Thursday, 17 April 2014

Restored Stug IIIG

Some nice footage here of a restored Stug IIIG.


Monday, 14 April 2014

10 inventions that owe their success to World War One

10 inventions that owe their success to World War One are explained here on the BBC web site - Link

The Great 1980s Dungeons & Dragons Panic

In an era of potent concern over internet pornography, cyber-bullying, and drugs, it is hard to imagine a game being controversial. But 30 years ago Dungeons & Dragons was the subject of a full-on moral panic, writes Peter Ray Allison on the BBC News: Link
Comment:  I remember this happening.  My local club used to hire a church hall during the week, and we almost lost the premises until our chairman convinced some guy that D&D was actually all about defeating the forces of darkness etc.

Thoughts For The Day

1. Appreciate your life.
Be grateful that you get to live today and that you have the power to create change and affect other people. It is a gift to be alive right now. Make the most of it.

2. Choose friends who make you feel good.
…and take yourself far far away from the people who suck the positivity out of you, who don’t make you smile, and who you dread to see. Surround yourself with inspiring people who motivate you to be a better you every day.

3. Keep learning everyday.
Never think that you’re #1 at something. The moment you do is the moment you stop growing.

4. Compliment others.
To be able to see the beauty in other people, and to let them know means that you are confident with yourself.

5. Always look for the solution, not the problem.
There is always an answer. Seek to be a creative problem solver.

6. Laugh!
Laughing makes you feel better and works the abs at the same time. What could be better!?

7. Take a moment to enjoy life, and stop to see how far you’ve come.
Stop going through the motions and actually stop to realize and ENJOY what you’re doing. Embrace each experience you have because you can’t ever come back to it again.

8. Forgive people and stop holding grudges.
Be able to LET GO. Forgive others so that you can move on. Holding on to the past is like holding onto old stuff that has no value and slows you down. Live for moving forward and being better.

9. Keep your promises.
In fact, under-promise and over-deliver. But never ever ever break a promise. Your word, your trust, is the most valuable form of human currency.

10. Live clean. Live honest.
No lying, faking, and being shady about anything. The truth allows you to live a way less complicated life.

11. Love unconditionally.
Give your whole heart. That is the only true way to love.

12. Invest in the people you love.
Believe in others. It can be the difference between someone chasing their dreams or giving up on everything. You can be the catalyst of making their greatest goals happen.

13. Never give up.
Keep going. You will get there. Love the journey.

14. Exercise.
Working out releases endorphins that chemically make you happy.

15. Believe in yourself.

Always know that you are capable and powerful enough to make anything you want to happen, happen. It’s your life. You control it because yes you CAN turn your dreams into reality.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

T72 Tank

For those interested in post-war armour this is an interesting article on the T72, and the effectiveness of its armour. Link

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Goodgame Empire

On Facebook I clicked on one of the games they advertise, and I have found myself this weekend sucked into playing a game on the web site called Goodgame Empire.  Certainly worth a look :)


Tiger Day - Bovington Tank Museum

Comment:  The Bovington Tank Museum hold a Tiger Day once a year.  Would love to go along one year.  Here's some footage posted on U-Tube of the event yesterday.

Saturday, 5 April 2014


A husband is dying in hospital with his wife by his bedside.

He says – There are some things I have to confess.
Wife – It’s OK honey, you really don’t have to.
Husband – No, I have to have a peaceful mind when I die.  I had sex with your mother, your sister and both your best friends.

The wife whispers in his ear – I know, that’s why I poisoned you.


A man walks into Ann Summers to purchase some lingerie for his wife and is shown several possibilities that range from £50 to £150; the more see-through, the higher the price. He opts for the sheerest item, pays the £150 and takes the lingerie home.
He presents it to his wife and asks her to go upstairs put it on and model it for him. Upstairs the wife thinks ‘I have an idea. It’s so see-through that it might as well be nothing. I won’t put it on – do the modelling naked, return it tomorrow and get a £150 refund and keep the money for myself’.
So she appears naked at the top of the stairs and strikes a pose.
The husband says: ‘Stone me, it wasn’t that creased in the shop.’ His funeral is on Thursday.


An elderly man lay dying in his bed.  While suffering the agonies of impending death, he suddenly smelled the aroma of his favourite scones wafting up the stairs.

He gathered his remaining strength, and lifted himself from the bed.  Leaning on the wall, he slowly made his way out of the bedroom and, with even greater effort, gripping the railing with both hands, he crawled downstairs.

With laboured breath, he leaned against the door-frame, gazing into the kitchen.  Were it not for death's agony, he would have thought himself already in heaven, for there spread out upon the kitchen table were literally hundreds of his favourite scones.    

