Thought the blog might be a good place to try and keep some of the background and ideas behind our Project’46 stuff in the same place as the models. Below are a couple of design briefs I put together some time ago to provide a framework for some of the modelling and our gaming.
We roughly planned for four classes of vehicles which would be allocated to different arms-of-service dependant on battlefield role.
1) The Infantry would convert all motorised units to semi-tracked to improve battlefield mobility and were to replace their 4×2 and 4×4 trucks with the SdKfz251 family of half-tracked vehciles.
2) The Fallschirmjager and Heer Jager units would recieve the family of air-transportable light armoured vehicles based on the excellent Panzer 38(t) chassis.
3) The armored reconnaissance corps or Panzeraufklärungstruppe would recieve addional vehicles based on, and to compliment, the existing 234 8rad chassis. The corps would recieve fully eclosed infantry transport and support vehicles fully based on a unifed chassis, both simplifying maintenance and improving capability.
4) Finally the Panzergrenadiers would recieve a family of fully tracked and enclosed APCs based on the PzIII/IV “Hummel” chassis. These vehicles would finally provide the service with the capability to keep up with the Panzers under cross country conditions and provide superior overhead protection for the troops and weapons systems.