Steven’s Fallschirmjäger Battalion for Crossfire

This post is long overdue. Roland painted the last of the Fallschirmjaeger in June 2011 and I got them based soon afterwards. Tragically I haven’t used them in a game of Crossfire. I guess I don’t often create Crossfire scenarios for German paratroopers. Perhaps when I have some Kiwis to fight them in the Italian Campaign; I should bump the New Zealanders up in the priority list. Anyway, here are my Fallschirmjaeger.


Order of Battle

I store my Fallschirmjaeger in a A4 Really Useful Box. Magnetised so my bases stick.

Here is the full array inside the box. You’ll notice a small number of gaps.

Fallschirmjaeger 6336 Everything in a Really Useful Box

Fallschirmjaeger 6336 Everything in a Really Useful Box

What that turns into is:

Fallschirmjaeger Battalion (1943-45)

  • 1 x Parachute Battalion Headquarters
    • 1 x BC (+2)
    • 1 x SMG Squad
  • 1 x Machinegun Company
    • 2 x HMG
    • 1 x FO for on or off-table 81 mm Mortar (12 FM)
    • 1 x FO for off-table 120 mm Mortar (10 FM)1
    • 1 x 75mm Recoiless Gun with optional Tow2
  • 3 x Parachute Companies
    • 1 x CC (+2)
    • 1 x FO for on or off-table 81 mm Mortar (12 FM)
    • 1 x FO for off-table 120 mm Mortar (10 FM)1
    • 2 x HMG
    • 1 x Rifle Platoon: PC (+2); 3 x Rifle Squads; 1 x Panzershrek
    • 2 x Rifle Platoons: PC (+1); 3 x Rifle Squads; 1 x Early Panzerfaust
  • Command & Control: Good
  • Morale: Veteran

Notes:
(1) The standard order of battle lacks 120mm mortars.
(2) Actually I don’t have the 75mm Recoiless Gun painted, so it is a gap. And I’m more likely to field a normal 75mm anti-tank gun instead of the recoilless – after all the Fallschirmjaeger were mostly infantry.


Parachute Battalion Headquarters

Like many German battalions, the headquarters of the battalion has two stands: the Battalion Commander and an escort SMG Squad.

Fallschirmjaeger 6343 Batallion Headquarters

Fallschirmjaeger 6343 Batallion Headquarters

Battalion Commander

Roland painted the Battalion Commander stand. Following my house rules for Base Sizes and Number of Figures in Crossfire we put the Battalion Commander on a 50 x 50 mm base with 4 men + vehicle (kettengrad). We used the Flames of War hero “Von Heyte”. Plus a kettengrad, kettengrad rider, and a couple of other chaps.

Fallschirmjaeger 6337 Battalion Commander

Fallschirmjaeger 6337 Battalion Commander

Fallschirmjaeger 6338 Battalion Commander

Fallschirmjaeger 6338 Battalion Commander

Fallschirmjaeger 6339 Battalion Commander

Fallschirmjaeger 6339 Battalion Commander

Fallschirmjaeger 6340 Battalion Commander showing ID

Fallschirmjaeger 6340 Battalion Commander showing ID

SMG Squad

The SMG Squad was painted by eBay Guy 1 (I explain that in the acknowledgement section below).

Fallschirmjaeger 6341 SMG Squad

Fallschirmjaeger 6341 SMG Squad

Fallschirmjaeger 6342 SMG Squad showing ID

Fallschirmjaeger 6342 SMG Squad showing ID


Machinegun Company

The machinegun company has both HMG and mortars.

HMG

Roland painted 8 of the 10 HMG stands in the battalion. Two of Roland’s appear in the HMG element of the machinegun compan. The other two were, I believe, painted by eBay Guy 2; these have the MG42 without tripod so I have substituted rocks. All on standard 30 x 30mm bases. 2 figures (gunner and loader) + MG42.

Fallschirmjaeger 6344 HMG

Fallschirmjaeger 6344 HMG

Fallschirmjaeger 6345 HMG

Fallschirmjaeger 6345 HMG

Fallschirmjaeger 6346 HMG showing IDs

Fallschirmjaeger 6346 HMG showing IDs

Fallschirmjaeger 6347 HMG showing IDs

Fallschirmjaeger 6347 HMG showing IDs

81mm Mortars

The Fallschirmjaeger are 81mm mortars. I have the forward observers (FO) for all of them, plus some actual weapon elements.

Fallschirmjaeger 6348 81mm Mortars and FO F-81 showing IDs

Fallschirmjaeger 6348 81mm Mortars and FO F-81 showing IDs

Fallschirmjaeger 6349 81mm Mortars and FO F-81

Fallschirmjaeger 6349 81mm Mortars and FO F-81

120mm Mortars

The Fallschirmjaeger had access to 120mm mortars and since these became a mainstay of late war grenadier battalions I figured I’d give my late war paratroopers the same benefit.

