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I particulary wanted to
portray a member of the 24th Battalion AIF. A good description of the
battalions movements and equipment at the Battle of Broondseinde. were
given in that battalions official history. And that gave me an image to
My figure represents a private of a rifle company, 24th Battalion , Sixth
Infantry Brigade, 2 Australain Division, east of Ypres in an area known as
’Gordon Area’ during the late afternoon of 3 October. From there the
battalion moved during the hours of darkness to an assembly area near
The battalion then moved
to their ‘jumping off ‘point in the front line around 0400hrs.4 October.
The Battle of Broodseinde during the Third Battle of Ypres began at
0600hrs 4 October 1917.
Fusilier kit GWA4 is approx 1/24 (80mm) white metal and comprises many
components, which is a big help when painting. The detail is excellent.
The kit supplies all the
equipment as displayed on The Fusiliers’ web site. Some of the pieces can
be changed around if desired.
As The Fusilier produces
a range of additional items I opted for a different head piece. The kit
comes with a painting guide but even so I dug out what material I had to
familiarise with colours and equipment.
To fit the figure into that time and place, I chose to reposition some
parts, leave some out, reshape bits here and there and add a few details
of my own.
The history recorded that
two objectives were defined for the capture of Broodseinde Ridge – Red
line and Blue line- with battalions attacking each wearing a diamond shape
of that colour on their helmet.
Rifle companies leading the assault carried rations, an iron ration, extra
water bottle two grenades and two hundred additional rounds in their back
pack and four sand bags, two of which are wrapped around the figures lower
Each rifle section
received nine bandoliers of ammunition - quite a weight to carry.across
broken, muddy ground and under fire.
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