Rampant & Charging Bull
Normandy 29th July 1944
Various, 1/35 scale
by Richard McIntosh
The diorama depicts two units of British 8th corps marching to start
line of Operation Bluecoat. Namely 15th.Scottish & 11th. Armoured
Operation 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 breakout and 3;- protect the
American left flank as they tried to breakout during Operation
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 SS. 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 Germen armour by keeping it
fully engaged in the British sector had worked.
2 x Pz. Mk. V. Ausf. A.
(Early) by Dragon.
2 x Cromwell Mk. IV. A27M. by Tamiya.
1 x Cromwell Mk. VI. A27L. by Tamiya.
3 x Willys MB. 4X4 Jeep by Tamiya.
1 x Daimler Dingo scout car by Tamiya.
1 x M1 A3 Heavy scout car by Italeri.
1 x Trailer by Heller
The dimensions of the diorama are
91cm. x 60.5cm. mounted on an 8 mm. 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 overlayed with a grass
matting product by Noch. Trees & hedges were made using scatters &
twigs from Woodland Scenics & rubberised horse hair from 4D Models.
Shrubs & bushes made using Lichen (Woodland Scenics) & natural
mosses from my garden. The bridge was scratch built using heavy
gauge plasticard, trusses & piping from Plastruct. The retaining
walls were made using the excellent 1/35 scale bricks from Hansa
Systems. Various photo etched plants are from Aber , Hudson & Allen
Studio, Eduard & SMA.
The figures used (51) are from a number of manufacturer's Airfix,
Andrea, Tamiya, Dragon, Hornet ,Wolf, SMA ,Ultracast, Resicast,
Nemrod & Verlinden.
Practically every Brit. figure (that I could find) in a non fighting
pose on the market. Some have been modified & re - posed and given
In all over 600 hours work in this diorama.
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