Carrying troops, light vehicles and essential supplies, either from ship to shore or during perilous river crossings, the LVT-4 Buffalo was used by US, British and Canadian forces from the Pacific to Northern Europe.
The Landing Vehicle Tracked (LVT) was a small amphibious landing craft, introduced by the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Army during World War II. The LVT-4 Buffalo was by far the most numerous version, with over 8,000 vehicles produced. Although conceived to ferry supplies from ship to shore, the LVTs were quickly pressed into service as assault and fire support vehicles in their own right. As is often the way, troops quickly nicknamed the LVTs as amphtrack, amtrak, amtrac etc., as a shortening of ‘amphibious tractor’.
Disgorging its cargo of supplies, troops or light vehicles from its large ramp door to the rear of the vehicle, the LVT gave its passengers a far higher chance of surviving initial contact with the enemy than other landing craft with frontal door ramps.
Who wouldn’t want to have their USMC hitting the beach in one of these during the many assaults on Japanese-held islands in the Far East, Commandos assaulting across the Scheldt Estuary, in Holland, or British, American and Canadian troops crossing the Rhine during Operation Plunder?
This Warlord Games box set contains 1 metal & resin vehicle
Contains 3 models and a light mortar
This great value Bolt Action boxed set features one of the most iconic pieces of hardware in US military history, over 40,000 M3 half-tracks were produced during World War II with many thousands of similar models also being supplied to their allies.
The M3A1 was ideally suited to rushing troops to the front and through gaps in the enemy lines. With a top speed of 45 mph, and armoured enough to keep out most small arms fire, they performed admirably in this role.
They had a crew of three men and could carry ten fully equipped troops. There were many variations on the chassis including tank destroyers, mortar carriers and ambulances, but most frequent by far were the M3A1 with its armament of a heavy .50 cal heavy machine gun and two or more .30 cal machine guns.
The M8 Greyhound was originally designed to replace the US military's portee gun in an anti-tank role, but was quickly repurposed once it was realised that its performance against German armour was lacking. It found use as a popular and successful armoured car that served American and British armies well throughout the war. Its crew of four served a 37mm gun, a co-axial .30 cal, the more aggressive crews adding a .50 cal on the roof for anti aircraft and local defence.
It was very fast – hence its British name of Greyhound – capable of 55mph on good roads, but was known to bog down in mud. Its armour was enough to shrug off small arms fire, and these vehicles were best used in pairs to scout out enemy lines, supporting each other in a leap-frog fashion on the advance or covering a retreat. Replacing the armoured turret for a fixed, open fighting compartment, the M20 scout car was used primarily as a command vehicle, Sacrificing the turrets main gun in favour of extra radio capability,
it also carried a portable Bazooka for extra anti-armour firepower. In contrast to many other nations the US developed just the one type of chassis for the role of reconnaissance, destined originally for the tank destroyer units it was eventually issue primarily to the cavalry squadrons. In conjunction with the M8 the M20 utility car was also developed becoming a command variant in many cases.
Appearing in late 1943 in Italy to a baptism by fire on the roads to Rome, the cavalry squadrons gave the tactical commanders a unique unit offering a mix of speed and firepower. This led to the squadrons becoming the core of small, task specific, forces consisting typically of engineers, tank destroyers or self-propelled artillery depending on the mission. This kit will allow you to build both the M8 with its familiar turret and 37mm gun as well as the M20 utility.
This Warlord Games Box set for Bolt Action contains 1 plastic Greyhound Scout Car.
Specially modified to fit into the British Horsa glider, the British Airborne Jeep's primary role was to tow support weapons such as 6 pounder anti-tank guns, 75mm pack howitzers, etc rapidly to where they were needed most. They were also utilised in the Recce Squadron as fast, mobile weapons platforms armed as they were with Vickers K machine guns. Whilst remaining essentially the same vehicle as the standard issue Willy Jeep the British had to specially modify the Jeep - front bumper cut back, A-frame attached for towing guns, removal of the windshield and several other modifications to allow it to be deployed by glider. The Recce squadron made a habit of placing the spare wheel in front of the radiator grill to help protect the engine from gun fire.
The Goliath was used by the German engineer units in a variety of roles. It was essentially a radio controlled tracked bomb, carrying a big charge of high explosives direct to where it was needed, commonly a pillbox, minefield or disabled enemy tank. The controller steered the robot tank by using a wire connected to a simple control box.
