Uniforms & History

Profile: Major General John Frost CB, DSO & Bar, MC, DL

Major General John Dutton (Johnny) Frost CB, DSO & Bar, MC, DL was a British Officer of the 1st Airborne Division. He fought in numerous theatres throughout the war, including…

Javanese Tribesmen in Bolt Action

Dr Rick Hudson dissects the Javanese Tribesmen and places them onto the Bolt Action battlefield. I’m a Bolt Action player with a specific interest in World War Two in the…

For the Home Guard: US units in the invasion of Britain

US Warlorder Jon Russell brings some good old US ingenuity to the table with the Eagle Squadron for Bolt Action and the invasion of Britain campaign! Answering the Bugle Call…

Companies in Bolt Action – Part 3

Chris Brown reveals his third instalment of his ‘Companies in Bolt Action’, a series where he breaks down the real world organisations and applies them to Bolt Action. Can you…

Companies in Bolt Action – Part 2

Chris Brown reveals the second instalment of his ‘Companies in Bolt Action’ series where he breaks down the real world forces and applies their organisation to Bolt Action. Building a…

Dunkirk 26 May – 4 June 1940

The Dunkirk evacuation, codenamed Operation Dynamo, was the evacuation of nearly 340,000 Allied soldiers from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk… 10th May 1940, Allied troops found themselves in the…

Blitzkrieg! The drive toward Dunkirk

10th May 1940, Allied troops found themselves in the middle of a new kind of war – a Blitzkrieg – Within just 11 days fast moving columns of German tanks…

Companies in Bolt Action – Part 1

Chris Brown is bringing even more of his insightfulness from the real world into Bolt Action. Chris: Well…we’re total geeks who like toy soldiers. There you go; shortest article ever…

New: Poland 1939 the birth of Blitzkrieg

Looking for some inspiration or simply passing the time? Well, these new Osprey books might just be what you need. View in Store Author: Steven J. Zaloga Howard Gerrard Number…

New: Pegasus Bridge Benouville D-Day 1944

Looking for some inspiration or simply passing the time? Well, these new Osprey books might just be what you need. View in Store Author: Will Fowler Illustrator: Johnny Shumate, Alan…

New: Arnhem 1944

Looking for some inspiration or simply passing the time? Well, these new Osprey books might just be what you need.   View in Store Author: Stephen Badsey Number of Pages:…

History: Sir Oswald Mosley

Who was the British fascist, Sir Oswald Mosley, the man who loved his country and wanted to create a new England? Who was Oswald Mosley? Oswald Mosley was born on…

History: Airlanding Platoons Part II

The Airborne 6-pdr Anti-Tank gun and Horsa Glider Following on from his look at the Airlanding Platoons, Chris Brown takes a further look at the Horsa Glider and 6pdr; View…

History: French Markings

Lou Passejaïre brings us a fantastic insight into French Vehicle markings learn the system and you to will be able to identify nearly any french vehicle unit… 1940 French vehicles registration…

Sniping 101

Learn how to become a top marksman with our quick guide…! Know your rifle The rifle below is the No. 4 Mk. I (T) which was the weapon used by…

History: British Airlanding Platoon

Chris Brown has attached the tow hook and jumped on board with the Air Landing troops to have a look at how they differed to the other British Airborne units:…

The Weapons of Operation Sea Lion

The British need to make a stoic and historical defense of their shores and to do so they have improvised a whole new era of weaponry, all detailed in the new…

Ranges in Bolt Action

Chris Brown schools all of us about actual effective rifle range and their transaction in Bolt Action. Wargamers are obsessed with ranges, or rather they are obsessed with the theoretical…

New: Battle Of The Bulge, a Bolt Action Campaign Supplement

View in Store Despite a spirited defence from the opening hours of the Normandy invasion in June 1944, Hitler’s forces in northern France were comprehensively defeated and forced to retreat…

Panzer VIII Maus – The Maus that Roared

by Roger Gerrish One of the most enigmatic armoured fighting vehicles of the Second World War with the fairly innocuous designation VK100.01 Porsche Type 205 yet to any serious student of…

