NEW THIS WEEK – MONDAY 14 DECEMBER 2009
NEW THIS WEEK – MONDAY 14 DECEMBER 2009

Hi there everyone and welcome to what’s new on Miliblog this week

With 500 photographs now in the Eastern Front Collection, we though we’d take a break and add something else to the collection for your entertainment. So we’ve added about 30 new vehicle photos, including some nice Fordson Thames E4 3 Tonners, some M2 Alligators and a film star !

So I’ve added in some samples below for tempt you to visit them. The RAF used many Standard Vanguards in the 1950′s and 1960′s and our first photo shows a preserved Pick Up – or Ute as they are known in Australia. Next we have an unusual Bedford RL 3 Tonner GS, but with a Mine/Armoured Cab. The idea was that when the vehicle went over a mine in the road, the blast was driven away from the cab and protected the crew. The idea was later used by the South African Army vehicles and also later still with more modern military designs. Next is a Land Rover 101 GS with unusual arabic markings and camouflage  

Our next sample is a rather unusual Leyland Hippo Mk3, but as a 4×2 Tractor unit rather than the usual 6×4 Tanker or GS we normally see. Looking at the fashions in the photo it must be from the 1970′s. Next is a National Service special in the form of a Fordson Thames E4 3Ton 4×4 Breakdown truck. Anyone who collects old Dinky or Matchbox toys will recognise the cab from the Ambulance model that was made. Used as a breakdown truck in Aviemore, I’d be very interested to hear from anyone of you who lives in the town and could say if it’s still there !   

Next we have a very interesting photo indeed of a German manufactured vehicle in service with the British Army. It is a EWK-KHD M2 Alligator Amphibious Bridging/Ferrying Vehicle, and on this photo one of the sides has been dropped down. The other side will drop down and the vehicle driven into the river along with  a number of other Alligators. The idea is to join them all up side to side to form a quick bridge to get vehicles across. They even have a motor on the back to manouvre them about the river.

Lastly we have our film star ! The Chevrolet 1.5Ton driven by Pop Larkin (David Jason) in the British TV show of the 1990′s, ‘The Darling Buds of May’, it also carried Catherine Zeta-Jones who was making her first TV appearance before moving on to the bright lights of Hollywood. 

So have a great week doing your Christmas shopping and we’ll see you next week !

Cheerio !

Simon

Standard Vanguard Phase 1 Pick Up (TCV 432)

Standard Vanguard Phase 1 Pick Up (TCV 432)

Bedford RL 3Ton 4x4 Mine-Armoured Cab (AVG 113 D)

Bedford RL 3Ton 4x4 Mine-Armoured Cab (AVG 113 D)

Land Rover 101 GS (Arabic)

Land Rover 101 GS (Arabic)

Leyland Hippo Mk3 10Ton 4x2 Tractor (07 AN 55)

Leyland Hippo Mk3 10Ton 4x2 Tractor (07 AN 55)

Fordson Thames E4 3Ton 4x4

Fordson Thames E4 3Ton 4x4

EWK-KHD M2 Alligator Amphibious Bridging Ferrying Vehicle (24 BT 88)

EWK-KHD M2 Alligator Amphibious Bridging Ferrying Vehicle (24 BT 88)

Chevrolet YP-G4112 1.5Ton 4x4 Cargo (PGC 123)

Chevrolet YP-G4112 1.5Ton 4x4 Cargo (PGC 123)

This is Volume 1 showing the first 250 photographs from a very exciting collection of photos taken by many Allied servicemen during the Normandy Campaign of the Summer of 1944. Following the D-Day Landings on 6th June 1944, the Allies attempted to breakout from the bridghead throughout June. The Americans drove up the Cotentin peninsula towards Cherbourg and then across through into Brittany. Many of the photos show the devestation of battle of just the ordinary little villages that were destroyed in the name of the Liberation. If you are a military vehicle enthusiast who owns and loves their Jeeps, Dodges and Jimmies, then see your vehicle in it’s environment. Who knows maybe your actual vehicle may be in one of the photos. Looking at many of the photos the Summer of ’44 looked pretty dry and dusty, with many vehicles covered in a light dust. Again a useful observation for model makers amongst us.   

