M5 3” Anti-Tank Gun with Crewman – 614th AT Battalion

Brickmania
$80.00
Current Stock:
36
SKU:
BKM2377
Availability:
Ships in 1-3 business days.
Weight:
0.55 LBS
Shipping:
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Designer:
Mary Wilson
Piece Count:
104 LEGO® and BrickArms® elements
Minifigs:
1
Skill Level:
Intermediate (3 of 5)

About the M5 3” Anti-Tank Gun with Crewman – 614th AT Battalion:

The 614th Anti-Tank Battalion was a crack African American unit that battled against the Third Reich in Europe. The 614th trained in Texas and Louisiana in 1943 and 1944 where its largely Black makeup was met with pervasive racism from the locals and other servicemen alike. However, this exceptional unit battered German Panzer divisions with precision and ferocity that proved they belonged in this fight every bit as much as any other unit. Many accolades were bestowed on the 614th, including the Presidential Unit Citation—the first for a Black unit—given to Third Platoon, C Company for their actions at Climbach, France. Lieutenant Charles L. Thomas, the charge of C Company, was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously years later, a testament to the racially charged climate of the United States at the time.

The 614th’s deadliness came from their precision with the M5 3in Anti-Tank gun. The gun used a high velocity three-inch shell with the field carriage of the 105mm howitzer. This combination made the gun easily transportable, soft under recoil, and powerful in attack. Almost 3,000 of these guns were built throughout the war, but before the war was over, the M5 was replaced with highly sought-after self-propelled tank destroyers. Though its service life was short, the M5 is very recognizable today. The gun is still used for ceremonial salutes and can be seen perched as memorials all throughout the nation.

Specifications:

Crew: 9
Armament: 3 in (76.2 mm) projectile
Rate of fire: 12 rounds per minute
Muzzle velocity: 792 m/s (2,600 ft/s) with AP/APCBC rounds

Additional information about this Brickmania® custom building kit:

This sturdy, functional build features printed details on the gun shield as well as a custom crewman minifig. Play functions include the split trail carriage, rolling wheels, and posable main gun.

Model Statistics:

Designed by Mary Wilson
104 LEGO® and BrickArms® elements
1x custom minifig
Custom printed elements
Full-color printed building instructions
1/35th scale to match other Brickmania kits
Intermediate Skill Level (4-6 years building experience recommended)

All Brickmania® model kits are made of new-condition LEGO® bricks. This model comes disassembled and includes complete printed building instructions. This is a limited-edition kit and production may be discontinued at any time.

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