NEW – Western Desert British forces released

This release sees the introduction of a raft of models to expand our range of Brits in the desert. First of all, there are some additions and tweaks to existing models; the LRDG gun truck and LRDG support truck have new crew and an improved Breda 35, the 17pdr AT gun and Bofors 40mm AA now have options to take 8th Army crew members. There are also now officers for the SAS/LRDG and 8th Army available. Additionally, the new 25 pdr and 3″ mortar models are also available with crew in standard battle dress.

The completely new models are detailed below and in addition, we now offer a Britsh Desert platoon bundle. This features a range of infantry, mortar and artillery support, and a Matilda tank! This is available at a very reasonable discounted price and free UK shipping. This is the sixth of our platoon bundles, in addition to the Japanese, Italian, British, German and Soviet platoons already released.

As always, here’s a little background on the various new units…..

8th Army Forward Observer team – *****MarDav exclusive models!*****

Trained in liaising with artillery batteries or RAF squadrons, forward observer teams can coordinate devastating barrages of fire or close air support to cover the advance of troops or soften an enemy position before an assault.  

8th Army and SAS / LRDG Infantry Sections with rifles or SMGs

Active from 1941-45, the 8th Army has become synonymous with the Allied fight in the Western Desert. Seeing action in the Tunisian, Sciliian and Italian campaigns, the soldiers of the 8th Army fought a very different battle to the forces in Normandy and the Far East. Large expanses of desert and the often close fought clashes that evolved around what few objectives there may be, created a different soldier to the battles of Burma or Western Europe. 

However, still at the core of the 8th was the stalwart of all armies – the rifleman. Even if his uniform may differ from those of his fellows in other theatres, the trust .303 Lee Enfield did as well in the desert as anywhere else, and were it not for the khaki shorts clad Tommy, there would have been no victory in the desert.

The SAS were founded in 1941 by Lt David Stirling and originally was seen as a raiding force designed to disrupt the enemy through sabotage, intelligence gathering and outright attacks. 

Initially, the new force failed to impress the higher command, as Operation Squatter, their first mission, was an unmitigated disaster. However, given a second chance, and transported by the LRDG, the SAS proved themselves by destroying 60 aircraft across 3 airfields with no losses.

Further missions in the desert, often teamed with the LRDG, saw them sowing mayhem across German occupied airfields and harbours. Later in the war, they engaged in amphibious landings, parachute rescue drops and more of their hit and run attacks

8th Army 3″ Mortar

The 3” mortar was the standard mortar of the British army for over 30 years, including over WWII. Initially inferior to the similar calibre German GW34, improvements to the propellant, barrel, sights and baseplate dramatically improved its performance and it was a reliable and effective weapon through the war.

This model is also available with standard battle dress crew.

8th Army 25 pdr howitzer

The 25pdr or “Ordnance Quick Fire (OQF) 25 pounder” was the standard British field gun during WWII. Combining a high rate of fire, good mobility, a good shell, and capability for both direct and high angle fire, it was a popular artillery piece that stayed in service with the British army until the 1960s. 

The primary armament of the 25pdr was a HE round, but AP, smoke, chemical and star shells were also available. 

From its introduction in 1940, the 25pdr saw service in all theatres of war that the Commonwealth forces were present. This meant it had to cope with everything from hot, dry desert conditions to the wet, steamy humidity of the Burmese jungle.

In addition to its role as a field gun, the 25pdr was also adapted for use in vehicles. Starting initially with the unsuccessful Bishop and finishing with the Sexton, they gave the army much needed mobile artillery support.

This model is also available with standard battle dress crew.

Matilda infantry tank

Developed as a more heavily armed counterpart to the A11 (“Matilda I”), the A12 Matilda II (or just “Matilda”) was the first of the British infantry tanks to see serious combat as the Matilda I only seeing action in the Battle of France. 

A heavily armoured infantry support tank, the Matilda was equipped with a 2pdt AT gun for engaging enemy vehicles and an MG for against infantry. While the 2pdr was an excellent AT weapon, outperforming contemporary and comparable weapons, it was distinctly lacking a suitable HE round that would allow the Matilda to be truly versatile. 

