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.

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

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.  

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

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

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.

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

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