M3 Lee Tank Platoon (Plastic)
includes five plastic M3 Lee Tanks, one plastic Commander sprue, one Decal Sheet and five Unit cards.
In the build-up to entering the war, US Army planners knew they would need a 75mm-armed tank to overcome the latest German panzers. Of the proposed designs which could be produced quickly, none had a turret big enough to hold a 75mm gun.
As a temporary solution, the hull of a pre-war M2A1 medium tank was modified to take a short M2 75mm gun in a limited traverse sponson in the right front of the hull, while retaining a 37mm gun in the turret.
This odd, ungainly vehicle was far from perfect, but it was nevertheless an effective tank that filled a much-needed role at a crucial time.
The M3 Lee
Later production runs of the M3 Lee replaced its M2 75mm gun with the longer-barrelled M3 75mm—the same as the weapon in the M4 Sherman. Both guns fire the same ammunition, but the extra 68cm (26-inch) length gives the M3 a higher muzzle velocity, making it a more effective tank killer.
As new tanks are issued to replace those lost in combat, it is not unusual to see a mix of tanks armed with short and long guns fighting together in the same platoon.
Plastic M3 Lee Sprue (x5)
Plastic Commander Sprue (x1)
Decal Sheet (x1)
Fighting First Card (x1)
Movement Orders Card (x1)
M3 Lee HQ Unit Card (x1)
M3 Lee Unit Card (x2)
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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.
Armies of Late War: Forces from 1944-45
As 1944 began, the British and American forces in Great Britain were preparing for their return to France in the D‑Day landings. At the same time the Armies in Italy looked towards Rome, planning the battles that would capture the first Axis capital to fall in the war. While the Western Allies planned, the Red Army was fighting the brutal battles that would take them from Leningrad to the borders of Poland clearing the Motherland of the Fascist invaders.