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Valentine with Short Track for Towing

Illustration showing the Valentine tank modified with a short track for towing, from the WW2 Russian manual.


Flak Suits and Flak Helmets

Reminders about the flak suit and flak helmet, from Bombardiers’ Information File, U.S. War Department, March 1945:


Flak suits consist of armored vest and apron assemblies. They are not personal issue, but they should be delivered to the plane before the flight and picked up afterward for inspection. You couldn’t carry one anyway, with everything else you’re lugging. Report to the pilot if you don’t find a flak suit in the plane for you.

Wear the suit when you approach the target area. It’s heavy but it’s guaranteed that you won’t notice the weight when the fight begins to get hot.

Note: Ask your Personal Equipment Officer to have a tab sewed on your flak suit for your oxygen mask hose clip.


The flak helmet is personal issue. If you have worn both your flak suit and flak helmet on the mission, you have a good chance of returning the helmet to the supply room personally after the flight.


New 1/35th Dragon Armor

Two new 1/35th-scale Axis armor kits from Dragon Models: No. 6639: 1/35 Pz.Kpfw. III (5cm) Ausf. G, Sd.Kfz. 141, Early Production and No. 6767: 1/35 Imperial Japanese Army Type 95 Light Tank “Ha-Go” Early Production.

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Learn to Recognize These Half-Tracks

Halftracks Recognition Poster

( Training Poster, U.S. Army Orientation Course )


Valentine Tank Illustrations

Front and side views of the Valentine Tank (officially “Tank, Infantry, Mk III, Valentine”) from the WW2 Russian manual. The Valentine was supplied in large numbers to the Red Army.

Valentine Tank Side View

Valentine Tank: Side View

Valentine Tank Front View

Valentine Tank: Front View


Panzer IV Color Photo

Rare color photograph of a camouflaged Panzer IV knocked out in Normandy in 1944. From the markings and camouflage, the Panzer IV appears to be from the German Panzer Lehr Division. U.S. Air Force Photo.

Panzer Lehr Division Panzer IV in Normandy, 1944, WWII

M8 75-mm Howitzer Motor Carriage

Diagram of the WWII M8 75-mm Howitzer Motor Carriage. (Source: Technical Manual TM 9-1729A, U.S. War Department, 1944.)

75mm Howitzer Motor Carriage M8


SU-100 Track Repair

Drawing of the proper method of track repair on the Russian SU-100 tank destroyer — from the Russian vehicle manual.

SU-100 Russian Self-Propelled Gun Track Repair

Tanks of the British Army

( U.S. War Department, Newsmap )


Dragon Flakpanzer IV Ausf. G “Wirbelwind”

New WWII 1/35th armor kit announcement from Dragon — Kit No. 6565: 1/35th Flakpanzer IV Ausf. G “Wirbelwind” Early Production with Zimmerit.

Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind

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