Desert Rats Bofors Light AA Troop
includes three metal Bofors anti-aircraft guns, three large six-hole bases, one base plug sprue and one Unit card.
The open desert offers precious little cover from the Stuka dive-bombers of the Luftwaffe. The quick-firing Bofors guns can be relied on to drive away the harassing Axis aircraft before they have a chance to do too much harm.
The Bofors Light AA Gun
The Bofors 40 mm gun, often referred to simply as the Bofors gun, is an anti-aircraft/multi-purpose autocannon designed in the 1930s by the Swedish arms manufacturer AB Bofors. It was one of the most widely used anti-aircraft systems during World War II.
The British Army had first examined the weapon when they received a number of Polish-built examples in 1937 for testing. A licence was acquired and the original design modified to suit mass production as well as converting the measurements from metric to imperial.
The Bofors became the Army's standard light anti-aircraft weapon and by the end of the war factories in Britan, Canada and Australia had manufactured over 19,000.
In British army service the Bofors found a highly specialised role: during the North Africa Campaign at the Second Battle of El Alamein, they were used to fire tracer horizontally to mark safe paths for units through the German minefields. This practice was further developed during operations in North-West Europe, where bursts of colour-coded tracer were used to define the axis of advance of the different formations in large-scale night attacks.
The gun could fire up to 120 rounds per minute but in practice it was closer to 80-100 rounds per minute as the rounds were fed into the breech from four round clips which had to be replaced by hand. It's fearsome rate of fire and high velocity shell made it a useful improvised anti-tank weapon.
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Desert Rats Humber Armoured Car Troop
includes three resin Humber cars, one plastic Tank Commander sprue and one Unit card.
The Humber is one of the most successful British armoured car designs. While its real job is reconnaissance, its 15mm Besa machine-gun poses a serious danger to lightly armoured targets.
Desert Rats Hurricane Tank-Busting Flight
includes two resin and metal Hurricane aircraft, two plastic flight stands, one decal sheet and one Unit card.
Based on the Royal Air Force's most numerous single-seat fighter, the Hawker IID tank buster is nicknamed the ‘Flying Can Opener’. A Vickers S gun beneath each wing fires 40mm armour-piercing ammunition. Each is mounted under a machine-gun firing tracer rounds to aid with sighting, making them accurate and deadly.
Afrika Korps SdKfz 10/4 (2cm) Light AA Platoon
includes four resin and metal Sd Kfz 10/4 2cm Light AA tanks, one metal driver head sprue and one Unit card.
The Sd Kfz 10/4 half-track mounts a 20mm anti-aircraft gun on a cross-country mount, allowing it to operate with both tanks and infantry. Although the half-track is unarmoured, the gun's shield gives the crew some protection.
Afrika Korps Panzer II Light Tank Platoon
includes five resin and metal Panzer II Tanks, one plastic Commander sprue and one Unit card.
The Panzer II was designed as a training tank, but war overtook Germany's plans and they used it as a light tank.
Afrika Korps Ju87 Stuka Dive Bomber Flight
includes two resin and metal Ju 87 Stuka aircraft, two plastic flight stands, two decal sheets and one Unit card.
Every major attack by the Afrika Korps was preceded by an intensive dive-bomber bombardment designed to flatten all resistance. Ever since the fall of France, the scream of a Stuka's dive sirens struck fear into Allied soldiers, heralding a deadly-accurate attack from the sky.
includes one 4th Edition Range Finder.
The Range Finder was developed especially with 4th Edition Flames Of War in mind. It provides a quick reference for the range of defensive fire; command distances; movement distances and assault range.