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Carius (GBX80)

Carius (GBX80)
includes one Jagdtiger, two Otto Carius Tank Commander figure, one Otto Carius Dismounted figure, four Crew figures, one Dismounted Crew figure, one Decal sheet & one Small two-hole base.

Born on 27 May 1922 in Zweibrucken, Otto Carius was rejected twice for military service as unfit because of his slight weight and build. On his third attempt he was finally accepted, and in May 1940 he was assigned to the 104th Infantry Replacement Battalion in Posen. After completing his infantry training, he volunteered for the Panzer Corps, despite the fact that his father had categorically forbidden him from joining the armoured units. By October 1940, he was training with the newly raised 21. Panzerregiment (21st Armoured Regiment).

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Bridge At Remagen
On 7 March 1945, lead elements of Task Force Engeman discover that Remagen’s Ludendorff Bridge is still intact, and Brigadier General Hoge instantly recognises that a decisive battle is upon his troops. He orders the bridge to be captured.

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Carius (GBX80) The panzer regiment fielded the light Panzer 38(t) and was committed to Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union, on 22 June 1941. Carius initially served as a loader, which he described as the worst position in the tank because the loader couldn't see out and rarely got any fresh air. Carius had to bail out of his tank for the first time on 8 July 1941 when his 38(t) was hit by a round from a Soviet 45mm anti-tank gun. Carius suffered a shrapnel wound to the face and lost several teeth in the incident. Another nasty surprise for the German tankers during the summer of 1941 was the appearance of the Soviet T-34 tank in quantity. Only the 8.8cm Flak gun could deal effectively with these well-armoured and well-armed Soviet vehicles. It was at this point Carius first realised that there would not be a ‘quick end to the [Soviet] campaign.’

On 4 August 1941, Carius was ordered to join the 25th Panzer Replacement Battalion for officer candidate training. Carius completed the course on 2 February 1942, but did not pass. Returning to the front, his unit received replacement vehicles and defended against various Soviet attacks around Gshatsk from March through June 1942.
Carius in Flames Of War
Characteristics
Otto Carius is a Warrior Command Jagdtiger tank rated as Reluctant Veteran.

Carius may take command of 2. Kompanie (marked
Carius (GBX80) ) from the 512. Schwere Panzerjägerkompanie (page 48 of Bridge At Remagen).

Carius replaces the Company Command Jagdtiger tank in the 512. Schwere Panzerjagerkompanie Headquarters for +85 points.

Alternatively, Carius may take command of a 512. Schwere Panzerjäger Platoon (page 49 of Bridge At Remagen) from 2. Kompanie (marked
Carius (GBX80) ) taken as a Support Platoon. In this case, Carius replaces the Platoon Command Jagdtiger for +85 points.
It was during these defensive battles that Carius was eventually promoted to Leutnant (Lieutenant). His initial command of four tanks was inauspicious with his crews being unprepared for a Soviet counterattack. Disaster was averted only by the stalwart defence of the accompanying infantry units. Carius learned many lessons from this early setback, and it shaped his command style in dealing with subordinates.

In early 1943, Carius was transferred to France to join 502. Schwere Panzer Abteilung (502nd Heavy Tank Battalion) equipped with the new Tiger I E tank.
Carius (GBX80)
Carius (GBX80) Unlike the aging Panzer 38(t), the Tiger I was a heavy tank armed with the now famous 8.8cm gun and was a welcome improvement over the lighter vehicles Carius had used earlier in his career. The battalion's first deployment was to the Leningrad front. Later, at the battle of Narva, Carius destroyed four SU-85 assault guns without any losses to his vehicles.

Carius continued to fight with distinction in the Tiger I throughout 1943 and into 1944. By mid-1944, Carius commanded a company of eight Tiger tanks, but as the intiative on the Eastern Front began to shift to the Soviets, Carius found his tanks used more often as a mobile fire brigade to stem the Red tide.
Special Rule
Setting Up The Shot
Carius was a genius at spotting targets and setting up excellent shots in order to inflict maximum damage on enemy tanks.


