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6pdr Portee - oblique front
6pdr Portee - oblique rear

6pdr Portee

Manufacturer: Battlefront
Genre: 15mm WW2 Wargaming

Comments: The Brits in the Western Desert in WWII discovered that towing their anti-tank guns at high speed through the dust and sand and gravel was knocking the shit out of them, and so decided to put them directly on the trucks instead of towing them behind. It was only a short time before some bright spark thought it would be a good idea to be able to fire the gun without having to dismount it, and the mounting was appropriately modified. The portee system was used right up until the end of the war and beyond, though by that time the humble 6pdr was well and truly obsolete as an effective anti-tank gun.

This model has been completed sans the armoured side-plates, which were often removed to facilitate mounting and dismounting the gun and to enable the crew more freedom of movement. I've photographed it in action on the bleak, barren plains of Picnictable.