Sunday, 16 August 2015
Rapid Fire! New additions to 1st US Armored Division in Tunisia, 1943 - M-7 SPG battalion
This battalion was made mainly using the Matchbox M-7 Priest, some OP Willys Jeep from Airfix and a Hasegawa 2-1/2 truck for ammo supply.
I tried to get the M-7's as colourful as possible so I grabbed all shiny details applied to US vehicles during the Tunisian campaign. The white stars have a blue background and yellow circle; there is a 'V' marking I saw in a B/W Picture and the US flag used at the time of Operation Torch painted in the MG pulpit. Also different camouflage was applied.
The figures come from many different places as I had only left a few of the originals. The others are serving Saddam Hussein's army and possibly somewhere else I can't remember. More about this in a series of future posts.
The Willys Jeep had some changes with the loss of the windscreen and the placing of the MG support close to the right seat. In the Tunisian campaign the MG's for the Jeeps were also switched for the more usual Browning .30 and the water cooled .50 instead of the kit's air cooled .50 cal. The radio figures are metal Irregular Miniatures.
The primer cloud was also used to finish one more M-7 Priest for the 11th Royal Horse Artillery....
... and a M-4 support HT with 81mm mortar for the late war period.