German Armored Division level 2. Starting location in EUROPE 1939 scenario at 139|85, near Breslau.
Unit’s strength is at 3 points and Action Points are equal to 8. Effective strength is increased to 4.3 due to commander and Warfare doctrine level modifiers.
Historically 4. Panzer-Division was formed in October 1938 in Wurzburg. 4. Panzer- Division under the command of Generalleutnant Georg-Hans Reinhardt, part of XVI. Armeekorps 10. Armee had 341 tanks: 183 Panzer I, 130 Panzer II, 12 Panzer IV and 16 command tanks in two armored regiments in September 1939.
Apart from that the division had a motorized infantry regiment, an artillery regiment and divisional units. Unit’s battle trail began with the battle of Mokra and led through France, Ukraine, Kursk, Courland just to end with capitulation in Danzig.
During that time the unit got the most battle decorations from every unit under Heer. Hermann Bix served in this unit, he was the sixteenth most effective tank man, who destroyed over 75 enemy tanks. Dietrich von Saucken also served in this unit, he was the general decorated with Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds.
USS Yorktown (CV-5) is a Carrier Group and is a part of US Navy Atlantic Fleet.
This Carrier Group’s strength is set at 9 of the maximum 10. This is due to the representation of each Carrier Group which at full strength is equal to one CV and five DDs. Unfortunately Atlantic Fleet lacked one DD and this has reduced strength of this group. USS Yorktown was commissioned on September 30, 1937 and it was sunk during the Battle of Midway. In Time of Wrath, graphical representation of US Carrier Group is made by Essex class Carrier. Next USS Yorktown (CV-10) belongs to this class.
6th Airborne Division
6th Airborne Division is level 3 British Airborne Division in FRANCE 1944 scenario stationing at 13|6, between Plymouth and Southampton.
This unit’s base strength is set to 70% of 2.5 and effective strength is equal to 2.8 due to the warfare level modifier.
6th Airborne Division was formed after an order from British War Office on April 23, 1943. Under the command of general Richard Gale the division made a paradrop in Normandy, securing the flank of the army landing on the Sword beach. The paratroopers took control of the Pegasus Bridge, which they held against German armor until reinforcements arrived. Units second grand operation was the crossing of Ren in 1945. Taught from the Market Garden experience, where the 6th Airborne Division didn’t participate, they avoided frightening losses of their brothers in arms the 1st Airborne Division.
101 Motorized Division Trieste
Italian 101 Motorized Division Trieste starts the EUROPE 1939 scenario as level 2 motorized infantry division at 131|113, near Triest with full strength equal to 1.5 points and 7 AP. It’s effective strength has been reduced to 1.2 due the reduced peacetime supply level.
One of the best Italian divisions, which fortitude and bravery was seen through years of war in Africa. The Trieste division participated with different luck in battles of Tobruk, Gazala, El Alamein and in Tunisia. Until the capitulation in May 1943, soldiers of the 101 Motorized Division took hundreds of Englishmen, New Zealanders and Hindus captive, and destroyed many Allied armored vehicles. It was one of the few Italian division that the Germans considered to be valuable.
352. Infanterie-Division was deployed in FRANCE 1944 scenario at 1913 in Caen – with full strength equal to 2 points, increased to 3.8 by commander and warfare level modifiers.
This level 3 unit has been very well known historically for tenacious defense of Omaha Beach during D-Day. This unit was formed in November 1943 in France and begun it’s duty as coastal defense force. The soldiers of the 916th and 726th regiments occupied trenches, eight concrete bunkers, 35 pillboxes, six mortar pits, 35 Nebelwerfer (multi-barrel rocket launcher) sites and 85 machine-gun nests. The defenses were clustered in strongpoints.
The 352nd was destroyed in the fighting following the invasion, and on July 30 the 352nd was declared abgekampft, meaning the division was no longer fit for combat. The division was reconstituted as the 352nd Volksgrenadier Division in September, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Since then it fought defensively around Trier and Moselle until it was destroyed once again in mid-March 1945, with only a small remnant escaping across the Rhine at Worms. It was partially reconstituted one last time as a battle group in mid-April, and ended its career near Darmstadt.
Brygada Poscigowa is a Polish Air Army with 50% strength equal to 4 points. This unit is stationing at 151|80 in EUROPE 1939 scenario.
Brygada Poscigowa was a Polish World War II unit of the Polish Air Force. It took part in the Polish Defensive War of 1939 as the main aerial reserve of the commander in chief and was used for air cover of the Polish capital. It was similar in shape to the Bomber Brigade. It was composed of two squadrons, each in turn composed of a number of escadrilles. The first Polish pilot to engage the enemy formation was from the escadrille led by Lieutenant (Lt.) Aleksander Gabszewicz, the tactical officer of IV/1 Squadron. After machine-gun fire from both Gabszewicz and Corporal Andrzej Niewiara, one of the damaged He 111s came down in a northerly direction and soon crashed during an emergency landing, hitting one of its wing in a tree.
Jean de Lattre de Tassigny
Jean Joseph Marie Gabriel de Lattre de Tassigny is a French Commander with skill equal to 5. He has not been assigned to any unit at the start of the 1939 campaign.
When war was declared in 1939, he commanded the French 14th Infantry Division until the armistice with the Axis troops. He won a minor battle in Rethel where a German officer said that the French resistance was similar as in the Battle of Verdun. He remained on active duty, commanding Vichy French forces in Tunisia in 1941. He took charge of the 16th Division in 1942, but began organizing an anti-German force, which led to his arrest and a 10-year jail sentence. He escaped, though, to Algiers, where he took command of the French Army B. French Army B were one of two armies of the Southern Group of Armies otherwise known as the U.S. 6th Army Group which was set up to organise the invasion of Southern France in Operation Dragoon. The other army was the US Seventh Army commanded by Alexander M. Patch. Before that, elements of de Lattre’s army took Corsica. De Lattre then landed in Provence, southern France on August 16, 1944, and his troops began marching through France liberating the country as they went.
Narvik is a port in northern Norway at hex 128|1. The city is worth 1 Victory Point and produces 2 Production Points.
The port of Narvik proved to be strategically valuable in the early years of World War II and the town became a focal point of the Norwegian campaign. Finally, on 8 April 1940, the British Admiralty launched Operation Wilfred, an attempt to lay anti-shipping minefields around Narvik in Norwegian territorial waters.
Coincidentally, Germany launched its invasion of Norway (Operation Weserubung) on the next day. During this invasion, ten German destroyers, each carrying 200 mountain infantry soldiers, were sent to Narvik.