Chris Kemp’s Not Quite Mechanised
note: Between themselves, OpenOffice and wordpress have mangled this table – go to the free .pdf above to see what it should look like.
Infantry: All without anti-tank weapons against light or better armour.
All troops moving to contact or road marching.
Armour: Russian: T37,T38, French: Hotchkiss 25mm Italian: CV33,
All soft skin vehicles.
Infantry: All weapons up to and including MMG and 60mm mortar.
Infantry in cover and scrapes, Infantry attacking**.
Artillery: up to 81mm,18pdr.
Armour: Most light tanks and armoured cars.
German: PzI, PzII
British: MkVI, Cruisers to A13
Russian: T26, T28, T35, T60, T70
Infantry: Infantry dug in or in wooden buildings
HMGs,81mm and 3″ mortar
Artillery: 90-110mm,25pdrAnti-tank: 47-77mm,6pdr
Strafing Fighter Aircraft using MGs/cannon
Armour: Most medium tanks and armoured cars.
German: PzIII, PzIV, Pz38(t)
British: Valentine, Crusader
American: M3 Grant, M4 Sherman
Infantry: 120mm Mortars, Demolition charges, Flame throwers
Infantry in fortified positions with overhead cover and bunkers, or in brick and stone buildings
Anti-tank: 85-100mm and over.
Dive bombers. Fighter Bombers using bombs/rockets.
Most 2 Engined Bombers
Armour: Most heavy tanks
German: PzV, Tiger
British: Matilda I, II, Churchill
Artillery: 200mm and over
Casemated reinforced concrete structures such as The Maginot Line
*These categories are relative to each other, so that to get a LIGHT versus VERY LIGHT engagement, shift on the WINNING THE FIREFIGHT Table 12. to MEDIUM versus LIGHT.
This table is set for 1939-1942. A weapon or armour classification may change with time. It would be valid to class a Panzer III, for example, as a medium tank in 1940 and a light tank in 1945.
These classifications are not absolute; they are meant as a guide. If you are fighting a battle in which it was recorded that, for example, German 3.7cm guns made no impact on Matilda IIs, then class the Matilda as very heavy. The WINNING THE FIREFIGHT Table 12. cannot cope with this shift, so light guns cannot harm the target but medium or heavy can. Just because Matilda Is and Tigers are in the same category does not mean that a Matilda I can take on a Tiger on equal terms! Folk will rightly point out that an Italian M13 is not equivalent to a Russian T34 – in which case adjust as you and your opponent agree.
Early on in the war, 2pdrs (47mm) and 3.7cm guns might be classed as M against machine gun armed tanks, but as L against a very heavy Tiger in 1942.
- Operationally, the difference in casualty rates between attackers and unprepared defenders was often negligible. The tactical advantages of being in cover were overcome by the attacker’s superior numbers and firepower. Armies call this a meeting engagement. If you disagree with this – feel free to change it.