PeterB Posted March 28 Share Posted March 28 My second build in this GB will be rather more complicated than my Saracen I suspect. I have only ever tried to build one other kit from this Ukrainian manufacturer - their T-59 tank - and I abandoned it in the end. The engineering was poor, the fit worse and the white plastic would not stay glued together even with CA! Hopefully this one will be better. I will be using Zaloga and Parsons book in the Osprey Vanguard series for background. During WWII, in some respects the Wehrmacht probably led the field in using armoured carriers for infantry and in particular the "Panzer Grenadiers", who used the SdKfz 250/251 tracked vehicles to accompany the tanks into action. The so called "Battlefield Taxi" concept was for troops to use armoured vehicles to keep up with the Panzers across rough terrain and provide immediate infantry support even when under fire - something normal infantry either in lorries or on foot found difficult to do. The carriers were lightly armoured and usually carried just machine guns for self defence, and the normal mode of operation was for the infantry to dismount when they needed to fight. The Allies used Universal carriers, M-3 halftracks and even stripped down "Kangeroo" tanks for the same role, and after the war they continued with the same concept in vehicles like the Saracen and FV 432 for the Brits and the M75, M49 and M113 for the Americans. The Russians initially did the same but then decided to do something a bit different and sort of merge the APC with a light tank to produce the BMP-1 Infantry Fighting/Combat Vehicle, a tracked armoured carrier with heavier armament. Unlike the earlier vehicles the infantry inside were expected to fight from inside as well as outside - inside they could benefit from protection not only from incoming fire but also be relatively immune from the effects of both biological/chemical weapons and nuclear fallout which many thought would be used on Cold War battlefields. The Allies introduced their own versions in the form of the German Marder, US Bradley and British Warrior though they do not exactly follow the same principles when it comes to fighting from inside. More later. Pete 4 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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