From: De Eye-lands, Mon
ORIGINAL: mike scholl 1
..."Of the 150
tanks and self-propelled guns 98 were examined. None were found to
have been destroyed by rockets, nor were there any craters to suggest
rocket attacks had been made in the area. Most, amounting to some 81
per cent, had been destroyed by their crews or abandoned."
I think, under the circumstances, that the vast majority of AFVs were operational losses. Now I'm just an arty puke, and everybody knows arty don't kill tanks, but there's some Internet sites (which means they must be true) of US Army analysis of the Italian campaign, that has the data. I'll try to find and post it.
Like all things military, it's not as simple as people would like. The VC didn't have tanks and the NVA were keeping their's very close, so I never got to shoot at a tank, but I was trained how to. What you do is shoot rapid with contact fusing; that craters the ground so they shed tracks; it puts a ton of shrapnell in the air, so they shut down. So they got teensy weensy viewports and a nasty terrain to cover. And while they are buttoned up, the infantry can get close and clean their clocks.
So how many were mission kills by the arty? Your call. Shred a track and can't fix it for all the MG hate coming your way, time to Dee Dee Mau. I kinda think that air missions had the same effect.
Can't see squat, don't know jack, all you get is info from your platoon/company leader. That was Germany's advantage. Unless and untill it was broken down and rendered nugatory by Allied air strikes at their HQ/Commo centers. It was a combined arms op. Something the game does not model very well. But hey !!!
Nous n'avons pas peur! Vive la liberté! Moi aussi je suis Charlie!
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