AXIS and ALLIES RTS | "Katyusha" Rocket Truck
"Katyusha" Rocket Truck
The secrecy surrounding the world's first
kept their military designation from being known by the soldiers who operated them. Because they were marked only with the letter K (for Voronezh Komintern Factory), Red Army troops adopted a nickname from a popular wartime song, "Katyusha", about a woman longing for her beloved, who is away at war. German troops referred to the Katyusha as "Stalin's organ" (German: Stalinorgel), after Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, and also alluding to the sound the weapon made when fired.
While less accurate than conventional artillery, the Katyusha was very effective in saturation bombardment, and like the German V weapon was a "fear weapon" that had strong psychological effects on enemy troops. Katyusha launchers were often massed in very large numbers, in what could be classified as an early form of "shock and awe".
A battery of four BM-13 "Katyushas" could fire a salvo in 7–10 seconds that delivered 4.35 tons of ordinance over a 10 acre target area. With an experienced crew, the launchers could redeploy to a new location immediately after firing, denying the enemy the opportunity for counterbattery fire. The weapon's disadvantage was
long reload times
, in contrast to conventional artillery, which could sustain a continuous low rate of fire.
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In Axis and Allies RTS
Rocket Truck Regiment The Katyusha is used differently in A&A than it was in real life. There is no saturation bombardment, and it has no inaccuracy problems. But the regiment itself is just strong enough to get away with deploying it.... sometimes.
When to use Katyushas
Rocket trucks aren't seen that often for a variety of reasons. The need for an additional upgrade, and the lack of mechanized production are two main factors. Although the cheaper cost of
$125 per regiment helps this a bit. Usually deployed when you haven't researched snipers and need a counter for sniper based infantry such as SaS.
Combat Limitations Their range is almost half (25 to 44) that of artillery halftracks, which makes it harder to spread them out effectively to avoid being bombed. However, the presence of one T70 tank in the regiment means it is much more likely to survive a single bomb, than arty halftracks.
Beware of Forest, Jungle, and City Terrain
Whenever possible, stay in open terrain as
Terrain penalize all vehicles; both in attack and defense values.
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