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by gebhk
Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: German Pioneers 1940
Replies: 29
Views: 1142

Re: German Pioneers 1940

That's because girls grow up to be women (and stop playing with dolls) and boys grow up to become big boys who continue playing with toy soldiers. This is an interspecies thing. All my female cats behaved with commendable maturity in their later years. My current tomcat still occasionally chases his...
by gebhk
Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: Western Desert Indian Army
Replies: 9
Views: 412

Re: Western Desert Indian Army

Dan Talylor Modelworks do a nice set of Indian heads in a range of traditional headgear. Useful for converting those specialist figures.However, in the main, aside from Sikhs, tin hats were worn in combat AFAIK (but always very happy to be proved wrong), so I presume any Desert War/Mediterranean inf...
by gebhk
Wed Jun 17, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: German Pioneers 1940
Replies: 29
Views: 1142

Re: German Pioneers 1940

Hi Alas the only type of mine detector available to the German army (or any army) in 1940 was the Mk 1 Homo sapiens mit bajonett und zer death vish. So any prone figure prodding the ground with a bayonet with a look of intense concentration and possibly with a brown stain on the pants is what you ne...
by gebhk
Mon May 25, 2020 5:31 am
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: China Sino-Japanese war, 1930’s
Replies: 18
Views: 965

Re: China Sino-Japanese war, 1930’s

Len - agree with pretty much all you say. It is, in my opinion, not an unreasonable assumption that the Communists only survived the civil war because of the Japanese invasion and thereafter did very little other than build up their forces for a resumption of 'business as usual' after the war. My pr...
by gebhk
Wed May 20, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: China Sino-Japanese war, 1930’s
Replies: 18
Views: 965

Re: China Sino-Japanese war, 1930’s

FD Macri's book is a detailed analysis of what the 'Western World' did and did not do and why on a macro level. Alas when there is nothing on Chinese platoon, I officer, 31 men, 1 pistol, 3 rifles, a slingshot and a canary in a cage (the last a fabulous titbit in Harmsen's Shanghai book, that as a w...
by gebhk
Sun May 17, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: China Sino-Japanese war, 1930’s
Replies: 18
Views: 965

Re: China Sino-Japanese war, 1930’s

Peter Harmsen's Shanghai 1937. Stalingrad on the Yangtze (Casemate 2013) is another 'must'. There is also a lengthy Japanese contemporaneous film floating around on the web. Unlike much of the WW2 dross, the Japanese went out of their way to show all the various arms and services involved in an 'ana...
by gebhk
Wed May 13, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: 1940 German Cavalry
Replies: 10
Views: 906

Re: 1940 German Cavalry

Hi TT- the 1st Cavalry Division wasn't formed until after 4 October '39, ie after the conclusion of the campaign and after Brigade had been withdrawn from Poland back to Germany. The 1st Cavalry Brigade from which the division was formed subsequently, fought from 1-16 September. It was then stabled ...
by gebhk
Tue May 12, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: 1940 German Cavalry
Replies: 10
Views: 906

Re: 1940 German Cavalry

Poland 1939 were the Germans have more cavalry troops then the Poles. I am pretty sure that is not the case. The Poles fielded 11 horse cavalry brigades and other odds and sods to the Germans' 1. Otherwise both armies' infantry regiments had a cavalry scout platoon and infantry divisions had a cava...
by gebhk
Fri May 08, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: 1940 German Cavalry
Replies: 10
Views: 906

Re: 1940 German Cavalry

I'm not sure if this is what you mean, but we made a Henschel 33 truck towing a trailer - in this case both loaded with an infantry wagon, its 'tractor units' and human attendants. This was based on a photograph of (I believe) 170 Infantry Division units during the invasion of Denmark. The trailer w...
by gebhk
Wed May 06, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: Draft Danish List 1940
Replies: 24
Views: 4762

Re: Draft Danish List 1940

I don't see why there would be a need to convert Danes from anything in 1/72.
Hence my comment that there are easier ways of procuring 1/72 Danes nowadays. Nevertheless, since the subject came up, I thought it was worth celebrating Adrian's heroic contribution to wargaming the Danish Army :D