Team Yankee

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FREEDOM BITCHES!!!

"Sunday, August 4, 1985 the Warsaw Pact thundered across the Iron Curtain. 6 Soviet Armies, backed up by the forces of Poland, Czechoslovakia, and East Germany, hammered into the NATO forces guarding the border. The Americans, supported by the armies of West Germany, Britain, and France, are strained to the breaking point at the Soviet Advance. It is 1985, and the Cold War had just gone hot."

Welcome soldier to Team Yankee, Battlefront Miniatures alternate history game where World War 3 breaks out on the fields of central Germany. Maybe you're here for the cool tanks, maybe you're here to fight to spread your preferred form of economic system, or maybe you're here to titillate your Acronym fetish. Team Yankee is based on the book of the same name by Harold Coyle, the story of Team Yankee follows a unit of the US Army named Team Yankee (of course) as they struggle to hold off those damn commies, with viewpoints from the other armies added in their respective Army rule book.

The Story[edit]

So obviously the story of Team Yankee is a bit unrealistic but bear with us alright? In 1985 the Soviet Union is dealing with a mounting internal issues and with the death of Leonid Brezhnev, the USSR was faced with a choice between Mikhail Gorbachev or another hard line communist. In our world Gorbachev was selected as the Primer of the Soviet Union, which would eventually lead to its collapse, but in the Team Yankee universe, a old Stalinist took his place instead.

Believing that after the disastrous war in Afghanistan, the best way to reassure the people of the Unions strength would be a victorious war with the west, and any seized resources could be used to immediately shore up the slumping economy (incidentally this is probably why there was not a nuclear exchange and the subsequent destruction of the world).

It was in the Persian gulf that the USSR found its excuse to begin preparing for war. The Iran-Iraq war had been blazing for 4 years and though it was an active warzone, the trade of Oil continued mostly unabated. That was until a pair of Iranian Jets attacked and sank a Saudi tanker with huge loss of life. The United States began increasing its Naval presence in the gulf to both prevent additional attacks on commercial vessels in international waters. As part of this action, on the 27th of July, the destroyer USS Charles Logan was patrolling off the Straits of Hormuz when it was rammed by a Soviet Cruiser, which was ostensibly there to do the same thing. In the confusion, both ships fired on each other before retiring to their respective ports

Claiming that this was a blatant attack on a Soviet warship, the Warsaw Pact issued a statement of solidarity and then began to increase troop movements toward the Iron Curtain. In response the United States began to react in kind, and over 100,000 national guardsmen were federalized as front line combat units started moving to their wartime posts.

The Game[edit]

Team Yankee is a 15mm (about 1:100 scale) Table Top Wargame, usually played on a standard 6x4 game table. To play Team Yankee, you will need a tape measure (both Inches and Centimeters work), a whole bunch of D6 dice, an army of models, and some friends to play with (that one will probably be the toughest, to be honest).

Playing the game[edit]

Building Your Army

So, you want to build an army for Team Yankee? You will first need an formation to follow, as the forces in Team Yankee are a little more regimented than in other games. For example while Warhammer 40k army requirements say that you must have a certain number of units in a specific slot, Team Yankee lists require that you have a number of Specific units in a slot ("you must take four troop units" vs "You must take 2 Mechanized Infantry Platoons") while also limiting what support can be considered part of your core formation.

Example Turn

What Follows is a basic layout of a standard turn

1. Starting Step
This is where most of the administrative stuff happens. Check the Morale of your formations and units, roll for reserves, rally pinned units, free bogged down tanks, remount bailed out tanks, remove smoke from the previous turn, etc. etc. etc.

2. Movement Step
Move your units (duh). The amount a unit can move is dictated by the terrain they have to deal with. The majority of orders are given in this phase as well.

3. Shooting Step
No problem cannot be solved through the application of superior fire power. Team Yankee uses abstraction rather than true line of sight, meaning that tanks clearly visible behind slopes may not actually be seen due to terrain height rulings. All shooting and artillery occurs in this phase, with smoke being fired before any other shooting.

4. Assault Step
Time to get up close and personal. Units charge into close quarters to beat the enemy to death with their rifle butts or crush them underneath their treads. Infantry teams don’t get saves in close combat so be wary.

The Forces of WW3[edit]

With the new Ally rules, take the following with a pinch of salt. Using the combat units of an ally faction as the bulk of your force while keeping your 'actual' faction for its support choices is a totally legal (if cheesy) option. The scores are strictly in relation to one another; and does not account for terrain, list building and other stuff.

The Breakdown Scores:
5: Auto-include for competitive lists.
4: Good for the purpose, if overshadowed by other factions.
3: Not terrible, but needs a good reason to be included.
2: Not recommended due to inefficiency.
1: Overshadowed by other options in the same force organisation. 
-: Role filled by Allied units within the force organisation. Minor nations only.