History: The 168th Combat Engineer Battalion

With the latest Bolt Action Campaign book Battle Of The Bulge about to arrive it’s time to take another look at some of the actions that defined this decisive battle:…

Focus: SS-Sturmbannführer Joachim Peiper

Who was this infamous character? One of three sons of a German army officer, Joachim Peiper was born in Berlin on 30 January 1915. He joined the Hitler Youth with…

Soldiers in exile – 1st Polish Armoured Division, and Bolt Action army list

“The Polish Soldier Fights for the Freedom of other nations, but dies only for Poland.” (general Stanislaw Maczek) The Escape In the evening of the June 17th 1940 newly appointed…

Operation Sand Dune: The 4th Indian Div. part 2 – Building the Force

Carl Titterington brings us the 2nd installment of his 4th Indian Division series – building time: View part 1 Having researched the unit I wanted to base my force on,…

Operation Sand Dune: The 4th Indian Infantry Division part 1

The History of the 4th Indian Infantry Division, by Carl Titterington With my Operation Compass list completed it is now time for me to move on to my Indian force,…

Head to Head: the British Tetrarch Vs The German Luchs

Andy Singleton of VolleyFire Painting introduces us to the Light tanks used by the British and German forces toward the end of the war: Light Tank Mk VIII Tetrarch The…

Unit Focus: Code Name Vampir

Though it was too late to change the course of the war, experimental weapons such as the Vampir Sperber and Falke were the first examples of such gear as night-vision…

Head to Head: StuH 42 Vs Easy 8

In this episode of Vs, Andy Singleton of Volleyfire painting brings two late war adversaries head to head, the German StuH 42 assault gun, and the American M4A3E8 76mm. One…

Historical Account: Villers-Bocage

This battle is perhaps most well known due to the extraordinary actions of a famous German tank commander, Michael Wittmann. In the span of 15 minutes his unit would be responsible for destroying…

History: The Rangers at Pointe du Hoc

One of the most daring, dangerous, and infamous attacks of D-Day was the US Army Rangers’ assault on the guns of Pointe Du Hoc. Sporting huge cliffs that overlooked the…

Unit Profile: Pathfinders

At midnight on the morning of the D-Day attack, a different – and perhaps lesser-known – kind of invasion launched from the air. The first Allied troops to get their boots…

History: 28 (Maori) Battalion in Bolt Action – Part 1

Tatou! Tatou! – All for One and One for All – Part one – by David Hunter A 3 part mini series for the 28 (Maori) Battalion during April and…

History: 28 (Maori) Battalion in Bolt Action – Part 2

Continuing on from Part 1 as David Hunter looks at representing 28 (Maori) Battalion in Bolt Action: From Olympus Pass to Forty-Second Street, Greece and Crete, 1941 The German parachute…

Hobby: Deciphering Fallschirmjäger uniforms

German uniforms from the Second World War are confusing at the best of times, and downright contradictory at the worst. As a bit of a primer on this Andy Singleton…

Head to Head: M8 Greyhound Vs Sdkfz 234/2 Puma

  Andy Singeton of Volleyfire Painting takes a look at two wargaming favourites, the graceful Greyhound and the prowling Puma. Both of these vehicles were designed to give reconnaissance troops a…

History: Italy – Underbelly or One Tough Gut

As the battles for North Africa came to a close, the invasion of Italy was next on the horizon. Ian Hill takes a look at the underbelly of Europe and…

Unit Profile: British 7th Armoured Division ‘Desert Rats’

With the latest Theatre book ‘Duel In The Sun‘ hitting your gaming tables around the world, and 75 years on from battles such as Beda Fomm, we delve into a…

History: The Siege of Tobruk

Tobruk was the one rock that stood firm against Rommel’s inexorable advance in the desert. Churchill urged that the port should be held “to the death without thought of retirement.”…

Head to Head: Jagdtiger vs ISU-152

The Big Guns go hunting The Second World War saw a constant evolution in armoured vehicles, with some real monstrously large machines prowling the battlefields by late 1944. The biggest…

