USMC Amphibious Combat Walker

This is a prototype WW2 USMC Amphibious Combat Walker. Why should the Army get all the fun? Those jarheads need close fire support against the Japanese, and a combat walker is just the thing. While the Marines used Army Walkers for a bit, it’s only fair and just they get their own. This design is based on the LVT series of amphibious landing vehicles and close support vehicles. The hull of the AWA (Assault Walker Amphibious) is shaped like a boat’s hull and the legs and land propulsion system tucks up against the side creating an ungainly yet seaworthy combat walker. While less seaworthy than a LVT, it can take choppier seas and swells than a Dual Drive Tank and when combined with it’s walking ability can cross coral reefs and other obstacles that would trap a standard LVT or DD tank.

Propulsion and Mobility: A dual-drive inline radial engine powers the vehicle on land and in the water. In water transport mode the AMA’s protected propellers draw water through intakes in the lower hull, with secondary motive power provided by the walker’s tracks, which are modeled after the LVT and have “scoop” shaped treads which help propel the craft. When on land the crew have their choice of “road” travel mode or walker mode. In walking mode the walker’s weight is more evenly distributed than other US walkers through broader feet and support struts that allow it to walk on soft and sandy soil. The AWA also has sharp “toes” in it’s front wheel housing that allow it to climb sharper grades and hills, digging into the soil and providing more traction.

Armor: Like all combat walkers there’s a trade off in mobility and protection and it has about the same armor as the US General Early M11A3 combat walker (GK) or the M17A1 Medium Walker (WWE).

Weapons: The AWA “Satan” is designed as a close support walker and mounts a modified 75 mm Howitzer Motor Carriage M8 – armed with a 75 mm howitzer, and a Canadian Ronson flamethrower. The Ronson has a small napthalene fuel tank with less pressure and range than a standard mount, but sufficient to take out most fortified positions. The AWA also mounts a front pintel .30cal Browning LMG, plus an armored gun tub with an additional .30cal Browning LMG.

There are stats for the AWA given in NUTS: War Without End, but should this become part of GearKrieg’s “official” world?

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