Was it heaven?

Or was it one final act of love from his devoted Yorkshire wife of 60 years, seeing to it that he left this world a happy man?

Mustering one great final effort, he threw himself towards the table, landing on his knees in rumpled posture.  His aged and withered hand trembled towards a scone at the edge of the table, when it was suddenly smacked by his wife with a wooden spoon.

 “Bugger off”, she said – “they’re for the funeral”.


An old man wanted to plant his veg garden, but it was hard work at his age.  His only son, who used to help, was in prison.
The old man wrote a letter to the lad:  “Dear son.  I’m feeling bad because it looks as if I won’t be able to have a garden this year.  I’m just getting too old to dig it.  If you were here, I know you’d do it for me.  Love, Dad”.
A few days later he got a letter:   “Dear Dad, for heaven’s sake don’t do anything in the garden, that’s where I buried the bodies.  Love, your son”.
At 4am the next day, the local CID showed up and dug up the whole garden without finding anything.  They apologised to the old man and left.
That same day the man got another letter, saying:   Dear Dad, that’s the best I could do.   Love, your son”.


A housewife preparing vegetables for lunch asked her husband t get her a cabbage from the garden.  He was away so long she went looking for him, and found that he had collapsed and died.   At his funeral, a friend of the family asked the wife:   “Whatever did you do?”.

She replied:   “I had to open a tin of peas”.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Lost City of the Legion: Caerleon

As centuries pass in such historic venues, history often melds into romance, and so it was with the lost city of the legion. Though much had disappeared, what remained was dramatic. Legend says that King Arthur himself made Caerleon his headquarters, and that the amphitheater was indeed his famous Round Table. As tales of Arthur, his knights and valiant deeds became all the rage in the Middle Ages, Caerleon emerged as a favorite site with storytellers. In Wales they were gathered as the Mabinogion. Geoffrey of Monmouth (just up the road) linked Caerleon with Arthur in his History of the Kings of Britain, and Thomas Malory often placed King Arthur in the ancient fortress community. Even Alfred, Lord Tennyson came to town for inspiration when working on his own Arthurian masterpiece, The Idylls of the King.   Follow the Link to read more.

Monday, 31 March 2014

B17 Bomber The Mission - Animation

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Humour - HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY ? (written by kids)

1. HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY? (written by kids) -

You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.
-- Alan, age 10

No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with.
-- Kristen, age 10


Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.
-- Camille, age 10


You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.
-- Derrick, age 8


Both don't want any more kids. -- Lori, age 8


Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.
-- Lynnette, age 8 > (isn't she a treasure)

On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.
-- Martin, age 10


When they're rich.
-- Pam, age 7

The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to mess with that.
-- Curt, age 7

The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It's the right thing to do.
- - Howard, age 8


It's better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.
-- Anita, age 9 (bless you child )


There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn't there ?
-- Kelvin, age 8

And the #1 Favorite is.......


Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a dump truck.
-- Ricky, age 10    WOW! This kid is going to be husband.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Tank Museum - Veteran Podcasts

Veteran Podcasts
Go to this link and you will hear snippets from a series of personal accounts given by former British servicemen who fought in tanks during World War Two and after. These accounts were recorded by The Tank Museum curatorial staff, and represent a fraction of the unique stories and accounts held on tape in The Tank Museum Archives.
Comment: Well worth a listen.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Truck - Rust Hole

I can share with you I'm doing some bodywork restoration on the CCKW at the moment and recently had it home to work on.  I focused on rubbing down and then re-painting the cargo body, and generally everything went well, apart from the discovery of this corrosion hole at the back :(


My current thinking is to fill it for the moment, and then get it welded up properly along with some other planned work later in the year.
After the paint had dried we took it out for a short drive into York where we parked up for a picnic lunch in the cool spring sunshine.



Managed to sneak a photo in in front of Cliffords Tower.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Peiper und die Leibstandarte Dezember 1944 - Mai 1945

Comment:  Some great footage of vehicles in action here.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Picture Of The Week - No 27 - 'Oppss'

Comment:  Someone's got some explaining to do...

