Forward Detachments (Peredovoye Otryad) came in all sizes, but by 1944 they were all combined arms formations, containing infantry, tanks, guns or assault guns, and engineers. The Forward Detachments kept the momentum of the advance by securing deep objectives by surprise and hindering German attempts to establish new defensive lines.
If a Forward Detachment meets stiff German resistance, the following infantry, supported by an anti-tank battalion, would dig in to hold against the inevitable German counterattack.
The Forward Detachment would then move around the hardpoint to continue the advance, with mechanised or tank forces trailing them. Later, infantry forces would arrive to complete the destruction of the defensive hardpoint.
The Soviet M4 Sherman Forward Detachment comes with:
• One Motor Rifle Forward Detachment HQ
• One Guards Hero Motor Rifle Company
• Four M4 Sherman (76mm) Tanks
• Three T-70 (45mm) Tanks
• Three SU-76 (76mm) Assault Guns
• Three ZSU M17 Self-Propelled Anti-aircraft
• Three SU-100 (100mm) Assault Guns
• Two Katyusha Rocket Launchers
• Complete A5 Flames Of War rulebook
• One Soviet "Start Here" Guide
• Two Decal Sheets
• Ten Unit cards.
For Flames of war, soviet Berlin, by Battlefront Miniatures