This is the Italeri Churchill Mk. III, which turns out is the re-boxed ESCI kit from 1988. The kit has been updated with glue-able tracks, but still retains some ejector pin marks in bad locations. Markings are from the kit decal sheet and represent a British Army Churchill serving with the King Force Detachment at El Alamein, November 1942.
All photographs credit Imperial War Museum, Freeman collection, Robert Astrella photographer
The Revell StuG IV is actually a re-boxing of the Matchbox kit from 1994. It is a bit basic by today’s standards. This translates to a reasonable parts count and easy assembly, but some clunky components and simplifications. Some parts are easier to fix than others, my build features plastic card Schürzen but retains the kit’s simplified tracks. The model is painted as a vehicle from 394 StuG Brigade in Normandy, June 1944.
Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: The Mavericks Who Plotted Hitler’s Defeat
Authored and Narrated by Giles Milton
Audiobook, 12 hours and 38 minutes
Published by Macmillan Audio
While “not fighting fairly” was frowned upon in the upper levels of the British military, those advocating commando and guerrilla operations found a powerful patron in Winston Churchill. Churchill supported the expansion of sabotage and clandestine operations by removing bureaucratic obstacles and providing funding, and delighted in the demonstration of new weapons and successful operations. He referred to the engineering and clandestine operations as his “Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare”.
This book explores two separate but related efforts. One focus is the work of engineers and inventors who developed various weapons and devices. One of the more well-known is what has become known as the Limpet Mine, which was originally produced in a garage workshop using kitchen pans, condoms, and candy. Another is the spigot mortar, which was developed into the Hedgehog anti-submarine projector and used to devastating effect by both the Royal Navy and the USN. The PIAT anti-tank weapon was another off-shoot of this.
The second effort is perhaps better known; the training and deployment of Commandos and sabotage operators. Trained in various street fighting techniques by Sykes and Fairbane, several of their missions are legendary. Covered in this book are well-known operations such as the destruction of the Norsk Hydro heavy water plant in Norway, which prevented Germany from pursuing atomic weapons. Another is the Saint Nazaire Raid which destroyed the Normandie Drydocks. Other less well-known operations are described as well, a few of which were new to me.
This is a very interesting and informative work. It does not suffer from shifting from the workshop to the field, as each perspective builds on the considerations of the other. The difficulties in producing a reliable time delay fuse which is able to function under a variety of conditions is something which is easy to take for granted, but proved to be quite a challenge in practice. Overall this book offers several insights and is well worth the read.
Photographs taken at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force (NMUSAF) at Dayton, Ohio.
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The Jagdpanzer IV L/70 was a tank destroyer built on the Panzer IV chassis mounting a 7.5 cm 70 caliber gun. The model is based upon a profile in Kagero’s TopColors 32, Pz.Kpfw. IV Family, with some liberties taken by yours truly.
Construction post here: https://inchhighguy.wordpress.com/2022/06/10/dragon-jagdpanzer-iv-l-70-build-in-1-72-scale/
Schwere Panzerjäger-Abteilung 654 was the first unit which was equipped with the Jagdpanther, receiving the first two vehicles in March 1944. In June it was deployed to Normandy, having only eight vehicles in total. Their first combat action occurred on 30JUL44 near Saint Marting Du Bois. Three 2. Kompanie Jagdpanthers engaged British Churchills of the 3rd Tank Battalion (Scots Guards), destroying eleven Churchills. Another column of Churchills managed to flank the Jagdpanthers, disabling two and a battalion command tank. The model represents a 2. Kompanie Jagdpanther from this engagement.