As I explained in a past article, the Canadians are an aggressive and unique option for the British Commonwealth in late war. The new rifle company list from Turning Tide offers a Canadian player all of the options of a full British rifle company with the benefit of Canadian special rules such as “Dead Men Walking” which allows company commanders to re-roll the first failed company moral check they are forced to take. My usual list is as follows:
- Company HQ 25 pts
- Rifle Platoon- 3 squads (Captain John Treleaven) 175 pts
- Rifle Platoon- 3 squads 150 pts
- Rifle Platoon- 3 squads 150 pts
- Anti Tank Platoon (6 pdrs)/Loyd carriers – 3 sections 160 pts
- Carrier Platoon – 2 carrier patrols 155 pts
- Machine Gun Platoon – 1 section/mmg carriers 80 pts
- Independent Armored Platoon (3 Shermans/ 1 Firely) 290 pts
- Breaching Group (4 engineering teams) 280 pts
- Assault Field Battery, Royal Artillery – 2 gun troops 260 pts
- Air Observation Post 25 pts
The 3rd Canadian rifle company is one of my personal favorites as a result of its ability to place large amounts of platoons and firepower on the table. I believe the Canadian rifle company is one of the most balanced and potent list that can be fielded in late war and I will explain how I use the above list and what its major strengths are.
The greatest asset that the 3rd Canadian list posses is its ability to be very aggressive while still having the necessary units to provide a layered defense. This is a result of the combined arms approach of the British in general. The most important element of any rifle company is a core of Rifle platoons. I always take at least three so I have most, if not all of the table/objectives covered by infantry support. Many lists waver, especially on the offensive as a result of insufficient infantry support. At 150 pts, a Canadian rifle platoon is a cheap, solid unit that provides 7 rifle/mg bases with a light mortar and PIAT.
Another unique asset that pertains to this “Turning Tide” list is the ability to take breaching groups. Breaching groups are special engineering units that can be swapped out for an m-10 platoon, a Sherman platoon, Churchill avre’s and a variety of other engineering units. This selection is made before deployment and can add a great deal of versatility to the list. More importantly, any company containing Breaching groups is always required to be the attacker. This allows me to design an aggressive Canadian company that is ideal for being on the offensive in almost all situations.
Captain John Treleaven is another unique characters for the Canadians and offers a cheap yet reliable motivation modifier. Treleaven is a platoon commander that is a fearless veteran and allows his own platoon to take motivation checks on a 3+. Treleaven is also able to take company command checks as if he were the company commander. This is especially useful if the company commander is killed and allows the company check to be taken on his fearless rating.
On a whole the 3rd Canadian rifle company list above has all major components that make a competitive list. The list has reliable and abundant AT, a critical mass of infantry, the ever powerful eight gun royal artillery battery, recee/harassing units , medium armor support and the option to change a platoon on the fly based on the opposition.