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Favorite campaign/theatre of operations
m60a3
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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2002 - 04:06 AM UTC
What campaign/military theatre/war do you find yourself studying/researching/modeling? Why?

I'll start. For WWII, it's Italy and Southern France:
1. My great uncle from the 36th Infantry Division
2. One of my regiments (117th CAV) had quite a hard time in Southern France

Otherwise, I have a real jones for Napoleonic Dragoons and the NJ units in the American War of Independence and the American Civil War.
matt
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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2002 - 04:10 AM UTC
Vietnam (any location)

Just fascinated with the whole conflict


Matt
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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2002 - 04:16 AM UTC
WW II for starters.
Both my Grandparents served aboard 110' subchasers during '43-44. I've found a WW I subchaser model that I'm eventually going to convert to a WW II subchaser. That'll happen after I build up my skills a bit...
I'll likely get into modern eras for building aircraft and such.

YodaMan
Woo hoo, I got an M41 Bulldog!
m1garand
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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2002 - 04:17 AM UTC
ETO. Have studied and been fascinated by it since I was 8. My grandfather was army counter-intelligence in Germany after the war. Hunting nazi fugitives and then East German/Soviet spies during the cold war.
Also the American Revolution, overcoming the best army in the world was quite a feat.
RufusLeeking
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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2002 - 04:22 AM UTC
For WWII it's the ETO, but when I was younger I was more interested in the South Pacific theater. I built mostly aircraft models and mostly naval aircraft from WWII.
Now I am more interested in ETO after reading "Band of Brothers", "D-Day" and "Citizen Soldiers". I also have meet many WWII vets through work, my favorite is Mike, Mike was in the 29th Div. and was in the 2nd wave to land on Omaha beach. Mike has no children living in Ohio, where we both live and his wife is in a nursing home. So I visit Mike from time to time to talk and drink a little wine. We also have a contest on who can grow the best tomatoes.
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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2002 - 07:09 AM UTC
WWII ETO.
Just starting to take an interest in Korea and Vietnam.
Ranger74
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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2002 - 07:22 AM UTC
I have several, WORLD WAR 2, just about any theater; American Civil War; Korean War. I started reading more on Korea after I was transferred to an Army Reserve Center named in honor of a MoH awardee from the Korean War.
TheGame
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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2002 - 07:27 AM UTC
ETO, hands down.

I'm probably most interested in the Battle of the Bulge and the other battles in that time frame.
Sabot
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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2002 - 08:16 AM UTC
North Africa. Armored warfare was still in its formative years, American, German and British equipment was still in development. Remember when the M3 Lee was the most heavily armed tank on the continent? Both sides were evenly matched (unlike France 1940 and Poland 1939). It was still anyone's ballgame.

By the time the allies got a foothold at Normandy, the Germans were basically fighting a delaying action.
TreadHead
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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2002 - 10:07 AM UTC
Speaking of North Afrika & armour. Has anyone modeled any of the Italian AFV's that were aligned with the Afrika Corp then? Even though they were heavily outmatched by almost everything else fielded. According to Von Luck's accounts, the Italians made a pretty good show of themselves regardless of being outclassed.

Tread.

I was trying to remember the designator for the Italian armour.....anyone?

Oh....the thread title.....can't possibly choose. There's just too many, sorry.
Sabot
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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2002 - 08:30 PM UTC
M-40/13 Semovante, there was a turreted tank and a non-turreted assault gun. Tamiya and Italeri did kits of these tanks.
TreadHead
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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2002 - 09:37 PM UTC
Thx Rob, that's right, just couldn't lure that info to the surface....

Tread.
m60a3
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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2002 - 09:47 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Speaking of North Afrika & armour. Has anyone modeled any of the Italian AFV's that were aligned with the Afrika Corp then? Even though they were heavily outmatched by almost everything else fielded. According to Von Luck's accounts, the Italians made a pretty good show of themselves regardless of being outclassed.

Tread.

I was trying to remember the designator for the Italian armour.....anyone?

Oh....the thread title.....can't possibly choose. There's just too many, sorry.



I have a Semovente (the Italeri version) 75/18 assault gun...pretty good kit to work on. There is evidence that the HG Fallschirmjaeger used them.
Took me three tries to come up with that title...LOL
About time the Avs decided to play hockey! I almost lost a beer bet...
YodaMan
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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2002 - 10:07 PM UTC
I'm also becoming interested in the Afrika Korps of WW II

YodaMan
Anyone else see an Avs vs. Wings Conference final?
Phantom
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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2002 - 10:55 PM UTC
Well, WWII in general, and the European air war in particular, because of the great scope of it.

I also have a big interest in the Vietnam conflict. It was such a bizarre conflict with all the political BS, the completely different fighting styles of the participants, all the new technology involved, all the mistakes made, and all the lessons learned. Fascinating and frustrating to study.
relichunter00
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Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2002 - 04:20 AM UTC
As far as WWII it would be the European ground war and the south pacific beach campaigns, but to me the civil war was the most interesting war to study and read about.
Being from the south there are several major battlefields within close driving distance and there is something somber about going to one. I guess the thought of 2 bothers or a son and a father fighting against each other is something that is hard to comprehend.

Anthony
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Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2002 - 04:26 AM UTC

Quoted Text

there is something somber about going to one. I guess the thought of 2 brothers or a son and a father fighting against each other is something that is hard to comprehend.

Anthony



Very good point.
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Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2002 - 04:30 AM UTC
:-) :-) For Me that's easy ETO: Mostly the Air Campaign, Though I am finding out alot about the PTO. Which I never really knew alot about. Am reading a book entitiled Wings Of Fire. it's about the Battle for the Soloman Islands and the area around Austraila. Something that is not very publuisized when History and Hollywood talks about the PTO. REAALY fascinating reading.

DAGGER: A weapon with a short pointed Blade: "THE CUTTING EDGE"
mj
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Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2002 - 04:39 AM UTC
Definately WWII for me. Just about every theatre. While I started out with warbirds, my current passion is AFV's. I find 1939-1945 to be an extremely fascinating historical period, and given the diversity of equipment used, one that will keep me busy (happily) for a long time.

Mike

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Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2002 - 04:40 AM UTC
Dagger, if you get a chance and haven't read it, you need to read the biography titled "Flying Tigers". Excellent book, also the biography of the Guadelcanal(sp!!) campaign.

Anthony
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Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2002 - 11:23 AM UTC
I start ( as usual ) with german armor...Then:
1): Pacific....US and foe...Tarawa, Saipan, Peleliu, the battle of Manilla-city...The lot !
2): Korea...The forgotten war...The Pusan Pocket, the battle of the barricades ( Seoul ), the Chosin Reservoir, of Marines fame...
3): Vietnam...Mixed feelin' / hard memories....
And the StarWars....Of course !
' ve a nice day...!
Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2002 - 03:46 AM UTC
battles of kurland- the germans fought and won six defensive battles against the commies near the end of the war. desparate times sometimes bring out great soldiers.