The Matilda was the only British tank to see service throughout the war; first being introduced in 1940 during the Battle of France. In the North Africa campaign, the Matilda proved itself against the lighter Italian tanks, with them often unable to penetrate its thick armour, while in turn the 2psr was highly effective against the much lighter Italian armour. It was during the NA campaign that the Matilda earned the nickname “Queen of the Desert”.

As the war progressed and Axis anti-tank weapons improved, the Matilda was phased out of British forces simply through lack of replacement when they were destroyed. However, many were supplied to Australian forces in the Pacific theatre where it found a new lease of life as the Japanese tanks it faced were not dissimilar to the Italian tanks of the Desert War and so the 2pdr was once more effective, and the heavier armour again proved impervious to many enemy shots. 

Variants of the Matilda included mine flails (Scorpion), flamethrowers (Frog), rocket launchers (Hedgehog), CDL and bulldozer equipped tanks

SAS Jeep

Stripped down to keep unnecessary weight to a minimum, then loaded up with fuel cans, ammo and as many guns as they could muster, the roving jeeps of the SAS were raiding terrors of the desert. On the night of 26-27th July 1942, 18 jeeps of the SAS tore through the Sidi Haneish airfield and destroyed around 40 aircraft for the loss of only a single jeep and a single soldier – Lance Bombardier John Robson.

Future attacks, either on their own or in conjunction with the LRDG, earned the SAS a deadly reputation, and one that would not have been possible without their dangerously overloaded jeeps!

This model is supplied with multiple crew for different options including single and twin Vickers K guns, Lewis gun and a .50 cal. Un-crewed vehicles are also available as 1 crew set is sufficient for two jeeps.

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Hopefully you found this bit of background history interesting and our models will be reinforcing your British armies of the Western Desert.

NEW – British defensive pillboxes released

This is a momentous post for MarDav. In addition to being the first major terrain release and the start of our new range of British pillboxes and defences, it also marks the start of our in-house designed models that will also be available to purchase as stl files for printing at home.

During 1940, the threat of a German invasion (Operation “Seelowe” or “Sealion”) was very real. In anticipation of this, local Home Guard and Auxiliary units were trained, sign posts and such were removed to confound German spies and many other small actions taken to reinforce our resilience and defences. Most of these are now long gone and forgotten. However, across England, almost every town, village or parish has at least one reminder of the feared invasion – pillboxes. These (usually) smaller concrete or brick structures dot the landscape; still watching and covering the areas they were set to guard so many years ago…..

As always, here’s a little background on the various models…..

Type 22

The Type 22 was one of the standard defensive strongpoints built during WWII to counter the anticipated German invasion. Designed for riflemen, these are hexagonal in shape and generally have loopholes in 5 of the walls. Built from both concrete and bricks, they are one of the most commonly found types.

Type 23

The Type 23 was a split design; with an enclosed area for riflemen and an open area with a light AA mount such as a Bren gun. These are rectangular in shape and generally have loopholes in 3 or 4 of the walls. Access can be a little unusual, as often there was no open entrance and access was via a ladder. The Type 23 was built from both concrete and bricks.

Type 24

The Type 24 was designed for either riflemen or a section with a light machine gun. Unlike the Type 22, they are irregularly hexagonal in shape and generally have loopholes in all of the walls. The entrance is usually in the longest wall, and flanked by embrasures on either side. Built from both concrete and bricks, they are one of the most commonly found types.

Type 25

The Type 25 was designed primarily for riflemen. They are cylindrical in shape and generally have 3 loopholes, and a low entrance. They were usually made from poured concrete in a corrugated iron mould, giving them their unique “ribbed” appearance.

Type 26

The Type 26 was designed for riflemen. They are square in shape and generally have loopholes in 3 or 4 of the walls, but variants with only two are known.

Unlike the other standard types, the 26 was also manufactured in a prefabricated version. This was known as a “Stent” and was supplied in addition to the usual brick and concrete versions.

Type 27

The Type 27 was larger structure than most pillboxes. The main body was an enclosed area for riflemen and light machine guns. There was also an open roof pit with a light AA mount such as a Bren gun.

They are octagonal in shape and generally have loopholes in 7 of the walls. The entrance in the last wall, sometimes with flanking embrasures. The entrance is usually also protected by a covered porch with another embrasure. The Type 27 was built from both concrete and bricks.

