1st Armoured Division at ALAMEIN

1st Armoured Division in Box 37 has been getting a bit of work done to it over the weekend. They had a reorganisation and all their divisional tactical signs added, as best I can judge. For amusement, have a close look at the divisional Rhinos. With a bit of imagination, you can see pigs, poodles and sheep pretending to be rhinos. It’s why I don’t usually bother in this scale (I’m not fond of transfers either)! The whole exercise took longer than I thought, but was fun.

I came across this photo of 11th Honourable Artillery Company, and was surprised to see that the divisional flash is on the wrong side – so I have reproduced it as seen. They received their 24 Priests before 2nd Alamein¹

The odd-looking 6pdr on a plastic Hotwheels truck that is lurking in the top right of the photo above, is a placeholder for a Deacon.

  1.  Life in the Army – Chapter 11 — A Practically Unknown Train Stop Called El Alamein  Accessed on 29/12/2018 at: [ http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/56/a4454156.shtml ]

September 14, 1942
Rumours were rife that we were to have a new self propelled gun called a “Priest” and after a few days a batch of men were picked out to go to Heliopolis, which was in the Cairo area, to an American base, to learn how to use the new equipment.

Gunner Arthur Ward

The Regiment received a full quota of 24 Priests, but we learned later that the Americans had sent 72 in all, but all the others had been on a ship, which was sunk on the way across.

It thus turned out that we were to be the first British troops to use a self-propelled gun in action.

Major K Boulton


Filed under 15mm Miniatures Wargames, 8th Army - British and Commonwealth, Artillery, infantry, Modelling, Tanks, Trucks, Western Desert, WWII

3 responses to “1st Armoured Division at ALAMEIN

  1. I’m just finishing some armour for my Western Desert force and have yet to decide on camouflage and unit signs. I did buy some transfers, but I can’t decide if they fit my requirements (mainly because I don’t know what I want). I’ve got half a dozen matildas in Caunter but my new armour is just in desert yellow. I am going to try the black patches camo scheme on at least one to see how it goes.

    I love seeing these formation displays. Well done!

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    • Dear Mark,

      Thanks for the kind words. I came to the conclusion years ago that you can get away with most things modelling the 8th Army. It’s just nice if it happens to be more-or-less accurate. I’ve gone for the rag-tag look, but the John Sandars collection, modelled at brigade level, is probably much more accurate altogether, and might be worth a look. There is a link in my sidebar

      Regards, Chris.


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