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Panzerkampfwagen I Variants:

Ausf C, Flakpanzer I, Sturmpaner I, Panzerjager I

 

During testing in the Spanish civil war, the PzI Ausf A/B was found to be completely outclassed by comparative "Republican" units equipped with the BT-5 or the T-26 Soviet tanks. Recognizing that something had to be done about this, a new variant based uppon Spanish in-field modifications was developed. Boasting an improved armor and replacement of a machine gun with a 20mm autocannon, finally allowed the tank to pose a threat to other armored vehicles. The tanks were also made amphibious to aid in their fast strike role, and for the possible invasion of England. During the invasion of Poland, half of all tank forces were Pz I's and two thirds of those were the Ausf C versions. But after the conquest it was seen that the tank was quickly becoming obsolete, but as the production lines were established, the decision to produce specialized variants was seen as the most efficient. The first two variants were the Panzerjager I tank destroyer (GK: Axis Sourcebook pg 113) and the Sturmpanzer I assault gun. The Panzerjager I was introduced into the light panzer zugs in an attept to quickly upgun these subunits in the face of the heavier French tank forces. The 4.7cm Skoda cannon on the chaccis turned these light vehicles into effective (for the time) tank killers. However, the superheavy tanks as well as the French heavy fortifications were seen as yet another problem. Conversions once again saved the day, as the massive 15cm L11 cannon was fitted on the superstructure of the Pz I. Both were seen as a great help as the massive numbers of obsolete vehicles were turned into effective tank destroyer/assault units. Two thirds of all PzIs were converted into either Pzjgr I or Strmpz I vehicles in time for the French campaign. An average panzer battalion of 1939 had ~7 Pz I Ausf B/C platoons, while the 1941 variant had 2 Pz I Ausf C, 3 Pzjager I platoons and 2 Sturmpanzer I platoons greatly improving their firepower. There were many problems however. The sturmpanzer had a very overloaded chaccis and engine, leading to very poor performance, and the limited space caused majority of the ammo to be carried in an exposed towed trailer, creating many dangers. It's massive firepower however, was adored by the troops, as both fortifications and heavy tanks were tackled and overcome by these units. With the 1941 order to double the panzer corps, the specialized light panzer zugs were withdrawn from the light class and found themselves as specialized supplemental zugs to the panzer battalion providing additional anti-tank and assault capabilities. As the war progressed however, they were slowly withdrawn and moved to pzgrenadier and volkspanzer units. The last variant of the panzer I was the Flakpanzer I. This modification was carried out after it was observed that truck towed anti-aircraft guns were too slow to keep up with the panzer forces. It was found to be a temporary measure, as the vehicle proved to be unstable and thus inaccurate in that role. At first it found itself to be more used in the anti-infantry and urban warfare roles, but as the war progressed, its true role was more and more called uppon. The panzer I thus found itself to be the first of many more specialized anti-airfraft, tank destroyer and assault units to enter the army.

Year: 1939 Maneuver: -3 Armor: 7/14/21
Threat Value: 22 Fire Control: -2 Movement: 3/5
Size: 6 Sensors: None Deployement Range: 170 km
Crew: 2 Communications: -1/3km  

Perks/Flaws: Buttoned Up, Inefficient Controls, Large Sensor Profile (R1), Reinforced Armor (R2, Front), Amphibious

Name Arc S M L Ex Acc DM # Ammo Spec
2cm Kwk30 T 2 4 8 16 0 x5 1 160 Rof1,AE1
7.92mm MG T 1 2 4 8 0 x2 1 1000 Coax, Rof2, AI

Variants:

Sturmpanzer I Threat Value: 35 Year: 1940

Remove: All Weapons, Reinforced Armor, Buttoned Up, Amphibious

Change: Crew to 5, Movement to 2/3

Add: 15cm L/11, Exposed Crew, Exposed FC, Random Shutdown (R1), Overheating, Hazardous Ammo/Fuel Supply

Name Arc S M L Ex Acc DM # Ammo Spec
15cm L/11 FF 5 10 20 40 0 x15 1 15 AE 1

 

Flakpanzer I Threat Value: 35 Year: 1941

Remove: All Weapons, Reinforced Armor, Buttoned Up, Amphibious

Change: Movement to 2/3

Add: 15cm L/11, Exposed Crew, Exposed FC, Random Shutdown (R1), Anti-Air, Defective FC (R1)

Name Arc S M L Ex Acc DM # Ammo Spec
2cm Flak 38 T 2 4 8 16 0 x5 1 400 Rof1, AE 1