Field Pieces

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Commanding a Field Piece

Field Pieces are the anti-tank and anti-aircraft artillery guns. There are currently eleven unique guns, although some like the Bofors 40mm AA gun saw service among all sides of the war.

Though some of these weapons, such as the FlaK 36 required a real-life crew of up to 12 men, in game, each gun has two personnel that you control. The Commander and the Gunner.

The Commander

The Commander (position 1) controls the movement and deployment of the weapon. In his position, you can move the weapons position from place to place and choose where to deploy it. Note that some of the heavier guns are very difficult to move without the help of a truck or hauler (sometimes called a "prime mover") . The commander is always equipped with binoculars and can survey the area very quickly.

The Gunner

The Gunner (position 2) controls the aiming and firing of the weapon.

Field Piece Controls

Action Key
Deploy Weapon D (in Commander position)
Move Forward Joystick Forward
Move Backward Joystick Backward
Turn Left Joystick Left
Turn Right Joystick Right
Commander Position 1 on the keyboard
Gunner Position 2 on the keyboard
Zoom View Keypad Decimal (delete)
Look Around Keypad Numbers
Fire Main Gun Joystick Button 1
Change Ammo Type Backspace (in Gunner position)
Ranger Finder (FlaK. 36 only) R (in Commander position)
Decrease Range* Page Up (in Gunner position)
Increase Range* Page Down (in Gunner position)

* not available on all weapons

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Anti-Tank Guns

British French American German
Light At uk qf 2pdr.jpg
QF 2 Pdr (40mm)
At fr sa 34.jpg
25mm SA mle 1934
At fr sa 34.jpg
25mm SA mle 1934
At de pak 35-36.jpg
PaK. 35/36 (37 mm)
Medium At uk qf 6pdr.jpg
QF 6 Pdr (57mm)
At fr sa 37.jpg
47mm SA mle 1937
At fr sa 37.jpg
47mm SA mle 1937
At de pak 38.jpg
PaK. 38 (50mm)
At fr qf 6pdr.jpg
M1A3 57mm
At fr qf 6pdr.jpg
M1A3 57mm
Heavy At uk qf17pdr.jpg
QF 17 Pdr (76.2mm)
At fr m5 3in.jpg
M5 3 inch (76.2mm)
At fr m5 3in.jpg
M5 3 inch (76.2mm)
At de pak40.jpg
PaK. 40 (75mm)

ATG Names

Short Name Formal & Specific Name Alternative Name
QF 2 Pounder (40 mm) 40 mm ROQF 2 Pounder ROQF 2 Pdr (40 mm)
QF 6 Pounder (57 mm) 57 mm ROQF 6 Pounder ROQF 6 Pdr (57 mm)
QF 17 Pounder (76.2 mm) 76.2 mm ROQF 17 Pounder ROQF 17 Pdr (76.2 mm)
PaK 36 (37 mm) 3,7 cm Panzerabwehrkanone 36 3,7 cm Pak 36
PaK 38 (50 mm) 5 cm Panzerabwehrkanone 38 5 cm Pak 38 L/60
PaK 40 (75 mm) 7,5 cm Panzerabwehrkanone 40 7,5 cm Pak 40 L/46
FlaK 36 (88 mm) 8,8 cm Fliegerabwehrkanone 18/36 8,8 cm Flak 18/36
SA mle 34 (25 mm) Canon de 25 mm SA mle 1934 25 mm SA mle 34
SA mle 37 (47 mm) Canon de 47 mm SA mle 1937 47 mm SA mle 37
M1 (57 mm) 57 mm Gun M1
M5A2 (76.2 mm) 3 inch Gun M5

Anti-Aircraft Artillery

British French American German
Light Aa fr hotchkiss 38.jpg
25mm CA mle 1938
Aa fr hotchkiss 38.jpg
25mm CA mle 1938
Aa fr hotchkiss 38.jpg
25mm CA mle 1938
Aa de flak 30.jpg
FlaK. 30 (20mm)
Medium Aa fr bofors.jpg
Bofors 40mm
Aa fr bofors.jpg
Bofors 40mm
Aa fr bofors.jpg
Bofors 40mm
Aa uk bofors.jpg
FlaK. 28L50 (40mm)
Heavy Aa de flak 36.jpg
FlaK. 36 (88mm)
(mainly used in anti-tank role)

AAA Names

Short Name Formal & Specific Name Alternative Name
CA mle 38 (25 mm) Mitrailleuse de 25 mm CA mle 38 25 mm CA mle 38
FlaK 30 (20 mm) 2 cm Fliegerabwehrkanone 30 2 cm Flak 30
FlaK 28 (40 mm) 4 cm Fliegerabwehrkanone 28 4 cm Flak 28
Bofors (40 mm) Canon automatique de 40 mm CA Mle 1939 Bofors 40mm