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Armored Fighting Vehicles of WWII US 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.

#AFV00002 - US M4A3 Sherman Medium Tank - Creighton Abrams' "Thunderbolt IV", 37th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division, Bastogne, December 1944 (1:43 Scale)

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US M18 Hellcat Light Tank Destroyer - "Black Cat", 805th Tank Destroyer Battalion, 5th Armored Division, Italy, 1944 US M18 Hellcat Light Tank Destroyer - "Black Cat", 805th Tank Destroyer Battalion, 5th Armored Division, Italy, 1944 (1:43 Scale)

The M18 first saw combat in northwest Europe and Italy during the summer of 1944. It excelled at ambush and hit-and-run tactics. Its low silhouette, high firepower and great speed gave it the capability of destroying all but the heaviest of German armor, although it was too lightly armored to stand and fight.

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US M26 Pershing Heavy Tank - 2nd Armored Division, Cologne, Germany, April 1945 (1:43 Scale) US M26 Pershing Heavy Tank - 2nd Armored Division, Cologne, Germany, April 1945 (1:43 Scale)

Early in June 1944, Army commanders expressed a need for a new breed of tank that could mount either a 90mm or 105mm main gun. This request was approved by the Army Staff soon thereafter even though trials of the new T26E1 had already begun back at Fort Knox earlier that year.

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US M24 Chaffee Light Tank - "3", 1st Armored Division, Italy, 1945 US M24 Chaffee Light Tank - "3", 1st Armored Division, Italy, 1945 (1:43 Scale)

The M24 Chaffee - arguably the best light tank of World War II - was a fast, lightly armored vehicle with the ability to deliver relatively large caliber direct fire thanks to its excellent 75 mm M6 gun. More than 4,000 vehicles were produced by Cadillac and Massey-Harris from 1943-45.

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US M7 Priest Self-Propelled Gun - 68th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, 1st Armored Division, Italy, February 1944 US M7 Priest Self-Propelled Gun - 68th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, 1st Armored Division, Italy, February 1944 (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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US GMC M36 Jackson Tank Destroyer - 814th Tank Destroyer Battalion, 7th Armored Division, Belgium, 1944 US GMC M36 Jackson Tank Destroyer - 814th Tank Destroyer Battalion, 7th Armored Division, Belgium, 1944 (1:43 Scale)

The M36 tank destroyer, formally 90 mm Gun Motor Carriage, M36, was an American tank destroyer used during World War II. The M36 was essentially an up-gunned M10 tank destroyer, replacing the former's 3 inch (76.2mm) M7 gun with a powerful 90 mm gun.

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US M12 GMC 155mm Self-Propelled Artillery - "Adolphs Assassin", 991st Field Artillery Battalion, 3rd Armored Division, Belgium, 1944 US M12 GMC 155mm Self-Propelled Artillery - "Adolph's Assassin", 991st Field Artillery Battalion, 3rd Armored Division, Belgium, 1944 (1:43 Scale)

The M12 GMC was one of the first self-propelled weapons of WWII in the US arsenal. Essentially, the M12 mounted a WWI-era 155mm gun on an M3 tank chassis. The engine was moved forward to provide a working space at the rear of the hull. It was in this space that a WWI Model M1917 or M1918 155mm gun was mounted.

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USMC LVTA-1 Amtank - "Crazy Legs", 708th Amphibian Tank Battalion, "Yellow Beach Two", Saipan, Mariana Islands, 1944 USMC LVTA-1 Amtank - "Crazy Legs", 708th Amphibian Tank Battalion, "Yellow Beach Two", Saipan, Mariana Islands, 1944 (1:43 Scale)

Both the Marine Corps and the Army operated two types of amphibious tracked vehicles during WWII. One was the amphibious tractor, also called an amtrac or LVT. The other was the amtank or LVTA (Landing Vehicle Tracked Armored).

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US M4A3 Sherman Medium Tank - Creighton Abrams "Thunderbolt IV", 37th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division, Bastogne, Belgium, December 1944 US M4A3 Sherman Medium Tank - Creighton Abrams' "Thunderbolt IV", 37th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division, Bastogne, Belgium, December 1944 (1:43 Scale)

By all accounts, the M4 Sherman medium tank was regarded as the workhorse of the US Army during World War II. In fact, virtually all of the Allied armies employed the Sherman in their armed forces, including the British, who developed an upgunned variant called the "Firefly".

