So you can see that the Battlefront models are not quite so enclosed.
|15mm Polish Sherman for scale|
|Swimming tanks are also in the painting queue...|
"A German 88-mm gun camouflaged in a hay stack, began firing and destroying vehicles as they moved off the beach. Major Plows commanding officer for 'A' Company ordered Lieutenant Bernie Clarke's platoon to take out the dangerous gun emplacement. Clarke's classic reply was "Who? Me?", and he immediately set out to clear up the spot. They crawled up a knoll to within 75 yards of the position, nabbed several Germans, and then raced in. It turned out to be a gun emplacement encased in concrete with hay piled on its roof for camouflage. A door leading into the emplacement was pulled open and someone threw in a grenade. That did the trick. So quick and sudden was the Canadian action that about fifty German soldiers came out of their slit trenches - all surrendering. It was at this point that 'A' Company's second in command, Captain William H.V. Matthews came running up, asking Clarke, "What the hell are you trying to do, win the VC?""
Challenge wise, each LCA consists of one (large) 15mm vehicle and two crew figures, who were individually painted and glued in place. I'll leave Lee to judge on the points for the LCA's, but I'd respectfully point out a smaller 1/300's transport ship was recently counted as a 28mm vehicle, and the LCA's are a bit bigger than the Sherman I included!
6 x 15mm Landing craft = 48 points???
12 x 15mm crew figures = 24 points
I've long had a fascination for those turning points in war when the outcome of a battle could completely change history. D-Day was one of those moments where if it had failed who knows what the outcome would have been. But for all the technology, planning and secrecy, in the end it came down to some very very brave individuals standing in the hold of an LCA, with seawater and vomit sloshing over their boots as they waited to hit the beach and run into a hail of bullets. I've met some of the veterans that landed on D-Day and it still amazes me that any man (no matter how well trained) could do this. But do it they did, they prevailed, and history changed direction.