The "Churchill" began life as a 1939 requirement that envisaged a return to trench-warfare, and was therefore slow and heavily armored like the Russian KV-1 series. That said, the final Churchill prototype was much lighter than had first been thought acceptable, although it still resembled a World War I tank in appearance. Rushed into production at a time when a cross-channel invasion seemed imminent, it suffered early reliability problems and was not fully introduced until 1943. Early combat experience during the ill-fated Dieppe raid in 1942 was disappointing, but the vehicle proved more mobile in the rough terrain of North Africa. The tank excelled in its specialized variants, which include the AVRE, Crocodile flamethrower tank, bridgelayer and more. In fact, it wasn't until the 1960s that the last Churchill was finally retired.
This particular 1:50 scale replica of a Churchill Mk. III medium tank was attached to the 141st Regiment and used by the British Army at Sword Beach during the D-Day campaign. Sold Out!
Length: 5 inches
Width: 2 inches
Release Date: April 2004
Historical Account: "Storming Ashore" - Six Churchill tanks landed on D-Day. The Churchill Mk. III carried a six pounder main gun in a unique welded turret. Additional armament consisted of one coaxial and one hull-mounted Besa machine gun.