My entry for this themed round is a
continuation of my still-to-be-finished artillery focus. Based on the
Western Front of WW2, it also demonstrates the support Britain received
from one of it's closest and most important western allies, the
The entry consists of three 15mm Battlefront trucks and eight 15mm infantry figures.
little trucks are part of the compliment of artillery vehicles allowed
as upgrades for British, Polish and Canadian artillery units. In my
collection, I strive to include all transport options for my allied
forces. The availability of mechanised transport to the western allies
really contrasts with the German reliance on horses, and I try to
replicate this in my collection.
These truck bases
have all been 'tarted up' with the inclusion of some infantry figures.
In designing the bases, I tried to use scenes that epitomise (to me) the
fighting in Normandy from the artilleryman's perspective. The overall
concept to tie the three designs together was that common Normandy
danger - 'Sniper!'
These three bases are to help fill gaps in my 51st Highland Division
artillery - but while the trucks are marked up as 'Highway Decorators'
vehicles, the trucks themselves are a product of Canada. Specifically
they are Canadian Military Pattern 15 cwt's.
been argued that Canada's production of nearly 500,000 soft skin
vehicles during WW2 was a major contributing factor to allied victory.
CMP truck production in Canada exceeded the total wartime military
production of trucks in Germany during the war. Soft skin vehicles
produced in Canada were provided to all Commonwealth nations, as well as
to Soviet Russia.
Without Canada's input the
successful prosecution of the war would have been a far more difficult
prospect. My focus and research on the Canadian led break out operations
in Normandy have imparted a massive respect for Canada's contribution
to the NWE campaign, and the inclusion of these Canadian trucks in my
Highlanders units symbolises the closeness of the cooperation between
the Highland Divisions and the 2nd Canadian Corps it was part of during
So, I have one truck with a survey team
trying to get the position 'on grid' with the rest of the Divisions
artillery (hence the survey equipment) - while taking cover from the
pesky German sniper 'out there' somewhere...
Both figures are from the older Battlefront ranges - the survey pole figure is actually a Pioneer with a Bangalore torpedo.
there are the two 'Jocks' back from a 'brisk walk', where they were
fortunate enough to find an 'already dead' chicken (as looting was
illegal) and a cask of Calvados "just lying around". Thankfully they
made it to the cover of a truck when the sniper opened up. Dinner is
sorted - and they won't go thirsty if stuck behind the truck for a while
(although they might end up on a charge!)
Painting these chaps involved one of the strangest Google searches I have undertaken while painting - 'Normandy Chickens WW2'...
we have the hastily organised patrol, set to go flush the sniper out. I
like to think the jock at the corner of the truck looks suitably
unimpressed - and in no hurry to go find a sniper!
the three bases all together. The trucks are marked as vehicles for the
128th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery (part of the 51st Highland
that's it, Scottish troops and Canadian built vehicles fighting on the
western front - who by fighting east (chicken by chicken, sniper by
sniper, position by position) managed to help win a war!