1/35 scale M2A1 Bradley Fighting Vehicle (“Delta Two-Six”/D-26) Operation Desert Storm: 2nd Platoon (call-sign “Charlie Eight-Zero”), Delta Company (“Death Merchants”), 1/41 Infantry (“Straight and Stalwart”), 2nd Armored Division (Forward) (“Hell on Wheels”)
(Please note that all comment icons in the photos can be toggled on/off to remove description narratives if you want to copy/paste the photos). This is about as accurate as I could get by “kit-bashing” from both Academy and Tamiya model components. I even hand-crafted or modified some plastic components that were not “vehicle-series accurate” or not included in the model kit/s itself. I looked at many different photos of “Delta Two-Six”/D-26 (before it was destroyed in Iraq on 27 February 1991 after the Battles of both “73 Easting” and “Norfolk” involving the Iraqi 3rd Mechanized “Tawakalna” Division, 1st Corps, Iraqi Republican Guard Forces Command) as well as photos of other BFVs of the Platoon, Company, and Battalion as a whole to insure the best cross-section representation of completeness and accuracy for all BFVs in 1/41 INF. This includes the most minute details such as our folding aluminum cots w/olive-drab (“OD”) green nylon webbing, OD duffel bags, OD ruck-sacks attached to the outside of the BFV or to its turret, gray rolled foam-rubber sleeping mats and MRE boxes (which were stuffed anywhere there was room such as in the turret bustle rack), 5 gallon tan-colored plastic water containers, and 7.62 mm ammunition cans. Naturally, everything was also covered in very thick desert dust. I even included the fluorescent orange nylon-banner panel marker that every BFV had secured to the rear of the turret (or on the top-rear of other types of vehicles) to be properly identified by coalition ground forces and aircraft. Also, although carried, the M231 5.56 mm Firing Port Weapons/FPWs were not utilized (unless there was an emergency) and were stowed internally in the Dismount-Troop compartment wherever room could be found. My ultimate goal was to have every Soldier who served in 1/41 INF, 2AD (FWD) during ODS, remember the constant feel of the fine dust irritating their eyes, the taste of sand crunching between their teeth during sandstorms when chowing down on MREs or “POGey bait”, i.e., civilian food sent in care packages from ‘The World’ (USA), and finally to inhale the constant mixture of smelly B.O., long-unwashed “Chocolate-Chip” patterned DCUs, and BFV exhaust fumes for months-on-end since we didn’t have FOBs to live in. 2nd Armored Division (Forward), was based in Garlstedt, Germany, and was “Attached” to the 1st Infantry Division (Mechanized) as its 3rd Maneuver Brigade during Operation Desert Storm. 1/41 INF lost 6 M2A1 BFVs completely destroyed. HQ: 1 BFV (and 1 M-113 GSR vehicle) and 2 KIA; Bravo: 3 BFVs and 4 KIA; Delta: 2 BFVs and 1 KIA. R.I.P. to 1/41 INF’s 7 KIA during Operation Desert Storm. Note: 2nd Armored Division (“Hell on Wheels”) was the only Division that authorized the Division patch to be worn over the heart (instead of the left shoulder sleeve) on all field uniforms. Rumor has it that GEN George Patton authorized the wearing of 2AD’s Patch over the heart on field uniforms as he was the Division’s 1st Commander at Fort Benning, GA, shortly before the U.S. officially became involved in WWII. Also, he gave the 2AD it’s motto: “Hell on Wheels”!
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