Stützpunkt Nests (GBX52)

German strongpoints were formed along the Egyptian-Libyan frontier to slow British counter-offensives launched from Egypt. At Halfaya Pass their Luftwaffe 8.8cm Flak36 guns made light work of the then undefeated British Matilda tanks. Each Stützpunkt was based around a key fortified position held by entrenched infantry supported by machine-guns, anti-tank guns and the devastating Luftwaffe 88s. Lurking behind the strongpoints are artillery and mobile reserves of panzers and motorised infantry.

The objective of a Stützpunkt defence was to provide effective fire to wear down the enemy before launching a counterattack, usually with supporting armoured troops. A Stützpunkt position was organised in depth which meant the positions were able to hold and provide fire even when the enemy had pushed into it. The depth also allowed the fire to be poured on to the enemy’s flank if they broke through the position.

When the British attacked the Libya frontier during Operation Battleaxe they faced four Stützpunkt positions. The Stützpunkt positions did their job and blunted the British assaults around Halfaya Pass and the German panzers counterattacked.
 

The Stützpunkt 2cm Nest in Flames Of War

Weapon
Mobility
Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower
Notes
Stützpunkt 2cm Nest Immobile 16"/40cm 4 5 5+ Flak nest, Anti-aircraft.

 

The Stützpunkt 5cm Nest in Flames Of War

Weapon
Mobility
Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower
Notes
Stützpunkt 5cm Nest Immobile 24"/60cm 3 9 4+ -

 

Contents


  • Two individually sculpted Stützpunkt Nests
  • One 5cm PaK38 gun with crew
  • One 2cm FlaK38 gun with crew

 

Guns designed by Karl Cederman
Crew figures designed by Evan Allen
Nest designed by Jason Buyaki
Painted by James Brown

 

(17650)

SKU 17650
Barcode # 9420020218048

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