AUTOMOBILES & OTHER VEHICLES

with material by Hans-Christian Vortisch


COUPE
There is no real equivalent of an economy-sized car in the Forties (except for the Volkswagen, then restricted to military service), and the smallest automobiles were four-passenger coupes. Though still quite large compared to modern autos, the various models of coupes tended to be somewhat faster and handled better than their sedan counterparts.

SEDAN
Virtually all automobiles manufacturers had sedan models as their standard. In continental Europe, the Citröen Traction Avant was among the most popular sedans, and was used by both the Gestapo and the French Resistance who preferred the Citröen sedan for its quick handling and decent speed. The number of sedans manufactured in the United States by Ford, Dodge, Packard and so on were enormous, but the models all shared large spacious designs, relatively slow speeds, and handled rather stiffly.

LIMOUSINE
Although normally uncommon, limousines can be a factor in Delta Green as high-ranking Karotechia officers might use models such as the six-wheeled Mercedes-Benz Type G4 (off-road handling -0%) while their PISCES counterparts with aristocratic roots might prefer the ubiquitous Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. However, most command officers simply used chauffeur-driven sedans or jeeps in the field. Limousines can also be armored, decreasing speed to SAFE 1-30 RISK 31-35 and handling to -5% for an AV of 12.

MOTORCYCLE
Most combatants used motorcycles for dispatch riders and as scouts for mechanized forces. The Germans fitted their BMW motorcycles with a detachable sidecar that could itself be fitted with an MG34 machine gun. Many police forces in the United States still utilized motorcycles in the Forties, though they were being phased into a special role in favor of patrol cars. In Europe, a motorcycle was much cheaper and easier to maintain than the automobiles offered for sale there, and was a common vehicle for civilians. Motorcycles normally seat simply the driver (without a sidecar), though a passenger can sit behind the driver.

HORSE-DRAWN WAGON
Though the modern armies of the war have made great strides towards mechanizing their forces, horse-drawn vehicles remained common and even predominant among some forces. The US Armed Forces still relied on horses and mules (including Merrill's Marauders), and despite their many advanced armored fighting vehicles, the Germany Army was still very dependent on animals for transport.

BICYCLE
Still a very common mode of transportation before the war, gasoline rationing only made the bicycle an even more popular vehicle. Some armies even had special troops that are equipped with bicycles for rapid mobility (though this tactic does not prove effective), and SOE developed a takedown version of a bicycle to be parachuted with their agents. This was also a common vehicle for uniformed policemen in Europe. The maximum speed (in MOVE) of a bicycle is determined by the STR of the cyclist. A cyclist can pedal STRx1 in MOVE per round (STRx2 on an incline) only requiring a CONx5 check every hour, or they may exert themselves to pedal STRx3 in MOVE per round (STRx4 on an incline) requiring a CONx5 check every round. Those with over 60% skill in Bicycle can exert themselves (STRx3 MOVE/round) requiring a CONx5 check every minute instead of every round. Failing any CON check means that the cyclist is winded for 3D4 rounds and must pull over and rest for that period before they can continue cycling.


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