Saturday, August 25, 2012

Battleground Weird WWII: SdKfz 253

Notes:  These rules are for the fully-enclosed 1/2 track used by FOs attached almost exclusively within StuG units.  Be sure to pick up the core Battleground WWII rules to get the most outta the rules.
Date Introduced:  Early '40
Users:  Germany
Vehicle Chart:  We use the SdKfz 251's vehicle chart from the core rules and just modify where needed.
Crew:  4 (2 FOs, radio op. & driver )
Radio:  The 253 is fitted with a radio as basic issue.
Pistol Ports:  There are pistol ports below each of the two vision blocks on either side of the hull.  These ports allow the crew to fire their side arms from within the vehicle usually at assaulting enemy infantry.  The commander may fire their pistol or sub machine gun out of a pistol port by using an action in doing so.  All pistol ports have a 90-degree fire arc and will always suffer a 1/2 To Hit penalty.  Note that prone infantry 1" away from the vehicle cannot be hit by fire from these ports and infantry within 2" will receive partial tank cover from fire from the pistol port.
Winterketten or Ostketten Tracks:  The 253 from mid '42 on may be fitted with the Winterketten track grousers for use in ice and snowy fronts or from early '44 on with the Ostketten track for muddy battlefields.  The Winterketten will provide a -1 to all Bog Checks made in snow or icy terrain and the Ostketten will provide a -1 to all Bog Checks in muddy terrain.  Both tracks types will also negate any High Ground Pressure penalties.  Availability for each is a 4 or less for any front. 
Wargaming Piece:  I think GasoLine does a 1/48 scale kit of the SdKfz 253.  Swing over to the Quart Kit site and take a look.

        Wt   Sz   HF   TF   HS   TS   HR   TR   HT   TT   Sd   Ld   TR   Ty   Smk   HMG   CMG   AAMG   Gun   AP   APCR   HEAT   HE   HE Size
         6     S     2     ---     2    ---     2     ---     2     1    10    ---    ---   HT    ---       ---       ---       ---        ---     ---      ---       ---       ---       ---

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