NATO[edit]

The free world takes their freedom seriously, and armies operate very differently from one another. Entries for similar units (M113 mortars) will have different roles when used in another nation, while most countries have their own unique units which may similar versions but nothing completely identical. NATO is the most beginner friendly, but on the budget side it is a bit of a mixed bag. NATO armys to tend to be cheaper then any one Warsaw army since the Warsaw pact tends to have larger army's overall then nato, requiring more models to be bought, but they also share more models among the army lists then NATO. If you buy an M1 it can only be used for a USA army: buy a T72 (without decals), and it be used in four which means a player that wants to play different army lists will find the Warsaw pact to be the cheaper force to collect.

United States of America[edit]

"Time to free the shit out of some Commies!"

Difficulty: 1/5 (excellent for beginners!)

The United States Army is one of the most technologically advanced forces on the Battlefield. An all-volunteer force, the average US Soldier is backed up by some of the finest equipment ever to rumble into war (including the first ever METUL BOX). Particularly the principal tank of the US forces in Europe, the M1 Abrams is arguably the best main battle tank in existence. Unfortunately, in the same time period, they wore something known as the PASGT. Adding to that, the ISAPO didn't appear until 1998. Why does this matter? This means infantry couldn't survive shots from rifles, just pistols.

Post Stripes: the new options have added a HUGE range of options, able to represent almost all frontline combat units in the US Armed Forces, from an Amphibious Assault Unit to an Airborne Infantry Company. New additions like the Chaparral, Marines and M1IP Abrams put the US in direct competition with the Soviets for the best faction, by virtue of flexibility. For players concerned with historical accuracy, remember to toss out the Yorks and the Hueys (except for Marine Airborne)!

Defining Units: M1 Abrams, M163 VADS

Strengths
  • Most versatile faction in the game, with options to fill almost all roles.
  • Ideal for Armored and combined arms playstyles, with the flexibility to attack or defend.
  • Decently easy to learn, and is rather straightforward.
Weaknesses
  • Second most expensive faction in-game.
  • Poor cost efficiency compared to other NATO equivalents.
  • Capitalism.
The Breakdown:
Infantry: Solid and cost-efficient. 4/5
Transports: The best 'free' transports in the game. 3/5
Tanks: Good against PACT, poor against NATO. 4/5
Anti-Tank: Cost-efficient, but small units. 2/5
Recon: Decent Army options, Good Marine options. 3/5
Artillery: Decent, if expensive mortars. 3/5
Aircraft: Best helicopters, mediocre aircraft. 4/5
Anti-Air: Expensive but essential. 3/5
US Forces in Team Yankee
Tanks: M1 Abrams - M60 Patton - M551 Sheridan
Transports: M113 Armored Personnel Carrier - UH-1 Huey - AAVP7
Troops: US Mech Platoon - Marine Rifle Platoon - Huey Rifle Platoon - HMMWV Machine Gun Platoon
Artillery: M106 Heavy Mortar Carrier - M109 Howitzer - LAV-M
Anti-Aircraft: M163 VADS - M48 Chaparral - M247 Sergeant York - HMMWV SAM
Tank Hunters: M901 ITV - HMMWV-TOW - LAV-AT
Recon: M113 FIST - HMMWV Scout Section - LAV-25
Aircraft: A-10 Warthog - AH-1 Cobra Attack Helicopter - AV-8 Harrier

Great Britain[edit]

"For Queen and Country!"

Difficulty: 2/5 (Good for beginners and vets!)

The British Army of the Rhine has carefully guarded the border between the East and West for 40 years. When war came to Europe for the third time in a century, the British stubbornly held their ground as the Soviet Hoards swept over the continent, forcing the commies to bypass them. The rules for these tea-chugging bastards are found in “Iron Maiden”.

The Brits lack the advanced technology of the other NATO forces (Advanced Stabilisers, Thermal Imaging, Artillery-Minelets) but compensate with sheer firepower. Thanks to their Assault 3+ Infantry and abundance of units which benefit from staying still and taking potshots like the Chieftain and Milan, the British excel on the defence; sipping tea and destroying anything which strolls into their fields of fire. Should the enemy fix bayonets, you have assault 3+ on most infantry and vehicles, a lynchpin that makes the entrenched British rifleman one of the most resilient units in the game.

