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Review MODEL CELLAR 1/35 WWI British Infantry with Wounded German (Part 1)

Discussion in 'Reviews , Video Reviews and Open Book' started by Zastrow.cuirassier, Jul 27, 2018.

  1. Zastrow.cuirassier PlanetFigure Supporter

    As promised, because I have the chance to have a copy (Thanks to Steve Kirtles-SKminiatures), here is the review of this beautiful vignette edited by MODEL CELLAR (USA) sculpted by Mike GOOD.
    As rightly said Jaybo (;)) , this vignette is inspired by a famous photograph of two soldiers of the Leicestershire Regiment ( 'The Tigers') taken During the Battle of Bazentin Ridge 14 July, 1916 (Battle of the Somme) with a German prisoner.
    A bit of history to start (a little bit, I'm not a very great specialist-like JAYBO) of the British army of the Great War.
    The battle of the Somme:
    The Battle of the Somme (French: Bataille de la Somme, German: Schlacht an der Somme), also known as the Somme Offensive, was a battle of the First World War fought by the armies of the British Empire and France against the German Empire. It took place between 1 July and 18 November 1916 on both sides of the upper reaches of the River Somme in France. The battle was intended to hasten a victory for the Allies and was the largest battle of the First World War on the Western Front.More than three million men fought in the battle and one million men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history

    Allied participants:
    Little known, but especially forgotten since, the battle of the Somme did not concern only the English forces, but also Imperial British Forces and French :
    [IMG] British Empire
    [IMG] France
    A parenthesis, concerning the Newfoundland Regiment during the Somme Battle
    1 July 1916, at 8:45 a.m. the Newfoundland Regiment and 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment received orders to move forward. The Newfoundland Regiment was situated at St. John's Road, a support trench 250 yards (230 m) behind the British forward line and out of sight of the enemy. Movement forward through the communication trenches was not possible because they were congested with dead and wounded men and under shell fire.Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Lovell Hadow, the battalion commander, decided to move immediately into attack formation and advance across the surface, which involved first navigating through the British barbed wire defences. As they breasted the skyline behind the British first line, they were effectively the only troops moving on the battlefield and clearly visible to the German defenders.Most of the Newfoundland Regiment who had started forward were dead, dying or wounded within 15 to 20 minutes of leaving St. John's Road trench.[32] Most reached no further than the Danger Tree, a skeleton of a tree that lay in No Man's Land that was being utilized as a landmark. So far as can be ascertained, 22 officers and 758 other ranks were directly involved in the advance.Of these, all the officers and slightly under 658 other ranks became casualties. Of the 780 men who went forward only about 110 survived unscathed, of whom only 68 were available for roll call the following day. For all intents and purposes the Newfoundland Regiment had been wiped out, the unit as a whole having suffered a casualty rate of approximately 90 percent. The only unit to suffer greater casualties during the attack was the 10th (Service) Battalion, Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment), attacking west of Fricourt village.
    A day of mourning, still remembered, for the Newfoundlanders
    This regiment was, it seems, the only one of the great war to gain during this one the title of "Royal".
    Restored photo of Regiment members in St. John's Road, a support trench, 200 metres behind the British forward line at Beaumont Hamel, 1916 :

    List of documents that I invite you to complete
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  2. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

    Geez thanks for history on "Newfie's" what a heck of an experience. :-(
    Zastrow.cuirassier likes this.
  3. Jaybo Active Member

    Well done Monsieur Zastrow. The story of the Newfoundland Regiment is particularly heart rendering. I have visited that battlefield as well. It is very well preserved. The 'baying Caribou' is very moving. Not to get political, but I believe every North American and European leader should be made to visit the Somme, Verdun and the Ypres Salient to get a stunning view of the cost of war.
    Zastrow.cuirassier likes this.

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