Type 28

Unlike the other standard Types, the 28 was designed for an anti-tank gun (a 2pdr or 6pdr Hotchkiss). As it was expected to draw heavier fire, it had much thicker walls – rated as “shellproof”. Additionally, short range defensive fire would be provided by a rifle section with a light machine gun.

These are rectangular in shape and generally have loopholes in all of the walls. There is also a larger offset embrasure for the AT gun. Built from both concrete and bricks, they are one of the most commonly found types of anti-tank pillbox.

Northumberland “D”

This stands out from this list as a non-standard design. However, we are based in Northumberland with some of these close by, so I couldn’t miss them from the first wave!

The Northumberland D Type pillbox is a WWII defensive strongpoint unique to Northumberland. Broadly similar to a Type 24 in that it is an irregular hexagon; it differs in the number and locations of the embrasures and the length of the walls.

In order to aid with placing models inside, all these pillboxes have a removable roof and no interior blast walls. Where necessary, extras such as a pintle-mounted Bren gun or ladder are also supplied.

As these are entirely designed by MarDav, we are happy to take custom requests. Regional and other variations are also possible, please contact us for further information or with specific requests.

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NEW – German Infantry Platoon released

This releases sees the German infantry entering in force. Reinforcements include an officer team, Panzerschreck team, rifle and SMG armed infantry and forward observer team. As well as the foot sloggers, AT capability is provided by the Panzerschreck and the PaK 97/38 medium anti-tank gun. Armoured support comes in the form of the PzII Flammpanzer flamethrower tank, with a motorcycle and sidecar mounting an MMG. Transport is provided by the Citreon CV11 staff car, and the radio back variant of the Maultier truck. Existing support and transportation is already available with the FlaK 38 88mm AA gun and various vehicles.

In addition, we also offer a German infantry platoon bundle of the above infantry and a SdKfz 222 armoured car. This is available at a very reasonable discounted price and free UK shipping. This is the fifth of our platoon bundles, in addition to the Japanese, Italian, British and Soviet platoons already released.

As always, here’s a little background on the various units…..

German Infantry Squad with rifles or SMGs

During the war, the Heer infantry formed the largest part of the German army and saw action across Europe and the Eastern Front. Constant recruitment along with some infantry being in combat since 1939 meant that quality levels and experience could vary wildly. Some units were veteran grenadiers while others were recently recruited rear-echelon troops with only basic infantry training.

This unit consists of 10 men (1 NCO, 1 MG, 1 MG loader and 7 soldiers with rifles), or 5 men (1 NCO, 4 soldiers with SMG)

German Panzerschreck team

The Panzerschreck was the German equivalent of the US Bazooka and British PIAT. It was a reloadable shoulder fired anti-tank weapon and a development of the one-shot Panzerfausts. Within its most effective range (50-60m) the hollow charge warhead could penetrate up to 160mm of armour – higher than the frontal armour of a Churchill VII.

German Officer team

German officers were generally well trained and capable leaders. Some had gained experience during the Spanish Civil War and some even in WWI. Officers were also trained to step up immediately if their superior were killed or incapacitated, and continue to fight under their own initiative.

German Forward Observer team

Trained in liaising with artillery batteries or Luftwaffe squadrons, forward observer teams can coordinate devastating barrages of fire or close air support to cover the advance of troops or soften an enemy position before an assault.  

Motorcycle with MMG sidecar

All of the German armed forces made use of motorcycles, and many had additional sidecars. Often armed with an MG34 for close support, these light vehicles were used extensively for reconnaissance. Unlike similar motorcycles of other nations, many of the German sidecars had powered wheels, enabling them to traverse difficult terrain more easily.

PaK 97/38

The PaK 97/38 was a hybrid AT gun manufactured using captured French components and used during WWII. In addition to the Germans, it was also fielded by Italy, Finland, Hungary and Romania, as well being fitted to the chassis of the Soviet T-26 to make an interim mobile AT platform. It performed acceptably, despite being based on a late 19th century gun, but suffered from a low effective range, violent recoil and difficulty in hitting small, mobile targets.

