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With With long service enlistment in blocks of seven

years and no conscription, the spread of experience


and capability across a typical battalion was far higher
than in Europes conscript armies. This capability has
been expressed by enhancing the number of
command dice. Colonial Volunteers on the other hand
were no more or less experienced than the typical
infantry of other nations, though often proving to be
tough and motivated fighters.

Britain, India & Empire


INFANTRY PLATOON
In 1936 the British were still using a platoon structure
very similar to that which was current at the end of
the Great War. However they had amended its
structure from four different specialist sections, to
two pairs of specialist sections.

PLATOON FORCE RATING


Regular: +5
Command Dice: 6
PLATOON HEADQUARTERS
2nd Lt, Senior Leader, with pistol and a rifleman
(or a Warrant Officer, Senior Leader, with rifle)
Platoon Sergeant, Superior Junior Leader, with rifle
There are four Sections
SECTIONS ONE & TWO
Corporal, Junior Leader, with rifle
Lewis Gun with five crew and 2 riflemen
SECTIONS THREE & FOUR
Corporal or Lance Corporal, Junior Leader with rifle
6 Riflemen with rifles
1 Bomber with rifle, HE & Smoke Grenades (no limit)

The platoon headquarters consisted of a platoon


leader, a subaltern (2nd Lieutenant) in the first and
second platoons of a company and a staff sergeant in
the third and fourth. Both were assisted by a sergeant
and in the platoons commanded by the subalterns, a
batman (personal orderly) was also present.
There were two pairs of sections, the first of each we
can term the Lewis Gun Section being led by a
corporal and the second of each, the Rifle Section,
was led by a corporal or lance-corporal. Each section
had eight men in total, including their respective
section leaders. While this made for a small platoon, it
was a structure based on a general shortage of
manpower, rather than a conscious decision based on
tactical doctrine.
The units of the Indian Army, while retaining the same
structure as the British Army, were somewhat more
lightly-equipped, thanks to the type of warfare they
routinely undertook. While each Lewis Gun required a
team of five men; the gunner, his No.2 and three
ammunition carriers, the Indian units with their
recently adopted Vickers-Berthier Light Machine Guns
deployed just a gunner and a No.2 for the weapon.
The Lewis Gun also required a mule and handler for
additional ammunition, while the V-Bs ammunition
was distributed across the platoon in thirty round
magazines. While both weapons had similar rates of
fire, a Vickers-Berthier section had more rifles adding
to the volume of fire.
One member of each rifle squad was still designated
as the section Bomber and carried a grenade satchel
with a parsimonious three fragmentation grenades
(72 per battalion) and nine smoke grenades (216 per
battalion). Cup style attachments were available to
fire standard grenades from a rifle.

Only one rifle section may use the rifle grenade


rules (9.1.5. p.40), the rifle-grenadier replaces the
section bomber.
Section Bomber figures are not identified, but
only a single figure in a section may be activated
to throw a grenade (or to shoot one if a riflegrenadier) per phase.

BACKBONE OF THE ARMY (REGULARS)


Promotion through the non-commissioned ranks
was typically based on length of service, which
implies breadth of experience; but not necessarily
competence. Conversely the most inexperienced
man in a platoon was typically the subaltern
leading it. The relationship between an officer (or
warrant officer) and his platoon sergeant could
directly affect how the platoon operated.
Following the completion of the Patrol Phase, the
British player rolls 1D6 to establish the
relationship between the platoon leader and his
platoon sergeant and its effects;
1 Ill remind you who leads this platoon! The
Platoon Sergeant is treated as a Junior Leader.
2-4 - Carry on Sergeant The Platoon Sergeant
functions as a normal Superior Junior Leader.
5-6 Do you think thats wise Sir? The Platoon
Sergeant activates on a 3 or 4, but otherwise is
treated as a Senior Leader.

