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Battle #2

The following photos were taken by Amir Tahvildaran and Tom Tanner, with commentary by Frank Pittelli.

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Karl's 21st Century Stuart looks great, sounds great and runs, well ... not so great over the rough terrain. Karl had previously broken a plastic track link during field tests on a groomed lawn, so everyone knew that it wasn't ready for the tough battlefield conditions.
During the lunch-time break (provided by Steve 'Grill-Master' Edwards) the Stuart was used as a target for Joe Sommer's gun camera tests with the Hetzer. Unfortunately, it threw a track and the tests had to be concluded. See Bon Voyage Video for some interesting gun camera footage made during the tests.

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This battle saw the largest number of participants ever, as can be seen here looking at the Blue Team, which would operate 3 tanks, 1 support vehicle and 1 artillery piece. John, Karl and Tony would be trading off operation of the Panzer and Goer, so that everyone could get some stick time.
The Pak-40 is hitched up and ready to go with the Goer. Hauling paintballs and moving artillery around the battlefield are the primary responsibility of the support vehicles, and all participants know the importance of such logistics. Without paintballs stockpiled at the forward base or artillery deployed to defend them, tanks must travel all the way back to home base for reloading, keeping them out of the action for a much longer period of time.

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The KV-1 spent a lot of time in the tall grass during the first battle, as is evident by all of the natural camo that it is carrying. The KV-1 is becoming one of the most reliable tanks on the battlefield, with plenty of power and traction that allows it to go anywhere. The distinctive clack-clack of it's tracks can be heard wherever it goes.
It's just before the start of the battle and the Blue Team is ready to go. The entire team must start at home base, but is quickly deployed a few minutes into the battle. As can be seen here, the terrain is quite rough, with only narrow highways and firing bases cut throughout the field.

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The Red Team moves quickly out of home base when the battle begins. With the T-34 and Hetzer pushing down the southern highway, the U.N. Support Vehicle moves the Howitzer into a strong firing position just outside home base.
The Blue Team takes up positions on the southern side of the crossroads, which connects the northern and southern highways. In the middle of the crossroads is a large round-about which surrounds the video cameraman, Will Montgomery.

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Steve Tyng drives the Hetzer along the northern highway so that he can attack the Blue Team from the other side of the crossroads. In the background, his teammates, Nathan and Chris, establish strong firing positions with the 155mm Howitzer and the T-34 just outside the Red Team base, while Mike keeps running supplies with his U.N. support vehicle.
The Tiger tries a few long range shots on the Hetzer as it retreats back to home base for reloading under the protection of Nathan's Howitzer. In this game scenario, artillery was declared "invincible" to see how such a rule might work. Although that made them very formidable, since they could only fire 10 rounds at a time before reloading, the tanks were still able to move around the field with caution. In fact, at one point, the Tiger-1 snuck into the Red Team's forward base within 20 feet of the Howitzer while it was being reloaded and stole some of their supplies. The Tiger quickly retreated when the reloading was done.

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With the Red Team keeping everything close to their home base, the Blue Team decided it was time to move the Pak-40 into a stronger position in the center of field. Accordingly, the Goer was brought up the southern highway, under the protection of the Tiger and Panzer to move the Pak-40 to the center of the field. Without such protection, the Goer could be easily destroyed and forced to go back to home base for re-incarnation.
The Goer hauls the Pak-40 from its southern firing position to a firing position in the center of the field for better coverage of the battlefield.

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The view from the Pak-40's new firing position is expansive, allowing it to hit Blue Team vehicles on both the southern and northern highways, as long as it is provided with a steady supply of paintballs.
Tony moves the Panzer IV into the thick grass on the Red Team's side of the field to establish a strong firing position. Although the thick grass makes turning more difficult, it also protects the lower half of the Panzer from being hit with paintballs. Of course, this doesn't mean that Tony's job is done, because if you sit still long enough someone will start hitting you.

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Steve is known for driving his T-34 hard and he's no different with the Hetzer. Unfortunately, the Hetzer can't take the abuse that Steve throws at it and throws a track. Fortunately, Joe quickly remedies the problem and the Hetzer is back in operation in a couple of minutes. Of course, during this down-time, the Blue Team was aggressively pursuing the T-34 being operated by its new owner Chris.
Nathan takes aim with the Howitzer, constantly pestering the Red Team tanks and support vehicle in the middle of the field. The T-34 is preparing to make another run at the Blue Team.

