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Armored Fighting Vehicles of WWII Commonwealth Vehicles

They are the stuff of legend. They are the men and machines that fought to lay claim over vast swaths of Europe, North Africa and the Pacific at a time when the world quite literally hung in the balance. Amidst the carnage and destruction, these are the iconic tanks that will forever be etched into the annals of mid twentieth century armored warfare. These are the masters of mobile combat. These are the Armored Fighting Vehicles of World War II.

From concept through to final production, we're sure you'll be proud to add any and all of the Armored Fighting Vehicles of World War II to your armored collection. This series encompasses over 110 different models, and represent some of the most important tanks that emerged from the Second World War. . Each introduction is produced in 1,002 piece lots and comes packaged in a handsome acrylic display case and etched display base. Best of all, each comes bundled with a numbered collector card, meaning they're available in very limited numbers.

Our goal is to re-produce six vehicles per month -- in sequential order -- beginning this autumn, until all of the original vehicles produced under the Altaya brand name have been completely relaunched and reimagined. Once the series has run its course, we will then determine if additional vehicles and/or paint schemes are warranted and will continue to follow this strategy as long as collectors continue to show interest.

#AFV00070 - British Matilda Mk. II Infantry Tank - Malta Tank Squadron, Royal Tank Regiment, Malta, 1942 (1:43 Scale)

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British Cruiser Tank, A27M Cromwell Mk. IV Tank - CIAB (Czechoslovak Independent Armoured Brigade), France, December 1944 British Cruiser Tank, A27M Cromwell Mk. IV Tank - CIAB (Czechoslovak Independent Armoured Brigade), France, December 1944 (1:43 Scale)

The Cromwell tank was used by the British Army during the later stages of World War II. The Cromwell was ordered in 1941 and intended to replace the lightweight Crusader "cruiser" tank by being more heavily armoured, and, it was hoped, more survivable in battle.

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British Valentine Mk. III Infantry Tank - 8th Royal Tank Regiment, 7th Armoured Brigade, Libya, November 1941 British Valentine Mk. III Infantry Tank - 8th Royal Tank Regiment, 7th Armoured Brigade, Libya, November 1941 (1:43 Scale)

In 1941, the British were searching for a suitable armored vehicle to mount the standard British 25-pounder gun. The Canadians were producing the Ram tank, soon to be replaced by American M3s, and these were altered to accommodate the 25-pounder, becoming known as the Sexton.

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Polish Sexton 25 Pounder Self-Propelled Gun - Polish 1st Armored Division, Holland, October 1944 Polish Sexton 25 Pounder Self-Propelled Gun - Polish 1st Armored Division, Holland, October 1944 (1:43 Scale)

In 1941, the British were searching for a suitable armored vehicle to mount the standard British 25-pounder gun. The Canadians were producing the Ram tank, soon to be replaced by American M3s, and these were altered to accommodate the 25-pounder, becoming known as the Sexton.

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British M3 Grant Medium Tank - "8", 1st Armoured Division, Libya, 1942 British M3 Grant Medium Tank - "8", 1st Armoured Division, Libya, 1942 (1:43 Scale)

Designed as a stopgap measure until the M4 Sherman tank could come on line, the M3 General Grant medium tank saw action in the North African campaign with both US and British forces battling the Afrika Korps. The M3 tank was unusual because it mounted two large caliber weapons in the body of the vehicle.

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British Churchill Mk. VII Infantry Tank - "Briton", 34th Armoured Brigade, 79th Armoured Division Grande-Bretagne, France, 1944 British Churchill Mk. VII Infantry Tank - "Briton", 34th Armoured Brigade, 79th Armoured Division, Grande-Bretagne, France, 1944 (1:43 Scale)

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.

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British Matilda Mk. II Infantry Tank - Malta Tank Squadron, Royal Tank Regiment, Malta, 1942 British Matilda Mk. II Infantry Tank - Malta Tank Squadron, Royal Tank Regiment, Malta, 1942 (1:43 Scale)

The Mark I Matilda was developed in response to a 1934 requirement for a close-support infantry tank. Well armored for its day, it was, nevertheless, a small, simple tank. Despite being sturdy enough to withstand hits from most German tank guns in the early stages of WWII, it was too poorly armed to be of much use as the war progressed.

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British Cruiser Tank Mk VIII Centaur (A27L) - 1st Armoured Support Regiment Royal Marines, France, June 1944 British Cruiser Tank Mk VIII Centaur (A27L) - 1st Armoured Support Regiment Royal Marines, France, June 1944 (1:43 Scale)

The Cromwell tank was used by the British Army during the later stages of World War II. The Cromwell was ordered in 1941 and intended to replace the lightweight Crusader "cruiser" tank by being more heavily armoured, and, it was hoped, more survivable in battle.

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British Cruiser Mk. VI Crusader III Tank - 1st Armoured Division, Tunisia, 1943 British Cruiser Mk. VI Crusader III (A15) Tank - 1st Armoured Division, Tunisia, 1943 (1:43 Scale)

The Crusader's attractive design belied the fact that by the time it first appeared in 1941 it was already outdated. Fast and mobile (their suspensfion was so tough that theoretical maximum speed was often exceeded), they were thinly armored and lacked firepower, being no match for their German counterparts. Reliability was also a problem.

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British M10 Tank Destroyer - 72nd Anti-Tank Regiment, 6th Armoured Division, The Gothic Line, Italy, August 1944 British M10 Tank Destroyer - 72nd Anti-Tank Regiment, 6th Armoured Division, The Gothic Line, Italy, August 1944 (1:43 Scale)

The M10 were, numerically, the most important US tank destroyer of World War II. In its combat debut in the North African campaign, the M10 was successful as its M7 3-inch gun could penetrate most German tanks then in service at long range.

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British M3 Grant Medium Tank - "2", 7th Armoured Division "Desert Rats", El Alamein, Egypt, 1942 British M3 Grant Medium Tank - "2", 7th Armoured Division "Desert Rats", El Alamein, Egypt, 1942 (1:43 Scale)

Designed as a stopgap measure until the M4 Sherman tank could come on line, the M3 General Grant medium tank saw action in the North African campaign with both US and British forces battling the Afrika Korps. The M3 tank was unusual because it mounted two large caliber weapons in the body of the vehicle.

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British M7 Priest Self-Propelled Gun - 1st Armoured Division, El Alamein, Egypt, October 1942 British M7 Priest Self-Propelled Gun - 1st Armoured Division, El Alamein, Egypt, October 1942 (1:43 Scale)

Nicknamed the 'Priest' by British crews because of its pulpit-shaped machine-gun turret at the front, the M7 grew from US experience with howitzers mounted on half-tracked vehicles. The War Department soon realized that a fully tracked carriage was required, and the M3 tank was modified to fill the role.

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