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By Sven de Braekeleir and Wayne Turner

Updated on
17 October 2014

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The Belgian Campaign
After Germany occupied the Rhineland in March 1936, Soon after, for a second time in a 40 year span, the country
Belgium started its policy of ‘Armed Independence’, putting would be invaded by Germany…
an end to the Franco-Belgian military agreement of 1920
and the agreements made in the Locarno Treaty. Minister Mobilisation
of Foreign Affairs Paul-Henri Spaak claimed that Belgium Despite its neutrality, Belgium had to take defensive
would only benefit from staying politically independent measures, and on 4 September 1939, the Belgian army
from all other countries. Belgium would follow this policy mobilised (for a second time) 600,000 men (8% of the
of independence until September 1939. total Belgian population). This time the troops were kept
The Flemish elements of the Belgian population particularly mobilised, with severe consequences for the economy and
supported the severing of links with the French. The policy industry.
of ‘Armed Independence’ meant that 25% of the national This number (650,000 is also quoted) included many reserv-
budget was spent on the military, even though it was a time ists who needed refresher training as well as men who had
of economic recession. been exempted or deferred. This mean that the Belgian army
To defend its neutrality, the Belgian forces started to build was more in the 450,000 to 500,000 region in May 1940,
up its defences, such as the KW Line: anti-tank obstacles with many of those needing extensive training being sent to
and ditches, casemates, and minefields. At the same time, Belgian recruitment centres (CRAB) in France shortly after
adjustments and improvements were made to the fortresses the German invasion. (As a comparison, the Dutch army
around Namur, Liege and Antwerp. Unfortunately, a lot of numbered approximately 230,000 and the BEF between
these defensive lines would not be completed by the time the 350,000 and 400,000)
Germans crossed the Belgian border. On 10 January 1940, an ME108 made an emergency landing
After mobilising the Belgian forces following the annexation on Belgian soil. The passenger, Major Reinberger, tried on
of Czechoslovakia in ’38 and again in ’39 after the invasion multiple occasions to burn a number of documents. On
of Poland, the Belgian government changed its policy of closer inspection by Belgian officers at the nearby command
independence to one of neutrality. On the one hand, the post, these documents held all the details of Fall Gelb, the
government wondered if it should start collaborating with codename for the invasion of Belgium, the Netherlands and
the French and British, to organise a strong military defence Luxemburg. Even though the plans didn’t indicate when
against the Germans, but on the other hand the population the attack would take place, it was clear the invasion was
(with the gruesome experience of WWI still fresh in their imminent.
mind) preferred to remain strictly neutral, hoping that by
doing so, the country could remain out of the war.

76mm FRC infantry guns.

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T-13B2 tank-hunter.

As a result of these plans the Belgian King, Leopold III, was The Cavalry Corps incorporated 2 of the Infantry Divisions
prepared to accept Allied troops on Belgian soil if the follow- listed above, as well as a Cavalry Division. The cavalry troops
ing conditions were agreed upon: were motorized or equipped with bicycles, rather than
mounted troops such as were still being used by the Dutch
1. Peace negotiations were not to be started without Belgian
army.
participation.
Apart from these troops, the army also included a number
2. Belgium’s integrity (as well as its colonies) would be guar-
of light troops, such as the Border Cyclists (Cyclistes de
anteed after the war.
Frontiere) and the Chasseurs Ardennais. A lot of these troops
3. Financial support would be made available when Belgium were formed into Task Groups, such as Groupement Ninitte
needed to rebuild its country after the war. and Groupement K (Group Keyaerts). The latter included
also a Cavalry Division
Discreet consultations with the French and British military
had resulted in the ‘Dyle’-plan, in which the BEF and the As far as equipment is concerned, the Belgian army had
French 1e, 2e and 9e Armee, would move into Belgium and a large array of different types of weapons: Mauser 35
take position along the river Dyle and Meuse in the event of (Kar98K) rifles, the FM 30 light machine gun (also known
a German attack. This means the emphasis of the defence as the “Belgian BAR” and used by Active and First Reserve
would be on the centre of the country. Within this plan, the infantry), Maxim and Hotchkiss machineguns, and very
Belgian army would fall back gradually and take its position diverse collection of 75mm, 105mm, 120mm, 155m calibre
on this line between Antwerp and Leuven. guns (both modern and updated WWI canons) as well as
some heavy 280mm railway guns.
Organisation and equipment Restricted by the policy of Neutrality, an armoured force was
The Policy of Neutrality restricted the Belgian army severely as good as non-existent (in total the Belgian army had about
in its equipment. It prohibited the use of “offensive arms” 10 ACG tanks). What was available, was a large number of
such as bomber planes and tanks. self-propelled tank hunters in the form of the T13, made
For its defence, the country had to rely on its army, rather from a Vickers chassis (originally they were destined to
than an Air force or Navy. transport artillery) and equipped with a FRC-47 gun and a
machine-gun. The latest version of this vehicle, the T13 B3
The Belgian army in 1940 comprised in total 18 infantry was no longer open-topped and made up the largest number
divisions (6 Active, 6 1st Reserve and 6 2nd reserve). Most of the tank hunters (194 T13 B3 compared to 56 T13 B1
of these were part of the seven Army Corps. The Active and and B2’s).
1st Reserve divisions had the best equipment, while the 2nd
Reserve divisions had to do with a lot less anti-tank weapons Also used was the light T15 tank (42 in total), a light re-
and artillery. connaissance vehicle, equipped with a 13.2 Hotchkiss
machine-gun.*

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(*the above figures were published by the CLHAM (Centre country would be given up. Advance elements were posi-
for History and Military Archeology of Liege) tioned on frontier canals and in the provinces of Liege and
Luxembourg: Groupement K (Group K), named after its
Preparations commander General Keyaerts, was sent to the Ardennes,
On 9 May, shortly before midnight, the Belgian GHQ issued its main aim to delay the attackers advance in case of an
the order of ‘Stand-to’. The majority of the Belgian army was invasion. It was always intended that these delays were to
positioned along a number of defence lines. be the result of demolitions and obstacles, not by defensive
• Firstly, there was the delaying line, following the Albert actions of the Chasseurs Ardennais.
canal (where the fortress of Eben-Emael is situated) at the In that heavily forested part of the country, the elite Chasseurs
Belgian-Dutch border, the Meuse and also comprising the Ardennais were (amongst other forward troops) covering a
fortifications around Liege and Namur. This line was hoped front of 85km on the eastern border of Belgium.
to hold for three days, long enough for the French and British
troops to occupy the line Antwerp-Namur-Givet. Campaign summary
• The 2nd Cavalry Division was positioned along the river • Defence of the Albert Canal (10 May).
Gete, to cover movement of Belgian units into the KW-
• Defensive line at the Albert Canal was broken, only
Line. It would be joined by units withdrawing from the
about 3500 men of the 7th ID returned to the Belgian
Ardennes.
lines (11 May).
• The 10th Infantry Division held Leuven (The British 3rd
Infantry Division took over the defence of Leuven, displac- • Retirement to the KW Line: Belgian divisions from
ing the Belgian troops). the Ardennes and the Albert canal line retired to the
KW line, covered by cavalry units holding the Gete river
• 11th Infantry Division was training at Beverloo, the prin-
line (12-13 May).
cipal training ground for Belgian units and large enough
to allow full divisional manoeuvres, while the 5th Infantry • The KW line (until 16 May) was being held.
Division was located in the Halle–Ninove area.
• Retirement to the Scheldt: this order was given to
• The main defence line (Koningshooikt – Wavre or KW Belgian GHQ on 16 May by General Billotte, com-
Line) followed the river Dyle from Antwerp to Wavre, then mander of the French 1st Armee and coordinator of the
roughly south to the French border. Northern front. This retreat was planned in two stages,
• The last prepared defence line was situated behind the river on the night of 17/18, and on the night of the 18/19
Scheldt (or Escaut in French), and included the bridgehead May.
Ghent, where the 16th Infantry Division was stationed.
• Battles at the Scheldt river.
• By settling for the Dyle Plan, the eastern part of the

47mm FRC mle 31 anti-tank gun.

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the country (2nd Guides Regiment. Panzerdivision. and Plan bridges over the Albert Canal. Ardennais Div) fought against armoured German detach- Light troops that were stationed around Verviers (1st Lancer ments. The Belgian commander river Dyle between Leuven and Wavre. The delays caused significant embarrassment At the same time of the attack on Eben-Emael. Around 8am. the Belgian troops sur- Albert canal. the 1st Chasseurs Ardennais D was ordered Belgian troops offered resistance at the frontier canal. while German troops crossed the river Meuse to its left bank. sondern grune Wolfe’ (These are not men. the Luftwaffe ceaselessly bombed neigh- were sent towards Hannut. elements of Belgium. and troops positioned in the north of the bridges over the Meuse were blown up. the Derivation canal At Mont Le Ban part of a motorcycle company of the and the Lys river. After con- it would no longer play any real part in the defence of the tinuing to fight the whole day. the BEF advanced towards the at Vroenhoven and Veldwezelt. Further east. along the bridge was given by the commander at Eben-Emael. but green wolves). rumoured to have said: ‘Es sind keine Menschen. 5th Coy. but the Chasseurs couldn’t be stabilised. and came under heavy defensive fire. and the 3rd Lancers At the same time. At Martelange. and was able to react same location. • Battles at the Lys river: on 24 May the new positions were behind the Leopold canal. Using automatic vanguard of 1. the Belgian In the Belgian province of Luxembourg the Chasseurs troops retreated. Panzerdivision for about 2 hours. westwards to the area around Liege. the river Meuse near Maastricht. hand grenades. • Surrender of the Belgian army (28 May). rendered. and towards the Ourthe. and Even though the fortress didn’t surrender until the next day. 11 gliders with 55 German Bastogne. The Strainchamps 1st platoon. the 3rd Coy of the 3rd Chasseurs Ardennais German armoured detachments crossed the bridge at Regiment was manning a defensive anti-tank position Veldwezelt and. fortress of Eben-Emael. 5th Company of the 1st Chasseurs Canal. The 11th and 2nd ID also moved toward the could witness the attacks for himself. 3rd Chasseurs Ardennais Regiment delayed elements of 7. 1st Cyclist Regiment In the Belgian provinces of Liege and Luxembourg forward and 1st Chasseurs a Cheval Regiment) fell back to the Albert troops. were offering stubborn resistance. the Germans were able to secure the bridges Belgium towards Holland. resulting in the fact that no order towards the Meuse. flanked by the 9e and 2e Armee which headed bombed by the Luftwaffe. they were able to knock out a of the telephone lines meant that not all Belgian units number of the gun turrets and partly neutralise the fortress. 10 May Panzer-Division was stopped for 2 hours by 4th Company At 4am. followed by infantry. the 1. Group Keyaerts 11 May On 10 May. including the Chasseurs Ardennais (1st Chasseurs Canal. at 5:25 am. just across the Belgian border. while in the east the fortress. The order to destroy to the main position between Antwerp and Leuven. while the French responsible for the destruction of the bridges was stationed 1e Armee advanced towards the sector between Wavre 10 km away at his headquarters in Lanaeken. In the evening. and were forced to Belgian GHQ ordered the retreat towards the west. while the bridge was blown up. together with the French Light forces. three to Guderian’s spearhead of 1. on the other by an anti-tank ditch. the Luftwaffe targeted of the 1st Chasseurs Ardennais Regiment. the situation to break through the Belgian lines. The German weapons. Ardennais Regiment blocked the road from Arlon to On 10 May 1940. 5 . Here. 150 German troops landed glider-borne troops landed on the superstructure of the in Fieseler Fi 156s behind them. in command of this division.. Its T13 tank-hunters held off German One of the main targets for the German forces was the tanks during this engagement. the 3rd ID crossed bouring troops of the 7th ID. Using similar tactics as in Dyle went into action: the French 7e Armee moved through Eben-Emael. the company was reduced to two platoons. This HQ was and Namur. without a declaration of war. despite being Regiment and 1st Frontier Cyclist Regiment) had moved attacked in the rear by Fallschirmjager troops. while at Belgian airfields. 10am until 4pm. is order for the Belgian army to retire behind the Lys river. flame-throwers and shaped charges infantry was part of ‘Operation Niwi’ and their cutting (which was a new weapon). tions advanced further east). bordered on one side by the Albert Further south. the German troops. advanced deeper into in the small village of Chabrehez. swiftly. putting a lot of pressure on the Belgian 7th ID. Luftlande-Sturm assault groups attacked a number of British and French Command had been contacted. 5th ID moved to the north of Leuven. Panzerdivision approached. Panzerdivision from planes. Panzerdivision would try the whole day Even with the help from the 4th ID and 1st CD. and the German troops would only Ardennais. and offered determined resistance. At Kanne the Fallschirmjagers landed between the echelons Noticing the danger the troops at the Albert Canal were in. • Allied conference at Ypres on 21 May leads to the Erwin Rommel. stations and communication centres. At night. received the order to retire. moving retreat. Intense fights followed. 1st Chasseurs Ardennais small Belgian air force caught on the ground lost half of its Regiment delayed elements of 2. who the river Dyle. the German 7. engaged continue their advance the next day. south of the city (French Light forma- to demolish the bridges was given. surprising the local troops.

