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Motor Platoon (Plastic) (BR753)

Motor Platoon (Plastic) (BR753) Motor Platoon (Plastic) (BR753)
includes two Company HQ teams, one Unit Leader team, three Bren Gun teams, one Boys Anti-tank Rifle team, one 2-inch mortar team, and four Unit Cards.

In the fast-moving environment of the desert war, it is the tanks that usually get all the glory. But the hard work still belongs to the PBI, the ‘Poor Bloody Infantry’. For such a small unit, a motor company has plenty of firepower at its disposal. Their machine-guns, anti-tank guns, and mortars can deal with almost any opposition.

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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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Motor Platoon (Plastic) (BR753)

Gunfire crashed around Captain Harker as the Grant tanks of 22 Armoured Brigade, carefully concealed higher up the ridge line, traded shots with the veteran crews of the German tanks—new Mark IV panzers with even more powerful guns. Drifting columns of black smoke showed where combatants had already been reduced to battlefield debris. Neither side had an advantage yet, but the German forces were determined to hunt out the ends of the Allied line so they could once again outflank the British and evict them from their holes. The leading
panzers were drawing close to the hidden gun positions of Harker's anti-tank company.

Motor Platoon (Plastic) (BR753)

Motor Platoon (Plastic) (BR753)

‘Steady, lads,’ Harker called. ‘Let them get just a bit closer.’ Gun crews hunkered down behind their 6-pounder anti-tank guns. Dug in, low along the forward slopes of the ridge line, anti-tank guns were devilishly hard for tank crews to spot, peering intently out through tiny vision slits. The angled gun shields were enough to give scant protection from machine-gun fire, but any direct hit from the panzers’ main guns would obliterate the gun and the men it sheltered. The gun layers kept one hand on the elevating handwheels, gently traversing the guns with their shoulders to track their chosen target as it drew closer. Loaders crouched, ready to lever open the breech, ejecting the previous spent casing, and slam the next round home.

Motor Platoon (Plastic) (BR753) Motor Platoon (Plastic) (BR753)
At last Harker shouted, ‘Fire!’ Crashing booms rang out as the small guns fired. A panzer shuddered to a sudden halt, its gun drooping. Machine-gun fire quickly began to saturate the area as the panzers returned fire, targeting the clouds of dust thrown up in front of the gun positions. One by one more German tanks stopped, belching fire and smoke as dazed and wounded crew scrambled away from the wrecks. The panzers began to withdraw, still firing, until shimmering heat waves concealed them. The crackling of fires and ammunition cooking off drifted across the suddenly still battlefield. For now, at least, the German attack had failed.
Motor Platoon (Plastic) (BR753)
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Motor Platoon

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Motor Platoon (Plastic) (BR753)

Unit Cards
7th Armoured Divison force card (x1) Movement Orders reference card (x1)
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Motor Company HQ (x1) Motor Platoon (x1)
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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 Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by James at Battlefront