Nicknamed the 'Red Devils' due to their maroon berets, the parachute and glider-borne soldiers of the British Airborne fought heroically in such actions such as Pegasus Bridge, the Merville Battery, Operations Market Garden and Varsity.
As a force of lightly equipped elite troops, the British Airborne relied heavily on weapons such as the water-cooled Vickers machine gun and the reliable 3" mortar for much-needed support while they awaited relief from more heavily armed units
The middle ranks of officers were almost invariably drawn from the upper-middle classes: educated in the public schools, instilled with the values of empire, and imbued with a sense of confidence, duty and resolve that is difficult to conceive of today. An officer unit consists of the man himself and can include up to two other men acting as his immediate attendants.
The field medic presents the wounded soldier with his best chance of surviving serious injury and can ensure those lightly wounded soldiers are returned to fighting fitness as rapidly as possible.
Medium Machine Gun Team
A .303 Vickers water-cooled machine gun offered fire support to infantry units. This was another weapon of World War I vintage that soldiered on through World War II and beyond, proving extremely effective at laying down continuous fire over a long range. A typical team consisted of a lance corporal gunner, a loader and an ammunition bearer.
Medium Mortar Team
The 3-inch mortar was used to provide support from up to 3,000 yards dependent upon the projectile used. The 3-inch mortar was operated by a crew of 3.
Please note: Miniatures are supplied unpainted and some assembly will be required.
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