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On the Workbench – Ground Crews

As aircraft fly in to the NQM boxes, they need ground crew to keep them in the air. My last purchase of Skytrex Italians left me with a fair number of spare figures, even after building a couple of infantry divisions. I could find very little by way of original pictures of Italian or Soviet ground support equipment- generator trailers and the like – so it left me a free hand to improvise with the central part of an Airfix 8.8cm Flak bogie in 20mm scale. A couple of spare wheels glued on was all it took.

Soviet Ground Crews with generator trailers

The Italians fared better with a couple of bicycles and some 1/300th scale signal bodies doubling as generators.

Italian Ground Crew

Finally, a couple of figures chopped off at the legs provided a dug-in security detachment.

Italian Airfield Security Detachments

Here they are with slightly more than an undercoat on them.

Signals Truck Painted

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On the Workbench – Signals/Command Truck

Scratchbuilt Signal Truck

Signals Truck - Side View

This conversion is another “Truck from Trash” that may have plumbed new depths in trashiness. The original toy could be seen gracing BOX 024, as one of three massively oversized models pretending to be heavy trucks. It once had a G.I. Joe missile on the back or some other such nonsense, but has done years of service as a slightly-better-than-card 3D marker.

Signal Truck Front View

The captured Granit command van next to it gives an idea of scale, which from the side is not too bad. What lets 20mm scale trucks down is always the width and height, so out came the X-Acto razor saw to remove a 5mm fillet from the centreline. Thin card covered the gap, and boxwood carved to shape provided the cabin on the back. I went for the look of a truck that had been pressed into service with a civilian railway hut put onto the flatbed on the back. I should have reduced the height of the cab to complete the illusion; it looked good enough without doing this though. Sometimes one just has to know when to stop. The picture below shows the width difference between the original shocker and its filleted cousin..

Signals Truck Painted

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Storm from the Northwest – Days 6 to 9

Six months of real time have elapsed since day five of this battle and its resumption on day six. To recreate a long narrow thrust along a railway line in hilly, forested country, the operation is now being prosecuted along the length of my pasting table, again with the lateral scale massively compressed. YesthatPhil took most of the photos for this battle as his camera skills exceed mine by a considerable margin.

The Key Rail JunctionLink to the map

Day six of the offensive began with 4th Tank Corps continuing the attack west along the line of the railway to VELIKIE LUKIE. The  Soviet infantry in the line regrouped and paused as 1st Guards Rifle Division passed through the forward positions and assembled for an assault. Heavy artillery support began to pound VYSHNY VOLOCHYOK.

vyshny volochyok 1942http://city.samondeo.com/vyshny-volochyok-russia.php

From the contemporary aerial photographs, note the relatively open nature of the suburbs and railway sidings even today, apart from the town centre.

Vyshny region today

Army Level Artillery Close Up to the Front Line

4th Tank Corps continued to press west, with 16th Motor Rifle Corps following on, poised to support either 1GR or 4Tk.

4TK Corps Advance

The regrouped Silesians of 8th Infantry Division in VYSHNY VOLOCHYOK braced themselves for a renewed infantry assault as 1st Guards Rifle Division shook out into attack formation, supported by Katyushas, Sturmoviks and KV-1s. Apparently the latter were more plentiful in the north.

1GDs Assault

Historically, 8th Inf were a good unit with a distinguished reputation. They suffered heavy casualties in the initial campaign and were returned to France to convert to a Jäger division; their model counterparts fared no less well. Despite spirited counterattacks that caused delays of a day, they were pushed out of the city with heavy losses by 1GR, reinforced by 16MR when the first assault showed signs of losing momentum.

KV1 of 16 MR Breaks in

Ideally, you would really like something heavier than 3.7cm anti-tank against KV-1s. Yes, those are Soviets behind the dug-in anti-tank position. No, those are not party balloons, they are pin markers*.

Meanwhile, 4Tk were stopping for nothing and no-one. They met the advanced positions of a defended belt and attacked it straight from the line of march … with not unexpected results. Plenty more light armour was available if it was needed. 4Tk‘s T-70s discovered the defending minefields in the traditional way. This is why the Desantny prefer to ride on the T-34s if anyone gives them a choice.

4TK Assault From Line of March

Some distance into difficult country astride the railway, 269 Infantry Division‘s main defensive line provided the defence in depth for the front.

