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Old 08-10-2019, 01:50 AM   #1
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The medic and the pilot: Oosterbeek Holland, 1944.

These two lads have been assigned to find a suitable spot for a first aid station, somewhere near the Oosterbeek/Wolfheze drop zone. The sergeant, ordered along for security, chooses to wear his battledress instead of his Denison Smock and to keep his kit in the glider-pilot-issue rucksack. Choosing not to carry the Sten mark III (the very worst of all variants) as his personal defense weapon, the sergeant has taken a very special SMG, the Lanchester. The Lanchester was contracted for by the Royal Navy, and the RAF for airfield defense, although most went off to the former. Although none have been photographed at Arnhem, surely one of the hundreds of pilots must have taken one, they being a beautifully built brass-fitted weapon, which took the Sten mags, but had a huge 50-round stick mag of its own. This sergeant came from the RAF pilot ranks, not army types trained to fly only gliders, and wears his blue stripes proudly. He is a minority in this regard.

My Lanchester is the 21st Century Toys version, repainted and re-slinged. (So I really like it!) The rucksack is BBI's Peter Keyes version, repainted in Vallejo's khaki grey over it's whitefish tan.

The two airborne soldiers select a small, white farmhouse to set up their station, but are interrupted by approaching Waffen SS grenadiers, and the sarge is forced to give covering fire, while his medic can flee and get help.

The medic's belt, and canteen cover is painted Vallejo's "middle stone", and his medic bag - Albert Brown's rare small pack - is painted Vallejo's "khaki grey". The beret badge (in his right lower pocket) is Tony Barton's.

The background is a film of the Oosterbeek perimeter today, that I found on Youtube. Should you wish to try this technique, the link is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ap2raB0U3Z4


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I made this custom British medic canteen. I think it came out just peachy:

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Old 08-10-2019, 04:49 AM   #2
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Re: The medic and the pilot: Oosterbeek Holland, 1944.

Nicely done indeed (can't go wrong with Brit paras) and do like the way you've incorporated background scale to match. The use of the Lanchester SMG though...concur, never any mention of it being used by the Army (predominantly RN and RAF airfield defence guard - early on in the war). The only other Brit-made SMG used within 1st A/B Div at Arnhem (other than the predominant STEN in its various marks) was the 9mm Patchett (forerunner to the Sterling SMG) which was used in very small numbers (around 100 from what I've found during research) during the battle. Great stuff and thanks for sharing, Steve
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Old 08-10-2019, 11:09 AM   #3
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Re: The medic and the pilot: Oosterbeek Holland, 1944.

You mean this one?

The 100 Patchett guns were (supposedly) issued to members of the South Staffordshire Regiment, 1st Air-landing Brigade. I hasn't been confirmed yet, though. Nevertheless, a rumor is all I need!

The South Staffordshire Regiment was nearly wiped out. Pulled off drop-zone defense duties, they were rushed into Arnhem, alongside the Kings Own Scottish Borderers, in an attempt to bash their way through to the bridge. The well dug in Germans nearly wiped them out. The fighting took place all around St. Elizabeth's Hospital, which ironically served as a casualty aid station for both sides. The South Staffs suffered an 80% casualty rate.

0-12 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr

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Inside the lobby of St. Elizabeth's Hospital, in western Arnhem.

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Outside St. Elizabeth's today (A wealthy condominium):

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Another "South Staff" showing off his battledress insignia:

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The tunic worn by another Patchett carrying South Staff:

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An artist's imaginative scene at the bridge:

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Old 08-10-2019, 11:16 AM   #4
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Re: The medic and the pilot: Oosterbeek Holland, 1944.

My Lanchester photoed earlier in the hands of a 15th Scottish Recce trooper in Normandy:

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Old 08-13-2019, 11:47 AM   #5
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Re: The medic and the pilot: Oosterbeek Holland, 1944.

wow, you are really on a roll with all the airborne dudes!

Great variety by adding the medic and pilot. I like the strap you did for the extra water bottle. Might have to give my medic one....

Thanks for sharing!
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