Saturday, April 27, 2013

More Ebay Goodies

Flames of war German grenadier Company. Company command (2stands), 2 grenadier platoons,a hmg platoon, 3 stugIII's, 3 JgdpzIV's, a platoon of Luftwaffe 88's (yes ,painted luftwaffe blue as a lot were), a platoon of 5cm at guns, a platoon of 75mm infantry guns a painted and ready to use!. That 136 painted figs (guns incl) and 6 painted tanks.....not a bad haul...)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Sheridan Tank Weapons Demonstration - 1969 United States Army Tanks Educ...

Armored Force - 1950's United States Army Tanks Educational Documentary

The United States Army "Big Picture" television series shows us there is nothing as mighty and bold in "war" as the tank. The role it plays in combat and in training is spectacularly pictured in "Armored Force."

M-60 King of Armor - 1960's United States Army Tanks Educational Documen...

Published on Apr 26, 2012
The United States Army "Big Picture" television series traces the origin of the modern tank, detailing the need to create a mobile armored vehicle that could carry enough fire power to destroy machine gun emplacements as it led its troops through the line.

M47 Patton Tank Part II

M47 Patton Part 1

M41 and M47 Tanks


M41 Walker Bulldog

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Las Vegas, Trip

Well we're off Monday to Las Vegas, Nevada for three days, I've been to part of that desert many times (NTC) but never to the well lit part, so this should be interesting!


Thursday, April 11, 2013

A Bridge "Pretty" Far

Got this in from the Royal Engineers by way of
Forbodia courtesy of King Boris III (also known
for security reasons we're sure, by the rather
innocuous name of Tim Gow) The Forbodian
army had this splendid piece of British technology
sitting in a store house since the last war unused
largely since there are no major rivers in Forbodia.
The Brazos Evil Empire on the other hand is of
course named for the major river that bisects it.
This gift from the Forbodian government is quite
warmly accepted by our government and we look
forward to seeing the other side of the Empire very
soon! As shown in the photos our engineers of busily
training on the tarmac behind their barracks in
preparation of setting up the bridge on the river for
the first Imperial picnic on the east bank in many
years. In conclusion we would like to express our
hart felt gratitude to his Royal Highness King Boris III,
and to the Forbodian Royal Engineers to include the
two highly trained professional technicians sent along
to train our Engineers, who once sober were extremely
helpful in the success of this operation.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Tanker's Tuesday: US Tank Brigade 1958

This is the beginnings of my 1958 (year of my birth) US Tank Brigade, the other two medium tank battalions will be M48s

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Tanker's Tuesday: Cold War Hero: M60

The M60 Patton, officially the 105 mm Gun Full Tracked Combat Tank, M60, is a first-generation main battle tank (MBT) introduced in December 1960. It was widely used by the U.S. and its Cold War allies, especially those in NATO, and remains in service throughout the world today despite having been superseded by the M1 Abrams in the U.S. military. Egypt is currently the largest operator with 1,716 upgraded M60A3s, Turkey is second with 866 upgraded units in service, and Israel is third with over 700 units of Israeli variants

I think I'm the 4th largest operator...that's just one of the 4 boxes....)

Gaming Buddies

After finally getting SKIPE to work and actually conducting a face to face (with sound this
time) meeting with Tim Gow, I told him the story of how I met my gaming buddy of over 30
years Bill M (Bolo Gunner). Tim urged me to share my story so here goes. It was as I recall
about November of 1978 I was a newly assigned cannon crewman (E-1) at 2nd Battalion
2nd Field Artillery at Fort Sill Oklahoma. One day during work I was walking through the
common parking lot that my battalion shared with the only Infantry and Tank composite
battalion on FT Sill (home of the US Artillery). That unit was there to help train the artillery
school in combined arms operations. Well as I walked through the lot I spotted something I
had seen in a book a year before. It was a 25mm Sassanid Persian army ( I would later learn
it was by Hinchcliff) the very same one that was depicted in the book. Well I made note of the
cars location and got back to it right after last formation. So here I was standing by this car when
the very tall Staff Sergent comes walking up, now remember I'm fresh out of basic training and I
only talk to these guys when told to normally! He asks me in his west Texas drawl, what the hell
was I doing there? I proceeded to tell him about the book and that I was interested in history and
miniatures. That is where I learned about WRG 5th addition and started a 30 plus year friendship
(on and off due to our military careers) with Bill that lasts to this day.

Went on to meet allot of other guys there Mark, Garry, Jim, and Roger to name but a few
but, only Bill and I stayed more or less in touch over the years, and would run into each other
here and there when our assignments overlapped. Bill of course retired long before I did
and we lost touch for almost a decade but with the Internet we stumbled across each other once
again, even managed a rare game now and then when he came down here to central Texas
from north west Texas (give you all an idea takes four hours of hard driving at 70 miles an hour).
Three years ago Bill had his second retirement and moved to God's waiting room, or as we
call it here Florida...) We still keep in touch of course but, I  miss that too tall DAT...)