Hey all so I am thinking about getting into flames of war as I want to try to get my dad into the whole table top gaming thing and I am a little confused on where to start. What is with like team yankee or late war or early war? Thanks for any help.
Team Yankee is a different game that uses very similar rules.
Flames of War itself is divided into four segments - Early War, Mid War, Late War, and Pacific. The periods use different points scales. So a T-34/76 in Early War costs a very large amount of points. A T-34/76 in Late War costs very few points. The reason for this is that infantry doesn't change much. It's just as hard to kill infantry in Early War as it is in Late War. But tanks and anti-tank equipment change quite a bit. The different eras allow the game to keep the infantry stuff and the tank stuff more or less at appropriate ratios across different time periods.
The two Pacific books (one for the IJA, and the other for the US Marines) have point costs that roughly correspond with both Early War and Late War.
A brand new Late War starter box was apparently just released with the roll-out of the new Fortress Europe book. It features a small US tank company backed up by US paratroopers against German panzergrenadiers supported by Panzer IV tanks. It includes a mini-rulebook, and a V1 terrain piece (that's exclusive to the box). You might want to check it out if you're interested in getting into the game.