P40 Turret


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P40 Turret (GE683) includes one P40 Turret & Resin Scenic Turret Base.

When the Germans began constructing Fortress Europe they quickly realised that they simply did not have the time or the resources to fortify their empire with conventional bunkers. Tank turret bunkers were developed to counter this problem.

Initially, German fortifications used turrets from old tanks, such as the Panzer I and II and the Italian P40. These required a lot less concrete and being small were extremely easy to conceal from the enemy.

In October 1943, Hitler authorised the use of Pantherturm, or Panther turrets, to help strengthen the line. Each Panther turret was further reinforced by a few anti-tank gun nests and several machine-gun nests making a very formidable strongpoint.

These turrets were emplaced alongside the rest of the fortifications of the Hitler Line outside Cassino. Like the smaller turrets, the Panther turrets could be concealed and were a nasty surprise for the first Canadian and British tanks that encountered them.

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