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Armoured Rocket Launcher Battery (GBX38)

Armoured Rocket Launcher Battery (GBX38)
includes four Panzerwerfer 42 (with 15cm & 8cm rocket options) & with Loading Crew, one Command SMG team, one Observer Rifle team, one Kfz 15 field car with driver, one Kübelwagen & two Small bases.

The Panzerwerfer 42 is the name for the German half-tracked multiple rocket launcher.

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The 15cm Panzerwerfer 42 auf Selbstfahrlafette Sd Kfz 4/1 (based on the Opel Maultier, or "mule", half-track) first went into production in April 1943, and was produced until March 1945.

It was mainly produced by Opel. During its production 300 Panzerwerfers and 289 Munitionkraftswagen were made. The Munitionkraftswagen, or Sd Kfz 4, was the exact same vehicle without the rocket launcher and was used for ammunition re-supply.

Armoured Rocket Launcher Battery (GBX38)
The Command SMG Team
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The Panzerwerfer was armed with a 15cm 10-barrel rocket launcher, which traversed 270 degrees, could be elevated up to 80 degrees, and was guided with the RA35 optical sight. It had a crew of three, a commander/driver, a radio operator, and a gunner. It was also armed with loose machine-gun for self-defence.
The Observer Rifle Team
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The Panzerwerfer 42 saw action on both fronts, seeing it’s first combat in Russia in late 1943. The rocket launcher was used for larger scale rocket barrages against positions of Soviet resistance where a spread bombardment of a large area would be more effective than more accurate artillery fire. The Panzerwerfer 42s rocket barrages covered much larger areas and had the added psychological effect on those under the tremendous noise, smoke, shrapnel, and flying debris of the barrage.

The Kübelwagen
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The weapon was also deployed on the western front. The British and Canadians were the first of the western Allies to see the German Panzerwerfer 42 rocket launchers in action against troop concentrations and Allied positions.

The Horstmann Carden-Lloyd suspension, wheels, and tracks of the Panzerwerfer 42 were simple and didn’t require much maintenance.
The Kfz 15 Field Car
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Due to the weight of the vehicle (8.5-tons) its climbing and fording ability was low. It’s ground clearance was only about a foot, which made traversing rough terrain more of a challenge than if it was a fully tracked vehicle. However, this was little disadvantage operating on the naturally flat terrain of the Russian steppes.
The Panzerwerfer 42
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The effective range for a Panzerwerfer 42’s rockets was about 4,000-6,500 meters, and the maximum range was less than 7,000.

The metal rocket casings were thin, which created a large amount of shrapnel on impact.  

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Combat tactics usually called for a group of three to six vehicles to bombard a specified position. On some occasions crews operated from different locations, but within the same firing range to reach a predetermined target.

Designed by Evan Allen & James Brown
Painted by Ruben Torregrosa

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"You must purchase all of the guns from one Launcher Section before adding any extra teams from the second Launcher Section."
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The Panzerwerfer 42 in Flames Of War
      Armour
   
Name
Mobility
Front
Side
Top
Equipment and Notes
Weapon
Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower

Panzerwerfer 42 (Maultier) Half-tracked 0 0 0 AA MG, Armoured rocket launcher.
15cm RW42 rocket launcher
64"/160cm
-
3
4+
Rocket launcher, Smoke bombardment.
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Devastating Bombardment
Like the Soviet Katyusha rocket launchers, Panzerwerfer 42 rocket launchers are ready to signal the beginning of the offensive. Very little can withstand the fury of a full Panzerwerfer battery!


If the Bombarding platoon has nine to thirteen weapons firing, use a Devastating Bombardment Template to determine
which teams are hit.

If the Bombarding platoon has fourteen or more weapons, use a Devastating Bombardment Template to determine which teams are hit and re-rolls failed To Hit rolls.
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The Vielfachwerfer auf Maultier in Flames Of War
      Armour
   
Name
Mobility
Front
Side
Top
Equipment and Notes
Weapon
Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower

Vielfachwerfer auf Maultier Half-tracked 1 0 0 AA MG, Armoured rocket launcher.
8cm rocket launcher
56"/140cm
-
2
6
Rocket launcher.
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Fire and Manoeuvre
Panzerwerfer crews would fire a bombardment and then quickly redeploy their vehicles to avoid counter battery fire from enemy artillery.


