Advanced Tip: Kettenrad capture range

The Panzer Elite suffers from having its primary infantry (Panzer Grenadiers) capture points 50% slower than Rifle squads and 25% slower than British Tommies, but it does have the Kettenrad, which sports numerous unique abilities of its own.

The Kettenrad continues capturing a point at range, sheltered from MG fire by the church.

The Kettenrad continues capturing a point at range, sheltered from MG fire by the church.

Click the image to enlarge. The one that may go unnoticed is the Kettenrad’s capture range. As you can see in the screenshot below, the maximum capture range is very far, I’d estimate about THREE TIMES the capture range of regular infantry. As you can imagine, this is a somewhat subtle point, one that many players don’t notice because the Ketten doesn’t always capture points from its maximum distance; for whatever pathfinding-related reason, it sometimes will crawl right up to a point to begin capping. But you can use this to your advantage in numerous situations. This can make a huge difference if you are capping or decapping a crucial point — say a high fuel or high ammo or an important strategic point that’s providing a link to other resource sectors. NOTE: The Kettenrad can even capture points through walls, a prime example is the +10 fuel point towards the top center of the St. Mere Eglise map, which is surrounded on two sides by concrete walls. It is immensely frustrating for Allied players to have this important fuel point decapped, because their units must walk AROUND the wall to shoo away the Kettenrad.

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