Defining Units: Chieftain, Milan Section

Strengths
  • Cheapest units in NATO.
  • Best infantry in the game with plentiful ATGMs on armored and human platforms.
  • Ideal for infantry or defensive players.
Weaknesses
  • Least effective offensive force in the game.
  • Units rarely effective when smoked or on the move.
  • Wankers.
The Breakdown: 
Infantry: Meta-defining, but contested. 4/5
Transports: It's cute... but harmless. 2/5
Tanks: Incapable of maneuver warfare. 3/5
Anti-Tank: Meta still defined by Milan spam. 5/5
Recon: Dangerous but squishy. 3/5
Artillery: Good mid-low caliber pieces. 4/5
Aircraft: Best bomber, overcosted helicopters. 3/5
Anti-Air: Cost-ineffective or specialized. 3/5
British Forces in Team Yankee
Tanks: Chieftain
Transports: Spartan Transport - FV432 Transport - Lynx Transport
Infantry: Mechanized Company - Milan Section (Mechanized) - Airmobile Company - Milan Platoon (Airmobile) - Support Troop
Artillery: Abbot Field Battery - M109 Field Battery - FV432 Mortar Carrier
Anti-Aircraft: Spartan Blowpipe - Tracked Rapier
Tank Hunters: Striker - Spartan MCT - Swingfire
Recon: FV432 FOO - Scorpion - Scimitar
Aircraft: Harrier Jump Jet - Lynx HELARM

West Germany[edit]

"We’re the Good Guys for once!"

Difficulty: 4/5 (Challenging listbuilding.)

The Heer of the Federal Republic of Germany were the first expansion for Team Yankee. Once again fighting the Russians Dogs, the army of West Germany is a powerhouse indeed. The Rules for the West Germans can be found in “Leopard” and the subsequent expansion “Panzertruppen”.

The West Germans have the most costly units in the game (11 points per Leopard 2, compared with the 4 points per T-72), making their units superior to most other NATO counterparts, but paying far more points to compensate. One exception is the Leopard 1; the cheapest NATO tank in the game at 3 points. In addition to Thermal Imaging, they field devastating units like the Gepard Flakpanzer and Tornado Bombers. A well-balanced army capable of different playstyles, but ultimately held back by its inability to sustain losses. Expect to be outnumbered 2-1 against NATO, or 3-1 or even 4-1 against PACT forces.

Defining Units: Leopard 2, Leopard 1

Strengths
  • Strongest armoured units in the game. Soviet-equivalent morale.
  • Ideal for aggressive or challenge-seeking players.
  • Hard-hitting units that can punish your opponent's mistakes very harshly.
Weaknesses
  • Small units with some of the game's most expensive models.
  • Poorly suited to attrition tactics.
  • Ex-Nazis.
The Breakdown:
Infantry: Effective, but few and expensive. 2/5
Transports: Overcosted for what you get. 3/5
Tanks: Overcosted Leopard 2s, decent Leopard 1s. 2/5
Anti-Tank: ATGMs expensive and few. Role filled by Leopard 2s. 1/5
Recon: Cheap and dangerous. 3/5
Artillery: Solid NATO artillery. 4/5
Aircraft: Good bomber, overcosted helicopters. 3/5
Anit-Air: Versatile, competitive options. 4/5
West German Forces in Team Yankee
Tanks: Leopard 2 - Leopard 1
Transports: Fuchs Transportpanzer - Marder Zug - M113 Armored Personnel Carrier
Troops: M113 / Marder Panzergrenadier Zug - Aufklarüngs Zug
Artillery: Raketenwerfer Batterie - M109 Howitzer - M113 Panzermörser Zug
Anti-Aircraft: Roland Flak Batterie - Gepard Flakpanzer Batterie - Fliegerfaust Gruppe
Tank Hunters: Jaguar Jagdpanzer
Recon: Luchs Spah Trupp - M113 OP
Aircraft: Tornado - BO-105P

France[edit]

"Sacre bleu, Ivan est arrivé!"

Difficulty: 3/5 (Beginner unfriendly, many glass cannons.)

Widely considered a meme in the 20th and 21st century, the French Army was nevertheless a very respectable force by the 1980s. It is one of the only NATO nations with genuine combat experience after World War 2, alongside the United Kingdom and the United States, and it has the third-largest number of atomic weapons in the world - a distant third behind USA and the USSR, mind you, but third-largest nonetheless. With the majority of France's battles being asymmetric against local guerillas as it tried to hold its empire together, the French ORBAT is unlike any of the major military powers.

With their post-colonial military history, the French excel at maneuver warfare with lightly armoured units. Lacking a tank capable of trading blows with any modern platform and near-universal 5+ morale, a French Commander must rely on maneuver and their terrifying abundance of gun platforms with brutal to cripple an enemy's force before they take significant damage. In fact, among the NATO nations, the French were the only ones to adopt Autoloaders for their main battle tanks, but they also tend to come from the 'speed is armour' school of tank design, which made them in and out of the game, a bit glassy. While similar to the Canadians in their lists naturally countering BMP and infantry spam, they lack the moosemens' balls and require a different playstyle to excel. They do have Milan spam if that's your thing though (you powergaming bastard).