BRITISH SUPPORT LIST


LIST ONE
Medical Orderly
Satchel Charge
Adjutant
Entrenchments for one Team
Engineer Mine Clearance Team, 3 men
Engineer Wire Cutting Team, 3 men
Engineer Demolition Team, 3 men
In-Game Barrage
Upgrade Lewis Gun to Vickers-Berthier (I)
LIST TWO
Roadblock
Yes Corp!
(Any)
Heavy Cover barricade
Vickers Utility Tractor for Vickers MMG (B)
Truck to transport entire Section or tow a weapon
Crossley MK. I 6x4 Armoured Car with Junior Leader
Pre-Game Barrage
LIST THREE
Registered Artillery Barrage
Carden-Loyd carriers for Vickers MMG (B)
25mm L/72 AT gun with 5 crew and a Junior Leader (B)
3 pdr AT Gun with 5 crew and a Junior Leader (B)
Sniper Team, 2 men
Off Table Machine Gun support*/**
Rolls-Royce Armoured Car with Junior Leader
Crossley Armoured Car with Junior Leader (I)
Lanchester 6x4 Armoured Car with Junior Leader
Random Air Support
LIST FOUR
Vickers MMG on tripod mount with five crew
3 Stokes-Brandt mortar platoon with FOT*/**
Vickers Medium Mk II with Junior Leader
Section of Native Guide Cavalry
Detachment of Colonial troops with Junior Leader
Section of Native Guides with Junior Leader
LIST FIVE
18pdr Field Gun, 5 crew and Junior Leader
LIST SIX
3.7 Mk III Howitzer, 5 crew and Junior Leader
* One selection of this type only
** Off-table support of a particular type cannot be
selected as well as on-table support of the same
type. e.g. if an on-table MG team is chosen, no offtable MG support can be.
(B) Indicates British Army units only, while (I)
indicates Indian Army only.
Vehicle selections must be of a single type. e.g. If a
Rolls-Royce armoured car is selected, additional
armoured cars must be Rolls-Royces.

BRITISH R EGULAR I NFANTRY C HARACTERISTICS


The following characteristics apply only to Regular
British and/or Indian Infantry Platoons, as noted.
PLAY UP! P LAY UP! AND PLAY THE G AME !
The typically amateurish British subaltern almost
invariably had a mindset which treated war like
school sports. It was an attitude that was often
transferred to the men they led.
In a move intended to bring any unit led by a British
officer into close assault, an additional D6 of
movement can be added for two Command Initiative
Points. This will not count as an additional dice of
movement when calculating the defenders close
combat dice, but is transferable to any unit
performing the same move and is within the officers
Command Distance.
TEN ROUNDS RAPID (BRITISH UNITS ONLY)
Fast accurate rifle fire was the cornerstone of British
doctrine in this era.
When a Leader is attached to a rifle Team or Section
and expends two or more Command Initiatives to
activate that Team, an equal number of dice are
added to the units Firepower.
THE WHITE M AN S BURDEN (INDIAN UNITS)
The degree of separation between English officers
and their Indian Platoon Sergeants was typically
greater than that in British regiments.
Indian units roll with a dice roll modifier of -1 for the
Backbone of The Army characteristic.
Y OU RE A BETTER M AN THAN I AM (INDIAN UNITS)
Indian units were easily the equal of British units. In
some cases their transferable skills for fighting in an
environment like Abyssinia, far surpassed that of
British units with no recent service on the NorthWest Frontier.
Indian units add +1 to each movement dice rolled.
Indian units also ignore the first point of shock
received in a phase from any cause. They
automatically shed one point of shock before any
Shock-based test is made.
WILD COLONIAL BOYS (COLONIAL FORCES)
Volunteer troops from the Colonies tended to be
dogged fighters. They are rated as Stubborn.
In Close Combat, if initiated by them, they ignore
any Shock received, i.e. they do not ignore Shock
inflicted prior to combat.

ARMY SUPPORT LIST NOTES

OFF-TABLE MACHINE G UN FIRE SUPPORT

Most of the support options on the list will be selfexplanatory. All tanks and armoured cars come with a
Junior Leader. All MG armed vehicles are equipped
with armour piercing ammunition see special rules.
Vehicles do not have radios.

Off table Machine Guns will fire using the technique


explained in the specific rules. Note: if choosing off
table machine gun fire support then the on-table
Vickers MMG may not be chosen.

MMGs are tripod mounted. Transport only vehicles,


such as a car or truck do come with a driver, so you do
not need to allocate men to drive. The driver does not
dismount, unless surviving the vehicles destruction in
which case he is added to the platoon as a rifleman.

This is taken as an additional option for a normal Pre


Game Barrage/Bombardment, which enables the
continuation of the pre-game barrage into the game
see special rules.

IN-GAME BARRAGE

VICKERS-BERTHIER LIGHT M ACHINE G UN


The lists show all Junior Leader assignments where
they are present for all troops barring vehicles as
discussed above. The following support options notes
apply.

