Excellent dit and supported with maps and historical data takes the build to a completely different place. Doing a model is a great way to escape and switch off but the research and things you learn along the way take it to another level.In answer to @Boxy 's post earlier (so far):
The storyline of this diorama has changed a bit; originally it was going to be an 2-cab light armoured recce patrol being briefed just behind the line somewhere in the low countries late 44-early 45, but I decided that three vehicles (M5, Carrier and briefing commander's jeep) would be too crowded, especially with the German positions having grown from the original plan:
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This has now been binned in favour of a more specific time and place, the commencement of OP VERITABLE, the clearance of German forces from the west bank of the Rhine in Holland and Germany, starting 08/02/45, around the area southeast of Nijmegen. Being of little tactical use in wooded close fighting, the light armoured recce element is being used to gather int from captured positions, whilst the armour and infantry of 21 Army Group is slugging its way into the Reichswald, smashing into the first German defensive line:
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The PAK position, overlooking a wooded track and small meadow with a flanking MG42 trench providing enfilade cover previously fired on an advancing Churchill, which sensibly scooted back out of sight and called in a mortar stonk which took out the PAK. Combined armour and infantry assault then took the PAK position and the MG trench, and have since advanced up the track (and out of sight).
Still to be added to the diorama are British infantry advancing up the cart track, and (possibly German POWs being escorted to the rear, either down the track or following the Churchill tracks. And of course the Recce wagon crews, along with whatever else hasn't made it onto the model yet....
I walked this area on a Brigade Battlefield Tour fourteen years ago; the three veterans who we escorted were all of the opinion that this was the hardest fighting they'd ever seen (and one chap had been at Alamein, whilst another had fought through GOODWOOD ; both were infantry).
Anyway, that's the plan at the moment....
Great piece of work, and I’m sure the mrs must be made up with that on her table