"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 has 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.
- 1 The Story
- 2 The Game
- 3 The Forces of WW3
- 3.1 NATO
- 3.2 Warsaw Pact
- 3.3 Middle Eastern Powers
- 3.4 The Neutral Powers
- 4 FAQ/General Bulletin
- 5 Books
- 6 Gallery
- 7 External Links
So, obviously the story of Team Yankee is a bit unrealistic but bear with us, alright? In 1985 the Soviet Union is dealing with 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 elected as the Premier of the Soviet Union, which would eventually lead to its collapse, but in the Team Yankee universe an old Stalinist took his place instead.
Believing that after the disastrous war in Afghanistan, the best way to reassure the people of the Union's 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 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 Strait 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.
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
- 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.
Note that all lists are based off historically based equipment at a specific point of time, even if that equipment was unique or incredibly rare.
Army lists in Team Yankee are usually built from a single book, or 'codex' which tells you what your country has access to. Each nation has different 'sub lists' but most follow three types: armoure and mechanized infantry. Armoured companies let you bring several platoons of tanks, while mechanized infantry does the same with infantry that can come in your bog standard metal boxes or a metal box with an autocannon. Some armies have more unique options, but those will be discussed in their respective pages.
NATO armies to tend to be cheaper thanks to their smaller sizes, while PACT forces have much more units that are identical across the 4 nations. If you buy an M1 it can only be used for a USA army: paint a T-72 in Soviet green (without national emblems) it can be used in four armies.
Want a cheaper single army? Buy American (or any other NATO power). Want a cheaper collection and several army lists? Buy Soviet.
Your force will always have an HQ. Your Force Commander and 2nd in Command (also known as the meatshield) represents you in the game, commanding the battle on foot or some vehicle. If the Force commander dies, your army will begin to panic. Lose too many platoons and you will immediately lose the game. At higher point games, you may have two or more force commanders to mitigate this (as you will probably be forced to utilize multiple formations to fill out the points). For NATO Players, the Force Commander is generally a company commander wielding his company and any company level support the higher ups have deemed to send his way. For PACT players, the Force Commander is usually at the Battalion level, which is made up of several companies, to balance out the power differential between the average NATO and PACT units.
HQS usually DO NOT count as platoons for Company, or even Battalion strength. They function like 40k independent characters do, so you would have 4 units on the field whether your company commander joined a platoon or ran around on their own.
AKA Troops choice: like with 40k, each organization chart will have a minimum requirement of a Company Commander and two platoons of troops, which could be IFV-mounted infantry or a unit of heliborne infantry. This is where your listbuilding starts, with the size of your unit and taking additional weaponry like anti-tank weapons, medium machine guns, or anti-air missiles.
Unlike 40k, platoon support is unique to each company. This is the reason you selected the specific Company: access to unique toys that your other companies or nations can't take. Historically, this would be a platoon from the support company of the battalion: infantry companies might have a mortar platoon, while armoured companies might have a platoon of vehicle-mounted ATGMs. Your platoon support may also have platoons of the alternate unit type: tank companies almost always have the option to take a platoon of infantry, and vice versa.
These are the rarest systems in your army, and often among the most expensive options. Historically, it would be things like air support, heavy artillery or attached helicopter squadrons. This varies from nation to nation: some countries have platforms that serve crucial support roles but won't win the war for you to snowflake units that provide the teeth to your force. These options are open to all company types, and should therefore be used to round out the weaknesses of your list. Additionally, platoons for troops like tanks and infantry might be purchasable here.
These are your 'Allies of Convenience', to continue the 40k analogy. Generally, only one allied formation (company, battalion, whatever) is allowed. Generally this would mean NATO Allies for NATO countries, and vice versa for the Warsaw Pact (but not the Middle Eastern powers, who all want to kill each other and are much more uncaring in where they get their gear from). Additionally, smaller factions may have allied units that fall under the same lines as Divisional Support, just with a different flag. For example, Canadians have access to German Leopard 2s and American Abrams' to round out their lack of modern battle tanks.
These units do NOT count as platoons which add to your last stand count, so your army may rout if the last Canadian troops have been picked off even if half of your (American Allied) units are on the table. Like Division Support, this is taken to smooth out the rough edges of your list and might be very interesting if you like the idea of a British-French coalition battlegroup, or are a powergamer who just wants the best companies of each nation.
As a disclaimer to the young teens reading this wiki and calling themselves a military expert, Team Yankee is a HISTORICAL FANTASY game. The models might represent real weapon systems, but the organization of lists ranges from relatively accurate to outright blasphemous. Pretty much all your tanks and artillery fired across kilometres in real life, but only fire up to several hundred meters on the table top. Prototypes that never made it past the testing phase can be found, while organizational details have been simplified for gameplay purposes.
For the prospective kommandant who reached this point, consider reading the rulebooks at your FLGS or read on to decide which nation might be for you.
Like any other tabletop game, each army has its own pros and cons leading to very distinct archetypes: just like the real-life counterparts, an infantry company will have a much happier time holding a town than a bunch of tanks. Here are a few of the many variants, found in the tournament scene and casual table:
Kings of the tournament scene, mechanized infantry are THE premium choice for players seeking cost efficiency, holding power or firepower in some cases. Over 90% of all infantry in the game arrives in a motorized tin can of some sort, meaning that these lists have an overabundance of machinegun fire. Some lists might use infantry fighting vehicles such as the BMP or Marder, but most are characterized by hordes of cheap infantry in the cheapest transports. Mechanized lists are incredibly split in specialization depending on your faction of choice as well.
In tournaments, the French and British are defined by the sheer amount of Milans they can bring to the field. They may lack in firefighting capability, but their ability to destroy armoured lists are second to none. They can be used in urban operations as well, but excel in open fields where their Milans can chew through tank after tank.
