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6 pdr Anti-tank Platoon (BBX38)

6 pdr Anti-tank Platoon (BBX38) 6 pdr Anti-tank Platoon (BBX38)
includes four plastic 6pdr anti-tank guns, four plastic Gun Crew sprues, four medium five-hole bases, one base plug sprue and one Unit card.

The Quick-Firing 6-pounder is a 57mm anti-tank gun which made its combat debut in the Gazala battles in May and June 1942. Dug-in and firing at only point blank range, these guns are deadly to enemy tanks. 

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Desert Rats
The Desert Rats are the only thing standing in the way of Axis conquest of North Africa. Despite suffering repeated defeats at the hands of Rommel’s Afrika Korps, they remain undaunted. Their speedy Crusader and Honey tanks can run circles around their opposition, backed up by the heavier Grant squadrons. Their motorised infantry are equally adept in attack or defence. With support from the Royal Artillery and the Desert Air Force, they are a formidable and versatile force. 

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Its only real downside is its height, which makes it a conspicuous target in the desert. The placement of the 75mm gun makes it difficult to conceal the tank in a hull-down position behind terrain. At Alam el Halfa, with time to prepare a static defence, the British were able to partly overcome these difficulties by carefully choosing the placement of each Grant.
6 pdr Anti-tank Platoon (BBX38)

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Limitations of the existing 2-pounders were apparent even as the gun was first entering service, and an effort was made to replace it with a much more capable weapon starting as early as 1938. The Woolwich Arsenal was entrusted with the development of a new gun with a calibre of 57 mm.

6 pdr Anti-tank Platoon (BBX38) 6 pdr Anti-tank Platoon (BBX38)
Guns of this calibre had been employed by the Royal Navy from the late 19th century, and therefore manufacturing equipment was available. The gun design was complete by 1940, but the carriage design was not completed until 1941.
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The 6-pounder was used where possible to replace the 2-pounder in current British tanks, requiring work on the turrets, pending the introduction of new tanks designed to take the 6-pounder from the outset. The Churchill, Valentine and Crusader tanks armed with the 6-pounder gun all began to enter service during 1942.
6 pdr Anti-tank Platoon (BBX38) 6 pdr Anti-tank Platoon (BBX38)
The 6-pounder first saw action in May 1942 at Gazala. It made an immediate impact on the battlefield as it was able to penetrate any enemy tank then in service. In the most celebrated action, the 6-pounder guns of 2nd Battalion, The Rifle Brigade (together with part of 239 Anti-Tank Battery Royal Artillery under command), destroyed more than 15 enemy tanks in the action at 'Snipe' during the Second Battle of El Alamein.
6 pdr Anti-tank Platoon (BBX38) 6 pdr Anti-tank Platoon (BBX38)
However, over the next year, the Germans introduced much heavier designs into service, notably the Tiger I and Panther. The standard 6-pounder shot was ineffective against the front armour at any range, but proved effective on the less armoured sides and rear armour.
6 pdr Anti-tank Platoon (BBX38) 6 pdr Anti-tank Platoon (BBX38)
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Plastic 6pdr Sprue (x4)
6 pdr Anti-tank Platoon (BBX38)
Plastic Gun Crew Sprue (x4) Plastic Bases
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6 PDR Anti-tank Platoon Card (x1)
6 pdr Anti-tank Platoon (BBX38)

Boot Camp Battle Report
Afrika Korps vs. Desert Rats
To conclude the lessons laid out in the 4th Edition Boot Camp, Phil and James put the theory into practice by playing a 62-point game using the Free For All mission.

Boot Camp Battle Report: Afrika Korps vs. Desert Rats...

Boot Camp Battle Report: Afrika Korps vs. Desert Rats

Last Updated On Thursday, June 1, 2017 by Chris at Battlefront