army list.

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Brian Sullivan's Fighting First Army List

Battlefronts Brian Sullivan shares his plans for an Engineer Combat Company.

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Matt decides on a Mid War American Army

Matt breaks down what he will be fielding from the Fighting First book.

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Fighting First Live Launch

Did you miss all the fun at our Fighting First Live Launch last week? Never fear you can scroll through everything at your leisure.

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Over on the Flames Of War Facebook group we asked for your questions about the new book. Thanks you guys we got some great ones so Phil and Chris sat down to discuss them

Last Updated On Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by Chris at Battlefront