British Achilles IIC "Chelsea" tank (Upgraded M10) I Corps Normandy summer 1944 HG3420 scale 1:72
Hobby Master ground power series 1:72 scale
Hobby Master item: HG3420
Pre-Painted by professionals
Accurate paint colors
Markings Tampo (pad) applied
True to Scale (1:72)
Weathering and insignias
Metal turret and main gun
In 1943 the US introduced the M10 as a SP anti-tank gun using the carriage of the M4 tank and a 3-inch M7 AA Gun. The British took their M10s and exchanged the 3-inch gun for the larger 17-pdr that had much better stopping power against the Panther and Tigers. They added some armor to the turret and named it Achilles. The first modified tanks went into service in 1944 and by the end of WWII 1,100 of the 1,650 M10s the British received under the Lend Lease Program became known as Achilles.
The British managed to modify 124 M10s into what they called Achilles IICs in time for D-Day. These were distributed among Royal Artillery and Royal Canadian Artillery units. Achilles IIC S237811 “Chelsea” belonged to C Troop, 245 Battery, 62nd Anti-Tank Regiment, RA of the British I Corps. During “Operation Charnwood” July 8 – 9 1944 as a part of the Battle for Caen, Chelsea was one of 4 Achilles IICs knocked out with 4 others damaged during a German counter-attack in which the Germans lost 13 tanks.