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The 10.5cm leFH (“leichte Feldhaubitze”) 18/40 Light Field Howitzer was an adaptation of the standard 105mm field howitzer used by the German Army in World War II. The intention was to decrease the weight of the artillery piece (making it easier for the crew to emplace and move) by replacing the standard gun carriage with that of the the 7.5cm PaK 40 anti-tank gun. A larger muzzle brake was added to the gun to help the lighter carriage hand the weapon’s recoil. The new weapon proved easier for the crews to handle and was easier to produce. By 1943 it became the standard 10.5cm light field piece used by the German army until the end of the war.
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Brickmania’s May MOC Contest, you must create a MOC (My Own Creation) around the theme of WWII North Africa Campaign of any size, color, or quantity. MOCs must be submitted to this Flicker Group by May 24th before midnight (central time).
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At the outbreak of World War Two, the US Army’s tank force was woefully unequipped to handle the latest European tank developments. The existing American tanks (M1 and M2) were inadequately armed and armored compared to the German panzer forces that had swept across Europe in the early months of the war. Facing the very real possibility of being pulled into a European conflict and under pressure to supply material to the beleaguered British army, an urgent call for a more powerful new tank was issued.
American industry heeded the call and began work on a tough new tank design with heavier armor and a 75 mm main gun. This new tank would eventually be known as the M4 Sherman medium tank, a complex and powerful tank that would take years to design and produce. In the meantime the M3 medium tank was rushed into production, mounting a 75mm main gun in an antiquated hull-mounted sponson. The M3 also has a 37mm high-velocity anti-tank gun in a turret mounted offset to the left top of the bulky hull. There was an additional commander’s cupola with a 30 cal. machine gun mounted on top of the 37mm gun turret (giving a turret on turret effect).
The British Army found themselves urgently in need of replacement tanks for those abandoned in Dunkirk after the fall of France. The United States was able to provide the newly minted M3 in great numbers through the Lend-Lease program. While the British bought large numbers of the original M3 design, they also ordered large numbers with a specially designed turret, which had a large compartment at the rear to house a radio and eliminated the commander’s cupola. The British dubbed the original M3 the “Lee” and the modified version was called the “Grant.”
Both variants of the M3 played a pivotal role in the North Africa campaigns. While mounting of the 75mm gun low in the hull and the over-all high silhouette of the tank had many disadvantages, the M3 proved itself effective and reliable on the battlefield. For a brief time the M3’s 75mm gun dominated battlefields verses the German Panzer III and Panzer IV tanks. Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery concluded his successful route of the German and Italian armies in North Africa while riding in a M3 Grant (it is preserved today in London’s Imperial War Museum).
Unfortunately, the M3’s battlefield dominance proved short lived as Germany up-gunned their own tanks and developed the more powerful Tiger and Panther tanks. By 1943 the M3 was declared obsolete and was phased out of service in the European theater as the M4 Sherman became available in large numbers. The M3 continued service in the Pacific theatre until the end of World War Two, where it proved effective against infantry and the diminutive Japanese tank forces. Although the design was greatly flawed and out of date, the M3 proved to be a satisfactory interim solution for American and British needs, with more than 6000 being produced between August 1941 and December 1942.
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M3 Grant Medium Tank Megaton Upgrade: M3 Grant Kit + Australian Infantry Armament Pack with German MP40 Soldier
Includes everything in the M3 Grant Medium Tank Kit
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Progress of the USS Missouri build at the Brickmania Toyworks. This ship will measure more than 25 feet long when finished! The public will be able to see it for the first time next month during Art-A-Whirl weekend and again in June at World War Brick Minneapolis. Stay tuned for more details…