NEW THIS WEEK – MONDAY 4 JANUARY 2010

NEW THIS WEEK – MONDAY 4 JANUARY 2010

Hello again and welcome to 2010 and what’s been added this week on Miliblog.

Well we have continued adding more photographs and now we have completed Volume 1 of the Normandy 1944 Collection, which we hope will be as popular as our Eastern Front Collection, and have started Volume 2. In fact, judging from the website statistics for December, many of you have enjoyed visiting the Eastern Front Collection, with many visits from our fellow enthusiasts in Germany.

To our military vehicle enthusiasts, we still have many more photos to add to the website of various vehicles. However if you can’t find a photo of your own vehicle yet, then we’d be very happy to receive an email with a photo of your vehicle attached to share with our fellow enthusiasts.

So please find below ten more samples from the photos posted this week.

Have a great week ! With all the snow on the ground, it’s been a lovely playground to test the four-wheel drive systems of our old military vehicles.

Cheerio !

Simon

Normandy 1944 Collection No 212

Normandy 1944 Collection No 212

Normandy 1944 Collection No 228

Normandy 1944 Collection No 228

Normandy 1944 Collection No 241

Normandy 1944 Collection No 241

Normandy 1944 Collection No 278

Normandy 1944 Collection No 278

Normandy 1944 Collection No 285

Normandy 1944 Collection No 285

Normandy 1944 Collection No 303

Normandy 1944 Collection No 303

Normandy 1944 Collection No 315

Normandy 1944 Collection No 315

Normandy 1944 Collection No 328

Normandy 1944 Collection No 328

Normandy 1944 Collection No 330

Normandy 1944 Collection No 330

NEW THIS WEEK – MONDAY 28 DECEMBER 2009

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

Or rather, what was new on Miliblog this week, as we catch up on the weekly newsletters !

Well after posting the first 500 of the Eastern Front Collection featuring the battleground between the German forces and the Soviet forces, we’ve received many emails asking if we had any photos showing the campaign in France after D-Day in June 1944. The answer has been a very loud ‘Yes’ and so this week after much hard work, the first batch of photos were posted into the Normandy 1944 Collection. I’ve loaded ten samples below to show you what are available. Although having seen the photos myself many times, I still get a real buzz seeing our preserved military vehicles actually in action. The Jeeps, the Jimmies, the Beeps, the liberated captured equipment as well as the troops wearing the uniforms and equipment that many of us collect or wear. Looking closer into the photos, you can see the amount of devestation to the French towns and villages that happened during the battles. The Liberation certainly came at a price.

If you are not sure how to visit these collections, go to the main menu and chose ‘Gallery of Photo Collection’. Then chose ‘Original WW2 Photos’ and then ‘Eastern Front Collection’ or ‘Normandy 1944 Collection’. You can start at Tab 1 and as you go through click on a photo to enlarge it onto your screen. Click again and you should be able to really enlarge the photo onto your screen. Some are really sharp photos, taken by the US Signal Corps, while others are a little blured as they were taken by troops at the frontline with their amateur cameras.  Don’t forget, you can also click on any of the sample photos below to enlarge them !

We’re going concentrate on adding more to both the Normandy and the Eastern Front collection over the next few weeks. I hope you will be interested in viewing these photos which give a fantastic insight of what the conditions were at the front line.

Meanwhile a happy new Year to you all and the thoughts of a more prosperous year ahead for all of us. 

Cheerio !

Simon 

Normandy 1944 Collection No 4

Normandy 1944 Collection No 4

   

Normandy 1944 Collection No 12

Normandy 1944 Collection No 12

  

Normandy 1944 Collection No 20

Normandy 1944 Collection No 20

Normandy 1944 Collection No 35

Normandy 1944 Collection No 35

  

Normandy 1944 Collection No 59

Normandy 1944 Collection No 59

Normandy 1944 Collection No 74

Normandy 1944 Collection No 74

Normandy 1944 Collection No 82

Normandy 1944 Collection No 82

Normandy 1944 Collection No 143

Normandy 1944 Collection No 143

Normandy 1944 Collection No 153

Normandy 1944 Collection No 153

Normandy 1944 Collection No 190

Normandy 1944 Collection No 190

Following on is Volume 3 showing the next  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.