Armee chased the ternoon and establishing a foothold on the left bank. ally retreat from the Albert canal towards the KW line during In the meantime Von Kleist’s armoured group headed west- the night of 11 May. French General Billotte was given supreme command on this day. In the area around Haelen and Tienen the Belgian cavalry 6 . The retreating Belgian divisions as they were reaching their posi. while being screened by a rear-guard. Troops at the defensive line at the Albert Canal risked being Mobile elements of the Belgian army were to hold the de- flanked by the advancing German forces. On the evening of 12 May. Panzerdivision reached the city of Tongeren. an The Allied troops were more or less reaching the agreed posi- acceleration of the evacuation of the 2nd and 3rd ID was tions. obstacles. The Ardennais Division was hit by heavy bombardments. To the K-W Line: 12 May The next two days the Belgian Army would continue to 13 – 14 May regroup its forces in the area between Antwerp and Leuven. river Semois. the city. At Dinant. the battle lines became more or- sometimes under trying circumstances: 1st Chasseurs ganised. While north of Namur. the 1st Chasseurs Ardennais Division took position ordered to take up position near Perwez. by the 12. while the French 1e Armee took up position. the Belgian 4th and 7th ID. the bridge At night. things weren’t going as well south of the city. the Belgian commander gave the order to gradu. the 1st Chasseurs Ardennais Division was Finally. Armee. The German 6. wards towards the river Meuse at Neufchateau. defensive line on the Dyle/KW line. while armoured group of Von Kleist had succeeded in breaching further north III Corps was harassed by the Luftwaffe and the position around Sedan. tions at the river Gete. The 1st and 14th ID took up positions behind the river Gete. and at night. capturing the city in the af- enemy armoured troops. behind anti-tank in a sector of the Namur stronghold. the French Meuse (9e Armee) and on the railway line between Brussels Cavalry Corps of the 2e Armee had withdrawn south of the and Namur (1e Armee). When 4. as well as the 9e Armee. and after two days fensive line at the Gete while the infantry established its of fighting. the Belgian army entered into the general necessary. followed The Allied forces reached their positions at the Dyle (BEF). near Leuven. situation became alarming for the 2e Armee. In the evening. plan of the Allied forces. as well as the 1st CD was blown in the afternoon when German troops reached withdrew towards the area around Tienen.

which had created two bridge. Here there was a good the 7th ID was sent to France. The German 56. putting pressure on the area where difficult. at the KW-Line near Leuven. from where they moved On 14 May.and artillery distinguished themselves during fierce fights. 5th. the Germans made contact on the Antwerp-Namur line. The troops kept the Germans out of the station. 2nd. 11th. 5th ID: Leuven (K-W line) heads. as they needed to cross the retreat direction of the the French 9e Armee and 2e Armee joined up. 1st ID and 1st Chasseurs Ardennais Division. and retreated afterwards. Further north. was attacked by Belgian infantry in cooperation with All day. Belgian divisions took temporary positions at remnants of the 14th ID were reorganizing in Flanders. 10th ID. Infanteriedivision. and had to abandon these bridgeheads. In the afternoon the last units of the line between Antwerp and Leuven: British 15th/19th Hussars had returned from their re- connaissance missions and the Cointet-elements (a type 17th & 13th ID: Fortified position of Antwerp anti-tank obstacle) were closed. the fortified position of South of Namur the German forces increased the size of the Namur needed to be evacuated. with the 18th ID in reserve: In the evening. the Belgian troops had reached their positions in The Belgian general reserve consisted of the Cavalry Corps. and 9th ID in reserve troops near the station of Leuven. 4th and In the north. Belgian troops reached their positions on the further west. Their retreat was extremely pocket around Dinant. the agreed deployment. and the French 7e Armee was pushed back towards Antwerp and Once the French 1e and 9 e Armee started to retreat because the river Scheldt. cooperation with the French troops of the 7e Armee. of the pressure of the German attack. French 1e Armee. The 3rd. The 2nd Chasseurs Ardennais Division lost 7 . while the Desselt-Kwaadmechelen canal. German troops encountered and engaged Antwerp-Lier the 6th Chasseurs Regiment (5th ID) and the British 6th. 12th and 15th ID. The 7th Company (6th (Lier-Leuven) Chasseurs Regiment) and the British 2nd Ulster Rifles Orders were given to hold the line at all costs. Across the border in Holland things became desperate. organised a counterattack. At night. rear-guard units of the Belgian cavalry arrived French tanks.

The company had taken 1 casualty and Kapelle-op-den-Bos (where two Belgian ACG tanks of the 2 wounded. was captured at his command post. held started to shell the factories. Doel and Terneuzen. towards the west. who replaced the commander of the 9e Armee the day before. of fighting at each of the intermediate rivers. between 10am and 2pm. and ordered the IV drove west through the gap created previously at Sedan. At the same back. including armoured vehicles. On sent to reinforce the 9th Army. 8 . assault. the Supreme Commander of the Allied forces. while the Wijgmael (north of Leuven): 12th ID (though hard pressed) managed to retreat without 16 – 17 May too many difficulties. an enemy patrol was noticed The 15th ID had the longest way to go and was constantly east of the Remy-factory by the 4th Chasseurs Regiment. the enemy was able to cross the canal in rubber and its bridges. fighting the Germans were stopped at the towns of Duffel around noon. the 2nd CD guarded the bridges across the Scheldt retreated. while on German side there were (out of Escadron Auto-Blindees proved to be decisive). Belgian and British units time. which made the position of the 1st ID rather precarious as it was waiting for the 15th ID to cross the canal. one third of its material and the 8th ID was almost entirely 17 May absorbed by the French 1e Armee with elements only return. 1st and 2nd Frontier Cyclist Regiment: 16 May Willebroek canal. and II and VI Corps pulled back toward In the afternoon. which allowed the troops of the German 18. followed by a German by the 1st ID. the frontline and started their retreat. forcing the French 1e Armee to turn its flank and retreat The 1st CD was sent to relieve the French units between behind the river Sambre. tillery support or heavy weapons. abandoning their positions consequence was that the French 9e Armee withdrew. They were The 1st ID was attacked at several points by the German told to hold positions until the next night. The the canal of Willebroeck. supported by armoured vehicles and artillery. the final rearguard at the canal of Willebroek. In the morning of 16 May. IV and V Corps held their positions seven bridges. General Gort received the order to have the BEF fall back On 17 May. eight divisions dislodged on Willebroek. Attempts to cross the river by boat were stopped The 4th division of the BEF had. from the area around Dendermonde towards the Canal General Billotte. He expected a day units. while the 6th and 11th ID were sent At night. the Halle and Charleroi. while the In Belgium. in turn east of Antwerp. The 1st Chasseurs Ardennais Cyclists tried to repel them. around Antwerp. both regiments had joined. The Germans now occupied most of the islands in Holland. Infanteriedivision and 256. After heavy followed by more units. during which the troops 18 May would fall back behind the canals of (from east to west) On the previous night. and from 8pm onwards. 5th ID: Fights at the Remy-factory. Infanteriedivision and suffered serious casualties. Armee to be used in Belgium. already retreat- by Belgian artillery. west towards the river Scheldt. From 2:30pm onwards. and the 1e Armee lost more terrain to the German 6. Around Liege. without any ar- Dender. 11pm. The French 7e Armee retreated south and was The BEF withdrew to the west of the Brussels-Halle line. Infanteriedivision. the British and Belgian troops continued to 1st Army was also pushed back and formed a line between make contact with German units. Armee. and formed. Infanteriedivision. the Cyclist regiments destroyed On the Belgian side. Zenne and They had to man a front 18km long. General Giraud. Fights erupted northeast of Antwerp and Retreat to the Scheldt: 15 May along the Willebroeck canal. and In the morning. the last Belgians crossed the canal. Four more assaults were repelled by the 2nd Fusiliers Company of the 4th Chasseurs Regiment. but they were stopped at Willebroekand troops retreated. All T13 tank-hunters were previously lost. the 9th Army was in full retreat. while the Cyclists remained in position until between Dendermonde and Hoboken. ing to the Belgian army on 23 May. attacked by the German 56. situation was getting worse: von Kleist armoured group Belgian GHQ continued the withdrawal. The and V Corps west of the Scheldt. the French side. The withdrawal of the Belgian forces would be done in three phases over the next two nights. The 13th ID was attacked by the German 208. Dender and Ghent-Terneuzen. decided to withdraw all Allied forces Ghent-Terneuzen. approximately 500-600 men) 50-60 casualties and a further 150 wounded. 17 May Three fortresses around Liege fall into German hands. The 15th ID crossed the Willebroeck canal. on 15 May. VII Corps moved northwest towards Ghent and the 9th and The Belgian troops were unable to push the Germans 10th ID were transferred behind the Scheldt. and soon after that orders together with a unit of 2nd Chasseurs and a few British came for the Belgian army to retreat. German artillery and Lier. as planned. while further south. the first German troops arrived. boats. ed. the Dutch army laid down its weapons fell. two more forts In the Netherlands. but at Kapelle-op-den- Division was guarding Aalst and the nearby river Dender Bosch. while other 56.

