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The L 2 H 143, also known as the Kfz. 70 and unofficially designated the Kruppe Protze, is a six-wheeled 6x4 German truck and artillery tractor produced between 1934 and 1941 that saw heavy use by the Wehrmacht during World War II. It was primarily used to tow the Pak 36 anti-tank gun, but could also be used to carry supplies and transport troops. Certain vehicles served as gun platforms, mounting artillery directly onto the flat bed of the vehicle. About 7,000 were produced in total.[1]

Battlefield 1942Edit

BF1942 SW - Krupp Kfz

The Krupp Kfz.

The Krupp Kfz is a self-propelled artillery truck featured in Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII. It is used by the German Elite Forces and British Commandos at neutral spawn points.

It appears exclusively on the map Raid on Agheila. Armed with an anti-armor multi-barreled rocket launcher, it can be considered similar to the Allied Sherman T34. It is equal in terms of armor to the APCs, with the front hood being the strongest in terms of material and everything else the weakest points. Its passengers are less vulnerable to incoming rounds due to being lower. The gunner also has a ballistics shield to protect them from incoming fire.

The vehicle is not amazingly fast or maneuverable. When compared to the Kübelwagen, it is slower, but it is slightly faster than the Hanomag. Its rockets are quite deadly against enemy vehicles, but are less effective against infantry, mainly due to them having the same projectile type as the Sherman T34 (which in turn are identical in terms of damage to the Bazooka or Panzerschreck). Six rockets can be fired at 72 RPM before having to reload, and have a 6.5 second reload time.

Static versions of the Krupp's rocket launcher can be found on the map, with one at each end of the main rail-bridge. These static launchers are offensively identical, but instead house the gunner in a small armoured case.

Good countermeasures for the Krupp Kfz are quite widespread - the vehicle can be destroyed simply by shooting it enough. Enemies with grenades or rocket launchers should be prioritised. The Krupp can be quite an effective vehicle so long as its crew plays to its strengths and its design: a quick barrage of rockets followed by an even quicker departure, also known as 'shoot and scoot'.

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