The Fury Tank Battle
This article originally appeared in the March/April 2021 issue.
This MegaTraveller tank battle scenario was designed as a test of the combat and design process.
The Panzerkampfwagen VI Ausführung H, given the nickname Tiger, is one of the iconic German heavy tanks of the Second World War. While expensive and “over engineered” its production run of 1,347 Tiger I (and 492 Tiger II) tanks accounted for at least 10,300 enemy tanks, and 11,380 AT guns and artillery pieces during the conflict.
In the film Fury, one of the iconic scenes is when a camouflaged Tiger takes on four Allied Sherman tanks and loses.
In a MegaTraveller context, the Tiger stats are provided in 101 Vehicles (Digest Group Publications, 1988) as vehicle number #3, the TL6 D’Wor-class tracked tank, corrected in the Consolidated Errata by Jake Collins. As corrected, those stats are:
|CraftID:||D’Wor-class Heavy Tracked Tank, TL6, Cr 103,000|
|Hull:||2/5, Displacement=2 (+10% turret), Conf=4USL, Armour=26B Front/Side, 22B Rear, Loaded=42.73 tons, Unloaded=37.93 tons|
|Power:||1/2, Imp Int Combustion=0.52 Mw, Duration=3 hours|
|Loco:||1/2, Tracks, P/W=12, Road=45 kph, Offroad=14 kph|
|Comm:||Radio=Continental (5,000 km)|
|Off:||Hardpoints=1, Weapon Stabilise=20kph|
|Accom:||Crew=5 (Driver, Gunner×2, Commander/Gunner, Loader), Seats=Cramped×5, Env=basic env|
|Other:||Fuel=0.1 klitres, Cargo=3.3 klitres, ObjSize=Small, EmLevel=Moderate|
|Comment:||From Digest Group Publications 101 Vehicles for
Corrections by Jake Collins in the Consolidated Errata
Modifications by E. D. Quibell
However the original 8cm gun from the DGP listing does not differentiate enough between the reality of the Tiger vs Sherman in the real world. A quick look at Striker from Classic Traveller gives us the 8.5 cm bore gun so I adjusted the specification slightly using those details. I also differentiated the armour between the front/sides and rear of the tank.
The Sherman M4 stats were provided by Mr Scott “2G” Kellogg in his designs posted to the Traveller Mailing List in 1991. These were detailed as:
|CraftID:||M4 Sherman-class Medium Tracked Tank, TL6, Cr 57,161|
|Hull:||2/5, Displacement=2, Conf=4USL, Armour=22B, Loaded=29.61 tons, Unloaded=27.2 tons|
|Power:||1/2, Imp Int Combustion=0.373 Mw, Duration=5 hours|
|Loco:||1/2, Tracks, P/W=13, Road=45 kph, Offroad=23 kph|
|Comm:||Radio=V Dist (50 km)|
|Off:||Hardpoints=1, Weapon Stabilise=20kph|
|Accom:||Crew=5 (Driver, Gunner×2, Comander/Gunner, Loader), Seats=Cramped×5, Env=basic env|
|Other:||Fuel=0.1 klitres, Mag=1.51 klitres, Cargo=1.4 klitres, ObjSize=Small, EmLevel=Moderate|
|Comment:||By Scott “2G” Kellogg
Modification by E. D. Quibell
Again, in the original stats listing, the 8cm gun provided would have given the same stats as the DGP D’Wor (Tiger), so another check to Striker provides the 7.5cm bore gun providing slight adjustments.
The extra bore sizes for the weapon stats for addition to the MT weapons table (Referee’s Manual Page 77) are shown below:
|High Velocity Guns|
|Rate of Fire by TL|
|Bore (cm)||Vol||Weight||Price||Set up||Ind Fire Range||Sig||5||6||7||8||10||12||14||16||18||20|
And KEAP ammunition for the different bore sizes table (Referee’s Manual Page 77) are:
|KEAP Ammunition for High-Velocity Guns|
The set-up is there are four Sherman M4 tanks in line formation travelling a road completely unaware of a single camouflaged Tiger hidden in a copse of trees and bushes to their right flank at a range of 700 meters across a level open grass field.
The Tiger has surprise, clear line of site, is under cover, and may engage. For the 2nd round the Shermans should check whether they are still surprised; if not, the Tiger will be visible.
- The Tiger wins if it destroys all four Shermans
- The Tiger wins a partial victory if any working Shermans retire from the field
- The Shermans win if they destroy the Tiger and have at least one tank still operational
- The Shermans win a partial victory if the Tiger retires from the field and at least one tank is still operational
The time of the war is significant to the experience of the crew in the relative tanks:
For the start of the war play the same scenario with the Tiger having an experienced crew and the Shermans having an inexperienced crew.
For the end of the war play the same scenario with the Tiger having an inexperienced crew and the Shermans having an experienced crew.
Driver (Tracked Vehicle-0)
Gunners (Heavy Weapons-0, Mass Driver-0)
Commander (Forward Observer-0, Heavy Weapons-0, Leader-0)
Driver (Tracked Vehicle-1)
Gunners (Heavy Weapons-1, Mass Diver-1)
Commander (Forward Observer-1, Heavy Weapons-1, Leader-1, Tactics-0)
Driver (Tracked Vehicle-2)
Gunners (Heavy Weapons-2, Mass Driver-2)
Commander (Forward Observer-2, Heavy Weapons-1, Leader-2, Tactics-1)