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US M3 Lee Medium Tank - "Kentucky", 1st Armored Division, Souk-el Khemis, Tunisia, December 1942 US M3 Lee Medium Tank - "Kentucky", 1st Armored Division, Souk-el Khemis, Tunisia, December 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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US M40 GMC 155mm Self-Propelled Artillery - 991st Field Artillery Battalion, 3rd Armored Division, Cologne, Germany, March 1945 US M40 GMC 155mm Self-Propelled Artillery - 991st Field Artillery Battalion, 3rd Armored Division, Cologne, Germany, March 1945 (1:43 Scale)

The 155 mm Gun Motor Carriage M40 was an American self-propelled artillery vehicle built on a widened and lengthened Medium Tank M4A3 chassis, but with a Continental engine and with HVSS (Horizontal Volute Spring Suspension), which was introduced at the end of the Second World War.

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US Early Production M4 Sherman Medium Tank - 701st Tank Battalion, 102nd Infantry Division, Germany, 1945 US Early Production M4 Sherman Medium Tank - 701st Tank Battalion, 102nd Infantry Division, Germany, 1945 (1:43 Scale)

The M4 Sherman medium tank was regarded by many as the workhorse of the US Army during World War II. In fact, virtually all of the Allied armies employed the Sherman in their armed forces, including the British, who developed an upgunned variant called the "Firefly".

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US M5A1 Stuart Light Tank - "Destruction", 37th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division, France, September 1944 US M5A1 Stuart Light Tank - "Destruction", 37th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division, France, September 1944 (1:43 Scale)

The M5 Stuart light tank made its debut in the invasion of Casablanca in French North Africa. By 1943, and at the time of the invasion of Sicily, the upgraded M5A1 was becoming the standard light tank of the American armored divisions. Because of limited firepower, the M5A1 eventually took on reconnaissance and escort duties in Italy and, after the invasion of Normandy, throughout Europe.

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USMC LVT(A)-4 Amtank Amphibious Vehicle - "2", 2nd Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Tinian, Mariana Islands, August 1944 USMC LVT(A)-4 Amtank Amphibious Vehicle - "2", 2nd Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Tinian, Mariana Islands, August 1944 (1:43 Scale)

The Landing Vehicle Tracked (LVT) was a class of amphibious vehicles introduced by the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Army during World War II.

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US M24 Chaffee Light Tank - 2nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, 4th Armored Division, Germany, April 1945 US M24 Chaffee Light Tank - 2nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, 4th Armored Division, Germany, April 1945 (1:43 Scale)

The M24 Chaffee - arguably the best light tank of World War II - was a fast, lightly armored vehicle with the ability to deliver relatively large caliber direct fire thanks to its excellent 75 mm M6 gun. More than 4,000 vehicles were produced by Cadillac and Massey-Harris from 1943-45.

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US M4A3 (76mm) Sherman Medium Tank - "Julia", 761st Tank Battalion "Black Panthers", Germany, March 1945 US M4A3 (76mm) Sherman Medium Tank - "Julia", 761st Tank Battalion "Black Panthers", Germany, March 1945 (1:43 Scale)

By all accounts, the M4 Sherman medium tank was regarded as the workhorse of the US Army during World War II. In fact, virtually all of the Allied armies employed the Sherman in their armed forces, including the British, who developed an upgunned variant called the "Firefly".

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USMC LVTA-1 Amtank - Peleliu, 1st Marine Division, September 1944 USMC LVTA-1 Amtank - 1st Marine Division, Peleliu, September 1944 (1:43 Scale)

Both the Marine Corps and the Army operated two types of amphibious tracked vehicles during WWII. One was the amphibious tractor, also called an amtrac or LVT. The other was the amtank or LVTA (Landing Vehicle Tracked Armored).

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USMC M5A1 Stuart Light Tank - 4th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands, February 1944 USMC M5A1 Stuart Light Tank - 4th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands, February 1944 (1:43 Scale)

The M5 Stuart light tank made its debut in the invasion of Casablanca in French North Africa. By 1943, and at the time of the invasion of Sicily, the upgraded M5A1 was becoming the standard light tank of the American armored divisions. Because of limited firepower, the M5A1 eventually took on reconnaissance and escort duties in Italy and, after the invasion of Normandy, throughout Europe.

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