PzII Flammpanzer

The PzII Flammpanzer (or “Flamingo”) was an adapted PzII tank equipped with two limited traverse flamethrowers and a turret mounted MG34. Initially delivered to units in 1940, over 150 were before production ended in 1942. The Flamingo was used by two battalions and both were deployed in the opening stages of Operation Barbarossa. Heavy losses on the Eastern Front saw both battalions re-equipped as standard panzer units and the remaining Flamingos converted to Marder II tank destroyers.

SdKfz 222

The SdKfz 222 was a German armoured car developed from the 221, and was fitted with a 20mm automatic cannon and co-axial MG. It had a top speed of 50mph and up to 30mm of armour. Additionally, the open-topped design of the turret also allowed for limited AA capability. Nearly 1000 were produced in total and it saw service on the Eastern Front, North Africa and Europe.

Citreon CV11 staff car

At the start of WWII France had more vehicles per person than any country in the world except the US. Germany however did not have such a mechanised population, and so after occupying France, utilised many French vehicles. As well as the armoured vehicles that would be converted into ammunition carriers and tank destroyers, there were also many normal cars. Among these was the CV11, a civilian car that first entered production in 1934. 

The sedan model was a popular staff car in both the French and German armies and many were exported from France, seeing action in North Africa and the Eastern Front. 

Maultier radio truck

The Maultier was a half-tracked truck of the German army in WWII developed as it was found that wheeled trucks were insufficiently capable of navigating the mud of Russian roads in bad weather. Mostly based on the Opel Blitz chassis and utilising redundant Pz. I track assemblies, some were also made using a Mercedes, Ford and Alfa-Romeo chassis and Pz. II tracks.

In addition to the standard cargo and troop carrying trucks, some were also fitted out as radio trucks. These were used as forward command positions as well as communication relays and hubs.

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Hopefully you found this bit of background history interesting and our models will be reinforcing your German armies – Vorauszahlung!

NEW – British Infantry Platoon released

This releases sees the British entering in force, with an officer team, PIAT team, infantry, AA support and armoured vehicles. As well as the grunts, AT capability is provided by the PIAT team with the Bofors 40mm protecting them from air assault. Armoured might comes in the form of the Churchill MkIV and Valentine infantry tanks, with additional support and transport supplied by the 3″ mortar carrier and universal carrier. Existing support and transportation is already available with the 17pdr Anti-tank gun and various armoured cars and trucks.

In addition, we also offer a British infantry platoon bundle of the above infantry and an M3 scout car. This is available at a very reasonable discounted price and free UK shipping. This is the fourth of our platoon bundles, in addition to the Japanese, Italian and Soviet platoons already released.

As always, here’s a little background on the various units…..

British rifle section

As with all armies, the standard infantry rifle section was the backbone of the British Army throughout World War II. Usually section composition was 10 men; 8 with the Lee Enfield .303 rifle, 1 with the .303 Bren Gun and a section leader with a Sten gun. The British “Tommy” fought on all fronts of the war from Normandy to North Africa and even against Japan. Despite the initial defeat of the BEF and evacuations at Dunkirk, the British Army quickly rebuilt and was instrumental in the assaults on Sword and Gold beaches on D-Day. 

British PIAT team

The PIAT (Projector, Infantry, Anti Tank) was a man-portable AT launcher based around the spigot mortar principle. It fired a 1.1kg HE/AT charge to an effective range of around 100m. When it was introduced in 1943, it was capable of penetrating the armour of any Axis vehicle.

While heavier than contemporaries such as the Bazooka and Panzerschreck, the PIAT had advantages. There was no dangerous blowback that could injure nearby soldiers and reveal the location of the firer. Also, the simple construction made it easy to maintain. After the war, the PIAT continued to be used until the 1950s.

British Officer team

Thanks to countless war films, the British Officer is a well known chap. Frequently moustached, privately educated, stiff upper lip and so on. The reality was often different, though there were indeed many public school educated officers turned out from Sandhurst. However, as the war progressed more field promotions occurred and at the least the lower officer ranks saw some diversity. 

