M3 Lee Tank Platoon (Plastic)
includes five plastic M3 Lee Tanks, one plastic Commander sprue, one Decal Sheet and five Unit cards.
In the build-up to entering the war, US Army planners knew they would need a 75mm-armed tank to overcome the latest German panzers. Of the proposed designs which could be produced quickly, none had a turret big enough to hold a 75mm gun.
As a temporary solution, the hull of a pre-war M2A1 medium tank was modified to take a short M2 75mm gun in a limited traverse sponson in the right front of the hull, while retaining a 37mm gun in the turret.
This odd, ungainly vehicle was far from perfect, but it was nevertheless an effective tank that filled a much-needed role at a crucial time.
The M3 Lee
Later production runs of the M3 Lee replaced its M2 75mm gun with the longer-barrelled M3 75mm—the same as the weapon in the M4 Sherman. Both guns fire the same ammunition, but the extra 68cm (26-inch) length gives the M3 a higher muzzle velocity, making it a more effective tank killer.
As new tanks are issued to replace those lost in combat, it is not unusual to see a mix of tanks armed with short and long guns fighting together in the same platoon.
Plastic M3 Lee Sprue (x5)
Plastic Commander Sprue (x1)
Decal Sheet (x1)
Fighting First Card (x1)
Movement Orders Card (x1)
M3 Lee HQ Unit Card (x1)
M3 Lee Unit Card (x2)
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Sherman M4A1 75mm/76mm Tank (x5)
Easy Assembly plastic injection moulded 15mm Allied M4A1 75mm, or 76mm, Sherman tanks. Five vehicles in the box and each vehicle comes with 2 commander figures - British or US.
Brigadier JC 'Jock' Campbell
with mounted & dismount Jock Campbell with cut-down Ford Station Wagon, Observer team with Universal Carrier & crew.
John Charles ‘Jock’ Campbell was born in Thurso, Scotland in 1894. As a young man he joined the Royal Horse Artillery. In 1940 he was in Egypt with the 7th Armoured Division, commanding the artillery.
LRDG Ford V8 Car
with two one-piece resin LRDG Ford V8 cars, two drivers, two passengers & four vehicle Machine-guns.
Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) patrols are led by a pilot cars, whose duty is to test out the ground ahead of the rest of the patrol for soft sand and other desert hazards. In the first few years this car was a Ford V8, but the American Willys Jeep quickly became a favourite as they became available.