Opel Blitzwagen

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Axis Unit
Opel Blitzwagen
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Equipment:
1 driver, 1-8 troops
Average stats:
Health Rifle Exp
1000 N/A N/A
Morale Speed Priority
N/A 10 px/s N/A
Specialties:
Description:
A vulnerable truck that carries troops behind your lines. When hit by rocket or higher explosive, all men inside die. Driver and passengers can be shot out by gunner, sniper etc.
"This is an Opel Blitz wagon. It can drop up to 8 guys very close to your lines."
— Official game quote

The Opel Blitzwagen is not much of a threat unless it slides past your defense.

There is one driver and 1-8 troops (Volkssturm, Panzergrenadiers, or Wehrmacht). The driver will pull the truck up to a certain random point if he is not shot out. If the truck makes it to that position, troops will pile out of it until empty. If still unharmed, the driver will proceed to drive the truck back.

If the zook destroys the truck, it can STILL be cover to other incoming zook rounds.

Large explosives (rockets and up) can destroy the truck and everybody in it, counting as only one exp for the zook, but gives 2-9 kills, depending on how many troops were in it.

Opels also come more often if you are over the Six Man Rule.

How Do I Kill It?

  1. Large explosives (bazooka rockets and up) can completely destroy the vehicle
  2. Grenades can kill drivers/passengers or destroy the vehicle itself if it lands dead center.
  3. Bullets can kill the people inside. If the driver is killed, the vehicle is immobile for good.

Fun facts

  • Blitzwagen means: "The dare of the lightning." Can also mean "lightning vehicle".
  • When it is being fired at, if you penetrate its 'soft skin' and hit the men inside, there is a 50% chance that you will hit the driver and a 50% divided by the number of people who are in it chance that you will hit a passenger. This makes it much more likely that you will hit the driver (as an individual) than anyone else in the truck, making stopped trucks a regular occurrence.


Real life

Opel Blitz wagons were rarely used in combat and were primarily used for getting troops and supplies from A to B. They were produced by the German car maker Opel. The company still produces vehicles today and during WWII they were one of the main manufactures for military vehicles along side Mercedes and Mercedes-Benz. Many of these trucks were destroyed by air raids or ambushes in Normandy. While a large amount of these were used by the Reich for military purposes, other types were produced for the civilian market. These trucks were used as ambulances, fire trucks and general use. Also a half track version was made as a tug for large aircraft. The Opel Blitz mule was also used on the Russian front to help tanks and other vehicles get out of the mud during the spring offensive of 1940.

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