About this Group
From February 19-25, 1943, the Allies fought their Axis foes in the Battle of Kasserine Pass. It was the first major land action by the American ground forces in the European Theatre of Operations (Operation Torch, early November, 1942, was largely unopposed), although both the battle itself and its ancillary events (the wider Tunisia Campaign), involved many other players. The forces of Great Britain, Free France, and other allies, fought against the Germans and the Italians. Kasserine Pass is widely considered a humiliating defeat for the Americans. But in spite of the heavy casualties and capture of hundreds of American GIs, the battle played an important role in the painful but necessary maturation of the American forces, from the brass down to the boots, and from how soldiers were trained Stateside to how they fought when they reached the field for the rest of the War. The lessons learned proved invaluable, and not only was Rommel’s tactical victory brief, the long-term effect proved that sometimes getting a bloody nose is just the doctor ordered to clear the head.
Late February, 2018 will be the 75th anniversary of this fascinating chapter in World War 2 history. In honor of the brave men of all sides who fought in it, I would like to put out a call for a Kasserine Pass Build Group. The modeling possibilities are tempting indeed for those who love their hobby strongly coupled with history in general and the pathos of battle in particular. Whether you like aircraft or armor, figurines, dioramas, or even the naval vessels involved in the wider campaign, surely there is something for you here. I am hoping for a mixture of classics (American, British, and German standbys) along with some interesting anomalies (for example, Free French markings and Italian specialty aircraft). In any case, this is our big chance to build desert warfare machines during a significant anniversary period!
As for projects, I have my eye on an A-20B of the 12th Air Force, 47th Bomb Group. Your passion is probably elsewhere, but I am betting that somewhere in your stash is something that could make things interesting and honor the heroes of this watershed battle.
General guidelines would be as follows (framework shamefully plagiarized from Louis Gardner’s build group guidelines—thanks buddy!):
1. Any model drawn from the war materiel—air, land, or sea—of any of the combatants in the battle of Kasserine Pass or the wider Tunisia Campaign.
2. Any scale would be permitted.
3. Build as many entries as you like.
4. Join late? No problem!
5. All comers welcome, just jump in and you’re a member.
6. We can make our initial posts on February 19, 2018—75 years to the date after the opening day of the battle. Ending date would be June 1, 2018—about the time the Allies finished mopping things up in North Africa.
7. End dates not strictly enforced, and progress leading up to the due dates can be posted in the Work in Progress groups.
Recent activity in this group
Thanks David for the heads-up. I used the Dragon kit decals which referred to the 501st S.Pz.Abt, only the Opel Blitz was in Afrika Korps make.
I hate to say this, but for historical information: there were no Tigers at Kasserine.
They were in the battle at Sidi bou Zid but they were pulled out of the area on the 17th.
And they belonged to the 5th […]
I finally got around to posting the last article. This time it’s Hans Hahn’s plane……….. Here’s a link to the article. […]
Thanks Jeff !!!!
Sorry for the late reply, but I just noticed it………………..
I finally got around to posting an article on the Otto Kittle plane.
Here’s a link to it in case anyone is […]
Thanks James !!! I have been busy with some other “life” things that pop up on occasion. So I have not had a whole lot of extra time to do more work on this one (or the other Spitfire and Hurricane builds in […]
Nice detail on those sub-assemblies, Louis! The question I’d like to ask is about the fit of the ICM kit. Throughout the build you have been full of praise for it – is that still the case?
@lgardner Nice to see you up and active again. Things are looking very good!
It’s been a little while since I did an update on this one. It’s mainly because I have spent most of my time on the Spitfires and Hurricane builds over in the 100 Years of the RAF group build.
I mentioned […]
I just posted the article and the associated photos for the Monogram He-111 build. Here’s a link to […]
The Monogram He-111 is now completed. I just took some photos of the model and will post an article very soon, possibly as early as tomorrow……… Meanwhile, here’s the last two views from the “Werk […]
So far today it has been very productive. I’m happy to announce the Monogram He-111 is standing on it’s own feet now………… I added the wheels.
I then concentrated on installing the landing light clear […]
Tonight I made some more progress on the He-111. The props are on and it’s almost on it feet !!!
I also built up part of the gear for the ICM kit, and took a few photos of the ICM parts sitting next to the […]
Thanks for suggesting the idea using the compressed air. It sounds like it might be just the ticket………. I thought about what I posted later, and you’re correct about the dust being inside the […]
My son did the “Shellback” thing while in the Navy and has the certificate. But it’s old news for us. Having served for years in Ecuador as missionaries, we did it regularly. I’m doing it again in less than a […]
Louis, Chuck, et al. – re: “shellback”
I was not in the Navy but I have crossed the Equator and have the certificate to prove it! Back in 1958 and again in 1959 I crossed the Equator as a passenger on a […]
Louis, this is simply amazing stuff!
On the dust that you find irksome (inside the canopy), a few observations:
1) I cannot notice it.
2) It might not be unrealistic.
3) Something I’ve pulled off […]
Fantastic, Louis! I especially like the greenhouse glass of the front. You did an excellent job on these.
Last night I managed to get some decent work done on the He-111, and did a little on the ICM kit too, just in case some of you guys thought I might have forgot about it………… 🙂
For starters, here’s a […]
Hello Chuck !!!!
I was just looking at you Lancaster now that the black undersurface has been painted………… and it sure does look great !!! Thanks for providing the information on the decal steps you […]
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