Yep … it’s love when you just finish your sandwich and the receptionist brings you a nice box with the rest of your World War 2 Blitzkrieg Commander Japanese. I had already received armour and infantry from GHQ and Heroics and Ros. I was waiting on some more armour from CinC. It arrived today. I now have enough to do my Japanese World War 2 army in 1/300¦1/285 scale – a perfect opponent for the Soviets in the early stages of the war. I will detail all of it up later but below are the shots of lunchtime love.
The parcel is opened – CinC pack really well
The 18 tanks packaged but ready for opening
8 x Type 97 Te-Ke (九七式軽装甲車 テケ) light tanks with my finger for an idea of size
5 x Type 95 Kyu-Go (九五式軽戦車 ハ号) tanks – also known as Ha-Go
The last box opened – 5 x Type 97 Chi-Ha (九七式中戦車 チハ) tanks
I should add that as far as cost and detail goes, you get what you pay for. With the vehicles, GHQ is is most expensive, CinC the second most expensive and Heroics & Ros the cheapest. The detail follows the same order. With the actual infantry figures, to be honest, I prefer the Heroics & Ros figures over the others. Adler also make World War 2 infantry in 6mm but alas, no Japanese.
Looking at the size of these vehicles I think I will need to base then on half size bases to the ones I am using for the Soviets as these tanks are very small – reminding me of how small it was inside my first Nissan many years ago.
More in this later … in the meantime, back to playing with the new toys!
Readers of Thomo’s Hole will be well aware of my interest in things Mongolian and in part in my interest in the Mongolian involvement in World War 2. Whilst it is generally accepted that World War 2 started with the German invasion of Poland, I have contended that it really started with the Japanese invasion of China and the installation of the puppet regime in Manchuoko (Manchuria). Nomonhan, or as it is known in Mongolia, the Battle at Khalkin-gol, was a decisive in moment in Japanese/Russian relations. The effect of the battle was the Japanese no longer continuing to look northward for expansion but rather to concentrate more on the East-Asia sphere and to also free up Russian divisions that would later be needed in the West facing the Germans.
For those reasons I consider the Battle at Khalkin-gol as a key moment at the start of World War 2.
World at War this month looks at that battle (and in the full version has a game based on the events at the battle). I must admit being tempted to purchase the game issue this issue.
Other items in the magazine this issue include:
- A look at Lend Lease between the US and Soviets in World War 2
- Army Group Courland and the Breakwater Strategy
- Auchinleck vs Montgomery – who really did save the 8th Army from Rommel’s efforts?
- Brief notes, observations on:
- Operation Whiteshot and the Churchill NA75 Tank
- Black and female US wartime aviators
- The story of Robert L Vannoy, USMC VMF-115
- and the destruction of the French Fleet at Toulon in 1942
Overall, a great issue and one that has me putting aside the current issue of Strategy and Tactics until I can finish this.