Kasserine Pass-Tunisia GB Update
Well, it has been about 4 months since we started the Kasserine Pass Group Build (http://imodeler.com/groups/battle-of-kasserine-passtunisia-campaign-build-group/), and the Group has been graced by some remarkable work-in-progress threads, by some remarkable modelers. The purpose of this headline is to call attention to them, to the opening of the reveal which stands at a little more than a week away, and to tweak the parameters of the GB itself.
As far as the individual efforts, I have been deeply gratified by all the contributions, including some multiple entries by individual modelers. Their work will speak for itself at the proper time (and can be accessed in the link posted above), but for now permit me to say that the spirit of the GB itself is well-represented by modelers from across the globe offering replicas of war materiel from essentially all players in the North Africa campaign at the time–Americans, British, French, Germans, and Italians (in alphabetical order). We have various aircraft, armor, and ocean-going craft, as well as service vehicles. The group build has met and exceeded my expectations regarding the variety of options it offers to its participants as it commemorates this significant episode of WW2 on its 75th anniversary.
The Battle of Kasserine Pass took place February 19-25, 1943. It was a crushing tactical defeat for the United States, but since the strategic situation had already shifted the Germans could not capitalize on their victory; it was a crossroads battle between the earlier North African Campaign and the conclusion in Tunisia in May, 1943, which saw the final defeat of the Afrika Korps. Because of the interest in background, and the lack of any prior North Africa Group Build, I would like to expand the parameters of this group. We will now welcome any entry pertaining to the conflict in North Africa during World War 2 which leads up to our originally framed time period (Western Desert and Torch Campaigns). This expansion should allow even more variety in respect to the differing combatants and their weaponry.
Currently the Kasserine Pass Group Build consists of 37 members, most of them actively building and, as previously stated, some with several presentations. We welcome all newcomers who may have either not been fully aware of the group, found the previous historical parameters too restrictive, or simply have a build in mind that piques their interest from an earlier episode in this larger conflict.
The soft close of the group build is June 1, 2018.