Review: Vpered Na Berlin

Rating: 4 stars

VperednaberlinVpered Na Berlin (“Onwards to Berlin!”) is the second supplement from Too Fat Lardies for the third edition of I Ain’t Been Shot Mum.

Following on from Battle for Liberation, this book (produced in PDF format, 111 pages, full colour) details army lists for the war on the Eastern Front from 1943 – 45, from the German recapture of Kharkov, through Operations Citadel and Bagration, culminating in the final battles in Germany and the fall of Berlin. It gives generic unit orders of battle for all the major powers involved – not only German and Soviet forces, but those of Romania, Hungary and Finland. It also covers details for Yugoslavian Partisans.

For each of these forces, the book gives a brief overview of their role in the conflict, and then lists several different generic orders of battle for a rifle company, reconnaissance troop, tank company, armoured infantry company, parachute company and any specialist units – the Eastern front saw units in action that never appeared during the same time period in the West, so more unusual forces like Mounted Cavarly Units, Mountain Troops and Anti-Partizan forces are included in this volume.

These orders of battle include the standard company core forces, then options for battalion, regimental and divisional support assets.

These OOBs are laid out in a series of boxes which make it very easy to identify and allocate either random or specific units when generating forces for scenarios.

Following the orders of battle, there is a section on rating your forces, including notes on morale, actions and creating game decks involving that force. There is then a comprehensive list of stats for armoured vehicles and anti-tank weapons. Finally, there are details of special rules that are used for infantry weapons teams and the odd special vehicle and weapon.

This format is followed for all the forces in the book.

 There are also 3 other sections of special rules in the book. The first, grouped with the Yugoslavian forces, gives some ideas, special rules and scenarios for anti-partisan actions.

The second covers special rules for Soviet artillery support, whilst the third looks at the different approach needed for air support on the Eastern Front.

This new handbook represents a more comprehensive detailing of units, armour and forces in general than what was previously available for these rules, and as such are almost essential to the players of IABSM.

This handbook is only available as a PDF, and so this may immediately preclude some people from owning it, but the undoubted flexibility of this format far outweighs its potential drawbacks.

Vpered Na Berlin is another excellent resource, not only for IABSM, but generally for any WW2 ruleset, and is a thorough look at what forces fought during this period.

Vpered Na Berlin can be purchased from the Too Fat Lardies webstore and is priced at £10.

 

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