Thursday, March 29, 2007

Rates of fire

From my previous wargaming, I think that I remember that the American 37mm gun on the Stuarts had a somewhat higher rate of fire than the British 2pdr gun, used as an anti-tank and tank gun. The 37mm gun also had the advantage of firing capped AP shot, at a time when the British 2pdr gun lacked capped ammunition. In 1970's and into the 1980's, I have done extensive gaming of the North African campaign, using one tank piece or gun per four real tanks. That way, a British unit such as the 3rd RTR, with nominally 52 tanks would be represented by 13 tanks in the game. A field regiment would have 6 25pdr guns, when it actually had 24 guns. We found that ratio worked reasonably well. We finally used a modified version of the Campaign for North Africa order of appearance. It had to be modified due to a few errors that were discovered through research.

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