By 1940 the landscape of modern warfare had changed. The use of ‘Blitzkreig’ tactics by the German in their conquest of Northern Europe meant it was vital for supporting units to keep pace with the armoured spearhead to maintain the momentum of an attack.

US tank officers were all too aware of this fact and requested artillery weapons that could keep pace with the rapid advance of the tanks. The first attempt at mechanisation resulted in the T19 105mm HMC; a M3 105mm howitzer paired with a M3 half-track. Far from satisfied with this design, the Ordnance Department hit pay dirt by mounting the same 105mm howitzer to the M3 tank chassis (and later the M4 chassis).

This design was known as the M7 105mm HMC and first entered combat during the campaign in Sicily in July 1943 and served with distinction in both the European and Pacific theatres throughout the course of the war. The M7 105mm HMC however, would prove to be only self-propelled artillery piece of note in the US Army during World War Two with over 4000 vehicles being produced by the end of the war.

 

The M7 Priest HMC in Flames Of War
      Armour    
Name Mobility Front Side Top Equipment and Notes
Weapon Range ROF Anti-tank Firepower  
M7 Priest HMC Standard Tank 1 0 0 .50 cal AA MG.
M2A1 105mm howitzer 24"/60cm 1 9 2+ Breakthrough gun, Hull mounted, Smoke.
Firing bombardments 72"/180cm - 4 4+ Smoke bombardment.

 

The M4 Sherman OP in Flames Of War
      Armour    
Name Mobility Front Side Top Equipment and Notes
Weapon Range ROF Anti-tank Firepower  
M4 Sherman OP Standard Tank 6 4 1 Co-ax MG, Hull MG, .50 cal AA MG.
M3 75mm gun 32"/80cm 1 10 3+ Smoke.

 

Contents


  • three individually sculpted M7 Priest HMC with crew
  • one Observer M4 Sherman OP tank
  • one Command Carbine team
  • one Staff team
  • two Rare earth magnets
  • four plastic Sherman component sprues
  • one Decal sheet
  • one Medium four-hole base
  • one Small three-hole base

 

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SKU 26549
Barcode # 4871

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