Collectors Showcase CS00410 German Sd. Kfz. 124 Wespe 105mm Tank Destroyer - Summer Camouflage (1:30 Scale)
"If the tank succeeds, then victory follows."
- Major-General Heinz Guderian, "Achtung Panzer!"
The Wespe was designed by Alkett early in 1942, and was chosen as the most practical self-propelled mount for the leFH18 cannon, using the PzKpfw II chassis instead of the PzKpfw III or PzKpfw IV. As an interim measure, the Wespe proved a great success and in February 1943, all further PzKpfw II chassis were ordered to be used for its production. The initial order for 1,000 vehicles was, however, cut back to 835 in late 1943. Furthermore, this total included 159 pieces (without the leFH18/2) designated Munitions-Sf auf Fgst PzKpfw II (Ammunition-SP on chassis of AFV II) which carried 90 rounds with a crew of three.
This particular 1:30 scale Wespe is painted in a torrid summer camouflage pattern. Sold Out!
Length: 9 inches
Width: 4-1/2 inches
Height: 4 inches
Release Date: September 2010
Historical Account: "Hedgerows" - The Battle of Normandy was fought in 1944 between Nazi Germany in Western Europe and the invading Allied forces as part of the larger conflict of World War II. Over sixty years later, the Normandy invasion, codenamed Operation Overlord, still remains the largest seaborne invasion in history, involving almost three million troops crossing the English Channel from England to Normandy in then German-occupied France. It is most commonly known by the name D-Day.
The primary Allied formations that saw combat in Normandy came from the United States of America, United Kingdom and Canada. Substantial Free French and Polish forces also participated in the battle after the assault phase, and there were also contingents from Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Greece, the Netherlands, and Norway.
The Normandy invasion began with overnight parachute and glider landings, massive air attacks, naval bombardments, and an early morning amphibious phase began on June 6. The 'D-Day' forces deployed from bases along the south coast of England, the most important of these being Portsmouth. The battle for Normandy continued for more than two months, with campaigns to establish, expand, and eventually break out of the Allied beachheads, and concluded with the liberation of Paris and the fall of the Falaise pocket in late August 1944.
The Battle of Normandy was described thus by Adolf Hitler: "In the East, the vastness of space will... permit a loss of territory... without suffering a mortal blow to Germany;s chance for survival. Not so in the West! If the enemy here succeeds - consequences of staggering proportions will follow within a short time."