Tamiya 35033 British Special Air Service Jeep 1:35 Scale Kit
Jeep Willys (other names: Willys MB, Jeep) is an American off-road car from the Second World War and the post-war period. The first prototypes of the car were built in 1940, and serial production was carried out in 1940-1945. Nearly 650,000 copies of it were created in its course! The weight of the cart was about 1.1 tons, with a length of 3.36 meters and a width of 1.57 meters. The drive was provided by a single engine with a power of 60 HP. The maximum speed was up to 105 km / h.
The Jeep Willys was developed to order and demanded by the US Army, which in 1940, faced with the war, asked for a completely new 4×4 passenger car with a load capacity of up to 250 kilograms, which could be mass-produced. It is worth adding that initially the American Bantam Car with the Bantam BRC was the clear favorite in the tender. However, the US Department of Defense, striving to ensure the best possible car design and trying to ensure trouble-free series production, handed over the plans for the Bantam BRC to the Willys and Ford plants. Based on these plans, Willys developed a Jeep that had a much better power unit than the original Bantam BRC, as well as being mechanically more perfect. Ultimately, it was this car, the Willys Jeep, that won the tender for the US Army. The presented car was actually mass-produced and went to almost all Anglo-Saxon armies fighting in World War II, and thanks to the Lend-and-Lease program, also to the Soviet Union. He took part in hostilities in North Africa, Italy, Northwest Europe and the Pacific. It is often assumed that the Jeep Willys is one of the symbols of American triumph in World War II.
SAS (Special Air Service) is an elite special unit of the British Armed Forces, created in 1941 by Colonel David Stirling, which, with a short break, exists to the present day. The SAS was initially formed as a North African unit in the far rear of the Axis forces. Its tasks then included the broadly understood diversion and sabotage (e.g. destroying ammunition or fuel depots). Currently, the most important branch of SAS is 22 Professional Regiment of the Special Air Service, for which the 21st and 23rd Regiment SAS constitute a kind of reserve, and which performs operational tasks. Professional soldiers serve there. Recruitment to this unit is very rigorous, and individual and team training of already admitted people can take up to 6-7 years! The SAS is trained to operate in the enemy’s distant rear, to counter-terrorist operations or to rescue hostages. Special Air Service is currently recognized as probably the best special unit in the world and was a model for the formation of such units as Delta Force, KSK or Polish GROM. After 1945, SAS soldiers took part in many conflicts, including: the Falklands War (1982), both the Gulf Wars (1990-1991 and 2003) and the war in Afghanistan (from 2001).