Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Tiger I tanks by Roco Minitanks.
The tank is likely 40 years old. The gray soldier next to him by Caesar Miniatures is only a few years old.
Buildings are 15mm JR Miniatures and other companies.
Figures also include Dapol, and Odemars.
Vehicles are HO scale, I mix the HO scale vehicles with 1/72nd scale figures, have done so for 60 years.
I think they look fine together, even if the vehicles are slightly small.
Monday, June 29, 2020
Of course some people are afraid of the German tanks. And they peak out of broken windows.
But most of those in this town hope they can still win they war.
They see powerful tanks like these and hope they can turn the tide.
But it's only a drop in the ocean.
It's unlikely to turn the Red tide back.
Sunday, June 28, 2020
The Gauleiter and his secretary.
Come to see the giants pass by.
This way to the front!
It's not far now.
Soon they will have the enemy in their sights, and maybe be in the enemies sights too!
Saturday, June 27, 2020
Old men and young men unfit for front line service clear the rubble.
The tanks move slowly, don't break a track, or create wear on the transmission.
The mighty 88mm gun is still a potent weapon.
A mother worries about her little girl.
The American bombers did not come today, but the British may come tonight.
Who is the man in the trench coat, is he Gestapo?
Friday, June 26, 2020
The war is going badly.
Germany can still deploy strong forces in local areas.
Here a platoon of Tiger I tanks moves forward.
A few squads of infantry accompany them.
The people emerge from their ruins and wave to their soldiers.
Golden Pheasants watch gleefully as the mighty tanks rumble past.
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Roco Minitanks M60A1 tank model in HO scale.
This is one of my favorite tanks of all times.
And one of my favorite Roco vehicles.
Just enough detail for wargaming, easy to assemble and yet durable.
And just like the real M60A1 a great looking tank.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
US Army M60 tanks were never used in combat by the US Army.
Still they were a workhorse during the Cold War.
The 90mm gun on the M48 was considered enough to deal with any armor threat by the Viet Cong.
So the 105mm gunned M60 series was not deployed there.
Still they saw combat with other nations, the USMC, and were widely exported.
In service with the US Army for nearly 50 years, not too bad!
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
The advantage is the artillery is always moving.
So the enemy can't attack the fire base...
Because there isn't one.
It does make night security more difficult.
And requires a lot of coordination for re-supply.
However it is perfect for offensive operations where friendly forces are on the move and could otherwise outrun their artillery.
Monday, June 22, 2020
Mobile artillery battery.
Drive down the road, get a fire mission by radio...
Pull off the road, set up really quick...
Fire the mission...
Maybe fire a few follow up rounds....
Then drive away, shoot and scoot.
Sunday, June 21, 2020
US Army, Vietnam, heavy artillery battery.
Four M109 self-propelled 155mm howitzers.
A few infantry and M113 carriers.
A quick set up for a firebase.
Troops man the perimeter since there has been little time for defense building.