Bomber: Halifax - United Kingdom (Europe 1940-2nd Ed)
Bomber: Halifax - United Kingdom (Europe 1940-2nd Ed)

Bomber: Halifax - United Kingdom (Europe 1940-2nd Ed)

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Handley Page Halifax





Max Bomb-load






Max Take-Off

Handley Page Halifax



38,159 lbs.

64,865 lbs.

13,200 lbs.

9x .303 mg’s

281 mph


1,240 mi.


Handley Page Halifax Strategic Bomber


ID: Plastic “bomber” gaming piece: Handley Page Halifax strategic bomber from the game Axis & Allies Europe 40-2nd Ed& Pacific 40-2nd Ed.


The Story of the Halifax Heavy Bomber: Along with the very similar and somewhat more famous Avro Lancaster, the Handley Page Halifax was a key weapons system in Great Britain’s war-time arsenal.  While the use of four-engined heavy strategic bombers for long-range, heavy-load bombardment seems obvious in retrospect, both of these designs had actually evolved from smaller two-engined bombers which had been failures!  The RAF, you see, had insisted on heavy bombers that could engage in dive-bombing attacks and thus insisted on two-engine designs using the Rolls Royce Vulture engine, which was essentially two vee engines back-to-back.  (The Germans created a similar requirement for a heavy bomber, leading to a similar design featuring “welded-together” engines... with similarly unsuccessful results.)  The winner of the contest was the Avro design, which was designated the Avro Manchester and sent into production, while Handley Page was told to try re-working their design for four engines.  Losing the contract ended up being fortunate for Handley Page, however, for the Vulture engine proved a troublesome, fire-prone failure (taking the Manchester design down with it) while Handley Page’s design evolved all the more quickly into the four-engine Halifax.  The only thing that saved the Avro design, in fact, is that Handley Page couldn’t make enough Halifaxes; when Avro was approached to begin making some, they offered to make instead a four-engined variant of the Manchester, which became, of course, the Avro Lancaster.  The two designs had thus both come through a very similar evolution.  Both soldiered on together as friendly archrivals and together formed the solid backbone of the RAF’s Bomber Command for most of the war, with 7,377 Lancasters delivering 608,612 tons of bombs in 156,000 sorties and 6,178 Halifaxes delivering 224,207 tons of bombers in 82,773 sorties!


Usage Notes: Use this piece for “Global 1939” and “Invasion of Italy” Variants as a strategic bomber unit.  Other British aircraft of interest may be: the Supermarine Spitfire Fighter & De Havilland Mosquito Tactical Bomber.

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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from State of Texas. on 10/15/2015
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Excellent piece! Use it in other versions of A&A as well. Very well done.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Texas. on 2/11/2015
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I was happy to order 30 of these babies, they will work excellently as heavy bombers!
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Bemidji, MN. on 4/3/2014


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