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Mid-War FoWSA 2017

I participated in the FOWSA Mid-War tournament on July 22. This tournament has grown in to a tri-annual event. There is a separate tournament for Mid-War, Late-War and Early-War. Team Yankee tournaments have been added as well. Who would've thought that 15mm WWII gaming would be so popular? I attended this same tournament last year and got completely clobbered, see that post here. This year, I did much better with essentially the same list.

My 1600 point list for US Rifle Company from the North Africa book.


COMMAND TEAMS
Rifle Company HQ    2 Cmd Carbine team        20 pts

COMBAT PLATOONS
Rifle Platoon       1 Cmd Rifle team        150 pts
                    1 Bazooka team
                    9 Rifle team
Rifle Platoon       1 Cmd Rifle team        150 pts
                    1 Bazooka team
                    9 Rifle team
Weapons Platoon     1 Cmd Carbine team        120 pts
                    4 M1919 LMG team
                    3 M2 60mm mortar

REGIMENTAL SUPPORT
Anti-tank Platoon   1 Cm…
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