The Soviet, Iranian and Polish lists are the Communist equivalent of the Milan horde; trading the latest in wargear for the latest in childbearing technology. While these troops lack in weapon systems that can engage armour from a distance, they are characterized by sheer numbers coupled with 3+ morale stats allowing them to keep pushing forward when other armies would fall back.
On the other end of the spectrum are the spam lists of Czechs and Iraqis. Characterized by their horrendous morale, and basic weaponry, these lists have little to no offensive capability. However, their low pointage allows you to bring waves of men to the field that will HOLD the line like no other. In an urban setting, these troops can turn all buildings on your side of the field into deathtraps for enemy armour.
Somewhere in the middle are Soviet BTR/ BMP and Dutch YPR-765 lists. Typically, these lists would feature armoured elements and focus more on punching through the weak points of the enemy's line with the superior firepower of infantry fighting vehicles complementing a couple of tanks. A jack of all trades list, these forces are capable of defending and can counterattack on a dime when required.
Universally feared by all players and the cheapest unit in any force, the mechanized infantry are the benchmark of every other unit: a platoon only needs to kill 1-3 tanks to make its points back. For tournament players, prepare to build lists that counter infantry. For casual players, expect to see some form of them in every single game.
The poster boys of the game, Armoured forces rely on the overwhelming superiority of tanks to crush virtually any opposition in its path. These units represent the fastest, heaviest units in the army that are not only capable of taking ground, but holding it. Strong in standard games and deadly in larger tables, Armoured forces would be unmatched if not for their Achilles heel: overpriced units.
Tank units often cost dozens of points for a single platoon, leaving them as niche choices for the average player. In a tournament setting where every point counts and every wasted unit may cost you the game, tanks are treated as specialized units in different lists. Some may use armour as firebases; maneuver elements in a hammer and anvil force, or solely as snipers to destroy armour. Regardless of their tournament viability, here are the traditional makeups of armoured lists.
With unparalleled mobility and firepower, armoured lists excel on the attack. This greatly favors offensive nations such as the West Germans or the Soviet Union who can conduct ‘blitzkrieg’ tactics on the tabletop scale: rather than exploiting strategic weaknesses, these lists employ a mix of tank killers like the T-64 and the Leopard 2 to compliment the firepower of support tanks: outdated models that may not beat the latest metal boxes, but could chew through any other vehicle like a masochist on a sanding belt.
Protection against missiles comes in the form of artillery. Other lists may occasionally get away without running artillery, but is not optional in the current meta. Used to protect your tanks from Milan spam or the tank killers of the enemy force, smoke is probably the most important task of the artillery in an armoured list, neutralizing Milans for you to get within their firing range, forcing Chieftains to move or even dividing the force to reduce the amount of return fire.
The strongest armoured lists are anachronisms; with no nation having a single tank that does the job of both a tank killer and support. Hence, they are generally defined as lists that run a substantial amount of armour (two platoons or so) with singular platoons of infantry, artillery, reconnaisance, etc. For a competitive player choosing the path of an iron grave, consider using allies for access to ROF 2 brutal tanks to compliment your AT22 tank killers. If you are a Soviet player, rejoice! Your tanks all-in-one and are countered by any form of missile, tank cannon or bomber. Have fun!
Distinct from the armoured and mechanized archetypes, cavalry forces employ fast, mobile vehicles to outmaneuver the enemy while avoiding head-on engagements with the heaviest elements of the enemy list like tanks or infantry. While WILL be employing their own infantry and tank forces, cavalry forces are defined by their reliance on autocannon-armed vehicles to destroy soft-skinned vehicles like APCs, anti-air and artillery.
Generally used for reconnaissance in a combined arms list rather than serving as the frontline troops who fight and die on your behalf, the British are known for having some of the best cavalry units with the Scorpion and Scimitar coming in low, cheap and with both variants having the firepower to take on anything but battle tanks. Hampered by their mediocre moving ROF, their main purpose is to deny spearhead movement to your opponent while threatening their soft skinned vehicles, providing an extremely dangerous (but easily answered) threat that hamper much more expensive units such as infantry and tanks from doing their job on the frontline.
The only true Cavalry lists seen in tournaments are US Marine LAV lists, employing hordes of moving ROF 3 LAVs to outmaneuver, threaten, and destroy soft-skinned vehicles. However, it must be noted that cavalry forces still rely on infantry and armour to actually win the game: your cavalry are force multipliers to neutralize the support elements of your opponent, not the ones who will carry the day on their own.
Rarely seen in the tournament scene aside from Soviet VDV lists, Airborne lists employ helicopter infantry and their superior mobility to win battles. Almost universally worthless in a 6x4 game where the marginal infantry buff and loss of fighting transports can be crippling, air assault forces have a niche of larger team games spanning several maps. Whether used to grab vulnerable objectives or serve as firemen where the line is weakest, air assault troops have greatly different roles among the nations that can field them: the USA, Soviet Union and British.
The American air assault list is the archetypical airborne force: lightly equipped, highly trained and absolutely deadly in firefights, these units are barely worth their weight against armour but are almost unparalleled in a firefight. Combining Soviet morale with American firepower, heliborne infantry may not be able to kill a tank to save their life but are best suited to urban warfare or any other setting where dug-in infantry must die.
While the US Huey technically has its M60s, consider them one time use guns that cannot be considered fire support unlike an M113.
Soviet VDV lists are THE most accurate depiction of a proper air assault operation: deploying highly trained, versatile troops in highly dangerous environments while supported with helicopter gunships. The most ‘competitive’ of the three nations, VDV troops are equipped not only to win infantry fights, but also carry the heavy weapons that make infantry what they are: unmovable rocks that take a disproportionate amount of firepower to move, while having the tools to destroy armour that strays too close. While your infantry are few, your transports are terror on rotors: enter the Hind.
