While taking the pics of the purchases from Saturday, I thought I would grab some pics of the stuff that arrived last week.
These are 2 of the 3 packs of Defrocked Priests also known as Kangaroo's (BR205) I ordered. They were first used during Operation Totalise as a method of getting the infantry forward at the same speed as the tanks, while at the same time protecting them from small arms fire. The Scots Division .pdf allows these to be taken at a rate of two per Infantry platoon as part of the 'breaching group'. On the night of 7th August 1944, 7th Battalion The Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders went forward mounted in these, universal carriers, Loyds carriers and various scout cars and halftracks borrowed from other units. They formed part of a column 4 tanks wide (Led by 144 RAC) and composing of over 150 vehicles.
This was to be a night of firsts - the first large scale night attack by tanks in the days before night vision, the first use of actual armoured vehicles designed to act as armoured personnel carriers and the start of the final push that started the British and Canadian armies forward towards Falaise.
Two of the packs have arrived, with another due hopefully this week. Again, the crews will be painted separately. The vehicles themselves come molded onto their base, making them rather (hopefully) quick to sort out. The .50cals will be mounted and I need to decide whether to mount radio aerials on them...