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Strelets announce French Foreign Legion Artillery set

Posted: 06 May 2020, 19:32
by CarlL
thanks to the Plastic Soldire Review news page, see http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/News.aspx
I learned that Strelets have announced set 290 French Foreign Legion Artillery, see http://www.strelets-r.com/Pages/Set.aspx?SetID=377&M=B
from where I have borrowed the proposed box art and masters images to delight us all. They look quite useful. One to look out for in future releases.
CarlL

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Re: Strelets announce French Foreign Legion Artillery set

Posted: 07 May 2020, 06:10
by Fire-at-Will
I want one :lol:

Re: Strelets announce French Foreign Legion Artillery set

Posted: 07 May 2020, 06:13
by ianrs54
Will "I want" never gets, and what for ?

Re: Strelets announce French Foreign Legion Artillery set

Posted: 07 May 2020, 06:43
by CarlL
"Wants"? .. for Algeria and Tunisia or Morocco? Or use guns with other later / European dress gunners for a number of nationalities who used this type of mountain gun in WW1 and WW2 which appears to be representation of Schneider but looks similar to those used by USA, Italy and others?
CarlL

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Re: Strelets announce French Foreign Legion Artillery set

Posted: 07 May 2020, 23:00
by David Reasoner
CarlL wrote: 07 May 2020, 06:43 "Wants"? .. for Algeria and Tunisia or Morocco? Or use guns with other later / European dress gunners for a number of nationalities who used this type of mountain gun in WW1 and WW2 which appears to be representation of Schneider but looks similar to those used by USA, Italy and others?
CarlL
The gun is the Canon de Montagne de 65mm Schneider Modèle 1906. Unfortunately, there weren't too many users for this rather unique and unorthodox weapon. In French service it had largely been replaced by the 75mm Schneider Mle 1919, although many remained in the colonies and second-line mountain units. The next biggest users during WW2 were the Greeks, who had about 110 in service as infantry regimental guns. The Poles also had about two dozen in service with their mountain brigades. The Germans used captured French guns as the 6,5cm GebK 221(f). They are also well known for their use by Israel in their 1948 War of Independence.

I used to offer a resin model of it in 20mm, and also created the master for the one SHQ currently offers in metal.

David

Re: Strelets announce French Foreign Legion Artillery set

Posted: 08 May 2020, 05:34
by Fire-at-Will
Thanks David, useful info. I'll certainly use one with my WW2 Greeks

Re: Strelets announce French Foreign Legion Artillery set

Posted: 08 May 2020, 07:25
by CarlL
David
Your sharp recognition and concise history is two beautiful talents.
Most helpful.
I was getting fanciful in my conversion ideas with some photos, especially when the US mountain gun is available readily in metal and plastic (if fiddly)!
CarlL

Re: Strelets announce French Foreign Legion Artillery set

Posted: 08 May 2020, 19:19
by David Reasoner
CarlL wrote: 08 May 2020, 07:25 David
Your sharp recognition and concise history is two beautiful talents.
Most helpful.
I was getting fanciful in my conversion ideas with some photos, especially when the US mountain gun is available readily in metal and plastic (if fiddly)!
CarlL
Glad to be of help. I assume the U.S. mountain gun you are referring to is the M1 75mm pack howitzer, available in 20mm from several sources. The other U.S. mountain gun in WW2 was the 2.95" (75mm) Vickers-Maxim M1902, left over from the Philippine Insurrection. There were still about 68 of them left in service with U.S. and Filipino forces in the Philippines in 1941-42. Along with something like 174 M1917 and M1917A1 75mm field guns (U.S.-built 18-pounder rebarreled to fire French 75mm ammunition), these were the primary field artillery pieces in use there during the Japanese invasion and conquest. Unfortunately, the only model I'm aware of in 20mm is the resin one I used to offer.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QF_2.95-inch_mountain_gun

David

Re: Strelets announce French Foreign Legion Artillery set

Posted: 09 May 2020, 07:12
by Richard B.
I have David`s 65mm mountain gun - serves with my Tunisia WW2 French, but has also served in the colonial period games too :D

I also have his 2.95" Vicker-Maxim which has served Abd El-Krim against the Spanish in Morocco and with Pershing hunting Pancho Villa where it is the representative part of the Cannon Company of the US 6th Infantry Regiment :D