Cavaliers and Roundheads and Revolutions! Oh my!

Last year I found Mike Duncan’s The History of Rome podcast. So far I’m about 35 episodes in and I like it very much. A couple of weeks ago I found his other podcast Revolutions. The first series covers the English Civil War (1642-51), The Protectorate (1653-59) and The Restoration (1660).

With that in mind, this video from the Royal Armouries caught my eye when it came up at the end of another video I was watching. I really wish the audio quality was better, but it is what it is.


I think I took the red pill


My beaming bride asked me to order a couple of things she needed off Amazon and somehow these just showed up in my cart.  I know, crazy, right?



I’m always ready for a new reference book. Preferably one with lots of pictures.

I mentioned in another post I’m thinking of getting back into modelling.  Let me rephrase that.  I’m thinking about getting back into building plastic models.  I’ve still got some of the tooling I used back then but I know I’ll need some new files, sandpaper and a small saw for sure.  Then there’s the dilemma of an airbrush.  I’ve already got a compressor I can use but I need a decent, inexpensive airbrush rig so I’ll be researching those in the near future.

At least I’ll have something to read while finding out how deep the rabbit hole goes.  And that doesn’t include the books I’d like on the T-60 or Russian artillery tractors like the very dieselpunk looking Komintern artillery tractor.


Make my funk the P-Funk and my punk the Dieselpunk!  (Although Steampunk is nice…)

Komintern line drawing 2


Drive it like you stole it!

Yep, still on an armor kick LOL!

I never knew New Zealand produced approximately 1,300 Universal Carriers (aka Bren Gun Carriers) until I ran across Antipodean Armor.  I also never knew Universal Carriers were powered by a Ford Flathead either.  I wonder if these guys smuggled a SCoT blower into the workshop one night…

NZ production Bren Gun Carrier demonstration at the General Motors plant, Petone, Wellington Carrier LP No 2

Bren Gun Carrier demonstration at the General Motors plant, Petone, Wellington, during World War II – Photograph taken by the Evening Post. New Zealand. Department of Internal Affairs. War History Branch :Photographs relating to World War 1914-1918, World War 1939-1945, occupation of Japan, Korean War, and Malayan Emergency. Ref: PAColl-4161-01-022-02-03. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.

Universal carrier of 52nd Reconnaissance Regiment moving at speed over rough ground, Scotland, 10 November 1942.

Universal carrier of 52nd Reconnaissance Regiment moving at speed over rough ground, Scotland, 10 November 1942. The British Army in the United Kingdom 1939-45

Shoot and scoot – vecchia scuola edition

AS-42 of the 103rd Compagnie Arditi Camionettisti equipped with Breda Model 35 anti-aircraft gun in North Africa, March 1943

AS-42 of the 103rd Compagnie Arditi Camionettisti equipped with Breda Model 35 anti-aircraft gun in North Africa, March 1943

AS.42 Cannone da 47-32 M35

AS.42 Cannone da 47/32 M35

AS-42 on the Eastern Front

AS-42 on the Eastern Front

AS-42 North Africa

AS-42 North Africa “Italian – German resistance”

Bah, voi ragazzi e la vostra fantasia, armatura SP completamente armata e HMMWV armati! Perché indietro ai miei tempi …

I have a fascination with wheeled and half-track AFVs as well as SP artillery.   The more unusual the vehicle, the more I’m interested.  Here’s some basic reading on the AS.42:


I’m starting to feel the itch of a hobby I gave up almost 20 years ago.  I built models as a kid but gave them up after getting married.  I wasn’t that good at it, I didn’t have the time, 2 boys and 5 cats meant something was bound to get broken and I realized I always enjoyed the research more than the actual build.

Over the past couple of months I’ve been watching several different WWII documentary series  and a couple of weeks ago one of them showed this oddball Italian tractor/prime mover that looked vaguely familiar but I couldn’t place.  How did I know it was Italian?  I didn’t, but the giant wheels had me pretty sure it was.  I dug around the interwebs and determined it was a Pavesi P4 100 Mod. 30A:

Pavesi P4 100 Mod. 30A

Pavesi P4 100 Mod. 30A

Pavesi P4 100 Mod. 30A towing 88mm Flak

Pavesi P4 100 Mod. 30A towing 88mm Flak

They even made a later version with pneumatic tires (steel wheels with folding spikes for traction was so 1920s):

Pavesi P4 100 Mod. 30A pneumatic tire version

Pavesi P4 100 Mod. 30A with pneumatic tires

Sorry, where was I?  Oh yeah, most of the pics I found were of models and I started feeling that old familiar tug so maybe there will be a model or two show up in the future.  Probably some kind of oddball AFV in 1/72….



But it’s a dry heat…

At 0700 it’s 80*F with humidity to match.  Today should top out around 97*F but we haven’t cracked 100*F yet this year.  Just another north Texas summer.

These guys didn’t have as much humidity to deal with but a dry heat is still hot.  Add in a little breeze and it’s like standing in front of a blow dryer or convection oven.


Crusader Mk II 14 July 1942, possibly around El Alamein


A Humber Mk II armoured car in the Western Desert, 14 July 1942.

German armor going back to the future?

I saw this on laststandonzombieisland: Germany ups tiny tank force by 40 percent

A quote from one of the sources piqued my not-quite-right sense of humor:

All told, the Bundeswehr stands to get 104 used Leopard 2 battle tanks out of storage that manufacturer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann will upgrade under a contract with the German Defence Ministry from the A4 configuration to the newest A7V standard.

Newest A7V standard?  Like this?


I know, it’s a goofball sense of humor…

Consolidated B-24H Liberator: Citizen Soldier’s Armor. — The Dreamy Dodo

An aircrew of the 455th Bombardment Group, 743rd Bomb Squadron (15th AF) standing in front of the B-24H Liberator “TePee Time Gal” at San Giovanni Airfield (Foggia), Italy, 1944-45.
He -according to some sources it’s Major David G. Bellemere- is wearing a sample of typical late-WW2 clothing. Of interest are the M-2 armor vest (used by “armor-seated” crews), M-3 armor apron and M-3 flak helmet- that helmet was worn over an A-11 helmet, B-8 goggles and A-14 oxygen mask. Our friend shows his healthy individualism with those neat 1940 Pattern RAF boots.
The Americans, as usual, always overkill with any kind of gear. Better safe than sorry.

Photo: USAAF.

via Consolidated B-24H Liberator: Citizen Soldier’s Armor. — The Dreamy Dodo

WWII weapons in the Ayatollah’s Iran

This is one of those conflicts I really should know more about than I do.  I’ve got this Osprey Publishing book  (IIRC it’s that one) that I read about 10 years ago but that’s it.  I’m thinking I need to add this to my list of things to study…

Long read but well worth it: WWII weapons in the Ayatollah’s Iran

The war between Iran and Iraq started in 1980 when Saddam Hussein sought to take advantage of Iran’s chaos by conquering and annexing Iran’s oil-rich Khuzestan province, and in the larger sense, destroying the Iranian Islamic regime’s military. In turn, the Iranians sought to first repulse the Iraqi attack and then knock Hussein out of power and replace him with an Iraqi theocratic government modeled on Iran’s.The war ended up lasting eight years and was one of the worst of the 20th century. For the most part, Iran employed high-tech systems like the MIM-23 Hawk SAM and AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter, but there were some WWII weapons in Iran’s use as well.