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I just finished reading this book, Neither Friend Nor Foe, the European Neutrals in World War II by Jerrold M. Packard. It tells the story of Spain, Protugal, Swedon, Switzerland and Ireland during World War Two.
The author goes into great detail on each nation and explains why they declared themselved neutral and how they were able to stay neutral during the war.
There are no photos but some very interesting wargame secenarios. All of these countries worried at one time or another that the Germans or British or Americans or even the Soviet Union were about to invade them. Imagine Swiss vs USSR or a German invasion of Ireland, or perhaps Finns and Germans invade Swedon. Good book, a bit dry, but filled with stuff I never knew.
While shopping at Big Lots recently I found Secret Saturday toys on sale for $1.50 each. This is much cheaper than they were at other stores, and although you only get one or three toys, compared to most wargame products, particularly metal, they are an excellent value.
I pulled off the human part of the scorpion man and made this figure from a set of civilians for train sets.
This guy too, from a Dapol set.
Another Dapol lower half.
Three very different figures made from the same upper and different lower bodies. I still have three more to do before I am done.