Monday, 24 September 2012

4 Division Cuirassée de Réserve

Some years after I put together 1 DCR a further influx of French tanks allowed me to form another such division.  You're right - one is probably enough, but what was I to do? 
Mostly these toys came from Ian Lowell, rounded out with couple of Bring and Buy purchases at shows.  Like 1 DCR, the unit is based around the good old Matchbox Char B kit.
The division also has this splendid resin (unknown maker) Renault D.2.
The artillery regiment with a cut-down 75mm gun and beautiful Ian Lowell scratchbuilt Unic halftrack.
Laffly W15TCC - a scratchbuilt SP 47mm AT gun.
The unusually tall Division CO.  In 1940 4DCR was commanded by a Colonel De Gaulle.  I wonder what became of him...
The transport train - hacked about cheap plastic toy lorries.
The assembled division - training hard to defend against a German invasion.


Peter Douglas said...


How did you account for the height of the Grand Asparagus?



Tim Gow said...

Peter Douglas
I confess that it didn't occur to me at the time, but he's a Raventhorpe figure so quite a big lad.

Counterpane said...

I've got 4DCR in 6mm. Mine uses impressed civilian buses for transport as I think the real thing did. You may want to have another trawl of Sheffield's flea markets!

Tim Gow said...

With only a single infantry battalion to transport I had no trouble finding the correct quantity (one!) of scratchbodged Chenilettes.

Wargame News and Terrain Blog, said...

Looks great!

Peter Douglas said...


So we'll count this as a fortuitous accident. Is the nose suitably to scale for mon General?

Also I note that you're already on your way to invading Dakar - you've got your Free French CinC.


Tim Gow said...

Wargame news and terrain
Thanks - mostly other people's hard work with repairs and rebasing by me.

Tim Gow said...

Peter Douglas
Who do you think was the inspiration for Concorde's nose?

Paul said...

A single Infantry Battalion probably means a short stay on the table.

Interesting outfit with a all the usual French vices. I do like the paintwork on the armour.

Well done.

Tim Gow said...

To say these toys came from at least four sources they look surprisingly good together!

Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

A fierce some fighting force for sure ;)

The heroic French

Where did it all go wrong?

Tim Gow said...

Sometime in the 1920s I think....

Archduke Piccolo said...

More like 1870 - Louis Napoleon wasn't very good at selecting generals (I except Ducrot: anyone who could recognise a truly disastrous military situation (Sedan) in these deathless terms has to have some ability:'Nous sommes dans un pot de chambre, et nous y serons immerdes.') From the beginning of the Third republic, it was downhill all the way.

Al said...

Cool transport! Another excellent French unit Tim

Tim Gow said...

Archduke Piccolo
You could be right!

Tim Gow said...

I like to post a French unit every so often just to keep you motivated!