Wow! Not only is your latest army nicely done, but your research clearly shows you’ve put a lot of time and effort into making sure you did it right. Thanks for sharing all your findings.
I remember when I was young, that my friend’s uncle was a Leopard tank commander. He introduced two boys to wargaming, through SPI games, so I owe him a big debt of gratitude! I also remember that he quite liked when he was rotated to Germany, because he got to actually drive real tanks around.
If I remember correctly, when he was stationed in Canada in the late ’70s, they were forced to drive either Jeeps or Grizzlies around, and pretend they were in tanks. Just not the same, eh?
Sadly, I’ve lost all my notes made years ago from discussing all the details with veterans, so I’m hoping that some veterans correct my mistakes! 🙂
Yes, the Militia armoured regiments had Shermans for training until the 1970s, but they lost those at the same time the Canada-based regulars lost their Centurions. So after that it was a case of driving around in a VW Iltis or in a Grizzly/Cougar ‘tank trainer’ they were lucky (the vain hope being that if things went pear-shaped, the Americans would give them a pile of tanks from reserve stocks).