No longer a phony, sitting war

78 years ago today Fall Gelb was launched with German forces rolling through the Low Countries and things wrapped up about 6 weeks later with most of France occupied and the remainder under the control of the Vichy government.

AMR 35 light tanks, 1940

AMR 35 light tanks, 1940

Deutsche Truppen in Masstricht

German vehicles and troops in Maastricht, the Netherlands, 10 May 1940

Abandoned H35 light tank on the side of a road, France, May 1940

Abandoned H35 light tank on the side of a road, France, May 1940

German troops with a camouflaged 3.7 cm PaK 36 anti-tank gun in Belgium, May 1940

German troops with a camouflaged 3.7 cm PaK 36 anti-tank gun in Belgium, May 1940

Crashed German Ju 52 aircraft in a field in the Netherlands, May-Jun 1940

Crashed German Ju 52 aircraft in a field in the Netherlands, May-Jun 1940

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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. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23011014

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:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SPA-Viberti_AS.42

http://www.tanks-encyclopedia.com/ww2/italy/Camioneta_AS-42_Sahariana.php

 

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….

 

 

Do not bring a drunk dentist to an arrest

Almost missed this one.  136 years ago the gunfight heard across the West and clear through to the present day took place at about 3PM local time.  I’m not going to try and break down who was right or who was wrong nor am I going to try and diagram the gunfight.  That’s what the videos are for.

And I’d be happy to have Doc on street howitzer any day.

How the Soviets picked up a Sidewinder for under $80

And Deutsche Bundespost almost lost it…

The full story: War is Boring

That the Soviet-made R-3S air-to-air missile — better known in the West by its NATO-designation AA-2 Atoll — is a copy of the AIM-9B Sidewinder, originally developed and manufactured in the USA, is relatively well-known.

How it came to be … isn’t so well-known. It involved the mail.

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Air transportation services were making mistakes back then at least as often as they make them nowadays, and thus Ramminger’s parcel first traveled from Frankfurt via Paris to Copenhagen, then back to Düsseldorf, before finally reaching Moscow – 10 days late.

The Webley-Fosbery Automatic Revolver

A semi-automatic revolver is something I’ve been fascinated by ever since I got a copy of Ian V Hogg’s Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of the World’s Firearms somewhere around 7th or 8th grade. 

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I lugged that book around in my book bag for almost the entire school year and tried to read through it anytime I had a free moment.  This was in the mid-80s so no SWAT teams were called out because a kid had a gun book at school.  Considering the books and magazines I carried and read at school (no porn!) I can only imagine how many suspensions I would have racked up today but I digress…

As usual, Ian at Forgotten Weapons gets to play with the coolest things