Armee engaged the Chasseurs with help from Stukas. as well as the British rear-guard. The BEF withdrew behind the Scheldt. The French 7e Armee the 1st Chasseurs Ardennais Division exposed. The French fell. night. tions on the west of the river Lys. German 19. leaving the flank of visions. 309. the 1e Armee was retreating. Infateriedivision failed in its attempts to cross German troops crossed the Scheldt river by using a tunnel the canal at Verbrande Brug and Vilvoorde. fighting withdrawal towards the Scheldt after the German 15th and 17th ID fell back to positions behind the Ghent. chased by Von Kleist’s Panzer di. 2nd and 5th and 18th German 56. They kept ‘Frere’ and 6e Armee were pushed forward to try and stop withstanding the attacks. allowing battles occurred around Zwijndrecht between the German the German 18.The German 30. 19 May by crossing over a partially destroyed bridge. In the east. and resuming the fight. the retreat was protected by the 1st ID managed to contain this threat. and General Gort the Belgian 2nd CD. Further up north the cavalry divisions and the 1st Chasseurs Ardennais D. was a fine example of a mobile unit that was well trained and The 8th ID and 2nd Chasseurs Ardennais Division took posi. At night. Infanteriedivision. Infanteriedivision and units of the Belgian cavalry. that wasn’t totally destroyed in the Antwerp region. followed by a counter-attack from Ardennais. Belgian GHQ ordered the 1st Chasseurs Ardennais 1st Chasseurs Ardennais Division repelled two attacks of the Division to cover the retreat of the 1st. Infanteriedivision also joined in. 30. Near Antwerp ‘Tete de Flandres’ was taken by the Germans Just to the south. afternoon. the Germans couldn’t be stopped and reached the area around Cambrai. tacking the troops on the other side of the Scheldt. which seem to be unstoppable. 9e Armee was falling apart. At night. it withdrew and went into reserve to the VI Corps. The Chasseurs performed a ID towards the positions near Ghent. 13th. 9 . In France. the German 6. three more fortresses around Namur and Liege On the French side. Armee to enter Antwerp and focus on at. while the 12th.Terneuzen. protected by the Cavalry Corps. falling back a few kilometres in the this breakthrough. This fighting withdrawal Terneuzen Canal. the Cavalry corps was ordered ordered the withdrawal to the Scheldt to be completed that to retreat to the west bank of the canal Ghent. well equipped. Infanteriedivision took the town of Het Sas. On the second night. Fierce The fighting in Holland had now come to an end.

together with the 5th. but got severely punished for However. because of the presence 5th Line Regiment. taking out a few Belgian machine-guns. and asked the Belgian GHQ to prolong their front. Shortly thereafter the Belgian to recapture its position. If that would fail. A number 20 May of the tanks were destroyed by Belgian artillery. The 1st Squadron of the 4th Lancer Regiment was Initially. increasing pressure on the French forces were now fully encircled. The German 208. met with General Billotte. followed by a first attack by the 3rd Batalion. all the way to the position of the 4th Lancers. who replaced Commander-in-Chief 23 May Gamelin. artillery and four T13 tank-hunters. Shortly before At first light messages arrived that German reconnais- noon. In Scheldt between Kallo and Terneuzen. this time supported by Lord Gort devised plans for a counterattack in the south. reinforcements arrived. defenders. 10th ID at Zingem. In the sector held by the BEF. Attack and counterattack the Belgian (and Allied) troops were in. the German Panzertroops That night. the German reached Abbeville. 16th and battle took place at Kwatrecht where the Belgian 2nd ID un- 18th ID. another attack was launched. Belgian positions south of the bridgehead Ghent. they would have to attack from the west. the Germans captured Oudenaerde They received the order to retreat at 11am. 4th Lancer general. infantry succeeded in taking the Belgian positions. troops were ordered to fall back. attacking with two Arras the British troops were able to regain the city. General Weygand proposed an attack attempt to rejoin the front failed and the German armoured to try and rejoin the front. some artillery support. this time with infantry and 15 light panzers. and had taken positions behind the river Lys. Infanteriedivision attacked the Belgian Regiment was in second line. 1st dertook several counterattacks on 20 and 21 May. as well as 1st Chasseurs Ardennais Division.: take up positions at the Lys river. A short skirmish erupted. the 4th Lancers tried to counter-attack. while 2nd Lancer The German 30. The Germans managed to create two small bridgeheads which on the following morning were The enemy numbers increased all the time and the 15th counterattacked by the Belgian 6th Chasseurs Regiment. The Belgian 15th ID regrouped at the coast. At Terneuzen canal at Zelzate and Terdonk. after the German followed each other swiftly and eventually the German forces had taken Cambrai and pushed towards Abbeville. The German IX Korps and XI Korps started to attack the and at night V and VII Corps retreated to the Lys. and the Allied stared to push northwards. The Belgian troops would have to troops were pushing north. joined by another two French Divisions. and round 9am the quickly came to blows with the enemy. near Nieuwpoort. but weren’t able to do this in an orderly way. In case they needed to fall back. narrowing the encirclement. while the regiments.: Gijgenzele: of the German troops. 11th Company had to fall back and was unable ran out of ammunition. Regiment was on the frontline. who in turn were being bombed. thus freeing one of the After a long and heavy fight. and with this attempt. on the road from Ghent to Aalst. the German troops made contact with the ordered to counterattack together with the armoured 9th Company. the Belgian positions were held. They failed and 208. they had Zwijndrecht: 19 May to fall back on the Yser river. 10 . and the The Belgian king informed London of the difficult position remaining panzers retreated. Multiple engagements took place along the front at the river 22 May Dender. 21 May General Weygand. Infanteriedivision tried to cross the The BEF gradually retreated towards the French border. the situation was reversed BEF divisions it needed for this attack. The ID defended Zwijndrecht. recaptured. The reformed 2nd Chasseurs Ardennais Division and 8th ID In the early afternoon. They sance troops had been seen nearby. who were trying regiment noticed the first German motorcycle combos to push towards the west. During the night of 18 May the 1st CD finished its Belgian troops fought off German attacks between Terneuzen deployment to cover the southern bank of the Wester and Ghent. cars from the 2nd Lancers. extend their front and take over positions of the British 44th News of this forced the Belgian GHQ to prepare for an division. 2nd Squadron of the group was killed and the cyclists were bombed by the Luftwaffe. 2nd and 4th Lancer Regiment. all further attacks until 23 May. Three more fortresses fell in Namur and Liege. The cyclists were continu- 20 – 21 May ally pushed back. King Leopold II and At the western most part of the front in France. The Belgian 3rd ID and round 7pm the original positions had been moved south to fill the gap left by the BEF division. Infanteriedivision suspended French reclaimed Cambrai. In the afternoon another German attack was initiated. the German attack was repelled. until the commander of the Belgians cleared the area of all German troops. 10th Company could resist the The situation deteriorated even further when the artillery pressure. ID was transported to Kortrijk to extend the front to the south. A large II Corps stayed in position. pushing the attackers back at Kwatrecht. Weygand’s General Gort in Ypres. After reaching the French coast.

were made to cross the canal. Ronsele. canal. contact was made with the German troops near division taking the town of Bissegem. but The bridgehead was destroyed in a counter attack on 25 a counterattack by the Belgian II Corps allowed them to May. and 30. Infanteriedivision failed completely. and Menin and broke through the Belgian front of the 1st At night. extending the Maginot Line. leaving a between Gravelines and St-Omer. The Germans gained control of Eeklo around noon. Infanteriedivision attacked between Kortrijk Chasseurs Ardennais D and the 5th ID had to withdraw. to observe and harass the German troops. infantry regiments). German 19th division along the canal of Ghent-Terneuzen and multiple attempts manages to cross the river at Bavikhove and Beveren. was sent to take position the division retreated behind the Roulers canal. with heavy air support. the river by using two regiments (348. under Belgian command. the Germans attacked Belgian positions all very high losses in men and material. The German the Cavalry Corps. and 396. At 9pm remnants of Corps. The XVI French Army into the front of the Belgian 3rd ID. 1st German 31. Fearing a break- Six German divisions attacked the Belgian positions near through at the point where the Belgian and BEF troops 11 . German 30th division to cross the river after sustaining During the day. The German ordered to retreat behind that canal. capture 200 prisoners of war.. crossing the canal but suffering heavy casualties. The only exception was 255. Initial attacks failed but eventually the and two more fortresses fell near Namur. The next four days the Belgian army would continually fight German 208. The main German attack took place around Kortrijk. Infanteriedivision managed to get a foothold over canal. facing west along the temporary breach of 9 km in the front.Belgian coastal cities were being bombed by the Luftwaffe the city of Kortrijk. 19. but they were quickly beaten back by the precise Battles at the Lys river: 24 May shooting of the Belgian artillery. four The BEF had now taken position along the Franco-Belgian German infantry divisions (18. 14. which remained east of the diversion 216. Belgian positions were hit by the Luftwaffe. Between the Kortrijk area and the Derivation canal the At night all troops still east of the diversion canal were Germans attempted also to cross the Lys river. Infanteriedivision attacked the 12th ID at at the river Lys.) smashed frontier.. Kortrijk.

they were 256. After one day of fighting they had created two bridgeheads and had broken the first echelon of The Germans had created two bridgeheads only separated this division. the canal was 25 May crossed at Balgerhoek. and the last reserves. to counter-attack between the Lys LONG LIVE BELGIUM!” and Scheldt. bombed and machine-gunned by Luftwaffe planes. The German 56. Kortrijk was evacuated as it was endangered by encirclement. Under such unfavourable Our cause is just and pure. the 17th ID at Oostwinkel. no Allied support would be coming. Infanteriedivision attacked reinforced by the British 12th Lancers. leaving troops to victoriously against the invader. Infanteriedivision 6th ID arrived. 1st and 3rd ID were spent. and regrouped. along the river Yzer was defended by worn The 2nd CD was sent to this region. he didn’t deem it possible to carry out a Providence will help us. aren’t essential towards Dunkirk. It is being fought on the ground where in 1914 we stood The BEF kept retreating to the north-west. By lack of “SOLDIERS: reserves the Belgian army was now only able to perform a The great battle which we were expecting has static defence. 26 May The fighting along the river Lys continued. One of two Belgian out troops. The Germans. attacked the positions near Vinkt. though it was by now very thinly manned. St Omer and Bethune. the German advance. it was clear to the Belgians that to threaten the Belgian rear. At night. Northwest of Kortrijk the 2nd Chasseurs Ardennais Division Also near Nevele. They failed at Deinze but crossed the canal at Meigem 27 May and overran the Belgian 15th ID. the Germans advanced. canal were stopped. Throughout the day Belgian positions were counterattacks was successful. against an opponent determined to push through the area around Menen. North of Izegem and Eeklo fights The Belgian troops were fighting along the whole frontline erupted. This allowed the Germans On the morning of 27 May. request to the Belgians. which was gradually sent in. pushing South. We will carry it on with all our strength British commanders of the situation the army was in: the and with supreme energy. Infanteriedivision attacked positions of the 4th ID. At noon. on the flank and in the rear of the attacking German Corps. discipline. evacu- through as far as Gravelines. German 15th ID. kept pushing on west OFFICERS AND MEN: of Menen. 12 . All across the French front. Infanteriedivision and 208. all German attempts to cross the diversion were attacked. circumstances. Here. Belgian high command (GHW) informed the French and It will be hard. cover the retreat to the other side of the river Lys. These attacks failed while I Corps took over command of the 2nd CD and the with Belgian T 13s being particularly effective. commenced. troops were exhausted and there were hardly any reserves left. By the end of the day Belgian troops were no longer behind King Leopold III’s order of the day appealed to his the Lys river but were still able to keep a continuous defence troops: line. the 2nd CD and 6th ID were sent down from the north 1st Chasseurs Ardennais Division moved to Vinkt to rein- at night and they stopped the German attempt together with force the front and pulled off a counter-attack that stopped the 10th ID. the BEF began to fall back to the north-west. General Gort ordered the retreat of all troops that I ask of you all firmness. trust. by a narrow corridor which included the city of Kortrijk. The last fortress of Namur fell. Whatever happens. Infanteriedivision and 225. the reminder of the German 56. my fate will be yours. SOLDIERS: Belgium expects that you will do honour to her Flag. The western area. west of Kortrijk. ating their dangerous position south-east of the river Lys. just like the day before. but the Belgian troops held. meet.