Living History: Pvt. Tipping

A good friend to Warlord, Dr Dave James, recently interviewed a chap who served in the Worcesters during WWII and wore a Dennison smock, carried a Luger and an MP40!…

History: Panzer Lehr and the Battle of the Bulge

Jacob Bebbington has been delving into the mud and snow of the Ardennes as he explores the background to one of the most famous and bitterly fought battles of the…

Head to Head: Panzer IV Ausf H vs T34/85

This week Andy Singleton of Volleyfire Painting looks at those two eastern front nemesis of the late war era, the Panzer IV Ausf H and the T34/85. Both of these…

History: Ersatz Panther – M10

Few things could strike fear into Allied soldiers like German tanks could, the sight of a Panther tank, was often enough to make Allied tank crews and infantry baulk. Even…

History: Battle for Iwo Jima 1945

Battle for Iwo Jima (19th February to 26th March 1945) During their ‘island hopping’ campaign, the US Marines were tasked to take the heavily fortified island of Iwo Jima, in…

History: The Pacific Theatre

Looking at a brief history of the conflict often forgotten as Empires erupt in flames across the Pacific A brief history of the Pacific theatre in World War II In…

New: Osprey Publishing Japanese Special Naval Landing Forces

With all the hubbub around Empires In Flames its easy to forget our fantastic range of Osprey books and today we’re adding more! View in Store The Imperial Japanese Navy’s…

History: M21 Mortar Carrier Halftrack

By the middle of the war the US Army could field legions of tanks and support vehicles, backed by the industrial might of the USA. Using their reliable M3 Half-track…

History: SS-Ki Engineering Vehicle

The SS-Ki, officially the Soko Sagyo, a fully tracked – flamethrower armed – engineering vehicle of the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA). History By the 1930s the IJA had grasped the…

History: Merill’s Marauders

Unit Galahad – 5307 Composite Unit. by Chris Brown Never heard of 5307 Composite Unit? You probably have since they are more widely known as ‘Merrill’s Marauders’ – a title…

WWII Polish Uniform Guide

With the release of our latest Bolt Action book ‘Germany Strikes‘ what better excuse do we need to revisit a splendid guide to the uniforms and insignia of the Polish…

History: Archer SP 17-pdr

View in Store With the release of our new resin British tank destroyer model last week, Sam Phillips takes us through the history of the Archer: As war raged across…

Wargaming Market Garden and the Battle for Arnhem Pt.2

Published historical author, Chris Brown continues his series of articles to cover both the history of Operation Market Garden, and offer some tips on how to bring the action to…

History: Bishop Self Propelled Gun

View in Store With the release of our new self propelled gun for the British, Sam Phillips takes us through the history of the Bishop: In North Africa 1941, the…

Wargaming Market Garden and the Battle for Arnhem pt.1

We were recently contacted by published historical author, Chris Brown – who very generously offered to write a series of articles to cover both the history of Operation Market Garden,…

Spotlight: German Army Grenadier 1944-45 book

If you have recently treated yourself to our new plastic German Grenadiers then you need this book! It is the complete and definitive reference works on the uniforms, equipment, weapons…

Spotlight: “Rangers, Lead the Way!”

View in Store The US Rangers, during the Second World War, will forever be remembered for their daring assault on the cliff-top German gun battery at Pointe du Hoc, the…

History: The Marder tank destroyer

The Marder was a series of German World War II tank destroyers built from 1942 to tackle the new Soviet KV1s and T-34s. From the start of Operation Barbarossa in 1941,…

History: The Jagdtiger

Due to the success of the StuG III and the Marder series, the idea of using pre-existing chassis for self-propelled guns would continue with the Jagdtiger. It was in 1943…

Rules: French Mountain Troops

With the recent release of our Senegalese Tirailleurs box set, we thought we’d shed a little more light upon some of the French Colonial troops which fought during the Second…

Spotlight: German Grenadiers

The early war grenadiers were the elite of the German army, later the term would be used more widely and would come to represent the generic German infantry. They were…

