Progress with the 8th Army
I have been so absorbed with the NZTC Championsip Warhammer Fantasy Battles (and annual leave up in the sunny Bay of Islands) that I have neglected to update my 20mm blog to some extent.
Prior to Xmas I finished basing and almost finished painting a good deal of my 8th Army Desert/Italian Campaign Force. I started with the ANZAC Forces, using the Aussie Jungle Fighters by Airfix, and Indian Troops. I added a scattering of Ghurkas too, as they had the right headgear. Don't think they came out too bad. Down side to it all is that I had just finished repainting all my armour and guns for the European conflict...Oh well..
Anyhow, finally got to taking a few snaps, so here it is: The Allied defense of Wadi Ah Ful, somewhere in North Africa:
|Signals receive word that a Recce Patrol has sighted a German Recce and Tank Unit|
making its way towards Wadi Ah Ful
|The supply column hastily refuels and rearms the Diggers|
A Matilda Platoon from the Indian Company is sent out to reconnoitre
While British Crusaders move up to bolster the Aussie Digger Platoons moving out. The battery of 6pdr anti-tank guns are already dug in, and ready for any Fritz that pokes his nose over the dunes
A Unit of Grants move over to the ridge above the Wadi to give the Indians suporting fire. Two 17 pounders may not be enough...
Indian Recce patrol returns reporting that the German coloumn has just entered the South End of the Wadi
Aussie sappers lay another mine-field along the edge of the Wadi
While the Indian 17 pounders lay in wait
3 Platoons of Sikh warriors move out to meet the Desert Fox and his Afrika Korps
Anti-tank and Anti-Aircraft cover
Kurz und Lang: Two Models of the PzKfW IV roll into the South end of Wadi Ah Ful
German Recce Platoon racing down the dunes:
Two half-tracks, one a radio command vehicle, the other with a 20mm gun, and 3 SDKfz 222s each packing a 20mm cannon, 3 kubelwagens with Mg 34s, and a Kettenrad:
Clearly a hit-and-run Kampfgruppe
Methinks the element of surprise is gone.
Can we expect those verdamte Hurribombers or Beaufighters again?
But the Allies are prepared. View from the German (South end) of Wadi Ah Ful
PzKfw IVs eyeing the Matildas
They may just have bitten off more than they can chew...
View from the North