269INF Reserve Defence

Katyushas and infantry deployed as the armour fought on down the railway. More Sturmoviks appeared overhead; “… wo ist die Luftwaffe?” The heavy and medium dice below are all falling on the German infantry!

4Tk Corps Hit Back

When all seemed lost, 8th Panzer Division appeared in a counter attack. The bulk of the division was strung across the frozen countryside, but enough appeared to persuade the Soviets that there would be no more progress on this axis of advance before further reinforcements arrived.

8PZ Div Counterattack

*Thanks to Jaap Boender for pointing out on Facebook that the pins look like party balloons.

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PSC Fallschirmjägers Announced

PSC FallschirmJaegers

I had been looking forward to the release of the Plastic Soldier Company Fallschirmjägers, and particularly their heavy weapons, so it is  disappointing to see that they have continued the 15mm trend set by Flames of War to produce stumpy figures with no abdomens. These figures have been “Warhammered” to scale a 20mm figure down to i5mm size.

*Sigh* Folk will love them; sales will boom and it is the sensible commercial choice, but my choice of true-scale figure packs is limited to the original two that PSC brought out. On the bright side, if I paint the faces green, they will be perfect for Orkschirmjäger ’45K™. Moving swiftly on …

It goes without saying that every time I get pompous about unrealistic, pumped-up sculpting, the net proves me wrong!

Fat para 2

Above: Realistic sculpt.

Fat Fallschirmjaeger

… The life model class that it was taken from.

The mystery of why the Luftwaffe felt obliged to develop the Me-323 Gigant transporter is solved at last; it was nothing to do with airlifting tanks at all.

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8th Army Order of Battle at Alamein

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This humungous post is still a work in progress for a battle a year or so in the future. Eventually it will form part of a Campaign Orders of Battle page.

8th Army

Lieutenant General Bernard Montgomery

Comd staff car (C3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

Under direct Army Command

  • 12th Anti-Aircraft Brigade

    • 14th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery

      • Morris Limber (s3), 40mm Bofors AA (s3) (or portee)

    • 16th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery

      • Morris Limber (s3), 40mm Bofors AA (s3) (or portee)
    • 27th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery

      • Morris Limber (s3), 40mm Bofors AA (s3) (or portee)
    • 88th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery

      • Matador Limber (s3), 3.7″  AA (s3)
    • 94th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery

      • Matador Limber (s3), 3.7″  AA (s3)
    • 27th (London Electrical Engineers) Searchlight Regiment, Royal Artillery (two troops)

      • Searchlight

  • 2nd Anti-Aircraft Brigade (for HQ and railway protection[1]) HQ with 8th Army HQ

    • 2nd Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery

      • Morris Limber (s3), 40mm Bofors AA (s3)

    • 69th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery (199th and 261st batteries)

      • Matador Limber (s3), 3.7″  AA (s3)
  • 21st Indian Infantry Brigade Brigadier J.J. Purves (reforming; used for HQ protection, camouflage and guard duties[1]) HQ with 8th Army HQ

    • 1st Battalion, 6th Rajputana Rifles

      • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
    • 3rd Battalion, 7th Rajput Regiment

      • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
    • 2nd Battalion, 8th Gurkha Rifles

      • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
    • 9th Indian Field Company, Indian Engineers

      • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)

Army Troops

  • 6th South African Armoured Car Regiment (One troop)

    • Marmon-Herrington III
  • B Squadron, 6th Royal Tank Regiment

    • Crusader II Tank (could be Grant or Stuart M3) (S1)
  • 566th Army Troops Company, Royal Engineers

    • Sapper (E3)
  •  568th Army Troops Company, Royal Engineers
    • Sapper (E3)
  • 25th Field Company, South African Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 27th Field Company, South African Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 31st Field Company, South African Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 1st? Tank Delivery Regiment
    • Scammel Tank Transporter (L1)
  • 8th Army Signals

    • “Monty’s Caravan” Signals Truck (s3)

X Corps

Lieutenant-General Herbert Lumsden

Comd staff car (C3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • 571st Field Company, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 572nd Field Company, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 573rd Field Company, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 570th Field Park Company, Royal Engineers

    • Low Loader (L3), D7 bulldozer (L3)
  • X Corps Signals

    • Signals Truck (C3)

1st Armoured Division

Major-General Raymond Briggs

Comd staff car (C3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • 1st Field Squadron, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 9th Field Park Squadron, Royal Engineers (from 8th Armd Div)

