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.
The Humber is fielded in North Africa by several cavalry units, including the 11th Hussars, one of the units that cut off the retreating Italian Tenth Army at Beda Fomm back in 1940.
Armoured cars play a similar role to the light cavalry regiments of old, roaming far ahead of the tanks, observing enemy dispositions and reporting their movements. In pursuits they lead the chase, harassing the retreating enemy and ambushing fleeing convoys. In retreats they are the rearguard, slowing the enemy advance and covering the withdrawal of the fighting forces.
The Humber III armoured car is essentially the fusion of an existing artillery track chassis and the armoured body of another armoured car. Production of the Mark III version ended in 1942 after 1,650 had been built
The Mark III version of the Humber had a larger turret than the previous models that allowed for a 3rd crew member, which freed up the commander from having to look after the 'wireless'.
It was armed with a 15mm Besa machine-gun that was more than adequate for engaging lightly armoured or unarmoured targets without encouraging the crew to engage anything that could easily destroy with with return fire.
Used widely through the North African Campaign it also saw service in Europe with the British and Canadian reconnaissance regiments.
The Humber armoured car stayed in service long after World War II firmly establishing itself as a widely used and reliable vehicle.
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Desert Rats Decals
with four Desert Rats decal sheets.
Included are 4 different Armoured Division Insignia, representing the 1st Armoured (Rhino), 6th Armoured (mailed fist), 7th Armoured (Desert Rats) and 10th Armoured (fox head).
Desert Rats Universal Carrier Patrols
includes nine plastic Universal Carriers, three plastic Crew sprues, one decal sheet and three Unit cards.
Each motor company includes a scout platoon of Universal Carriers. This versatile vehicle is commonly called a Bren Gun Carrier, which was the first variant developed, even though it has since evolved into a more general-purpose vehicle. Their usual job is scouting No Man's Land to reconnoitre enemy positions. They are also good for protecting the flanks as a mobile reserve, delivering extra firepower where it is most needed.
M67 90mm Recoilless Team
Description of Components
1x Kneeling M67 90mm recoilless loader figure.
1x Prone M67 90mm recoiless gunner gunner figure.
Meshah Meykaneykeyh Platoon
includes six AK47 Assault Rifle teams, one Blindicide team, one Small two-hole base & six Medium four-hole bases.
The United Arab Republic followed Soviet doctrine, supporting their tanks with mechanised infantry batallions, Kuteybh Meshah Meykaneykeyh (pronounced kur-tee-bah moo-shah mee-kan-ik-ee-a) in Arabic, mounted in six-wheeled BTR-152 armoured transporters. The infantry carried a mix of AK47 assault rifles and locally made semi-automatic rifles, backed up with Belgian Blindicide ('Armour Killer') Bazookas.
M3 Halftrack Platoon (Plastic)
includes four plastic M3 Halftracks, four plastic Halftrack Crew sprues, one Decal Sheet and one Unit card.
Even though the ‘blitz doughs’ have nicknamed it the ‘purple heart box’, the M3 Half-track is a versatile and resilient machine. However its body offers all-around protection, including an armoured shutter over the radiator and a bulletproof windscreen.