This is Volume 3 showing the next 250 photographs from a collection of photos taken by many servicemen on the Eastern Front, also known as the Russian Front. Starting in 1941 with the German invasion of Russia with the sunshine and the dust, then going on through the hard winter months that the German forces were unprepared for. The Russians forces were well used to the cold climate and so were better placed for winter warfare. Then the advance turned into a long retreat with bitter fighting and heavy casualties leading to the Fall of Berlin in May 1945.

The collection features uniforms and vehicles from both sides of the conflict and many of the photos illustrate the harsh conditions and the reality of warfare, which must have been a horrific experience whichever side your were on. Again, we have to say that Miliblog is NOT a political website at all. There are many enthusiasts across the world interested in the equipment and uniforms of the Second World War. Many are serious model makers and may even find an idea for a model diorama or even for painting of model figures. The aim of Miliblog here is to bring together photographs for these students of history.

NEW THIS WEEK – MONDAY 21 DECEMBER 2009

Hi and welcome to Miliblog in this Christmas week !

We’re all stuffing our faces this week with turkey, sprouts and new potatoes and hoping that we have all been good boys and girls and that Santa Claus will bring us some nice presents. It’s the time of year to think about friends and family overseas, living or working far away from home. It started me thinking of many in the forces away from their loved ones on overseas postings, and with a nice glass of red wine and a mince pie, thinking further back to those from other countries that came together as the Allies in World War 2.  

We’ve featured many vehicles of many nations this year on Miliblog but really have so far included military badges of just the UK and the USA. So following that theme, we’ve added a small number of badges to Miliblog this week. We have Belgian, Canadian and Polish badges as well as others from South America. Many people came to the UK and enlisted in the RAF in WW2 and each were given their own badge to illustrate which country they came from. As usual I’ve shown a few samples below.

So back to the presents and hope Santa has bought us a nice book on old Bedford army lorries !

Cheerio and a very Happy Christmas to you all from Miliblog !

Simon 

Polish 2 Corps (WW2)

Polish 2 Corps (WW2)

Canadian 2 AGRA (Army Group Royal Artillery)

Canadian 2 AGRA (Army Group Royal Artillery)

Belgian 1 Infantry Division

Belgian 1 Infantry Division

RAF Argentina Patch

RAF Argentina Patch

RAF Brazil Patch

RAF Brazil Patch

RAF Canada Patch

RAF Canada Patch

RAF Jamaica Patch

RAF Jamaica Patch

Following on is Volume 2 showing the next  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.

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Eastern Front Collection 428
Eastern Front Collection 428
Eastern Front Collection 822
Eastern Front Collection 822
Eastern Front Collection 289
Eastern Front Collection 289
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Karrier Bantam 2 ton 4x2 Cargo (48
M7 Tank (2)
M7 Tank (2)
Bedford QLB 3Ton Bofers (403 DEL)
Bedford QLB 3Ton Bofers (403 DEL)
Eastern Front Collection 1046
Eastern Front Collection 1046
Eastern Front Collection 819
Eastern Front Collection 819
Leyland Hippo Mk3 10Ton 4x2 Tractor (07 AN 55)
Leyland Hippo Mk3 10Ton 4x2 Tractor
Normandy 1944 Collection 935
Normandy 1944 Collection 935
Berlin May/June 1945 195
Berlin May/June 1945 195
Scammell SV1T Breakdown (RML 356 F)
Scammell SV1T Breakdown (RML 356 F)
Leyland Daf 4Ton Cargo (23 KJ 31)
Leyland Daf 4Ton Cargo (23 KJ 31)
GMC 353 CCKW 6x6 Cargo (OTR 288 S) 2
GMC 353 CCKW 6x6 Cargo (OTR 288 S)
Ford WOT 2H 15cwt Radar (420 XUR) Front
Ford WOT 2H 15cwt Radar (420 XUR) F
Willys MB/Ford GPW Jeep (HOD 961)
Willys MB/Ford GPW Jeep (HOD 961)
Saladin Armoured Car (01 CC 38) 2
Saladin Armoured Car (01 CC 38) 2
Eastern Front Collection 1235
Eastern Front Collection 1235
US 94 Infantry Division
US 94 Infantry Division
Leyland Martian 10Ton Artillery Tractor (Q 554 BVY)
Leyland Martian 10Ton Artillery Tra