    • Low Loader (L3), D7 bulldozer (L3)
  • 1st Armoured Division Signals

    • Signals Truck (C3)
2nd Armoured Brigade

Brigadier Arthur Fisher

Crusader (C3), Dingo  Armd Car (C3), Signals Truck (C3)

92 Sherman, 68 Crusader, one Grant = 161 tanks[2] (3 Shermans, 2 Crusaders)

7th Motor Brigade

Brigadier Thomas J. Bosville

Dingo  Armd Car (C3), Signals Truck (C3)

  • 2nd Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps

    • Comd Carrier + MMG + 3″ Mortar (CS3), 2 Rifles in Carrier (F3*), Carrier  + 6pdr Atk (S2)
  • 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade (detached less support company to Hammerforce)

  • 7th Battalion, Rifle Brigade

    • Comd Carrier + MMG + 3″ Mortar (CS3), 2 Rifles in Carrier (F3*), Carrier  + 6pdr Atk (S2)
Hammerforce (attached from 8th Armoured Division)
  • 4th/6th South African Armoured Car Regiment

    • 3 Marmon-Herrington III (@R1)
  • 146th (Pembroke & Cardiganshire) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 73rd Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • Universal Carrier (S3), 6pdr (S3)
  • 56th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • Morris Limber (s3), 40mm Bofors AA (s3) (or portee)
  • Z Company, 1st Battalion, Royal Northumberland Fusiliers (machine gun)

  • 7th Field Squadron, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 9th Field Squadron, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)

10th Armoured Division

Major-General Alexander Gatehouse

Comd staff car (C3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • 2nd Field Squadron, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 3rd Field Squadron, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 6th Field Squadron, Royal Engineers (attached from 8th Armoured Division)

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 141st Field Park Squadron, Royal Engineers

    • Low Loader (L3), D7 bulldozer (L3)
  • 10th Armoured Division Signals

    • Signals Truck (C3)
8th Armoured Brigade

Brigadier Edward C.N. Custance

Crusader II (C3), Dingo  Armd Car (C3), Signals Truck (C3)

45 Crusaders, 57 Grants, 31 Sherman = 133 tanks (1 Crusader, 2 Grants , 1 Sherman)

 24th Armoured Brigade (attached from 8th Armoured Division)

Crusader II (C3), Dingo  Armd Car (C3), Signals Truck (C3)

Brigadier Arthur G. Kenchington

2 Grants, 93 Shermans, 45 Crusaders = 140 tanks (1 Crusader, 3 Shermans)

133rd Infantry Brigade (attached from 44th Infantry Division)

Brigadier Alec W. Lee

  • 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 4th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 5th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • W Company, 1st Battalion, Royal Northumberland Fusiliers (machine gun) (attached from 8th Armoured Division)

8th Armoured Division

Major-General Charles Gairdner

Comd staff car (C3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

(all brigades stripped away from the division prior to the Second Battle of El Alamein)

23rd Armoured Brigade
24th Armoured Brigade
133rd Infantry Brigade

Support Units

8th Support Group
  • 6th Field Squadron, Royal Engineers (detached to 10th Armoured Division)

  • 9th Field Squadron, Royal Engineers (detached to 1st Armoured Division)

  • 145th Field Park Squadron, Royal Engineers

  • 8th Armoured Division Signals

    • Signals truck (C3)

XIII Corps

Lieutenant-General Brian Horrocks

Comd staff car (C3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • 4th/6th South African Armoured Car Regiment (one troop)

    • Marmon Herrington armoured car(R1)
  • 578th Army Field Company, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 576th Corps Field Park Company, Royal Engineers

    • Low Loader (L3), D7 bulldozer (L3)
  • XIII Corps Signals

    • Signals truck (C3)

50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division

Major-General John Nichols

Comd staff car (C3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • 2nd Battalion, Cheshire Regiment (machine gun battalion)

  • 233rd Field Company, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 505th Field Company, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 235th Field Park Company, Royal Engineers

    • Low loader (L3), D7 bulldozer (E3)
  • 50th Northumbrian Division Signals

    • Signals Truck (C3)
1st Greek Infantry Brigade

Colonel Pausanias Katsotas

Comd in Jeep,

  • 1st Infantry Battalion

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), Vickers MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 2nd Infantry Battalion

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), Vickers MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 3rd Infantry Battalion

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), Vickers MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 1st Greek Field Artillery Regiment

