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Belgian 1940 Army List for Chain of Command

Belgium 1940
The Belgian Army list for 1940 has taken a bit of time, largely due to my odd mix of schoolboy languages proving inadequate as some of the technical expressions in the manuals were, to say the least, confusing. In the end I was very grateful to friends from Belgium and the Netherlands for their great help in the translation work. Thanks lads!

And What an interesting force the Belgians turned out to be! Large sections, somewhat undergunned, but with a great emphasis on marksmanship in the defence and speedy, remorseless fire and movement in the advance. Indeed their manual looks remarkably modern to the 21st century reader. As a result of a four section arrangement, and their own platoon battery of grenade launchers, the Belgians are a high value force, but with a couple of very nice quirks that make them very interesting to game with. You can check them out here:
Belgium 1940 Army List

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12 Responses

  1. John Briggs says:

    Hooray! Been waiting for this since first publication. Now to get my lovely Early War Miniatures Belgians out on the table and reverse the course of history.

  2. Simon Gaudin says:

    Its lardie Easter I tell you!!!

    well done Richard all I need to do is sort out my figures…

  3. ronan says:

    Yes !
    I’ve just ordered my belgians soldiers a few days ago !

    Thanks !

  4. Juan Mancheño says:

    A very interesting list. Thank you a lot!

  5. Jim Hale says:

    Nice list. There should be a rule for Flemish troops with Francophone officers though… there was somewhat of a language barrier in play in some units.

  6. Big Rich says:

    In some scenarios, sure.

  7. Simon Gaudin says:

    have a card to do that in M&B for Belgium 1914 but also apply it to colonial troops of all nations & other forces where the men and the officers might not understand each other – even if they speak the same language. when the card came up all orders form the next big man cost an additional command initiative point.

    Not sure how to model it in CoC with the dice though even if the rule would still work if you found a realistic way of determining when it happened.

  8. Djall says:

    And the “Chasseurs Ardennais”? Just regular?
    They are considered by some to be the elite of the Belgian’s army.

  9. Dom says:

    Djall – Chasseurs Ardennais aren’t covered by this – they used a completely different organisation to the line infantry. (I seem to recall a CA platoon was about 42 men, versus over 60 for the regulars, being made up of an HQ, DBT squad, and two large squads with two BARs in each.

  10. daveh says:

    I am very interested in the Belgian Army of 1940 and have a couple of questions relating to the information you have provided
    1) What are the manuals you refer to regarding
    “great emphasis on marksmanship in the defence and speedy, remorseless fire and movement in the advance.
    2) What evidence do you have for the Belgians ever using the Boys AT rifle? I have seen no evidence for this so far

  11. Andy Sykes says:

    I am not sure every squad leader should have an SMG everything I have researched doesn’t indicate this.

  12. Elliot Davie says:

    How do I go about finding 28mm belgians other than warlord games?

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