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Us Force List

Us Force List

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Description of US Forces
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The US Army was a small affair at the time of the Second Martian Attack. Consisting of Cavalry,Artillery, and several Infantry Divisions, it was spread out across America in small garrisons. As theUS Army met the Martians, they did so in dribs and drabs at first and usually after a long journey bytrain, followed by a long march. They literally were ground up piece by piece under the superior machines of the Martians.In fact, the Martians
to stop at the Mississippi. They weren’t really stopped by the US Army. This
proved to be the chance that America needed. It plunged purely and fully into rushing new war 
materials and recruits to the ‘Front”. Fortunately, the Martians spent severa
l months consolidating inthe West. This gave the Americans just enough time to fortify the Mississippi Line.In 1910, America runs on coal. With the largest and most advanced railway system in the world, hugecoal reserves, and the petroleum industry still in its infancy in many ways, coal was the fastest resourceto exploit in defending against the Martian invasion. In addition, steam engines were a well-developedtechnology. The manufacturing base (to produce more) was in place on a large scale, and it could all bedone quickly. This last bit was particularly important as the American army was very tiny incomparison to the amount of territory that had to be defended and technologically ill equipped. Withthe exception of a few primitive trucks and steam tractors, the American Army was a horse drawnaffair of towed guns, cavalry, and infantry. These forces were virtually useless against the Martians. If America had any hope of survival, it needed new weapons, vehicles, and technologyIMMEDIATELY. It was both natural and logical to turn to the strengths of its current industrial base.While defensive lines of massive trench works and fortifications could slow the Martians, it certainly
didn’t stop them. What was needed was defense in depth and the abi
lity to relocate resources to repelan attack at its point of origin.
The War 
was becoming a far more mobile affair. The one advantagemankind did have was numbers. Getting enough numbers into action to absorb the Martian attackswas a key factor. This meant vehicles (and due to the appalling losses against the Martian technology),LOTS of vehicles. The automotive industry was tiny, just beyond the cottage industry level. Ford was just beginning. The biggest producers of vehicles were the railroad companies. Baldwin LocomotiveWorks, The American Locomotive Company, Lima and others soon started building more steamtractors that eventually became armoured to improve their survivability and then tracked to increasetheir mobility. Within a matter of months, it was clear that standard designs would speed productionimmensely. Thus was born one of the single greatest accomplishments in perhaps all of industrialhistory. America went from having virtually no self-propelled military equipment to assembly linesproducing thousands of vehicles in the course of a single year.So there you have it. Steel and coal are the materials of choice. The great locomotive companies of theindustrial East bring their expertise to production. Oil and the refining of it into suitable fuels likekerosene, gasoline, and diesel fuel is far less abundant than the vast coal fields of West Virginia andPennsylvania and with the Martians putting tremendous pressure on Texas, supply looks sketchy.Petroleum does make it onto the battlefield in the form of internal combustion engines used for motorcycles, armoured cars, the new aeroplanes etc., but it is steam that powers the huge gun carryingvehicles with their heavy steel and ceramic armour on the battlefield. At the time of the Great
Interplanetary War’s beginning, internal combustion engines simply were not advanced enough to
provide the power needed for some of the larger military constructs and in America, refined oilproducts were in short supply compared to the need.
End of the preamble! 
This section of the book describes the forces of mankind
specifically the army of the United States of America and some equipment used by its Canadian and British Allies on American soil. You will finda description of the various fighting formations, equipment and machines of these armies, together with game stats, rules and points values. The point values allow a player to put together an army to apre-set value to take part in the various scenarios, or to play any points-matched game against an equalvalue of enemy.
Recent years have seen the introduction of ever more powerful artillery as well as new weapons such asSteamer Tanks, Land Ironclads and Aeroplanes. Despite these many innovations the most importantpart of our fighting forces remains the ordinary foot soldier 
