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.
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.
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.