New: Plastic Universal Carrier

Following on from the great value Carrier Section boxed set that we released a few weeks ago, we now have the superb new plastic Universal Carrier available singly!

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The new plastic carrier kit allows you to chose whether to build it as a Mk I or Mk II version as it contains parts for both as well as a full complement of crew and passengers!

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The Bren (or more accurately “universal”) carrier is possibly unique in all the armies of WW2. A small light weight armoured troop transport capable of carrying up to 6 men, it was used on every front the Commonwealth armies fought on – and even by the Russians via lease-lend and the Germans via captured examples! Their primary role was not recce as many think but simply as a transport to get troops right up to the fighting – and, if needs be, to fight from the carrier itself. Other roles included weapon carrier (3” mortar and Vickers medium machine gun) and towing AT guns as well as artillery observation vehicles.

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Every Commonwealth infantry battalion had a carrier platoon of 4 sections of 3 carriers each. The motor battalions of the Armoured divisions used them in platoons of 3 sections. In both cases 2 carriers formed the HQ component. In addition every infantry company had a carrier at HQ simply as the CO’s runabout! Even the Parachute battalions had two each carried by glider! In short – carriers were everywhere!

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Remember that we also have the Carrier Section boxed set which contains 3 Carriers supported by a squad of British Infantrymen:

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