A flying tank unmatched by the West until the development of the Apache, the Hind is one of the only gunships with transport capacity. While nerfed by its lack of stationary ROF and 3+ to hit, Hinds have a weapon for any target. See a Merkava? The Hind can kill it. Unprotected artillery? The hind can kill it. Infantry hordes in the open? The hind can fuck them all at the same time.
By playing the VDV, you are committing to a list that combines air assault and air cavalry through the investment of points into gunships. Add on some Frogfeet and the VDV becomes a tournament worthy list that preys on any meta without sufficient anti-air. Not to mention, your blue berets are more than a match for the average foot soldier from the capitalist west...
The British air assault list are a competitive unit that sees fringe play, albeit as a fever dream that would make the Sergeant York wet. Worthless on their own and pathetic in a firefight, the Gordon highlanders see their niche as a Milan horde that happen to ride in helicopters.
Air Cavalry lists, unlike their real-life equivilants, are forces that spam airpower to win battles. Combining strike aircraft with helicopter gunships, these lists aim to destroy air-defence units before destroying the enemy force piece by piece. While most nations have access to bombers and ATGM helicopters, only the USA, Soviets and French have access to true leafblower lists; given their access to gunships like the MI-24 Hind, Cobra, and Gazelle.
Prospective commanders should note that these are all-in lists with over 40 points being funnelled into airborne units and are easily countered by tournament metas. Essentially, you are praying that your opponent does not aim to counter your lists; given that Air Cavalry aims to outrace a platoon of dedicated air killers like SA-8 Geckos or Rapier. Uncounterable for the casual player who does not plan ahead, and easily beaten by tournament players who do their homework. They may fufil your ride of the valkyrie fantasies, but will lead to games which end faster than your opponent's patience.
Not recommended if you wish to stay friends with your opponents. Acceptable (but weak) if you want to win games.
Like most tabletop games, Team Yankee favours players who can mix and match each of the previous components; diluting the strength of each troop type and compensating with the power of diversity (yay!). As implied by the previous articles, building a spam list of infantry or tanks might be acceptable in a multiplayer game but will lead to your quick and laughable defeat in a competitive 1v1 game. Without artillery, your infantry and tanks can’t attack without taking a million casualties. Without cavalry, your tanks risk being flanked and blown up. Without infantry, your tanks and cavalry will not take objectives.
The overwhelming majority of competitive lists feature an infantry or armoured company with support elements to cover all angles. While an infantry list might see itself playing the defensive under ideal circumstances, the counterblow from a tank platoon coming from reserves can decisively swing games in your favour. Similarly, armoured lists require smoke to cover the advance of your tanks or mounted infantry. Experienced players may dabble in ‘all-in’ lists, but you, prospective general, will find the best results when your lists have no clear weakness.
Want to muddy the mixture? Consider taking combat troops as allies with your ‘chosen’ nation providing nothing more than combat (and moral) support.
Mandatory: 2-6 Combat Troops (2 platoons of tanks or infantry, 1 platoon of infantry/tanks) 1-2 Artillery (for smoke and pinning) 1-4 Recon (for spearheading and/or denying spearheads) 1-2 Air Defence (Multirole air defence acceptable below 26 points, dedicated air defence required above 30 points)
Optional: 1-2 Air support (used as suicide units) 1-1 Armoured ATGM carriers (overlaps with combat troops)
The Forces of WW3
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.
"The Parties to this Treaty reaffirm [...] [t]hey are determined to safeguard the freedom, common heritage and civilisation of their peoples, founded on the principles of democracy, individual liberty and the rule of law. They seek to promote stability and well-being in the North Atlantic area. They are resolved to unite their efforts for collective defence and for the preservation of peace and security. They therefore agree to this North Atlantic Treaty"
- – The North Atlantic Treaty
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 generally more beginner friendly, but varies between nations when it comes to cost and budgeting.
United States of America
"War's very object is victory, not prolonged indecision. In war there is no substitute for victory." -Douglas MacArthur
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 most advanced weapon systems rumbling into war with them (including the first ever METUL BOX). Particularly the principal tank of the US forces in Europe, the M1 Abrams is arguably the most influential main battle tank of the 80s, influencing almost every other tank design in the Western world.. 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.
Stripes covers most frontline combat units in the US Armed Forces, from an Amphibious Assault Unit to an Airborne Infantry Company. Their units may not be the best in the world, but you have so many options in your list that you should have a counter for anything your opponent brings up. This versatility makes them the only faction to rival the Soviets, matching their cost efficiency with incredibly flexible listbuilding.
For players concerned with historical accuracy, remember to toss out the Yorks and the Hueys (except for Marine Airborne)!
- 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.
- Second most expensive faction in-game.
- Poor cost efficiency compared to other NATO equivalents.
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 - Bradley Fighting Vehicle|
|Troops:||US Mech Platoon - Marine Rifle Platoon - Huey Rifle Platoon - HMMWV Machine Gun Platoon|
|Artillery:||M106 Heavy Mortar Carrier - M109 Howitzer - LAV-M - M270 MLRS|
|Anti-Aircraft:||M163 VADS - M48 Chaparral - M247 Sergeant York - HMMWV SAM|
|Tank Hunters:||M901 ITV - HMMWV-TOW - LAV-AT|
|Recon:||M113 FIST- M113 Scout Section - HMMWV Scout Section - LAV-25|
|Aircraft:||A-10 Warthog - AH-1 Cobra Attack Helicopter - AV-8 Harrier|
"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 except on the Challenger) but compensate with sheer firepower and ridiculously well-armoured tanks. 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.
