Steven’s Russian Rifle Battalion

Once I had my Grenadiers of the Spanish Blue Division I had to get somebody to fight them. Russians of course, and the default unit is a Rifle Battalion. And of course this is for Crossfire.

Russian38 Battalion Commander BC
Russian38 Battalion Commander BC


The majority of the figures are Battle Front although I’ve filled in some gaps in the figures with Peter Pig. Roland Davis painted most of the figures using the Black Undercoat Method. I received them from Roland 15 November 2001.

Order of Battle

Rifle Battalion

  • 1 x BC (+1)
  • 1 x Heavy Weapons Company:
    • 3 x HMG [4 guns each]
    • 3 x FO for off table 82mm Mortar (12 FM) [4 tubes each]
    • 1 x 45mm ATG with optional tow
  • 3 x Rifle Companies
    • 1 x CC (+1)
    • 1 x HMG
    • 1 x on-table 50mm Mortar (12 FM) [4 tubes each]
    • 3 x Rifle Platoons: PC (+1/0), 4 x Rifle

Platoon Commander

PC and HMG

Russian42 82mm Mortars
Russian42 82mm Mortars


76mm Gun

Submachine Gun Company

Everybody in the SMG company of a regiment had a SMG so these companies lacked the normal complement of heavy weapons (HMG, and Mortar). But many Motor Rifle Battalions of the late war substituted SMG for rifles so retained their heavy weapons. My SMG company can be used for either type.

SMG Company

  • 1 x CC (+1)
  • 0 or 1 x HMG
  • 0 or 1 x on-table 50 mm Mortar (12 FM)
  • 3 x SMG Platoons: PC (+1/0), 3 x SMG, one with ATR

Note: These guys get 2d6 shooting normally and 4d6 at point blank range. In close combat these chaps get +1 for being SMG (versus Infantry only).

SMG in buildings

Assault Engineers

Assault Engineer Platoon

  • 1 x Assault Engineer Platoon (Veteran)
    • +1/0 PC, 3 x Assault Engineer Rifle Squads, one with ATR

Note: These chaps get a +2 in Close Combat: +1 for being Assault Engineer and +1 for being Veteran. They can remove minefields.

Russian41 Assault Engineers
Russian41 Assault Engineers

Reconnaissance Company

Battle Front did some guys in camouflage suits so I just had to get some Russian Scouts.

Recon Company

  • 1 x Divisional Reconnaissance Company (Veteran)
    • 1 x CC (+1)
    • 3 x Scout Platoon: PC (+1/0), 3 x SMG
  • Command & Control: Good i.e. German
Russian39 Scouts
Russian39 Scouts

Russian Armour

The majority of my vehicles are Battle Front although I’ve filled picked up some others as well. Roland Davis painted the T34-76s. The KV-1s, T34-85s and SU-76Ms were done by Grubby Tanks. Ian Galley painted the SU-152s and SU-76is. The photos of massed Russian armour are from the Armour Fest Battle Report

KV-1s and T-34s massing

Russian armour advances

T-34 with supporting infantry

T-34 85s




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