I was playing an ASL scenario some time ago with a friend of mine and we had a German Mobelwagen Flak vehicle in the countermix. He didn’t know what that was. Now, he is a long-time ASL player and a history reader, but it occurred to me that there may be many people who play the games who don’t know what all the counters represent, especially some of the more esoteric vehicles. So in an effort to help remedy this situation, I would like to do a periodic Vehicle Profile of some vehicle I have recently played. The first one up is the German sIG Ib, which I used in ESG#109, Backs to the Wall.
Here’s the ASL counter:
Here’s a photo or two:
History and Development:
The Invasion of Poland had shown that the towed sIG 33 guns (sIG is German for heavy infantry gun) assigned to the infantry gun companies of the motorized infantry regiments had difficulties keeping up with the tanks during combat. The easiest solution was to modify a spare tank chassis to carry it into battle. A sIG 33 was mounted on the chassis of the Panzer I Ausf. B, complete with carriage and wheels, in place of the turret and superstructure.