- One of the strongest factions in firepower when on the defensive.
- Best infantry in the game with plentiful ATGMs on human (and armored) platforms.
- Ideal for defensive or infantry players.
- Currently has the strongest tank in the game - the Challenger 1, which has FA21 with the ROMOR upgrade
- Lacks units that can effectively fight while on the move.
- Vulnerable to smoke and rushes; units rely on staying still to deliver the most firepower.
The Breakdown: Infantry: Meta-defining, but contested. 4/5 Transports: Competitive APCs and IFVs alike. 4/5 Tanks: Expensive, armoured monsters with deadly firepower but incapable of mobile warfare. 4/5 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 missiles. Made up for by the ludicrously good Marksman. 4/5
|British Forces in Team Yankee|
|Tanks:||Chieftain - Challenger 1|
|Transports:||Spartan Transport - FV432 Transport - FV510 Warrior - 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 -M270 MLRS|
|Anti-Aircraft:||Spartan Blowpipe - Tracked Rapier|
|Tank Hunters:||Striker - Spartan MCT - Swingfire|
|Recon:||FV432 FOO - Scorpion - Scimitar -FV721 Fox|
|Aircraft:||Harrier Jump Jet - Lynx HELARM|
"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; your budget tank at 3 points. In addition to Thermal Imaging, they field devastating units like the Gepard Flakpanzer and Tornado Bombers which can make their points back over several times in the hands of an effective commander. 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.
- 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.
- Small units with some of the game's most expensive models.
- Poorly suited to attrition tactics.
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 - M270 MLRS|
|Anti-Aircraft:||Roland Flak Batterie - Gepard Flakpanzer Batterie - Fliegerfaust Gruppe|
|Tank Hunters:||Jaguar Jagdpanzer|
|Recon:||Luchs Spah Trupp - M113 OP|
|Aircraft:||Tornado - BO-105P|
"Allons enfants de la Patrie,
Le jour de gloire est arrivé!
Contre nous de la tyrannie
L'étendard sanglant est levé!" -- La Marsellaise
Difficulty: 3/5 (Beginner unfriendly, many glass cannons.)
The gall of those cultureless, crass Americans! We hate all of them! Our king bankrupted us to save them in their "Revolutionary War," and now they make memes of us on the internet!
Despite the many dank memes and jokes about French military incompetence on the internet today, France has a long, long history of kicking ass with one of the largest and most powerful armed forces in human history. It may seem funny to mock them now, but nobody was laughing as Napoleon stomped one opponent after another into the dust, and millions of French soldiers held the line against the Kaiser's armies in the Great War, whereas the Americans couldn't be bothered to show up until 1917. France also
let the Germans take everything was one of the major Allied powers in World War II, and French soldiers repeatedly making last stands against the Germans bought badly-needed time for the British evacuations at Dunkirk, saving not only those stupid English their British allies from getting overrun by the Nazis, but maybe also the world.
As explained in "Free Nations," France sort-of left NATO under Charles de Gaulle, a man whose egomania could well have one-upped Douglas MacArthur if they hadn't been kept on totally separate sides of the planet. France officially disavowed its military commitment to NATO but didn't actually leave, and expelled all non-French military forces stationed on French soil. Secret agreements were made, however, and France retained the right to declare its re-integration into the NATO military alliance if they saw fit to do so. Early in the events of "Team Yankee", seeing that a major war in Europe was on the horizon for the third time in a single century, France officially rejoined NATO in full. The Communist hordes will not find us such easy prey
as the Germans did as they may expect, mon ami.
As of 1985, France is one of the only NATO nations with genuine combat experience after World War II, 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.
The French ORBAT is unlike any of the major military powers, with their early Cold War history covering the first and second Indochinese (Vietnam) wars and their different mission needs. The French army had a doctrine emphasizing mobility with lighter motorized units, creating a 1985 doctrine of maneuver warfare with lightly armoured units. Lacking a tank capable of trading blows with any modern platform and near-universal
cowardice in the ranks 5+ morale among French personnel, a French commander must rely on maneuver and a terrifying abundance of gun platforms with Brutal to cripple an enemy's force before taking 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 a bit glassy both in and out of the game. While similar to the Canadians in their lists naturally countering BMP and infantry spam, they lack the moosemen's balls and require a different playstyle to excel. They do have Milan spam if that's your thing though (you powergaming bâtard).
- Strong firepower on even the lightest units
- Milan AT spam on par with the Brits.
- Ideal for aggressive or experienced players.
- Tissue-thin armour made from stale baguettes.
CowardsUnreliable (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
A Quick Note About the Morale Thing
Almost universally in Team Yankee, the French have shit morale, and this is a little weird at first glance. After all, the "ha ha, France = surrender monkeys" meme is about as nuanced and accurate as a company of Soviet motor rifles - especially by 1985. The French army has more actual recent combat experience than nearly any other playable nation, and previous morale crises have only improved the Armée de Terre's ability to deal with such issues. So, what gives?
Turns out, much like a few other terms for various Battlefront franchises, "Morale" is a slight misnomer. To be precise, the poor roll value that the French have isn't to represent that they are somehow more cowardly (the parallel 3+ Courage roll indicates as much), but rather to integrate French doctrine into the game, since most nation-specific special rules have been removed in order to streamline the rules. You see, in older FoW versions there used to be a dozen different special rules indicating unique attributes that would modify the two base values for specific traits. Courage, Rally, Assault and Counterattack are all new, and were created so as to whittle down the truly obscene rules clutter that was starting to really drag down games of FoW.
