Red 13 was piloted by Oberleutnant Klaus Faber from the airfield protection flight of JV 44, based at München-Rein in April of 1945. Faber considered 13 to be his lucky number, he survived the war with two victories. Red 13 got the Aeries engine & armament detail set, along with a whole lot of extra wiring. This aircraft had partial striping on the underside, the stripes did not run the length of the fuselage. The JaPo Fw 190D reference also shows partial striping on Red 4, Crandall shows it complete. The fuselage inscription reads, “ ‘Rein MuB er’ und wenn wir beide Weinen!” Which means “In he goes even though both of us will cry!”
Tamiya Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9 kit with Aeries resin engine, scratch wheel bays, and EagleCals decals.
Surgeon on Iwo
By James S. Vedder
Hardcover in dustjacket, 211 pages, photographs, and index
Published by Presidio, Book Club edition
Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
Dr. James S. Vedder was the ranking medical officer assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 27th Marine Regiment. On 19 February 1945 the 963 men of the Battalion assaulted the island of Iwo Jima and were in continuous combat for over a month. Over 700 of the men of the 3rd Battalion became casualties, those who were not killed outright passed through Dr. Vedder’s aid station.
Vedder was in charge of the Battalion’s Navy Corpsmen whether assigned to the aid station or the Marine platoons as well as the other Doctors and Marine litter bearers. He was effectively the chief medical officer and senior administrator for an outdoor emergency hospital which moved, often under enemy fire, and saw a continuous flow of trauma patients. Problems of personnel, supply, transportation, and casualties among his own men were his to resolve.
This is a day-by-day first-person account of the battle for Iwo Jima from the medical viewpoint. It is not for the faint of heart. The clean single bullet wound where the hero clutches his chest and says, “They got me!” is Hollywood trope. Combat wounds are often severe and traumatic, Vedder describes in detail the process of stabilizing the casualties and evacuating them from the front lines to the hospital ships offshore.
The backdrop for this is two armies fighting over a small volcanic island and all the hardships which that entails. There are several books written about the amphibious battles of the Pacific War but few from this perspective. This is a fascinating read, recommended.
Photographs taken at the Air Zoo, Kalamazoo Michigan.
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I present three dioramas (or are they vignettes) featuring Sd. Kfz. 9 FAMO Halftracks in 1/72 scale. The first is a Planet Models resin kit with Black Dog accessories. The figures are mainly from Preiser set 72505, augmented with others from one of their Luftwaffe sets. The crew has taken a break for lunch in the shade of a tree. The dog is painted to resemble one of my own.
This scene is the Revell FAMO towing an Italeri sFH 18 Field Howitzer, both very nice kits. The cargo is mainly Value Gear in the bed and Black Dog tarps on the fenders. Figures are a mix of Preiser and modified artillerymen from the Italeri kit. Value Gear here: http://valuegeardetails.com/UniversalStowage72.html
I have recently developed an affinity for tank transporters (like I needed another rabbit hole to climb in) so there will likely be more like this scene in the future. This is the Trumpeter FAMO and transport trailer with a Zvezda Panzer IV. Figures are from the CMK set designed for the FAMO and a few from Caesar, Value Gear stowage in the bed again. I like the casual poses, particularly the bored guy on the back of the trailer.
Build links and more finished pictures here: https://inchhighguy.wordpress.com/?s=Sd.+Kfz.+9+FAMO
This is Trumpeter’s FAMO kit number 07203 which was issued in 2005. This kit has been issued in several versions and boxings over the years and is still available. Trumpeter’s kit is the most detailed FAMO and also contains the most parts by far. Track are individual links and have separately molded rubber pads. I found the kit to be over-engineered and fiddly. The advantages in detail will not be visible from normal viewing angles, but if you wanted to display a FAMO with the hood panels open or over on its side this would be the place to start. Value Gear cargo is in the bed.
Vietnam Airmobile Warfare Tactics
Osprey Elite Series Book 154
By Gordon L. Rottman, illustrated by Adam Hook
Paperback, 64 pages, heavily illustrated
Published by Osprey Publishing, March 2007
Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.2 x 9.9 inches
The development of the helicopter gave military tacticians the potential to move troops around the battlefield in unpresented ways. Natural obstacles or enemy defenses could be avoided by flying over or around to more suitable positions, opposing forces could be cut off by “vertical envelopment”. Early helicopters were underpowered and therefore lacked the range and payload capacity to make them militarily useful for transporting large formations of troops or heavy equipment, but by the late 1950s new designs were emerging which made combat applications more practical. The U.S. Army began organizing Airmobile formations, with helicopters effectively being used as flying trucks to move soldiers around the battlefield; the USMC saw the helicopter as another way to move Marines ashore during amphibious assaults.
These new formations saw their first widespread tactical application during the Vietnam war, where ultimately more than 12,000 helicopters were deployed. In addition to troop transport types such as the UH-1 Huey, specialized gunships, observation, and heavy-lift helicopters were developed and incorporated into operations. While they gave unprecedented mobility on the battlefield, helicopters were vulnerable to enemy fire, particularly when inserting troops into a landing zone. A total of 2,066 helicopters would be lost during the Vietnam War.
Vietnam Airmobile Warfare Tactics describes the transformation of the helicopter from a novel aviation vehicle into a vital tactical asset. This is a standard Osprey Elite Series book, well-illustrated and an excellent primer in operations and tactics of Airmobile warfare. It provides useful insight into what all those helicopters in Vietnam War movies are doing, or at least supposed to be doing. Recommended.