In November 2017 I added a small World War 2 force of Belgians to my Blitzkrieg Commander armies. Looking for some additions to my collections (it’s not like I have nothing left to paint however), I thought that as I had acquired the figures for a Cold War Commander French force, it would be neat to have the same for World War 2. This has also led me into a lot of reading about the French in World War 2. I must admit that I only had the old stereotypes in mind – dodgy commanders, no radios, poor quality weapon systems etc. I am rapidly rethinking those as I read and understand more.
The first thing I did was to try and understand French Infantry and Armour organisation during that period. So far my searches of this across the Internet have not been as fruitful as I had hoped. However, I think I have enough information now to move forward a little.
My infantry organisation for the French for Blitzkrieg Commander is based around an infantry battalion consisting of three companies of 12 elements to the company. Each element/base (Section above) will have about 5 or 6 figures on it and represent a section. Three sections to a platoon, four platoons to a company, three companies to a battalion.
For armour I am assuming five Renault R35 tanks to a tank platoon or three of any of the other types. I am not certain currently how many platoons work up to the higher organisations so any advice will be greatly appreciated.
So, what did I purchase? To make up a chunky force, I purchased from both Scotia Grendel and Heroics and Ros. I am looking at one company of Infantry (so 36 elements/bases) plus heavy weapons etc. Several platoons of armour, both light and heavy. Two or three batteries of artillery and a few aircraft thrown into the mix for the some variety. So, I purchased the following:
|2||Citroen Kegrese SPAA||Scotia|
|3||Laffly S20TL Command||Scotia|
|2||Peugeot 402 staff car||H&R|
|3||Latil M7T1 Field Car||Scotia|
|1||Infantry (50 figures)||Scotia|
|1||Infantry with Command (50 figures maybe)||Scotia|
|3||Infantry (50 figures each packet)||H&R|
|1||Heavy Weapons Packet||Scotia|
|1||Heavy Weapons approx. 50 figures||H&R|
|12||French gun crew kneeling (5 figures each)||H&R|
|4||Panhard AMD 178 A/C||Scotia|
|2||Laffly V15R Recce Car||H&R|
|4||Char B1 Heavy Tank||Scotia|
|6||Char B1 Heavy Tank||H&R|
|3||Hotchkiss H39 Light Tank||H&R|
|6||Renault AMC 35 Light Tank||Scotia|
|5||Renault Ft 17||H&R|
|2||Laffly W 15 TCC tank hunter + 47mm (Portee)||H&R|
|3||105mm Schneider 1913 gun||H&R|
|3||75mm field gun||H&R|
|2||French 47mm AT||H&R|
|4||French 25mm AT||H&R|
|2||Twin 13.2mm AAMG||Scotia|
|6||Tracked personnel trailer||H&R|
|6||Lorraine 38L APC Gun Tractor||H&R|
|1||Horse Drawn 75mm Gun (3 teams each of 4 horses , 1 limber, 1 gun)||H&R|
|3||Laffly W15R prime mover||H&R|
|6||Citroen 10cv C4F 4×2 1000kg truck||H&R|
|6||Citroen 45u Heavy Truck (Covered Top)||Scotia|
|6||Renault ADK Truck (Covered Top)||Scotia|
|1||Liore Et Olivier Leo 451||H&R|
In addition to the above, I also purchased a 47mm FRC A/T Gun from Scotia for my Belgians along with the following buildings, also from Scotia:
- Ruined Cottage
- Small Cottage
- Ruined Barn
- Stone bridge
- Stone farm
The cost for all these models and buildings came to £108.50 (not counting postage) – slightly more than my July wargaming allowance*. Now I am waiting their arrival so that I can add them to the painting queue. The Scotia order is somewhere in customs I believe at NAIA airport. The Heroics and Ros order was only made on 3 August (hmm, maybe within August budget then 🙂 ) so I do not expect that for at least another four to six weeks. The delay is not the at the Heroics and Ros end, their turnaround is usually quite good, but rather parcels working their way through the Philippine Postal Service.
Looking at the list of figures above, perhaps I should have calculated these things ahead of time, I think I need another three artillery pieces and I maybe have enough infantry for one more company of infantry (4 companies instead of three).
Hmm, maybe a slight over achievement.
* I must admit that I also spent my June and May allowance and half my August allowance at the same time and, as a result, have a number of other batches of figures and a couple of board games on the way. Now will be a period of painting to reduce the size of the painting queue a wee bit, as well as catch up on reading some books.