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Spartans



Spartans

Glory of Rome


Our first Republican Roman for all you fans of the Ceasarian era. The Roman Republic was the age of ancient Roman civilization beginning with the overthrow of the Roman Kingdom, traditionally dated to 509 BC, and ending in 27 BC with the establishment of the Roman Empire. It was during this period that Rome’s control expanded from the city’s immediate surroundings to hegemony over the entire Mediterranean world. During the first two centuries of its existence, the Roman Republic expanded through a combination of conquest and alliance, from central Italy to the entire Italian peninsular. By the following century, it included North Africa, most of the Iberian Peninsula and what is now southern France. Two centuries after that, towards the end of the 1st century BC, it included the rest of modern France, Greece and much of the eastern Mediterranean, internal tensions led to a series of civil wars, culminating with the assassination of Julius Ceaser, which then led to the transition from republic to empire. Our stunning looking Legionnaire stands ready to be called forward to do battle or perhaps on sentry duty – possibly manning the John Jenkins fort wall soon to be launched?



Glory of Rome

WWII Pacific


The Ordnance Quick-Firing 6-pounder 7 cwt, or just 6 pounder, was a British 57 mm gun, serving as a primary anti tank gun of the British Army during WW2, as well as the main armament for a number of armoured fighting vehicles. Although planned before the start of WW2 It did not reach service until the North African campaign in April 1942. This was in part due to the urgent need for re-equipping the British army after Dunkirk with anti-tank weapons, it was estimated that 600 x 2 pounders could be manufactured for 100 x 6 pounders, this and delays with the carriage design meant production with the 2 pounder carried on as an interim measure.

However once introduced it quickly replaced the obsolete 2 pounder in the anti-tank role, allowing the 25 pounder gun to revert to its intended indirect artillery role. The United States Army also adopted the 6 pounder as their primary anti-tank gun under the designation 57 mm Gun M1. The idea of manufacturing the 6 pounder in the US was expressed by the US Army Ordnance in February 1941. At that time, the US Army still favoured the 37mm gun the M3 and production was planned solely for lend lease. The US version, classified as substitute standard under the designation 57 mm Gun M1, was based on the 6 pounder Mark II, two units of which were received from the UK. Production started early in 1942 and continued until 1945. The M1A1 variant used US “Combat” tyres and wheels. The M1A2 introduced the British practice of free traverse, meaning that the gun could be traversed by the crew pushing and pulling on the breech, instead of solely geared traverse, from September 1942. The M1 was made standard issue in the Spring of 1943.



WWII Pacific

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