Roland painted four FO stands for off table 120mm mortars. Bases are my non-standard 20 x 25mm. 1 figure. We used figure with binoculars from the HMG packs.

The photos show all FOs, both 81mm and 120mm.

Fallschirmjaeger 6350 FOs

Fallschirmjaeger 6350 FOs

Fallschirmjaeger 6351 FOs showing ID

Fallschirmjaeger 6351 FOs showing ID


Parachute Companies

The parachute companies are the mainstay of the Fallschirmjaeger Battalion. In terms of the order of battle these three companies are identical but in terms of painting they are not.

1st Parachute Company

eBay Guy 2 painted most of the 1st parachute company (F-1). It is mostly Flames of War Figures with good painting. To bolster the number of panzershreks and panzerfausts I included a few less well painted figures pained by eBay Guy 1.

3rd Company 1st Platoon

Fallschirmjaeger P1020224 1st Company 1st Platoon F-1-1

Fallschirmjaeger P1020224 1st Company 1st Platoon F-1-1

Fallschirmjaeger P1020225 1st Company F-1

Fallschirmjaeger P1020225 1st Company F-1

Fallschirmjaeger P1020226 1st Company 2nd Platoon F-1-2

Fallschirmjaeger P1020226 1st Company 2nd Platoon F-1-2

Fallschirmjaeger P1020227 1st Company 3rd Platoon F-1-3

Fallschirmjaeger P1020227 1st Company 3rd Platoon F-1-3

1st Company 1st Platoon – Platoon Commander

Fallschirmjaeger P1020229 1st Company 1st Platoon F-1-1 Platoon Commander

Fallschirmjaeger P1020229 1st Company 1st Platoon F-1-1 Platoon Commander

Fallschirmjaeger P1020230 1st Company 1st Platoon F-1-1 Platoon Commander

Fallschirmjaeger P1020230 1st Company 1st Platoon F-1-1 Platoon Commander

1st Company 1st Platoon – Close up of Squads

Fallschirmjaeger P1020231 1st Company 1st Platoon F-1-1 Squad

Fallschirmjaeger P1020231 1st Company 1st Platoon F-1-1 Squad

Fallschirmjaeger P1020232 1st Company 3rd Platoon F-1-3 Squad

Fallschirmjaeger P1020232 1st Company 3rd Platoon F-1-3 Squad

Fallschirmjaeger P1020233 1st Company 3rd Platoon F-1-3 Squad with IAT

Fallschirmjaeger P1020233 1st Company 3rd Platoon F-1-3 Squad with IAT

Fallschirmjaeger P1020234 1st Company 3rd Platoon F-1-3 Squad

Fallschirmjaeger P1020234 1st Company 3rd Platoon F-1-3 Squad

Fallschirmjaeger P1020235 1st Company 3rd Platoon F-1-3 Squad

Fallschirmjaeger P1020235 1st Company 3rd Platoon F-1-3 Squad

Fallschirmjaeger P1020236 1st Company 1st Platoon F-1-1 Squad

Fallschirmjaeger P1020236 1st Company 1st Platoon F-1-1 Squad

Fallschirmjaeger P1020237 1st Company 1st Platoon F-1-1 Squad

Fallschirmjaeger P1020237 1st Company 1st Platoon F-1-1 Squad

Fallschirmjaeger P1020238 1st Company 1st Platoon F-1-1 Squad

Fallschirmjaeger P1020238 1st Company 1st Platoon F-1-1 Squad

2nd Parachute Company

eBay Guy 1 painted these. The painting is less good. you can see similar work in the 3rd company.

3rd Parachute Company

Platoon F-3-1 was painted by John Mclennon. Roland contributed some figures. The rest are by eBay Guy 1 and not quite as good.

Fallschirmjaeger 6352 3rd Company F-3

Fallschirmjaeger 6352 3rd Company F-3

Fallschirmjaeger 6353 3rd Company F-3

Fallschirmjaeger 6353 3rd Company F-3

Fallschirmjaeger 6354 3rd Company F-3 showing IDs

Fallschirmjaeger 6354 3rd Company F-3 showing IDs

Fallschirmjaeger 6355 3rd Company F-3 top

Fallschirmjaeger 6355 3rd Company F-3 top

Fallschirmjaeger 6356 3rd Compamy F-3 top

Fallschirmjaeger 6356 3rd Compamy F-3 top

3rd Company Heavy Weapons

Roland painted these.

