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Milicast Model Company :: Premiere Range (1/76) :: British & Commonwealth :: Softskins :: Diamond T980/981 Tank Transporter Tractor (w/Closed Metal Cab)

Diamond T980/981 Tank Transporter Tractor (w/Closed Metal Cab)
Diamond T980/981 Tank Transporter Tractor (w/Closed Metal Cab)  
The British experience in North Africa where the Germans practice of recovering their armour, etc., from the battlefield lead to a new approach to their need to improve tank recovery. The fact that the size and weight of German armour was increasing also changed there perception.
Resultantly the British Purchasing Commission identified that the Chicago based Diamond T company's new heavy truck, already being developed for the US Army, was a good candidate to equip the British Army's identified needs.
Used as a Prime Mover and Recovery vehicle it was as a vehicle capable of transporting larger and heavier tanks that it was identified.
Following minor modifications an initial order for 200 was very quickly filled in 1942 with 1000 of the 5871 built eventually being supplied to the British .Along with the "Rodgers" Trailer they were sent to North Africa were they gave sterling service and remained in British service for many years post war.
The remainder were used by the US Army and the other allies. Post war twenty other countries received the M20 with many used by the IDF.
Note that the 981 had the same chassis with open and/or closed cab as the 980 but the winch could be used through the front and rear of the vehicle. All Open cab type, introduced in April 1944 and used by both the British and American armies, were 981
types. Note that the Open Cab type is available as kit US132.

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Ref UK272
Price: 30.99

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