Thursday, 21 June 2012

French DCA (Tunisia)

The French forces in North Africa were very limited by the terms of the armistice commision, very few tanks and armoured vehicles, limited artillery, anti-tank and anti-aircraft capabilities. DCA (defense contre Aerien) units were split between two field regiments - 411th and 412th Regiments d`Anti Aerien. With single & twin 13.2mm Hotchkiss, 75mle1897 DCA or 7mm Hotchkiss machine guns.

An interesting pic off the internet (also in Leygat`s Campagne de Tunisie) of a twin 7mm Hotchkiss AA gun.
Note the two guns are off-set and the large belt drums and flash supressers.
Another pic of a similar set-up (this time on the French border early in 1939 or 1940) 
Note these guns are strip-fed!

My version, showing how I build the twin gun and mount, the gun and crew are a sabot and can be removed from the from the Raventhorpe "Ready to Roll" Citroen

A twin 13.2mm (gun & crew by Early War Miniatures) mounted in a Ford AAA truck (Sgts Mess

Both trucks together

Another EWM twin 13.2 with crew deployed this time

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