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|M6 Heavy Tank (US085)
includes one M6 Heavy Tank.
At the outbreak of World War II the US Army
possessed few tanks, and no heavy tanks. In May 1940 the US Army
Ordnance Department started to work on the T1, 50-ton heavy
multi-turreted tank. This was similar in concept to the Soviet T-35 and
other 1930s ‘land battleship’ designs.
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By October 1940, the Department reached the
same conclusions of excessive size, difficulty in crew co-ordination and
high production cost that had led to the abandonment of the land
battleship concept in Europe.
A new T1 heavy tank design was laid down with a
single turret retaining the mixed armament of the earlier design. The
turret mounted a stabilized 3 inch gun with a coaxial 37mm gun with a
loader and ammunition handler to keep up the rate of fire. Initially the
design had six machine-guns, but this was cut to four in the production
Whether poorly designed, unsuitable for the conditions, or requiring
more maintenance than current supply considerations will allow, these
vehicles have a significant chance of breakdown when pushed too hard.
If an Unreliable vehicle attempts to move At the Double, roll a die. On a roll of 1 the vehicle becomes Bogged Down.
These were twin .50 cal machine guns in a bow mount, a fixed .30 cal
machine-gun of dubious value in the front plate fired by the driver, and
a .50 cal machine-gun on the commander’s hatch.
On 26 May 1942 a cast-hull T1E2 and a welded-hull T1E3 were
standardised for production as the M6 and M6A1 respectively. The initial
plan was to produce 5000 tanks at 250 tanks per month, but this was
soon cut to a more realistic 115 tanks in the first production run
starting in December 1942.
Some excellent tank designs have successfully utilised wider tracks, allowing them to cross almost any terrain.
If a vehicle with Wide Tracks becomes Bogged Down while
attempting to cross Rough Terrain, roll again. On a roll of 4+ the
vehicle immediately frees itself and continues moving.
|When the specifications were laid down for the M6 heavy tank it was
normal for heavy tanks, such as the Soviet T-35, to follow the ‘land
battleship’ model, having multiple turrets mounting a variety of guns
and machine-guns. The T1 heavy tank specification featured a slightly
more modern arrangement with both of its guns mounted in the same turret
and its twin .50 cal machine-guns in a relatively conventional bow
Designed by Evan Allen
Painted by Jeremy Painter
|M6 Heavy Tank in Flames Of War
|Equipment and Notes
|M6 heavy tank
|.50 cal AA MG, Unreliable, Wide tracks.
|M7 3" gun
|Co-ax mount, Stabiliser.
|M6 37mm gun
|Co-ax mount, Stabiliser.
|Twin .50 cal MG
|Hull mounted, Twin MG. ROF 2 if other weapons fire.
|The M6 heavy tank can fire the 3in and 37mm guns together, treating one as having ROF 1.
Some tanks mount weapons in the front of the hull instead of in a turret to save weight or to make them easier to produce.
A hull-mounted weapon mounted in the front of a vehicle has a
180-degree Field of Fire covering everything in front of a line drawn
across the front of the vehicle. If the weapon is mounted at the rear of
the vehicle, the Field of Fire covers everything to the rear of a line
drawn across the rear of the vehicle.
A stabiliser is a device fitted to the tank’s
gun that keeps it level when the tank is moving. US tanks are the first
in the world to be equipped with gyrostabilisers as standard. With the
assistance of the gyrostabiliser, the gunner can stay on target while
the tank is moving.
A moving tank fitted with a Stabiliser can fire its main gun at
its full ROF, but adds a penalty of +1 to the score needed to hit.
Before shooting, a tank can choose not to use its Stabiliser and fire
at the normal rate if that would give it a better chance.
Last Updated On Thursday, February 21, 2013 by Blake at Battlefront