Desert Rats 17/25pdr Anti-Tank Troop

Desert Rats 17/25pdr Anti-Tank Troop
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Art.Nr.: BF-BBX41
GTIN/EAN: 9420020235786
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17/25pdr Anti-Tank Troop
(BBX41)

includes two plastic 17pdr guns, two large six-hole bases, one base plug sprue, one plastic Tank Commander sprue, two plastic Gun Crew sprues and one Unit card.

In the ongoing race between tank armour and anti-tank guns, even the 6 pdr wuld not be powerful enough for long. The answer was the huge 17-pounder. The barrel was ready by May 1942, but the carriage still needed work, so in an effort to rush the gun into service to deal with the arrival of heavy German panzers like the Tiger, a tempory hybrid solution was created by mounting the gun on a 25 pdr carriage.

The resulting 17/25-pounder, codenamed the 'Pheasant', first saw action at the Battle of Medenine in March 1943.

The 17/25pdr Gun
The Ordnance Quick-Firing 17-pounder (or just 17-pdr) was a 76.2 mm (3 inch) gun developed by the United Kingdom during World War II. It was used as an anti-tank gun on its own carriage, as well as equipping a number of British tanks. It was the most effective anti-tank gun of the war fielded by the Western Allies and was capable of defeating all but the thickest armour on German tanks.

It was used to 'up-gun' some foreign-built vehicles in British service, notably to produce the Sherman Firefly variant of the US M4 Sherman tank, giving British tank units the ability to hold their own against their German counterparts.

Before the QF 6-pounder had entered service, the British predicted that it would soon be inadequate given the increasing armour of German tanks. In late 1940, the design of a replacement began, and was largely completed by the end of 1941. 

A prototype production line was set up in spring 1942, and with the appearance of Tiger I tanks in early 1943 in the North African Campaign, the first 100 prototype 17-pounder anti-tank guns were quickly sent to help counter this new threat.

So great was the rush that they were sent before proper carriages had been developed, and the guns had to be mounted in the carriages of 25-pounder gun-howitzers. These early weapons were known as 17/25-pounders and given the codename Pheasant.

Contents
Plastic 17pdr Anti-Tank Sprue (x2)
Plastic Gun Crew (x2)
Large Six-hole Base (x2)
Base Plug Sprue (x1)

Unit Cards
17/25 pdr Anti-Tank Troop (x1)

15mm, plastic
Battlefront Miniatures

Desert Rats 17/25pdr Anti-Tank Troop
Desert Rats 17/25pdr Anti-Tank Troop
Desert Rats 17/25pdr Anti-Tank Troop
Desert Rats 17/25pdr Anti-Tank Troop
Desert Rats 17/25pdr Anti-Tank Troop

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