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SS-Heavy Mortar Platoon (GE818)

SS-Heavy Mortar Platoon (GE818)
includes four 12cm sGW43 mortars with crew, four Transport axles, one Command SMG team, one Observer Rifle team, two Small bases & four Large bases.

During Operation Barbarossa in 1941 the Germans encountered the large Soviet 120-PM-38 12cm mortars. The qualities of this weapon were immediately recognised and any captured weapons immediately put into service under the designation 12cm Granatwerfer 378(r) (Literally, grenade thrower). The Germans were so impressed by this weapon that they immediately set about making their own version.

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The Ardennes Offensive
In December 1944 the German forces on the Western Front made one last major push in the Ardennes and Alsace-Lorraine, trying to split the Allied forces in half and force them to negotiate a peace treaty. It was a daring all-or-nothing gamble.

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The Ardennes Offensive: German Forces in Lorraine and the Ardennes, September 1944 - February 1945
SS-Heavy Mortar Platoon (GE818)

This German duplicate design was called 12cm Granatwerfer 42 (though sometimes it is referred to as the 12cm Granatwerfer 43 for the year it was introduced to service). The tube length was 186.5cm and the complete weapon weighed 285kg.

It fired the Wurfgranate 42 that weighed 15.8kg, which included 3.1kg of high explosives. The warhead was usually fitted with the Abstandszünder 41 (distance detonator) extender fuse. The maximum range was slightly over 6km. It could use both Soviet and German ammunition.  Because of the weight of the weapon a two wheeled axle was utilised, enabling the mortar to be towed into action. The axle could then be quickly removed before firing.

Design by Evan Allen
Painted by Mark Hazell

The 12cm sGW43 in Flames Of War
Weapon
Mobility
Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower
Notes
12cm sGW43 mortar
Light
56"/140cm
-
3
3+
-
The Observer Rifle Team
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"Observer teams need a good view of the battlefield in order to do their job correctly. Be sure to deploy them in a position where they have an excellent view of the battlefield such as on a hilltop or on the top floor of a multi-level building."
The 12cm sGW43 Mortar Teams
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"The 12cm sGW43 mortars are ideal for providing quick and accurate artillery support."
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"On attack they can bring fire down on the enemy positions to keep their heads down, while your infantry approach to assault."
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"Heavy mortars can be a cheap artillery option if you're running low on points when building a company."
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The SS-Heavy Mortar Platoon Prepares For Action
SS-Heavy Mortar Platoon (GE818)
Contents of the SS-Heavy Mortar Platoon Blister Pack
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Command Team
Description of Components
a. 1x NCO in helmet figure.
b.
1x NCO in soft cap figure.
c. 1x Standing rifleman figure.

Assembling the Command Team
Simply arrange the three figures to taste on one the small three-hole base provided.

SS-Heavy Mortar Platoon (GE818)
SS-Heavy Mortar Platoon (GE818) Observer Team
Description of Components
a. 1x Kneeling observer figure.
b.
1x Prone radioman figure.

Assembling the Observer Team
Simply arrange the two figures to taste on the small two-hole base provided.

Mortar Crew
Description of Components
a. 2x Mortar round holding figures.
b.
4x Mortar round lifting figures.
c. 4x Covering ears figures.
d. 4x Kneeling figures.
e. 2x Kneeling figures with hand in air.
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Assembling the Mortar Crew
Each 12cm sGW43 mortar requires a four-man crew. Surround each mortar tube with the four figures of choice on the large bases provided.

SS-Heavy Mortar Platoon (GE818)

12cm sGW43 Mortar
Description of Components
a. 4x Transport axles.
b. 4x 12cm sGW43 mortar tubes.
c. 8x Transport axle wheels.
d. 4x 12cm sGW43 mortar bipods.

Assembling the 12cm sGW43 Mortar
Step 1. Attach to bipod to the mortar tube. Step 2. Next, attach the axle wheels to the transport axle. Step 3. With the mortar and axle fully assembled, the 12cm sGW43 and the transport axle are ready for painting.
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Bases
Description of Components
a. 1x Small three-hole bases.
b. 1x Small two-hole bases.
c. 4x Large bases.
SS-Heavy Mortar Platoon (GE818)


Last Updated On Wednesday, August 31, 2016 by James at Battlefront