Thinking About Team Yankee

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I first read Team Yankee, the novel by ex-US tanker Harold Coyle which depicts an American armoured unit in a fictional WW3, back in the 90s. This period and potential Cold War gone Hot  I find fascinating as I spent a lot of time in Germany in the 80s both personally and professionally.

I also played a lot of micro-armour and some 20mm Cold War games back in the 80s using scratch built vehicles and the available Airfix. The announcement that Battlefront was bringing out a range for this period has taken my eye off WW2 for a while and no doubt I’ll do some blogging here.

While waiting for the game to come out I have been looking through my books, a few old manuals and trawling the Net. So here’s some notes based in that.

Cold War Books

  Aside from the Team Yankee novel I remember reading quite a few during that time. Many, like Coyle, were veterans of the Cold Warbperiod who had put their thoughts into fiction. James Rouch did a series of Zone books and Chieftans about a British tank crew was one of my favourites. I wish I had it now as it appears to be very rare!! Breakthrough Assault did a good round up of Cold War Fiction.

In the 80s Salamandar Books did a series of large, glossy and fully illustrated books on the Soviet War Machinr, US War Machine and Chinese War Machine. These are great as painting guides and for background info. They are out of print but easy and cheap to find on eBay or possibly via charity bookshops.

Team Yankee in Video Games

  

The book inspired quite a few early video games and these YouTube films show a more recent simulation called Steelbeasts. It’s quite useful for tabletop gamers to watch these as it gives some good scenario ideas and insights into tactical/tabletop issues in handling troops. The need to move once having engaged a target to avoid artillery strikes is particularly noticeable and it will be interesting to see how that is reflected in the FoW game.

New Team Yankee FoW Website

Battlefront have launched a Team Yankee website and no doubt more product pages, building and hopefully some painting guides will be added.

It’s all looking good!

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