Battlefront 15mm U.S. Army Lees in British Service – 8th Army 17th/21st Lancers “Death or Glory” Squadron HQ for Flames of War

Battlefront 15mm U.S. Army Lees in British Service - 8th Army 17th/21st Lancers "Death or Glory" Squadron HQ for Flames of War, 1:100, 1/100, What a Tanker, Battlegroup

This trio represents an interesting little anomaly that I founded listed in the FoW Armoured Fist sourcebook. I’ll quote part of the text here “When the US troops retreated from Tebourba, they left several tanks mired in the winter mud. The 6th Armoured Division recovered several of the big M3 Lee tanks and Major ffrench-Blake’s C Squadron used them in their HQ…” This seemed like a cool and characterful little addition to my 8th Army, and so I decided to add them in – it also gave me an opportunity to test another paint scheme/technique/palette/variation for painting US armour.

Battlefront 15mm U.S. Army Lees in British Service - 8th Army 17th/21st Lancers "Death or Glory" Squadron HQ for Flames of War, 1:100, 1/100, What a Tanker, Battlegroup

As you can see, I decided to keep all of the U.S. markings on these, and simply added the approprate British markings to their hulls. This unit is one of the HQ options for running 6th Armoured Division “Mailed Fist” as part of an 8th Army force, so I guess I’m now going to have to paint the rest of them…

 

12 thoughts on “Battlefront 15mm U.S. Army Lees in British Service – 8th Army 17th/21st Lancers “Death or Glory” Squadron HQ for Flames of War

  1. Great work on the tanks mate, and interesting back story to them. Like how you’ve kept the original markings and added the new ones as well, helps tell the story.

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    • Cheers, Dave. Since there was going to be no way to find images of the original few tanks described, it’s artistic licence time – and a good reminder that even Historical games are Fantasy games of a sort in the end.

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    • Cheers John – yeah, the image used in the book shows them in their original US livery so I figured if the Brits didn’t give them a field repaint, they might as well add their own markings to them at least!

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    • Chers Nicolas! Once I get the basic armies done I’ll be going through the extra stuff and sorting out some fun things like looted vehicles for both sides I reckon. I always enjoy the oddities as well – They have parts on sprue for the Super Pershing, and I got hold of a Dicker Max recently. Hobart’s Funnies are also ideally on the cards for much later, and a decision about Operation Greif, depending on what models are available and the overall $$ cost for something *very* niche!

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