I’ve decided to finish at least one more batch of figures for my Napoleonic project, I want to finish one writing project, and to make more progress with my book of PORTABLE WARGAME rules. I also want to sort out the data I have on the warships used by both sides during the Spanish Civil War, and to make it available as a series of blog entries … if only to help David Crook with his proposed SCW naval project.
A painting of Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera in Falange uniform.
Buenaventura Durruti, surrounded by some of his supporters.
A cartoon predicting what would happen as a result of Italian and German support of Franco’s government.
I have another batch of French Line Infantry to complete before I can move on to what I think will be the last batch of French Light Infantry I will need to renovate, varnish, and base.
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A Ju-52 Bomber. These formed the backbone of the Condor Legion’s bomber force at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War.
Unlike the previous books in the series, Florence Dawlish – Royal Navy officer Nicholas Dawlish’s wife – is the main character. The events covered in the story take place whilst Nicholas Dawlish is in command of HMS Leonidas during her cruise to the Far East (I reviewed that book last December … and it was a thundering good read!) and it deals with certain very dark aspects of Victorian life. Be warned, this is no rip-roaring yarn about naval battles but it is an excellently told social detective story about child abuse and prostitution as well as the social and working conditions that many members of the working class had to live and deal with on a daily basis.
The book also contains a short story about Nicholas Dawlish’s early life which explains why he joined the Royal Navy.
By doing the renovation work as and when I felt like it, it ended up taking me not much longer to complete these units than it would have done using my previous method … and I made fewer mistakes in the process.
The next batch of figures that I hope to tackle is some French Line Infantry, and hopefully they will take a week or so to complete.
When I bought it I expected the film to be about the Warsaw Uprising … but it isn’t. It is actually the film version of Aleksander Kaminski’s novel THE BATTLE OF WARSAW (A.K.A. STONES FOR THE RAMPART).
It is a fictionalized account of the lives of three members of the Gray Ranks or Szare Szeregi, which was part of the Polish Scouting Association or Związek Harcerstwa Polskiego within the Polish Underground. The three leading characters are known by their noms-de-guerre – Rudy (real name: Jan Bytnar), Zośka (real name: Tadeusz Zawadzki), and Alek (real name: Maciej Aleksy Dawidowski) – and much of the film deals with their preparation for fighting the German occupiers and their attempts to rescue Rudy (Operation Arsenal) after he is captured and interrogated by the Germans.
Be warned, the interrogation is depicted in all its brutality, and the story does not have anything approaching a happy ending. That said, it is an excellent film, and certainly increased my understanding of the role and importance of the Polish Scouting Association in the fight against the German occupiers of Poland.