WW2


Imperial Japanese Army museum pictures

Whilst in Japan we visited the "Yushukan" museum/shrine in Tokyo. The museum is built near the shrine that commemorates soldiers who died in battle, and the museum itself is a bit controversial since the shrine was used as a resting ground for a couple of people deemed war criminals. The museum also tells the history of Japan, from the early ages through modern wars, culminating with WW2. As a "hotspot" for Japanese nationalists, I must say that I found very little if anything to be offended by. This museum is a must for anyone interested in Japanese war history as the museum boasts a very good collection of exhibits and items. Unfortunately, most of the museum has a "no photo" policy, but the large entrance and a huge central chamber showcasing primarily WW2 themed equipment was open for photography. Among the more interesting objects on display were two Japanese fighter/bombers, a Japanese tank, a one man submarine and a large model of a Japanese carrier. Of all the museums we visited, this one had

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Bomber Command Museum, Nanton, Alberta

This summer we passed through Nanton, Alberta on our way to a family vacation in the mountains. I'd recalled that Nanton housed the museum of Canada's bomber command. My wife's uncle was a tail gunner in a Lancaster so we decided to stop in and see what the museum had.Outside there are the usual "planes on a post" but also a very moving tribute to the 10,000 Canadians killed in bomber command operations. We were able to find her uncle's name. The sheer number of names is quite staggering (both sides of the monument above).The museum inside was pretty interesting. The only exhibit picture I snapped was of this 1/72-scale model of a training base in nearby High River.From the museum, you enter the hanger, which is full of planes. Some you can climb into (Jessica is inside the front fuselage of a bomber created for a movie). I was a touch too big and stiff to get in there myself.The largest plane is a Lancaster (which still runs) set up with a dam buster bomb hanging below.There was also an ME-109. I was surpris

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Battlegroup Tobruk 2nd game

Played our second game last night ,really enjoyed it ,we played the high ground scenario with 600pts each , John went for a mainly tank based group with no infantry support and as the defender i relied upon mainly artillery and anti tank guns with lots of support from off table artillery .The game went well ,we seemed to get on top of the rules that were causing us issues and got to a British victory on turn 7 .Replay next week with the roles reversed I will be attacking .the initial British defences looking from behind a 25pdr towards the DAK linesfrom the high ground as the panzers advanceboom the furthest point of the DAK advance as they became pinned down 

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2Pdr Portee -Battle Group Tobruk

Added a 2pdr portee to my Brits for Tobruk , I have enjoyed building this army lots of odd vehicles and this is another .The model is SHQ and wasnt a pleasure to build it didnt fit together very well the instructions were awful with bits shown I didnt have and I had bits that werent shown ? after studying the internet I realised that every one seemed different so just built it best I could ,I dont think it will be around on the table much anyway .

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