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 1st Greek Machine Gun Company

    • MMG (S1)
  • 1st Greek Field Company, Greek Engineers

    • Sapper (E1)
151st Infantry Brigade (attached to 2nd New Zealand Division 29 October to 3 November)

Brigadier Joscelyn E.S. Percy

Comd in staff car (C3), Signals van (C3)

  • 6th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 8th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 9th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
69th Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Edward C. Cooke-Collis

  • 5th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 6th Battalion, Green Howards

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 7th Battalion, Green Howards

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
2nd Free French Brigade Group (under command)
  • 5th Battalion de Marche

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), Vickers MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 11th Battalion de Marche

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), Vickers MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 21st and 23rd North African Anti-Tank Companies

    • Fordson WOt2 25mm CLA portee (S2)
  • 2nd Company, Free French Engineers

44th (Home Counties) Infantry Division

Major-General Ivor T.P.Hughes

Comd staff car (C3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • 44th Reconnaissance Battalion (detached to 7th Armoured Division)

  • 6th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment (machine gun battalion)

  • 53rd Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 57th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 58th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 65th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 57th Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • Universal Carrier (L3), 6pdr (S3)
  • 30th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • Morris Limber (s3), 40mm Bofors AA (s3) (or portee)
  • 11th Field Company, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 209th Field Company, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 210th Field Company, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 211th Field Park Company, Royal Engineers

    • Low Loader (L3), D7 bulldozer (L3)
  • 577th Army Field Company, Royal Engineers (attached)

    • Sapper (E3)
  • 44th Home Counties Division Signals

    • Signals Truck (C3)
131st Infantry Brigade

Brigadier William Donovan Stamer

Comd staff car (C3), signals van (C3)

  • 1/5th Battalion, Queen’s Royal Regiment (West Surrey)

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 1/6th Battalion, Queen’s Royal Regiment (West Surrey)

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 1/7th Battalion, Queen’s Royal Regiment (West Surrey)

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
132nd (Kent) Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Lashmer Whistler

Comd staff car (C3), signals van (C3)

133rd (Lorried) Infantry Brigade

Detached to 10th Armoured Division

7th Armoured Division

Major-General John Harding

Comd staff car (C3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • 1st Household Cavalry Regiment

    • 3 Daimler armoured car (@R1)
  • 11th Hussars [under command from 4th Armoured Brigade, in reserve]

    • 3 Morris CS9 armoured car (@R1)
  • 2nd Derbyshire Yeomanry [under command from 8th Armoured Div]

    • 2 Humber A/C (R1), Bren Carrier (R1)
  • 44th Reconnaissance Regiment (under comd from 44th Inf Div)

    • Universal Carrier (R3), Dingo lt recce car (R3)
  • 4th Field Squadron, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 21st Field Squadron, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 143rd Field Park Squadron, Royal Engineers

    • Low Loader (L3), D7 bulldozer (L3)
  • 7th Armoured Division Signals

    • Dorchester Armoured Command Vehicle (C3)
4th Light Armoured Brigade

Brigadier Marcus G. Roddick

M3 Stuart Tank (C3)

57 (2) Stuart, 14 (1) Grant = 71 tanks and 9 armoured cars

  • Royal Scots Greys

    • M3 Stuart Tank (C3)
  • 4th/8th Hussars

    • M3 Grant Tank (C3)
  • 1st Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps

    • Comd Carrier + MMG + 3″ Mortar (CS3), 2 Rifles in 15cwt truck (F3), 15cwt truck  + 2pdr Atk (S2)
22nd Armoured Brigade

Brigadier George “Pip” Roberts

M3 Stuart Tank (C3)

57 (2) Grant, 50 (2) Crusader, 19 (1) Stuart = 126 tanks

1st Free French Brigade Group (under command)

Brigadier Marie Pierre Koenig

Comd Jeep (C3), signals van (L3)

  • 1st Battalion, Foreign Legion

    • Comd, Hotchkiss MMG, 81mm Mortar (CS3), 3 Rifles (s3)
  • 2nd Battalion, Foreign Legion

    • Comd, Hotchkiss MMG, 81mm Mortar (CS3), 3 Rifles (s3)
  • 3rd Battalion, Pacific Marine Infantry

    • Comd, Hotchkiss MMG, 81mm Mortar (CS3), 3 Rifles (s3)
  • 3rd Field Regiment, Royal Artillery (attached)

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 1st Free French Artillery Regiment

