17/25pdr Anti-Tank Troop
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.
Plastic 17pdr Anti-Tank Sprue (x2)
Plastic Gun Crew (x2)
Large Six-hole Base (x2)
Base Plug Sprue (x1)
17/25 pdr Anti-Tank Troop (x1)
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Imperial Roman Testudo
The Roman testudo (tortoise) formation is probably the most recognisable battle formation in history. At Warlord Games we want to do this legendary sight on the battlefield justice and so have present our new, improved Testudo! boxed set.
M1A1 Long Tom Field Artillery Battery
includes two M1A1 'Long Tom' 155mm howitzers with crew, one Command Carbine team, one Staff team, one Observer Carbine team, two Large bases, one Medium four-hole base, one Small three-hole base & one Small two-hole base.
More often than you’d think, the brave artillerymen find themselves under fire from German tanks and infantry as they engage in a brutal point-blank fight. So dedicated are the artillerymen that they will see off the Germans or die beside their guns.
M4A3 (105mm) HVSS
includes one M4A3 (105mm) HVSS Sherman Assault Gun.
In November 1942 two M4A4 Pilot Shermans were modified to carry the 105mm Howitzer for close support work. In 1943 the design was standardised and M4 and M4A3 versions were put into production.
Parachute Tank Riders
The 6th Armoured Brigade made exceptional time on its advances into Germany. This was due, in large part, to the close cooperation with the infantry they were assigned. British riflemen and paratroopers and US airborne platoons made a excellent team with the hard-fighting Guardsmen.
M113 / M106 Platoon
Includes four plastic M113 transports or M106 heavy mortar carriers, Decal Sheet and Crew
The M113 is a fully tracked armored personnel carrier. The vehicle was first fielded by the United States Army's mechanized infantry units in Vietnam in April 1962. The M113 was the most widely used armored vehicle of the U.S. The M113's versatility spawned a wide variety of adaptations that live on worldwide, and in U.S. service.
AH-1 Cobra Attack Helicopter Platoon
Includes two plastic AH-1 Cobra helicopters, two plastic flight stands, decal sheet and unit card.
The AH-1S Cobra is the latest version of the Vietnam-era Hueycobra and is easily distinguishable by its flatter, non-reflective canopy and the four Improved TOW missiles tubes mounted on each side.