But that still doesn't answer the question "Why are my goddamn frogs running away so much?". The answer is simple:
the chemicals in the water turned them gay they're being ordered to. If the French learned anything from the various wars of the 20th century, it's that they have to be able to give ground for time, and that they absolutely do not have the ability to trade casualties for the same. Consequently, French army doctrine evolved into a very mobile and elastic thing, focusing on being able to outmaneuver the enemy while staying away from engaging in attritional slogs. This is also why the Czechoslovaks, despite being far less motivated than the French in every respect, have a better Morale rating despite literally having worse morale. Such a broad and encompassing term as Morale isn't restricted to the one stat that shares its name, and is technically the collective sum of all the stats on the left half of the base section since it was broken into those three in the first place.
|French Forces in Team Yankee|
|Troops:||Section d'infanterie/Chasseurs - Milan Section Antichar|
|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|
"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.
- Units tend to be agile, multi-purpose or hard-hitting. Sometimes, all three.
- Ideal for offensive and maneuver-minded players.
- Actually pretty good at fighting.
- Glass cannons whose vehicles can cost a pretty pound of points.
- The Americans don't like you for some reason.
- Apologize every time they shoot at anybody.
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|
|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|
|US Support:||M1 Abrams - M60 Patton - US Mech Platoon - A-10 Warthog|
|WG Support:||Leopard 2 - Marder Panzergrenadiers - BO-105P - Tornado|
"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 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.
- Able to spam IFVs with infantry to boot.
- Ideal for mechanized players or jacks of all trades.
- 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:||PRTL - Stinger Peloton|
|Tank Hunters:||YPR-765 PRAT|
|Recon:||M113 C&V Ploeg - YPR-765 OP|
|WG Support:||Roland Flak Batterie - Raketenwerfer Batterie - BO-105P - Tornado|
"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 (due to that whole "North Atlantic" thing), yet here they are in 1980's Germany. Down-under magic? Down-under magic. The Queen calling for aid? Or maybe has something to do with the complicated system of alliances in the pacific that were thrown around very early on in the cold war. The Aussies and Kiwis both had actually signed a treaty referred to as the ANZUS with the US in the 50's guaranteeing defensive cooperation if any hostilities were launched against them or a number of allied states, hence their military presence in Vietnam and now, in Germany. (Though historically ANZUS was falling apart at the time due to New Zealand's Nuclear-Free stance putting it at odds with the United States).
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 Bogans roll around the corner, firing on the move and charging into melee from their tanks to show the Gopniks how it’s really done. 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.
- '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.
- 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|
|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|
|British Support:||Abbot Field Battery - M109 Field Battery - FV432 FOO - Harrier Jump Jet - Lynx HELARM|
"The Communists disdain to conceal their views and aims. They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions. Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communistic revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win.
Working Men of All Countries, Unite! '"
- – Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto
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 Russians, Czechs or Russians disguised as
-What should a Soviet soldier do if he finds himself in an immediate vicinity of a nuclear explosion?
-Stretch out his arms and hold his assault rifle in such a way that no molten metal get on state-issued boots.
- Soviet army joke
Difficulty: 3.5/5 (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 advanced army among REDFOR, rivalled only by the US (in games without allies, that is). Point for point, few armies can equal your ability to bring reliable firepower. 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, although you must be prepared to counter your low skill ratings.
- Cheap, cost-effective units for all roles but tanks. Excellent morale.
- Ideal for veterans to Flames Of War, horde and powergamers.
- Reliant on effective combined arms tactics.
- Units will lose 1-on-1 confrontations against most NATO counterparts.
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 - T-80|
|Transports:||BTR-60 - BMP-1 - BMP-2|
|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|
"For the protection of the workers' and the peasants' power" -Motto of the Volksarmee
Difficulty: 4.5/5 (Weak units and weak list. Vets only.)
After getting stomped into oblivion by the Soviets during World War II, half of Germany has been rebuilt in the Soviet image. Founded in the mid-1950s, the armed forces of the German Democratic Republic, known as the Nationalvolksarmee (National People's Army), combine Prussian heritage, iconic German military discipline, and Soviet mass-unit doctrine to forge one of the most formidable enemies NATO will ever face on the battlefield. Even though they must make do with downgraded Soviet export equipment, they fight with a tenacity that rivals that of their forefathers. NATO military officers have consistently rated the NVA as the best force in the Warsaw Pact based on its discipline, thoroughness of training, and the leadership ability of its commissioned officers. Following Soviet tradition, the Volksarmee lends the names of various Communist heroes to regimental-sized units and above, such as Panzerregiment 23 "Julian Marchlewski", one of the three armored regiments of the 9th Panzer Division. 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 Guardsman 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. The majority of the Volksarmee gets the T-55AM2, which is great at exploding, and the first-rate armored regiments get the T-72M, which is also great at exploding but shoots better. You may be (mostly) 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 with 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 National People's Army stands ready to invade capitalist-occupied West Germany at your order.
- 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.
- Units outmatched by most NATO equivalents; West Germany has much, much better Panzers.
- 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-1 - BMP-2|
|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|
|Recon:||BMP-1 OP - BRDM-2|
|Soviet Support:||SU-25 Frogfoot|
"When the Red Army makes a mess, why do we always have to clean it up?"
Difficulty: 4.75/5 (Specialized units and weak list. Vets only.)
Coming from a background of militarism, Poland has had a fairly shitty 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. Poland was the first country the Nazis occupied, and thanks to the Soviets "liberating" them 40 years ago, by 1985 the original Polish government has been waiting to return home for nearly half a century. Yay. The People's Republic of Poland has one of the largest and strongest armies in Eastern Europe short of the Soviets, and possesses its own arms industry, manufacturing more cheap tanks and guns than anybody except the USSR. Their foreign customers include the East Germans and those fun guys in North Korea. The People's Republic of Poland has been highly aggressive in its preparations for doing battle with the armies of NATO; Polish war plans feature almost no details for a defense of Poland at all. If the assault into western Europe goes well, no problem, but this lack of defensive planning could come back to haunt Poland if NATO's forces do not fall to the Communist hordes.
