Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The Cameronian answer to Tigers.

 Operation Blackcock was fought in January 1945, right in the period of "The Fall of the Reich" battlegroup book.  Most of the fighting took place in the towns on the German Dutch border in terrible winter weather.  Heavy snow alternating with thaws, bogged roads and limitedtank support meant that  The Lowland Division infantry would depending on 6pdrs, piats and sticky bombs.  

Unknown to Lowland Divisional Intelligence,  a battalion of German Tiger 1, rebuilt on a core of Russian front veterans, was ready willing and able to counterattack Operation Blackcock.

My 6pdrs are coming on now, working on the bases, the crews need a wash, highlight and varnish.

Deniston jacket

Goney need the loader crew

or we will be down to stick bombs

Thursday, 23 July 2015

A start on the pinned markers!

"Boys Battalion"

My uncle Robert referred to the 6th Battalion as the "Boys Battalion" no doubt because they were recruited for wartime service only or conscripted.
I get very eager to complete projects so here are three pictures the casualties at their first stage, still to be based touched up and varnished, All three infantry platoons are approaching the same level and the company command.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

British Rifle Company - Cameronians

I have a great deal of admiration for the MadTinHatters handiwork and actually put it to use on the tabletop
I also liked the format he used to outline his goal. However I am using cap badges to mark progress, black and white denotes not started, green background as complete.

My Uncle, Bill Alford served in the 6th Battalion of the Cameronians in WW2 as a runner, "Alfie" and later a dispatch rider.  He later went on to serve in the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders after the war mainly because it was easier to pull women in the kilt.

52nd Lowland Division                            
156th Brigade     "Cameronian Brigade"                                        
6th Battalion Cameronians

Company HQ                        Company Section Forward Artillery
                                                                                                Observation Party
2 SMG,2 Pistol, 4 Rifle           8 Runners all Rifle          1 Officer, 1 NCO,2 Radio Radio operator
Jeep                                                                                       Jeep

Company Support Options
Signallers                             Dispatch Rider                    Jeep Ambulance
3 Up to radio operator       Motor Cycle   
Infantry Foot Patrol

First Platoon                        Second Platoon                  Third Platoon
Officer, PSgt,1 Rifle            Officer, PSgt, 1Rifle            Officer,PSgt, 1 Rifle           

Piat(2), Mortar(2) medic     Piat(2), Mortar(2),medic     Piat(2), Mortar(2),medic

Platoon Support Options
Anti Tank Guns                     Heavy Machine Guns          2 LVT Buffaloes