Making ample use of eyewitness accounts from war diaries on both sides, and with a wealth of maps and photos in support, Arras Counterattack: 1940 follows developments from the British assembly areas and start lines to their high-water marks and Rommel’s improvised defense and riposte, achieving an immediacy that conveys to readers something very close to “what it was really like” on that day nearly 80 years ago.
New Panther tanks with accompanying infantry.
This modest setup was inspired by the Rommel in Africa books I recently reviewed. I have attempted to show a “Rommel” figure (one in and one out of the Sdkfz. 250/3 command vehicle) as if he is touring a defensive line or camp under construction.
In this era, one can find a great deal of information like that contained in these reference works by searching online, and that mode of exploration certainly holds its own pleasures. For myself, however, the book that contains the well organized work of someone who has invested more time and effort than I ever will — remains a pleasure worth maintaining.
This is the diorama inspired by my completion of early-war French tanks and a couple of new farmhouses…
Once I had broken through my reluctance with these kits, I found them rather enjoyable to build.
11th Armoured Division, Summer 1944, by Revell
M4 Mid-Production Variant by Trumpeter
Kits included: Airfix 1/76 Churchill Crocodile, Churchill Mk VII, and British Infantry; Revell 1/76 Dingo from “Monty’s Caravan”; Matchbox 1/76 Churchill AVRE; RPM 1/72 Staghound II. See the color set […]
Here is a fresh Normandy-ish diorama that incorporates several different vehicle types, chiefly Airfix’s 1/76 Churchill variants (Crocodile flamethrower and Mark VII), with Airfix’s new WWII British infantry.