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WIP A Hill To Far - Warwickshire Yeomanry, Gallipoli 1915

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by DioramaArt, Jan 15, 2020.

  1. DioramaArt Well-Known Member

    A 1/35 tribute build your my late Great Great Uncle Robert Lidzy,

    The Warwickshire Yeomanry were incorporated into the 29th Division, known as the ‘Incomparable Division’, they were an infantry division of the British Army, combining various Regular Army units that had been acting as garrisons around the British Empire. Under the command of Major-General Aylmer Hunter-Weston, the division fought throughout the Gallipoli campaign.
    On the day of the 21st August 1915 the Warwickshire Yeomanry all made it across the salt lake avoiding enemy shell fire, taking the trenches on Chocolate Hill. 12 men were sent back to Silva bay for ammunition, the rest of the Yeoman spending the night in the trenches.
    Citation - Lance Corporal Robert Lidzy fell in a ‘magnificent charge’ during an attack on hill 112, between Scimitar and Green Hill, cut down mostly likely from machine gun fire (MG08) with Hill 112 being at the height of the gully, a perfect enfilade killing ground.
    Of the 308 men of the Warwickshire Yeomanry who landed at Suvla bay on the 18th Aug only 41 were operationally active by the September.

    We will remember them.

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  2. Chris Oldfield Well-Known Member

    Another great action vignette Marcus, the backstory is of much interest too. Gallipoli doesn't seem to be commemorated that much in the UK (although I remember the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers used to commemorate it, due to the contribution of The Lancashire Fusiliers to the battle), but it's a big commemoration for the ANZAC nations.
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  3. Nap A Fixture

    Hi Marcus

    Thank you posting this ...is a pleasure to see such a personal family piece ...a brave man who gave everything

    As always your ideas and historical connection is brought alive with good putty work

    Look forward to seeing more on this

    Happy putty pushing

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  4. DioramaArt Well-Known Member


    I concur, Gallipoli is seen an Anzac battle, in reality it was a political and tactical failure of Winston Churchill and the admiralty who under estimated a determined enemy defending their own lands, a failure to plan properly and tactical naivety led to the disaster. Also it being a multi national commonwealth and Allied endeavour with French, Senegalese, Gurka, Indian, Anzac and British combined forces. Many were sent to their deaths needlessly, including my late uncle.

    Conducting research the Army didn’t take any support weapons, the Lewis gun, mortar and grenades, relying on maps created from the Napoleonic conflict that didn’t account for the height of the hills that needed taking, all these things would have made a huge difference. There was no element of surprise and failure to take the high ground quickly led to a stalemate and mounting casualties.
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  5. DioramaArt Well-Known Member


    My pleasure mate, enjoyed the research with this project, made all the more personal because of the family connection.
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  6. megroot A Fixture

    Alot of acction in these wonderfull scene.

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  7. DioramaArt Well-Known Member

    Nearly completed one figure for the scene, flesh tones and rifles to be completed and tone down a few bushes in the scenic base.

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  8. Tom W. Active Member

    I get two of multifigure sets with the theme "Gallipoli" in my GA.The one is from "The Fusilier/Steve Warrilow"(where are you ????) and the other from AC Models/Andy Cairns.
    I´m very impressed of your work!
    Tonight I will take a look after mines and the book "Gallipoli-Then and Now" form After the battle-line.(y)
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  9. Chris Oldfield Well-Known Member

    Brilliant work, Marcus! Like the way you've created the incline on the base, gives a completely different dimension to the action.
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  10. Nap A Fixture

    Hi Msrcus

    Coming together really nicely ...with the Turkish soldiers in place the sheer close quarter hell will really impact

    I think the size of the base really works

    All figures are great modelling but my favourite is the one that has just been hit ...really powerful

    Thank you for sharing the updates

    Happy benchtime

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  11. DioramaArt Well-Known Member


    Steve Warrillow is still around, think he had family issues that impacted the figure making business, do hope he gets back to it one day.

    With updated information from the Warwickshire Yeomanry museum my Great Great Uncle was killed alongside five others from his regiment in a failed attack on Scimitar Hill (70) on the 21st August 1915. (Suvla Bay, Gallipoli).
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  12. DioramaArt Well-Known Member


    Thank you, knowing Robert and his comrades were trying to take a Hill I always wanted to depict the men on an incline, glad it’s working.
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  13. DioramaArt Well-Known Member


    Thanks Nap, agreed I like the soldier, I had in my head the famous photo (Capa) from the Spanish civil war 1936 of “The falling soldier”. It doesn’t need to be gory to tell a tale of horror and the waste of human life.
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  14. DioramaArt Well-Known Member

    Thank you :)
  15. DioramaArt Well-Known Member

    I’ve discovered that the attack by the Warwickshire Yeomanry (2nd Mounted Division, 1st South Midland mounted brigade) on Scimitar Hill on the 21st August 1915 took place at about 6pm, the brush was partly on fire set light first by ship bombardment of the Hill then the Turkish artillery reply. Fire and smoke being an additional hazard to the attacking soldiers being shelled. Many wounded succumbed to the flames following the retreat the same day.

    So I’ve added an element of fire to the scene to indicate the pending threat, need to add some additional colour when this is dry.

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  17. Henkm Active Member

    That's a great diorama. Turned out amazingly well. I like the dynamic of the poses.
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  18. DioramaArt Well-Known Member

    Thank you, very kind of you to say. :)
  19. Wings5797 A Fixture

    Great work Marcus.
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  20. Bob Orr Active Member

    Brilliant but slow down man. you are putting the rest of us to shame with this work rate. That and you are going to need a bigger house soon! Bob
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