This weapon was a big shock to the Germans at Arnhem . They could not conceive how such a big gun could be airlifted. Capable of destroying any German tank the few that survived the landings gave good accounts of themselves. They were airlifted by Hamilcar gliders and towed by a Morris tractor. 16 Guns were issued to each division.
The 6lb anti tank gun was the standard anti tank weapon with a platoon of 6 guns attached to each battalion. The airborne forces were issued with a special lightweight modified weapon that had a narrower wheelbase in order that it could fit into a glider. These guns were towed into action by modified airborne jeeps and gave good account of themselves in the built up streets of Arnhem (battlefieldsww2.50megs.com/baskeyfield_vc_action.htm).
Pithead miniatures do not use their standard infantry 6lb guns manned with an airborne crew, our 6lb guns are replicas of the light weight versions issued to the Airborne forces. These guns were recognisable by their narrow wheelbase and a one piece gunshield .
The M1 A1 75mm Airborne howitzer was an American designed weapon. 27 of these guns were organised into an Airlanding Light Regiment Royal Artillery. The guns were towed by Jeeps or Universal carriers.
Around 23 Polsten 20mm cannon were issued to each airborne division for anti aircraft defence. During the later stages of the war these weapons would be more likely used in a ground support role. A contemporary source describes how one gun, used by the Mountain Division was dismantled and sited in the upstairs room of a house for a greater field of fire.
This set contains an Airborne jeep towing a light weight airborne 6lb anti tank gun .
The model has a crew of 4 plus a man hitching a ride on the gun itself.
This howitzer model contains an Airborne jeep towing a 75mm M1 A1 gun.
Note the Pithead model is made so that the gun can be assembled with the barrel in the correct towing position i.e. removed from the trunnions sited up on the carriage. The model has a crew of 4.
This set contains an Airborne jeep towing a Polsten light AA gun.
Note! Pithead does not use its standard jeep models with their rear mounted spare wheel and Jerry can for its airborne range . Airborne jeeps did not carry any rear mounted equipment as they would not fit into the gliders if they did. The Jerry cans on Pithead models are correctly sited behind the seats and the bumpers at the front are cut down like they were on the real vehicles . This model has a crew of 4.
The Morris tractor was a specially modified vehicle used to tow the airborne 17lb anti tank gun. The vehicle was shoehorned into a Hamilcar glider and had all unnecessary weight removed.
The model has a crew of four.