Follow in the footsteps of heroes with the US airborne, now equipped with the late war uniform…
Trained to a very high standard and with extensive combat experience, the American airborne forces were highly-motivated and performed very effectively throughout the Market Garden operation. Lead your troops into combat with exceptional leadership executed by the Airborne officers in this HQ.
In the American army, the role of medium mortar was fulfilled by the 81mm calibre M1 mortar. The mortar was the biggest killer of infantrymen throughout the war. An average crew could fire a dozen bombs in a minute.
Compared with artillery shells that had a tendency to get ‘buried’ on landing, directing a good portion of the explosion into solid ground, mortar bombs fell almost on their nose and released destructive power all around.
The Browning M2HB .50cal was undoubtedly one of the best HMGs of World War II. It is still used today. It was renowned for its penetration capacity, as its heavy bullets could go right through the armour of half-tracks, armoured cars and even some light tanks.
Its weight made it very stable allowing accurate bursts of fire. A 20kg tripod was required for the ‘ground’ type, but also came mounted on vehicles in twin or quad versions. The latter weighed more than 1,000kg and was normally mounted on half-tracks.
The American Bazooka was first used in North Africa and on Tarawa in November 1942. The final version was longer (1.55m) and improved the range from 200-250 yards to 300 yards. The M6 HEAT rocket could easily penetrate 76mm of armour at 30° or 110mm at 90°.
The standard light mortar was of relatively large calibre at 60mm. It fired a correspondingly larger and more effective shell over a greater range than the smaller mortars used by the Germans and the British. The paratroopers had a lighter version weighing in at 9kg and operated by a 2 man team.
Responsible for carrying the platoon’s supplies for their deployment, these carts were essential for Allied Airbornes’ ability to answer any upcoming threat.
Gather your men in this complete 1500 point airborne force, compiled from the upcoming Market Garden campaign book. This army includes new units such as the section of 3 airborne armoured jeeps and Dutch Resistance fighters to lead the way!
This bundle contains:
|HQ||1st LT plus 2 men (rifles)||Veteran||116|
|Squad A||1 NCO (smg 3pts), 5 men (rifles), 2 men (26pts)(smgs 6 pts), 1 LMG (20pts)||Veteran||130|
|Squad B||1 NCO (smg 3pts), 5 men (rifles), 2 men (26pts)(smgs 6 pts), 1 LMG (20pts)||Veteran||130|
|Squad C||1 NCO (smg 3pts), 5 men (rifles), 2 men (rifles)(26pts)||Veteran||104|
|LMG Team||3 men, 1 MMG||Veteran||65|
|US Pathfinders (Market Garden)||1 NCO (smg ), 1 man (smg), 4 men (rifles)||Veteran||96|
|US Airborne medium mortar team||3 crew, 1 medium Mortar||Veteran||65|
|US Airborne HMG team||4 crew, 1 HMG||Veteran||91|
|US Airborne Bazooka||2 crew, 1 rocket||Veteran||78|
|US Airborne light mortar team||2 crew, 1 Light Mortar||Veteran||52|
|US Airborne 57mm anti-tank gun (1944-45) A||3 crew, 1 gun||Veteran||90|
|US Airborne 57mm anti-tank gun (1944-45) B||3 crew, 1 gun||Veteran||90|
|US Airborne 75mm light artillery (1944-45) A||3 crew, 1 gun||Veteran||54|
|US Airborne 75mm light artillery (1944-45) B||3 crew, 1 gun||Veteran||54|
|Dutch Resistance Squad||1 leader (smg), 4 men (4 rifle)||Inexperienced||38|
|3x US Airbourne armoured Jeeps||1 HMG||Veteran||216|
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