sub-title of this piece is (Operation
Bluecoat). Bluecoat had three primary objectives 1;- tying down the bulk
of the German armour & keeping it to the east in the British sector. 2;-
if possible achieve a breakout and 3;- protect the American left flank
as they tried to breakout during Operation Cobra.
The British succeeded in tying down 7 panzer divisions (five of them elite S.S.units) in what was to become a titanic struggle lasting six days. History seems to have forgotten that during Bluecoat the British saw some of the most difficult, heaviest and bloody battles of the whole North West European campaign, in Bluecoat 15th Scottish alone would suffer a massive 5,300 casualties. What had occurred over these 6 days is best summed up with these few words from Captain Woolcombe a company commander of the 6th battalion K.O.S.B. he wrote of the enemy," With tight -lipped, bitter verve they fought....Above all we saw the dark face of the Waffen S.S. And this we broke in Normandy".
Operation Bluecoat wasn't a total success for the British they didn't achieve a breakout but it most certainly allowed the Americans to do so!
Montgomery had taken a lot of flak about his conduct of the Normandy campaign, some of it deserved but the strategy of containing and the eventual systematic destruction of the German armour by keeping it fully engaged in the British sector had worked.
Models used;- 2x Pz. Mk.V.Ausf. A. (Early) by Dragon.
The dimensions of the diorama are 91cm.x 60.5cm. Mounted on an 8mm. MDF base attached to a 95mm. x 45mm Irroco softwood frame. The groundwork was made utilising foam insulation board with a Sculptamold & Hydrocal top coat. This was overlaid with a grass matting product by Noch.Trees & hedges were made using scatters & twigs from Woodland Scenic's & rubberised horsehair from 4D Models. Shrubs & bushes made using Lichen (Woodland Scenic's ) & natural mosses from my garden. The Ivy is a beautiful little product from Hudson & Allen Studio. Various photo etched plants are from Aber, Eduard and SMA. The bridge was scratch built using heavy gauge plasticard, trusses & pipes from Plastruct. The retaining walls were made using the excellent 1/35 scale bricks from Hansa Systems. The small rocks and pebbles are yet again from Woodland Scenic's
The figures used (51) are from a number of manufacturer's - Airfix, Andrea, Dragon, Hornet, Nemrod, Resicast, SMA, Tamiya, Ultracast, Wolf and Verlinden. Practically every Brit.figure (that I could find) in a non fighting pose on the market. Some have been modified by giving them new heads and the re-posing of others to fit the required stance.
The diorama also comes with a glass case made of toughened safety glass with a built in U.V. protective layer to prevent fading if placed in direct sunlight.
In all well over 600 hours work involved in the researching, composition, painting and construction of this diorama.