Partizan Plane Purchase pile was this rather smart Mossie in Southeast Asia RAF colours. I'm not sure which kit this is. Airfix perhaps?
Friday 30 June 2017
Thursday 29 June 2017
While visiting Col. Driant's command post and grave was clearly something of a niche interest, a more popular destination was Fort Douaumont. This was one of the more significant fortifications around Verdun and had been designed to defend the frontiers and deter a German invasion. Well, they tried.
Given the weight of fire which fell on Douaumont during the war, the surprise is not that it looks a bit knocked about but that so much of it is intact.
Above is one of the retractable armoured turrets.
The lavishly appointed latrines!
The inner workings of one of the armoured turrets
One of the chambers held this touching German memorial.
You may imagine what a relief it was to get outside again.
On the roof a number of the armoured observation cupolas survive..
...along with the rather splendid retractable turrets.
Tuesday 27 June 2017
Recalled to the army when war broke out, Driant was soon a Lt. Col in charge of two battalions of reservists, the 56th and 59th Chasseurs.
Driant criticised Joffre for denuding the Verdun fortresses of guns but his protests went unheeded. As if the Germans would ever attack Verdun...
Killed leading his men on the second day of the German attack, Driant was originally buried with full military honours by the Germans.He was later re-interred by the French and remains a national hero.
Above - the new Tomb. Below - the original (German) grave.
We pretty much had the hills to ourselves!
Col. Driant's HQ remains in remarkable good shape.
Tuesday 20 June 2017
On flew the bombers...
...skirting the barrage balloon...
...but what's this? Tally Ho!
One bomber was hit by party popper AA fire.
Target in sight - bombs away!
Monday 19 June 2017
This was a playtest of some mechanisms which will see the light of day in a future set of rules. I set up a WW1-era gun battery (above) as a target. The old Britains 18in howitzer skulks in a position made from the sandbag positions I mentioned a few weeks ago here.
The field of battle.
...but was soon dodging bullets.