Flammpz. B2(f)

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Flammpz. B2
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General data
Deployment cost85
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SA 35 L/27 (47mm)
Accuracy: 5/10
Rate of fire: 6 r/m
Armor Piercing: 7
High Explosive: 2
Range: 1000m

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Schweres Flammenwerfer (Napalm)
Accuracy: 9/10
Rate of fire: 6 r/m
High Explosive: 12 (6m AoE)
Range: 260m

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MAC 31 (7.92mm)
Accuracy: 5/10
Rate of fire: 264 r/m
High Explosive: 8
Range: 600m

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Top: Enclosed
Mobility and detection
Speed13 km/h (55 km/h on roads)
StealthVery bad
OpticsVery low
Special abilities
This unit carries a flamethrower, a weapon able to wipe out an entire squad in a moment, and terrorise the survivors. Its range is very limited. A flamethrower can engage an armoured unit, but with much lesser effect. FLAMER

Flammpz. B2 is a German Support unit. It is a captured French heavy tank pressed into German service after the battle of France. Meant to be a breakthrough tank in trench warfare, it was considered to be very well armoured and powerfully armed in 1940. However, tank design had advanced by leaps and bounds and the Panzer B2 had clearly become an outdated design by 1944.

The tank is an interesting combination of two main gun. Its armour and mediocre gun only makes it suitable to fighting light tanks & vehicles. However, it sports a powerful napalm flamethrower capable of incinerating enemy infantry at 260m range, acting as a close support tank.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The most powerful French tank in 1940, the 32-ton B1-bis was armed with a hull-mounted SA 35 75mm howitzer for use against fortifications, a turret-mounted SA 35 47mm gun, and a MAC 31 7.5mm machinegun. Although its design philosophy was rooted in World War I experiences, with the specifications that eventually culminated in the B1 dating back to 1919, the tank put in production in 1935 was overall an advanced design, including self-sealing petrol tanks, a fireproof bulkhead, a gyroscopic compass, an electric starter and a floor escape hatch was used for the disposal of empty cases. It proved itself largely invulnerable to German tanks during the Fall of France, defeated by logistical problems and strategic mistakes rather than direct combat.

With 365 built before the defeat of France, many Char B1s were captured in serviceable condition and pressed into German service as Panzerkampfwagen B-2 740(f). Most were utilized as tanks, primarily for occupation duties, but a number were modified for special purposes: Sixteen were converted into self-propelled artillery, mounted with a 10.5 cm leFH 18 light howitzer in an open-top casemate. Another sixty were modified by replacing the hull howitzer with a flamethrower, creating the Flammwagen auf Panzerkampfwagen B-2(f).

These tanks of the 716. Infanterie Division are part of Panzer-Abteilung 213. In real life this Panzer-Abteilung was stationed in the Channel Island with the 319. Infanterie DIvision. Panzer-Abteilung 213 had two Kompanies each with15 Char B2 and five Flammpz. B2.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

The Flammpanzer B2(f) is a nice complement to the defence-oriented 716. Infanterie, giving it powerful a powerful close support unit which helps the division's numerous infantry units to combat enemy soft targets. Its main impact is in phase A, where one one-star Flammpanzer B2 is available for deployment and enemy AT threat is still relatively low. It can fire with its mediocre gun at long range and burn enemy soft targets at very close range. There's always the risk of losing the tank to troops equipped with AT weapons, so it's best to send in some Osttruppen or other infantry to scout & pin down enemy infanty before engaging with the support tank. Dousing enemy locations with artillery also helps in softening up the enemy before engaging.

When phase B comes around, the Flammpz. B2(f) will start becoming much more vulnerable as potent Allied AT starts arriving on the battlefield. However, it remains a core support unit in the division, whose doctrine is that of defensive pushes - infantry leads the way, supported by copious amounts of artillery and light tanks. The B2's main gun is woefully inadequate against enemy tanks at this stage. Instead, firepower must come from the division's anti-tank arm: Pak 43s, Pak 40s and Marders.

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