Enemy teams do not benefit from Concealment when shot at by Carius. Furthermore, Carius ignores the normal +1 modifier when shooting at teams greater than 16”/40cm away.
On 22 July 1944, as part of a larger effort to capture Riga and divide German forces in the Baltics, Soviet armoured elements advanced to Krivani. Realizing that more Soviet forces were on the way, Carius attacked the village with only two tanks. The second tank belonged to the highly-decorated Leutnant Albert Kerscher. Over the next 20 minutes, Carius and Kerscher knocked out 17 IS-2 tanks and five T-34s. His unit went on to destroy several more Soviet tanks and vehicles as the rest of the column arrived, completely halting the advance.

Two days after this action, Carius was riding a BMW motorcycle performing reconnaissance when he was ambushed by partisans and regular Soviet army infantry.
Carius (GBX80)
Carius (GBX80) Wounded, Carius crashed into a ditch where he was again shot several times at close range by a Soviet officer, including one bullet in his neck. Saved by the timely arrival of his unit’s Tigers, Carius was miraculously still alive. For his action at Krivani, Carius was promoted to Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant) and became the youngest officer to receive the Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves. Carius was removed from active duty to recover from his wounds until the end of 1944.

In January 1945, Carius was prohibited from rejoining his former Tiger battalion, due to his fame. He was then recruited by Hauptmann Walter Scherf, of the 512. Schwere Panzerjäger Abteilung, to lead its second company.
Special Rule
Hero of the Fatherland
Carius became something of a legend. He was approached by Himmler, who tried to get Carius to join the Waffen-SS — an offer he refused. The Soviets even had a bounty on his head!


If Carius is Destroyed during a game the morale of the entire German war effort takes a heavy blow, despite any other gains. The German player loses one Victory Point and their opponent gains one Victory Point at the end of the battle.
The unit fielded the new Jagdtiger tank destroyer. Carius was unimpressed with the new weapon, as he had been a tank commander and was used to turret-mounted armament. Most of the men in his company were also converted conventional tankers rather than veterans of the Panzerjäger or assault gun units. In late March, after little time to train, Carius's company was committed to battle as a part of Schwere Panzergruppe Hudel in an attempt to smash the Remagen bridgehead. Carius (GBX80)
Carius (GBX80) His unit was initially very reluctant to engage the Americans, with two of his Jagdtigers allowing an entire armoured column to pass through perfect firing positions unmolested. These two Jagdtigers were subsequently lost when they panicked and fled the area at high speed resulting in mechanical breakdowns of both vehicles. Carius and his company later defended Unna, destroying 20 American tanks before being forced to withdraw. By 15 April 1945, the situation was untenable and Carius ordered his six remaining Jagdtigers destroyed and he surrendered his command.
The Jagdtiger in Flames Of War
      Armour
   
Name
Mobility
Front
Side
Top
Equipment and Notes
Weapon
Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower
 
Jagdtiger Slow Tank 16 8 2 Hull MG, Overloaded, Unreliable.
12.8cm PaK44 gun
48"/120cm
2 17
2+
Hull mounted, Breakthrough gun.
By the end of his service, Carius had destroyed over 150 tanks, making him one of the leading tank aces of the war. After the war, he opened a pharmacy named Tiger Apotheke, where he still reportedly works to this day at the age of 91. Carius has also written books detailing his experiences, and by extension the experience of the German soldier, during World War II.

Designed by Evan Allen
Painted by James Brown
Carius (GBX80)
Overloaded
Super-heavy tanks and heavily-laden assault guns often overload their engines and suspensions, making them very poor at crossing obstacles.


When required to take a Bogging Check to cross Difficult Going, an Overloaded vehicle becomes Bogged Down on a roll of 1 or 2, rather than the usual 1. An Overloaded vehicle must re-roll successful Skill Tests to cross Very Difficult Going.
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Unreliable
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.
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Hull-mounted Guns
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.
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No Saves from Big Guns
Some weapons are just so powerful that there is no chance of surviving a hit from them. These heavy guns are often mounted in tanks and self-propelled guns designed to break through enemy defensive lines.

Infantry teams, Gun teams, Passengers, and Unarmoured vehicles automatically fail their Saves when hit by a Breakthrough Gun or a Bunker Buster. This does not apply to Artillery Bombardments.
Carius Moves Into Position
Carius (GBX80)


Last Updated On Friday, February 22, 2019 by Luke at Battlefront