My diorama shows an Australian Matilda CS of the 2/9th Armoured Regiment in action on Tarakan Island in May 1945.
After hours of "jungle busting" the Matilda and its supporting infantry made their way onto a decent but contested road.
The Australians fought the
Japanese in tangled, swampy jungle, were suicide attacks by enemy
infantry men were a constant threat. This led to improvised
improvements like welding spare track links to the hull sides and
PSP plating on to the engine deck for extra protection. The heavy
cast shields at the front of each track should prevent tenacious
undergrowth from making its way into the suspension.