Hobby Master 1/72 Ground Power Series
HG3402
Achilles IIC, 21st Anti-Tank Regiment Royal Artillery
Guards Armoured Division Tank Destroyer Battalion
Netherlands, 1944
THESE ARE PRE-PRODUCTION
PICTURES, NOT THE FINAL PRODUCT
4th
battery
Authentic Detailing
Pre-Painted by professionals
Accurate paint colors
Markings Tampo (pad) applied
Fully Assembled
Die-Cast Model
True to Scale (1:72)
Weathering and insignias
Turret turns
Metal turret and main gun
Realistic tracks
1st
battery
In 1943 the US introduced the M10 as a SP anti-tank gun. It used the carriage of the M4
tank and combined it with the 3-inch M7 AA Gun mounted on an open top turret. Because
British took their M10’s and exchanged the 3-inch gun for the larger 17-pdr that had
much better stopping power against the Panther and Tigers. They added some armor to
the turret and named it Achilles. The first modified tanks went into service in 1944 and by
the end of WWII 1,100 of the 1,650 M10s the British received under the Lend Lease
Program became Achilles’.

The Guards Armoured Division was formed June 17, 1941. After almost three years of
training and waiting for action they were deployed to Normandy and arrived June 26,
1944. The first real test under fire came during Operation Goodwood. From July 18 – 20,
1944 they fought as part of the largest tank battle the British had ever fought. After finally
breaking out the 21st became part of the Falaise Pocket and eventually the liberation of
Brussels.
As part of Operation Market Garden in September 1944 along with American
paratroopers they fought to capture the Waal bridge at Nijmegen. This bridge was one of
several the Allies would use to cross the Rhine and advance rapidly into Germany. The
next bridge in the string of bridges to be captured was Remagen however the
reinforcements for the troops trying to capture the were delayed and this bridge wasn’t
taken. Because of the Allied failure to capture the Remagen bridge it meant that the
northern section of the Netherlands would not be liberated before winter. This winter
would go into the history books as the “Hongerwinter” (Hungerwinter”) when ten of
thousands would starve to death because of the lack of food and the Germans
preventing supplies from reaching them.
The division existed until June 12, 1945 when it was reorganized as an infantry division.


Specifications Achilles IIC

Dimensions
Length: 19 ft 7 in (5.97 m)
Length with gun: 23 ft 8.25 in  (7.27 m)
Width: 10 ft  (3.05 m)
Height: 8 ft 2 in  (2.9 m)
Battle Weight: 66,000 lb  (29.6 long tons)
Ground clearance: 12.3 in  (.31 m)

Armour: 0.4 in – 1.6 in  (10 – 41 mm)

Powerplant
Engine: 1 X air-cooled fuel injected 12 cylinder GM M6046 (2 X 6 cylinder GM 6-71 in
line) 210 hp each at 2,100 rpm
Fuel type: Diesel.
Fuel capacity: 137 gal  (624 liter)
Transmission: 5 forward – 1 reverse
Range: 140 mi  (225 km)

Armament
Primary: 77 mm 17-pounder Mk. V
Ammunition: 50 rounds
Secondary: 12.7 mm Browning .50 caliber MG (AA)
Ammunition: 450 rounds
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