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January Figure Releases from Alpine Miniatures

Alpine Waffen SS Figures January 2013

New January 2013 figure releases from Alpine Miniatures:

• 35151: 1/35 WSS Grenadier
Sculpted by Taesung Harmms / Boxart Painted by Man-Jin Kim
• 35152: 1/35 WSS Grenadier NCO
Sculpted by Taesung Harmms / Boxart Painted by Man-Jin Kim
• 35153: 1/35 WSS Grenadier Set (2 Figures)
Sculpture by Taesung Harmms / Boxart by Man-Jin Kim


Panzerwrecks 14: Ostfront 2

Panzerwrecks 14: Ostfront 2 is scheduled for release in December 2012.

Panzerwrecks 14: Ostfront 2

Feature sections include “Odd StuGs: Ostfront Edition”, “Tehumardi Wrecks”, “Wrecks of Operation Bagration”, and “Panzer Wrecks in the Woods”. Oddities and rare vehicles pictured include Sturmgeschütz III and IV uparmoured with concrete and more; Bergepanzer III armed with a 2cm Kw.K; Lines of wrecked Panthers at Narva; Pz.Sp.Wg. 204(f) outfitted as a ‘Draisine’; Six photos of the rare 7.5cm Pak 97/38(f) auf Pz.Kpfw.740(r); Hungarian armour: Turán I and II, Nimród; Final production Pz.Kpfw.IV; Wrecked Bulgarian Pz.Kpfw.IVs in Hungary; and Panther Ausf.G infra-red ready.

Long list of vehicle include: Tiger I, Tiger II, Panther Ausf.D, Panther Ausf.A, Panther Ausf.G, Panther Ausf.G – I/R ready, Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.G, Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.H, Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.J, Sturmgeschütz IV, Panzer IV/70(V), Jagdpanzer IV, Hummel, Nashorn, Flakpanzer Möbelwagen, Sturmgeschütz III Ausf.G, Sturmgeschütz III Ausf.C/D, Sturmhaubitze 42, Pz.Beob.Wg.III, Bergepanzer III – 2cm KwK, Pz.Kpfw.II Ausf.J, Wespe, Pz.Jgr.II für 7.5cm Pak 40, T 34/76, 7.5cm Pak 97/98 auf Pz.Kpfw.740(r), Pz.Kpfw. M3 (a) Stuart, BT42 (Finnish), Nimrod (Hungarian), Turan I (Hungarian), Turan II (Hungarian), Sd.Kfz.251 Ausf.D, Sd.Kfz.251/3, Sd.Kfz.251/9, Sd.Kfz.251/16, Sd.Kfz.251/17, Sd.Kfz.250 Ausf.A, Sd.Kfz.250 Ausf.B, Sd.Kfz.10/4, RSO/01, 15cm Panzerwerfer 42 Pz.Sp.Wg.AB41 201(i), and Pz.Sp.Wg.P 204(f).

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Wreck of Italian Battleship Roma Discovered

The wreck of the Italian battleship Roma has been located by Italian Navy divers off the coast of Sardinia after a lenghty multi-year search. The battleship Roma was sunk by German aircraft on September 9, 1943 while underway to Malta to surrender to Allied forces. Italian Admiral Carlo Bergamini and over 1,300 sailors died when the battleship was sunk by the Luftwaffe.

Italian Navy Battleship Roma WW2

Wings of Freedom Tour Visits New Orleans

Wings of Freedom Tour Collings FoundationThe Wings of Freedom Tour visits New Orleans with vintage aircraft including P-51 Mustang, Consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft”, and Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine”. The Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour will be at Lakefront Airport from March 9th to March 11th.

Details from “Hours of ground tours and display are: 2:00 PM through 5:00 PM on Friday, March 9; 9:00 AM through 5. Also on display will be a P-51 Mustang. Visitors are invited to explore the aircraft inside and out – $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12 is requested for access to up-close viewing and tours through the inside of the aircraft. WWII Veterans can tour through the aircraft at no cost. Discounted rates for school groups. Visitors may also experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to actually take a 30-minute flight aboard these rare aircraft. Flights on either the B-17 or B-24 are $425 per person. Get some ‘stick time’ in the world’s greatest fighter! P-51 flights are $2,200 for a half hour and $3,200 for a full hour.”

Pilot Flew Goering to Captivity

Associated Press has published an interview with Mayhew “Bo” Foster, the U.S. pilot who flew Nazi leader Hermann Goering to the 7th Army’s headquarters for interrogation in a Piper artillery spotter plane: Pilot Recalls Nazi Leader’s Capture.

It was May 9, 1945, the day after World War II ended in Europe. Goering, Foster and officers from the Army’s 36th Infantry Division gathered on an airstrip outside Kitzbuhel, Austria, to transport the war prisoner back to Germany in a two-man reconnaissance plane….