Defining Units: AMX-10 RC, Gazelle 20mm

Strengths
  • Strong firepower on even the lightest units
  • Milan AT spam on par with the Brits.
  • Ideal for aggressive or experienced players.


Weaknesses
  • Tissue-thin armour made from stale baguettes.
  • Cowards Unreliable (seriously, do NOT expect Morale 5+ troops to stay in the fight.)
  • Smell like bad cheese.
The Breakdown:
Infantry: Good firepower but unreliable morale. 3/5
Transports: You get what you pay for: very solid. 4/5
Tanks: Incapable of tanking damage for the army. 3/5
Anti-Tank: Milan spam just got stronger. 5/5
Recon: Deadliest 'recon' units in the game. 5/5
Artillery: Lacking in utility arty. 2/5
Aircraft: Fragile but VERY deadly when played well. 4/5
Anti-Air: Respectable, but expensive. 3/5
French Forces in Team Yankee
Tanks: AMX-30
Transports: AMX-10P- VAB
Troops: Section d'infanterie/Chasseurs - Milan Section Antichar
Artillery: AMX Auf1
Anti-Aircraft: AMX-13 DCA - AMX Roland
Tank Hunters: VAB Mephisto
Recon: AMX-10 RC - AMX-10P VOA
Aircraft: Gazelle HOT - Gazelle 20mm - Mirage 5

Canada[edit]

"I know a lot of you are going through separation anxiety... but there's nothing I can do about getting a Tim Hortons in Kabul."

– Col. Al Howard

Difficulty: 3/5 (Limited unit variety, technical playstyle.)

Cadians! Wait. Not quite. Though, they too have an amazing, cost-effective and plentiful tank option. As for their place in Team Yankee, the Canadians took one look at the current infantry spam meta, and they decided that they hated it. Where the US brought their meanest guns and the West Germans brought their biggest machines, the 4th CMBG appears to have brought the devices specifically for turning BMPs and their contents into communist confetti.

While you're fairly limited in what you can take, the options Canada does have can be both versatile and extraordinary. Between a nearly-universal +3 skill roll and an abundance of options for laying down smoke, you can acquire the firing positions you require while denying the enemy any of their own. Agility is essential to Canadian lists, using evasion rather than armour in a naturally offensive force. In essence, the Canucks seem at their best in vehicles and on the move, shadowing the enemy line until it has been withered beneath a barrage of precise and overwhelming fire.

The Canadians apologise for their borrowing of American and German units, such as aircraft and heavy tank platoons.

Defining Units: Leopard C1, ADATS

Strengths
  • Units tend to be agile, multi-purpose or hard-hitting. Sometimes, all three.
  • Ideal for offensive and maneuver-minded players.
Weaknesses
  • Glass cannons whose vehicles can cost a pretty pound of points.
  • Apologize every time they shoot.
The Breakdown:
Infantry: Jack-of-all-trades, master of none. 3/5
Transports: It's cheap, it's free! 3/5
Tanks: Best generation-two tanks, and you can take a LOT of them. 4/5
Anti-Tank: Enough TOW platforms to do damage, plus the spillover from AA. 3/5
Recon: Sneaky, but not much else. 2/5
Artillery: Some mortars, some howitzers. Nothing special. 3/5
Aircraft: Grounded by lack of parts. -/5
Anti-Air: Your primary AA platform also cracks open heavy tanks... for a price. 4/5
Canadian Forces in Team Yankee
Tanks: Leopard C1
Transports: M113 APC
Infantry: Canadian Mechanized Platoon
Artillery: M109 Field Battery - M125 81mm
Anti-Aircraft: ADATS - M113 Blowpipe
Tank Hunters: M150 TOW
Recon: Lynx RECCE Patrol - M113 OP

The Netherlands[edit]

"Lucas, get out of the lingerie!"

Difficulty: 2/5 (Versatile units with some drawbacks. Beginner viable.)

High on weed and hookah, the Dutch wade blindly into battle with a combination of dated equipment from the early 60s and the cutting edge of modern weaponry. Clearly influenced by the Wehrmacht of yesteryear, the Royal Netherlands Army boasts one of the toughest mechanized lists around, less advanced than their alcoholic West German brothers but being considerably cheaper.

The Dutch share many similarities with the Americans and the West Germans, playing as a middle ground between the two. Much of their equipment is West German in origin, from the terribly pricy Leopard 2 (with a 1 point discount, no less) to the terrifyingly effective Pantserluchtdoel PRTL, or "Dutch Gepard". Your units have training similar to the Americans rather than the underequipped West Germans.

The strength of the Dutch lies in their mechanized forces. While their tanks are mediocre compared to other NATO nations, they are unique in their ability to pump out infantry fighting vehicles while carrying full-sized platoons with some very scary firepower, unlike their French and German counterparts. The West Germans have also granted support units to your Dutch band of (definitely straight) brothers.