in agreement with the Chief of General Staff. Hollos for the images and extra information. and continually hit King. Also supplies were to surrender. between the Belgian and British front. after making the decision known to the I’m on the other side of the world. unless a different source is given above.wikispaces. The battle for Belgium was over. There was no possibility to embark the until 2 June. were ordered to the front line. Belgian Army. had done all it could. blood after the Belgian troops had left. enlarging the gap Opstal. Troop Dunkirk. German 28 May frustration was so high that 84 civilians were killed in cold At 4am the cease fire on the Belgian front was sounded. Infanteriedivision attacked Many thanks to Walter Van Opstal (http://18daag- the Belgian 15th ID around Passendaele. and continued to have to capitulate. Belgian troops evacuated Vinkt. and to my retaken and then lost again. movements were hindered by the flood of refugees. breaking through seveldtocht. the fort of Tancremont. a Belgian envoy was sent to the Germans to inquire the conditions of a cease fire. morning. Infanteriedivision and 254. The German 18. The critical after German troops breached the front line. did not sur- II. However. Belgian King informed General Gort that the army would The BEF started to embark at Dunkirk. At 11pm the The Belgians were pinned on all fronts. while German 14. Jeroen Bonte and David the front of the 4th Lancer Regiment. Infanteriedivision and 31. Passendaele was lost.com/). Late Thanks also to John Michiels additional information that evening the envoy returned with the news the Germans and Wayne Turner for putting it all together. 13 . who had nowhere to go. the situation in the north became The Belgian Army. French and British commanders. father. V and VI Corps undertook a fighting withdrawal in the render until 29 May. Infanteriedivision Special Thanks created two bridgeheads over the Ypres-Komen canal Images reproduced with kind permission of Walter Van in the sector of the British 5th division. suffering heavy losses. would only accept an unconditional surrender. for all the help and running around trying to find another book or document while Around 5pm. near Liege. Pierre De Braekeleir. totally spent. Meanwhile British troops were withdrawing to running low: troops were out of ammo and food.three weak regiments. Around noon. agreed by the Luftwaffe.

Division T13 Battalion Group Ninitte 1st Cyclist Regiment I/ & II/19th Artillery Regiment 2nd Guides Regiment 1st Chasseurs a Cheval Regiment Group Keyaerts 1st Chasseurs Ardennais Division 1st Chasseurs Ardennais Regiment 19th Engineer Bat (1st Coy) 2nd Chasseurs Ardennais Regiment 3rd Chasseurs Ardennais Regiment 1st Cavalry Division 1st Guides Regiment I/17th Artillery Regiment 2nd Lancer Regiment IV/19th Artillery Regiment 3rd Cyclist Regiment 25th Engineer Battalion 2nd Chasseurs a Cheval Regiment Chasseurs Ardennais Motor Battalion 33rd Engineer Battalion Reserve 11th Infantry Division 14th Line Regiment 9th Artillery Regiment 20th Line Regiment 10th Engineer Battalion 29th Line Regiment 16th Infantry Division 41st Line Regiment 24th Artillery Regiment 44th Line Regiment 18th Engineer Battalion 14 . Belgian Army Division or Corps Troops Infantry Regiments Divisional Units I Army Corps 4th Infantry Division 7th Line Regiment 8th Artillery Regiment 11th Line Regiment 4th Engineer Battalion 15th Line Regiment 7th Infantry Division 2nd Grenadier Regiment 20th Artillery Regiment 2nd Carabineer Regiment 6th Engineer Battalion 18th Line Regiment Frontier Cyclist Battalion Limburg II Army Corps 6th Infantry Division 1st Grenadier Regiment 6th Artillery Regiment 1st Carabineer Regiment 7th Engineer Battalion 9th Line Regiment 9th Infantry Division 8th Line Regiment 4th Artillery Regiment 16th Line Regiment 9th Engineer Battalion 17th Line Regiment III Army Corps 3rd Infantry Division 1st Line Regiment 3rd Artillery Regiment 12th Line Regiment 3rd Engineer Battalion 25th Line Regiment 2nd Infantry Division 5th Line Regiment 2nd Artillery Regiment 6th Line Regiment 12th Engineer Battalion 28th Line Regiment 4th Cyclist Regiment 1st Lancer Regiment 1st Frontier Cyclist Regiment 2nd Frontier Cyclist Regiment IV Army Corps 12th Infantry Division 2nd Line Regiment 7th Artillery Regiment 22nd Line Regiment 2nd Engineer Battalion 23rd Line Regiment 15th Infantry Division 31st Line Regiment 23rd Artillery Regiment 42nd Line Regiment 16th Engineer Battalion 43rd Line Regiment 18th Infantry Division 3rd Carabineer Regiment I/17th Artillery Regiment 39th Line Regiment 15th Engineer Battalion V Army Corps 13th Infantry Division 32nd Line Regiment 21st Artillery Regiment 33rd Line Regiment 26th Artillery Regiment 34th Line Regiment 14th Engineer Battalion 17th Infantry Division 7th Regiment Chasseurs 25th Artillery Regiment 8th Regiment Chasseurs 17th Engineer Battalion 9th Regiment Chasseurs VI Army Corps 5th Infantry Division 1st Regiment Chasseurs 11th Artillery Regiment 2nd Regiment Chasseurs 5th Engineer Battalion 4th Regiment Chasseurs 10th Infantry Division 3rd Regiment Chasseurs 10th Artillery Regiment 5th Regiment Chasseurs 8th Engineer Battalion 6th Regiment Chasseurs 1st Light Regiment VII Army Corps 8th Infantry Division 13th Line Regiment 5th Artillery Regiment 19th Line Regiment 10th Engineer Battalion 21st Line Regiment 2nd Chasseurs Ardennais Division 4th Chasseurs Ardennais Regiment 12th Artillery Regiment 5th Chasseurs Ardennais Regiment 19th Engineer Battalion (2nd coy) 6th Chasseurs Ardennais Regiment Cavalry Corps 1st Infantry Division 3rd Line Regiment 1st Artillery Regiment 4th Line Regiment 1st Engineer Battalion 24th Line Regiment 14th Infantry Division 35th Line Regiment 22nd Artillery Regiment 36th Line Regiment 13th Engineer Battalion 38th Line Regiment 2nd Cavalry Division 4th Lancer Regiment 18th Artillery Regiment 2nd Cyclist Regiment 26th Engineer Battalion 2nd Cav.

during the 1920’s and 1930’s and their artillery methods reflect this. When a Belgian artillery battery that has a Staff team fires an Artillery Bombardment. When Chasseurs Ardennais platoons test their Motivation to Counterattack in assaults. Belgian platoons may re-roll failed Skill Tests to Dig-in. 15 . been training in and knew the area very well. any other artillery batteries Hunters of the Ardennes with Staff teams may join it before rolling to Range In and The Chasseurs Ardennais fought mainly in areas they had fire as a single combined Artillery Battery. Belgian Special Rules Central Fire Control ‘They’re not men. you may re-roll the die and apply Belgian Company Command teams cannot act as spotting the re-rolled results to all Chasseurs Ardennais platoons that teams for Artillery Bombardments. but green wolves!’ The Belgian Army was a great follower of French doctrine Chasseurs Ardennais were very tenacious in the defence. Chasseurs Ardennais Infantry and Man-packed Gun teams Defensive warfare may move At the Double through Woods (see page 30 of the rulebook). The Belgian army had prepared defences along a number of lines and rivers. failed on the original roll. Vickers Utility B tractor towing a 47mm FRC anti-tank gun.

16 . and may be French or British Allied Platoons and unmarked platoons. ANTI-TANK ANTI-AIRCRAFT Infanterie Anti-tank 19 Platoon Light Anti-aircraft 30 Platoon Belgian infantryman firing a FM30 light machine-gun on a AA mount. Divisional Support Platoons must be taken from the Regular Divisional Support platoons (marked   ). Royal 34 Artillery REGIMENTAL SUPPORT PLATOONS ARTILLERY Infanterie Platoon 17 ANTI-TANK Engineer Platoon 29 Infanterie Gun Platoon 18 Bicycle Scout Platoon 28 Infanterie Anti-tank Fusiliers Portés Self-propelled Anti-tank 19 French and British platoons 28 32 Platoon Platoon Platoon are Allies and follow the Brigade Anti-tank 34 Allies rules on page 70 of Rifle Platoon 33 Platoon the rulebook. Infanteriecompagnie/ 17 Compagnie d’infanterie HQ DIVISIONAL SUPPORT PLATOONS COMBAT PLATOONS WEAPONS PLATOONS INFANTRY MACHINE-GUNS ARMOUR ARTILLERY Infanterie Platoon Infanterie Machine-gun 18 17 Platoon Light Artillery Battery 29 Cavalerie Self-propelled 22 Anti-tank Platoon INFANTRY MACHINE-GUNS Medium Combat 31 Platoon ARTILLERY Light Combat Platoon 31 Infanterie Machine-gun Deep Reconnaissance 32 Infanterie Platoon 18 17 Platoon Platoon Light Artillery Battery 29 Carrier Platoon 33 Field Fortifications 19 INFANTRY Heavy Artillery Battery 30 INFANTRY Field Battery. Infanteriecompagnie/Compagnie d’infanterie Infantry Company (Infantry Company) HEADQUARTERS HEADQUARTERS You must field one platoon from each box shaded black and may field one platoon from each box shaded grey.

