Churchill ARK

£23.80

Product Code: HF/ARK

You will have noticed that there is nearly everything you need on this website to keep out a seaborne invasion such as operation Overlord. However, not everything is as formiddible as it seems.  The allies have been busy too! The ARK is a variation of the Churchill tank that forms a ramp over anti-tank obstacles like the sea wall.

Whilst the combination of beach obstacles, hedgehogs, minefields, barbed wire, 4m high sea-walls, anti-tank walls and ditches, gun emplacments and tobruks may appear to give you an impenetrable wargames terrain defence against sea-borne invasion, be aware that the Allies have developed ingenious ways around or through your defences. For example the ARK is a variation of the Churchill tank that forms a ramp over anti-tank obstacles like the sea wall. This model wargames terrain vehicle is representative of one of 'Hobart's Funnies', which played a significant part in the conquering of the Atlantic wall on D-Day. Initially a fascine would be dropped against the obstacle, in this case the sea wall. Then the ARK would mount up on the fascine to form a ramp, allowing other vehicles and troops access over the sea wall.

This wargames terrain vehicle is resin with metal support posts to the ramps and cast metal hinge brackets. The hinges also come complete with a brass rod so that when asembled the ramps can be positioned either up or down. Just like the real Churchill Mk1 variation ARK, assembly of the wargames terrain model vehicle is quite fiddly and adult assistance is recommended.

 'Hobart's Funnies', which were developed by Major Hobart for overcoming of fortifications such as the Atlantik wall. Hitler's Atlantik wall stretched over 2,000 miles from Norway to Spain and comprised a deadly combination of beach obstacles, hedgehogs, minefields, barbed wire, high sea-walls, anti-tank walls and ditches, gun emplacments and tobruks, which appeared to give an impenetrable terrain defence against sea-borne invasion. Be aware that the British developed ingenious ways around or through these defences and when you are representing these operations in your wargames,  you will need to consider how the allies approached the problem.

The fascine, a bundle of small sticks with rigid large diameter pipes in the middle is available as a separate wargames terrain model. The fascine was used as a method of crossing ditches or for specialised vehicles such as the Churchill ARK to mount anti-tank and sea walls. The pipes in the middle are there to let water flow through should the anti-tank ditch be flooded (for extra defence).

 


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