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CHAR B1-bis Heavy Tank

B1-Bis, B1-Ter, Pzkpfw B1(f), Pzkpfw B2(f)

The Char B1-bis was the standard heavy tank of the french army. A good design with many modern features such as self-sealing fuel tanks, this powerful tank still had many faults. Although very well armed and armored for its day, it was costly to produce, slow and took plenty of maintenance to keep in running order. Also the crew were spaced far away from each other making communication difficult and the commander once again overworked in a one man turret. Of the roughly 500 made the large majority were distributed to support infantry, and as such were wasted piecemeal against the weaker but concentrated panzer forces. The ones grouped in a Heavy Mechanized Regiments faired rather well by comparison, but those were rare and majority fell into german hands as many were abandoned by their crews due to maintenance headaches and the shock effect enjoyed by the german forces. An improved model called the B1-Ter was entering limited production run, and these featured a smaller improved transmission, which allowed for greater ammunition capacity, as well as heavier armor and a new high powered APX 75mm gun. Only 30 or so of these were completed, as they were too costly and time consuming to affect the war in any way. The german army was impressed by the design and modernized the captured vehicles as well as the occupied production plants to produce their own design called Pzkpfw B1(f). This had the transmission and engine improvements of the B1-Ter along with a more powerful armament and command and control equipment (new radio's and internal communications). This design along with the Pz Nbfz V and the Pz AMX-42 (f) served as the heavy tank platoons of the German Panzer arm. In 1942 the need for more effective fire power turned the now archaic design into a powerful heavy tank with the addition of a heavy turret housing the lethal 7.5cm L/70 anti-tank gun. The resulting Pz B2(f) served with Panzer and later Volkspanzer units until the wars end. Only production drops due to moving of the factories in the face of allied bombings to eastern France and their eventual take over in late 1945 stopped the production of this rather successful design.

Year: 1937 Maneuver: -3 Armor: 15/30/45
Threat Value: 65 Fire Control: -2 Movement: 2/3
Size: 11 Sensors: None Deployement Range: 180 km
Crew: 4 Communications: -1/3km  

Perks/Flaws: Buttoned Up, Inefficient Controls, Large Sensor Profile (R1), Random Shutdown (R1)

Name Arc S M L Ex Acc DM # Ammo Spec
47 mm Sa34 L/34 T 3 6 12 24 0 x7 1 50 -
7.5mm MG T 1 2 4 8 0 x2 1 2600 Rof2, AI, Coax
75 mm L/17 Sa35 FF 4 8 16 32 0 x8 1 74 -
7.5mm MG FF 1 2 4 8 0 x2 1 2500 Rof2, AI, Coax

Variants:

B1-Ter Heavy Tank Threat Value: 80 Year: 1939

Remove: 75 mm L/17 Sa35

Change: Armor to 17/34/51, 47mm Ammo to 80, 75mm Ammo to 100, Deployement Range to 250km, Movement to 2/4

Add: APX 75mm

Name Arc S M L Ex Acc DM # Ammo Spec
75mm APX FF 5 10 20 40 0 x9 1 100 -

 

Pzkpfw B1(f) Threat Value: 80 Year: 1941

Remove: 75 mm L/17 Sa35, 47 mm L/34 Sa34, FF 7.5mm MG

Change: 7.5mm MG to 7.92mm MG, Movement to 2/4

Add: Communications -1/5km, 4.7cm Skoda, 7.5cm Pak40

Name Arc S M L Ex Acc DM # Ammo Spec
4.7cm Skoda T 4 8 16 32 0 x8 1 80 -
7.5cm Pak40 FF 6 12 24 48 0 x11 1 50 -

 

Pzkpfw B2(f) Threat Value: 80 Year: late 1942

Remove: All Armament

Change: Movement to 2/4, Deployement Range to 250km, Armor to 18/36/60

Add: 7.5cm Kwk42, 7.92mm MG, Communications -1/5km

Name Arc S M L Ex Acc DM # Ammo Spec
7.5cm Kwk42 L/70 T 7 14 28 56 0 x15 1 55 -
7.92mm MG T 1 2 4 8 0 x2 1 4200 Rof2, AI, Coax