Defining Units: Leopard 2, YPR-765

Strengths
  • Able to spam IFVs with infantry to boot.
  • Ideal for mechanized players or jacks of all trades.
Weaknesses
  • Anti-tank capability only from Leopard 2s.
  • Jack-of-all-trades faction without any overpowered units.
  • Drug peddlers.
The Breakdown:
Infantry: decent, but made deadly by virtue of their transports. 4/5
Transports: It's cheap, and also the best NATO IFV. 4/5
Tanks: Not great, but you don't have any other AT options. 3/5
Anti-Tank: Expensive, fragile and mediocre. 2/5
Recon: Does the job, but nothing more. 3/5
Artillery: Below-average, but still passable. 3/5
Aircraft: Our pilots are still in rehab. -/5
Anti-Air: Weaker than the West Germans, but still very strong. 4/5
Dutch Forces in Team Yankee
Tanks: Leopard 1 - Leopard 2
Transports: YPR-765 IFV - M113 Armored Personnel Carrier
Troops: M113 Tirailleur Peleton/YPR 765 Pantserinfanterie Peloton
Artillery: 107mm/120mm Mortier Peloton - M109 Veldartillerie Batterij
Anti-Aircraft: Gepard Flakpanzer Batterie - Stinger Peloton
Tank Hunters: YPR-765 PRAT
Recon: M113 C&V Ploeg - YPR-765 OP
Aircraft:

ANZAC[edit]

"Oi! Mate! Get off the fekkin' gun and stab the bloody cunt!"

Difficulty: 4/5 (Beginner unfriendly. Vet recommended.)

Where Canada runs in circles around the enemy and France runs away from the enemy, the Aussies and Kiwis run at the enemy. By all accounts they really shouldn't be present, they aren't even officially part of NATO (thanks to that whole "North Atlantic" thing), yet here they are in 1980's Germany. Down-under magic? Down-under magic.

Your PACT players are going to be wondering: "Wait, aren't we supposed to be ones who're invading?". This will occur just as several packs of foul-mouthed Aussies roll around the corner, firing on the move and charging into melee from their tanks. Keep in mind, this is during an era whereby that shit should not fly. But looking at their stats, that's specifically what they're here to do. Skilled, courageous, all while packing lots of tools designed for staring the dirty communist in the eyes as you kill him. Your infantry may not be amazing, but your scorpions and leopards can literally roll over the communists with assault 3+.

The ANZACS have British support units such as the Tracked Rapier and Harrier, in exchange for spending their jail time in combat.

Defining Units: Scorpion, AT Land Rover

Strengths
  • 'Tank' units are nearly unmatched in close quarters, and set to win damn near every melee they enter.
  • Ideal for you melee junkies out there.
Weaknesses
  • Suffers from yet another serious lack of organic support.
  • Units are few as is, but a lack of variety can seriously limit flexibility.
  • Can't handle cold.
The Breakdown:
Infantry: Average NATO infantry, but essential in any list. 3/5
Transports: It's free I guess.... 3/5
Tanks: Your tanks can shred light armor on the move while running infantry over.  4/5
Anti-Tank: Good against light armor, terrible against high-end tanks. 3/5
Recon: Kiwis go hard. 2/5
Artillery: Mortars only, but the Brits can help you out! 2/5
Aircraft: They haven't discovered aviation yet. -/5
Anti-Air: It's bad. It's REALLY bad. 1/5
ANZAC Forces in Team Yankee
Tanks: Leopard AS1
Transports: M113 (T50)
Infantry: ANZAC Mechanized Platoon - Milan AT Section
Artillery: M125 Mortar Platoon
Anti-Aircraft: M113 Redeye SAM section
Tank Hunters: AT Land Rover
Recon: Scorpion - M113 MRV - M113 LRV

Israel[edit]

"Our mission is simple: take them out."

– Israel on regional foreign policy

Difficulty:

Forged by near-constant war since the nation was formed, the Israel Defence Forces stand as one of most effective armies in 20th century history, using technology from World War Two, scavenged wrecks abandoned by Arab crews, and a handful of homegrown weapon systems. In Team Yankee, the WW2 tech has been passed to the reservists but the IDF retains vestiges of its ramshackle military past.

Unlike NATO, the IDF makes extensive use of older generation vehicles like the Centurion tank and Jeeps to carry weapon systems around the battlefield. Units like the Merkava MBT are few, but provide some sorely needed backbone to your list.

Defining Units: Merkava

Strengths
Weaknesses
The Breakdown:
Infantry: 
Transports: 
Tanks: 
Anti-Tank: 
Recon: 
Artillery: 
Aircraft: 
Anti-Air: 

Template:Israeli Forces in Team Yankee

Iraq[edit]

Why are we on the same side as Israel?"

