So the last book of Late War is finally here, we are at the gate of the German capital and the last days of the Reich. Berlin is a 73 page book that covers the German defenders of the city (Kampfgruppe Berlin) and the street fighting lists of the Soviet Union (Hero Strelkovy, ISU and IS lists). Today we are going to cover the Germans, please come back on Monday for the Soviet lists (click here to see it.)
Kampfgruppe Berlin has two special rules, Enjoy the War for all Fearless and Confident units (a 2+ and 3+ respectively) and Battlegroup Berlin with means you can't use the Kampfgruppe special rule but ignore the Reich Divided rule.
Your HQ can be either SS or Heer and can have one Panzerschreck added to it, The combat platoons have five options! Option one Veteran SS or Heer, option two trained SS or Heer, option three Trained FJ's, option four Volkssturm (yes you can finally collect the Volkssturm compamy!) and option five Hitlerjugend.
The Veteran, Trained and FJ platoons are quite similar. All are Panzerfaust/MG teams and any or all can be upgraded to Assault Rifles for +5pts per team. The Volkssturm are the same as they are in other books with Panzer Faust Rifles.
Next up is the weapons platoons, here you will find options for SS, Heer and Volksturm HMG, Mortar and infantry gun platoons, the Heer and SS have a few more options for the infantry guns. All the Volksturm support gets the same special rules as the regular Volkssturm infantry. You also have the option to combat attach these units to the Voksturm platoons if you want too. The final weapons platoon are Anti-Tank Guns. No Volkssturm option here, but the SS and Heer can have 1 to 3 PaK40's or PaK38's, these platoons can make combat attachments and can be upgraded to have Panzerfausts gun teams.
Next up is the Fortifications options, as you'd expect with this being a city fight you get street barricades. The basic fortification is 2 Street Barricades, 2 Minefields and a Panzer IV turret or Panther turret. You can add up to 3 sections of bared wire, two more street barricades and an addition turret. This option also makes you a fortified company.
Now the support platoons. The first option is a Heer Panzer platoon with Panzer IV's, Panthers or Tigers (without Tiger Ace skills), all can have tank riders. Next up is a SS King Tiger platoon which does get Tiger Ace skills and the final armoured option is StuG's or StuH's both Heer and SS. Mobile AA can be either Wirbelwinds or Ostwinds and recon comes in the form of Heavy Panzerspah with Sd Kfz 234/1 and 234/4 (PaK40). Interestingly once again (as with KG Arnhem) battle front have put the recon and the mobile breakthrough guns in the same slot.
Now on to one of the oddest looking units in the book, the Bedbug Platoon. This platoon is made up of 2 to 3 Kleinpanzer Wanze's, which are Bergward B IV demolition carriers (so halftracked) armed with 6 Panzerschrecks! Short ranged but ROF 3 and can move and shoot at full effect! They have a similar rule to the Heavy Rocket platoons, so once they fire they have to either miss a turn of shooting or roll a skill test to shoot the following turn.
Pioneer platoons for the Heer and SS are expensive being Panzerfaust Pioneer MG teams, with the option to upgrade to Assault Rifles (is there anything these teams can't do!?!), they also get the normal 3 flame throwers which seems very expensive to use them like that!
Heavy Mortars platoons are all 12cm sGW43's and the normal and heavy artillery has almost every option you can think of from the other Late War books. You also have all three options for the Nebs, but with one artillery slot for all 4 options you will have a headache trying to work out which one to use.
The final two options are Luftwaffe Heavy and Light AA which like the artillery have all the options you can think of. They do get a rule with means they can choose to start the game in Prepared Positions. And other than the kitchen sink thats it!
The book rounds out with a look at historical Kampfgruppes in Berlin if you want to theme your lists and where they fought during the battle.
I hope you enjoyed the list preview and don't forget to check out the Soviet preview Monday. Until next time