From: Cologne, Germany
nice picture......looks like 13 men pulling/pushing that 75 mm up the muddy road...not under fire. I didn't say it couldn't be done or wouldn't be done in real life...I said " man handleing a gun that size or even the 57 mm any distance " just isn't happening in real life.
what I should have said was...man handleing a gun as big as a german 75 or even a yank 57 mm any distance just isn't happening on the CC battle field while being under fire during a battle...the key being under fire... ..and IMO they didn't get moved very far in real life either under fire during a battle. especially with a 5 man crew plus ammo.
In this case, 5 or 6 guys are pulling the gun and are using those harnesses, btw., and the guys pushing are just helping to get it through the mud. It looks like the guy going backwards is supposed to control the balance, so that the gun mounts don't swing upwards or back down into the mud. This looks rather like a training exercise, especially since the pic was taken in 1943, in occupied France.
Inside villages or next to roads, such guns could be (and were) relocated manually regularly, to cater for shifting threats. But this wasn't an option when under fire, of course. A PaK 40 had a crew of 5, so relocating it without additional helping hands (and towing vehicle) would only happen on paved roads or city environments, in most cases, and for very short distances only. The halftracks Sd.Kfz.10 and 11 used to be the dedicated vehicles for towing AT guns and artillery pieces, IF the unit was motorized. If it was a non-motorized unit, horses had to do the job.
There should be a routine in the game that makes the crews tired after say 50-100 meters (not sure how big the maps are), so that players (or AI) can't sneak up (and cheat) on each and every enemy position. I remember that large AT guns moved in slomo mode even just across the smallest roads in the old CC games, which was realistic. In reality, an 88-mm gun couldn't be pulled anymore, though.
The lower calibre At guns and the le.IG 18 (crew: 6) used to be man-handled often, though, even though the leIG still weighed 405 kg in ride mode.