When an Armoured Rocket Launcher Battery successfully rolls a Stormtrooper move, it also removes any smoke trails associated with the battery.
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The Loading Crew
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"Model Panzerwerfer 42 (Maultier) rocket launchers with 5 or more crew and count each rocket launcher as two weapons when firing a bombardment for +5 points per rocket launcher."
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The Armoured Rocket Launcher Battery Get Ready For Action
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The Contents of the Armoured Rocket Artillery Battery Box Set
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Armoured Rocket Launcher Battery (GBX38) Description of Components
a. 1x Officer figure looking through binoculars.
b. 1x NCO figure pointing with SMG.
c. 1x Standing rifleman figure.
Description of Components
a. 1x Kneeling figure pointing with binoculars.
b. 1x Kneeling rifleman figure.
Armoured Rocket Launcher Battery (GBX38)
Armoured Rocket Launcher Battery (GBX38) Description of Components
a. 1x Resin Kfz 15 field car.
b. 1x Kfz 15 driver figure.
c. 1x Resin Kübelwagen.
Armoured Rocket Launcher Battery (GBX38)
Description of Components
a. 1x Loader half figure.
b. 1x Kneeling loader figure.
c. 4x Standing loader figures with rocket.
d.
4x Kneeling loader figures with rocket.
e. 4x Standing figures with hands on hips.
f. 5x
Standing loader figures with rocket.
g. 1x Standing loader figure with hands up.
Armoured Rocket Launcher Battery (GBX38)
Description of Components
a. 4x Panzerwerfer 42 rocket mounts.
b. 4x Panzerwefer 42 rocket pods.
c.
4x Vielfachwerfer rocket mounts.
d. 8x Vielfachwerfer rocket launcher rails.
e. 4x Vielfachwerfer rocket brackets.
Description of Components
a. 1x Resin angled Maultier with four loading crew plugs.
b.
1x Resin straight Maultier with five loading crew plugs.
c. 1x Resin straight Maultier with four loading crew plugs.
d. 1x Resin angled Maultier with four loading crew plugs.
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Armoured Rocket Launcher Battery (GBX38)

Description of Components
a. 2x Small bases.

Assembling the Vielfachwerfer Rocket Launcher
Step 1. One of the legs on Vielfachwerfer rocket bracket is slightly longer than the other.
Step 2. Attach the longer of the two legs into the recess as shown below. Step 3. Next, attach the second bracket the same way as the first.
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Step 4. Attach a second set of rocket rails on top of the brackets. Step 5. Next, add the rocket mount using the recesses on the bottom of the rocket rail. Step 6. Finally, add the rocket launcher to the Maultier.
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Assembling the Panzerwerfer 42 Rocket Launcher
Step 1. Attach the rocket pod to the mount. Step 2. Add the rocket launcher to the Maultier.
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Assembling the Kfz 15 Field Car
To assemble the Kfz 15 field car, simple glue in the driver on the left-hand side of the field car.
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Armoured Rocket Launcher Battery (GBX38) Modelling the Command Team
On one of the small bases provided, arrange the command team figures to taste.

Right:
 An example of Ruben's Command team.

Modelling the Observer Team
On the other small base, arrange the Observer team figures to taste.

Left: An example of Ruben's Observer team.

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Modelling the Armoured Rocket Launchers
Armoured Rocket Launcher Battery (GBX38) Since each of the resin Maultier is unique, the crew arrangement needs to suit each vehicle. This example is modelled with five figures on the ground next to the Maultier.

Left: The five loading crew with their Maultier.
This Maultier uses a specific figure, the Loader half figure to complete it's complement of five Loading crew.

Right: The Loader half figure in the back of the Maultier.
Armoured Rocket Launcher Battery (GBX38)
The final two examples uses either the kneeling loader figure or the standing loader figure with his hands up to make up the five crew members.
Below: The kneeling loader figure attending to the rocket pod. Below: The standing loader figure checks the rocket pod.
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Last Updated On Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by Luke at Battlefront