MMGs On German Transport Trucks
September 8, 2020 at 2:34 pm #181426
The selector allows for adding a forward arc mmg to German transport trucks such as an Opel Blitz or Maultier. I want to add one to my model, but cannot find an historical photo or a miniature model anywhere showing where it would be mounted. Does anyone have a photo or know if it would be mounted on the roof of the cab to be operated by someone in the cab, or on a pintel in the bed sticking over the cab to be operated by someone in the back, or maybe mounted to the door to be operated by the shotgun (or mmg) rider? Thanks0September 8, 2020 at 3:25 pm #181428Nigel HeatherParticipant
I can only think it would have been an MG34 or MG42 mounted on the front wall of the cargo area, with the barrel pointing over the top of the cab and the gunner stood in the cargo area.
I have seen models configured like that but not any real archive pictures.
I imagine it would have been improvised rather than a standard fit. Most likely the squad MG which they would take with them when they disembark.
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That sounds most likely and easy enough to model. Thanks for the suggestion.0September 9, 2020 at 2:31 am #181435SteveTParticipant3+September 9, 2020 at 3:39 am #181436
That’s perfect! Thanks for the picture.0September 9, 2020 at 8:07 am #181440SteeljackalParticipant
I made so (with magnets)
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Thanks for the idea. Great job with adding a mmg to a transport. That looks great.0September 10, 2020 at 8:27 pm #181501invisible officerParticipant
The German 1944 Kraftfahr Zug / Platoon 30 ton had 10 Lorries with 10 Drivers and no co Driver. Zugführer in light car with a Driver and a Kradmelder with a motorbike.
For these 10 lorries and staff 2 LMG are assigned. The Zugführer had a pistol, all others a K 98. The MG had no special fixing point on the 3 ton Lorry. Under air attack the men jumped out and might use the LMG for defence from ground. Main role was for defence if standing somewhere.
Only in Pantergrenadiere and some mot Divisions the infantry had lorries. In these cases the LMG of the transported squad could be used too. But German Feolddienstordmumg / rules for Action made clear that a lorry is no fighting vehicle. If you need to fire a MG – Dismount.
1+September 11, 2020 at 3:01 am #181507Kar98kParticipant
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The idea that German trucks had MGs is more of a movie motivated myth than actual historical doctrine. As one of many examples, the picture below is from the movie Kelly’s Heroes. However, since Bolt Action is more of a fun and entertaining game depicting Hollywood war films and not a true historical WW2 simulator, the rule for adding an MG to a German truck (for +15 points) blends right into the game. That being said, historically speaking we should not overlook the possibility of an improvised field modification for whatever reason.0September 21, 2020 at 11:54 am #181505SteveTParticipant
Talks about guns as field upgrades, not official additions.0September 21, 2020 at 11:56 am #181430SteeljackalParticipant
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