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Korean War: British Centurion and Infantry

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The British Centurion Mk.III and Super Bazooka armed infantry make their impact on the Korean War. Replicate the feats of Commonwealth forces!

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The Commonwealth

Soldiers of the Commonwealth began the War in different parts of the Empire and then rapidly moved to converge on Korea. One brigade deployed from their base in Hong Kong. Commonwealth forces also arrived from Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. Troops of the British Empire would provide the largest contingent of Allied forces to the Korean War, second only to the United States. By the summer of 1951 three brigades were fighting in Korea, the 28th Commonwealth Brigade, the 29th Independent Brigade, and the 25th Canadian Infantry Brigade. Eventually, the three brigades operating in Korea would come together to form the 1st Commonwealth Division. The feats of arms performed by many of these units continue to be revered and studied by soldiers in the modern era.

British Infantry Section (Summer)

The backbone of the British and Commonwealth armies was the regular soldier. At the start of the war they may have lacked practical experience, but were well-trained professionals, and likely to be led by men who had fought for several years during WWII. The Commonwealth Brigade soldier who fought in Korea showed himself a capable force and only added to the laurels of the distinguished history of the British and Commonwealth forces.

A unit of renown from the Korean War is the 1st Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment, ‘The Glorious Glosters’, whose motto is “By our deeds we are known”. In fact, by their deeds they are remembered for a dramatic feat of arms at the Battle of the Imjin River, 22–25 April 1951.

Korean War British Infantry Section (Summer)

Contains 10 metal figures, supplied unassembled & unpainted

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British Super Bazooka Team (Summer)

Although the British still used the Projector Infantry Anti-Tank (PIAT), it became more common for them to upgrade to the American-made super Bazooka.  The previous version of this weapon (2.36″) had proved insufficient to penetrate the armour of the Soviet-made T-34/85 tanks. Enter the M20 ‘Super Bazooka’, capable of penetrating roughly 11″ of armour at a distance of 900 yards. More than capable of dealing with anything the North Koreans or Chinese could muster.

Korean War British Super Bazooka Team

Contains 2 metal figures, supplied unassembled & unpainted

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Centurion Mk.III

The Centurion tank began as a Cruiser type in 1943 but the design of the sloped armour elevated it to an infantry style tank. Further developments in technology, upgraded powerplant, upgraded main gun, added stabilizer all increased the performance of the tank until the MK III quickly became the main battle tank of the United Kingdom. The Centurion outclassed most other Allied armour of the Korean War in terms of firepower. It was far superior to the Korean/Chinese Soviet-made T34/85s. You can read a more in-depth comparison here.

Centurion Mk. III

Contains 1 resin and metal vehicle, stat card, waterslide decal sheet and damage markers.

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Get Started with a Commonwealth force

The possibilities to create a unique gaming force with the historical units in the Commonwealth list are exceptional! This force will give you a great starting point.

British Commonwealth Bundle


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Get started with the Korean War

Your starting point for re-enacting the ferocious battles of the Korean war is the Bolt Action: Korea book. It is absolutely crammed with history, army lists and scenarios.

Inside the book, you’ll find a comprehensive history of the conflict with details of every major battle fought between the two sides. It also includes details of the various forces and their organisation, commanders, and equipment. Scenarios are provided for many of the battles, along with comprehensive force selectors to help you assemble your force.

Bolt Action Korea

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Dan Hewitson
Dan can often be found contemplating the mound of unpainted minis building up under his desk. He has a tendency to roll lots of ones. He also has a tendency to complain about rolling lots of ones.