Bofors AA gun

The Bofors 40mm L/60 was a 1930’s AA gun developed by the Swedish firm of Bofors AB. Known universally as “The Bofors”, this AA gun saw service with many nations from the 1930s onto almost the present day. Used by almost all Allied nations during WWII, it was mounted on ships and fortifications, and also used on a towed chassis. A sophisticated weapon, that utilised a mechanical computer to target laying, the Bofors was a solid and reliable weapon capable of achieving around 130rpm. 

Universal carrier 

The Universal Carrier (or Bren Carrier/Bren Gun Carrier) is the most widely produced AFV in history, with other 113,000 examples being produced. Initially designed in the 1930’s, the UC was quickly adopted by the British army during WWII to fulfil a number of roles. The UC saw service as a small gun tow, transport vehicle, flamethrower, mobile artillery platform and recon vehicle.

Standard weapons included the Bren gun or Boyes AT rifle located next to the driver. Many also featured a pintle mounted Bren for light AA defense.

3” mortar carrier

A variant of the Universal Carrier, the 3” Mortar Carrier was a small mobile artillery platform. Utilising the same 3” mortar as the infantry, the carrier could be used as a transport for a mortar team or be fired from the carrier’s bed before rapid redeployment. 

Churchill Mk IV

The Churchill MkIV was the most numerous version of the Churchill Infantry tank of World War II. Originally designed after the start of the war, it was conceived with the (flawed) notion that the war would end up like the Western Front of WWI. The initial tanks were rushed out of production and thrown into combat at the failed Dieppe raid in 1942. Multiple changes were made and the vehicle rapidly advanced through various marks until the MkIV arrived in 1943. Over 1600 of these were built in total.

As with all Churchills it featured thick armour and incredibly high climbing capability. Alongside the MkIII it also formed the basis for the first AVRE tanks that would become so iconic during D-Day. Other MkIV variants included some which were upgunned to the British OQF 75mm tank gun and also the NA(75) which were retrofitted with 75mm guns from knocked out Shermans

This variant is armed with the original OQF 6pdr main gun. 

Valentine

The Valentine was an Infantry tank of World War II that was produced for nearly twenty years in total. In that time there were over 8000 vehicles made in 11 different marks and multiple variants. A successor to the cruiser tanks, it won over troops in North Africa as a well armoured and reliable vehicle. While the 2pdr gun wasn’t terribly powerful, it was effective against the German PzIII tanks that were engaged. 

Numerous upgrades and changes were made including various petrol and diesel engines, as well as changes to armour construction. The principle change being that of upgrading the 2pdr main gun to a 6pdr. For ease here, the different marks are split into two categories – Early and Late. Early marks were fitted with a 2pdr light AT gun and later marks had a 6pdr medium AT gun. The later marks were also sent to the Soviets under the Lend-lease program.

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Hopefully you found this bit of background history interesting and our models will be reinforcing your British armies – Forward chaps!

NEW – Soviet Infantry Platoon released

This releases sees the Soviets entering in force, with an officer team, forward observer, infantry, support weapons and assault guns. As well as the grunts, their new infantry support teams include a sniper and an MMG. Armoured might comes in the form of the OT-26 flamethrower tank, and the SU-122 and ISU152 assault guns. Existing support and transportation is already supplied by the Katyusha rocket launcher, ZIS-3 divisional gun and the solid and reliable ZIS-6 truck.

In addition, we also offer a Soviet infantry platoon bundle of all of the above infantry and an armoured car. This is available at a very reasonable discounted price and free UK shipping. This is the third of our platoon bundles, in addition to the Japanese and Italian platoons already released.

As always, here’s a little background on the various units…..

Officer Team

After the great purges of the 1930s it was a rare Soviet officer who did not carry out his role with some apprehension of a similar fate. The immediate aftermath of the purges was falling back on blind obedience and following orders unquestioningly. Over time this gave way to a more tactical and strategic way of thinking. By the end of the war, the Red Army was a formidable and modern fighting force led by many good officers. 

Forward observer

Whether calling in an airstrike from a group of Shturmoviks II-2s, or artillery fire from a battery of Zis-3 guns, a forward observer is key to providing support for the advancing army. The great open expanses of the Steppe made for ideal terrain for long strafing runs on bogged down German columns, and massed batteries of artillery quickly pulverised any scant natural cover that could be found. 

