I have finished another Divisional Support Platoon for my British 8th Army forces. This time I have gone for two sections of 40mm Bofors anti-aircraft guns. This gun has a single L/60 barrel (ie the length is 60x the calibre of the projectile it fires) and could be quickly deployed to defend against air attack or, in exceptional circumstances, be used in a ground attack role. These auto cannons are actually a Swedish design from the 1930's and were so good they are are still in use today as the main armament in the CV 90 infantry fighting vehicle and in the US AC-130 gunship in an air-to-ground role.
|Two Sections of 40mm Bofors and Bedford AA Tractors|
This unit consists of two sections of three guns plus the Bedford tractors to tow them, carry the crew, ammunition and other supplies required. These are formidable AA weapons with a 360° fire arc and, with a rate of fire of 4, these guns can spit out a lethal hail of shells that will keep even the most daring pilot at arms length. They have an Anti-Tank rating of 6 and a Firepower of 4+ so these are not to be taken lightly by armoured vehicles either. All in all a very handy weapon to have in a tight spot. Their only downside is the rather short 24" range, but suitable sited these can be devastatingly effective.
These model are from Heroics and Ros and come in two parts with the wheeled base separate from the gun mounting. Three crewmen are part of this latter section although in reality these guns typically had a crew of between seven and ten. The gun actually had electric motors that could be engaged instead of the hand cranks to control elevation and lateral movement. Early on the guns were combined with an aiming device called a Kerrison Predictor to
|(A 40mm Bofors anti-aircraft gun being dug in near a|
squadron of Crusader tanks, 29 October 1942 Source)
mechanically work out the ‘future position’ of a moving target. The Predictor relied on manual input from the crew of the predicted position of a target based on its altitude and speed, and it would then control the hydraulic motors to make the gun turn and elevate so that the barrel could track the ‘future position’ of the target. Pretty advanced stuff!
Nice AA guns Lee. When my Dad did his national service in the Navy, one of his many duties was as a Bofors gunner.ReplyDelete
Cool. For essentailly the same weapon to still be in front line service today says a lot about the quality and utility of this gun when it was first designed.Delete
Your desert forces are going from strength to strength. I did not know about the use of Tracers to mark paths. So found that very interesting.ReplyDelete
I didn't know they used it at Alamein but I had heard about it being used during the Normandy campaign in 1944 not earlier.Delete
Can you let me know about how long it takes to get an order back from Heroics and ros?Delete
It varies a little but I have usually had my orders back within two weeks. They are also always 'in stock' unlike UK suppliers for American manufacturers like C-in-C or GHQ.Delete
Handsome work! I really like your basing and labeling; very crisp and clean.ReplyDelete
Excellent post, love this work!ReplyDelete
My uncle had some experience with these guns in NZ. Amazing how the design was so good it is in use today.ReplyDelete
Lovely work Lee old boy!ReplyDelete