Dragon DRA60196 Limited Edition US M2A2 ODS Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle - "Road to Baghdad", 4th Infantry Division [Mech], Operation Iraqi Freedom, Baghdad, 2004 (1:72 Scale)
"We will carry out a campaign characterized by shock, by surprise, by flexibility ... and by the application of overwhelming force."
- CENTCOM commander General Tommy Franks commenting on the conduct of Operation: Iraqi Freedom, March 21st, 2003
The M2 Bradley is the US Army's first mechanized infantry combat vehicle. The first production models appeared in 1981 (at the height of the Cold War), and they were soon being produced at the rate of 600 per year. The hull of the M2 is made of aluminum, with a layer of space laminated armor applied for added protection. The Bradley is equipped with a 25mm Bushmaster cannon and stabilizer to allow for firing on the move. Its troop compartment, located in the rear, is fitted with firing ports and periscopes to allow troops to fire from within the vehicle. Night vision capability and a nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) defense system are standard on all of the different variants. The Bradley plays a key role in the US Army's combined arms concept, but critics say it is too big, too expensive, and too difficult to maintain and is insufficiently armored to operate with main battle tanks on the battlefield.
This particular 1:72 scale M2A2 ODS Bradley infantry fighting vehicle was attached to the 4th Infantry Division deployed to Baghdad, Iraq during 2004. Comes with decorative display base and numbered certificate of authenticity. Three sets left in stock!
Length: 4.5 inches
Width: 2 inches
Release Date: July 2005
Historical Account: "Green Ivy" - The 4th Infantry Division is the Army's First Digitized Division. Today, the 4th Infantry Division is the most lethal, modern, and deployable heavy division in the world; it is prepared to conduct full-spectrum combat operations. It is organized with five Brigade-sized elements: three maneuver brigades, a combat aviation brigade, division artillery, and division support command. The Division shares a long and distinguished history that includes combat in three wars. It has earned twenty-one campaign streamers with twenty Ironhorse soldiers receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor.
The 4th Infantry Division nickname, the 'Ivy Division,' comes from the design of its shoulder patch: four green ivy leaves joined at the stem and opening at the four corners. The word 'Ivy' is a play on the roman numeral four, IV. Ivy leaves are symbolic of tenacity and fidelity, the basis of the Division's motto, "Steadfast and Loyal". The unit has a long and distinguished history that includes combat in three wars. Twenty Ivy Division soldiers have been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and 21campaign streamers adorn its colors.
The 4th Infantry Division is leading the United States Army into the 21st century under the banner of Force XXI. They are busy developing and testing state of the art digital communications equipment, night fighting gear, advanced weaponry, and doctrine to prepare the Army for wars in the next century. Recently, the division has adopted the nickname "Iron Horse" to better reflect the power they possess.