Soviet infantry squads (rifle and LMG)

As the Red Army was so huge – with over 34 million soldiers deployed during World War II, so the range of the troop quality and unit composition also varied. These included the Shtrafbat penal squads, Guards units and Eastern Front veterans. This infantry squad can be used to represent any of the standard units that were fielded with the DP LMG.  

Sniper

Made famous through the battles of Stalingrad and Leningrad, a single Soviet sniper could wreak havoc on occupying German forces. Executing officers and other important individuals, the snipers sowed fear through the invaders. Specialist “sniper schools” were set up to maximise the effectiveness of these soldiers. The best among them had hundreds of confirmed kills. 

Maxim MMG

The standard medium machine gun of the Red Army was the Maxim. With a distinctive wheeled carriage and shield, the Maxim was a solid weapon dating back to World War I. However, it was also heavy and cumbersome, meaning that captured weapons were rarely used by the enemy.

T-20

The T-20 Komsomolets was a small artillery tractor designed for moving light to medium howitzers and AT guns. The driver and co-driver were in a small armoured cab, with a DP light machine gun for defence. The towed gun’s crew sat on exposed benches on the rear of the vehicle. 

OT-26

The OT-26 was a flamethrower armed variant of the T-26 light tank, itself based on the British Vickers 6 ton light tank. Over 1000 of these were made and they saw service throughout the war. The first time the OT-26 deployed was against the Japanese in Manchuria during 1939. Initially they were successful, though later engagements did not always go so well. As with all flamethrowing vehicles, they quickly became more effective as a morale breaking weapon. The mere appearance of them could cause the enemy to flee or reposition. However, the vehicles and crews were hated by the enemy and captured crew often ill treated or killed on the spot.   

SU-122

The SU-122 was an anti tank platform designed around the T-34 chassis and featuring the A-19 122mm gun used by the IS-2. Designed as a breakthrough gun, the AT capabilities of the A-19 were also excellent, and easily capable of destroying a Tiger I at 1000m. Produced between winter 1942 and summer 1943, the SU-122 saw service for the rest of the war.  

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We hope that you found this little bit of background history and that soon our models will be reinforcing your Soviet armies – Ura!

NEW – Vehicles (mostly!)

New vehicle releases!

This batch of releases is a range of vehicles from different nations. The aim is to expanding recce and transport options, with an assortment of transports (armoured and softskins) and armoured cars.

As always, here’s a little background on the various units…..

British and Commonwealth

CMP F-60

During World War II, Canada used industrial capacity to produce military vehicles that were supplied to Britain and the Commonwealth. In total over 850,000 vehicles were manufactured. More than 800,000 of these being trucks and similar utility vehicles rather than armoured vehicles. 

The CMP (Canadian Military Pattern) F60 was a 3 ton 4×4 truck made by Ford. There were a number of variants including the F60S (short wheelbase), F60T (tractor unit) and F60L (long wheelbase). 

30 CWT truck

The Chevrolet 30 CWT truck was a 4×2 truck produced in Canada and the US. It principally used in the campaigns of the Western Desert. Usually seen in a cutdown variant and as the main vehicle of the LRDG, it was also used as a general transport and cargo vehicle. 

Indian Pattern Armoured Carrier

At the start of World War II, Britain was unable to supply sufficient equipment to support the Commonwealth nations. This led some to develop or adapt native vehicles. One of these was the Armoured Carrier, Indian Pattern. This was an armoured car developed in India and based on imported Ford and GMC CMP truck chassis. Armament usually consisted of a Bren LMG and a Boyes AT rifle.  

Otter

The Otter Light Reconnaissance Car was manufactured in Canada for the Commonwealth and British during World War II. Based on the Chevrolet C15 CMP chassis, it was usually armed with a Bren LMG and a Boyes AT rifle, though some variants used 20mm cannon or .303 Browning MGs. Primarily the Otter was deployed by Canadian forces in the Italian Campaign and Northwest European operations 

Marmon Herrington Mk.II

The Marmon Herrington was a project by the South African government to locally produce an armoured vehicle from imported parts. The US company Marmon-Herrington won the contract and supplied a vehicle of its own design. It utilised an inhouse transmission system, but Canadian Ford chassis and engine, and with a British armament. 

The Mk II was armed with a turret mounted Bren LMG and a Boyes AT rifle. 

