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AAA Ground Recognition Signals

The following comments from the commander of the U.S. 5th Armored Division on the proper use of ground recognition signals were published in “Antiaircraft Artillery Notes,” No. 5, November 22, 1944.

Subject: Use of Ground Recognition Signals
Source: AA Section, Headquarters Twelfth Army Group

The following extract is taken from AAA Situation Report No. 98, First US Army:

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“a. The following is quoted from a letter received at this headquarters from the Commanding General, 5th Armored Division:

“‘1. At approximately 1630, 2 November 1944, nine to twelve P-38s approached the CP of the 47th Armored Field Artillery Battalion located in a group of buildings about fifty (50) yards south of paved highway one mile southeast of ROETGEN (K-919273). After circling the CP twice, the three lead planes broke out of the circle and flew off in the direction of ROETGEN. The next three planes made a diving attack of the CP, dropping six bombs. ******* The 440th AAA thereupon fired six recognition flares, at which the remaining planes pulled out of dive without dropping bombs and dipped their wings and left the area.*******

“‘3 ******* AA did not fire on planes, other than recognition flares.’

“b. The AAA complied strictly with standing instructions, by firing flares and withholding fire of their weapons. The friendly A/C, recognizing the signal and the lack of fire from the ground, immediately ceased the attack. This exemplifies the manner in which such incidents must be handled.”

 

Don’t Be A Dope VI

An illustration from the “Don’t be a Dope!” series was included in the M36 tank destroyer technical manual.

dont-be-a-dope-vi-m36-tank

 

Ace W15 TCC Tank Hunter

A new 1/72nd scale announcement by ACE Models covering the WWII era: Kit #72537: French Tank Hunter (6×6) W15T-CC.

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New Figures from Corsar Rex

Corsar Rex has released new 1/35th-scale resin figures depicting WWII German troops in winter uniforms. The big set contains five figures — CR 35089: GERMAN SOLDIERS, Wehrmacht & Waffen SS, Big Sets — or each figure can be ordered individually — CR 35084: GERMAN SOLDIER, Wehrmacht; CR 35085: GERMAN SOLDIER, Wehrmacht; CR 35086: GERMAN SOLDIER, Wehrmacht; CR 35087: GERMAN SOLDIER, Waffen SS; and CR 35088: GERMAN SOLDIER, Waffen SS.

corsar-rex-wehrmacht-winter-soldiers

 

M3 Medium Tank Armament

Diagram of the armament and ammunition storage of the M3 Medium Tank. (Source: TM 9-750: Ordnance Maintenance, Medium Tanks M3, M3A1, and M3A2, Technical Manual, U.S. War Department, May 1942.)

M3 Medium Tank Armament

 

Waffen SS in the Ardennes Figures

New 1/35th-scale resin German figure sets from D-Day Miniature Studio:
   • No. 35027 — Waffen SS Soldiers at Rest, Ardennes 1944
   • No. 35030 — Waffen SS Jeep Crew, Ardennes 1944
Figures are also available individually as:
   • No. 35025 — Waffen SS Soldier Eating, Ardennes 1944
   • No. 35026 — Waffen SS Tanker, Ardennes 1944
   • No. 35028 — Waffen SS Jeep Driver, Ardennes 1944
   • No. 35029 — Waffen SS Jeep Passenger, Ardennes 1944

All figures are resin and sculpted by Pawel Krasicki. List price is 23€ for the sets, and 12€ for the individual figures.

waffen-ss-soldiers-at-rest

waffen-ss-jeep-crew

 

New January Alpine Releases

Seven new January 2015 figures and heads releases from Alpine Miniatures:

  • 35187: 1/35 WSS Panzer Commander #1
  • 35188: 1/35 WSS Panzer Commander #2
  • 35189: 1/35 WSS Panzer Commander Set (2 Figures)
  • H015: 1/35 WW2 British Head Set #1
  • H016: 1/35 WW2 British Head Set #2
  • H017: 1/35 WW2 German Head Set #1
  • H018: 1/35 WW2 German Head Set #2

alpine-releases-january-2015

 

New Kits from ICM

Three new WWII-era plastic kits from ICM covering softskins, armor, and aircraft:
   • Kit No. 35505—1:35 Horch 108 Typ 40, WWII German Personnel Car
   • Kit No. 35365—1:35 T-34/76 (Early 1943 Production), WWII Soviet Medium Tank
   • Kit No. 48213—1:48 Hs 126A-1 with Bomb Rack, Condor Legion Reconnaissance Plane.

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New Diamond T Trucks from IBG

Four new 1/72nd-scale Diamond T trucks from IBG Models:

  • IBG 72021: 1/72 DIAMOND T 972 Dump Truck
  • IBG 72019: 1/72 DIAMOND T 968 Cargo Truck
  • IBG 72020: 1/72 DIAMOND T 969 Wrecker
  • IBG 72018: 1/72 DIAMOND T 968A with Asphalt Tank

diamond-t-dump-truck diamond-t-cargo-truck diamond-t-wrecker diamond-t-asphalt-tank

 

M19 Twin 40-mm Gun Motor Carriage

Diagram of the M19 Twin 40-mm Gun Motor Carriage, from Technical Manual TM 9-1729A, U.S. War Department, 1944.

M19 Twin 40-mm Gun Motor Carriage