VN076-KC The ANZAC 105mm Gun & Crew Set
Guns and gunners of the Royal Australian and Royal New Zealand Artillery were an important component of the ANZAC military commitment to South Vietnam from 1965 to the early 1970’s.
At first they employed the air mobile, Italian designed 105mm Pack Howitzer before converting over to the tried and tested American ‘105’ M2 Field Gun. By changing over to the US Army model spare parts and plenty of ammunition were readily available whenever and wherever required from US Supply Depots in South Vietnam.
Australian “Diggers” and New Zealand “Kiwis” have fought side-by-side as ANZACS since they were first militarily combined as the ‘Australian and New Zealand Army Corps’ in the early days of WW1.
During both World Wars they wore virtually the same uniforms with only their own unique military head gear to identify them as either ‘Aussie’ or ‘Kiwi’.
By the time of Vietnam their basic combat uniforms were broadly based on British Army tropical climate ‘OD’ (olive drab) of that period. Both armies wore the British-style bush hat.
This brand-new Gun Set shows 3 x gunners stripped to the waist manning their 105mm field piece. A kneeling, fully-clothed NCO watches over the men as they get to work firing and reloading their gun. This little set is a tribute to all ANZAC artillerymen who served in Vietnam.
Special Note: A later release will include a sand-bagged gun emplacement as well as extra shells and empty shell-cases.