History: The Soviet KV-85 Heavy Tank

By the summer of 1943, Soviets tank commanders desperately needed a new tank to take on the heavier German Panthers and Tigers, complaining that the current generation of T-34 and…

History: Sherman Duplex Drive Tanks

The Sherman tank was the mainstay of the allied tank forces, made even more potent when they decided to stick a rubber ring around it! The Duplex Drive version of…

History: Stug III Ausf G

The Sturmgeschutz (StuG) III Ausf G was based on the successful Pz.Kpfw II chassis and was Germany’s most produced fighting vehicle, killing more enemy armour than both the Panzers and…

Platoon Guide: T34/76 Medium Tank

With our plastic T34/76 due to start shipping out in the coming weeks, we thought it time to give you a little more insight into this workhorse of the Soviet…

Hobby: Painting Ostfront Germans by Andy Singleton

Friend of Warlord and grand master of the Volley Fire Painting Services paint mines, Andy Singleton has written a fantastic guide for new German players – a guide on how…

Historical Account: The Battle of Stalingrad

At 6pm on August 23rd 1942 the assault on the Soviet city of Stalingrad began by Army Group 6 under the Command of Colonel General Friedrich Paulus. However that had…

History: M3 White Scout Car

The M3 White Scout Car was first sent into action in the Philippines, and would see action amongst the cavalry units of the US army in the Africa campaign. Based…

History: Raupenschlepper Ost (RSO) Tractor

Following its release last Friday, it’s time to take a closer look at the RSO/01 Tractor! Warlord writer, Sam Phillips tells us more… View in Store The Raupenschlepper Ost (Caterpillar…

Profile: Soviet Naval Brigade

The Soviet Naval forces fought on land in many of the large scale Soviet actions, such as at Leningrad and Sevastopol. The Brigada Morskoi Pekhoty was formed from the grizzled…

Profile: Soviet Anti-tank Weapons by Matthew Davies

The Soviets preferred method of winning a war was numbers, and lots of them. Large numbers of soldiers were trained, and Russian factories turned out incredible numbers of guns, tanks…

Historical Account: Operation Goodwood

“We must engage the enemy in battle unceasingly; we must ‘write off’ his troops; and generally we must kill Germans.” Such were the stated aims put forth by General Bernard…

Historical Account: The Battle for Arnhem

On the 17th September 1944, preceding a bombing run from the Allies, the first British units landed near Arnhem. The British 1st Airborne Division, commanded by Major General Roy Urquhart…

Profile: Otto Skorzeny

Skorzeny was an officer of the much feared Waffen-SS, and was wounded on the Eastern Front. Whilst he was recuperating he studied unconventional methods of warfare and soon became a…

History: Russian Female Snipers

The Russian Snipers proved to be some of the best of the war, scoring multiple kills and having numerous sniper aces. Unusually, the Red Army fielded many female snipers and…

Profile: Michael Wittman

Michael Wittmann was one of Germany’s most famous ‘panzer aces’ of World War II. During his career he was credited with destroying 138 enemy tanks and 132 anti-tank guns. He…

Units in Profile: French Resistance

Patriots had been fighting the Germans ever since the fall of France. Hundreds of small groups were constantly sabotaging rail lines, demolishing German supply depots and sending invaluable information to the Allies….

Profile: Simone Segouin

The 17 year old French resistance fighter known as “Nicole Minet” was a farm girl when the war broke out. A few years later in 1943 she joined the Franc…

Historical Account: The Battle for Carentan

Carentan was a small town of about 4,000 people. It also happened to be right next to the N-13 highway as well as the Cherbourg-Paris railroad, and sat in between Utah…

History: The Battle for Pegasus Bridge

The night before D-Day, a force consisting of 200 men of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light companies as well as 20 sappers, men of the Glider Pilot Regiment and around…

Profile: Major John Howard

Major Howard was in command of the 2nd Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, which would spearhead the assault into German occupied France. Howard had risen through the ranks and had…

Regiment Profile: The Ox and Bucks

The “Ox and Bucks” first saw action on the retreat at Dunkirk, under Operation Dynamo 26th May-3rd June 1940. The 1st Battalion fought at the Battle of Ypres-Comines Canal, in…