Friday, 21 March 2014

WW2 20mm Bolt Action Game

Had a very entertaining 20mm game using the Bolt Action rules at the club last night.  I was on the British side with John and Steve against Andy, Simon and Mick (the Krauts).  The scenario was that an important Allied General had crash-landed in no-mans land and both sides were racing to secure the crash site.
It was one of those nights when the dice gods had decided that I was but a pawn to play with and torture at their leisure. The number of low dice I rolled,  especially 1's was quite amazing.  My team blamed me for losing faith with the dice early on, and because of this said I was the architect of my own bad luck !  Well bollocks to them is what I say, because my bad die rolling spread to them as well ! LOL
Just to get a flavour of what happened, my Air Liaison called in an Air-strike on a juicy target, but because I rolled a 1 it was a rookie pilot who swung by misidentified the target and then went and shot up my team-mates Steve's troops instead !  I then called in an Artillery barrage, but because I rolled a 1 it fell short on top of the observer !!  Fortunately he survived, so I called another in, but again I rolled a one so it landed off table, and so it went on ! LOL  Good fun game though :)
Here's some photos (none of the vehicles or figs are mine).













Tuesday, 18 March 2014

WW1 memories: my grandfather's story

The Imperial War Museum (in the UK) wants us all to share stories of relatives who fought in the First World War. Toby Helm looks through the letters, diaries and photographs of his own grandfather and uncovers a harrowing and haunting picture of life on the frontline.  Link


Why the so-called 'Dark Ages' were just as civilised as the savage Roman Empire

This is a link to a brilliant article about the Darkages and the Romans written by Dominic Selwood.  Definitely worth a read:  Link

B29 kee bird crash

Comment: Worth a watch if your interested in aircraft.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

WW2 - Lancaster on Bombing Raid in 1944 - Colour Film

Comment:  Worth a watch :)

Monday, 10 March 2014

Documentary film T-34

Comment:  This is worth watching for tank fans.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Film - When Trumpets Fade

The full film about the WW2 Battle of the Hurtgen forest can be viewed on U-Tube: Link

Huge Tank Graveyard In The Ukraine

Perhaps they should have held on to them. Hundreds of rusting tanks abandoned in secret Ukrainian depot unveiled as Russia's armoured vehicles line its streets.  There are more than 400 abandoned tanks at the plant in a secret, heavily guarded depot in the town of Kharkiv. The depot is in the Slobozhanshchyna region of eastern Ukraine - just 20 miles from the border with Russia. Photographer Pavel Itkin, 18, was able to sneak into the heavily monitored site without being spotted by guards He spent two hours walking around the barely-used repair centre taking photographs of old tanks and engines.
Read more: Link


10mm M36 Jackson Tank Destroyer

Work continues to get some paint on my 10mm US army.  Here's a couple of M36 Jackson Tank Destroyer from Pendraken Miniatures that been receiving some attention.



Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Picture Of The Week - No 26 - How To Disable An Elefant

Comment:  A fascinating picture produced in WW2 by the Russian army showing how to disable a German Elefant heavy tank destroyer.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014


A Husband takes his  wife to play her first game of golf. Of course, the wife promptly hacked her first shot right through the window of the biggest house adjacent to the course.
  The husband cringed, 'I warned you to be careful! Now we'll have to go up there, find the owner, apologise and see how much your lousy drive is going to cost us.'
  So the couple walked up to the house and knocked on the door. A warm voice said, 'Come on in.'

  When they opened the door they saw the damage that was done: glass was all over the place, and a broken antique bottle was lying on its side near the pieces of window glass.
  A man reclining on the couch asked, 'Are you the people that broke my window?'
  'Uh...yeah!  We're sure sorry about that,' the husband replied.
  'Oh, no apology is necessary. Actually I want to thank you.. You see, I'm a genie, and I've been trapped in that bottle for a thousand years.   Now that you've released me, I'm allowed to grant three wishes. I'll give you each one wish, but if you don't mind, I'll keep the last one for my self.'
  Wow, that's great!' the husband said. He pondered a moment and blurted out, 'I'd like a million dollars a year for the rest of my life.'
  'No problem,' said the genie 'You've got it, it's the least I can do.. And I'll guarantee you a long, healthy life!'
  'And now you, young lady, what do you want?' the genie asked.
 'I'd like to own a gorgeous home in every country in the world complete with servants,' she said.
  'Consider it done,' the genie said. 'And your homes will always be safe from fire, burglary and natural disasters!'

   'And now,' the couple asked in unison, 'what's your wish, genie?'

'Well, since I've been trapped in that bottle, and haven't been with a woman in more than a thousand years, my wish is to have sex with your wife.'
  The husband looked at his wife and said, 'Gee, honey, you know we both now have a fortune, and all those houses. What do you think?'
  She mulled it over for a few moments and said, 'You know, you're right. Considering our good fortune, I guess I wouldn't mind, but what about you, honey?'
  You know I love you sweetheart,' said the husband. I'd do the same for you!'
 So the genie and the woman went upstairs where they spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying each other.
   The genie was insatiable.   After about three hours of non-stop sex, the genie rolled over and looked directly into her eyes and asked, How old are you and your husband?'
  'Why, we're both 35,' she responded breathlessly.

