French for Tunisia

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Richard B.
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French for Tunisia

Post by Richard B. » Fri Nov 23, 2018 6:55 pm

As I`ve said elsewhere I found a good article on the defense of Faid Pass, Tunisia by the French at the end of January 1943.

The action basically pits French artillery against DAK armour, but most of my French `75s are the later type with pneumatic wheels and the battery involved was hippomobile (horse drawn), so I needed to build a new battery, this has taken about a week altogether:

1ere batterie du 67 RAA
Gun on move (I know should have 6 horses, but for space I went with only 4)
Horse team are EWM, gun and Limber are Hat
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"A" gun
Gun, deployed limber & crew all Hat, the spent shells and ammo cash are EWM
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"B" gun
Gun and most crew Hat, again ammo cash from EWM, the gun commander was an Italeri Italian (head-swapped)
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Complete battery
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I also needed to field some French engineers, not except for a single flamethrower by FAA, no-one actually makes French engineers, so i had to scrounge up some figures and do minor conversions to suite:

Platoon 1ere Coy I/19 Genie
Supply cart
EWM MG cart (new wheels) piled high with various bits, one horse is Tumbling Dice, the other Imex
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4 x Airfix WW1 French (two have arm swaps & I`ve added rifles)
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2 x Hat gunners
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Esci FFL with head swap and added pack, Airfix FFL with head swap
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EWM gunner with added spade & rifle, Un-modified Blitz vehicle passenger
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Mine detector guy (based on a photo) when the Yanks arrived in Tunisia they supplied the French with some urgently needed supplies - mine detectors, 37mm AT guns, radios.
A real Frankenstein creation - the legs were an Italeri Italian, the body/detector an Esci Yank, the head is EWM
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The whole 11 figures together
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"“Sir with the compliments of my officer, your shooting was excellent – you killed four of our men”!
Un-named Traillieur to an artillery officer at R`Fakah, Morocco, Feb. 29th, 1908

Fire-at-Will
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Re: French for Tunisia

Post by Fire-at-Will » Fri Nov 23, 2018 9:15 pm

Nice work Richard
What's the point of doing one period, when you can do them all.......... In life most people specialise so gradually they know more and more about less and less so eventually they know everything about nothing. I work on a broad front so eventually I'll know nothing about everything.

cartfc
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Re: French for Tunisia

Post by cartfc » Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:33 pm

Very nicely done, particulately like the Frankenstein mine sector guy.

Cheers Fred.

CarlL
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Re: French for Tunisia

Post by CarlL » Sat Nov 24, 2018 12:36 am

Lovely work Richard. And useful photos too.
Another good mix of figures and clever conversions.
CarlL

David Reasoner
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Re: French for Tunisia

Post by David Reasoner » Sat Nov 24, 2018 2:15 am

Some very nice conversions there, Richard!

David

Richard B.
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Re: French for Tunisia

Post by Richard B. » Sat Nov 24, 2018 7:22 am

Cheers guys :D
"“Sir with the compliments of my officer, your shooting was excellent – you killed four of our men”!
Un-named Traillieur to an artillery officer at R`Fakah, Morocco, Feb. 29th, 1908

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Re: French for Tunisia

Post by Peter » Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:46 am

Nice work and conversions Richard.
Cheers,
Peter
"See problems as challenges"
"I've done so much with so little for so long, I'm now entitled to do anything with nothing"

Richard B.
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Re: French for Tunisia

Post by Richard B. » Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:16 am

A bit of fun, French engineers just are not available so I had to be creative :D
"“Sir with the compliments of my officer, your shooting was excellent – you killed four of our men”!
Un-named Traillieur to an artillery officer at R`Fakah, Morocco, Feb. 29th, 1908

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