SAS/LRDG truck/jeep crew

As with their trucks, the crew of the LRDG and nascent SAS did not always adhere to standard battledress regulations. They would often wear a mix of clothing and equipment more suitable for the desert environment they operated in. This collection includes two separate drivers as well as a passenger and various gunners, all in different combinations of SAS/LRDG clothing.

US

M3 Scout car

Initially designed as a reconnaissance vehicle by the US, the M3 Scout Car was a lightly armoured 4×4 vehicle. While not a bad design, it did have poor off-road performance and was not always viewed favourably. The M3 was also exported to Britain, the Soviet Union and the Chinese Nationialist Army, as well as being used by Polish, Belgian and Free French forces. The M3 was usually armed with a Browning .50 HMG and a pair of Browning .303 MGs and was used in a variety of rules including armoured truck, recon, ambulance and command post.

Poland

Fiat 621 truck

The Polish Fiat 621 was an extensively adapted licensed copy of the Italian Fiat 621 2.5t truck. The 621 was the principle truck of the Polish Army in the 1930’s and captured examples continued to see use with the Wehrmacht after the invasion of Poland. 

Japan

Type 1 Ho-Ha halftrack

The Type 1 Ho-Ha was a Japanese halftrack of World War II. It was generally armed with 3 Type 97 LMGs with differing fields of fire and saw limited use as APCs were considered inferior to trucks due to speed issues, despite the additional protection offered against small arms fire.

Italy

47/32 Anti-tank gun

The Cannon 47/32 was a WWII Italian artillery piece based on an Austrian design and produced under license. In addition to its use as a dedicated anti-tank gun, it was also the main gun of the M13/40 and M14/41 tanks and 47/32 SPG. 

Performance wise it was comparable to the British 2pdr or German PaK36 guns, though unlike the 2pdr it could fire HE rounds. However, the lack of gun shield and inability to be easily towed were major drawbacks, and due to a lack of more powerful alternatives, the 47/32 continued to be used long after it should have been replaced.

So, quite a few varied vehicle releases this time around, hopefully expanding our range in new directions in advance of the British Army infantry releases next month. Further updates are also available via our Facebook page and all new releases will be showcased on our Instagram page.

Martin & Dave

Upcoming release schedule

As MarDav grows, so does the list of excellent WWII printed models created by the designers that we work with.

In order to to keep everything as clear as possible, nothing is listed in the webstore until it is printed, painted and photographed so that you see the final product – not simply a rendered image. However, we do have a large catalogue of available models that ultimately will all be released via the website.

As a result, this does mean that it can take some time to work through all the exciting new files we get, but we do have a plan and so have put together an upcoming release schedule in the run up to the end of the year.

Depending on how quickly we work through any tweaks and test prints, releases may be made before their due date, but hopefully no later than listed here. As much as we would like to release everything at once, we think this approach is better!

26th September 2021 – Vehicles (mostly…)

Type 1 Ho-Ha (Japanese)
M3 Scout car (US/Allies)
Fiat truck (Polish)
CMP F-60 truck (British)
30 CWT truck (British)
Indian Pattern Armoured Car (British)
Otter Armoured Car (British)
Marmon Herrington Armoured Car (British)
LRDG truck/jeep crew (British)
47/32 AT gun (Italian)

10th October 2021 – Soviet Army

Rifle squad
Forward observer team
Sniper team
Officer team
MMG team
Infantry platoon
T34/85 tank
T20 gun tow
OT 26 tank
SU 122 assault gun
ISU 152 assault gun

24th October 2021 British Army

Rifle squad
PIAT team
Officer team
Infantry platoon
Bofors AA gun
Universal carrier 
3” mortar carrier
Churchill Mk IV tank
Valentine tank

7th November 2021 – German Army

Rifle squad
SMG squad
Panzershreck team
Officer team
Forward observer team
Pak 97/38 medium AT gun
Motorcycle and sidecar w/MG

21st November 2021 – Terrain

Sectional factory
Ruined sectional factory
Power plant
Workshop
Walls
Urban ruins
Trenches and gun pits
Italian defensive positions

As you can see, it’s quite a list and will massively expand both our list of available models, as well as the range of countries that we have platoon deals for (currently Italy and Japan), so don’t forget to add some of our WWII 3D printed models to your Christmas list!

