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Ordnance Quick-Firing 6-pounder Gun--RETIRED--LAST ONE!!

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Item Number: ACCPACK020

Ordnance Quick-Firing 6-pounder Gun

The Ordnance Quick-Firing 6-pounder 7 cwt, or just 6 pounder, was a British 57 mm gun, serving as a primary anti tank gun of the British Army during WWII, as well as the main armament for a number of armoured fighting vehicles.  Although planned before the start of WWII.  It did not reach service until the North African campaign in April 1942.  This was in part due to the urgent need for re-equipping the British army after Dunkirk with anti-tank weapons, it was estimated that six hundred two-pounders could be manufactured for one hundred six-pounders, this and delays with the carriage design meant production with the two-pounder carried on as an interim measure; however, once introduced, it quickly replaced the obsolete two-pounder in the anti-tank role, allowing the 25-pounder gun to revert to its intended indirect artillery role.  The United States Army also adopted the six pounder as their primary anti-tank gun under the designation 57 mm Gun M1.  The idea of manufacturing the six pounder in the US was expressed by the US Army Ordnance in February 1941.  At that time, the US Army still favoured the 37mm gun the M3 and production was planned solely for lend lease.  The US version, classified as substitute standard under the designation 57 mm Gun M1, was based on the six pounder Mark II, two units of which were received from the UK. Production started early in 1942 and continued until 1945.  The M1A1 variant used US "Combat" tyres and wheels.  The M1A2 introduced the British practice of free traverse, meaning that the gun could be traversed by the crew pushing and pulling on the breech, instead of solely geared traverse, from September 1942. The M1 was made standard issue in the Spring of 1943. 

This version of the Six Pounder comes with two ammo boxes as per the pictures and three different shell accessories.  The barrel can be elevated/depressed and the wheels turned, it will also attach to the recently released Bantam Jeep hook.

Please note:  NO crew figures come with the cannon.