Rifle team Rifle team Infanterie Squad Infanterie Squad Sergent Sergent Rifle team Rifle team Rifle team Rifle team Rifle team Rifle team Infanterie Squad Infanterie Squad Infanterie Platoon 17 . This provided ample firepower. Belgium Motivation and Skill RELUCTANT CONSCRIPT Infanteriecompagnie/Compagnie d’infanterie The core of the Belgian army were the infantry divisions. Sergent Sergent Belgian infantry platoons were large. 65 men in total. The Belgians fought with great CONFIDENT TRAINED courage and determination against the invading Germans in 1940. FEARLESS VETERAN HEADQUARTERS Infanteriecompagnie/Compagnie d’infanterie HQ Headquarters Capitaine Company HQ 25 points Capitaine A Belgian Infanteriecompagnie or Compagnie d’infanterie (Flemish and French names for an Infantry Company) are Company Command 2iC Command Rifle team Rifle team well-trained and use their limited support weapons to good Company HQ effect. Divisional support can be called on to add to their firepower. Infanteriecompagnie/ Compagnie d’infanterie HQ COMBAT PLATOONS Infanterie Platoon Platoon Lieutenant HQ Section with: Lieutenant Sergent 4 Infanterie Squads 155 points 3 Infanterie Squads 120 points Command Light Mortar Light Mortar Light Mortar Rifle team team team team Option HQ Section Mortar Section • Add up to three Light Mortar teams for +15 points per team. Every Rifle team Rifle team Rifle team Rifle team platoon had four FM30 light machine-guns and three DBT grenade launchers (light mortars). An Infanteriecompagnie/ Compagnie d’infanterie is rated as Confident Trained.

REGIMENTAL SUPPORT PLATOONS Infanterie Gun Platoon Platoon Lieutenant HQ Section with: Lieutenant 4 76mm FRC 80 points 3 76mm FRC 60 points Command Rifle team Observer Rifle team 2 76mm FRC 40 points HQ Section Options Sergent Sergent • Add horse-drawn limbers for +5 points for the platoon. It could provide direct and indirect fire. This weapon looks like something between a mortar and an infantry gun. WEAPONS PLATOONS Infanterie Machine-gun Platoon Platoon Lieutenant HQ Section with: Lieutenent 2 Machine-gun Sections 100 points 1 Machine-gun Section 55 points Command Rifle team HQ Section Infanterie Machine-gun Platoons may make Combat Sergent Sergent Attachments to Infanterie Platoons. 76mm FRC gun 76mm FRC gun Horse-drawn limber Horse-drawn limber Infantry Gun Section Infantry Gun Section Infanterie Gun Platoon 18 . 76mm FRC gun 76mm FRC gun • Add Observer Rifle team for +15 points. Section Section Infanterie Machine-gun Platoon Belgian machine-gunners unload their Maxim HMGs from a wagon. Horse-drawn limber Horse-drawn limber The standard mortar/infantry gun was the FRC 76mm.65mm Maxim model 1908 Machine-gun Machine-gun heavy machine-gun. The standard heavy machine-gun in active and first reserve Maxim HMG Maxim HMG Maxim HMG Maxim HMG infantry divisions was the 7.

but also relied on a number of fixed defensive lines. and in central Belgium on the KW line. These lines. or a 60mm Anti-tank Pillbox for Barbed Wire Entanglement Barbed Wire Entanglement +230 points. • Replace up to one HMG Pillbox with a Twin HMG Barbed Wire Entanglement Barbed Wire Entanglement Pillbox for +35 points. Fortification • Replace up to two Barbed Wire Entanglements with Anti-tank Obstacles for +90 points per Obstacle. 19 . • Add Barbed Wire Entanglement for +10 points per Mines entanglement. mostly 200 to 700 metres apart. even though the design dated from 1931. HMG Pillbox HMG Pillbox Bunkers A company with Field Fortifications is a Fortified Company Field Fortifications and always uses the Prepared Positions special rule (see page 264 of the rulebook). a 47mm Anti-tank Pillbox for +35 points. such as those on the border. 47mm FRC M31 gun 47mm FRC M31 gun Vickers Utility B tractor Vickers Utility B tractor Anti-tank Section Anti-tank Section Fusiliers Anti-tank Gun Platoon Field Fortifications The Belgians had a number of strong forts in strategic locations in Belgium. reinforced with barbed wire and mines. Both armour piercing Vickers Utility B tractor Vickers Utility B tractor and high explosive ammunition were available. Field Fortifications Fortifications Fortification 1 HMG Pillbox with: Fortification 4 Minefields 250 points 3 Minefields 200 points Minefield Minefield 2 Minefields 150 points Options Minefield Minefield • Add an additional HMG Pillbox for +50 points. were held by infantry divisions and were designed to hold the Germans until Belgium’s allies could arrive to join the battle. even in missions that do not normally use this rule. These lines were based on Pillboxes. 47mm FRC M31 gun 47mm FRC M31 gun The Canon de 47 (47mm FRC mle 31 anti-tank gun) was an excellent weapon. Belgium Infanterie Anti-tank Platoon Infanteriecompagnie/Compagnie d’infanterie Platoon Lieutenant HQ Section with: Lieutenant 4 47mm FRC mle 31 105 points 2 47mm FRC mle 31 55 points Command Rifle team HQ Section Option • Add Vickers Utility B Tractors for +5 points for the Sergent Sergent platoon. Its armour penetration was good.

21 Compagnie de Cavalerie HQ DIVISIONAL SUPPORT PLATOONS COMBAT PLATOONS WEAPONS PLATOONS RECONNAISSANCE MACHINE-GUNS ARMOUR ARTILLERY Cavalerie Platoon Cavalerie Machine-gun 22 21 Platoon Light Artillery Battery 29 Cavalerie Tank Platoon 23 RECONNAISSANCE Medium Combat 31 Platoon ARTILLERY Light Combat Platoon 31 REGIMENTAL SUPPORT PLATOONS ARMOUR Deep Reconnaissance 32 Cavalerie Platoon 21 Platoon Light Artillery Battery 29 Carrier Platoon 33 RECONNAISSANCE Heavy Artillery Battery 30 Cavalerie Light Tank 22 Platoon ANTI-TANK Field Battery. Cavaleriecompagnie/Compagnie de Cavalerie Motorcycle Reconnaissance Company (Mechanised Company) HEADQUARTERS HEADQUARTERS You must field one platoon from each box shaded black and may field one platoon from each box shaded grey. Divisional Support Platoons must be taken from the Regular Divisional Support platoons Cavaleriecompagnie/ (marked   ). and may be French or British Allied Platoons and unmarked platoons. Infanterie Gun Platoon 18 INFANTRY Engineer Platoon 29 Bicycle Scout Platoon 28 Fusiliers Portés 32 Platoon Rifle Platoon 33 Belgian Motorcycle troops. 20 . Royal 34 Artillery Cavalry Self-propelled 22 Anti-tank Platoon Cavalerie Platoon 21 ANTI-AIRCRAFT Infanterie Anti-tank 19 ANTI-TANK Platoon Brigade Anti-tank 34 Platoon Self-propelled Light Anti-aircraft 28 30 French and British platoons Anti-tank Platoon Platoon Cavalerie Self-propelled 22 are Allies and follow the Anti-tank Platoon Allies rules on page 70 of ARTILLERY the rulebook.

Motorcycle Motorcycle Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team The cavalry had fewer men in their platoons than the infantry. but had superior mobility provided by their motorcycles. FEARLESS VETERAN HEADQUARTERS Cavaleriecompagnie/Compagnie de Cavalerie HQ Headquarters Capitaine Company HQ 40 points Capitaine The teams of a Cavaleriecompagnie/Compagnie de Cavalerie Company Command 2iC Command Motorcycle Rifle team Motorcycle Rifle team HQ use the Motorcycle Reconnaissance rules on pages 196 and 197 of the rulebook. Company HQ Cavaleriecompagnie/ Being motorised the cavalry played a crucial role in many Compagnie de Cavalerie HQ Belgian counterattacks. A Cavaleriecompagnie/Compagnie de Cavalerie is rated as Confident Trained. COMBAT PLATOONS Cavalerie Platoon Platoon Lieutenant HQ Section with: Lieutenant 2 Cavalry Squads 170 points Command Motorcycle Option Rifle/MG team • Add up to three Motorcycle Light Mortar teams for HQ Section +25 points per team. Belgium Motivation and Skill RELUCTANT CONSCRIPT Cavaleriecompagnie/Compagnie de Cavalerie The Belgian cavalry have become fully motorised mounted on motorcycles and have left the CONFIDENT TRAINED old days of the horse behind them. Sergeant Sergeant Cavalerie Platoons use the Motorcycle Reconnaissance rules on pages 196 and 197 of the rulebook. Motorcycle Motorcycle Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team Motorcycle Motorcycle Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team cavalry Squad cavalry Squad Sergent Motorcycle Motorcycle Motorcycle Light Mortar team Light Mortar team Light Mortar team Mortar Section cavalerie Platoon 21 .

machine-gun Section machine-gun Section cavalry Machine-gun Platoon REGIMENTAL SUPPORT PLATOONS Cavalerie Self-propelled Anti-tank Platoon Platoon Lieutenant 4 T-13B1 or B2 180 points Lieutenant Sergeant 3 T-13B1 or B2 135 points 4 T-13B3 185 points Command T-13 T-13 T-13 3 T-13B3 140 points T-13 HQ Section Combat Section The cavalry had a number of armoured units.65mm Hotchkiss heavy machine-gun Motorcycle Motorcycle 8mm mle 1914 HMG 8mm mle 1914 HMG rather than the heavier Schwarzlose HMG. Sergeant Sergeant Cavalerie Machine-gun Platoons may make Combat Motorcycle Motorcycle 8mm mle 1914 HMG 8mm mle 1914 HMG Attachments to Cavalerie Platoons. turret. WEAPONS PLATOONS Cavalry Machine-gun Platoon Platoon Lieutenant HQ Section with: Lieutenant 4 Motorcycle 8mm mle 1914 HMG 140 points 2 Motorcycle 8mm mle 1914 HMG 75 points Command Motorcycle Rifle team HQ Section Cavalerie Machine-gun Platoons use the Motorcycle Reconnaissance rules on pages 196 and 197 of the rulebook. The T-13B3 tank-hunter improved on the design with an ers. Self-propelled Cavalerie Self-propelled Anti-tank Platoon anti-tank was provided by T-13B2 and T-13B3 tank-hunt. cavalerie Light Tank Platoon Platoon Lieutenant 1 T-13B2 and 2 T-15 105 points Lieutenant Option • Replace T-13B2 tank with T-13B3 tank for +5 points Command T13B2 for the platoon. HQ Section The light tank platoon combined a T-13B3 command tank Sous Officier Caporal with two T-15 light tanks. The T-13B3 added some hitting power to the platoon with its 47mm anti-tank gun. T-15 T-15 Tank Section Tank Section Cavalerie Light Tank Platoon 22 . The T-13B2 mounted a 47mm FRC anti-tank gun in a improved fully-armoured hull and an armoured enclosed semi-open turret and hull. The cavalry used the 7.

SUPPORT PLATOONS Cavalerie Tank Platoon Platoon Lieutenant 4 ACG-1 235 points Lieutenant Sous Officier 3 ACG-1 180 points Command ACG-1 ACG-1 The AGC-1 is the only real tank in the Belgian arsenal. 23 . ACG-1 ACG-1 Tank Section Tank Section cavalerie Tank Platoon ACG-1 tank.5mm MG. Belgium Cavalry Squadron A column of T-15 light tanks. but they were put to good use. Only HQ Section Tank Section eight were operational. This medium tank packed quite a punch carrying both a 47mm Caporal Caporal gun and a co-ax 7.

