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SimonHall@TWZ

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REVISED LUCKY HIT SECTION
« on: June 09, 2020, 12:11:50 PM »
Lucky Hits 

MARK’S HISTORY ZONE
Lucky hits on turret rings, underbellies when crossing a hedge etc. did occur, and indeed were targeted directly at very close range by expert gunners.  Like all unusual events they tend to get greater coverage in the reporting of the day than their real frequency justifies.  Our 1 in 36 chance being around 3% is rather more than was really likely.  There is a famous Panther which had over 100 shell hits on it before one managed to find a weak spot and do any damage at all. 

Here is an extract from Caen: Anvil of Victory by Alexander McKee: “It was almost impossible to work round a Panther or Tiger and shoot it up from the rear or in the flank; almost always the encounter was head-on, where the armour was impenetrable. Not infrequently, two Tigers could hold up an entire Armoured Brigade for hours. 23 Hussars had already tried their guns on dead Panthers (knocked out from a flank): unless the shell hit a turret ring a 75mm was useless; a 17 pounder at 300 yards would penetrate the turret, but frequently not the sloping front plate of the hull.”

The best gunners at very close range would try to specifically target weak point such as turret rings and tracks in the knowledge they had no chance against the heavy armour plate.

If you cannot penetrate but roll an S then:
•   If you are at point blank range (under 4”/10cm), you can claim a lucky strike, representing your gunners being so close that that they actively target weak points (so a 1 in 6 chance).
•   Beyond point blank range you can re-roll the dice and if you get another S then you get a lucky strike (so 1 in 36 chance).

A lucky hit is taken to hit a part of the enemy that is 5cm weaker that the rest of its armour.  So, if our Shermans above get one of these, then they will get a penetrating hit on even a Tiger 1.

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Re: REVISED LUCKY HIT SECTION
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2020, 12:12:39 PM »
Been reading a lot and the evidence that they were rare and the heavy German tanks had numerous hits is overwhelming.  We definitely have the mechanism realistic.

This of course means the really big stuff will be expensive indeed.

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