|2/7th boys in action - two sections with Bren teams in front, directed by Corporal with a Thompson SMG|
I painted the 6th Div kangaroo and boomerang insignia on the left guard as I don't know if the battalion were issued their own carriers. I gave them the desert sand paint scheme as they came mainly from Syria and were not repainted for Greece. Records indicate they came in a range of schemes from desert to standard tank green and Caulder camo pattern. One carrier squad could carry one platoon section as well as a two man crew (gunner & driver). I've armed them with Brens on spindle with one of them equipped with a Boys AT rifle in the weapons compartment - that was very tricky to get in!
|Bren squad leader with Boys AT|
|Hvy weaps support - Vickers HMGs and 3" mortar with platoon HQ section in the background (Stokes mortar & Boys AT rifle teams, officer, sergeant and radio with runner/observer/whatever kneeling next to them.|
In addition to the Perry's figures & 'Blitzkrieg' AFVs I had previously acquired a Mark 1 Crusader tank in European colours (Caulder scheme) of indeterminate make. Probably painted for France 1940 I don't know if they were among the hundreds of AFVs the British sent and lost in Greece, but the Western desert force that had just whipped the Italians at Bardia etc, were equipped with them so I've made the assumption that my Aussies could would have had them in Greece - if they were lucky enough to have tanks at all! Besides which, it only cost me $10 and someone did a very nice paint job on it.
|The insignia on the tank are hand-painted - a very nice job|
The Bren carriers are so nice I took a few more pictures of them. Great poses for the crews too - they must have been bloody uncomfortable things to travel in though!
|The Boys AT was only effective against other recce AFVs and tankettes but not much chop against the German tanks the Aussies faced for the first time in Greece. Much bad language ensued getting the @#$%ing thing seated in that gun port!|
I've equipped some of my Aussies with the (metal) slouch hats Perry's malke separately. They come with the disclaimer that they were rarely worn in combat and while this was true to a certain extent, there are plenty of examples where they were - particularly on Crete where paras came down everywhere including in amongst battalion lines first thing in the morning. I reckon plenty didn't get the chance to get their tin 'ats on!
I seem to have lost all my pics of the Perry's French wagon which is a pity but the WWII Aussies are my latest. I have to apologise for the picture quality when I set up to photograph them outdoors - heavy clouds rolled over and the light went. I'll post more as I finish them, and hopefully a game this weekend - so I'll endeavour to keep you all posted!