NEW THIS WEEK – MONDAY 7 DECEMBER 2009

Hello again and welcome to this week’s newsletter of what’s new on Miliblog.

Well my trusty little scanner has been working flat out and we have now completed 500 photos in our Eastern Front Collection. We still have some more to bring you, but I think maybe we all fancy a change ! Below I’ve added some smaples from this week’s additions, and the first one shows again that there were many horse-drawn transports in the German Army. Just look how tired these guys are. Next is one for you aircraft enthusiasts, which is a Fiesler Storch (Stork) communications and reconnaissance aircraft. If you would like to see a preserved example, the Aircraft Museum at RAF Cosford, in Shropshire UK has a fine example on display. The next photo shows a load of early Russian T-34 tanks after a battle. What force it must have taken to flip over one of them. Ideal photo for our modelling friends shows a Pak 37 37mm anti-tank gun, complete with crew in firing position. The last sample for the week shows just how unprepared the German Army was for the cold and for winter camouflage, having to use ‘liberated’ white bedsheets to cover their field grey uniforms.

So let’s have a look in the scanner box and see what we have for you for next week !  

Cheerio !

Simon

Eastern Front Collection No 487

Eastern Front Collection No 487

Eastern Front Collection No 489

Eastern Front Collection No 489

Eastern Front Collection No 491

Eastern Front Collection No 491

Eastern Front Collection No 493

Eastern Front Collection No 493

Eastern Front Collection No 494

Eastern Front Collection No 494

NEW THIS WEEK – MONDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2009

Hi and welcome to another late weekly report of what’s new on Miliblog this week.

Sorry but scanning over 500 photos of the Eastern Front certain takes a load of time and so the report this week is just a short one. Below are some samples of the photos we have added to the Eastern Front Collection with the first one showing two soldiers using a local hand cart to transport their radio. Useful photo for modellers who may want to reconstruct this scene in miniature and also shows detail of the army radio. Next we have a nice Horch field car stuck in the deep snow and illustrates just how hard the conditions were. Following that is a photo of an early Russian T-34 tank with it’s turret completely blown off.  We often think of huge columns of motorised transport heading East in the invasion of Russia in 1941, but this next photo reminds us that a great part of the German Army’s transport consisted of horses. There have been many stories of good strong farm-horses being conscripted from farms all over Germany and Austria to be used to pull wagons on the Eastern Front and I think this photo just illustrates what we have been talking about.  Next photo is one for the modellers and shows a strongpoint made from logs. Who knows, we may even see a copy of this at the War and Peace Show in Kent next July ! And the final sample photo this week shows a nice convoy of Opel and Mercedes 3 Tonners, but in better weather. Again another interesting photo for our modelling friends as it shows just how the canvas cover hangs loose on the truck.  

So it’s back to my trusty scanner and wish you all well !

Cheerio !

Simon 

Eastern Front Collection No 458

Eastern Front Collection No 458 Eastern Front Collection No 462

Eastern Front Collection No 476

Eastern Front Collection No 476

Eastern Front Collection No 478

Eastern Front Collection No 478

Eastern Front Collection No 480

Eastern Front Collection No 480

Eastern Front Collection No 482

Eastern Front Collection No 482

During WW2, many different nationalities came to the UK to enlist in the Army, Navy or Air Force. Some like Canada, Australia, New Zealand were part of the Commonwealth and answered the call to fight for the ‘Mother country’. Others such as from Argentina or Brazil came  to fight or were living in the UK at the time. The badges below are from the RAF and were worn on the battledress to show where these voluteers had come from.

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