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Stalin's Europe - Romanian Army Artillery

Stalin's Europe - Romanian Army Artillery
Product Note: Late
Publish Date: 2010
Restockable: No
Type: Miniatures Box Set

Stalin's Europe - Romanian Army Artillery
Stalin's Europe - Romanian Army Artillery

Description

After joining the Allies in 1944, the Romanian military found itself short on tanks but with an over-abundance of artillery. Supporting the Puscasi Battalions with Skoda 100mm salvoes and engaging the Hungarian and German armor with Resita 75mm and Schneider 47mm guns, the Romanian Army Artillery made even the least trained soldiers a force to be reckoned with.

Puscasi Anti-Tank Company

The light anti-tank guns provide the infantry with a level of protection from German and Hungarian light and medium tanks. Positioned well, their fire can halt Axis tank assaults.

The Romanians used a variety of anti-tank guns throughout the war. The divisions fighting in late 1944 were issued whatever was available, this platoon is armed with TAC 47mm French Schneider anti-tank guns..

Heavy Anti-Tank Company

In 1944 each division’s artillery had a battery of anti-tank guns equipped with TAC 43 Resita 75mm anti-tank guns. This modern weapon combined aspects of the German PaK40 and the Soviet ZIS-3 anti-tank guns to create an effective weapon capable of destroying most enemy tanks.

The Resita 75mm gun came out of experiments with the M1936 Vickers/Resita 75mm anti-aircraft gun. In the end the carriage and weight of the anti-aircraft gun proved too big an obstacle to continue with this as an anti-tank weapon. The Resita factory went about designing a dedicated heavy anti-tank gun. It was also decided to make it a multi-purpose weapon doubling as a field gun like the Soviet 76.2mm ZIS-3 gun. The final weapon combined the design of the ZIS-3 carriage, muzzle break, recoil and firing mechanism, with the barrel, rifling and cartridge chamber of the Vickers/Resita and the projectile chamber of the PaK40.

Artillery Battalion with One Battery

After the losses during the Stalingrad campaign the infantry divisions’ artillery was reduced to two two-battalion regiments in 1944. The Romanians re-equipped the Artillery Regiments with 100mm howitzers, but large numbers of 75mm guns remained in service in 1944. Initially plans also included 150mm guns for the divisions, but these larger weapons remained in independent units at corps level and were never issued to the divisions.

Included in RBX02:

Heavy Anti-Tank Battery
   • 1x Command team
   • 2x TAC 43 Resita 75mm guns
Puscasi Anti-Tank Company
   • 1x Command team
   • 3x TAC 47mm Schneider guns
Artillery Battalion
   • 1x Command team
   • 1x Staff team
   • 1x Observer team
   • 4x Skoda 100mm howitzers

An RBX02 box will give you the core of the support you will need for a formidable Romanian infantry battalion for either Mid or Late-war.