3 STOKES-BRANDT MORTAR BATTERY WITH FO


Each battalion had a single platoon of four medium
mortars in total. The platoon commander acted as the
forward observer and was given a car and driver for
this task. An orderly with a bicycle was allocated to
communicate between the platoon commander and
his sergeant, who directed the fire of the platoon per
his instructions. Most units still had the Stokes ML 3
Mortar MK.I (800 yards range), but some had the new
ML 3 Mortar MK.II (1600 yards range).
The bombardment area for a four-tube mortar
platoon is 18x18 with the aiming point at the
center. See special rules for Mortar fire and Forward
Observer Team use.

18PDR FIELD GUN OR QF 3.7 MKIII HOWITZER


The 18pdr Field Gun is likely to be the split trail MKIV
with pneumatic tyres towed by trucks. The QF 3.7
MK III Howitzer, which could be broken down for
mule transport, was also available. This equipped 3
RHA for example, who towed them with Light Dragon
Tractors. Other units might utilize pack mules or
trucks. Refer to the Specific Rules for Field Gun Direct
Fire when taken as an on-table support list choice.

This upgrade is only allowed to Indian Army units, i.e.


Sikhs and Rajputs etc. as opposed to British units
attached to the Indian Army. The LMG crew is
reduced to just two and the other three men become
section riflemen for a total of 5 riflemen in the V-B
section.

CARDEN-LOYD CARRIERS FOR VICKERS MMG


A player may mount the Vickers MMG Section by
taking a Carden-Loyd carrier with trailer. The Vickers
may be fired mounted from the carrier. The Vickers is
also able to be set up as a tripod MMG using the
normal rules for Weapon Movement (7.4).
This option is available to British Army units only.

VICKERS U TILITY T RACTOR FOR VICKERS MMG


A player may mount the Vickers MMG Section by
taking a Vickers Utility Tractor with trailer. The Vickers
may be fired mounted from the tractor if stationary.
The Vickers is also able to be set up as a tripod MMG
using the normal rules for Weapon Movement (7.4).
This option is available to British Army units only.

25MM L/72

YES CORP!

Lacking any infantry anti-tank weapons, the War


Office purchased 33 of these guns from France,
enough to give each regular battalion then in Egypt
and the three initially being sent from the UK, a
platoon of three weapons. They were irreplaceable
and given the lack of British armour in comparison to
that mustered by Italy, their loss would be felt.

Years of conflict on The North West Frontier and other


colonial conflicts produced many experienced NCOs in
British and British Indian army units, as well as
ordinary rankers capable of acting in that role.

If selected and subsequently lost to enemy action add


a +1 dice roll modifier to any Force Morale Test.
In addition, the Hotchkiss gun had a carriage designed
to be towed by horses. When towed by vehicles this
had to be done very slowly. If a vehicle is towing the
weapon and wishes to move fast the weapon is
removed as damaged/destroyed for this scenario.

Individual Teams may be activated with a 1 or 2, or by


their own activated Junior Leader as is normal, but
they may also be activated individually with a 3. When
this is done the team generates a single Command
Initiative Point of its own, which it can then utilise as if
a Leader was expending one on the team and in
addition to any that a Leader actually does expend.
This includes both Activation Commands and
Commands which are not activations.

SECTION OF N ATIVE GUIDES

This option is available to British Army units only.

If chosen they conform to a section of Somali Dubats


from the Eritrean and Somali Irregulars list.

3PDR ANTI-TANK G UN

SECTION OF N ATIVE GUIDE CAVALRY

With the 2pdr AT Gun still in the development stage,


some British infantry units were equipped with a
substitute gun to prepare their new integral anti-tank
platoons for their new role. Using the same short 3pdr
Gun as used on the Vickers Mk.E and mounting it on a
modified GS trailer chassis, an impromptu AT gun was
born.

If chosen they conform to a squad of Ethiopian or


Somalia Tribal Warriors mounted on horses or camels.
For convenience, both Ethiopian and Somali native
guide types use the Ethiopian Chitet army list as if
chosen from that list, although with no support list
options available. They still also use the Tribesmen
characteristics as normal. In addition, take note of the
Irregular and Cavalry rules in the Chain of Command:
Abyssinia Specific Rules also.

For sights it had a graduated leaf-sight and it was


traversed using the weapons shoulder pad. Due to
this it suffers a permanent To Hit modifier of -1.

RANDOM AIR SUPPORT


Refer to the Specific Rules for Random Air Support.

This option is available to British Army units only.