In Team Yankee, the Poles are troops with 4+ skill, 3+ courage and 3+ rally, giving them the determination of Soviets with the skill of the NVA. Second only to the Afgantsy 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 best 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.
- 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.
- 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, it's 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-1 - BMP-2|
|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|
|Recon:||BMP-1 OP - BRDM-2|
|Soviet Support:||SU-25 Frogfoot|
"To be honest, I'd rather fight for NATO. please don't kill us"
Difficulty: 5/5 (For hardened vets only.)
Ah, yes, Czechoslovakia, the Reluctant Conscript of the Warsaw Pact. Lied to and annexed by the Nazis, then brutally occupied for years, then "liberated" and forced to join the Soviet Union in the Warsaw Pact. What fun! 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.
- Units are 20-33% cheaper than Soviet counterparts.
- 4+ skill for aggressive tank pushes and artillery spammers.
- Ideal for horde players and rich blokes.
- Least reliable units in the game, vulnerable to pinning and morale shock. They really don't want to be there.
- 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-1 - BMP-2|
|Artillery:||2S1 Carnation - Dana SpGH - RM-70|
|Anti-Aircraft:||ZSU 23-4 Shilka - SA-8 Gecko - SA9 Gaskin - SA-13 Gopher|
|Recon:||BMP-1 OP - BRDM-2|
|Soviet Support:||SU-25 Frogfoot|
Middle Eastern Powers
"The whole melodrama of the Middle East would be improved if amnesia were as common here as it is in melodramatic plots."
- – P. J. O'Rourke
What's that, the folks in Europe are shooting each other again? The War To End All Wars ended up getting another sequel?! Time for a renewed surge of violence in the Middle East!
Apart from Turkey, which did join NATO, nobody anywhere near the Middle East ever actually joined NATO or the Warsaw Pact. Both of those coalitions made overtures to the various nations in that region, partly because they knew the other was going to, and partly because some of those Middle Eastern countries are absolutely loaded with oil. Iran, Iraq, and Israel are the three major players as World War III in Europe inevitably spreads into the Middle East, and the one thing they agree on is they all hate each other with pretty much equal intensity. Iran is a Islamic republic, Iraq is a one party totalitarian dictatorship, both practice different sects of Islam, and Israel is a democratic-religious nation state, and all three of them hate each other equally. With Iran and Iraq both practicing different sects of Islam along side concerns of the ones goverment being a threat to the the two sides came to hate each other. Meanwhile both also hate Israel in a conflict going back centuries, while Israel has staked out a claim for a Jewish homeland and will give it up for nobody. The Saudi's, Egyptions and Turks are (for the moment) sitting WWIII out which is espically notable for Saudi Arabia, who hate Iran, and are friendly to the America. Lebanon meanwhile is still licking there wounds from the just ended 1982 Lebanon War with Israel, in fact by Team Yankee start that war would have ended less then two months ago.
World War III may have started, but as far as the Middle East was concerned the war had already begun. You see, Team Yankee starts in 1985, and by 1985 the Iran/Iraq war is still raging, in our timeline it ended in 1988. Calling it 'middle eastern world war' may not be accurate, but it's close with most of the middle east involved in someway, either with foreign volunteers joining with the Iraq army or with selling gear to one side or the other, or both at once. Hell: ISRAEL Supported Iran on the sly, but in Team Yankee it's with Iraq takeing NATO formation against Iran and Syria. Meanwhile the Soviets gave guns to Iraq during the war but are now shooting at them and being shot back with those same guns. Meanwhile the second,American played both sides and gave open support to Iraq and tried to do so secretly to Iran, using Israel as a middle man during Iran–Contra! To be blunt, the middle east is a mess in either timeline. This mess and fluidity in allegiance is why they are a category unto themselves: not quite apple pie, not quite vodka.
In terms of equipment, Middle Eastern powers use a strange mix of stuff from both sides of the Iron Curtain. Iraq, for example, has Western aircraft but Eastern tanks, while Iran flips it. Meanwhile, Israel has a few homemade vehicles; lots of Western stuff, and the oddSoviet vehicle, captured from one of its many wars in the past.
"Let me tell you something that we Israelis have against Moses: He took us 40 years through the desert in order to bring us to the one spot in the Middle East that has no oil."
- – Golda Meir
Difficulty: 2/5 (Good for beginners and vets alike!)
Forged by near-constant war since State of Israel declared its independence in 1948 (instantly starting a war as its enraged Muslim neighbors all attacked), the Israel Defence Forces stand as one of most effective armies in 20th-century history. They are an army of Jews, sworn to act as the sword and shield of the long-dreamt-of Jewish homeland, and they are both well-trained, battle-hardened, and fiercely motivated. The IDF have lived with a "backs to the wall" mentality since the beginning; they know that losing once in the wrong time and wrong place could well mean losing Israel.
Driven by constant pressure and the endless threat of danger and defeat, the IDF has been extremely innovative and adaptable with their equipment right from the start. They deliberately use literally anything they can get their hands on, with an array of weaponry ranging from World War II-vintage Sten SMG's, Soviet-made Shilkas captured from their not-so-friendly Muslim neighbors, purchased American tanks and a handful of home-grown items. While the WW2 tech has been passed to the reservists by now, Team Yankee's IDF options largely ignore this ramshackle history beyond a few looted wagons, which is a shame because M50 "Super Shermans" would be fun to use. You could, if you really wanted, used "Flames of War" and "Fate of a Nation" units to put together an IDF reservist force, but that will require extra work. The IDF in any format are well-trained and well-motivated. No matter what they're driving, flying or shooting, they are skilled and brave, making them a formidable enemy to anyone who goes up against them.
