15cm (Sf) Lorraine Schlepper Artillery Battery
includes four resin and metal Lorraine Schleppers, two plastic Gun Crew sprues and two Unit cards.
The 15cm (Sf) Lorraine Schlepper is a strange marriage of a First World War 15cm sFH13 howitzer hitched to a captured French Lorraine armoured supply carrier. The result is rather odd-looking but is still an effective self-propelled artillery piece.
The 15cm (Sf) Lorraine Schlepper
During the Fall Of France in 1940, the Germans captured a large number of 37L Lorraine Carriers. In May 1942 it was decided to use these chassis to mount a 15cm gun to be sent to Africa to support Rommel’s army. 40 Lorraine Schlepper chassis were converted to mount a 15cm sFH 13, a gun dating from the First World War.
The superstructure came from Alkett in German and they were assembled in Paris under the supervision of Major Alfred Becker, who later earned fame for his conversions of obsolete French equipment for use with the 21. Panzerdivision in Normandy. In July more Lorraine chassis were made available and a further 30 were fitted with the 15cm sFH at Krefeld.
12 were for the 21. Panzerdivision, 12 for the 15. Panzerdivision and 6 for the 90. Leichte Division. In July and August 1942 these were shipped, but only 23 vehicles arrived in Africa. After El Alamein, all vehicles were reported lost.
The armoured superstructure housing the gun and crew was armoured against small arms and artillery fragments. Eight rounds of 15cm ammunition were stored in the fighting compartment.
15cm (Sf) Lorraine Schlepper (x4)
Plastic Crew Sprue (x2)
15cm (Sf) Lorraine Schlepper (x1)
Panzer II OP (x1)
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Another of Major Becker’s conversions was to fit the 7.5cm PaK40 gun to a up armoured French half-track so the anti-tank guns of the Panzergrenadier battalions could be used more aggressively like Marder panzerjagers rather than as more passive towed weapons. Each Panzergrenadier Regiment of the 21. Panzerdivision had all of its battalion anti-tank guns carried in these self-propelled mountings.
M4A3E8 Easy Eight (Uparmoured)
includes one M4A3E8 Easy Eight (Uparmoured) & one Tank Commander.
The M4A3E8, better known as the Easy Eight, marked the pinnacle in the Sherman design. Essentially the same as the M4A3 (76mm), the Easy Eight model introduced a new track and suspension system.
SdKfz 251 Halftrack (x2)
The Sd Kfz 251 carried German troops into battle throughout the war, allowing them to keep up with the mobile Panzers. Its light armour protected the infantry from incoming fire, allowing them to assault even the most stubborn enemy. The contents of this box allows you to assemble two Sd Kfz 251 halftracks.
Tank Destroyer Platoon
includes four plastic M10/M36 Tank Destroyers sprues, four plastic crew sprues & Decal sheet.
The M10 3” GMC (gun motor carriage) tank destroyer was developed to handle medium and heavy German tanks. It was the first destroyer to incorporate a turret, which housed the 3” anti-tank gun, the best in the US arsenal at the time.
German Panzer III Ausf. F,G & H (x5)
Easy Assembly plastic injection moulded 15mm German Panzer III tank. Five vehicles in the box and each sprue gives options to build either a F, G or H version and comes with 2 commander figures and a variety of stowage