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.
The scout platoon's carriers give them the mobility they need to roam far out into No-Man's-Land, and their humble armour protection is hopefully enough to let them survive contact with the enemy and report back.
The Universal Carrier is meant for reconnaissance and transport, not to be used as an assault vehicle. It is not built for up-close engagements. Its unprotected top makes a tempting target for a hand grenade or spray of submachine-gun fire.
The Universal Carrier
The Universal Carrier, also known as the Bren Gun Carrier from the light machine gun armament, is a common name describing a family of light armoured tracked vehicles built by Vickers-Armstrongs and other companies.
The vehicle was used widely by British Commonwealth forces during the Second World War. Universal Carriers were usually used for transporting personnel and equipment, mostly support weapons, or as machine gun platforms. With some 113,000 built by 1960 in the United Kingdom and abroad, it is the most produced armoured fighting vehicle in history.
The carrier put the driver and commander at the front sitting side-by-side; the driver to the right. The hull in front of the commander's position jutted forward to give room for the Bren gun (or other armament) to fire through a simple slit. To either side of the engine were two areas in which passengers could ride or stores could be carried.
The Bren was a licensed version of the Czechoslovak ZGB 33 light machine gun, which in turn, was a modified version of ZB vz. 26, which British Army officials had tested during a firearms service competition in the 1930s. The later Bren featured a distinctive top-mounted curved box magazine, conical flash hider, and quick change barrel. The name Bren was derived from Brno, Moravia, the Czechoslovak city where the Zb vz. 26 was originally designed (in the Zbrojovka Brno Factory), and Enfield, site of the British Royal Small Arms Factory.
The Bren was considered a reliable and effective light machine gun, though in North Africa it was reported to jam regularly unless kept very clean and free of sand or dirt. It was popular with British troops, who respected the Bren for its reliability and combat effectiveness.
Plastic Universal Carrier Sprue (x9)
Plastic Crew Sprue (x3)
Decal Sheet (x1)
Universal Carrier Unit Card (x3)
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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 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.
Plastic Helicopter Rotors
includes one plastic rotor sprue suitable for the Huey & Hueycobra helicopter.
Tropic Lightning was our second tour in Vietnam; allowing us to expand on the content and model range for Flames Of War Vietnam. Since then, Tour Of Duty has expanded the range even further. But one of the most important and exciting refinements accompanied the release of Tropic Lightning; the introduction of plastic helicopter rotors for the Huey and Hueycobra.
Battle of El Alamein: War in the Desert
includes one plastic Panzer IV, one plastic Panzer III, pne plastic Grant, two plastic Crusaders, two plastic Tank Commander sprues, Flames Of War 4th Edition mini rulebook, one Flames Of War ‘Start Here’ booklet, two Terrain Cards, six dice and eight Unit cards.
El Alamein is your introduction to the exciting world of Flames Of War, the world’s most popular World War II miniatures game.
Small Desert Houses
includes one Long Desert House with removable roof and one Square Desert House with removable roof.
Scenery plays a vital part in any miniature wargame. The Battlefield in a Box range of tabletop-ready scenery is a quick and easy way to create a wargaming table straight out of the box, suitable for any scale miniature troops to fight over.