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MAL
Mal 1
Role Fire support craft
Operators Germany
No. of positions 5
Position 1 Helmsman
Position 2 88mm gun
Position 3 88mm gun
Position 4 20mm gun
Position 5 20mm gun
MAL Transporter
Mal 2
Role Landing craft
Operators Germany
No. of positions 3
Position 1 Helmsman
Position 2 20mm gun
Position 3 20mm gun

The Marineartillerieleichter is a German landing craft.

DescriptionEdit

The Marineartillerieleichter, or MAL as it is commonly known in its acronym, was a small transport craft in Kriegsmarine services. It was basically a simple armored barge designed with the idea of being able to be transported by land and to be used on rivers, lakes and other shallow waters. The MAL was intended to provide close-shore fire support and escort cover with their guns during operations in the Black Sea. In a secondary role MAL without guns served as ferrys and landing crafts for troops and heavy equipment. Some of them have been converted to minelayers as well. After the Germans lost access to the Black Sea, MAL were also used in the Baltic Sea, the Channel and the Mediterranian Sea.

Several types of MAL and the similar "Marinefährprahm" (MFP) haven been build during World War 2. The model in Battlegroup42 represents an early MAL Typ 1, which is available in two versions. Both versions are armed with two automatic 20mm C/30 for air defense and strafing soft targets on the surface. The standard version is also armed with two 8.8 cm/45 SK C/35 naval guns for engaging surface targets, whereas the transporter version has room e.g. for a Sturmgeschütz III Ausf B and a Sdkfz 251/1 for amphibious assault. Both versions appear in 4308-Azov Clashes.

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