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Sunray
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« Reply #15 on: 26 May 2019, 07:59:06 PM »


Quite right Nobby ! Two comments if I may:

First -the only Ghurkhas in the theatre (1940/41)were the 2/7th - captured at Tobruk.  Those attached to the Indian Army  2/3 and 2/4 were not deployed to Greece with the 4th Indian Division until 1944.

Secondly - the second soldier is the front file has classic Maori features and he (or his twin!) pop up in a montage of 28th (Maori) Battalion images.  The Battalion fought with great gallantry in covering the withdrawal from Crete.  You also find "Maoris" of mixed race.

Several accounts quote Rommel as an admirer of the Maori élan and fighting spirit.   
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« Reply #16 on: 27 May 2019, 01:24:57 AM »

The majority of the guys in the queue certainly look Maori to me
Number 5 looks to have acquired a thousand yard stare which is not surprising given what they went through I don't want to see
The pockets in those trousers would certainly help when ‘foraging’
Number 4 has an ‘acquired’ weapon which was a common occurrence with the Maoris  Wink
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« Reply #17 on: 27 May 2019, 09:43:58 AM »

The officer (?) to the right of the file is in the Lemon squeezer.  The practice with distinctive headgear in elite/distinctive  units is to wear it when there is no danger of mortars/HE.

1.  Helmets (ww2) are heavy, hot and uncomfortable.  They won't stop a full bore rifle round.

2. The beret or campaign hat carries its own mojo.
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« Reply #18 on: 27 May 2019, 08:12:09 PM »

The officer (?) to the right of the file is in the Lemon squeezer.  The practice with distinctive headgear in elite/distinctive  units is to wear it when there is no danger of mortars/HE.

The caption said Maori.

"Maori troops line up on the quayside at Alexandria in Egypt following their evacuation from Crete"

https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/what-was-the-battle-of-crete


Well spotted Sunray, he's probably a 'base type' up from Maadi Camp
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« Reply #19 on: 28 May 2019, 12:52:22 PM »

I want some floppy hatted infantry to do 14th army in Burma.  The suggested range would be suitable.

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« Reply #20 on: 28 May 2019, 02:11:37 PM »

I want some floppy hatted infantry to do 14th army in Burma.  The suggested range would be suitable.



All votes added.  A long way to go before we hit a viable sculpt quota. 

The only thing in our favour is that it will stimulate the sale of a heap of existing Pendraken figures and AFVs. BEF & Desert Brits,  German paras, ACT13 (assault glider ) plus carriers, mortars, 25pdrs, Mark V light tanks .....and two Tillies (now those could be game changers....no pun intended.  Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: 28 May 2019, 03:55:58 PM »

THEY BROKE DOWN !!!
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« Reply #22 on: 28 May 2019, 06:00:58 PM »

Isn’t it the case that a different command pack would suffice, just of officers?

Aussie in bush hat
NZ in lemon squeezer
Scots in tam o’shanter
Others?

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« Reply #23 on: 28 May 2019, 06:40:34 PM »

Isn’t it the case that a different command pack would suffice, just of officers?

Aussie in bush hat
NZ in lemon squeezer
Scots in tam o’shanter
Others?



Interesting idea.  We did that in the Korean range with one solitary French officer with his beret pulled the wrong way. Makes a great proxy for an FFL merc like Steiner.  Smiley

As to a broken down Matilda -  throw a six to fix ?
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« Reply #24 on: 29 May 2019, 07:56:31 AM »

No spares for them, not certain how they got there, as no infantry tank rgts were detailed for Greece.

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« Reply #25 on: 29 May 2019, 11:46:07 AM »

No spares for them, not certain how they got there, as no infantry tank rgts were detailed for Greece.

IanS

Interesting.

My only secondary source is After the Battle (Nos 47 & 175) authors Plowman, Grieve and Watson, who "with dogged research" , established the fate of the NINE Matildas of B Squadron the 7th Royal Tank Regiment.

You can get downloads at £6 from www.afterthebattle.com  Let us know if you unearth anything  Smiley
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« Reply #26 on: 30 May 2019, 04:58:36 AM »

This has lots of useful stuff.

https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a491531.pdf

Many of the RA batteries were equipped with captured Italian guns.
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« Reply #27 on: 30 May 2019, 09:22:47 AM »

A good academic study John.  Thanks for sharing.  Smiley 

I have downloaded to read at leisure on the train.
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