Compagnie de Chasseurs Adennais Light Infantry Company (Infantry Company) HEADQUARTERS HEADQUARTERS You must field one platoon from each box shaded black and may field one platoon from each box shaded grey. 34 INFANTRY Royal Artillery Chasseurs Self-propelled 26 Anti-tank Platoon Light Combat Platoon 31 Chasseurs Anti-tank Deep Reconnaissance ANTI-TANK 32 26 Chasseurs Ardennais Platoon Platoon 25 Platoon Carrier Platoon 33 ANTI-TANK Brigade Anti-tank 34 INFANTRY Platoon French and British platoons ANTI-AIRCRAFT Chasseurs Self-propelled 26 are Allies and follow the Anti-tank Platoon Allies rules on page 70 of Engineer Platoon 29 the rulebook. ARTILLERY Light Anti-aircraft 30 INFANTRY Platoon Chasseurs Infantry Gun 27 Platoon Fusiliers Portés 32 RECONNAISSANCE Platoon Rifle Platoon 33 Chasseurs Scout 27 Platoon Chasseurs Ardennais bicycle troops. and may be French or British Allied Platoons and unmarked platoons. Compagnie de 25 Chasseurs Adennais HQ DIVISIONAL SUPPORT PLATOONS COMBAT PLATOONS WEAPONS PLATOONS INFANTRY MACHINE-GUNS ARMOUR ARTILLERY Chasseurs Ardennais Chasseurs Machine-gun 26 25 Platoon Platoon Light Artillery Battery 29 Light Tank Platoon 28 INFANTRY ARTILLERY ARMOUR REGIMENTAL SUPPORT PLATOONS Chasseurs Ardennais ANTI-TANK 25 Platoon Light Artillery Battery 29 Medium Combat 31 Platoon Field Battery. Divisional Support Platoons must be taken from the Chasseurs Ardennais Divisional Support platoons (marked   ). 24 .

They still pack quite a punch. 1st. but comparable in size to normal French and German platoons. 3-ton truck 3-ton truck Chasseurs Squad Chasseurs Squad With 46 men. into three regiments and a bicycle battalion. on 10 March 1933. in March 1937. COMBAT PLATOONS Chasseurs Ardennais Platoon Platoon Lieutenant HQ Section with: Lieutenant 2 Chasseurs Squads 145 points Command Rifle/MG team Options HQ Section • Replace all Rifle/MG teams with Motorcycle Rifle/ MG team for +10 points per team or add 3-ton Sergent Sergent trucks for +5 points for the platoon. Belgium Motivation and Skill RELUCTANT CONSCRIPT Compagnie de Chasseurs Adennais The elite Belgian Regiment of Chasseurs Ardennais (Hunters from the Ardennes) are the CONFIDENT TRAINED best troops of the Royal Belgian Army. Company HQ Chasseurs Ardennais Compagnie HQ The Motorcycle teams of a Chasseurs Ardennais Compagnie The Chasseurs Ardennais were created to defend the eastern HQ use the Motorcycle Reconnaissance rules on pages 196 border of Belgium with Germany. Chasseurs Ardennais Platoons. 2nd and 3rd Régiment des Chasseurs Ardennais were located in Arlon. Their motto is Chasseurs Machine-gun Platoons all your Chasseurs Platoons “Resiste et Mords!” (Resist and bite!)The corps was expanded also must be upgraded to Motorcycle teams. Bastogne and Vielsalm. • Add up to three Light Mortar teams for +20 points Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team per team or Motorcycle Light Mortar teams for +30 points per team. King Albert I changed the unit’s name to Régiment des Chasseurs Ardennais. The are excellently trained and skilled fighters. Regiment. Originally the 10th Line and 197 of the rulebook. Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team Chasseurs Ardennais Platoons with Motorcycle teams use the Motorcycle Reconnaissance rules on pages 196 and 197 of the rulebook. HEADQUARTERS Compagnie de Chasseurs Adennais HQ Headquarters Capitaine Company HQ 30 points Capitaine Option • Replace all Command Rifle teams with Command Company Command 2iC Command 3-ton truck Motorcycle Rifle teams for +10 points or add 3-ton Rifle team Rifle team truck for +5 points. or animal that is still found in the Ardennes). these elite Chasseurs Ardennais Platoons are Sergent smaller than normal platoons. Expert FEARLESS VETERAN light infantrymen they fight to defend the forests of the Ardennes region. Light Mortar Light Mortar Light Mortar 3-ton truck team team team Mortar Section Chasseurs Ardennais Platoon 25 . If you choose to take Motorcycle teams in your Chasseurs The Chasseurs Ardennais wear the emblem of a wild boar (an Ardennais Compagnie HQ. A Compagnie de Chasseurs Adennais is rated as Confident Veteran.

Section Section Chasseurs Machine-gun Platoon REGIMENTAL SUPPORT PLATOONS Chasseurs Self-propelled Anti-tank Platoon Platoon Lieutenant 4 T-13B2 235 points Lieutenant Sergeant 3 T-13B2 175 points Command T-13B2 T-13B2 T-13B2 The T-13 tank-hunter mounted a 47mm FRC gun and a T-13B2 FM30 machine-gun mounted in a half-open turret on a HQ Section Combat Section Vickers chassis. These excellent guns are equal to any similar weapons in the German or Allied Vickers Utility B tractor Vickers Utility B tractor arsenals. 47mm FRC M31 gun 47mm FRC M31 gun ing trap for any unsuspecting enemy tanks. 47mm FRC M31 gun 47mm FRC M31 gun The Chasseurs Ardennais also had towed anti-tank guns in the form of the 47mm FRC mle 1931 gun. Chasseurs Anti-tank Platoon Platoon Lieutenant HQ Section with: Lieutenant 4 47mm FRC mle 31 135 points 2 47mm FRC mle 31 75 points Command Rifle team HQ Section Option • Add Vickers Utility B Tractors for +5 points for the Sergent Sergent platoon. In the hands of the Chasseurs Ardennais they can lay a devastat. 8mm mle 1914 8mm mle 1914 8mm mle 1914 8mm mle 1914 HMG HMG HMG HMG Chasseurs Machine-gun Platoons with Motorcycle teams use 3-ton truck 3-ton truck the Motorcycle Reconnaissance rules on pages 196 and 197 of Machine-gun Machine-gun the rulebook. This provided the Belgians with a good anti- Chasseurs Self-propelled Anti-tank Platoon tank weapon. WEAPONS PLATOONS Chasseurs Machine-gun Platoon Platoon Lieutenant HQ Section with: Lieutenent 4 8mm mle 1914 HMG 130 points 2 8mm mle 1914 HMG 70 points Command Rifle team HQ Section Option • Replace all Rifle teams with Motorcycle Rifle teams Sergent Sergent and 8mm mle 1914 HMG teams with Motorcycle HMG teams for +10 points per team or add 3-ton trucks for +5 points for the platoon. Vickers Utility B tractor Vickers Utility B tractor Anti-tank Section Anti-tank Section Chasseurs Anti-tank Gun Platoon 26 . Unfortunately they often had to be misused due to the lack of real tanks.

Rifle team Rifle team Scout Squad Scout Squad Chasseurs Scout Platoon 27 . They can locate and expose the enemy so the defending Chasseurs Ardennais can Motorcycle Motorcycle bring their firepower to bear. Belgium Chasseurs Infantry Gun Platoon Compagnie de Chasseurs Adennais Platoon Lieutenant HQ Section with: Lieutenant 4 76mm FRC 105 points 3 76mm FRC 80 points Command Rifle team Observer Rifle team 2 76mm FRC 55 points HQ Section Options Sergent Sergent • Add horse-drawn limbers for +5 points for the platoon. Chasseurs Scout Platoon Platoon Lieutenant HQ Section with: Lieutenant 2 Scout Squads 130 points Command Motorcycle Rifle team Chasseurs Scout Platoons use the Motorcycle Reconnaissance HQ Section rules on pages 196 and 197 of the rulebook. 76mm FRC gun 76mm FRC gun • Add Observer Rifle team for +15 points. Sergeant Sergeant Chasseurs Scout Platoons are also Reconnaissance Platoons when dismounted. Motorcycle Motorcycle The motorcycle scouts are ideal for keeping tabs on the enemy Rifle team Rifle team movements as they move into Belgium. 76mm FRC gun 76mm FRC gun Horse-drawn limber Horse-drawn limber Infantry Gun Section Infantry Gun Section Chasseurs Infantry Gun Platoon 76mm FRC infantry gun and Chasseurs Ardennais crew. Horse-drawn limber Horse-drawn limber The 76mm FRC infantry gun fills the duel roll of indirect mortar and as a direct fire gun.

Lieutenant Sous Officier 3 T-15 95 points - Command T-15 T-15 The T-15 light tank uses the same chassis as the British Mark VI light tank but with a different armament. Bicycle Scout Platoon Platoon Lieutenant HQ Section with: Lieutenant 2 Bicycle Scout Squads 155 points - 1 Bicycle Scout Squads 85 points . T-15 T-15 Tank Section Tank Section Light Tank Platoon Self-propelled Anti-tank Platoon Platoon Lieutenant 4 T-13B2 180 points . Divisional Support Motivation and Skill Regular Division Chasseurs Ardennais Division Belgian Regular Divisional Support platoons are rated as Confident Trained. RELUCTANT CONSCRIPT RELUCTANT CONSCRIPT Belgian Chasseurs Ardennais Divisional Support CONFIDENT TRAINED CONFIDENT TRAINED platoons are rated as Confident Veteran. Command T-13B2 T-13B2 T-13B2 3 T-13B3 140 points . T-13B2 HQ Section Combat Section The T-13B2 mounted the 47mm FRC in a semi-open turret. Command Rifle team HQ Section Bicycle Scout Platoons are Reconnaissance Platoons. Rifle team Rifle team Rifle team Rifle team Scout Squad Scout Squad Bicycle Scout Platoon 28 . The T-15 light tank served with both Cavalry Divisions.2 mm Hotchkiss Caporal Caporal machine gun and a FM30 machine-gun on a anti-aircraft mount. Self-propelled Anti-tank Platoon These vehicles were designed as tank-hunters. FEARLESS VETERAN FEARLESS VETERAN Light Tank Platoon Platoon Lieutenant 4 T-15 125 points . Sergent Sergent The infantry divisions reconnaissance troops were mounted on bicycles to help get them to and from the enemy’s front. The primary HQ Section Tank Section armament of the T-15 tank was the 13. Rifle team Rifle team Rifle team Rifle team but they would dismount fully reconnoitre the enemy positions. but often found themselves being used in the tank role. Lieutenant Sergeant 3 T-13B2 135 points - 4 T-13B3 185 points .

