Panzergrenadier Platoon (GBX09) Late War Panzergrenadiers and Sd Kfz 251 D half-tracks with plastic parts
The Panzergrenadier regiments are the assault infantry of the German armoured divisions and the armoured (Gepanzert) Panzergrenadiers are the hard spearhead of any infantry assault. They are noted for their speed, mobility, and great firepower. Because they’re part of a Panzer Division they cooperate closely with the tanks of the Panzer regiment.
Armed with two MG-42 machine-guns for each squad the Panzergrenadier Platoon can unleash a substantial volume of firepower. Mounted in their armoured Sd Kfz 251 D half-track personnel carriers they travel into battle. They can fight on foot or assault from their vehicles.
They do not fight according to linear and frontal principles, like the Grenadiers, but try and force their way through the lines into the rear of the enemy positions.
The Panzergrenadiers are at their best when they put their mobility and firepower to use in combined operations with the Panzers. Panzergrenadiers will often precede the Panzers in an assault; attempting to create situations the highly mobile tanks can take advantage of.
Whenever tough hand-to-hand fighting is required the Panzergrenadiers are called forward and their gritty determination and excellent combat skills put them in good stead to clear enemy positions.
If successful they often clamber back aboard their carriers and pursue the enemy.
On defence they can often be equally effective, having an extensive allotment of heavy support weapons available from their company, battalion and division.
Often during successful offensive operations they are required to hold off enemy counter-attacks until reinforcements arrive to replace them in the newly won positions. They may have to hang on for some time while slower motorised and foot troops catch up to their positions.
In Flames Of War
Festung Europa has Intelligence Briefings on the German Panzergrenadier Kompanie and its platoons on the eastern and western fronts.
Also see the Mounted Assault special rules on page 167 to find out how German Panzergrenadiers can enter an assault mounted in their Sd Kfz 251s.
In The Box
You get four Sd Kfz 251/1 Ds, one of which upgrades to an Sd Kfz 251/10 D armed with a 3.7cm PaK 36 gun. These have the new plastic tracks, wheels and guns.
You also get a 3 Squad Panzergrenadier Platoon, which are the same all new miniatures that appeared in the first version of this box, and additional Panzergrenadier crew to mount up in your Sd Kfz 251 D half-tracks.
Included are two stowage and equipment sprues and two sheets of decals.