Goering, 52, had surrendered to the U.S. Army’s 36th Infantry Division the day before, and was now being delivered to Foster for transport….

The main problem, Foster said, was getting the two of them off the ground. Goering weighed 300-plus pounds, and the nimble, lightweight Piper L4 that Foster piloted in his artillery spotting missions wouldn’t support both him and Goering.

They’d have to upgrade to an L5, a slightly larger aircraft Foster hadn’t flown in years….

There was just a single jeep at the airstrip to meet the arriving flight. Foster rode with Goering to the gates of the 7th Army Headquarters and formally turned him over to the intelligence officer without ceremony.


B-17 “Chuckie” Moves to Military Aviation Museum

Chuckie B-17 Flying FortressThe B-17 Flying Fortress “Chuckie” is moving from the Vintage Flying Museum in Fort Worth, Texas to the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The B-17 “Chuckie” was used for cropdusting until 1979. Owned by Chuckie Hospers, the B-17 was purchased by Don Anklin for permanent display at the Military Aviation Museum. The museum plans on sending the aircraft to American Aero in Florida for restoration work after which the B-17 returns to the museum.

See: Rare WWII Bomber Finds New Home in Virginia Beach


New WWII Dragon Kits

Three new WWII model kit announcements from Dragon for release in December 2010:

  • 1/35th Gebirgspioniere, Metaxas Line 1941 (4 Figures Set) — DRA6538
  • 1/35th M4 (105) Howitzer Tank — DRA6548
  • 1/350th U.S.S. Chevalier DD-805, 1945, Gearing Class Destroyer — DRA1046

Gebirgspioniere Metaxas Line 1941 U.S. M4 105-mm Howitzer Tank USS Chevalier Destroyer

Allied-Axis Photo Journal No. 25

The latest issue of Ampersand Publishing’s reference magazine Allied-Axis: The Photo Journal of the Second World War has been announced. This issue of Allied-Axis will cover the 40mm Gun Motor Carriage M19, Panther Ausf. A, General Electric 60″ Searchlight, SdKfz 222 Armored Car, Ford Bomb Truck, and Ford Fordor Staff Car.

Allied-Axis WW2 Reference - Ampersand Publishing

NY Divers Discover Lost WWII-era Shells from USS Bennington

USS Bennington Aircraft Carrier

Aircraft Carrier USS Bennington (CV-20) in Oct. 1944

Divers in New York have found over 1,500 live naval ammunition shells in the waters under the Verrazano Bridge in New York. The WWII-era copper shells are believed to have fallen overboard during an accident offloading ammunition from the aircraft carrier USS Bennington over 65 years ago. Some of the shells now lay only 20 feet below the water. If the ammunition is still live, the shells could be dangerous if disturbed by passing ships or construction activities.

More information on the USS Bennington from Wikipedia:

USS Bennington (CV-20) was one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II for the United States Navy. The ship was the second US Navy ship to bear the name, and was named for the Revolutionary War Battle of Bennington (Vermont). Bennington was commissioned in August 1944, and served in several of the later campaigns in the Pacific Theater of Operations, earning three battle stars. Decommissioned shortly after the end of the war, she was modernized and recommissioned in the early 1950s as an attack carrier (CVA), and then eventually became an Antisubmarine Aircraft Carrier (CVS). In her second career, she spent most of her time in the Pacific, earning five battle stars for action during the Vietnam War. She served as the recovery ship for the Apollo 4 space mission. She was decommissioned in 1970, and sold for scrap in 1994.


Allied-Axis: The Photo Journal of WWII

Recent issues of Ampersand Publishing’s reference magazine Allied-Axis: The Photo Journal of the Second World War:

Issue No. 21 --- Allied-Axis: The Photo Journal of the WW2Issue 21
Studebaker US6 trucks; SdKfz 7, 8-ton halftrack; SdKfz 10/4 flak; Corbitt & White trucks
Issue No. 22 --- Allied-Axis: The Photo Journal of the WW2Issue 22
M15/M15A1 halftrack multiple gun motor carriage; Scheinwerfer 150-cm searchlight; 57-mm antitank gun; Universal carrier; M10 ammunition trailer; U.S. rations
Issue No. 23 --- Allied-Axis: The Photo Journal of the WWIIIssue 23
M4A3E2 Jumbo tank; SdKfz 7, 8-ton halftrack; U.S. snow tractors; Armored utility car M20; SPA/Fiat prime mover; 6-ton bridge erector truck
Issue No. 24 --- Allied-Axis: The Photo Journal of the WW2Issue 24
.50-Caliber multiple gun carriage M55; Cannone de 90/53 on Autocarro Pesante Lancia; 75mm Pack Howitzer; Japanese Type 95 tank; 105mm Howitzer M2A1; sFH 18 15-cm howitzer