Friday, August 16, 2013

Battleground Weird WWII: Disston Tractor Tank

USMC Disston Tractor Tank

Notes:  This little beaut was essentially a Disston tractor with a armored hull and open-topped turret slapped on top of it.  Although it didn't see any real action, this thing would make a great vehicle for a pulp adventure or some early war game.  Be sure to pick up the excellent Battleground WWII rules to get the most outta this beast.
Date Introduced:  Mid '33
Users:  US & Afghanistan
Vehicle Chart:  Don't have a vehicle chart for this monster so just shoot from the hip on this one.
Crew:  4 (commander/loader, gunner, MG gunner & driver)
No Radio:  The Disston is not fitted with a radio and will suffer the No Radio penalty as noted in the BGWWWII rules.
37mm Gun:  The Disston's 37mm gun fires both AP and HE rounds.
Riveted Construction:  The Disston has riveted armor and will suffer as such if struck at the appropriate locations by enemy fire.  Any non-penetrating hits to a location with rivets or bolts will force any crew that might be at that location to take an immediate D column hit.  Apply any effects as normal with the exception of any MC or Suppression results will be considered -1 action for the effected crewman for the remainder of the battle.  Apply what locations are covered by this rule via the WYSIWYG rules.
Open-Topped:  The Disston has an Open-Topped turret that will suffer as such when taking enemy fire from elevated positions or if under HE templates. 
Poor Cross-Country Mobility:  The Disston suffers a +2 to all Bog Checks while in any rough ground.
Commander as Loader:  The commander acts as loader for the vehicle's 37mm gun and cannot be Commander Exposed in the same action as they load.
Wargaming Piece:  Don't know of any Disstons so if you do or you make your own let us 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 
           7      S    0     0      0     0      0      0     0     0      4     1     S    T     -----   LMG     -----     -----     37XL  19      -----     -----      7       Small

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