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Grant Armoured Troop (BBX37) Grant Armoured Troop (BBX37)
includes five plastic Grant tanks, one plastic Tank Commander sprue, one Decal sheets and five Unit cards.

British armoured regiments were delighted to receive the new American-made M3 Grant tank, which gave them a tank with a gun as good as those on the German panzers, with armour to match. Rushed into service to meet the urgent need for a heavy 75mm-armed tank it took the Germans by surprise. Its thick armour and powerful 75mm gun are superior to most of the German panzers.

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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.
Grant Armoured Troop (BBX37)

Honey Armoured Troop (BBX32)

The agreement between the US and Britain did not allow for British designs to be made in US factories, so in 1940 Britain ordered M3 Medium tanks from various US manufacturers. These first vehicles were purchased directly and were not part of the later lend-lease program. Because of this, the British were able to make a few modifications to the initial American design and the Grant was born.

Grant Armoured Troop (BBX37) Grant Armoured Troop (BBX37)
A larger turret was built, without the machine-gun cupola, to house the British radio requirements inside the turret (as opposed to the US design mounting it in the hull). Though longer and wider, the turret was lowered to reduce the tanks silhouette, adding to the effect of removing the cupola.
Grant Armoured Troop (BBX37) Grant Armoured Troop (BBX37)

Like the US M3 Medium, it was armed with a 75mm gun in a sponson mounted on the right side of the hull front and a 37mm gun in the turret. It was named by the British the Grant after the famous American Civil War general Ulysses S. Grant.

Grant Armoured Troop (BBX37) Grant Armoured Troop (BBX37)
It proved a popular and morale boosting addition to the ranks of the 8th Army. The dual-purpose 75mm gun (firing both HE and AP ammunition) gave the British the edge they were after in the desert when it was introduced, with the deliveries of 200 vehicles starting in early 1942.
Grant Armoured Troop (BBX37) Grant Armoured Troop (BBX37)
167 Grants served successfully with the 4th Armoured Brigade during the Gazala battle.
Grant Armoured Troop (BBX37) Grant Armoured Troop (BBX37)
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Plastic Grant Sprue (x5)
Grant Armoured Troop (BBX37)
Plastic Tank Commander Sprue (x1) Decal Sheet (x1)
Grant Armoured Troop (BBX37) Grant Armoured Troop (BBX37)
Unit Cards
7th Armoured Divison (x1) Movement Orders (x1)
Grant Armoured Troop (BBX37) Grant Armoured Troop (BBX37)
Grant Armoured Squadron HQ (x1) Grant Armoured Troop (x1)
Grant Armoured Troop (BBX37) Grant Armoured Troop (BBX37)

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, April 26, 2017 by Blake at Battlefront