1/35 scale “Delta Two-Six”/D-26 M2A1 Bradley Fighting Vehicle Operation Desert Storm: 2nd Platoon, Delta Company (“Death Merchants”), 1/41 Infantry (“Straight and Stalwart”), 2nd Armored Division (Forward)
(Please note that all comment icons in the photos can be toggled on/off to remove description narratives). This is about as accurate as I could get by kit-bashing both Academy and Tamiya model components (I even hand-crafted or modified some 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”) as well as photos from other BFVs of the Platoon, Company, and Battalion as a whole to insure the best cross-section representation of completeness and accuracy of 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 stuffed anywhere there was room, 5 gallon tan-colored plastic water cans, 7.62 mm ammunition cans, and even the fluorescent orange nylon panel marker that every vehicle had secured to the rear of the BFV turrets (or on the top 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 in an emergency) and were stowed internally in the Troop compartment wherever room could be found. My ultimate goal was to try have every Soldier who served in 1/41 INF, 2AD (FWD) during ODS, remember the “feel” of the fine dust burning their eyes, the “taste” of the sand crunching between their teeth when chowing down on MREs or “POGEY” bait (sent in care packages from ‘The World’), and to “inhale” the mixture of long-unwashed DCUs and BFV exhaust 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 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 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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