Universally feared in the Middle East as the strongest conventional military force in numbers and technology, the Iraqi Armed Forces boast a mix of Western and Soviet equipment and the largest military in the region. Despite being bested by the Israelis during the Yom-Kippur War, the 80s Iraqis were a very respectable force in the context of a head-on conventional war. By 1990, they were the 4th largest army in the world with over 900,000 troops in the military with one of the largest tank fleets in the Middle East.

Difficulty:


Defining Units:

Strengths
Weaknesses
The Breakdown:
Infantry: 
Transports: 
Tanks: 
Anti-Tank: 
Recon: 
Artillery: 
Aircraft: 
Anti-Air: 
Iraqi Forces in Team Yankee
Tanks: T-54 - T-62M - T-72M
Transports: BTR-60 - BMP
Troops: Motor Rifle Company
Artillery: 2S1 Carnation - 2S3 Acacia - AMX Auf1 - BM-21 Hail
Anti-Aircraft: ZSU 23-4 Shilka - SA-13 Gopher - SA9 Gaskin - SA-8 Gecko - Roland AA
Tank Hunters: Spandrel - VCR/TH
Recon: BRDM-2 - BTR-60 OP
Aircraft: A-10 Warthog -AV-8 Harrier - MI-24 Hind - Gazelle HOT

Warsaw Pact[edit]

"Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communistic revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win."

– Karl Marx

Unlike NATO, standardization was enforced in the Warsaw Pact at most levels of the military. From the caliber of firearms to the strategies used by commanders, each country only made the slightest of adjustments. Expect little variation in equipment compared to NATO. Tactics do vary of course, but always rely on numerical superiority to win the day. Most Pact nations have inferior equipment to the Soviet Union which was historically accurate: Soviet Union entries can generally be used for your own faction. The playstyles vary more on your army list than individual factions: an infantry list is going to play very similarly, whether there are Russians or Poles in their ranks. For budget players without care for bling and army decals, consider leaving all units in the standard Russian green and they can be Poles, Czechs or Russians disguised as Ukrainians Poles.

Soviet Union[edit]

"Proletarians of all countries, unite!"

Difficulty: 3/5 (Tough to learn, easier to master.)

The Armies of the Soviet Union were some of the most feared in the west. The thought of thousands of Soviet tanks storming the border backed up by thousands of APCs carrying hundreds of thousands of the noble sons of the motherland was almost enough to make any NATO strategic thinker quake in his books. Rules for the Soviet Hordes can be found in the Team Yankee Rulebook and “Red Thunder”.

In addition to the mechanized forces of the Red Army, Red Thunder gives you the rules for running an Air Assault Battalion from the VDV. They have a totally different list from other PACT factions and are the best infantry that the PACT can buy.

As a Soviet player, you are the proud owner of the most powerful army in the game (since the arrival of Stripes, perhaps the USA have come very close to this power level, if not equalling it). Point for point, no other army can match yours in terms of raw value. Near universal 3+ Remount and Morale ensures that your glorious Communists will (probably) never falter against the Capitalist pigs. While their 3+ to hit ensures that they suffer losses at a far greater rate, the USSR has viable units in almost every archetype. Whether it's a tank battalion, an air assault list, artillery spam or half of a motor rifle brigade, the USSR is cost effective enough to make most archetypes work. An ideal army for the experienced or the powergamer.

Defining Units: Motor Rifle Company, 2S1 Gvozdika

Strengths
  • Cheap, cost-effective units for all roles but tanks. Excellent morale.
  • Ideal for veterans to Flames Of War, horde and powergamers.
Weaknesses
  • Reliant on effective combined arms tactics.
  • Units will lose 1-on-1 confrontations against most NATO counterparts.
  • Communism.
The Breakdown:
Infantry: Cheap and insanely cost-efficient. 5/5
Transports: Meta defined by BMP parking lots. 5/5
Tanks: Cheap but mediocre. 3/5
Anti-Tank: Cheap, but tiny unit sizes. 2/5
Recon: Acceptable, but not amazing. 3/5
Artillery: Unreliable, weakest PACT artillery. 2/5
Aircraft: Good; only competitor to the US. 4/5
Anti-Air: Cheap but deadly. 5/5
Soviet Forces in Team Yankee
Tanks: T-62M - T-64 - T-72
Transports: BTR-60 - BMP
Troops: Motor Rifle Company - Hind Assault Landing Company - Afghansty Air Assault Company
Artillery: 2S1 Carnation - 2S3 Acacia - BM-21 Hail
Anti-Aircraft: ZSU 23-4 Shilka - SA-13 Gopher - SA9 Gaskin - SA-8 Gecko
Tank Hunters: Spandrel - Storm
Recon: BMP-1 OP - BRDM-2
Aircraft: SU-25 Frogfoot - MI-24 Hind

East Germany[edit]

"The future belongs to socialism."