for it is he who bears the brunt of this war against the Martian invader. American, Canadian and British infantry present an almost identicalappearance, all benefiting from developments that began during the period of rearmament followingthe first Martian invasion.The standard khaki uniform affords excellent camouflage in close battlefield conditions. Althoughthere remain some doubts as to the visual sensitivities of the Martians, the vast majority of fightingmen are convinced of the benefit. Of undeniable value is the trench helmet. The introduction of the
steel helmet immediately reduced casualties from falling debris and shrapnel. The infantryman’s sturdy
webbing carries his backpack, dust mask, ammunition and spare magazines for his rifle, and explosivegrenades.The standard infantry arm is the magazine fed bolt-action rifle: the 1903 Springfield .30 rifle in the caseof American forces and the Lee-Enfield .303 in the case of the British and Canadians. Many alliedunits fighting in the United States have re-equipped with the Springfield rifle, as well as various other items of American equipment, to avoid problems of supply. Even well aimed rifle fire is largelyineffective against Martian war machines unless targets are already suffering damage from heavier weapons. For this reason, all infantry carry grenades powerful enough to cripple the legs and smash theextremities of a Martian Tripod. Infantry formations typically include at least a proportion of troopswith more powerful explosive charges. Grappling hooks are also carried by some assault troops andused in conjunction with explosives to attack Tripods directly at close quarters.
The infantryman’s best defence against the Mar 
tians is undoubtedly the cover provided by fixedfortifications and battlefield debris. These all make it difficult for the aliens to identify a target, andafford some protection against the Heat Ray. The deadly Black Dust can only be countered by the useof dust masks, which are now standard issue to all troops. These allow the wearer to breath for up to anhour by filtering out the dust particulates. A separate chemical filter also provides some limited defenceagainst the Green Gas, although prolonged exposure to dense concentrations of the gas will dissolveflesh and perish the rubber of the mask itself.
Adding Maxim Guns to Vehicles
It has become common practice for troops to add Maxim machine guns tovehicles that otherwise lack them, including to tanks and mobile artillery, aswell as to all kinds of trucks. Although largely ineffective against Martianmachines, the threat from Zombie troopers has made it increasingly necessaryfor even non-combatant vehicles to carry such weapons.
Any vehicle that lacks a machine gun is allowed to add a single machinegun at a cost of +10 points. It is not necessary that every vehicle in a unitcarries a machine gun; for example, in a unit of three vehicles one, two or all three could be so armed, if desired.
Years of combat experience have led to innumerable changes in the tactical role of infantry comparedto that of their predecessors in the nineteenth century. It is impossible to face the Martians on an open battlefield where their Heat Rays will cut a swathe through exposed troops from long range. Effectiveresistance relies upon fixed fortifications, trenches and bunkers as well as improvised defences amongstruined buildings. These measures oblige the Martians to close to a distance at which troops can employtheir grenades and explosive charges. Tunnels and covered trenches are essential where movement is to be undertaken without attracting unwelcome attention. Heavy weapons, including a direct hit byartillery, can destroy Martian machines, but infantry must rely upon ambushes, pit traps andexplosives. Direct assault is possible if troops can spring upon a machine from concealed positions andfix explosives to the metal legs.The recent appearance of Martian Slave Troops presents the infantryman with a new foe. Althoughcapable of exposing the hiding place of human infantrymen, Slave Troops are vulnerable to the
infantryman’s weapons in the same wa
y as ordinary human foes. Their sluggish and automaton-likemovements mean they are easily cut down by well-aimed rifle fire. Overall, they present little threat asopponents, and the main challenge is to eliminate Slave Troops before they can expose ambushers andconcealed traps.The mainstay of the US Army is the infantry squad consisting of fighting men armed with rifles andgrenades. Although highly vulnerable to the Martian heat ray these troops are not to beunderestimated. Their stealth ability enables them to move as blips whilst remaining hidden and,although not as powerful as assault troops at close-up fighting, they are capable of taking down Tripodswith a little luck.

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