The Goliath was fairly successful and used on many fronts and, though slow and vulnerable to small arms fire, would be a frightening sight as it waddled towards you with its deadly payload!
1 Goliath Demolition Vehicle
3 metal Combat Engineers
Containing a single Sd.KLfz 251/1 ausf C half-track, more popularly known as a ‘Hanomag’, this easy to build, yet remarkably detailed, plastic boxed set gives your Landsers mobility, a degree of protection and the supporting firepower of their MGs fore and aft.
Box contains 1 plastic halftrack, leaflet and decal sheet
Note: Models supplied unassembled and unpainted
The Sd.Kfz 251/7 Ausf C half-tracked engineer’s vehicle was more commonly known as the Pionierwagen. It was a very useful vehicle for the assault engineers of the German Army, seeing service on all fronts, from the vast open areas of the Russian Front to the rubble-choked streets of Berlin in 1945.
Based on the classic Sd.Kfz 251 Hanomag half-track, the Pionierwagen was heavily modified by the elite German assault engineers to carry both themselves and their specialist equipment into action.
Arguably the most striking features of the Pionierwagen were the two detachable assault bridge ramps carried along the top of the crew compartment. These could quickly be removed and placed to span ditches, broken bridges or other similar obstacles. Side lockers would carry inflatable boats for river crossings.
Early versions of the Pionierwagen could be seen to mount the 3.7mm PaK 36 anti-tank gun instead of the forward machine gun but, as the war progressed, these became less effective and would be replaced by the Panzerbüchse 41 squeeze-bore gun, giving it a realistic chance against Allied armour.
This Pionierwagen is a great way to get your assault engineers into action safely. First in! Last out!
Box contains 1 SD KFZ 251/7C Pionierwagen with Panzerbuchse 41 plastic, metal and resin boxed set.
A conversion of the SdKfz 251/1 AusfD with two flame projectors mounted on the sides designated 251/16. The 2 main flame projectors were backed up by the usual shield-mounted MG34 or MG42 and an additional portable (albeit still attached by pipe to the halftrack) smaller calibre flamethrower which could be used by dismounted infantry. The crew would don protective headgear from full hoods to havy scarves and goggles. Plenty of conversion opportunities here!
This Warlord Games Box contains 1 plastic halftrack, leaflet and decal sheet
SdKfz-251-10-AusfD helped the infantry to keep pace with their armoured brethren. By the time of the invasion of Russia in 1941 the panzergrenadiers had equipped their troop leaders, half-tracks with the standard anti-tank gun of the day - the 37mm PaK 36. By replacing the front machine gun with this useful light gun the panzergrenadier units could rely on a modicum of fire support as they charged swiftly across the battlefield, supported by their platoon’s personnel carriers.
Although not the most potent of anti-tank weapons (its crews nicknamed it the 'doorknocker'), the PaK 36 was best served in a fire support role rather than anti-tank. More than 300 half-tracks were converted into Sd.Kfz 251/10 variants which saw battle in Russia and North Africa as well as in North West Europe. The D variant replaced the C's more complicated multi angled rear armour with a single sloped face, the command variant keeping the old but still useful 'door knocker'.
This Warlord Games Box contains 1 plastic halftrack, leaflet and decal sheet
Granatwerfer Half Track was used from the early stages of World War II to support their panzers in action. They developed the excellent Sd.Kfz 251 series, made by Hanomag, and steadily produced them in their thousands, with over twenty versions seeing service in most theatres of the war.
One of the most useful variants was the 8cm Granatwerfer – a version of the Hanomag carrying the standard infantry mortar. The mortar could be moved round the battlefield quickly and in reasonable safety, its armour shrugging off most infantry weapons and shrapnel. The mortar was most commonly removed from the half-track to engage the enemy, however in extremis it could fire from the safely of the vehicle.
A full load of 66 rounds of 81mm mortar rounds were carried, with more shells available from supply trucks or towed trailers.
This model represents the 251/2 ausf D version of the vehicle (it had a simplified armour shape from the earlier ausf C, particularly obvious was the sloped rear Armour) that was in use from 1943 on wards in most theatres. This variant featured a forward facing 81mm mortar in the rear, tactically spot on for attacking and moving position frequently.