    • FOO (O1), Renault limber (S3), 75mm gun (S3)
  • 2nd Anti-Aircraft Company, 1st Marine Fusiliers

  • 2nd Free French Anti-Tank Company

  • 22nd North African Anti-Tank Company

    • Fordson WOt2 25mm CLA portee (S2)
  • 1st Field Company, Free French Engineers

    • Sapper (E1)

with (under command)

  • 1st Free French Flying Column

    • Automitrailleuse Dodge ‘Tanake'(F2),
  • Armoured Car Squadron and Portee troop, 1st Marocco Spahis

    • Portee 75mm M1897 or ‘Conus gun’ SPG (S3)
  • 1st Free French Tank Company

    • Crusader III Tank (S1)
  • Anti-Aircraft troop, 1st Battalion, Foreign Legion

    • ?25 mm CA mle 39 towed/portee (S2)?

XXX Corps

Lieutenant General Oliver Leese

Comd in staff car (S3)

  • XXX Corps Defence Squadron

    • ??? MMG (S1)
  • C Squadron, 4th/6th South African Armoured Car Regiment

    • Marmon Herrington (R1)
  • 66th Mortar Company, Royal Engineers (two sections detached to 9th Australian Division. Fired only HE during the campaign but trained for chemical warfare)

    • 4.2″ Mortar (S1)
  • 11th Field Company, South African Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 13th Field Company, South African Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 22nd Field Park Company, South African Engineers

    • Low Loader (L3), D7 bulldozer (L3)
  • XXX Corps Signals

    • Signals truck (C3)

9th Australian Division

Major General Leslie Morshead

Comd staff car (C3)

  • 9th Division Cavalry Regiment

    • Crusader III or M3 Stuart Tank (F3)
  • 2/2nd Machine Gun Battalion

  • 2/3rd Pioneer Battalion

    • Truck (L3), Comd, 2 Pioneers (E3)
  • 2/7th Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 2/8th Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 2/12th Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 3rd Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery

    • Universal Carrier (S3), 6pdr (S3)
  • 4th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery

    • Morris Limber (s3), 40mm Bofors AA (s3) (or portee)
  • 2/3rd Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 2/7th Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 2/13th Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 2/4th Field Park Company, Royal Australian Engineers

    • Low loader (L3), D7 bulldozer (L3)
  • 9th Australian Division Signals

    • Signals truck (C3)
24th Australian Brigade

Brigadier Arthur H.L. Godfrey

Comd staff car (C3), signals van (C3)

  • 2/28th Australian Infantry Battalion, Western Australia (WA)

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 2/32nd Australian Infantry Battalion, Victoria (Vic.)

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 2/43rd Australian Infantry Battalion, South Australia (SA)

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
26th Australian Brigade

Brigadier David A. Whitehead

Comd staff car (C3), signals van (C3)

  • 2/23rd Australian Infantry Battalion, Vic.

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 2/24th Australian Infantry Battalion, Vic.

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 2/48th Australian Infantry Battalion, SA

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
20th Australian Brigade

Brigadier H. Wrigley

Comd staff car (C3), signals van (C3)

  • 2/13th Australian Infantry Battalion, New South Wales (NSW)

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 2/15th Australian Infantry Battalion, Queensland (Qld)

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 2/17th Australian Infantry Battalion, NSW

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)

51st Highland Infantry Division

Major General Douglas Wimberley

Comd staff car (C3)

  • 126th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 127th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 128th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 61st Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • Universal Carrier (S3), 6pdr (S3)
  • 40th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • Morris Limber (s3), 40mm Bofors AA (s3) (or portee)
  • 274th Field Company, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 275th Field Company, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 276th Field Company, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 239th Field Park Company, Royal Engineers

    • Low Loader (L3), D7 bulldozer (L3)
  • 51st Highland Division Signals

    • Signals Truck (C3)
152nd Infantry Brigade

Brigadier George Murray

Comd in staff car (C3), signals van (C3)

  • 2nd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 5th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 5th Battalion, Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
153rd Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Douglas Graham

Comd in staff car (C3), signals van (C3)

  • 5th Battalion, Black Watch

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 5th/7th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
154th Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Henry W. Houldsworth

  • 1st Battalion, Black Watch

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 7th Battalion, Black Watch

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 7th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)

2nd New Zealand Division

Lieutenant-General Bernard Freyberg

Comd in staff car (C3)