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Chris Wacker purchased the T-34 from Steve Tyng and was quickly learning how everything worked. With the Hetzer down for repairs, Chris found himself the center of attention and was very busy defending himself.
While the T-34 was in home base being re-incarnated, Frank drove his Tiger behind the Red Team home base into the very thick brush, hiding both him and his tank. He was hoping to spring a surprise attack on the T-34, but Chris noticed Tom taking this picture and the surprise was no more.

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The Tiger digs into the tall grass along the southern frontier of the battlefield to protect itself from the Howitzer and to establish a strong firing position on the area around the Red Team's base. A few minutes later, the KV-1 would turn traitor and join forces with its Russian comrade on the Red Team to hunt down the Tiger in the grass. With John driving his Panzer into the grass as well, four tanks churned through the brush until both the Panzer and Tiger were destroyed.
Near the end of the battle, John positions the Panzer IV to cut off the retreat of the Hetzer which is currently tangling with the Tiger just outside "The Bunker".

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The boys return home after the conclusion of the battle. No ticker tape parades would greet them, just lots of paper towels to clean off the colorful results of the battle.
The Hetzer is not very large, so everything needs to be mounted cleanly inside, as can be seen here.

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The T-34's novel turret design allows it to be removed from the tank for easy maintenance and cleaning. Although it had some rotate problems during this battle, it didn't prevent Chris from getting in a lot of battling time.
For some reason, Amir thinks that people want to see the inside of the Tiger showing the door-lock actuator that is now being used to fire the gun. The actuator worked flawlessly in the Tiger all day, with similar results for the Pak-40 in this battle and in Coxsackie. On the left side of the turret can also be seen the compressed gas cylinders used to stabilize the gun. The black object strapped to the back of the gun is a lead counter-weight that balances the gun to reduce strain on the elevate servo.

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John apparently has a little too much time on his hands, because he's always finding stuff like this sign on the Internet. Nonetheless, it spruces up the pit area and makes everything look official.
Joe presents Frank with an "award" which is the remains of the Tiger's cardboard muzzle that fell off of the Tiger in the spring and was unceremoniously run over (repeatedly) by Will's SU-100. Will finds the joke quite funny, as did all of the other battlers.

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Offical Scores for BonVoyage Battle #2
Team Asset Operator Hits
Blue T001 Frank Pittelli 8 19 0 0 0 0 2,000 4,750 0.704
  T012 John Pittelli 4 6 0 0 0 0 1,000 1,500 0.600
  T012 Karl Klusewitz 4 2 0 0 0 0 1,000 500 0.333
  T018 Paul Pittelli 8 2 0 0 0 0 2,000 500 0.200
  SV005 John Pittelli 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 1,000 1.000
  SV005 Karl Klusewitz 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 750 1.000
  SV005 Tony Tyree 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 250 1.000
  FA002 Marty Hayes 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 1,250 1.000
TOTAL 24 34 6 2 0 0 6,000 10,500 0.636
Red T005 Chris Wacker 12 8 0 0 0 0 3,000 2,000 0.400
  T010 Joe Sommer 3 0 0 0 0 0 750 0 0.000
  T010 Steve Tyng 15 13 0 0 0 0 3,750 3,250 0.464
  T018 Paul Pittelli 4 1 0 0 0 0 1,000 250 0.200
  SV004 Mike Blattau 0 0 10 2 1 0 0 3,250 1.000
  FA001 Nathan Blattau 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 500 1.000
TOTAL 34 24 10 2 1 0 8,500 9,250 0.521

Asset Type Net Points
SV004 U.N. Peacekeeper 3,250
T001 PzKpfw VI-I Tiger 2,750
SV005 M520 Goer 2,000
FA002 PAK40/L46 75mm Anti-Tank Gun 1,250
FA001 155mm Howitzer 500
T012 SdKfz 166 Brummbar 0
T005 T-34-85 -1,000
T010 JgPz 38(t) Hetzer -1,250
T018 KV-1 -2,250
Operator Net Points
Mike Blattau 3,250
Frank Pittelli 2,750
John Pittelli 1,500
Marty Hayes 1,250
Nathan Blattau 500
Tony Tyree 250
Karl Klusewitz 250
Steve Tyng -500
Joe Sommer -750
Chris Wacker -1,000
Paul Pittelli -2,250