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The Somme 1916 - Part 2

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6 inch Howitzer Mk I
The 6 Inch 26cwt Howitzer Mk I was one of the main stay of heavy artillery weapons deployed by the British and used by the British and French during the Great War. It soldier on after the war being used by the BEF in France in 1939/40 and in the Western Desert in 1941/42. The Great War was one might say a war of men and artillery, and it was during the war that effective artillery shelling really developed. Its had to believe that in 1915 there was the great shell crisis when guns were limited to 5/6 round per day and in fact the scandal was so great that they Army almost ran out of bullets. Artillery fire accounted for the highest number of casualties. The British fought in cloth caps during 1914/15 and casualties from shell fire were high leading to the introduction of the Brodie Helmet in 1916.
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About the Author

About Alan McNeilly (AlanL)
FROM: ENGLAND - EAST ANGLIA, UNITED KINGDOM

Greying slightly, but young at heart. I've been teaching adults off and on for most of my life. Left the services in 85 and first started modelling in about 87 for a few years. Then I had a long spell when I didn't build anything (too busy) and really just got started again during the summer of ...


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Hi Dave, The Ambulance, Draisine, wagons, and 6 inch howitzer plus the wounded wagon are Resicast kits. The two straight track lengths come with the Draisine and the other is part of the ambulance display base. The only part of the track I made was the curves section. All the figuers are conversions, except for the MB 1916 set. Cheers Al
OCT 04, 2014 - 07:07 AM
I think that I pretty much made my admiration clear whilst you were building this monster but just in case....good job!! J
OCT 04, 2014 - 08:09 AM
Many thanks Jerry, and for the comments and critique during the build. Appreciated. Cheers Al
OCT 04, 2014 - 09:14 PM
Hi Jerry, You post got me thinking. It takes about 350 to 450 hits on a thread these days to generate one reply Lots look - few comment. Cheers Al
OCT 05, 2014 - 08:14 AM
Hi Alan, Congratulations on a great build! It was very interesting to watch - in the end, in addition to the overall high level of quality, I really admire how you managed so much, and somehow kept it looking intentional, and not cluttered - great show! Cheers Nick
OCT 05, 2014 - 09:15 AM
Hi Nick, Thanks for the comments. Keeping going on a project like this is the hardest part as there always seems to be something else to do. Cheers Al
OCT 05, 2014 - 08:54 PM
OK Al, the original trench system was from Belgium to the Swiss border......at which point will you stop ??????? Great work.
OCT 22, 2014 - 01:59 PM
Hi George, Many thanks. 400 miles of possibilities or 25,000 miles of trench laid end to end so plenty of options for the future! Keep up the good work. Cheers Al
OCT 22, 2014 - 06:08 PM
Hey Alan, been a while since I looked at this section and just noticed your dio was completed. Dam fine job on part two. Very interesting aspect of many soilders doing seperate things which all blend together to create a single second caught in time. Well done!!! bob d.
APR 20, 2015 - 08:55 AM
Hi Bob, Many thanks for looking in and the comments. Cheers Al
APR 20, 2015 - 09:20 PM