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Hello and welcome to another Battlegroup-Frontlines update. Today we have the 5cm Leichte Granatwerfer 36 and the 8cm Schwere Granatwerfer 34 as well as some in-game shots of the Opel Blitz. The Opel Blitz has been modeled by Bonehead and skinned by Tha_Godfather, the 5cm Leichte Granatwerfer 36 was

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Hello and welcome to another Battlegroup-Frontlines update. Today we have the 5cm Leichte Granatwerfer 36 and the 8cm Schwere Granatwerfer 34 as well as some in-game shots of the Opel Blitz. The Opel Blitz has been modeled by Bonehead and skinned by Tha_Godfather, the 5cm Leichte Granatwerfer 36 was modelled by Wyvern and skinned by Tha_Godfather and the 8cm Schwere Granatwerfer 34 was modelled by Seth_Soldier and skinned by Dauntless. Please visit our homepage at Battlegroup-Frontlines to see the rest of the images.

sGrW 34 8cm mortar leGrW 36 5cm mortar
Opel Blitz LKW Opel Blitz LKW Medic
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Jung

Development of the 5cm Leichte Granatwerfer 36 was started in 1934 and it was adopted for service in 1936. Its intended role was to engage pockets of resistance that were beyond the range of hand grenades (a role in which more than 550,000 rounds were used during the French Campaign in 1940); as such it was designed for high angled fire only (no less than 42°). The main drawbacks of the weapon were its inadequate range and the limited effectiveness of its ammunition (not heavy enough). Because of this by 1943 the LeGrW 36 production was ended and they were slowly withdrawn from frontline service although they were in service until the end of the war with non-frontline units.

Specifications

leGrW36
Calibre: 50 mm (1.969 in)
Lengths: barrel 0,465 m (18.3 in)
Weight: in action 14 kg (30.8 lb)
Elevation: +42° to +90°
Traverse: 34°
Maximum range: 520 m (569 yards)
Bomb weight: 0.9 kg (1.98 lb)
Original designers: Rheinmetall-Borsig AG

The 8cm Schwere Granatwerfer 34 was the standard German medium mortar throughout the war and gained a reputation for extreme accuracy and a rapid rate of fire (a lot down to the crews training). It was developed in 1932 and entered service in 1934 and over 72,000 were produced by 1945. It was straightforward in design and was therefore robust and could be broken down into 3 sections for carrying. The sGrW34 could fire a extensive range of ammunition (from high explosive to smoke and target illumination bombs) as well as a wide range of captured ammunition (although with a slight loss in performance).

Specifications

sGrW34
Calibre: 81.4 mm (3.2 in)
Lengths: barrel 1.143 m (45 in)
Weight: in action 56.7 kg (125 lb)
Elevation: +40° to +90°
Traverse: 9° to 15° variable with elevation
Maximum range: 2400 m (2,625 yards)
Bomb weight: 3.5 kg (7.72 lb)

The Opel Blitz was developed in the early 1930’s and entered service in 1935 (military production: 1937-1944 – production disrupted by Allied bombing) and it was found to be superior to its competitors. During this time the Opel company was under the control of General Motors which had acquired the company in 1929, however the management wasn’t trusted by the German authorities and the company was nationalised in 1940 (General Motors only regained control in 1948 ). The Blitz came in two version the A (4X4) and the S (2x4) types with only small differences (body and undercarriage) between the two. There were many different types ranging from open versions to closed versions and half-track versions (Opel Maultier).

Specifications:
Opel Blitz
Powerplant: one 54.8-kW (73.5-bhp)Opel 6-cylinder petrol engine
Dimensions: Length: 6.02 m (19 ft 9 in);
Width: 2.265 m (7 ft 5.2 in)
Height: 2.175 m (7 ft 1.6 in)
Weights: Chassis 2100 kg (4,630 lb); Payload 3290 kg (7,253 lb)
Performance: maximum speed 80 km/h (50 mph)
Range 410 km (255 miles)


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Aeneas2020
Aeneas2020

great work as usual g uys :D

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RogerRamjet
RogerRamjet

Excellent progress and love the fine details on the textures.. keep it up...

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