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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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