Category Armor, Subcategory 1:72 Armour Hobby Master, Scale 1 : 72, ISBN/Box HG3420, Publisher/Brand Hobbymaster
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.
Once the Allies were able to break out of the Normandy beach head the Polish 1st Armoured Regiment began pushing the German forces back along the English Channel shore through Belgium into the Netherlands liberating many towns along the way. One of the weapons the Polish Armour used was the up-gunned M10 with the British 17pdr gun that had been nicknamed by the Canadians as the “Wolverine”. The Polish 1st Armoured Division spent the winter of 1944-45 in the Netherlands south of the Rhine before the Allied push into German.
Specifications Achilles IIC
Length: 19 ft 7 in (5.97 m)
Length with gun: 23 ft 8.25 in (7.27 m)
Width: 10 ft (3.05 m)
Height: 8 ft 2 in (2.9 m)
Battle Weight: 66,000 lb (29.6 long tons)
Ground clearance: 12.3 in (.31 m)
Armour: 0.4 in - 1.6 (10 - 41 mm)
Engine: air-cooled fuel injected 12 cylinder GM M6046 (2 X 6 cylinder GM 6-71 in line)
210 hp each at 2,100 rpm
Fuel type: Diesel.
Fuel capacity: 137 gal (624 liter)
Transmission: 5 forward, 1 reverse
Range: 140 mi (225 km)
Primary: 77 mm 17-pounder Mk. V
Ammunition: 50 rounds
Secondary: 12.7 mm Browning .50 caliber MG (AA) Ammunition: 450 rounds