Fallschirmjaeger 6357 3rd Company HMG F-3-M

Fallschirmjaeger 6357 3rd Company HMG F-3-M

3rd Company 1st Platoon

John Mclennan painted 3rd Company 1st Platoon (F-3-1).

Fallschirmjaeger 6358 3rd Company 1st Platoon F-3-1

Fallschirmjaeger 6358 3rd Company 1st Platoon F-3-1

Fallschirmjaeger 6359 3rd Company 1st Platoon F-3-1 squad

Fallschirmjaeger 6359 3rd Company 1st Platoon F-3-1 squad

Fallschirmjaeger P1020239 3rd Company 1st Platoon F-3-1

Fallschirmjaeger P1020239 3rd Company 1st Platoon F-3-1

3rd Company 1st Platoon – Close up of Squads

Fallschirmjaeger P1020242 3rd Company 1st Platoon F-3-1 Squad

Fallschirmjaeger P1020242 3rd Company 1st Platoon F-3-1 Squad

Fallschirmjaeger P1020243 3rd Company 1st Platoon F-3-1 Squad

Fallschirmjaeger P1020243 3rd Company 1st Platoon F-3-1 Squad

Fallschirmjaeger P1020244 3rd Company 1st Platoon F-3-1 Squad

Fallschirmjaeger P1020244 3rd Company 1st Platoon F-3-1 Squad

Fallschirmjaeger P1020245 3rd Company 1st Platoon F-3-1 Squad

Fallschirmjaeger P1020245 3rd Company 1st Platoon F-3-1 Squad

Fallschirmjaeger P1020246 3rd Company 1st Platoon F-3-1 Squad

Fallschirmjaeger P1020246 3rd Company 1st Platoon F-3-1 Squad

Fallschirmjaeger P1020247 3rd Company 1st Platoon F-3-1 Squad

Fallschirmjaeger P1020247 3rd Company 1st Platoon F-3-1 Squad

Fallschirmjaeger P1020248 3rd Company 1st Platoon F-3-1 Squad

Fallschirmjaeger P1020248 3rd Company 1st Platoon F-3-1 Squad

Fallschirmjaeger P1020249 3rd Company 1st Platoon F-3-1 Squad

Fallschirmjaeger P1020249 3rd Company 1st Platoon F-3-1 Squad

3rd Company 1st Platoon – Platoon Commander

John Mclennan painted this guy.

Fallschirmjaeger P1020240 3rd Company 1st Platoon F-3-1 Platoon Commander

Fallschirmjaeger P1020240 3rd Company 1st Platoon F-3-1 Platoon Commander

Fallschirmjaeger P1020241 3rd Company 1st Platoon F-3-1 Platoon Commander

Fallschirmjaeger P1020241 3rd Company 1st Platoon F-3-1 Platoon Commander


Unit ID

I have used Battalion Code = “F” for the Unit ID of the “Fallshirmjaeger” battalion.

The photos show the IDs for the 1st Rifle Company with the code “F-1”. First platoon within the company is “F-1-1” etc.

The stands with red dots are so I can distinguish which have Infantry Anti-tank Weapons. For the Fallschirmjaeger I include an appropriate weapon on the stand, either a panzershrek or panzerfaust.


Acknowledgements

The figures are a mix of Flames of War / Battle Front and Peter Pig. I prefer the Battle Front figures.

Roland Davis, John Mclennan, and a couple of guys on eBay painted the figures. They all use the Black Undercoat Method of painting although the quality of painting varies.

The contributors:

  • eBay Guy 1 contributed a company and an half (F-2, F-3-2, F-3-3). I got these via Rich Wilcox. Peter Pig figures. Painting is wargaming standard.
  • John Mclennan contributed a platoon (F-3-1). Flames of War figures. Excellent painting.
  • eBay Guy 2 contributed a company (F-1). I got these via John Mclennan. Flames of War figures. Excellent painting.
  • Roland filled in the gaps. Flames of War figures. Excellent painting.
    • 1 x Battalion Commander (BC)
    • 8 x HMG stands
    • 4 x FO stands for off table 120mm mortar
    • 1 x rifle stand with 3 men: 1 rifleman and panzershrek gunner and panzershrek assistant
    • And these individual figures: 2 x Panzerfaust

I based them using Sand, Flat Earth paint, and Dry Brushing on metric versions of the standard Base Sizes and Number of Figures in Crossfire.

3 comments to Steven’s Fallschirmjäger Battalion for Crossfire

  • Rocco

    Excellent collection! Now get them into action ASAP. It would be great to have a few scenarios created around them. Both in Italy and France. Thank you for sharing some awesome photos.

  • Ashley Jenkins

    If you’re keen to put them into action, you could always try out the Gran Sasso scenario I sent you a while back. Would love to hear your thoughts on it.

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