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  West German M48 A2 Patton Medium Tank - Panzerbataillon 24, Braunschweig, West Germany, 1962 (1:72 Scale)
West German M48 A2 Patton Medium Tank - Panzerbataillon 24, Braunschweig, West Germany, 1962

Hobby Master West German M48 A2 Patton Medium Tank - Panzerbataillon 24, Braunschweig, West Germany, 1962




 
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Hobby Master HG5505 West German M48 A2 Patton Medium Tank - Panzerbataillon 24, Braunschweig, West Germany, 1962 (1:72 Scale) "History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided."
- Konrad Adenauer, First Chancellor of West Germany, 1949-1963

When the Korean War began, the US military had no medium tanks in production. The M47 appeared as an interim measure but work immediately began on the M48. The first 'Pattons' were completed in July 1952. Unfortunately, the speed of development resulted in numerous teething troubles for the early Pattons, including poor reliability and a short operating range. The A3 was a highly modified version designed to rectify these failings, and the M48 has been used as the basis for flame-thrower tanks, recovery vehicles, and an AVLB. The A5 was an upgraded version produced in the mid-1970s, which extended the M48's shelf life considerably.

Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a West German M48 A2 Patton Medium Tank that was attached to Panzerbataillon 24, then deployed to Braunschweig, West Germany, during 1962. Now in stock!

Dimensions:
Length: 2-3/4 inches
Width: 1-1/2 inches

Release Date: August 2014

Historical Account: "Branching Out" - The Bundeswehr is divided into the military part (armed forces or Streitkrafte) and the civil part with the armed forces administration (Wehrverwaltung), the federal bureau of procurement (Bundesamt far Wehrtechnik und Beschaffung) and the federal bureau for information management and information technology of the Bundeswehr (Bundesamt far Informationsmanagement und Informationstechnik der Bundeswehr, sometimes abbreviated as IT-AmtBw). The military part of the federal defense force consists of Army (Heer), Navy (Marine), Air Force (Luftwaffe), Joint Support Service (Streitkraftebasis), and Central Medical Services (Zentraler Sanitatsdienst) branches.

The Bundeswehr has 200,500 professional soldiers, 55,000 18-25 year-old conscripts who serve for at least nine months under current rules, and 2,500 active reservists at any given time. The number of civilian employees is to be reduced to 75,000 during the coming years. Roughly 300,000 reservists are available to the Armed Forces and participate in defense exercises as well as abroad deployments.

Women have served in the medical service since 1975. In 2000, in a lawsuit brought up by Tanja Kreil, the European Court of Justice issued a ruling allowing women to serve in more roles than previously allowed. Since 2001 they can serve in all functions of service without restriction, but they are not subject to conscription. There are presently around 14,500 women on active duty and a number of female reservists who take part in all duties including peacekeeping missions and other operations. Two female medical officers have been promoted to the rank of General so far.

Features
  • Plastic construction
  • Rotating turret
  • Elevating gun
  • Accurate markings and insignia
  • Comes with acrylic display case

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