Once completed the divisions and their engineers retreat northwards to the Maas River and Pioneer Rifle team Pioneer Rifle team join the main body of the Belgian army at the Dyle river. Light Artillery Batteries may not be deployed in Ambush. Latil tractor and Canon de 75 mle 1934 29 . French Canon de Gun Section Gun Section 75 mle 1897 (75mm mle 1897) and German Canon de 75 Light Artillery Battery TR (75/27) guns were also used. HQ Section • Add a Pioneer Supply 3-ton truck for +25 points. Belgium Engineer Platoon Divisional Support Platoon Lieutenant HQ Section with: Lieutenant 2 Engineer Squads 110 points 145 points Options Command Pioneer Pioneer Supply Rifle team 3-ton truck • Add 3-ton trucks for +5 points for the platoon. Sergent Sergent Each Belgian division has a battalion of engineers. These Pioneer Rifle Pioneer Rifle Pioneer Rifle Pioneer Rifle engineers were supported by Chasseurs Ardennais Division team team team team and the 1st Cavalry Division. 3-ton truck 3-ton truck Engineer Squad Engineer Squad Engineer Platoon Light Artillery Battery Platoon Lieutenant HQ Section with: Lieutenant 4 Canon de 75 mle 1934 - 210 points 2 Canon de 75 mle 1934 - 115 points Command Staff team Horse-drawn wagon Observer Rifle Rifle team team 4 Canon de 75 mle 1897 225 points - 2 Canon de 75 mle 1897 120 points - Sergeant Sergeant 4 Canon de 75 TR 165 points - 2 Canon de 75 TR 90 points - Gun Gun Options • Add horse-drawn wagon and limbers for +5 points Horse-drawn limber Horse-drawn limber for the battery. However. In the Ardennes their main mission was demolition work. • Replace horse-drawn wagon and limbers with 3-ton Gun Gun trucks or Latil tractors for +5 points for the battery. Horse-drawn limber Horse-drawn limber The main field guns of the Belgian army are the Swedish Bofors Canon de 75 mle 1934.

or Latil tractors for +5 points for the battery. Light Anti-aircraft Platoon Platoon Lieutenant HQ Section with: Lieutenent 2 20mm Madsen 45 points 60 points 2 40mm Bofors 65 points 85 points Command Rifle team HQ Section Option • Add 3-ton trucks for +5 points for the platoon. Heavy Artillery Battery The Belgian heavy artillery comes in an even greater variety. Heavy Artillery Battery Platoon Lieutenant HQ Section with: Lieutenant 4 Obusier de 105 GP 225 points - 2 Obusier de 105 GP 120 points . German and British howitzers (obrusier) to locally made guns (canon). Heavy Artillery Batteries may not be deployed in Ambush. Gun Section Gun Section • Replace horse-drawn wagon and limbers with 3-ton trucks. Sergent Sergent In the field the Belgian had light 20mm Madsen anti-aircraft Anti-aircraft gun Anti-aircraft gun guns and medium 40mm Bofors guns to protect them from Luftwaffe ground-attack aircraft. 3-ton truck 3-ton truck Anti-aircraft Anti-aircraft Section Section Light Anti-aircraft Platoon 30 . from French. Command Staff team Horse-drawn wagon Observer Rifle Rifle team team 4 Obusier de 6” - 370 points 2 Obusier de 6” - 195 points Sergeant Sergeant 4 Canon de 105 mle 1913 245 points - 2 Canon de 105 mle 1913 130 points - Gun Gun 4 Canon de 120 mle 1931 355 points - 2 Canon de 120 mle 1931 185 points - Horse-drawn limber Horse-drawn limber 4 Obusier de 155 mle 1917 320 points - 2 Obusier de 155 mle 1917 165 points - Gun Gun Options • Add Horse-drawn wagon and limbers for +5 points Horse-drawn limber Horse-drawn limber for the battery.

while the Light Combat Platoon third used the re-engined and updated H-39. Medium Combat Platoon Light Combat Platoon Platoon Lieutenant 5 Hotchkiss H-35 or H-39 Lieutenant (1 long and 4 short guns) 250 point 4 Hotchkiss H-35 or H-39 (1 long and 3 short guns) 205 points Command H-35 or H-39 3 Hotchkiss H-35 or H-39 HQ Section (1 long and 2 short guns) 160 points Sous Officier Maréchal des Logis 3 Hotchkiss H-35 or H-39 (3 long guns) 205 points H-35 or H-39 H-35 or H-39 H-35 or H-39 H-35 or H-39 Combat Section Combat Section Of France’s light mechanised divisions. the first two were equipped with the Hotchkiss H-35 light tank. Panzer Somua S-35 Somua S-35 Somua S-35 Somua S-35 units were given orders to take on Hotchkiss tanks but to Combat Section Combat Section avoid long-range engagements with the dangerous S-35. After years of preparation. the divisions were at full strength for the battles in Belgium in May. There were five tanks in each platoon. 31 . As a result of the battles at Hannut and Gembloux where Somua tanks inflicted heavy losses on German tanks. range. and the platoon commander’s tanks were armed with the long 37mm SA-38 gun. FEARLESS VETERAN Medium Combat Platoon Platoon Lieutenant 5 Somua S-35 520 points Lieutenant 4 Somua S-35 415 points 3 Somua S-35 310 points Command Somua S-35 HQ Section The Somua S-35 (pronounced saw-mwa) is considered by many to be the premier medium tank of the thirties with a Sous Officier Maréchal des Logis classic combination of speed. armament and armour. The cavalrymen of an Escadron de Combat are rated as Confident Trained. French French Support French Support Motivation and Skill RELUCTANT CONSCRIPT The Escadron de Combat (pronounced es-ka-drohn de kohn-ba) is the armoured force of a CONFIDENT TRAINED Division Légère Mécanique (DLM) or Light Mechanised Division.

Its reliability. the majority of France’s infantry marched with horse-drawn guns in support. the vehicle is the Laffly S20TL VDP (Voiture MG team MG team MG team MG team de Dragons Portés or Truck-borne Dragoon Vehicle) truck. While the advance is slow. The AMD-35 has two drivers. it is sure and will eventually result in the defeat of the enemy. the mechanised Maréchal des Logis Maréchal des Logis divisions were superbly equipped with specialised trucks and armoured vehicles for almost every role imaginable. As they were expected to operate with AMD-35 AMD-35 AMD-35 AMD-35 little support apart from their own motorcyclists. Their opera. Maréchal des Logis Maréchal des Logis The French designed their Automitrailleuse de Découverte (AMD). However. and its near-silent to maintain its performance. then fortify their position to hold it while the artillery comes up to repeat the process. a shortened version of the towed 25mm reverse out of an ambush. Fusiliers Portés Platoon Platoon Lieutenant HQ Section with: Lieutenant 3 Fusiliers Squads 165 points 2 Fusiliers Squads 120 points Command MG team VB team Laffly S20TL truck HQ Section Like Germany. The well-equipped Fusiliers Portés have twice the firepower Laffly S20TL truck Laffly S20TL truck of a normal infantry platoon with each squad having two with two MG with two MG Châtellarault FM 24/29 light machine-guns instead of one. Fusiliers Squad Fusiliers Squad The fusiliers mount their light machine-guns on anti-aircraft Maréchal des Logis mounts on their squad’s S20TL truck to protect them from marauding German aircraft while on the march. to advance far ahead of their division to locate the enemy and report Panhard Panhard Panhard Panhard their movements. French Infantry and Gun teams attempting to Dig In succeed on a roll of 3+. Deep Reconnaissance Armoured Cars. MG team MG team Laffly S20TL truck Trench Warfare with two MG French troops are trained for trench warfare. its ability to travel SA-34 anti-tank gun that fires higher-powered ammunition 186 miles (300km) on a tank of fuel. The Panhard AMD Deep Reconnaissance Platoon modèle 1935 has a two-man turret armed with the excellent 25mm SA-35 gun. allowing it to service at the start of the war. Deep Reconnaissance Platoon Platoon Lieutenant 5 Panhard AMD-35 165 points Lieutenant 4 Panhard AMD-35 135 points 3 Panhard AMD-35 105 points Command Panhard AMD-35 HQ Section Deep Reconnaissance Platoons are Reconnaissance Platoons. 32 . operation help make it one of the best armoured cars in one facing forward and the other backwards. For the Fusiliers Portés. Fusiliers Squad tional plan is to make a short deliberate advance under cover Fusiliers Portés Platoon of massed artillery fire. the AMD Scout Section Scout Section needed to be capable of defending itself.

each crewed by Carrier Patrol an NCO. Each patrol has three Bren Gun Carriers. Sergeant Carrier Patrols are Reconnaissance Platoons. The rifle squads (or sections as they are termed in the British Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team Army) are eight men strong. Rifle Platoon Carrier Platoon Platoon Subaltern HQ Section with: Regular Subaltern 3 Carrier Patrols 300 points 2 Carrier Patrols 200 points Command Bren Bren Gun Bren Gun Gun Carrier Carrier Carrier 1 Carrier Patrol 100 points Carrier Patrol Option Sergeant • Arm up to one Bren Gun Carrier per Carrier Patrol with a Boys anti-tank rifle for +5 points per carrier. The carriers are Carrier Platoon armed with a Bren light machine-gun. A number of Regular Corporal Corporal battalion were on the flanks near the Belgians. Command Bren Bren Gun Bren Gun Gun Carrier Carrier Carrier Carrier Patrols operate as separate platoons. FEARLESS VETERAN Rifle Platoon Platoon Subaltern or Platoon Sergeant Major HQ Section with: Regular Subaltern or Platoon Sergeant Major 3 Rifle Squads 185 points 2 Rifle Squads 145 points Command Light Mortar Anti-tank Rifle/MG team team Rifle team HQ Section The British 3rd Division fought alongside the Belgians around the city of Leuven in mid-May 1940. Regular CONFIDENT TRAINED Platoons are rated as Confident Veteran. British Support Motivation and Skill Regular The bulk of the British 3 Division is made up of Regular Army units. Two new weapons Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team that would be unfamiliar to their fathers are the 2” light Rifle Squad mortar and the Boys anti-tank rifle. Rifle Squad Rifle Squad and six riflemen. and these were rd RELUCTANT CONSCRIPT the units deployed on the flanks and available to support the Belgians at Leuven. each with their Carrier Patrol own command team. with one carrier in each patrol armed with a Boys anti-tank rifle as well. but the first-rate Bren light ma- chine-gun has replaced the old Lewis gun. with a corporal. Bren gunner. Command Bren Bren Gun Bren Gun Gun Carrier Carrier Carrier Each infantry battalion has a carrier platoon of three patrols. 33 . The Lee Enfield Mk III rifle they use is Corporal much the same weapon as their fathers were armed with at the end of the Great War. a driver/mechanic and a rifleman.

In the delaying actions during the withdrawal to Dunkirk. An anti-tank platoon would be attached to Anti-tank Section each battalion. 25mm gun 25mm gun Anti-tank Section Anti-tank Section By this time. Brigade Anti-tank Platoon Platoon Warrant Officer HQ Section with: Regular Warrant OFficer 3 Hotchkiss 25mm 70 points Option Command Rifle team 15cwt truck • Add 15 cwt trucks for +5 points for the platoon. 34 . gunners were • Replace all 15 cwt trucks carrying Observer Rifle often forced to fire over open sights at German recon- teams with OP Scout Carriers for +5 points naissance troops and Panzers trying to cut of the retreating per carrier. In the end. they held the Hotchkiss guns in high regard as an effective weapon. These guns were so light that they were carried on the back of the 15 cwt trucks rather than towed behind them. When they did. campaign in Belgium and France in 1940. all available 2 pdr anti-tank guns were needed by the artillery ant-tank regiments. Hotchkiss 15cwt truck These equipped the brigade anti-tank company of three an. Royal Artillery Platoon HQ Troop and: Regular 3 Gun Troops with: 12 OQF 18/25 pdr 875 points 2 Gun Troops with: 8 OQF 18/25 pdr 590 points 1 Gun Troop with: 4 OQF 18/25 pdr 300 points 2 OQF 18/25 pdr 160 points Options Batteries of the Royal Artillery and Royal Horse Artillery • Add 15 cwt trucks and Quad tractors for +5 points fought in support of the BEF throughout their brief per Gun Troop. The invasion of Poland made the infantry rethink their ideas and request Hotchkiss 15cwt truck Hotchkiss 15cwt truck their own anti-tank guns. British troops. Royal Artillery may not be deployed in Ambush. so the infantry purchased Sergeant Hotchkiss 25mm SA-34 anti-tank guns from the French instead. Field Batteries. HQ Section Before the war there was debate about who would man Sergeant Sergeant the anti-tank guns. Field Battery. they ended up under Royal Artillery control. 25mm gun ti-tank platoons. they gave a good account of themselves. and assigned to the sector most vulnerable to Brigade Anti-tank Platoon tanks and most in need of anti-armour support. Although the gunners had little time to familiarise them- selves with these weapons. the infantry or the artillery.

