Panzer Prototypes

World at War: Panzer Prototypes.

World at War: Panzer prototypes is your comprehensive guide to using the planned tanks of the Entwicklungsserie – E-Series - Armoured Fighting Vehicles in Battlefield Evolution: World at War.

During late war the German military leadership realized that previous tank designs were often too complex and had resulted in poor production rates and mechanical unreliability. The need to standardize the German AFV and tank production to as great a degree as possible became more and more pressing during the later war years. Consequently a series of tanks and tank destroyers – the so called Entwicklungs-Serie (Development Series), more commonly known as the E-Series - was proposed which would allow for maximum interchange of parts.

These AFV's – also called Standardpanzer (standard tank) - were to replace all of the existing German vehicles making future tank production, maintenance and service easier and cheaper. The tanks were named by projected weight class during planning. Therefore the E 10 was to be the German AFV in the 10 ton weight class. All in all there were six weight classes planned, designated E-5, E-10, E-25, E-50, E-75, and E-100.



The E-5 was supposed to be 5-10 tons in weight and form the basis of a family of light tanks, reconnaissance vehicles, tank destroyers and armoured personnel carriers.
Author’s Note: I am not providing any World at War game stats for the E-5 since no known models in any scale seem to exist.

The E-10 design was developed as a replacement of the successful Hetzer tank hunter and the designs were based on it. The planned chassis would all be in the 10 to 25 ton weight class.

The 25-50 ton heavy E-25 designs were planned to replace all Panzer III and Panzer IV based designs. Most of these vehicles carried out roughly the same task but were different in design and construction. The E-25 would have rationalised them down to just one simple vehicle. The weight of the E-25 vehicles would fall between 25 and 50 tons.

The 50-75 ton heavy E-50 was planned as a standard medium tank – similar to today’s MBTs / Main Battle Tanks - replacing the Panther and Tiger based tank variants.

The E-75 was intended to be the standard heavy tank to be used as a replacement of the Tiger II and Jagdtiger. The design would have been very similar to the E-50 – the hull was virtually undistinguishable - but in the heavier, 75 to 100 tons weight class because of the thicker armour and bigger gun used.

The E-100 was to be a superheavy combat tank like the 'Maus', developed from an enlarged Tiger II chassis. It was even planned to use the same turret as the Maus. The E-100 even got off the drawing boards, but it only made it so far as a turretless, engineless chassis with a suspension. In 1944, Adolf Hitler cancelled any further development of the super heavy tanks and the unfinished E-100 was abandoned.

Each unit and vehicle is detailed with extensive background information, weapon loadouts and pictures.

Included are the E-10, E-15, E-25, E-25 StuH, E-50, E-50 AA variant, E-75, E-100, E-100 Ausf. B, E-100 AA variant and E-100 Krokodil tank destroyer tanks.

The book also provides new or modified traits necessary to play with the units of this book, modified Advanced Rules to enhance your games even further and an AFV force list.

E-100 Krokodil, 1/76 Cromwell, Crew AB
E-100 Krokodil, 1/76 Cromwell, Crew AB

All units in this book are designed by the same principles as the existing vehicles in the Battlefield Evolution: World at War rulebook and Battlefield Evolution: Pacific War Supplement also written by Agis Neugebauer.

This book requires the use of Battle-field Evolution: World at War, available from Mongoose Publishing.





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