Updates are also available via our Facebook page and all new releases will be showcased on our Instagram page.

Martin & Dave

NEW – Italian Infantry Platoon released

This releases sees the Italians entering in force, with an officer team, forward observer, infantry, support weapons and transports. As well as the grunts, their support includes an anti-tank rifle, light mortar, MMG, light howitzer and medium AT gun. Transportation is supplied by either the solid and reliable Fiat 626 truck or an armoured S37.

In addition, we also offer an Italian infantry platoon bundle of all of the above infantry and an armoured car. This is available at a very reasonable discounted price and free UK shipping. This is the second of our platoon bundles, in addition to the Japanese platoon already released.

As always, here’s a little background on the various units…..

Officer Team

Italian officers were committed to restoring Italy as a major power on the world stage. Despite inadequacies in the general make-up of the army, the officers were often tenacious defenders, holding until the last minute and inspiring the troops to do likewise. 

Forward Observer Team

The Italian Army was well supported with both air and artillery backup, with each division being assigned it’s own artillery support. Despite the age of many of these assets, often dating back to the Inter-War years, or even WWI in some cases, they were used effectively and could still swing the tide of the battle in the correct circumstances.

Infantry Squad

Despite Mussolini’s boasts, the Italian Army started the war ill-equipped and ill-prepared for a modern war. Problems included inferior rifles, small and relatively ineffectual grenades and a lack of motivation. However, as the war progressed, so did the quality of the infantry and ultimately the Italian Army was a match for any it faced.

Beda M37 – MMG Team

A variety of machine guns were used by the Italian Army; some natively manufactured and some captured. The most widespread and reliable of these was the air-cooled Breda 8mm M37.

Solothurn 20mm – AT Rifle Team

The Italian Army generally used the Swiss manufactured Solothurn S-18/1000 20mm anti-tank rifle. Usually deployed on a wheeled carriage, it could also be used with a bipod. It was a cumbersome weapon with a heavy recoil, and as with many AT rifles of WWII was obsolete against most tanks very quickly.

Brixia 45mm – Light Mortar Team

The standard light mortar of the Italian Army was the 45mm Brixia. The Brixia was an excellent weapon, with a high rate of fire and outstanding accuracy. However, it was also a technically complex weapon and despite it’s high standards, was often let down by poorly manufactured ammunition.

Cannone 65/17 – Light Howitzer

A field artillery piece dating back to the First World War, the Cannone 65/17 was a light weight gun designed to be used by infantry units, particularly those operating in the mountains. It could be broken down for easy transportation, and was also supplied with a folding gun shield. It was a popular weapon with the infantry, due to its light weight and high reliability. In addition to its use as an artillery piece, it was also effective as a truck mounted AT gun in North Africa.

Cannone 75/39 – Medium AT Gun

The “Cannone 75/39” was the Italian designation of the German PaK 97/38, a hybrid AT gun manufactured using captured French components and used during WWII. In addition to the Italians, it was also fielded by Finland, Hungary and Romania, as well being fitted to the chassis of the Soviet T-26 to make an interim mobile AT platform. It performed acceptably, despite being based on a late 19th century gun, but suffered from a low effective range, violent recoil and difficulty in hitting small, mobile targets.

S.37 – Wheeled APC

The Autoprotetto S.37 was an Italian armoured vehicle used during WWII. Originally based on the chassis of a TL37 light artillery tractor, the S.37 was an all wheel drive and all wheel steered APC with excellent mobility and low ground pressure, making it an excellent vehicle for desert action. Armed with an 8mm Breda MG, it was comparable to the halftrack transports of other countries, though with smaller passenger compartment than many. After Italy’s surrender, some vehicles were used by the Germans and even made their way to the Yugoslav partisans.

Fiat 626 – Truck

Various trucks were used by Italy during the war, but the Fiat 626 was the most common. The fiat was a medium truck manufactured by the Italian’s but used by multiple countries during WWII. It was a solid, reliable vehicle that saw service with France, Bulgaria and Germany in addition to Italy.

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We hope that you found this little bit of background history and that soon our models will be reinforcing your Italian armies – Avanti!