The Czechoslovaks’ recent history with the Soviets had been rocky. The liberalisation movement of the Prague Spring was supressed in 1968 by a Warsaw Pact invasion, followed by the reforming government being replaced by a more hard-line communist faction. There is some debate on how this may have impacted the performance of the Czechoslovak armed forces in any future war, but generally by the mid-eighties the army had recovered. However, there was general unwillingness among the people to support an aggressive war against the west, but they were willing to fight if their country was threatened.

The Czechoslovaks' have extensive industrial base of their own that predates the closing of the Iron Curtain. They produce most of their small arms and infantry weapons, as well as indigenous designs of armoured vehicles, artillery, and transport. On top of this they also manufacture a variety of Soviet designs under licence, everything from ammunition to main battle tanks. They produced T-54/55 tank between 1958 and 1983, as well as producing T-72Ms in partnership with the Poles from 1981 to supply themselves, Poland, East Germany, and even the Soviet Union. T-72M had also been exported around the globe. The Czechoslovaks even produced the T-62 for export, but never used it themselves.

The Czechoslovaks' can field four different formations as well as the full array of Warsaw Pact style support. There are two types of Tank Formations, you can either take a T-55AM2 or T-72M Tank Battalion. Both these models are available in plastic, and the Czechoslovak T-55AM2 is identical to the one used by the East Germans. The T-72M just uses the standard T-72 plastic kit.

The Czechoslovaks' also used BMPs, which they also made under licence, and all the motor infantry of the tank divisions were mounted in BMP-1s or BMP-2s. There troops are organised along standard Warsaw Pact lines with mix of recognisable Soviet weapons like the RPG-7, and some unique Czechoslovak equipment like the vz. 58 assault rifle and RPG-75 (instead of the RPG-18), though in 15mm scale these look much the same as their Soviet equivalents. 

The infantry not mounted in BMPs can take the Czechoslovak OT-64 armoured personnel carrier. This 8x8 armoured transporter is bigger than its Soviet equivalent, the BTR-60, and is similarly armed and armoured.

 

(BFMTY503)

SKU BFMTY503
Barcode # 9781988558028
Brand Battlefront
Shipping Weight 0.1500kg
Shipping Width 0.300m
Shipping Height 0.210m
Shipping Length 0.030m
Shipping Cubic 0.001890000m3
Format Softcover

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