Thinking back to my meck days and mind field crossing you would put your tow ropes on the front and over the top. Looking at the photo it may be that if they stop due to water height they don't have to go swimming to find the end of the cable.
Explosive bolts and det-cord to remove waterproofing was definitely 'a thing' mentioned in numerous personal accounts (and someone else further up the thread), but most of it (all of it on most vehicles) had to be removed by hand.If folk enlarge the photos of the majority of the wading kit on all the tanks, be it Sherman, Churchill or Cromwell. All the the kit is supported by wire cables.
I seem to recall in a TCs Memories, Grenadier Guards Armoured Regt(?) he talks about, once ashore the Regt went into a large field to remove all the wading kite. I don’t recall any explosive bolts to remove the gear.
Yeah, it's a 'colourised' b&w photo. Whoever did the colouring clearly believes that they were using Deep Bronze Green paint at the time. SCC 15 is far more drab.That colour print, the green too rich. More like Emerald green.
Yeah, it's a 'colourised' b&w photo. Whoever did the colouring clearly believes that they were using Deep Bronze Green paint at the time. SCC 15 is far more drab.
7th Armoured Div were curiously poor at marking their vehicles in Normandy and a lot don't show any markings at all. It's been suggested that they'd painted markings out as a camouflage measure. If you look at the famous sequence of German photos taken at Villers-Bocage, hardly any tanks are marked and only the three Royal Horse Artillery tanks have the regulation markings.
Nice. With the etch fret you've got you can do any of the armoured regts in 7th Armoured Div up to end of July '44. That's 8th Hussars, 1st and 5th RTR, and 4th CLY. Plus 2nd Northamptonshire Yeomanry in 11th Armoured. You're positively spoilt for choice!
So the green. Bloody hell. What a proper mess the modelling community have got themselves in over this one….
SCC 15 olive drab is the British colour. Different to US olive drab. It would appear people have been arguing on and off over 9 years over what shade the olive drab is. Rivet counters!
SCC 14 is NATO black pretty much