  • 4th Field Regiment, Royal New Zealand Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 5th Field Regiment, Royal New Zealand Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 6th Field Regiment, Royal New Zealand Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 7th Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal New Zealand Artillery

    • Universal Carrier (S3), 6pdr (S3)
  • 14th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal New Zealand Artillery

    • Morris Limber (s3), 40mm Bofors AA (s3) 
  • 6th Field Company, Royal New Zealand Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 7th Field Company, Royal New Zealand Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 8th Field Company, Royal New Zealand Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 5th Field Park Company, Royal New Zealand Engineers

    • Low Loader (L3), D7 bulldozer (L3)
  • 2nd New Zealand Division Signals

    • Signals truck (C3)
5th New Zealand Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Howard Kippenberger

Comd in staff Car (C3), signals van (C3)

  • 21st Battalion, New Zealand Infantry

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 22nd Battalion, New Zealand Infantry

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 23rd Battalion, New Zealand Infantry

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 28th (Māori) Battalion, New Zealand Infantry

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
6th New Zealand Infantry Brigade

Brigadier William Gentry

Comd in staff car (C3), signals van (C3)

  • 24th Battalion, New Zealand Infantry

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 25th Battalion, New Zealand Infantry

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 26th Battalion, New Zealand Infantry

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
9th Armoured Brigade

Brigadier John Currie

Crusader III Tank (C3)

35 (1) Sherman, 37 (1) Grant, 46 (2) Crusader =118

1st South African Infantry Division

Major-General Dan Pienaar

Comd Dingo (C3),  signals van (C3)

  • 8th Royal Tank Regiment (attached from 23rd Armoured Brigade, in reserve until 31 Oct)[nb 1]

    • Valentine II Tank (C3)
  • 3rd South African Armoured Car Reconnaissance Regiment

    • 3 Marmon Herrington arrmd cars (@R1)
  • Regiment President Steyn (machine gun battalion)

  • 2nd Regiment Botha (in reserve until 31 October)

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 1st Field Regiment, Cape Field Artillery, South African Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 4th Field Regiment, South African Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 7th Field Regiment, South African Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 1st Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, South African Artillery

    • Morris Limber (s3), 40mm Bofors AA (s3)
  • 1st Anti-Tank Regiment, South African Artillery

    • Universal Carrier (S3), 6pdr (S3)
  • 1st Field Company, South African Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 2nd Field Company, South African Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 3rd Field Company, South African Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 5th Field Company, South African Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 19th Field Park Company, South African Engineers

    • Low Loader (L3), D7 bulldozer (L3)
  • 1st South African Division Signals

    • Signals truck (C3)
1st South African Infantry Brigade

Brigadier E.P. Hartshorn

Comd staff car (C3)

2nd South African Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Evered Poole

Comd Staff Car (C3)

  • 1st Cape Town Highlanders

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), Vickers MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 1st Natal Mounted Rifles

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), Vickers MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 1st/2nd Field Force Battalion

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), Vickers MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
3rd South African Infantry Brigade

Brigadier R.J. Palmer

Comd staff car (C3), signals van (C3)

4th Indian Infantry Division

Major-General Francis Tuker

Comd India Patt Carrier (C3), signals van (C3)

  • 1st Field Regiment Royal Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 11th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 32nd Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 149th Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • India Patt Carrier (S3), 6pdr (S3)
  • 57th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • Morris Limber (s3), 40mm Bofors AA (s3) (or portee)
  • 2nd Field Company, Bengal Sappers and Miners

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 4th Field Company, Bengal Sappers and Miners

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 12th Field Company, Madras Sappers and Miners

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 11th Field Park Company, Madras Sappers and Miners

    • Low Loader (L3), D7 bulldozer (L3)
  • 4th Indian Division Signals

    • Signals truck (C3)
5th Indian Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Dudley Russell

Comd India Patt Carrier (C3), signals van (C3)

  • 1/4th Battalion, Essex Regiment

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 4th (Outram’s) Battalion, 6th Rajputana Rifles

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 3rd (Queen Mary’s Own) Battalion, 10th Baluch Regiment

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
7th Indian Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Arthur Holworthy

Comd India Patt Carrier (C3), signals van (C3)

61st Indian Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Francis E.C. Hughes

Comd India Patt Carrier (C3), signals van (C3)

Corps Reserve

23rd Armoured Brigade

Brigadier George W. Richards

186 (6) Valentine tanks

  • 121st Field Regiment, Royal Artillery (Used as close support for the Valentine Regts)

    •   3 ton truck limber (L3), Bishop self-propelled 25pdrs (S3 or 3 x S1)
  • 168th Battery, 56th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • Morris Limber (s1), 40mm Bofors AA (s1) (or portee)
  • 295th Army Field Company, Royal Engineers (three troops detached to 50th Royal Tank Regiment with 51st (Highland) Division)

Notes:

I do not show machine gun battalions, as I account for the guns in the infantry battalions.  Use of 4.2″ mortar HE ammunition is mentioned mainly in 66 Smoke Squadron RE.