Royal Artillery deploys as a single platoon. they will be from this troop and do not have an Observer team. If the battery has OQF 4. Although they count as separate platoons for all other purposes. Major Major HQ Troop Captain Captain Captain Captain HQ Section HQ Section Sergeant Sergeant Sergeant Sergeant Field gun Field gun Field gun Field gun Field gun Field gun Field gun Field gun GUN Section GUN Section GUN Section GUN Section GUN Troop GUN Troop Captain Captain Command Rifle team 15 cwt truck HQ Section Sergeant Sergeant Field gun Field gun Field gun Field gun GUN Section GUN Section GUN Troop Field Battery. For example. Note: The third Gun Troop does not have an Observer team. 35 . a Field Battery.5” howitzers. Royal Artillery Although a Field Battery. all three Gun Troops are treated as a single platoon when calculating the number of platoons held in Reserve. Royal Artillery is a single Support choice. each Gun Troop operates as a separate platoon with its own Command team. The Staff team is an Independent team. all at the same time.

INFANTRY TEAMS Team Range ROF Anti-tank Firepower Notes Rifle team 16”/40cm 1 2 6 Rifle/MG team 16”/40cm 2 2 6 MG team 16”/40cm 3 2 6 ROF 2 when pinned down. 47mm SA-35 gun 24”/60cm 2 6 4+ One-man turret. 13. 47mm FRC Mle 31 gun 24”/60cm 3 6 4+ T-15 Half-tracked 1 1 1 AA MG. Hotchkiss H-35 or H-39 (short gun) Standard Tank 3 3 1 Co-ax MG. French Tanks Somua S-35 Standard Tank 4 3 1 Co-ax MG. 37mm SA-38 gun 24”/60cm 2 5 4+ One-man turret.2mm Hotchkiss MG 16”/40cm 3 3 5+ ACG-1 Standard Tank 2 2 1 Co-ax MG. With Boys anti-tank rifle 16”/40cm 2 4 5+ Hull-mounted. 47mm FRC Mle 31 gun 24”/60cm 3 6 4+ T-13B3 Half-tracked 1 1 1 AA MG. Additional Training and Equipment Pioneer teams are rated as Tank Assault 3. Hotchkiss H-35 or H-39 (long gun) Standard Tank 3 3 1 Co-ax MG. 25mm SA-34 gun 16”/40cm 2 6 5+ No HE. 47mm FRC Mle 31 gun 24”/60cm 3 6 4+ Armoured Cars Panhard AMD-35 Wheeled 1 1 0 Co-ax MG. VB team 8”/20cm 2 1 4+ Can fire over friendly teams. 37mm SA-18 gun 16”/40cm 2 4 4+ One-man turret. Belgian Arsenal TANK TEAMS Armour Name Mobility Front Side Top Equipment and Notes Weapon Range ROF Anti-tank Firepower Tanks T-13B1 or B2 Half-tracked 1 1 0 AA MG. 36 . Limited vision. Light Mortar team (DBT) 16”/40cm 1 1 4+ Can fire over friendly teams. British Reconnaissance Bren Gun Carrier Half-tracked 0 0 0 Hull MG. Vehicle Machine-guns Vehicle MG 16”/40cm 3 2 6 ROF 1 if other weapons fire. Staff team 16”/40cm 1 2 6 Moves as a Heavy Gun team.

Canon de 75 mle 1897 Heavy 24”/60cm 2 8 3+ Gun shield. Gun shield. BUNKERS Range ROF Anti-tank Firepower Notes HMG Pillbox 24”/60cm 6 2 6 ROF 3 when pinned down. Firing Bombardment 40”/100cm - 2 6 Smoke bombardment. 47mm FRC mle 31 gun Light 24”/60cm 3 6 4+ Gun shield. Firing bombardments 64”/160cm - 3 6 Smoke bombardment. Canon de 75 mle 1934 Heavy 24”/60cm 2 7 3+ Gun shield. 20mm Madsen gun Light 16”/40cm 4 5 5+ Anti-aircraft 40mm Bofors mle 36 gun Immobile 24”/60cm 4 6 4+ Anti-aircraft. Smoke. No HE. Firing bombardments 80”/200cm - 4 4+ Obusier de 105 GP Immobile 24”/60cm 1 9 2+ Breakthrough gun. GUN TEAMS Weapon Mobility Range ROF Anti-tank Firepower Notes Maxim HMG Man-packed 24”/60cm 6 2 6 ROF 3 when pinned down or moving. Firing bombardments 72”/180cm - 4 5+ Smoke bombardment. Firing bombardments 72”/180cm - 5 2+ Obusier de 155 mle 1917 Immobile 16”/40cm 1 10 1+ Bunker buster. 15cwt truck Wheeled - - - Horse-drawn wagon Wagon - - - Limbers Vickers Utility B tractor Half-tracked - - - Latil tractor Wheeled - - - Quad tractor Wheeled - - - Horse-drawn limber Wagon - - - 37 . Smoke. Firing bombardments 72”/180cm - 3 6 Smoke bombardment. OQF 18/25 pdr gun Heavy 24”/60cm 2 8 3+ Gun shield. Firing bombardments 88”/220cm - 4 3+ Obusier de 6” Immobile 24”/60cm 1 9 1+ Bunker buster. 47mm Anti-tank Pillbox 24”/60cm 3 6 4+ 60mm Anti-tank Pillbox 32”/80cm 3 10 4+ TRANSPORT TEAMS Armour Vehicle Mobility Front Side Top Equipment and Notes Trucks GMC mle 1937 truck Wheeled - - - Laffly S20TL VDP Wheeled - - - Two optional passenger-fired AA MG. Turntable. 76mm FRC mle 32 gun Man-packed 24”/60cm 2 1 3+ Smoke. Twin HMG Pillbox 24”/60cm 12 2 6 ROF 6 when pinned down. Firing bombardments 72”/180cm - 5 2+ British Guns Hotchkiss 25mm gun Light 16”/40cm 3 6 5+ Gun shield. Firing bombardments 72”/180cm - 3 6 Smoke bombardment. Smoke. Gun shield. Smoke. Canon de 105 mle 1913 Immobile 24”/60cm 1 9 2+ Gun shield. Turntable. Canon de 75 TR Heavy 24”/60cm 2 7 3+ Gun shield. Hotchkiss HMG Man-packed 24”/60cm 6 2 6 ROF 3 when pinned down or moving. Firing bombardments 72”/180cm - 4 4+ Canon de 120 mle 1931 Heavy 32”/80cm 1 12 2+ Breakthrough gun.

This can be modelled by using the US Browning M1917 machine-gun from (from US755 in Greatcoats). For the DBT grenade launcher you could use the Japanese light mortar. Chasseurs Ardennais are a bit harder. the Chasseurs berets were quite a bit bigger. In reality. Modelling the Belgians Belgian infantry and gun crews can be represented in Flames Of War by using the French. with them using the Maxim 08 machine-gun. as they were using very similar uniforms and helmets. Belgian Uniform Colours Item Colour Paint Uniform and greatcoat Khaki Drab Green Brown Boots and leather leggings Black Black Webbing and ammo pouches Leather Leather Brown Bread bag.com website for a future. You could convert them yourself using heads of British commandos wearing berets. but improvising with the French 60mm mortar (FR701 or FR741) and some simple knife work will also work. If you’d like to model either of these options some minor conversion work could be made to merge French crew with this gun. as you will most likely want to have models wearing the typical Chasseurs Ardennais beret. but in 15mm could can easily get away with this. The normal Belgian heavy machine-guns were also different.FlamesOfWar. more detailed. modelling article. canvas items Khaki Khaki Mess tin and gasmask container Khaki Green British Olive Drab (Russian Uniform) Helmets Olive Drab US Olive Drab (Brown Violet) Chasseurs Ardennais Beret Green Camo Green Field guns & Vehicles Olive Drab US Olive Drab (Brown Violet) Belgian troops DBT grenade launcher 38 . you might like to model your Belgian light machine-gunners with US BAR gunners. Platoons used for Belgians: FR400 Fusiliers Motocyclistes Squad FR701 French Company HQ (with greatcoats) FR741 Compagnie de Tirailleurs HQ (without greatcoats) FR702 Fusiliers Platoon (with greatcoats) FR742 Tirailleurs Platoon (without greatcoats) FR704 MG platoon (with greatcoats) FR744 Tirailleurs MG platoon (without greatcoats) FRO100 French Artillery Group (with greatcoats) FRO110 French Artillery Group (without greatcoats) Optional Modelling If you are a modeller and like converting. Check out www.

Above and right: Chasseurs Ardennais uniforms worn by reenactors and on display in a museum. Guns and Vehicles Dutch Name Foreign Name Suitable Model Model to Use T-13B1 - Light Mk VI B/C* BR002 T-13B2 - Light Mk VI B/C* BR002 T-13B3 - Light Mk VI B/C* BR002 T-15 - - - ACG-1 AMC-35 AMR-35 FR011 20mm Madsen gun - 20mm Oerlikon gun BR181 40mm Bofors mle 36 gun 40mm Bofors gun 40mm Bofors gun BSO505 47mm FRC mle 31 gun - TAC 47mm Schneider (wheels on trail) RO510 76mm FRC mle 32 gun - Type 92 70mm (no shield) JP560 Canon de 75 mle 1934 75mm Bofors model 1934 OQF 25 pdr gun - Canon de 75 mle 1897 75mm mle 1897 75mm mle 1897 FRO505 Canon de 75 TR Krupp 7.5cm K05 Italian 75/27 ISO505 Canon de 105 mle 1913 105mm L mle 1913 S Italian 105/28 IT590 Obusier de 105 GP Krupp 10.5cm leFH16 - - Canon de 120 mle 1931 - 122mm A19 gun SBX18 Obusier de 6” - 155mm C mle 1917 S (no shield) FRO507 Obusier de 155 mle 1917 155mm C mle 1917 S 155mm C mle 1917 S FRO507 GMC mle 1937 truck - Opel Blitz truck GE431 Vickers Utility B tractor - - - Latil tractor - TL-37 tractor IT271 39 .

Canon de 75 mle 1934 20mm Madsen gun Canon de 105 mle 1913 Obusier de 105 GP GMC mle 1937 truck T-13B3 tank-hunter 47mm FRC mle 31 gun 40 .

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