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Churchill AVRE

Churchill AVRE


Product Code: HF/AVRE
 

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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 AVRE (Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers) is a variation of the Churchill tank that was fitted with a large caliber gun, a 290mm petard mortar. The main purpose of this was to smash Hitler's Atlantik wall and destroy German bunkers.

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 this Engineer's tank can launch a large explosive charge, which could blast though feet of concrete and destroy bunkers. The mortar round was nick-named the "flying dustbin" because it was so large. This model wargames vehicle is representative of one of 'Hobart's Funnies', which played a significant part in the conquering of the Atlantic wall on D-Day. They were sucessfully used to support the infantry attacks eventhough they had to get up close to get within effective range for the mortar.

This wargames terrain vehicle is resin with a lead barrel.

'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.

 
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