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|TOG 2* Heavy Tank (BR141)
includes one TOG 2* Heavy Tank.
When the war broke out in 1939, many in Britain expected a repeat of
the First World War with the army joining the French in the trenches.
They would build up an unbeatable material advantage and then smash the
German trenches and roll on to Berlin.
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|The old gang of Swinton, Ricardo and Wilson who
created the diamond-shaped heavy tanks of the First World War advised
the General Staff to request designs for a ‘shelled area’ infantry tank
to lead the breakthrough. The A20 specification called for a modernised
version of the old heavy tank with all-round tracks, shell-proof armour,
a field gun in the hull front, and two pdr guns in side sponsons! The
ideal tank for the last war.
Some weapons come equipped only with armour-piercing ammunition, and
have no high explosive ammunition at all, reducing their effectiveness
against infantry and ‘soft’ targets.
Hits from weapons with No HE cannot be allocated to Infantry or Gun teams. If only Infantry and Gun teams
are valid targets, all hits from weapons with No HE are ignored completely as the anti-tank gun has no targets.
Gun teams with No HE are not completely helpless against Infantry
teams though as they can shoot as Rifle teams if necessary (see page 117
of the rulebook).
Fosters of Lincoln who had built the heavy tanks
in the First World War worked with ‘The Old Gang’ to create a massive
81-tonne tank, the TOG (short for The Old Gang!).
The first version with sponson-mounted armament wasn’t finished until after the German Blitzkrieg demolished the army in France
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.
Immediately work was started on a new version
with lower tracks and more powerful armament in a conventional turret.
This TOG 2* was an interesting hybrid of the old and the new. The tank
still had no suspension, just like the original heavy tanks, but used an
advanced electric transmission, while the turret mounted the brand-new 6
pdr gun. This armament was deemed too
light for such a big tank, so they fitted the turret of the Challenger
cruiser tank—then being developed to carry the new 17 pdr anti-tank
gun—producing the TOG 2*.
British heavy tanks often open fire at very long ranges, where their prolific use of ammunition can compensate for the difficulty of hitting the target. It means that their ammo racks empty fast, but there’s plenty more available for resupply.
Weapons capable of Semi-indirect Fire that didn’t move in the Movement Step may re-roll failed rolls to hit when shooting their main guns at platoons with all teams more than 16”/40cm away.
|The TOG 2 heavy tank was used as a test bed for the turret of the new Challenger heavy cruiser tank, producing the TOG 2*.
The designers of 1941 were used to tiny 2-pdr ammunition, so they
gave the Challenger tank two loaders to handle the much larger 17 pdr
ammunition. While the result was a huge turret and an extravagant use of
manpower, it did allow the big 17 pdr to maintain a similar rate of
fire to the smaller guns.
Designed by Evan Allen
Painted by Jeremy Painter
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.
|TOG 2* Heavy Tank in Flames Of War
|Equipment and Notes
|Very Slow Tank
|Co-ax MG, Unreliable, Wide tracks.
|OQF 17 pdr gun
|No HE, Semi-indirect fire.
Last Updated On Thursday, February 21, 2013 by Blake at Battlefront