Hello there! I did say I would reveal my next Team Yankee project on April 25th, and as you may have guessed from the Free Nations book, and the date, its the Anzacs!
Yeah, that was my reaction too, upon finding out that the Kiwis and Aussies were in the game! It was a pleasant surprise, as I quite like the countries in question, and actually have a small connection to Australia myself. But what are they even doing in West Germany in 1985?
Well, there are two reasons. The first is the one the book gives us; The Australians and New Zealanders were invited by the British to a military exercise taking place in June 1985, and upon finishing it, were committed by their parent governments to stay, in case of hostilities with the Warsaw Pact. This isn’t entirely without precedent; Exercise Lionheart in 1984 in our real timeline had exchange officers from both nations embedded in it. A full brigade of troops is fanciful, but amusing, and one must remember it IS a game at the end of the day.
The second reason is much, much simpler. Battlefront Games is from New Zealand. They wanted their own country in it. That is entirely fair! Can’t say I’d do much different, in their place.
As for why I’m playing them, it came down to again, two reasons. Firstly, my friend and I always like to have two armies for a system, and he wanted to play Canada. As we are both Canadians, I will admit to being a little sad. But I got Australia instead, and man, am I happy about that!
Secondly, my own family history is amusingly on point here. We come from Anglo-Pakistani stock, and when it came time for my, well, large family to leave the home country, we chose two destinations. It is incredibly amusing, and the source of many jokes, that we chose almost literally the two farthest places in the world to settle apart from each other! Half went to Australia, the other Canada. We remain close, and as a kid I used to relish the visits of my odd speaking cousins.
As a child, I researched their military history almost as much as my own adopted country. The Battle of Gallipoli hold a place in my heart as much as Vimy Ridge. And who could forget Kapyong, where the Royal Australian Regiment and the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry both won a Presidential Unit Citation from the United States for holding a vital pass? A classic tale of Commonwealth brotherhood. The Royal New Zealand Artillery was there too, and they shouldn’t be forgotten either!
As you can probably tell, I was pretty excited to get started on this project. I’m still stuck on priming miniatures, as much of this was purchased while it was still too cold to prime, and that issue still continues. For now, I’ll just show off what I have.
All in all, my Anzac force is coming along. I still have two boxes of Leopard 1’s to build, giving me a total of eighteen in total! I still am waiting in the mail for another Mechanized Platoon, and I still need to order an insane amount of m113’s, a task made harder by the fact that Australia used the T50 turret, so I can’t just cannibalize other nations M113s. The Scorpions in my British list will probably be transferred to this list, to represent the New Zealand contribution to the war effort. They will be replaced in the British list by Foxes. I also require a Tracked Rapier troop; this gives my Anzac’s the serious anti-air option they require to be competitive, while also expanding the options available to the British list.
I’m quite pleased with the progress I’ve been making; the assembly line will continue tomorrow, churning out more tanks, and waiting for the weather to finally cooperate. Once this project is done, hopefully the shut-down will be over and I can get a game in, as believe it or not, I still haven’t tried out this out! If not, I will probably start on my Oil War forces, Syrians, mainly to fight my friends Israelis down the road. I also, on impulse, purchased two ADATS(an odd weapon platform adopted by the Canadian Army) Anti-Air platoons during Battlefronts daily deal, mostly because, c’mon I’m still Canadian at the end of the day. They’ll probably see use in my friends eventual army, but gives me an excuse to paint my own country’s armed forces.
Now, my friends gave me permission to post what they got done! So without further ado, lets have a peek!
And that’s all I got for today! Lots of painting in our collective future!
This was a fun post to write, and have one last aside to make. While it is certainly not a big deal for other parts of the world, I’d like to wish any Australians and New Zealanders visiting a good Anzac Day! It is a seriously important day for them, and while I may be half a world away, for at least a few hours, I’ll celebrate your achievements along with you. From Gallipoli to the Kokoda Trail, to Kapyong and Long Tan, may your soldiers be remembered as some of the finest in the world. Happy War-gaming Mates, wherever you might be! Stay Safe everyone!
4 thoughts on “They Came from a Land Down Under: Lost Anzacs in Team Yankee!”
Good article.. enjoyed the read. As an ex Australian Leopard Commander now working and living in Canada, I can appreciate this. I have just finished doing my ANZAC TY build. I also modified my leopards so they are the correct AS1 version, it’s easy to do and would be happy to share how if your interested.
Again really enjoy this post!
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Wow! Sure! I know they are supposed to have toolboxes along the side, as opposed to tools strapped to the side. Any other major differences? The kit doesn’t have all the options I imagine. Thanks for your comments, firsthand experience is always cool to hear! Glad you liked the article
No worries, happy to help. Yes the y carries two toolboxes on one side and one on the other. They also had a ‘turret basket’ on the back of the turret. This carried Cam net, jerry cans, a large tarp, and the tank tarp, which was like a tent that went across the engine deck. I cut and smoothed off the sides first. then using an L shape plastic rod from the hobby shop, cut these to the right size. Glued them into place (use a real photo as a guide). then a bit of putty on each end to close them and there you go. The basket was harder. I had to build the frame, again using flat strips of plasticard, then some fine wire mesh and attached them to the rear of the turret. Not sure how I can share pictures here.
I will send you a couple via messenger. If you want a bit more detail pics or close ups let me know.
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Thank you! I’d love some pictures of your Leopards, to see what that looks like completed. I don’t think it’s beyond my skill level, but with so many built up already I think I’ll mix proper AS1 Leopards with some unconverted or lightly converted ones, to represent combat losses in Europe being replaced with local variants from Dutch or West German stocks; The Canadians would have too few and are too far south as part of CENTAG to be able to share I’d think! What do you think of that idea?