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Review – Books, Colours and Markings of British Army Vehicles …

The Warpaint volumes are some of the most comprehensive guides to the appearance of British armoured vehicles in the 20th Centuary. Whilst they cover the whole of the period covered I have focused my comments on their utility for the Cold War period and included links to other reviews if you want to understand how they do the rest. For those interested in the Cold War it provides within its 4 slim volumes, a wall to wall guide of how vehicles were painted and marked.

This includes such gems as the 1980′s Call Sign cards which are included for: Armoured Infantry Companies BG Support 1 Recce, Millan and Morters BG Support 2, FOOs Aviation and Air Defence This volume also covers the post war geometric signs and colours. This is really useful if you want to ensure you have the right call signs on the right wagons depending on how you represent your force i.e.: the number of vehicles represented by 1 model. The various volumes in the series cover the following subjects: Volume One Chapter 1 – Colours and Sources Chapter 2 Paint and Camouflage up to 1939 Chapter 3 – Registrations, War Department numbers and Census marks Volume Two Chapter 1 Paint and Camouflage in WW2 Chapter 2 – Sub Unit markings and call sign systems Volume Three Chapter 1 Paint and Camouflage post WW2 Chapter 2 Arm of Service markings Formation Signs Volume Four Ground and Air Recognition Systems Vehicle name Miscellaneous marking Systems All the volumes are well illustrated with a range of colour photos, plates, and tables illustrating the various subjects.

The sections in volume three and four on air recognition and ground recognition markings largely focus on those used on operational deployments across the gamut of post war conflicts. Whilst these were not necessarily used under peace time soldiering conditions on the central front it gives you a clue as to how the army might behave once it knows its going to war, when sometimes morale beats security. All other miscellaneous markings are included from national flags to load classification and an explanation of the vehicle registration system.

I particularly liked the section on fire extinguisher colours. Whilst I am fairly sure you could find better coverage on aspects of these books I know of no other set of books that covers this range of information. Dick Taylor served as an officer in the Royal Tank Regiment so his knowledge on the back end of the period is extensive and derived from personal experience and the extensive nature of the research required to put the volumes together can be garnered from the comprehensive bibliography supplied.

If you Wargame British in multiple 20th Centuary periods these are a bit of a must have, if you cover only the Cold War it is a bit of a split decision, the organisation of the information means it is difficult to drop a volume and with each volume costing around 10 new that was a bit of a price these days with the early volumes increasingly difficult to source the price for some of these is getting a little silly in the 40- 60 bracket, the answer as always is to shop around.

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Imaginary Wars | Flames of War: Tough Old Gut

It was General Mark Clark (commander of Allied ground troops in Italy) that would later declare the soft underbelly of Europe is turning out to be one tough, old gut instead. The soft underbelly of Europe he was referring to was of course Italy, which was the next target of the allies following the successful expulsion and capturing of axis soldiers in 1943. Sure, I knew about Monte Casino, but it was only after reading of all authors Farley Mowat that I first became interested in the Italian campaign of World War II.

I first learned about the Italian campaign reading Mowat s book, My Father s Son his memoir, as told through his letters home, of his time in the Hastings and Prince Edward regiment (affectionately known as the Hasty P 1 s ) during World War II. I learned more than just names of places like Ortona 2 ; more importantly, I learned about the Canadian narrative in the Second World War. Upon finishing that book, I tracked down another of Mowat s books dealing with the war: The Regiment .

Where My Father s Son gave me Mowat s personal experiences, feelings and outlook regarding the war while serving in Europe, The Regiment served more as a narrative of the Hastings and Prince Edward regiment in general. The Regiment ignited in me a real interest in the Italian campaign, I ve had a soft spot for the topic ever since: when I decided to buy Flames of War, it was Canadians in Italy that I chose to have as my force. So imagine my excitement when THIS showed up in the store s email yesterday! . . .

The one qualm I ve had with my Flames of War force is that by choosing Canadians in Italy, I ve been relegated to playing only during mid-war and everyone I know that plays the game plays pretty much only Late War .which has completley ground my progress with the army to an utter halt. For those not in the know, Flames of War divides their war game into three chronological eras: early (1939-41), mid (1942-43) and late (1944-45), so as to better tackle the immense changes in technology, troop experience and overall war fatigue/attrition that defined each country through the war. With these books, I ll be able to move most of the models I ve painted so far into the game s Late War period of 1944-45!

Once I ve scrounged up the time needed to finish my Canadians, I hope to then make a First Special Service Force army: the Devil s Brigade! Though listed in the book as an American force, it should be remembered that the First Special Service Force was not only an elite infantry force but also a joint army made up of American and Canadian soldiers. I m also excited that Battlefront has included a new Warrior (special character) for the Devil s Brigade: Tommy Prince.

Thomas George Tommy Prince 3 has the distinction of being Canada s most-decorated First Nations soldier to have served in World War II, and it s only fitting that he s been given some recognition by catching some rulebook limelight.

With a release date of March 8, 2014, I currently have mere weeks to finish up any other hobby projects before paying attention once again to my Flames of War models; they ve certainly been on the backest of back burners for the last year or so; it ll be nice to get them finished at long last! (Plus it ll give me something to blog about!) References ^ Hasty P (www.theregiment.ca) ^ Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward Men. (www.imaginarywars.com) ^ Thomas George Tommy Prince (en.wikipedia.org)

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Roads to the Great War: Another “First to Fight” The Princess …

Contributed by Jim Patton The Princess Patricia s Canadian Light Infantry was formed on 10 August 1914 by Andrew Gault, who pledged CD$100,000 to raise in Canada a regiment of men with prior military experience to serve in the British Army. Gault got approval from Governor General the Duke of Connaught (a brother of King Edward VII), father of the regiment s patroness, Princess Patricia of Connaught. Thus, the PPCLI was unusual in that it wasn t exactly British and it wasn t exactly Canadian, as it wasn t under the control of Sir Sam Hughes s Ministry of Militia and Defence.

The PPCLI were the first Canadians to fight on the Western Front, beginning on 6 January 1915, and they served with the British 80th Brigade until December, when they were absorbed into the Canadian Expeditionary Force. At the battle of Frezenburg on 8 May 1915, the PPCLI lost half of its strength and at the end was commanded by a lieutenant. The regiment won three VCs in the Great War.

Pvt. Guy Dwyer was the first Canadian casualty of the war. Members of the PPCLI served with the 260th Bn.

CEF in Siberia in 1919. Princess Patricia Decorating the Regimental Colors in 1919 Much later, in 1951 the 2nd Battalion greatly distinguished itself at the Battle of Kapyong in Korea, for which the regiment won a U.S. Presidential Unit Citation.

Familiarly know as “The Patricias,” the regiment still exists, three battalions strong, plus a fourth of reservists (also known as the Loyal Edmonton Regiment).

Recently they served in Afghanistan until May 2010.

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