Here are some images portraying elements of British
XXX Corps attempting to reach British First Airborne at Arnhem during
Operation Market Garden in mid-September 1944. The dioramas reflect
a blend of 1/76 and 1/72 scale figures and armour. The main image above
entitled "This is the Wide Part" was inspired by the dramatized
scene in A Bridge Too Far whereby Michael Caine's (as Lt. Colonel J.O.E.
Vandeleur) confers with his cousin Giles Vandeluer to discuss the difficulties
moving their armour forward along a heavily defended narrow two lane
roadway. The AFV and half track vehicles are slightly modified Airfix,
Nitto, MMS, Matchbox, and ESCI. The resin air liaison vehicle in the
foreground was procured from a private vendor whose origins I cannot
recall. The Irish Guardsmen tankers are Battlefield Miniatures; the
officers a mixture of Matchbox, MMS, and Airfix.
Image 2 (below) is an alternative view of image 1 above. Image 3 is
entitled "Hell's Highway" and portrays XXX Corps held up along
the single road to Arnhem. One Cromwell is MMS and the rest were modified
Matchbox with scratch-built turrets. The destroyed Panther G is ESCI
and Bergpanther a modified Hasegawa. The infantry and 101st Airborne
troops are Airfix. Image 4 provides an alternative view of image 3.