Israeli battlegroups have one of the deadliest anti-infantry arsenals with napalm bombers, tanks with Brutal and ROF 2 on the move, and infantry that could outfight the Americans' legendary 82nd Airborne. Anti-armour is a clear weakness, and you only have a handful of specialized units capable of punching through Leopard 2s and M1IP Abrams. IDF units have nearly identical stats to the West Germans: 3+ stats across the board, except for 4+ assault and courage.
The Israelis may take allied NATO formations in their battlegroups.
- Deadliest anti-infantry weapons currently in the game.
- Infantry platoons which can beat tanks, and excel at firefights.
- Ideal for combined arms players with some experience.
- Extremely few units which can penetrate 3rd generation tanks.
- Mediocre anti-air arsenal.
- Can't recognize American ships, mistakes them for Egyptian ones.
- Terrified of shellfish.
The Breakdown: Infantry: Good at firefighting with strong stats but not much else. 3/5 Transports: The metal box of the free world...again. 3/5 Tanks: Great fire support, terrible tank killer. 3/5 Anti-Tank: Seriously lacks tools to deal with heavy tanks. 2/5 Recon: Mediocre, but cheap. 3/5 Artillery: 3+ skill, and you have an artillery piece for every mission. 4/5 Aircraft: Slightly weaker anti-armour, excellent anti-infantry. 4/5 Anti-Air: Solid SPAAGs, but suffers against NATO aircraft. 3/5
|Israeli Forces in Team Yankee|
|Tanks:||Merkava - M60 Patton|
|Transports:||M113 Armored Personnel Carrier|
|Troops:||IDF Infantry Platoon|
|Artillery:||M109 Howitzer -M106 Heavy Mortar Carrier -M125 Mortar Carrier|
|Anti-Aircraft:||M163 VADS - ZSU 23-4 Shilka - M48 Chaparral - Redeye SAM Platoon|
|Tank Hunters:||Pereh - M150 TOW - Jeep TOW|
|Recon:||M113 Recce - Jeep Recce|
|Aircraft:||AH-1 Cobra Attack Helicopter - A4 Skyhawk|
Why are we on the same side as Israel?...and why are those Abrams giving me Déjà vu?"
Difficulty: 4/5 (The challenge of a WARPAC list, made easier with NATO allies)
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 Six-Days 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, though take that statement with a grain of salt about their effectiveness since by 1991 they had the second largest army in Iraq. That being said, this all took place well after 1985, when back in 1979, despite Iraq being in the Soviet sphere of influence, the US gave some material support to Iraq during the Iraq-Iran war. You can make an argument for Iraq being on either NATO's or PACT's side in this conflict.
Iraqi lists are 'constructed' at the Division level, meaning that you have access to support units that would usually be found at the company level in other armies. While you do have a few French units, your combat troops have Soviet equipment and can be expected to perform like poorly trained PACT troops. Iraqis have 4+ stats across the board, except for 5+ assault and 5+ skill. They also operate at the company level like other PACT armies.
Uniquely for a faction with as much soviet gear as they do, Iraqis may take NATO allied formations in their battlegroups, if you've ever fantasized about a functional Iraqi-US coalition force. In game terms, this lets you have cheap conscript horde working alongside the best of the West. If you want a tarpit of conscripts protecting objectives while your Leopard 2s or Merkavas tear things up, this is the faction for you. You also have the USAF providing air cover with Warthogs and Harriers.
The Syrians are an official modification to the Iraqi list, losing the AMX AuF1, VCR/TH, AMX Roland, AMX-10P, US air support and all NATO allies. In exchange, they get access to the SU-25 and PACT allied formations.
- Large unit sizes with a point cost between East Germans and Czechs.
- Access to NATO tools like the AMX-AuF1 and the Gazelle HOT.
- Ideal for WARPAC commanders dabbling in NATO equipment and allies.
- Almost all support units at the divisional level.
- Units have the morale of WARPAC troops and the training of Russian conscripts.
- Addicted to nerve agents.
The Breakdown: Infantry: Tanned Pact troops with Ruskie training videos. 3/5 Transports: Many mediocre options for versatility. 3/5 Tanks: Inferior to Pact tanks, in training and tech. 2/5 Anti-Tank: Very fragile, but you can beat 3rd-gen tanks. 3/5 Recon: Cheap scout that can't kill anything. 2/5 Artillery: High-tech, average cost, low skill. 2/5 Aircraft: Nothing overpowered, but you have a solution for every problem. 4/5 Anti-Air: Plenty of options for the perfect AA net! 5/5
|Iraqi Forces in Team Yankee|
|Tanks:||T-55 - T-62 - T-72M|
|Transports:||BTR-60 - OT-64 - AMX-10P - BMP-1|
|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:||MI-24 Hind - Gazelle HOT|
|US Support:||A-10 Warthog - AV-8 Harrier|
"Throw away your prayer chain and buy yourself a gun. For prayer chains keep you in stillness while guns silence the enemies of Islam."
- – Ayatollah Khamenei
Difficulty: 4/5 (Excels in the hands of veterans, unfriendly to beginners.)
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 foreign equipment. Iranian armies featured iconic Soviet platforms but typically used 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. Statwise, the Iranians are even more fanatical than Soviets with 3+ across the board, except for 5+ assault and skill. Your illiterate hajis won't understand orders but are guaranteed to outlast nearly any foe on the battlefield in a contest of attrition. You won't outnumber the Soviets, but you have a chance to outnumber the infidel Westerners more often than they'd like.