Difficulty: 4.5/5 (Weak units and weak list. Vets only.)

The East Germans are almost as well equipped as the Soviets. Even though they must make do with Soviet Export equipment, they fight with a tenacity that rivals that of their forefathers. Rules for the East Germans are found in “Volksarmee.”

As the Volksarmee you stare enviously at USSR-Sempai and employ 30-year-old tanks with such reckless ambition that an Imperial Guardsmen would question your value for human life. Your soldiers are as zealous as your Soviet counterparts and have more skill than the illiterate peasants in the Red Army your honored Soviet allies. The downside you might ask? You are using whatever even the Soviet Union thinks is too unsafe for their soldiers, using all the hand me downs with gusto. You may be bringing tanks from the mid-50s, but you can bring 30 of them for a little less than the cost of 2 West German tanks. Hell, even if you fight against the Soviets, you will outnumber them more than 2 to 1 (Even both of you bringing T-72s). If you want the discount of non-Soviet PACT nations without the lopsided characteristics of the Poles or the Czechs, the East Germans stand ready to cross the border at your order.

Defining Units: Motorschützen, T55AM2

Strengths
  • Second cheapest units in the game, with rather decent stat lines.
  • Ideal for horde players with too much money, or tactical geniuses.
  • Sweet spot between the elite Poles and the conscript Czechs.
Weaknesses
  • Units outmatched by most NATO equivilants.
  • Players must rely on superior planning to win games due to the VAST technological gap.
  • Wehrmacht influenced Communists.
The Breakdown
Infantry: Soviet numbers with low-end NATO stats. 3/5
Transports: Like the Soviets, but slightly worse. 3/5
Tanks: Useless in head-on engagements, good as flanking units. 3/5
Anti-Tank: Tanks do it better than these pieces of crap. 1/5
Recon: On par with Soviet Recce (AKA pretty bad). 3/5
Artillery: NATO skill and Soviet arty? Pretty good! 4/5
Aircraft: Decent air force. 3/5
Anti-Air: Cheap but lacks high-end anti-air missiles. 3/5
East German Forces in Team Yankee
Tanks: T55AM2 - T-72M
Transports: BTR-60 - BMP
Troops: Mot-Schützen Kompanie - Hind Assault Landing Company
Artillery: 2S1 Carnation - BM-21 Hail
Anti-Aircraft: ZSU 23-4 Shilka - SA-13 Gopher - SA9 Gaskin
Tank Hunters: Spandrel
Recon: BMP-1 OP - BRDM-2
Aircraft: SU-25 Frogfoot - MI-24 Hind

Poland[edit]

"When the Red Army makes a mess, why do we always have to clean it up?"

Difficulty: 4.5/5 (Specialized units and weak list. Vets only.)

Coming from a background of militarism, Poland had a pretty shit history in the 20th century. They've been stuck in wars since the Great War, and Poland has become a plaything for the powers of Europe. By 1985, they've been occupied by the Nazis then invaded by the Soviet Union by the end of World War Two. Yay. They were the only PACT nation to maintain expeditionary divisions, apart from the USSR.

In Team Yankee, the Poles are troops with 4+ skill, 3+ courage and 3+ rally, giving them the determination of Soviets with the skill on the NVA. Second only to the Afghansty VDV veterans, the Poles are some of the best-trained forces of the Warsaw Pact. Despite costing almost as much as the Soviets, they have even less equipment than the East Germans with the same downgrades by PACT forces, except for a handful of special units to even the balance. Boasting the most well trained motorized infantry of the PACT armies, Polish battlegroups rely on the superiority of their infantry to win the day while vehicles serve in support roles.

Defining Units: Zmotory Kompania, T-72M


Strengths
  • Reliable units unlikely to get pinned or bailed.
  • Best PACT infantry at firefighting and attacking.
  • Ideal for players who want a horde of morale-resistant units.
Weaknesses
  • Poor anti-tank capability.
  • 2nd tier equipment with near-Soviet costs.
  • Will carjack your vehicle wrecks.
Infantry: The best PACT infantry in firefights, at a cost...  3/5 
Transports: Like the Soviets, but slightly worse. Few BMP-2s. 3/5
Tanks: Good at flanking, bad at tanking/killing tanks. 3/5
Anti-Tank: Your tanks do the job better than these things. 1/5
Recon: Cheap but bad. 3/5
Artillery: It kills, its reliable! 4/5 
Aircraft: Passable. 3/5
Anti-Air: Pretty solid, actually. 4/5
Polish Forces in Team Yankee
Tanks: T55AM2 - T-72M
Transports: SKOT-2A - BMP
Troops: Zmotory Kompania - Hind Assault Landing Company
Artillery: Dana SpGH - BM-21 Hail
Anti-Aircraft: ZSU 23-4 Shilka - SA-13 Gopher -SA-8 Gecko
Tank Hunters: Spandrel
Recon: BMP-1 OP - BRDM-2
Aircraft: SU-25 Frogfoot - MI-24 Hind

Czechoslovakia[edit]

"To be honest, I'd rather fight for NATO. please don't kill us"

Difficulty: 5/5 (For hardened vets only.)

