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Artillery Truck IRL

A Pierce-Arrow Armoured Lorry with a 2-Pounder Anti-Aircraft gun.

The Pierce-Arrow Anti-Aircraft Armoured Lorry was a mobile artillery vehicle produced by Wolseley Motors Ltd. of Great Britain. A Vickers Naval 2-pounder Mk II "Pom Pom" automatic gun was mated to a 5-ton truck provided by Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company of America, and enhanced with up to 7.5mm of armor. A Maxim gun could be fitted at various points along the body, including the co-driver's armored shutter. Forty-eight of these vehicles were produced in 1914 for the Royal Marine Artillery.[1]

In Battlefield 1, the overall appearance of the Artillery Truck was inspired by it.

Battlefield 1[]

This item has a Codex entry: Artillery Truck
"A fast formidable versatile but weakly armored gun platform serving many different roles in the Great War. The driver has a defensive machine gun that can be used when parked."

— In-game description

The Armored Artillery Truck is a vehicle featured in Battlefield 1. It was first seen during the "Battlefield 1 Gameplay Series: Vehicles" trailer.

Singleplayer[]

Artillery Truck appears in every level excluding Storm of Steel and The Runner. In the campaign, a unique Transport variant is seen. It is armed only with a machine gun and has the ability to transport up to 5 soldiers (driver + 4 passengers). It is used as a standard transport vehicle of the Imperial German Army, Austria-Hungary and Ottoman Empire.

Its Artillery Package is seen at the end of Nothing Is Written, when a convoy of Ottoman trucks drives to a village.

The Anti-Air Package of Artillery Truck appears in Friends In High Places, during Total war mission.

During the campaign, Artillery Trucks have different camouflage patterns, due to user's faction. German trucks have the Beutepanzer camouflage, Austro-Hungarian uses the Flanders camouflage, while the Ottoman Empire paints their trucks to default desert camouflage.

Multiplayer[]

Intended for long range bombardment, the Artillery Truck is operated by a single Tanker. The driver may freely switch between a machine gun mounted on the front of the vehicle, and an artillery piece in the rear bed depending on the Vehicle Package. Although the description mentions "machine gun that can be used when parked", in fact, the light/heavy machine guns in all three packages can be fired in movement. On the contrary, it is their artillery pieces can only be fired in stationary.

Though heavily armored, the truck does not have as much health as the various tanks, and will be outmatched at close range. Its long wheelbase can also cause issues on unfavorable terrain. However, it is incredibly fast which makes for quick getaways should the position be compromised.

Regardless of which package is used, the Artillery Truck should always maintain a distance from the front line, not only because it is fragile, but also because it cannot directly cover the infantry's capture of objectives like other tanks could. Same with the FT-17, the Artillery Truck can only hold one crew member, so other infantry cannot be deployed from it.

The Artillery Truck features three Vehicle Packages:

On European maps, the vehicle has a green default camouflage. On Middle Eastern maps, the vehicle has a desert yellow default camouflage.

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Trivia[]

  • When spotting, soldiers will refer to the Artillery Truck as a tank. This also applies to the Putilov-Garford.
  • A muddied Artillery Truck shows muddy handprints on the car doors near the door handles. [2]
  • In the Codex Entry of Artillery Truck it mentions "France was the primary user of this truck", but France actually has never used Pierce-Arrow Armoured AA Lorry. The cover itself of the Codex displayed a unarmed Austro-Hungarian Artillery Truck in a Middle Eastern map.

Singleplayer[]

  • In Through Mud and Blood, at the end of Fog of War, two unarmed transport version of Artillery Trucks will carry German infantry to reinforce when the Black Bess started to approch the bunker (no matter whether player go stealth or assault). However, as the player approaches, the German symbols will also disappear, leaving only camouflage. They were not required to be destroyed to pass the level.
    • In Breakdown, if the player gets spotted while trying to complete the level stealthy, two artillery trucks will arrive to village, reinforcing the enemy and increasing a quantity of them to 10 enemies more. These Artillery Trucks however, used Austrian style Iron Crosses and did not have camo.
  • In Avanti Savoia! at the end of "O la Vittoria", when player controls the AA gun, about 15 Artillery Trucks with Austrian camouflage and symbols can be seen staying in the valley. They gradually get destroyed by enemy bombers. It is unknown why Austrian pilots attack their teammates, possibly representing the "They buried themselves (see Transcript)" mentioned in the cut scenes of "O Tutti Accoppati". It is also possible that these trucks actually belong to Italians (Matteo's unit, as one destroyed Artillery Truck will appear in the Ferro fortress with some corpses of Italian soldiers), which would make more sense and it was an oversight with the developer's part.
    • In "O la Vittoria", after St. Anastasia Church was captured, two Austrian Artillery Trucks (Transport version) will launch a counterattack towards the player. When the player approaches, the Austrian symbols will disappear.
    • At the "Defend Alpini Outpost" and "Search for Matteo" parts of "O Tutti Accoppati", some Austrian soldiers will be accompanied by Artillery Trucks with German camouflage and symbols. These German symbols will also disappear when the player approaches.
  • In Nothing Is Written (Young Men's Work), two trucks are seen patrolling the desert. They drive through all three Ottoman strongholds. They transport soldiers that will support their allies if player gets spotted. Due to driving on constant tracks, player can foresee their next location and prepare an ambush, to minimize a risk of being spotted by patrols when driving a horse on a desert.
    • In the final mission of Nothing is Written, a convoy of howitzer Artillery Trucks arrive to the village and the player has the objective to destroy them. When looking at the distance at the trucks, they have many details (like shovels, ammo boxes, Ottoman military's black square symbols etc.), but when the player comes close to vehicles (2 meters from truck), they disappear.

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