Operation Desert Storm M2A1 Bradley Fighting Vehicle (D-26/“Delta Two-Six”), 2nd Platoon (call-sign “Charlie Eight-Zero”), Delta Company (“Death Merchants”), 1/41 Infantry (“Straight and Stalwart”), Task Force 3/66 Armor [...]

(Please note that all comment icons in the photos can be toggled on/off to remove description narratives if you want to better-view or copy/paste the photos). This is about as accurate as I could get by "kit-bashing" from both Academy and Tamiya 1/35th scale model components. I even hand-crafted or modified some plastic components that were not "vehicle-series accurate" or not included in either of the combined model kits. For reference, I looked at photos of M2A1 BFV D-26/“Delta Two-Six” before it was destroyed in Iraq in the very early-morning hours on 27 February 1991 after the Battles of both "73 Easting" and "Norfolk". These battles involved the Iraqi 3rd Mechanized "Tawakalna" Division, 1st Corps, Iraqi Republican Guard Forces Command, amongst other Iraqi units. I also looked at many different photos of other BFVs from the Platoon, Company, and Battalion as a whole to try to insure the best cross-section representation of completeness and accuracy for all BFVs and Soldiers in . NOTHING was "totally uniform" in the entire Battalion between any two BFVs or personnel when not in olive-drab (“OD”) green Chemical MOPP suits-including the Soldiers' uniforms which was a mixture of "Chocolate-Chip" patterned DCUs, "Woodland" patterned BDUs, "Woodland" patterned flak vests, Desert Night Parkas/Trousers, OD Nomex CVC suits, and OD jungle, black leather, or tan suede leather combat boots. We front-line Soldiers were only initially issued one set of DCUs (unlike "The REMFs in the rear with the gear" who had multiple sets of DCUs and other "luxuries" as they have had throughout the history of warfare). I tried my best to capture the most minute details such as our folding aluminum cots with OD 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 or under the Dismount-Troop compartment seats), 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 fine desert dust irritating their eyes, feeling sand crunching between their teeth during sandstorms while chowing down on MREs or "POGey bait", i.e., civilian food sent in care packages from 'The World' (USA), and finally inhaling the perpetual mixture of smelly B.O., long-unwashed DCUs or BDUs, 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 . 1/41 INF lost 6 M2A1 BFVs completely destroyed. HQ: 1 BFV (and 1 M113 APC/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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8 responses

  1. Nicely done, great detail in this build!

  2. That's a beautiful job.
    Welcome aboard!

  3. Eleven-Series 1/41 INF, 2AD (FWD) Grunt @lc

    I really like what you did here with your Bradley. It looks fantastic. You're braver than I am with trying to paint the chocolate chip BDU's on the crew. Our 113's had the back ramp painted the same color on the inside, and ours came from Stateside at Ft. Bliss. I think this was the original color they were delivered in. In remember our brand new Abrams were delivered in a solid green like that too. All of our replacement parts were that color too... It was not uncommon to see an Abrams in overall sand color only to find it had one or two "green" road wheels or sprockets.

    I built up an M-60A-1 that I was a crew member in a while back and posted it on here. I noticed the little things you added right away... It comes from first hand knowledge about the track you served in and this doesn't come in the box or with the instructions. In the future I'm going to build a M-1A1 that I also crewed. I spent a lot of time as a driver, with over 2,000 miles logged behind the "T-bar" and a whole lot more time as the gunner. I occasionally acted as the Commander as needed. I miss the gunneries but not the BS inspections... but they are a necessary evil. I liked some of the stuff that was in the older C rats better than some of the stuff in the early MRE's... "Meal, Rejected by Everyone"...

    Patton was our 29th Regimental Commander when he served in the 3rd Armored Cav just before WW2. Back then he was a "Full Bird Colonel".

    Take care brother and stay safe.


    • Thank you very much. You're way too kind on the "Chocolate Chip" DCUs. The close-up photos makes me "cringe" a little, but at least I tried my best. When I started working on this M2A1 BFV model, I wanted to "smell" the filthy DCUs that we basically never washed (socks and underwear were the priority), "feel" the talcum powder-like dust burning my eyes, and "taste" the sand grains crunching between my teeth whenever we chowed down on our nasty MREs or, better yet, "POGEY Bait" from the "World" that came in the care packages. We didn't have FOBs in Operation Desert Storm, so we lived for months-on-end a*****e to elbow in our BFVs and looked like a bunch of gypsys with just about everything hanging off the side armor and turret. The BC and Gunner were in the "Ritz Carlton" up in the turret compared to the "Dismount Grunts" riding 'downstairs' who were hot, breathing in JP5 exhaust fumes (along with B.O.), and terribly cramped. In the turret, the BC and Gunner could stand straight-up if they wanted, had the wind in their faces, and it was allot easier p*****g into an empty water bottle when on the move. Oddly enough, the BFVs in 2AD (FWD) in Northern Germany were not painted in a woodland pattern but a simple solid OD Green. When we arrived in Al Jubail in Saudi Arabia, the ramp was left up and the hatches were closed when they went through quick "pit-stop paint" stations. That's why when the Driver, Gunner, and BC hatches are open or the back ramp is down, you see the original solid OD green on the model (almost everything in the interior was "Sea-foam" green). Thank you very much for your service and I'll go check out your M-60A1. Stay safe Brother.

  4. Mr. Eleven-Series, etc.
    Hello! Do you have an actual name?
    I remember you guys. I was the PSG of the tank platoon of Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 4th Armored Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division. You were real close to us, as I recall ... right by the Brits. Of course, my memory isn't what it used to be.
    No matter, though. You've done a GREAT job capturing the look of we scruffs who lived in our vehicles for weeks (& months & YEARS, it seemed) at a time.

    • Hi Jeff, It's "Grunt"! LOL! Were you in the 1st BDE? 1st BDE was on our northern flank and included 1/34 Armor on the BDE boundary line to our north. Thank you very much for your service BTW. Being in 2AD (Forward), we Grunts were outnumbered in Garlstedt, Germany by both 2/66 AR and 3/66 AR, being that we were an armored BDE. 1/41 IN rounded out the BDE. Hard to believe we didn't have FOBs or internet, etc. We were "old school". The Brits were indeed to our south. Thank you for your compliments Brother!

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