 'No kidding?'  he said.  'Thirty-five years old and you both still believe in genies?'

Friday, 28 February 2014

Tiger Tank 131 "Hand Crank Engine Start Up"

Comment:  None  of your newfangled electric starts here !

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Attention To Detail

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Restored Panther Tank

There is great clip of a restored Panther on U-Tube that is worth a look.  Link

Friday, 21 February 2014

Picture Of The Week - No 25 - Stug

Commentary: 105mm SP Howitzer Sturmhaubitz 42 lurking in a building on the Italian front - Jan 1944.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Humour - 'Dear Mum'

Dear Mum Letter

A mother passing by her son's bedroom was astonished to see the bed was nicely made, and everything was picked up.
Then, she saw an envelope, propped up prominently on the pillow. It was addressed, 'Mum'.  With the worst premonition, she opened the envelope and read the letter, with trembling hands

'Dear, Mum.
It is with great regret and sorrow that I'm writing you. I had to elope with my new girlfriend, because I wanted to avoid a scene with Dad and you. I've been finding real passion with Stacy, and she is so nice, but I knew you would not approve of her, because of all her piercings, tattoos, her tight Motorcycle clothes, and because she is so much older than I am. But it's not only the passion, Mum. She's pregnant. Stacy said that we will be very happy. She owns a trailer in the woods, and has a stack of firewood for the whole winter.  We share a dream of having many more children. Stacy has opened my eyes to the fact that marijuana doesn't really hurt anyone. We'll be growing it for ourselves, and trading it with the other people in the commune, for all the cocaine and ecstasy we want. In the meantime, we'll pray that science will find a cure for AIDS, so Stacy can get better.  She sure deserves it!! Don't worry Mum, I'm 15, and I know how to take care of myself. Someday, I'm sure we'll be back to visit, so you can get to know your many grandchildren.

Love, your son, Nicholas.

PS: Mum, none of the above is true. I'm over at Jason's house. I just wanted to remind you that there are worse things in life than the school report that's on my desk.

I love you!

Call me when it is safe to come home…!!

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Friday, 7 February 2014

Multiplayer Like You've Never Seen Before

This looks incredibly cool :)   Link to the full article.


4000 Point Flames of War Game

Enthused with Flames of War my gaming crowd started on a FoW games two weeks back   4 players per side, I took my cleaning living god fearing Americans along with Chris and Theo, and our stiff upper lip Brit ally John against the unwashed Nazi scum in the shape of Andy, Steve, Simon and Mick.  The random scenario we rolled up was Breakthrough.  As my Yank unit always attacks, unsurprisingly  the Allies were the attacker.  Good placing by the Germans prevented an Allied breakout from the town with Brit armour and a determined Infantry assault by Theo was stopped dead by a combination of Infantry and AA guns used in the ground role.  Turn 5 saw a breakout by American & Brit armour to the north however, wiping out a small Tiger and a Panther platoon.  My two Veteran TD platoons came on as reinforcements and after seizing one of the objectives rapidly has to retreat in the face of lots of German Infantry loaded with Panzerfausts.
Here's a selection of photos taken with my Samsumg IIIS phone.


Hetzer reinforcements on their way to hassle the US Tank Destroyers.

My first M18 TD unit contesting the objective.  Latterly forced back, a lucky German 120mm barrage took two of them out in one hit.

Mick's German paras, beautifully presented.

Johns armour in the town waiting to break out.

John's British artillery - 25pdrs, very nicely based.

Andy Baxters Panthers waiting it out in a wooded area.  All were subsequently KO'd by a massed Sherman attack.

Johns Armour moving again in the town.  The Fireflys both destroyed the 2 x German Tigers that were bothering us for the first half of the game.

Theo's infantry in the wood trying unsuccessfully to take the hill.

Brit amour out of the town starts to flank German tanks.  The German infantry behind them were unable to mass sufficiently to launch an attack, and were subsequently wiped out by Brit artillery and tanks.

The 2nd German Panther platoon belonging to Steve keeping my M18s from getting near the objective. Worked for a while until they are overwhelmed by Shermans and my remaining TD platoon last night  Final result a victory for the Allies.

Fancy Buying A Tiger 1 (replica) ?