Iranian armies operate at the platoon level much like NATO's forces except for the Basij, and may take allied formations from the Warsaw Pact despite the communist hatred of all things religious.
- Basiji infantry which can assault by turn 1 most of the time.
- Insanely cheap platoons that let you bring several companies easily.
- Units will almost never break after taking casualties.
- Extremely squishy armour capped at 3-4 vehicles.
- Atrocious anti-armour capability.
- Literal jihadists.
The Breakdown: Infantry: Good balance between infantry spam and mediocre infantry. 4/5 Transports: Average transports with quite a bit of choice. 3/5 Tanks: Soviet tanks and outdated Chieftains. 2/5 Anti-Tank: Your strongest AT platoons can't penetrate an M1IP. 1/5 Recon: Passable: not bad, but not great. 3/5 Artillery: A calibre for every target and every list. 4/5 Aircraft: Passable anti-tank, lacks a bomber. 3/5 Anti-Air: Nearly identical to PACT anti-air. 4/5
|Iranian Forces in Team Yankee|
|Tanks:||T-55 - T-62 - M60 Patton - Chieftain|
|Transports:||M113 Armored Personnel Carrier - BTR-60 - BMP-1|
|Troops:||Iranian Mechanized Platoon - Basij Infantry Company|
|Artillery:||M109 Howitzer - BM-21 Hail - M106 Heavy Mortar Carrier|
|Anti-Aircraft:||ZSU 23-4 Shilka - ZSU-57-2 - SA-8 Gecko|
|Tank Hunters:||Jeep TOW - Jeep 106mm Recoilless - M113 106mm Recoilless|
|Aircraft:||AH-1 Cobra Attack Helicopter|
|Soviet Support:||SU-25 Frogfoot|
The Neutral Powers
(Only mentioned at the BF open so far, but don’t let that get your hopes down)
Officially a neutral faction in the 20th century, the Swedes weren’t members of NATO despite their neighbours Denmark and Norway being among the first to sign up. However, it is extremely likely that in the event of a war, the Swedes would have broken their long-standing neutrality to support their Scandinavian comrades against the Communist threat to their way of coffee breaks every 2 hours.
The Swedes fought with some of the most distinctive weapons of the Cold War thanks to their homegrown military industry due to that aforementioned Neutrality. Designs, like the Stridsvagn 103 (or 'S' tank) and the Saab 35 'Draken' were strange even for the time. The Draken was of the first aircraft to successfully implement a delta-wing configuration; the design used in modern interceptor aircraft like the Rafael and the Typhoon fighter jets.
As with other Scandinavian armies, their forces were rather small. This meant that their funding per soldier was almost equal to other Western European nations, giving them a small force of well-trained and equipped troops that constantly stink of pickled herring.
Defining Units: Strv 103
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- Excellent cars and fishes.
- Has min-maxed tanks
- Screwdriver sold separately.
|Swedish Forces in Team Yankee|
|Transports:||M113 Armored Personnel Carrier|
- There are three kinds of teams: Tank Teams, Infantry Teams, and Aircraft Teams
- Tank Teams include every type of ground based vehicle, not just literal tanks. It is further broken down into Armoured, Unarmoured, and Transport types
- Infantry Teams include all units made up of men fighting on foot
- Aircraft Teams are comprised of Strike Aircraft and Helicopters
- For most units moving will lead to worse shooting (or not being able to shoot at all)
- Tactical Speed allows you to shoot after moving
- Dash speed prohibits shooting and the maximum distance depends on the unit and the terrain
- Tank Teams must roll higher than their Cross value when moving into or through terrain or immediately end their movement
- Movement can be enhanced using various orders based on Skill or Motivation
- Friendly Tank and Infantry Teams can move through each other
- Tank Teams can never move through other Tank Teams (except wrecks)
- Units are hit based on their own Is Hit On value and not the shooting team's skill
- A unit's Is Hit On value is modified by Concealment, Smoke, and other factors
- Remaining in place and not shooting will make your units Gone To Ground
- Units that are Gone to Ground and also Concealed are even harder to hit
- Infantry, aircraft, and soft skinned vehicles that are hit must make a saving throw or be destroyed
- If the infantry unit is in Bullet Proof Cover the shooting team must also pass a Fire Power test
- Armored vehicles take the armor value (AV) on the card, add a d6, and compare it to the shooting weapon's anti-tank (AT) value
- If the total is less than the shooting weapon's AT then the target fails their Armour Save (if the weapon's AT exceeding your AV by 6 or more you will automatically fail)
- If the total is the same as the shooting weapon's AT then the target also fails but the shot does limited damage
- Failing an Armour Save does not mean automatic destruction. If the shooting unit then fails a Firepower roll the target stays alive (but is possibly Bailed Out)
- The hull and turret are considered separately. Roll a d6 if both are exposed. On a 4+ the turret (if there is one) is hit instead of the hull
- This only matters if the shooting unit is flanking the target (behind a line drawn across the front of the hull or turret)
- Long Range shooting carries a penalty to hit and AT (but this is often negated by rules for Laser Range Finders or Guided Missile technology)
- You will find the rules on the back of cards, but just in case you're simply browsing, here are what they all mean
- Brutal: Forces infantry units to reroll saves against this weapon
- Laser Rangefinder: Negates penalty of shooting at longer range
- Advanced Stabilizer: Increases the units maximum Tactical Speed
- Stabilizer: Increases the units maximum Tactical Speed, but adds a penalty to shooting when moving beyond the standard Tactical Speed
- Dedicated AA: Allows you to use full ROF against air units instead of just one die
- HEAT: Negates Firepower penalty for Long Range
- Guided: Negates hit penalty for Long Range
- Thermal Imaging: Allows unit to ignore smoke, friendly or foe