Note also links within the text referring to regimental histories, mainly to determine which equipment was in use at the time of the battle. Where no evidence could be found, I have gone with the most likely TO&E, simplified for NQM, so for example, an armoured brigade that would have had a mix of tanks in each regiment has been shown with one tank type in each.

There is considerable lattitude in representing command stands. Use whatever command vehicles you have.

Sources

This monster post was cut and pasted from Wickipedia at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Battle_of_El_Alamein_order_of_battle [Accessed 3/8/2015]

then modified for formatting and NQM orbat strengths.

The following sources were referred to:

British Forces Battle of El Alamein 23 October 1942 Available from: http://www.cgsc.edu/CARL/nafziger/942BJOC.pdf [Accessed 3 Aug 2015]

War Diaries for 2nd Royal Gloucestershire Hussars. Available at:  http://www.warlinks.com/armour/2nd_rgh/index.php [Accessed 3/8/2015]

Alamein by C.E.Lucas Phillips (1965). Pan Books, London

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On the Workbench – 90th Light Division

Stuff that has been lying around for a while had a reshuffle and some work as 90th Light (Afrika) Division* is assembled. Some familiar pieces of equipment are standing in until the correct models are purchased. A trawl of my spare infantry boxes by General Heldenkleber raised enough grenadiers to fill a softskin-mounted regiment, but a few more trucks are needed – can’t have too many of them y’know. The last two 250s have been cobbled together for the gepanzert battalion**

On the Workbench 001

Yesthatphil has pimped the surplus Steyr Kfz70*** that I gave him, which prompted me to fill mine with a few PSC seated infantry and a spare tank commander who should probably be standing on the rear parcel shelf to get that extra bit of height in the desert. Phil’s Italian crew have decided that their mount would look better with a Breda cannon, racing stripes and cool shades for the crew – that sort of thing. My HQ staff have just added some clutter and spread themselves around on the back seats a bit.

90th Light Afrika Division WIPInevitably, with the changing orbat of this division that only lasted for 2 years in the desert, my orbat is a composite.

*90th Light Afrika Motorized Division (Nafziger, 2001):

288th Sonderverband Panzer Grenadier Regiment
155th Motorised Infantry Regiment
580th Reconnaissance Company
606th Army Light AA Battalion
361st Afrika Artillery Battalion, with 3 Batteries of 4 – 105mm Howitzers each
1 AA Battery with (12 – 20mm AA Guns)
Fallschirmjäger (Parachute) Lehr Battalion (700 – 1,200 men in Martuba, 360 present on 1/6/42)
90th Light Afrika Motorized Division (Feldgrau, 2015):
155th Rifle Regiment
200th Motorized Infantry Regiment
361st Africa (Infantry) Regiment
361st Artillery Battalion
190th Tank Destroyer Battalion
Motorised Recce Company 580
Motorised Signals Company 190
Heavy Infantry Gun Company 707
Heavy Infantry Gun Company 708
Nafziger G., (2001) The Afrika Korps: an Organizational History 1941-1943, Nafziger Collection.
Pipes, J. (n.d.) 90.leichte-Afrika-Division http://www.feldgrau.com/leInfDivAfk.php?ID=1  [Accessed 21 July 2015]
**288th Sonderverband Panzer Grenadier Regiment had no armoured transport. These guys are just standing in on their way to Russia until more trucks arrive.
*** Phil can tell a Steyr from a Horsch, even if I can’t.

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Panzer Marsch!

15th and 21st Panzer DivisionsIt is some time since 15th and 21st Panzer Divisions shook out into march formation on the desert sands. Here is progress to date as they form up ready to attack:

15th Panzer Division - 1

New additions to 15th Panzer Division include a new SdKfz 10/4 at bottom right protecting the divisional headquarters and an SdKfz 11 towing the 7.62cm PaK 38 (r) at top left. My SdKfz 250/10 is now in the gepanzert grenadier battalion at middle left.

