The early world war 2 Soviet force is shown below. I will be using this against Japanese and Hungarians, both of which I still need to paint. The battles against the Japanese will be a little bit anachronistic as I do not have the very early armour used by the Russians at Khalkin-gol (Nomonhan).
Still, look out Doug, there are more to come – including late war heavies to see your Tiger 2s off 😉
In the meantime, feel free to have a look around this force in the gallery below. I will admit that I still need to add decals to the tanks. I am waiting until the mood takes me again to do that much fiddly cutting and decaling!
My early World War 2 Soviet Battlegroup
Bell P-39 Airacobra and Polikarpov I-16 Rata Mosca.
Bell P-39 Airacobra and Polikarpov I-16 Rata Mosca – both early war aircraft in use by the Soviets. Models by GHQ, bases by Raiden.
Two infantry battalions for Blitzkrieg Commander II – figures are Adler and GHQ
Mounted Russians and dismounted markers. Cavalry will normally be able to deploy as infantry
Two Headquarters bases and like all Headquarters, even on the steppe will find a shady tree
My forward Artillery Observer (AOP)
Engineers – flame throwers on the left, mine-sweeping on the right and some general engineer elements in the rear (digging up mines perhaps) – these are Adler figures
A side view of the engineers
Infantry Support – 82mm mortar on the left, anti-tank rifles in the centre and heavy machine guns (HMG or MMG) on the right
Side view of the Infantry support
122mm artillery – this battery would normally be deployed off table because of the range of these weapons
The artillery battery from the rear
Three 76mm Infantry guns (deployed either on or off table) and two 45mm anti-tank guns
A platoon of BA-10 armoured cars – used for scouting and other purposes
Soviet light tank company consisting of GHQ T-60 scout tanks. These were produced in large numbers from 1941 to 1942 being replaced by T-70 light tanks
Valentine Light Tank Company – Valentines were supplied as part of Lend Lease to the Soviets from Commonwealth factories
T34/76 Tank Company
T34/76 tanks – showing simple, basic weathering
KV-1a tanks – a small platoon
KV-1a tanks – a small platoon showing simple, basic weathering
The last of the early World War 2 Soviets. A satin varnish tomorrow and I’ll call them finished. I then just have to touch up the bases of some of the infantry and armour and it will be off to the next project.
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!
In one of those usual oddities of Google and the Internet, I was hunting for some information the other day on Soviet World War 2 aircraft camouflage and, as you do at a time like that, came across a reference to the USAAF flying Spitfires in World War 2. “Tally ho”, I thought, “here’s an oddity to look further into”.
Look into it I did.
Well, not only did the USAAF flying some Spitfires but the US Navy also managed one squadron. There were four groups in the USAAF flying Spitfires for a time, initially out of England and then in the Mediterranean. They were:
I’ll freely admit that this was news to me. I had always associated the USAAF pursuit (fighter) groups with P-40s, P-47s, P-38s and P-51s, never with the Spitfire.
The 4th Fighter Group was fairly typical, It was constituted and activated in 1942, Activation was in England and the core of the Fighter Group were formers members of the RAF Eagle Squadrons. They commenced operations with Spitfires but moved across to P-47s in March of 1943 and P-51s in April 1944.
Of course, the US Army Air Force was not the only non-Commonwealth country operating Spitfires in World War 2. I mentioned 1942 above. In 1942 Spitfires were being sent to the Soviet Union to assist that war effort. I can see I will need to add some to my Soviet mid World War 2 army. The picture below is of a line of Spitfires, camouflaged and marked with a red star ready for export to the Soviet Union.