German Wehrmacht Panzerfluch Ausf. G SP (Sturm Plattform (Assault Platform))
About this creation
As Britain and the Allies step up production of assault platforms, the Third Reich is forced to build even mightier assault platforms to meet the onslaught. The Panzerfluch Ausf. G ("Tank Curse") is Germany's answer to the British MBW (Mobile Battle Walker) and American M24 Hausen. The Panzerfluch is fully committed to an anti-armor role. Loud and lumbering, this behemoth crashes through the underbrush, its mere presence instilling dread in enemy tank crews. While proving highly effective against American Shermans, and the Soviet KV-1s and T-34s, it's lack of speed and maneuverability make it vulnerable to anti-tank infantry.
-17cm coastal gun.
-Free hand clamp used as self righter, and to carry extra loads of equipment.
-Bipedal design for increased mobility over rougher terrain.
-Armor resistant gunfire from weapons under 110mm.
The Panzerfluch Ausf. G stands 14.5 meters above the battlefield, providing a view of the battlefield usually only seen from tall buildings and trees. The drawback is that a specialized frame is required for the pilot and gunner to enter the cabin.
A main armament consists of one 17cm Kanone 18, a artillery piece usually used in coastal fortifications. The cannon terminates in a tightened muzzle break that employs a Gerlich effect, which imparts extra spin to the projectile making it more accurate over longer ranges. A total of sixteen 17cm AP and HE shells are stored in the rear of the Panzerfluch's cabin. Each shell weighs 20kg and holds 8kg of explosives.
Armor ranges in thickness from 87mm to 192mm of hardened steel, giving the Panzerfluch a weight of 57 tonnes. The armor is thickest around the cabin and the torso to protect the crew and sensitive components. However, the exhaust ports on the rear and the cabin roof are susceptible to anti-tank weapons, such as the American M9 Bazooka recoilless rifle and the Soviet RPG-6 AT grenade.
The powerhouse behind the Panzerfluch are two 12-cylinder Maybach HL 120 TRM V12 tank engines, housed within the inner depths of the Panzerfluch's hull. Due to the weight of the Panzerfluch, the Panzerfluch is limited to 11km/h.
A crew of two mans the Panzerfluch from inside the cabin, one loader/communicator and a pilot. Respirators are necessary to effectively work inside the cabin due to gasoline fumes from the fuel tank below.