21st Panzer Division - 1

Similarly,  21st Panzer Division sports a new SdKfz 10/4 at bottom right  and an SdKfz 11 towing the 7.62cm PaK 38 (r) at top left. The gepanzert grenadier battalion at middle left has a new SdKfz 250/11, with a 250/3 for the regimental commander.

15th Panzer Division - 2

3 Chenillettes are still standing in for limbers and an ambulance.

21st Panzer Division - 2

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Sd Kfz 250 “Alte Art” replaces “Neu”

SdKfz 250/3 Afrika Korps DAK

PSC Sd Kfz 250 AlteIn common with the entire WW2 wargaming world, I too am sticking “250 Alte” together and enjoying the plethora of extra bits. The five mortars were chopped down and went straight into Gebirgsjäjer and Landser battalions. Adding deployed trails for the SdKfz 250/11 sporting a sPzB 41 was an inspired touch by PSC, as are the total of 8 crew. No complaints there*. The ’41s should really go into Gross Deutschland, but for the time being the example I have flung together can sit in DAK

PSC Sd KFZ Alte Mortar

The lack of a radio frame antennae on the sprue was expected, as they have no use in FoW and other Taccie games, so I made my own. It has been bent a bit by the crew using it as a handrail for jumping in and out  when they are in too much of a hurry to use the back door. A few extra crew crowded in, which is just as well because it hides their unnaturally proportioned lower bodies. As usual, they are in too much of a hurry to go to war, and are tearing off to DAK in their undercoats. Another box may well come in handy for ambulances and limbers, as I only  need a couple more 250s for the grenadier battalions.

Russland, Schützenpanzer »Div. Großdeutschland«

The two displaced 250 Neue will continue to do sterling service in one of my Eastern Front divisions. They will be in plenty of time to put their “retreat gaiters” on.

PSC Sd Kfz 250 Alte

*My only complaint is that the front axle cannot fit into its socket if the wheels are to fit under the mudguards. Oops PSC, someone measured that one badly.

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8th Army Tanks at Alamein

Pay attention meglomaniacs! I wondered how many 8th Army tanks I would need to fight the whole of 2nd ALAMEIN in NQM 1:30 scale if they were all on the table at once. Not as many as I thought as it turns out. As the oddly formatted table below (thanks WordPress) shows, about 36.

I know a nice man with a big table, and who doesn’t have  this many tanks when he pools them with his chums,  so this seems do-able? There are a few gaps in the table below, but it seems about right.

Trebian at GAZALAGeneralissimo Trebian lines up his brave troops to give BIR HAKIEM a good kicking

Sherman Crusader Lee/Grant Stuart M3 Matilda Valentine Scorpion
  8 8 6 3 1 8
8th Army  
1 Army Tk Bde 4 (2)
XXX Corps   6
9 Armd Bde 1 2 1
XIII Corps   1 2
7 Armd Div
4 Lt Armd Bde 1 2
22 Armd Bde 2 2 1
X Corps  
1 Armd Div
2 Armd Bde 3 2
10 Armd Div
8 Armd Bde 1 1 2
24 Armd Bde 3 1

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NQM Soviet Air Army Order of Battle circa 1943

It seems reasonable that the air army and army headquarters would probably be co-located or close by each other (I have no evidence for this yet).

Soviet VVS Air Corps (Box 007 May 2015)

Air Army HQ

Night bomber division: 5 regiments = 5 Po-2

Fighter division: 3 regiments = 3 Yak-7B

Sturmovik division: 3 regiments = 3 IL-2

Sturmovik division (from GKO Reserve) : 2 regiments = 2 IL-2

Fighter Corps (from GKO Reserve)

Fighter division: 3 regiments = 3 Yak-9

Fighter division: 2 regiments = 2 LaGG-5

Bomber Corps (from GKO Reserve)

Bomber division: 3 regiments = 3 Pe-2

Bomber division: 2 regiments = 2 Pe-2

Air Elements at Sub-divisional Level

Transport regiment = Li-2?

Recce regiment = R-10? (I am using a lend-lease Kittyhawk)

Artillery spotting regiment = Po-2?

HQ elements including communication, training and ambulance

 Quoted from table on p. 185 with author’s guesses marked by “?”

Boyd, A., (1977), The Soviet Airforce Since 1918. Macdonald and James, London.

 

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