Debut: February 2015

 




   

.: Bob Williams' GMC Truck with Bofors 40mm A.A. Gun

Brand:

Hobby Boss

Scale:

1/35

Modelling Time:

~ hrs

PE/Resin Detail:

none

Comments:

"comments"

History

The name of this piece of equipment is a bit confusing because, as far as I’m aware, the weapon system doesn’t have an official designation, as is common with most Allied weaponry produced in the war. That’s because this system is actually the combination of two well-known pieces of machinery into something entirely new. The first half of this system is the GMC CCKW, also known as the “Deuce and a Half”. This GMC truck was a workhorse of the Allied military in WWII, serving in various roles such as a supply truck or a mobile medical van. The US produced almost half a million of these trucks throughout the war, and they were given to allies as well, including the French.

The second piece of equipment is the 40mm Bofors Gun which was one of the most popular anti-aircraft systems in World War II. First developed in Sweden, they were a mainstay of the Allied weapon inventory. These guns were extremely powerful, capable of firing a 2 pound high explosive shell at almost 3000 ft/s, at a over 100 rounds per minute. Mounted on a base with full 360 rotation, the gun could swing around and target aircraft attacking from any direction. The Allies used them both on land and at sea.

Many of the land units were built atop field carriages, and could be repositioned/towed into location wherever needed. According to my research, the French were provided with a number of Bofors Gun, along with several GMC CCKWs in order to tow them. However, in 1944, when the 22nd Colonial Group joined the 2nd French Armoured Division, someone had the bright idea to take the Bofors off of their field carriage and mount them directly onto the back of the GMC truck. And thus, the unique GMC Bofors gun was born. As far as I am aware, these were used exclusively by the French in WWII. (See “The Bofors Gun” by Terry Gander, pg 214 for more information). The picture at the top of this post shows the crew of one of these trucks posing in front of the equipment.


JohnnyO

Thanks JohnnyO - from ESSMC

Box art:

Destined for the Rob McCallum Collection

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