Platoon Guide: Panzer IV

Originally designed as a troop support tank, its role was to be reconfigured with the need to replace the Panzer III, after facing the Soviet T-34. The Panzer IV was…

Fury – An Interview with the Heroes

Decorated World War II veteran Paul Andert, consultant on the imminent Hollywood movie ‘Fury’, shares some genuine stories about the realities of war. With the forthcoming release of our ‘Armoured…

Platoon Guide: Cruiser Tank MkVIII Cromwell

History It is said that knowing is half the battle – and in war that responsibility falls on the reconnaissance units. During World War II if British Armoured formations needed…

Focus: British Anti-tank Weaponry

As German engineering churned-out ever more advanced war machines – bigger tanks with more powerful guns and thicker sloped armour – the British facing the big cats needed to continuously…

Armour in Focus: Panther Ausf A

With the Tiger I tank being the king of the battlefield, and the Tiger II being the god of it by the end of the war, the Panther tank was…

Platoon Guide: Panther Ausf A

History The Panther was the main battle tank of the German army and was one of the best all round tanks of the war. Sharing the same engine of the…

Tank War: Profile – Alfredo Carpaneto 

While we were writing the ‘Tank War’ book, I did some research into Italian tank crew in WWII as, being Italian, I wanted to add an Italian tank ace to…

Focus: US Anti-tank Weaponry

With Tank War now making it’s way into the hands of eager Bolt Action players around the world and all these tanks rumbling around, we thought it was high time…

Armour in Focus: T-34/85 – Might of the Motherland

The Soviet T-34 series was unsurprisingly the mainstay of the Soviet armoured forces during World War Two – its sloped armour changed the fundamental design of armoured vehicles later in…

Platoon Guide: T-34/85 Medium Tank

History The T-34 series, with its sloping armour, changed the principles of tank design during the war. The sloping, angular layout of the T-34 increased the effective armour thickness, and…

Platoon Guide: M4 Sherman Medium Tank

History The mainstay of the Allied armies, the Sherman was one of the most versatile tanks during the war, from the fields of Europe to the jungles of the Pacific….

Armour in Focus : The M4 Sherman – Workhorse of the Allied forces

Throughout World War II, the Allied forces leaned heavily upon armoured units to provide an unwavering backbone to their forces which – when backed by the infantry, air forces, naval…

Tank War! A Beginner’s Guide to Tank Platoon Organisation

We thought we’d give a little primer on some of the typical historical tank platoon structures to give you guys a little head-start before all hell kicks-off and full-scale Tank…

History: SS-Sturmbataillon Charlemagne

The 33rd Waffen-SS Charlemagne (1st French) were French volunteers in the Wehrmacht and latterly the Waffen-SS during the Second World War. From estimates of 7,400 to 11,000 at its peak in 1944, the strength of the division fell to just sixty…

History: Fall of the Third Reich

By 1945 the German Army was a beaten force. It could not surrender, damned by Hitler’s orders to fight to the last man and the Allies’ demand for an unconditional surrender that the…

History: The Forgotten Army

1942 – Fall of Singapore After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and their simultaneous invasions of several islands across the Pacific, and then Malaysia the following day, the British interests in…

History: The BEF and the Fall of France

The British Expeditionary Force (BEF) was a small and confident professional force. Its leaders prepared for a war that was expected to pretty much follow the pattern of World War I with troops…

History: Alligator Creek, Guadalcanal 1942

The battle for Alligator Creek is officially known as the Battle of the Tenaru. 6,000 troops from the Japanese 28th Infantry Regiment, the Yokosuka Special Naval Landing Force, and 35th…

History: The United States Marine Corps

Motto: Semper Fidelis Image courtesy of Osprey Publishing   The USMC was first created on the 10th of November 1775, during the American War of Independence (best known in the…

Witchcraft In Wargames

by Bob Black So, you have prepared your army list for Germany in the late 15th century. Now is the time to pick your Champions and to add the final…