M3A1 White Scout Car

The M3 Scout Car (known as the White Scout Car in British service) was an American-produced armored car. The original M3 Scout Car was produced in limited numbers, while the improved M3A1 Scout Car saw wide service during World War II and after.

At the Imperial War Museum in Duxford is this M3A1 White Scout Car.

M3A1 White Scout Car

There is also an M3A1 Scout Car at Bovington.

AEC Dorchester Armoured Command Vehicle

British WW2 4×4 armoured command vehicle fitted with radio and communications equipment.

AEC Dorchester Armoured Command Vehicle
AEC Dorchester Armoured Command Vehicle

This vehicle is one of 416 Armoured Command Vehicles built on a modified ‘Matador‘ chassis. They were used during the war as command posts for divisional (and sometimes brigade) commanders. One was cpatured by Rommel and he was so impressed he used it as his personal command post vehicle from thereon. After being stationed at Bovington post war this vehicle was used as a protected firing point on the missile ranges at Otterburn Northumberland. Wartime service unknown.

Jeep

The Willys MB and the Ford GPW, both formally called the U.S. Army Truck, ​1⁄4-ton, 4×4, Command Reconnaissance, commonly known as the Jeep.

At the Imperial War Museum there are a fair few Jeeps on display, which show the varying uses which were made of this useful and ubiquitous vehicles by the allies during the second world war and later.

Jeep – Willys M38
Ford GPW Jeep at Montgomery’s Headquarters

The jeep became the primary light wheeled transport vehicle of the United States Military and its Allies in World War II, as well as the postwar period, with President Eisenhower once calling it, “one of three decisive weapons the U.S. had during WWII.”

Monty’s Bedroom Caravan

This is the second of Montgomery’s caravans. It was Italian-built & mounted on a Lancia Chassis. It was captured by the 8th Army in Tunisia in May 1943 from Field-Marshal Giovanni Messe, Commander of the 1st Italian Army during the final stages of the North African campaign. Messe told Montgomery that it had also been used by Rommel. The caravan was subsequently mounted on a Mack chassis in Tripoli & Montgomery, promoted General after the Battle of El Alamein, subsequently used it as his bedroom for the remainder of the war.

Monty's Bedroom Caravan

WW2 Italian caravan body remounted on a British 6×4 truck chassis. Used as sleeping quarters by General Montgomery as part of his mobile tactical headquarters.

Panzerjager G13 (Hetzer)

Though painted and presented as a Late War Hetzer at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, this in fact is a Swiss manufactured copy of the German WW2 self-propelled gun/tank destroyer. It had a crew of 4 and was armed with a 75mm gun and one machine gun.

The vehicle is a post war production model made by Skoda for the Swiss Army in 1947 (which designated it G-13). Vehicles were manufactured on the wartime production line and in many cases left over wartime spares were used (so Swiss G-13 vehicle parts sometimes carry Third Reich parts stampings). Indeed anecdotal evidence suggests some hulls were recovered from the battlefield, remanufactured and sold on to the Swiss (who used them until 1970). The main difference between the 38(t) and the G-13 was the use of a Saurer diesel engine, instead of a Tatra petrol engine in the majority of Swiss vehicles. The IWM example has a diesel engine.

M5 Half-Track

The M5 half-track (officially the Carrier, Personnel, Half-track, M5) was an American armored personnel carrier in use during World War II. It was developed in 1942 when existing manufacturers of the M2 half-track car, and M3 half-track could not keep up with production demand. The M5 was supplied to Allied nations (the British Commonwealth, France, and the Soviet Union) under the Lend-Lease.

American WW2 half-tracked armoured personnel carrier, crew of 3 plus capacity for 10 fully equipped troops, powered by 6-cylinder petrol engine, armed with three machine guns.

This one was on display at the Imperial war Museum Duxford.

I do like the concept of this vehicles and it’s not something we see in today’s armed forces.

Flames of War M5 Half Tracks Miniatures Gallery

Churchill AVRE

The Churchill AVRE was one of the so-called ‘funnies’ designed by Percy Hobart specifically for use on the D-Day beaches to break through the German fortified defences. The AVRE was the most successful ‘funny’ type and AVRE vehicles remain in service with the British Army today.

This Churchill AVRE was on display at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford. For many years it had been a target on Sailsbury Plain and then spent a fair few years as a monument on the Normandy beaches.

A variant of the British WW2 Churchill Mk.III or IV tank adapted to carry and support assault engineers in breaching heavy defences, crew of 6, powered by two Bedford 6-cylinder petrol engines, armed with a 290mm Petard mortar.
A variant of the British WW2 Churchill Mk.III or IV tank adapted to carry and support assault engineers in breaching heavy defences, crew of 6, powered by two Bedford 6-cylinder petrol engines, armed with a 290mm Petard mortar

There was a 15mm resin and metal version of this tank available for Flames of War.

However it has now been replaced for the forthcoming (March 2020) plastic Churchill that can either be a later mark Churchill, the flamethrower Crocodile version or the AVRE version.

In gaming terms most specialist vehicles don’t really work, however this AVRE version with it’s Petard Mortar has a place if your opponent had troops skulking in bunkers.

M3A5 General Grant II (Monty’s)

US WW2 medium tank, powered by twin General Motors 6-71 diesel engines, use by General Montgomery during the battle of El Alamein. The 37mm gun was replaced by a wooden dummy gun barrel to create more room in the turret for extra radio equipment.

M3A5 General Grant II (Monty's)

This Tank was used by General (later Field Marshal) Sir Bernard Law Montgomery in the Desert Campaign in 1942 – 1943, including the Battle of El Alamein in October 1942 in which the 8th Army defeated Rommel. It continued to be used by Monty during the invasion of Sicily in July 1943, and for the remainder of that year as the 8th Army advanced into Italy. It was attached to 8th Army Headquarters and was used by Montgomery and subsequent Commanders for forward observation on the battlefield. It was “Monty’s wish” that the tank should be handed back to his old Regiment, the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, and in 1948 it was brought from Austria to England and became gate guardian at Budbrooke Barracks outside Warwick.