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In the Alternative History the Walker development began in secret during the autumn of 1941, as progress began to slow on the Eastern Front in Operation Barbarossa.
Because Wa Prüf 6 had their hands full with development of both new Panzers as well as Läufers (such as the Leichtläufer II “Kriecher“), progress on the creation of a successor to the then-proven Kampfläufer I was slow. As such, it wouldn’t be until May 1944 that the first prototypes of the Kampfläufer II would undergo trials.
Reaching the frontlines in very limited quantities in August 1944, the Kampfläufer II “Stampfer” would supplement the existing Kampfläufer I Ausf. C’s already in service with the Läuferkorps on the Eastern Front. Intended to replace its smaller brethren, the Stampfer boasted much heavier, sloped armor (enhanced by the addition of Schürzen spaced armor skirts on the turret and upper leg sides) as well as a more powerful armament in the form of the autoloading 8,8 cm KlK 36 L/56, derived from the KwK 36 used by the infamous PzKpfw VI Tiger I Ausf. E. Another notable addition was a secondary turret, of the same design as the PzKpfw II Ausf. L “Luchs”, fitted with a remote FG 1250 “Sperber” Nachtjäger infrared night vision scope.
However, Germany’s lack of parts standardization as well as the continued Allied bombing of their production facilities meant that too few Stampfers could be produced to have any noticeable impact on the war effort. Most were lost on the Eastern Front in combat against the Soviet Union’s increasingly-heavier tanks and even walkers of their own.
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