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  • #89797
    Avatar photoJemima Fawr
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    This week on Jemima Fawr’s blog, we’ve moved onto WW2, specifically Normandy, with the Battle of the Grimbosq Bridgehead:

    Normandy 1944: The Grimbosq Bridgehead 6-7 Aug 1944

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    #89831
    Avatar photoJemima Fawr
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    Cheers Tim!

    Yes, the aircraft are mine – they’re lovely single-piece lightweight resin models by Armaments in Miniature.  I also did the cluster of vehicles around the bridge, including the armoured car, which is indeed an Otter Light Recce Car!  🙂

    While the Otter LRC had been replaced in NW Europe by the Humber LRC as a frontline LRC with the Recce Regiments and RAF Regt, it was still widely used by the RE and RCE.  Some RE units even used Morris LRCs (as did the 1st Polish Armoured Div Engineers).

    Re ‘Calvaries’, they’re very common in France and other European mainly-Catholic countries (as are religious ‘grottos’ featuring the Virgin Mary).  The photo below is one I took of the actual Grimbsoq Calvary in 2012.  I made the model from a crucifix bought (appropriately enough) in Falaise.  On wartime British OS maps of France they were marked very much like churches with spires – a circle with a cross.  The circle would be filled black for a church or hollow for a calvary.  This led on at least one instance to a Highland battalion being given a ‘church spire’ as their axis of advance and primary objective, only then to wonder where the church and spire was, because all they could find was a flippin’ cross at the side of the road…

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    #89832
    Avatar photoJemima Fawr
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    Oh and they’re 15mm.  Paddy and Richard are VERY talented painters.

    If you’re wondering about those HQ tank antennae, Paddy’s ‘secret ingredient’ was brass-etched rotor blades made by Hallmark Models for 3mm Soviet helicopters… He only told us how it was done once they’d stopped producing them… The unutterable swine… But then he’s an RN submariner, so naturally untrustworthy…

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    #89833
    Avatar photoJemima Fawr
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    The model calvary is right in front of Max Wuensche’s command Panther in this photo.  It’s easy to miss:

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    #89834
    Avatar photoAlan Hamilton
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    but what’s a Calvary?

    A Calvary is a sculpture, painting or model of the crucifiction.  They are often found by the side of roads or in towns and villages.   There are many styles – crosses, crosses with a “roof”, stone/brick shrines etc

    #89835
    Avatar photoJemima Fawr
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    Nice one.  A lot of them still have battle-damage as well – there is a great example of a battle-damaged one at Fontenay le Pesnel, which is in a well-known sequence of photos from Operation MARTLET (6pdr deployed on a road, with KOd Panther and calvary behind) and is still there today.

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    #89840
    Avatar photoJemima Fawr
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    I don’t think that PSC were really doing anything very much back then.  It’s all resin/metal stuff – Battlefront, Skytrex and Peter Pig for the main part.

    My wargames blog: http://www.jemimafawr.co.uk/

    #89847
    Avatar photoEtranger
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    Oh and they’re 15mm. Paddy and Richard are VERY talented painters.

    If you’re wondering about those HQ tank antennae, Paddy’s ‘secret ingredient’ was brass-etched rotor blades made by Hallmark Models for 3mm Soviet helicopters… He only told us how it was done once they’d stopped producing them… The unutterable swine… But then he’s an RN submariner, so naturally untrustworthy…

    GHQ also do etched brass helicopter blades in 1/300 which might be an acceptable substitute. haven’t tried them yet myself.

    #89852
    Avatar photoMartinR
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    Lovely stuff, and one of my favourite Normandy battles. It is where Lt “Dead shot Dick” John Foley saw off an SS MG team with his Webley after his Churchill was knocked out by a Tiger.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    #89857
    Avatar photoJemima Fawr
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    Lovely stuff, and one of my favourite Normandy battles. It is where Lt “Dead shot Dick” John Foley saw off an SS MG team with his Webley after his Churchill was knocked out by a Tiger.

    And it’s a book I must get around to getting/reading!

    My wargames blog: http://www.jemimafawr.co.uk/

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