Why I Hate Artillery by John Pittelli
To sum it up, it's very deadly. Especially when it is declared
indestructible and your buddies seemed to be plagued by all manner
I made the big mistake of choosing the
Tiger for my side. Frank made the mistake of laughing
at the Panzer, which died on the way to the staring
area. Turned out the battery must have a severe
problem. After replacing the battery, the Panzer IV,
stalwart workhorse that she is performed fine. It was
then that the gremlins attacked. Frank's newfangled
transmitter kept would not allow his servos to return
to center. So basically, no rotate or elevate; tough day
at the battlefield. Later the T-34, also on my team,
decided to strip out a set screw on the main drive,
so not much power to move about. Our only saving
grace was Tyng the Merciless on the Navarone gun
who pounded the opposition and kept the enemy supply
vehicle from performing it's assigned task.
Of course the enemy vehicles seemed to be fine.
Paul's KV-1 trundled and clacked its way everywhere, Will's
SU-100 was a pain and the Hetzer drove me crazy. It
seems Joe finally figured out that flat rear idlers,
rather than rounded rear idlers, will keep him from
throwing track. No mercy kills today.
The dreaded coin flip pitted Paul,myself,
Frank and Will versus Joe, Marty on the Panther, and
Chris. They also had both pieces of artillery to even
it up. That will never happen again. (Please Mr.
Gamekeeper, no mas, no mas.)
Things started well for us and then went to oblivion. Will's SU, which
of course worked well in Battle 1 had gun problems. The Tiger gremlins
reappeared in Frank's main drive wheel, shearing a retaining pin. So it
was just the KV-1 and the Mark IV against Joe, Chris, Marty, and the
two artillery pieces. Needless to say, DOOM.
Bright spots: long range gunnery was working well because
we had normal terrain today. Nailed the Goer
at least 3 times from over 50 feet away, much to the
amazement of Mike, a friend of Joe's who was driving
at the time. It also scored on the T-34 and I think 2
solo kills on the Panther from the same ranges. I
think that Tyng the Merciless scored all but 2 or 3 of
the hits on my vehicle in this battle. Yeah we need to
figure out how to build in some down time for those
All in all it was a great day. Rick brought out his
Leopard for us to view, LOOKS MARVELOUS. Not sure how
he will shoehorn in the gun, I think his Leopard is
lower to the ground than the Hetzer. But it should be
ready for the fall event. So, everyone keep building
and maybe we'll see you on the field someday.