From the releases:
On 14 May 1940, Britain’s Secretary of State for War Anthony Eden made a broadcast calling for men between the ages of 17 and 65 to enrol in a new force, the Local Defence Volunteers (LDV) to defend the country against the expected German invasion of Britain. By July, nearly 1.5 million men had enrolled – far outreaching the 150,000 the Government expected to volunteer.
Armadillos were improvised armoured self-propelled guns based on any available lorry chassis for airfield defence. The ‘armour’ consisted of wood and/or steel plates lined with gravel. The Mark I and II were armed with two Lewis Guns mounted in an open-topped ‘fort’, plonked onto a flatbed lorry that itself lacked even an armoured cab.
The Smith Gun actually looked like a real field artillery engine. It was developed by the chief engineer of the Trianco heating appliance company under his own initiative: the cynical called it the ‘Triang gun’ after the toy company.
Snipers were armed with a SMLE No.4 Rifle equipped with a No.32 Mk.1 telescopic sight. The team carried fifty rounds of ammunition, five tracer rounds and five armour-piercing rounds. Two No.36 Mills bombs or two No.77 smoke grenades were also carried, along with binoculars and a camouflage net.
But what makes these snipers stand out from the rest is their heightened level of training, these aren’t your normal riflemen, these are highly trained skilled men ready to take the fight to the enemy!
The 20mm Flak 38 anti-aircraft guns were employed by most arms of the German military during World War II following its acceptance into service in 1939. The primary German light anti-aircraft gun at the time, it was by far the most numerously produced German artillery piece throughout the war.
The standard issue German anti-tank gun in 1939, it equipped the Panzerjäger battalions, Pak is short for Panzerwehrkanone – anti-tank gun, and 36 indicates the year the weapon was designed). It was arguably the best anti-tank gun in the world at the onset of war, but was quickly outclassed by heavier armour on enemy tanks. Still 15,000 were produced for Germany and its allies and it was still in service in 1945.
German 20mm Flak 38 Source
German Pak 36 + Pak 36 Stielgranate Source
British Armadillo Source
The Great Panjandrum Source
British Home Guard Artillery units
British Snipers in Ghillie suits