The Finns were quick to turn captured Soviet equipment against the invaders. The Christie Detachment was named for the BT tank’s suspension design and was unusual in having its own unit of escort infantry that rode into battle with them.

The BT-5 fast tank was the first in the BT series of tanks to introduce a larger turret to accommodate the exceptional 45mm obr 1938 gun. This gun out-matched almost all of the Soviets enemy’s tanks guns, and when combined with the excellent manoeuvrability of the BT fast tank design it made for an effective weapon.

The BT-7 fast tank was an improvement of the BT-5 design. It fitted a redesigned slopped turret, a welded hull and a more powerful engine. The overall effect was increased armour, while the tank remained as manoeuvrability as the earlier model. It also retained the excellent 45mm obr 1938 gun, giving it plenty of anti-tank punch!

Only one platoon of captured Soviet BT tanks was used by the Finns in 1941. It was known as the Christie Detachment after the BT tank’s suspension design. The Christie Detachment was also unusual in having its own unit of escort infantry that rode into battle with them.

 

The BT-5 in Flames Of War
      Armour    
Name Mobility Front Side Top Equipment and Notes
Weapon Range ROF Anti-tank Firepower  
BT-5 Standard Tank 0 0 1 Co-ax MG, Fast tank, Limited vision, Unreliable.
45mm obr 1934 gun 24"/60cm 2 7 4+  

 

The BT-7 in Flames Of War
      Armour    
Name Mobility Front Side Top Equipment and Notes
Weapon Range ROF Anti-tank Firepower  
BT-7 Standard Tank 1 1 1 Co-ax MG, Fast tank, Limited vision, Unreliable.
45mm obr 1934 gun 24"/60cm 2 7 4+  


 

Contents


  • three BT-5 tanks
  • two BT-7 tanks
  • one Tank Commander sprue
  • five sets of SMG Tank Escorts

 

Tanks designed by Evan Allen
Figures designed by James Brown
Tanks painted by Mark Hazell
Figures painted by James Brown

(26531)

SKU 26531
Barcode # 4847

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