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Char AMX-42B "Grognard" Super Heavy Tank

AMX-42B, Pzkpfw AMX-42C(f), Pzkpfw AMX-42E(f)

Found in GK:African Theater and GK: Wargaming Companion

Arguably the best tank of French Army, the AMX-42 was of the heaviest allied tank outside the Soviet superheavy tank designs. As there was much space available for modernization, firepower improvements in the face of increasing German technical ingenuity were created resulting in the AMX-42B (pic GK: African Theater pg27). Upgrading the lacking 47mm cannon with the modern APX 75mm added to the foreward punch, as well as two additional MG turrets on the side of the front hull improved area defensive capabilities. Only about a third of all AMX-42s were upgraded to the design and all the tanks at the time in Africa remanied the original design through the war. Germans using their airborne raids, managed to capture masses of French industry easily and the Grognard production line too fell into their hands. Lacking serious heavy tank punch themselves and fearfull of the masses of ultraheavy tanks facing them on the Russian side, they introduced an improved design into their ranks. Mounting a powerfull Pak41 cannon in the main hull, it retained the AFE Tesla gun, but it was found to be lacking in range and giving too much problems, it was dropped in 1942 and replaced with the ultraheavy 12.8cm Flak 40 anti-aircraft cannon. These performed very well against the storming mass of ultraheavy Russian armor. The factory itself was moved in 1943 closer to the German national border as to protect it from Allied bombing waves, and was turning out these behemoths for Volkspanzer battalions well after Tiger and Maus tanks replaced it in the main german armor formations.

Variants:

Char AMX-42B Threat Value: 145 Year: 1939

Remove: FF 47 mm Sa34 Cannon

Add: 75mm APX Gun

Name Arc S M L Ex Acc DM # Ammo Spec
75mm APX FF 5 10 20 40 0 x9 1 45 -
7.5mm MG L/Rt 1 2 4 8 0 x2 1 2000,2000 Rof2, AI

 

Pzkpfw AMX-42C(f) Threat Value: 160 Year: 1941

Remove: Both 47 mm Sa34 Cannons

Change: All 7.5mm MG's to 7.92mm MG

Add: 7.5cm Pak41, 4.7cm Skoda

Name Arc S M L Ex Acc DM # Ammo Spec
7.5cm Pak 41 FF 5 10 20 40 0 x14 1 70 -
4.7cm Skoda Rr 4 8 16 32 0 x8 1 65 -

 

Pzkpfw AMX-42E(f) Threat Value: 160 Year: 1942

As Pzkpfw AMX-42C(f) but:

Remove: AFE Tesla Gun

Change: 7.5cm Ammo to 120, 4.7cm Ammo to 205

Add: 12.8cm Flak 40, 7.92mm MG

Name Arc S M L Ex Acc DM # Ammo Spec
12.8cm Flak 40 T 6 12 24 48 0 x19 1 83 -
7.92mm MG T 1 2 4 8 0 x2 1 2000 Rof2, AI, Coax