Panzerfausts, Bazookas and Panzerschrecks
Panzerfausts, Bazookas and Panzerschrecks are considered as side weapons in Burst of Fire. They may be carried by infantry and be used to destroy or at least damage enemy armored vehicles. While the Panzerfaust was a recoiless rifle armed with a self propelled warhead, the bazooka and its german counterpart the Panzerschreck were also recoilless rifles but in fact handheld rocket launchers. During World War Two these weapons were limited in range and accuracy.
All of these weapons had limited range. Here is a look at their maximum effective range.
Table maximum range Panzerfausts, Panzerschrecks and Bazookas
|Weapon||Maximum effective range|
|Panzerfaust 30 (also Faustpatrone)||20cm / 8in|
|Panzerfaust 60||40cm / 16in|
|Panzerfaust 100||75cm / 30in|
|Bazooka||75cm / 30in|
|Panzerschreck||110cm / 44in|
Like with hand grenades or artillery the attacker has to perform an accurracy roll (4D6) first to see if the shooter is able to correctly aim at the target. Like with artillery and handgrenades bonuses for veterancy are added.
Table accuracy roll Panzerfaust
|Distance to target||Needed roll|
|below 15cm / 6in||20|
|15 to 30cm / 6 to 12in||18|
|30 to 45cm / 12 to 18in||16|
|45 to 60cm / 18 to 24in||14|
|60 to 75cm / 24 to 30in||12|
|more than 75cm||10|
Bazookas and Panzerschrecks were more accurate than Panzerfausts but also had their limitations. In Burst of Fire Panzerschrecks and Bazookas are handled likewise in their effectivity because the Schreck was heavily inspired by the american Bazooka M1.
Table accuracy roll Panzerschreck and Bazooka
|Distance to target||Needed roll (4D6)|
|below 30cm / 12in||20|
|30 to 45cm / 12 to 18in||18|
|45 to 60cm / 18 to 24in||16|
|60 to 75cm / 24 to 30in||14|
|more than 75cm||12|
Every successful accuracy roll is followed by an attack roll (2D6). If the attack roll is successful the effect roll follows. Use table for effects of hits by armor piercing rounds vs. armored vehicles.
Every unsuccessful accuracy roll is followed by a drift (8D6) roll.
Table drift direction Panzerfausts, Panzerschrecks and Bazookas
|Roll (8D6)||Drift direction|
|4,8,12,16,20,24,28,32,36,40,44||Shot missed to the right side of the target|
|5,9,13,17,21,25,29,33,37,41,45||Shot missed to the left side of the target|
|6,10,14,18,22,26,30,34,38,42,46||Aimed too low, explosion in front of the target|
|7,11,15,19,23,27,31,35,39,43,47||Aimed too high, shell will not explode on the map|
Like with hand grenades the drift distance is determined by rolling a D6.
Table drift distance Panzerfausts, Panzerschrecks and Bazookas
|Roll (1D6)||Drift distance|
|1,2||5cm / 2in|
|3,4||10cm / 4in|
|5,6||15cm / 6in|
In case the rocket or hollow charge drifts on the position of an armored vehicle use its AP value to determine if the unit is hit. On soft targets use the HE value.
Note: This is no action movie, so no active firing a Bazooka or Panzerfaust at single soldiers. It may happen inadvertedly though when a Panzerfaust, Panzerschreck or Bazooka is misfired.
Ammo for Panzerfausts, Panzerschrecks and Bazookas
Panzerfausts are disposables. They may be fired once per game. A soldier may carry multiple Panzerfausts.
Bazookas and Panzerschrecks have a maximum ammo of three shots per game.