30/08/2018 at 22:34 #98138
It was a first run-out for my Cold War Danes and East Germans this week, as they fought for a series of river-crossings in Schleswig-Holstein, circa 1984:
My wargames blog: http://www.jemimafawr.co.uk/31/08/2018 at 00:16 #98143kyoteblueParticipant
I want to do Danes V East Germans sometime!! Thanks for this AAR!01/09/2018 at 11:34 #98230
Go for it! It’s amazing how much more accessible the period is now since we built that Danish army (only a few years ago)!
For Danish infantry, use West Germans (we used Israelis, as there were no 15mm West German infantry anywhere until QRF brought theirs out about 6 years ago). They were dressed in plain olive drab until 1985, when the Danish back & bright green flecked camo pattern first appeared. For Carl-Gustav gunners, sneak in some Dutch or Canadians or just snip the warhead off Panzerfaust 44s – it looks remarkably effective!
Leopard 1A3s, Centurions, Land Rovers and M113s are easily available from a number of manufacturers. Both QRF and Flames of War do the M41. Nobody does the late-80s ‘DK’ upgrades for the Centurion or M41, but the Centurion Mk 5/2 DKs (which appeared from 1985) are easy to convert (the M41 DK-1 not so much, but it didn’t actually appear until 1987).
If you want organisational info, my Danish orbats and TO&Es for Battlefront: First Echelon are here: http://www.fireandfury.com/orbats/modcwdanish.pdf
NB The orbats are done at the usual 1:2 or 1:3 ratio for Battlefront. At 1:1, Danish Tank Squadrons were organised as ten tanks – three platoons of 3x tanks and one Sqn HQ tank. Infantry companies have three platoons, each of 3x sections, with a Carl Gustav in each section (or one per platoon in some reservist orgs). Where TOWs are shown on the orbat, each model represents 2 real ones.
My wargames blog: http://www.jemimafawr.co.uk/01/09/2018 at 11:44 #98232
I’ve still got a pair of Danish H.6 Cayuse scout helicopters to build (Flames of War Vietnam models – I do already have one that was a die-cast toy, but it looks dog-rough). As far as I can determine, Danish H.6s were completely unarmed, but I’m very, very tempted to stick a door-gunner on them… Or maybe a minigun… or rocket-pods… or a 105mm gun…
My wargames blog: http://www.jemimafawr.co.uk/01/09/2018 at 12:48 #98238grizzlymcParticipant
I worked rather intensively with the Hughes 500, an up engined civil version of the Cayuse. A 105mm might be a bit OTT. But it could lift half a tonne and manoeuvre like no other chopper I have ever worked with. With four passengers and a variable load at 2000m it could drop vertically through the upper forest canopy, fly between the upper and lower canopies for hundreds of metres and then drop below the lower canopy. Then it would fly up the creek, sometimes moving terribly slowly to get to a site. It would drop you off and, with gusty winds, rise past your nose when any misstep would kill you, and then fly away. A couple of hours later, it would come back and do it all in reverse.
I have never worked with a chopper like it. And 4 ATk missiles would have been a cinch.01/09/2018 at 14:44 #98243
Yes, one of my favourite choppers as well, though I’ve never ridden one. The US Army were deeply unimpressed with the OH-6’s replacement, the OH-58 Kiowa, hence the retention and development of the type as the AH-6 ‘Little Bird’ for special forces work.
I’ve also got a soft spot for the Bo-105 – the only helicopter I’ve ever had hands-on flying experience of. In addition to the AH-6, there was a dedicated gunship/anti-tank variant of the Hughes 500 called the Defender (designed as a cheap and simple gunship for the export market) and some army lists describe the Danes as having Defenders, but they most definitely only ever had the unarmed H.6 (supplemented in 1990 by the Fennec – a TOW-armed Aerospatiale Squirrel).
My wargames blog: http://www.jemimafawr.co.uk/02/09/2018 at 00:16 #98280kyoteblueParticipant
Building some of the Nam BF M-41s yes I’m a butterfly.
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