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Matchbox Humber Mk. II (PK-75)

First introduced in 1941, the Humber Armoured Car was first used as a light, mobile reconnaissance vehicle and as such were often in action. A total of 5,400 Humber armoured cars were produced.

With a top speed of 45 m.p.h. and a range of 250 miles, the Humber was found to be highly effective in the Western Desert campaign due to it's manoeuvrability in the open desert, although the engine life was reputed to be limited to only 3,000 miles.

Humber armoured cars also served in Europe in an anti-aircraft capacity with armoured Car Regimental Headquarters.

Matchbox Sd.Kfz. 232 Armoured Radio Car (PK-85)

The Sd.Kfz. 232 first entered service with the Reichswehr in 1933, based on the standard three axled truck chassis but featuring major new concepts in armoured car design by having a direction-change gearbox, enabling the vehicle to be driven forward and reverse in four gears

The Sd.Kfz. 232 formed the backbone of the German Armies Armoured Reconnaisance Corps. With its increased armour protection and fire-power of the vehicle this enabled deeper reconnaisance missions in enemy held territory which were vital for the success of any attack. Sd.Kfz.231's 232's (FU) armoured cars were used in the German pre W.W.II annexations of Austria, Sudetenland, Bohemia, Moravia and the Memel's.

Matchbox Hanomag Sd.Kfz. 251/1 (PK-83)

During 1926, preliminary trials were held for the development of an artillery tractor with excellent performance both on road and cross country. The resulting half track configuration was carried on as the basis of a most successful range of infantry vehicles that became the classic partner to the tanks of the Panzer Divisions.

The SDKFZ 251/1 shown here was the standard vehicle used by the armoured infantry unit. Seating 12 men, it carried two MG 34 or MG 42 machine guns and two sub machine guns. Its excellent ballistic shape and mobility earned it the new role of close support for the tanks.

Matchbox Jagdpanther (PK-80)

First produced in December 1943, the Jagdpanther was probably the best tank destroyer produced by Germany during W.W.II.

The outstanding fire power of the 8.8 cm gun and excellent mobility made it a formidable opponent in combat. Over 380 were produced at Braunschweig and Hannover.

The Jagdpanther carried sixty rounds of ammunition and had a combat range of between 80 and 160 km.

Matchbox Panzer III Ausf. L (PK-74)

The Panzer III was first introduced in 1939 and saw action in small numbers during the invasion of Poland.

First introduced in 1942 the Ausf L version carried a 5 cm main gun for which storage was provided for 78 rounds of ammunition.

A total of 1.900 Panzer III Ausf L were produced and saw extensive action in Europe, the Western desert and on the Russian front.

Matchbox M24 Chaffee (PK-79)

The M24 "Chaffee" was named after General Adana R. Chaffee and was first produced in April 1944. A total of 4,070 were produced by June 1945 and it saw action during the crossing of the Rhine and the final advance into Germany, during the Pacific Campaign and later in the Korean war against North Korean T34/85 tanks.

The Chaffee had a range of 100 miles and cruised at 25mph with a top speed of 34mph. Its main armament was a 75mm turret-mounted gun and had storage for 48 rounds of 75mm shells.

Matchbox M16 Halftrack (PK-78)

The M-16 Half-track was first developed in 1942 as a mobile anti-aircraft platform using the standard M-3 half-track chassis. This weapon was used with stunning effect to protect armour and infantry units against attacks by the Luftwaffe.

The four 0.50 cal. machine-guns were mounted on a Maxson turret with the familiar ammunition canisters fixed to the sides. Despite Allied air superiority towards the closing stages of the war, the Luftwaffe fought bravely against key targets such as the Ludendorff bridge at Remagen during the Rhine crossing where M16 half-tracks proved their worth. A total of 724 M-16 were produced between 1942 and 1943.

Matchbox Panzer IV L/70 (Jagdpanzer, Panzerjaeger IV L/70) (PK-87)

The Panzer IV L/70 entered service in August 1944 with specially selecte Panzer Jaeger units, although only few in number due to allied bombing disrupting production. They were soon inflicting heavy casualties to allied armour being able to outgun all allied armour and most Russian armour at long range.

The Panzer IV L/70 had one major failing, due to the large over hang of the barrel and the 80mm nose armour, making steering very dificult plus causing extensive wear and failure of the front bogie tyres. Fortunately 'silent Bloc' steel rimmed wheels were soon available for the PzKPFW IV chassis, thus eliminating all its earlier miscomings and making it one of the most feared armoured fighting vehicles by all allied tank crews.

Matchbox M7 HMC 105mm / "Priest" (PK-89)

Manufactured by the American Locomotive Company, the M7 was based on the earlier M3 medium chassis mounting a 105mm M1A2 Howitzer and a .5" Browning.

This open-topped self-propelled gun, nicknamed "The Priest" because of its high pulpit-like anti-aircraft mounting, first saw action with the british in Egypt in September 1942, when ninety of these S.P.s were delivered in time to take part in the Second Battle of Alamein. It was later widely used by all the Allied Armies in every theatre of war.