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17 pdr Anti-Tank Troop (BBX41)

17 pdr Anti-Tank Troop (BBX41) 17 pdr Anti-Tank Troop (BBX41)
includes two plastic 17 pdr Anti-tank guns, two large six-hole bases, one base plug sprue, two plastic Gun Crew sprues and one Unit card.

In the ongoing race between tank armour and anti-tank guns, even the 6 pdr would not be powerful enough for long. The answer was the huge 17-pounder. The barrel was ready by May 1942, but the carriage still needed work, so in an effort to rush the gun into service to deal with the arrival of heavy German panzers like the Tiger, a tempory hybrid solution was created by mounting the gun on a 25 pdr carriage. 

The resulting 17/25-pounder, codenamed the 'Pheasant', first saw action at the Battle of Medenine in March 1943. 

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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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17pdr Anti-Tank Troop (BBX41)
17 pdr Anti-Tank Troop (BBX41) 17 pdr Anti-Tank Troop (BBX41)
Before the QF 6-pounder had entered service, the British predicted that it would soon be inadequate given the increasing armour of German tanks. In late 1940, the design of a replacement began, and was largely completed by the end of 1941.  
17 pdr Anti-Tank Troop (BBX41) 17 pdr Anti-Tank Troop (BBX41)
A prototype production line was set up in spring 1942, and with the appearance of Tiger I tanks in early 1943 in the North African Campaign, the first 100 prototype 17-pounder anti-tank guns were quickly sent to help counter this new threat.
17 pdr Anti-Tank Troop (BBX41) 17 pdr Anti-Tank Troop (BBX41)
So great was the rush that they were sent before proper carriages had been developed, and the guns had to be mounted in the carriages of 25-pounder gun-howitzers. These early weapons were known as 17/25-pounders and given the codename Pheasant.
17 pdr Anti-Tank Troop (BBX41) 17 pdr Anti-Tank Troop (BBX41)
Later, it was used as an anti-tank gun on its own carriage, as well as equipping a number of British tanks. It was the most effective anti-tank gun of the war fielded by the Western Allies and was capable of defeating all but the thickest armour on German tanks.
17 pdr Anti-Tank Troop (BBX41) 17 pdr Anti-Tank Troop (BBX41)
It was used to 'up-gun' some foreign-built vehicles in British service, notably to produce the Sherman Firefly variant of the US M4 Sherman tank, giving British tank units the ability to hold their own against their German counterparts.
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Plastic 17 pdr Anti-Tank Sprue (x2)
17pdr Anti-Tank Troop (BBX41)
Plastic Gun Crew (x2) Large Six-hole Base (x2); Base Plug Sprue (x1)
17pdr Anti-Tank Troop (BBX41) 17pdr Anti-Tank Troop (BBX41)
Unit Cards
17/25 pdr Anti-Tank Troop (x1)
17pdr Anti-Tank Troop (BBX41)
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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 Monday, April 17, 2017 by Blake at Battlefront