Battery Fire Missions
Artillery Batteries are capable of performing several different fire missions.
For our example we will look at the German Heavy Mortar Platoon (FS-01 p.75).
- The German FS-01 contains 2 120mm mortar sections. The off-board artillery table on p.37 shows that each mortar
section will place a large template with a weapon strength of 0 against armored vehicles and +1 against
troops. These weapon strengths cannot be modified by discipline class because the artillery units are
- The German FS-01 is designated as being ORGANIC support. This means that it is attached
to a specific on-board organization and can be called by any unit in that organization that is eligible to call artillery.
Unlike many off-board batteries, it does not have its own forward observer and relies for spotting on the
organization to which it is attached.
This small but potent element has four possible fire missions.
- Independent Fire by Section
- Battery Random Shelling
- Battery Shelling
- Battery Concentration
In the examples below and throughout the rest of the tutorial, we show the stacking of the various
templates and the mission modifiers on the left side, and the shape of the beaten zone and the final
attack modifiers on the right, taking into account the type of artillery firing. For example, +1 120mm means that
the a +1 modifier is applied to the basic 120mm weapon values. A 0/+1 means that the attack will be
resolved with a 0 modifier against V targets and a +1 attack against other targets.
Independent Fire By Section
Almost unique among off-board artillery batteries, the German FS-01 has the option of firing each of its two templates
as an independent fire mission. Each of the missions can either be a smoke or shelling mission (the number of available
smoke missions must be specified in the scenario) and requires a separate observer and call-for-fire roll.
Battery Random Shelling
Random Shelling may only be conducted by battery sized organizations (p. 39), and requires that all of the
templates in the battery participate. It does not require a spotted or
suspected target, but can be called onto the edge of a terrain feature. Random shelling is subject to a -1 modifier,
to indicate that it is not focusing in on an actual target, and is probably more dispersed than is actually indicated
by the template. Place all of the templates from the battery side by side and center them on the terrain feature being
A Battery Shelling mission requires that all of the templates from the battery participate. Battery shelling requires
a spotted or suspected target. There is no modifier to the basic attack values of the artillery for a shelling
A concentration mission increases the attack values of the battery by 1 but reduces the size of the beaten
zone to a single template. In
essence, all of the templates of the battery are stacked on a single target. The +1 modifier is the same whether the
battery contains two templates (as does the German FS-01) or 3 templates. Concentration missions may be called
on spotted or suspected targets. A 120mm mortar concentration can devastate an exposed soft target, with the +2 modifier
yielding a 30% chance of a knocked-out result.
The German FS-01 is an off-board battery, but the rules are similar for on-board batteries such as the Russian FS-01 (p.67)
While on-board units are capable of spotting for themselves and firing by section, to use battery fire they require a qualified forward
observer and must perform a call-for-fire roll. Also, if any one unit that is part of an on-board battery fires by section,
the rest of the units in that battery may NOT
combine into a battery fire mission.
This page was last updated on 10/28/2013 at 08:57AM