Bolt Action - Great Britain: British 8th Army and A12 Matilda II Set
Get ready to build and battle across North Africa with the British 8th Army starter army box set!
The British 8th Army comprised of men from around the British Commonwealth - Australians, New Zealanders, South Africans, Indians and Polish troops all joining their British counterparts in the Western Desert. Facing the combined threats of Italian & German forces, searing temperatures and the inhospitable terrain they emerged victorious.
This boxed set gives you all you need to start playing with the forces of the British Commonwealth in the scorching, dust-filled desert of North Africa and beyond.
Providing a strong core of infantry, support teams and the ubiquitous Bren Carrier transports this set is perfect for replaying legendary battles such as El Alamein and Tobruk. Will your Desert Rats prevail against the combined fascist forces of Italy and Germany?
British 8th Army Starter Army contains:
- 36 x British 8th Army infantry (plastic)
- 1 x 8th Army 6-pdr anti-tank gun (metal)
- 1 x 8th Army 25-pdr light artillery (metal)
- 1 x 8th Army Vickers MMG team (metal)
- 1 x 8th Army 3" medium mortar team (metal)
- 2 x Bren carrier (plastic) with 8th Army passengers (metal)
- Assembly and painting instructions, stat cards, full-colour decal sheets, vehicle damage markers, and plastic bases
Battle For France
The battle for France saw Matilda IIs fighting what would become a general retreat. However, Matildas caused problems for the Germans, whose 37mm and 50mm anti-tank guns were simply too small in calibre to penetrate the thick armour of the Matilda.
Perhaps the A12 Matilda II is more synonymous with the ferocious battles in the desert where it was to meet its match against the infamous 88s of the Afrika Korps.
The Far East
Later, as they became increasingly obsolete compared to the later German vehicles, many were sent to the Fast East where the opposing Japanese tanks were much lighter.
It was the only British tank to remain in active service for the entire war.
Models supplied unassembled and unpainted