Re: FEATURE: Desert Memories...
I am just seeing these photos and this reference for the first time, its a really interesting story and something I have often trawled MA archive to read up on.
Thanks for bringing it back into the light again and the Diorama too, both are really interesting pieces and the new Sherman will be a worthy addition
Your comment on your Father-in-law's father being very quiet about his war, I think is very very common. My maternal Grandfather spent 5 years in the Artillery in India and there is very little of this time in either stories or pictures, my wife's father was both a Russian conscript at 14 and then a prisoner of war and again very little in the way of a picture or story other than his massive fear of anything Russian or even Socialist as he was from "Little Ukraine" which was very German facing from the early days of the USSR.
My Uncle was the exception being the winner of the Military Cross in Italy in 1943, but even then, it was always the fun, nice stories, not one word of the 2 years in a prisoner of war camp after being captured
War is hell and those who are involved have been damaged if not by bomb or bullet by what they have seen, heard or experienced.
I know some people think that modellers glorify the exploits of war but it has never been that for me, and I sure many others. I just love the history and attempting to make something out of plastic and brass and other media to represent what I have seen read about or heard stories of
I guess in an earlier age I would have been whittling wood or bone, or molding clay or mud or drawing a burnt stick over a cave wall
Thanks for sharing Ian, sorry for it being belated, it has sparked some of my own memories of long past relatives for me, a pleasant moment of reflection