Just seen this advisement on Milweb Link

"Tiger 1
Well known, UK based, Tiger 1 replica is now up for sale.
Built on a T55 tank chassis. 
Completely manufactured from steel. 
Runs and drives well, full power traverse and hand elevation. 
Gas firing 88 mm replica main Gun. 
Recent new steering brakes and clutch. 
Ready to go. 
Export worldwide no problem.
Highly campaigned in the Re-enactment world and ultimately one of the best replicas around. 


Sunday, 2 February 2014

Stunning Ride in a RAF Typhoon


Saturday, 1 February 2014

U.S Marines make big bang detonating IEDs Afghanistan

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Crazy emergency braking with a Leopard 2 tank in the Netherlands

Comment:  You have to be totally nuts in my humble opinion to risk this stunt !  LOL

Monday, 27 January 2014

Sunday, 26 January 2014


PARAPROSDOKIANS (Winston Churchill loved them) are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous.

1.   Where there's a will, I want to be in it.
2.   The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on my list.
3.   Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
4.   If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.
5.   We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.
6.   War does not determine who is right - only who is left...
7.   Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
8.   They begin the evening news with 'Good Evening,' then proceed to tell you why it isn't.
9.   To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.
10. Buses stop in bus stations.   Trains stop in train stations.  On my desk is a work station.
11. I thought I wanted a career. Turns out I just wanted paychecks.
12. In filling out an application, where it says, 'In case of emergency, notify:' I put 'DOCTOR.'
13. I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.
14. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.
15. Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.
16. A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.
17. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
18. Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.
19. There's a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can't get away.
20. I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not so sure.
21. You're never too old to learn something stupid.
22. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.
23. Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
24. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.
25. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.
26.. Where there's a will, there are relatives.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014


Comment: I really want one of these WW2 German Schwimmwagen !!   What an awesome little vehicle.

Monday, 20 January 2014

Lions and donkeys: 10 big myths about World War One debunked

Much of what we think we know about the 1914-18 conflict is wrong, writes historian Dan Snow.
No war in history attracts more controversy and myth than World War One.
For the soldiers who fought it was in some ways better than previous conflicts, and in some ways worse.
By setting it apart as uniquely awful we are blinding ourselves to the reality of not just WW1 but war in general. We are also in danger of belittling the experience of soldiers and civilians caught up in countless other appalling conflicts throughout history and the present day.
Read the full article here.  Link

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Truck Is 70 Years Old This Month

As best I can make out, my CCKW 352 truck is 70 years old this month.  Took it out for a short spin this afternoon, and snapped a couple of photos in the weak winters sun.




Flames Of War In 10mm - Breaking News...Victory At Last !

Further to my posting on 20th Dec I have news !!!  Key massive drum roll !!!   After 4 straight losses in a row with my M18 Tank Destroyer Company (TD) unit I had my first victory !  Playing the 'Hold The Line' Mission against my friend Chris with my unit as the attacker I took on his Russian Tank T34/85 Company.  The game was over by the end of turn 3 with 8 of his T34/85 knocked out for the loss of one M18, a truck and a few Infantry.  Chris had below average rolls I felt on a couple of critical points, but feel I'm now starting to get the feel for how to use my unit, especially in these attacking scenarios where really aggressive use of Recc and TD Security teams is required.
Here's a couple of pictures of the unit in action on the 20th Dec and also laid out for review on my computer desk.




1500 point Task Force A unit - Turning Tide book.



In an effort to get to grips with the rules I've started typing up all the elements in Italics into a work document. Quite a laborious undertaking, but myself I find this method as good way of remembering and understanding the rules.  I did the same with Warhammer Ancient Battles (WAB) as well. When complete I integrate all the errata and additional guidance given by Battlefront, along with any club 'house rules' we are using.

So that I'm not constrained to just using a TD unit, I've been and spent £60 with Magister Militum and purchased a 20 x M4A3 Shermans - a mixture of 75mm, 76mm and four M4A3E8 'Easy Eights' along with a couple of M10s.  Currently in the middle of painting them up them up to a base standard, acceptable for use on the tabletop.  For me this entails assembling the vehicles, cleaning the flash off, priming grey, then applying a coat of Vallejo USA Olive Drab 889.

Over the coming weeks I'll then apply a top coat of Vallejo Brown Violet 887, dry-brushing, tracks, aerials, decals etc etc.  I'm now understanding why my friends have over the last few years been telling that 10mm is the best scale to game FoW in.  It's a satisfying blend of the visual detail that can be accommodated in 15mm (but without the 'tank park' look) with some of the game scale that 6mm provides.  Price and reduced storage are also huge advantages, on the former for instance a typically 10mm tank only costs £2.25 so a substantial unit can be collected without busting the bank.