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  German Arado Ar 196A-3 Shipboard Reconnaissance Floatplane - Seeaufklarungsgruppe 125, Suda Bay, Crete, 1941 (1:72 Scale)
German Arado Ar 196A-3 Shipboard Reconnaissance Floatplane - Seeaufklarungsgruppe 125, Suda Bay, Crete, 1941

Oxford Diecast German Arado Ar 196A-3 Shipboard Reconnaissance Floatplane - Seeaufklarungsgruppe 125, Suda Bay, Crete, 1941




 
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Oxford AC027 German Arado Ar 196A-3 Shipboard Reconnaissance Floatplane - Seeaufklarungsgruppe 125, Suda Bay, Crete, 1941 (1:72 Scale) "To lose Crete because we had not sufficient bulk of forces there would be a crime."
- British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, in a telegram he sent to the Chief of the Imperial General Staff on June 4th, 1940

The Ar 196 was a shipboard reconnaissance aircraft built by the German firm Arado starting in 1936. The next year it was selected as the winner of a design contest, and became the standard aircraft of the Kriegsmarine (German Navy) throughout World War II.

The plane was loved by its pilots, who found it handled well both in the air and on the water. With the loss of the German surface fleet the A-1s were added to coastal squadrons, and continued to fly reconnaissance missions and submarine hunts into late 1944. Two notable operations were the capture of HMS Seal, and the repeated interception of RAF Armstrong-Whitworth Whitley bombers. Although it was no match for a fighter, it was considerably better than its Allied counterparts, and generally considered the best of its class. Owing to its good handling on water, the Finnish Air Force utilized Ar 196 solely on transporting and supplying special forces patrols behind enemy lines, landing on small lakes in remote areas. Several fully equipped soldiers were carried in the fuselage.

Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a German Arado Ar 196A-3 floatplane that was attached to Seeaufklarungsgruppe 125, then deployed to Suda Bay, Crete, during May 1941. Now in stock!

Dimensions:
Wingspan: 6-3/4 inches
Length: 6 inches

Release Date: December 2011

Historical Account: "Assault from the Air" - The Battle of Crete (German: Luftlandeschlacht um Kreta) was a battle during World War II on the Greek island of Crete. It began on the morning of May 20th, 1941, when Nazi Germany launched an airborne invasion of Crete under the code-name Unternehmen Merkur ("Operation Mercury"). Greek and Allied forces, along with Cretan civilians, defended the island.

After one day of fighting, the Germans had suffered very heavy casualties and none of their objectives had been achieved. The next day, through miscommunication and the failure of Allied commanders to grasp the situation, Maleme airfield in western Crete fell to the Germans, enabling them to fly in reinforcements and overwhelm the defenders. The battle lasted about 10 days.

The Battle of Crete was unprecedented in three respects: it was not only the first battle where the Fallschirmjger ("parachute rangers") were used on a massive scale, but also the first mainly airborne invasion in military history; the first time the Allies made significant use of intelligence from the deciphered German Enigma code; and the first time invading German troops encountered mass resistance from a civilian population. Because of the heavy casualties suffered by the paratroopers, Adolf Hitler forbade further large scale airborne operations. However, the Allies were impressed by the potential of paratroopers and started to build their own airborne divisions.

Features
  • Diecast metal construction
  • Plexiglass canopy
  • Spinning propeller
  • Accurate markings and insignia
  • Comes with display stand

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German Arado Ar 196A-3 May 16, 2012
Reviewer: Daniel Scott from Fort Worth, TX United States  
A one-of-a-kind collectors find.  Very good detail for the price.

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Great model January 10, 2012
Reviewer: Trevor Fuller from Niddrie, Victoria Australia  
Very impressed with the service by your company and also the US Postal service especially at this time of the year. Will be doing buisness with you again. The Arado is a good model to add to my collection of German WW2 aircraft.

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Great service December 28, 2011
Reviewer: Geoffrey Larrimore from Ellicott City, MD United States  
Fast shipping, easy phone orders 6 days a week & hard to find items available.

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