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This expansion set includes the most significant US and British forces that saw action on the Western front in 1944 up until the end of the war in 1945. Also included are the German units that fought against their relentless advances from Normandy, across Italy, breaching the Siegfried Line, and finally pushing in to the German Fatherland. Its playbook includes rules for special units, new optional rules, 10 gripping scenarios, and unit summaries for the US, British and German units.

Ownership of Expansions 1 & 2 is not required to field the German forces, they are all included here. However, this expands on those German units included in the first two expansions, no unit IDs are duplicated. Combine the German units from all three expansions to create customized scenarios on either the Western or Eastern Front.

Its TO&Es booklet includes details for the US, British and German forces covering the period from 1944 through 1945, including the US heavy and light armored divisions, British armoured divisions, in both Western Europe and Italian configurations, and infantry and airborne divisions. German forces include Panzer Lehr, the 101st SS Heavy Tank Battalion (Michael Wittmann commanded its second company), and two independent Panzer Brigades.

Finally, this expansion includes the next 4 double-sided geomorphic mapboards, modeling the terrain found in the close confines of the French boscage country and many other features as the Allied forces push into the heart of Germany. Add these 4 geomorphic mapboards to the 6 geomorphic mapboards from expansions 1 & 2 for added play and many possible battle combinations.

Special Units
• British Churchill Crocodile
• British 2-pdr Littlejohn Adapter
• British FO tanks
• German Schwimmwagen

New Optional Rules
• Morale Vehicle Bailout
• Road/Path Movement [Expanded]
• Removing of Spot Counters
• Staggered Initiative
• Recon Unit Capabilities [Expanded]
• Airborne Operations – Paratroops & Gliders
• Bocage Country – new rules for hedgerows expanding the possibilities for the West Front.
• Artillery Air Bursts
• Dismounted FOs
• Delayed Reaction
• Vehicle Assault Cover

Scenarios [10 included]
Chance Encounter: Vehicle only scenario pitting the US VII Corps against the German 7th Army in the twisting network of hedgerows that dominated Normandy, August 1944.
Higher Ground: Vehicle only scenario of a clash between the British 7th Armoured Division against the German Panzer Lehr Division around Caen, June 1944.
Operation Tonga: Canadian 1st Parachute Battalion in action on D-Day. Features parachute landings and nighttime limited visibility. A real challenge for both forces with multiple objectives.
The Village: Historical scenario with dedicated map of the US 4th Armored Division in action at Singling against the 11th Panzer Division, December 1944.
Hell on Wheels: The US 2nd Armored Division in action against Panzer Lehr, July 1944, in the tight hedgerow country.
Among the Hedgerows: The US 3rd Armored and 30th Infantry Divisions in action amongst the hedgerows against the 2nd Panzer Division, August 1944.
Villers-Bocage, Morning: Historical scenario with dedicated maps of the British 7th Armoured Division in action at Villers-Bocage against the 2nd Company, s.SS-Panzer Abteilung 101 under the command of Michael Wittmann, June 1944.
Villers-Bocage, Afternoon: Historical scenario with dedicated maps of the British 7th Armoured Division in action at Villers-Bocage against Panzer Lehr and the 1st Company, s.SS-Panzer Abteilung 101, June 1944.
Out of the Mist: The US 4th Armored Division in action against the 11th Panzer Division, September 1944. Features limited visibility with variable effects.
Glorious Goodwood: The British Guards Armoured Division runs headlong into the German 21st Panzer Division and the 503rd Heavy Tank Battalion with its dreaded Tiger II tanks, July 1944.

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Components:

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    • 352 double-sided 7/8 (4 sheets)
    • 176 double-sided 5/8 (1 sheet)
  • Map Panels
    • 4 double-sided 10 x 27.75 geomorphic maps [panels 13-20]
  • 65 double-sided Data Cards 5 x 4
  • 44 page Playbook
  • 36 page TO&E book

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0 Scenario A5 - On the Road to Bastogne
23 December 1944: A mixed company of US 4th Armored Division, CCB, holds the village of Chaumont on his way to Bastogne. The Germans counterattack with elements of the 11. StuG Brigade to retake the village. An original scenario by Jason Cawley.
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2015-04-11
4 Tables for Advanced and Optional Rules
Here are some tables for Rules fron the advanced game and optional rules sections that come not with the official charts.
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2014-11-21
5 Panzer Exp 3 Counter Summary
revised document with corrections
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2014-08-03
4 Scenario formation card/counters preview
Here is a preview of one of my projects. Make custom formation cards and formation ID counters for each Panzer scenario to help with platoon identification and staggered initiative. One could even devise a chit-pull system to work with these! This depicts Panzer Exp. 3 Scenario 26 forces.
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2014-08-03
1 USA Counter Organizer
This file provides a template and index for organization of the USA armor counters found in the Panzer Expansion #3. It is derived from the work of krakonos and goof2009, who developed files for the Basic Game and first two expansions. I use the box from Expansion 3 for two trays containing both the British and USA counters; this organization leaves empty space to include the respective soft targets and turret markers with the matching armor units.
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2014-08-02
1 British Counter Organizer
This file provides a template and index for organization of the British armor counters found in the Panzer Expansion #3. It is derived from the work of krakonos and goof2009, who developed files for the Basic Game and first two expansions. I use the box from Expansion 3 for two trays containing both the British and USA counters; this organization leaves empty space to include the respective soft targets and turret markers with the matching armor units.
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2014-08-02
3 German Counter Organizer
This file provides a template and index for organization of all the German armor counters found in the Panzer Basic Game plus Expansions 1-3. It is derived from the work of krakonos and goof2009, who developed files for the Basic Game and first two expansions. When the third expansion was released last month, it contained additional German elements that required a reorganization to combine all the units into two trays, so that they can be contained in a single game box; I use the box from Expansion 1 for the German counters. Thanks to krakanos and goof2009 for their inspiration to put this together.
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2014-07-31
11 Panzer Exp 3 Features July 2013
Outline of special units, new optional rules and scenarios planned for inclusion in the new West Front expansion.
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2013-07-21
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