A year ago, someone wrote (rather accurately) that the NVA were the enthusiastic conscripts taking the equipment that the Soviets were afraid of using. Now, imagine these same conscripts, but terrified of death and shivering in their boots. As of October 20, the German goblin hordes have been dethroned by the Czechs! Second-line, underequipped, cowering Slavs being shoved into battle by the Soviets and marching in hordes that would make the Chinese blush (seriously, you'll outnumber the damn East Germans in most scenarios.)

The Czechs take the hordes concept to the next level, with their armies outnumbering the other PACT armies. As the least willing participants of the conflict, virtually all their stats are 5+ apart from 4+ skill and 4+ morale. They might have the least trustworthy men in the game, but their discounts allow you to bring enough 125mm cannons and RPGs that a pinned/bailed unit won't save your opponent from the wall of firepower you can produce. The Czechs favour two playstyles: an aggressive list with enough T-72Ms to ignore losses or a defensive list that literally buries your side of the table with men.

Defining Units: T-72M, Dana SpGH

Strengths
  • Units are 20-33% cheaper than Soviet counterparts.
  • 4+ skill for aggressive tank pushes and artillery spammers.
  • Ideal for horde players and rich blokes.


Weaknesses
  • Least reliable units in the game, vulnerable to pinning and morale shock.
  • Units without support are almost guaranteed to lose any engagements.
  • Constantly hungover.
Infantry: You get a horde...but they won't listen to your orders. 2/5 
Transports: Like the Poles, with untrained crews. 2/5
Tanks: THE cheapest tank hordes in the game. Good for alpha strikes. 4/5
Anti-Tank: No missiles that can reliably beat heavy tanks, but your T-72s fill the gap. 1/5
Recon: Cheap but bad. 3/5
Artillery: Cheaper, but just as deadly! 4/5 
Aircraft: Passable. 3/5
Anti-Air: Cheaper and scarier. 4/5
Czech Forces in Team Yankee
Tanks: T55AM2 - T-72M
Transports: OT-64 - BMP
Troops: Motostrelci
Artillery: 2S1 Carnation - Dana SpGH - RM-70
Anti-Aircraft: ZSU 23-4 Shilka - SA-8 Gecko - SA9 Gaskin - SA-13 Gopher
Tank Hunters: Spandrel
Recon: BMP-1 OP - BRDM-2
Aircraft: SU-25 Frogfoot - MI-24 Hind

Iran[edit]

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The underdogs of the Middle East, the Iranian military lack the combat experience of the Israelis or the raw numbers of the Iraqis. By the Iran-Iraq War, the Iranian military was only able to repel invading Iraqi forces thanks to US support. Iranian armies typically used Soviet equipment, but often used second-hand Western vehicles - without the latest upgrades, of course. It’s strange to see Iran side with the Soviet Union in this scenario, if only because they were one of the major backers of the Mujahideen in the Soviet-Afghan War. Then again, common enemies tend to make strange bedfellows, as was often the case during the Cold War.

The Iranians play with NATO vehicles using PACT doctrine (holdovers from the last regime, when the Americans propped up Iran as a buffer state against the Soviet Union), operating M113s and Chieftains as the backbone of their force. While they may not have the same skill and 4+ to hit that make NATO troops so dangerous, the Iranians make up for it with greater numbers. You won't outnumber the Soviets, for sure, but you will usually outnumber the infidel Westerners.

Difficulty:


Defining Units:

Strengths
Weaknesses
The Breakdown:
Infantry: 
Transports: 
Tanks: 
Anti-Tank: 
Recon: 
Artillery: 
Aircraft: 
Anti-Air: 
Iranian Forces in Team Yankee
Tanks: T-62M - M60 Patton - Chieftain
Transports: M113 Armored Personnel Carrier
Troops: Motor Rifle Company
Artillery: M109 Howitzer - BM-21 Hail
Anti-Aircraft: ZSU 23-4 Shilka - ZSU-57-2 - SA-8 Gecko
Tank Hunters: Jeep TOW
Recon: Scorpion
Aircraft: SU-25 Frogfoot -AH-1 Cobra Attack Helicopter

Books[edit]

Gallery[edit]

External Links[edit]

The Official Team Yankee website