The summer of 2016 marks the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme. Also known as the Somme Offensive it began on July 1st 1916 and ran until November 18th and was intended to achieve a decisive breakthrough for Allied Forces against the German frontline on the Western Front in France.
The Battle of Britain is regarded by most to be one of the most pivotal events of the WWII. The main battle took place from July to September 1940 and was the primary major campaign to be fought entirely by airpower and was the largest and most sustained aerial bombing campaign up until that time.
At the height of the summer of 1940, the fate in the free world rested upon the knowledge, skill and courage of some young pilots as the RAF fought alone against the might of the as yet undefeated German Luftwaffe.
Forts like this, found all along the northern French coast, formed an integral part of Hitler's Atlantic Wall, a ring around what he described as fortress Europe. The immensely powerful guns in the defences were designed to defeat Allied shipping and seriously disrupt any invasion plans.
Forts like this, found all along the northern French coast, formed an integral part of Hitler's Atlantic Wall; a ring around what he described as Fortress Europe. However, many were easily dealt with by either naval bombardment or air attack prior to D-Day and only a few remained in action to be dealt with by infantrymen after the 6th of June.
Fountains are found in their thousands across Europe and can be added to every building in this range to extend the scenes and dioramas further. Adding this to a road scene using Airfix vehicles makes for something different. This model can also be a perfect to add to railway layouts.
Poland was attacked by Nazi Germany in September 1939, and this invasion sparked the start of World War II. The destruction caused by this and the later Soviet counter offensives during 1944 and 1945 meant many important buildings were ruined. This bank building typifies this destruction.
The summer of 1940 was vital, not just for the survival of the RAF and Great Britain, but also the free world. While the Hurricanes and Spitfires of the RAF played an invaluable role, the hard work of the ground crews and their support cannot be under estimated. The Bedford QL and AEC Matador featured here kept the RAF's fighters supplied and ready to fight.
A battle-damaged building perfect for putting with any North African campaign diorama. During the months of fierce fighting in this huge area of the world, buildings like these changed hands many times, and therefore this will work with any Axis or Allied 1:32 or 1:35 models or figures. Base is not included.
During the fierce battles in the narrow streets of many Italian towns, buildings like these were bombarded by both sides to try and extract dug-in troops. The layout of this building makes for some inspiring diorama work.
Attacking and bombing bridges across Europe was a strategic necessity thoughout WWII and this model represents a typical ruined example that makes for excellent possibilities for modelling a superb diorama as well as wargaming features.
This bridge is based on a style found across Europe which many fought over ferociously during WWII. The bridge can carry models over or under and would make a spectacular centrepiece to any model. The brilliant bridge is also perfect for any railway layout either H0 or 00 scale.