The Road To Carentan – US 101st Airbourne (02:00 D-Day 6th June 1944)
The various bits I needed to finish don’t really require an explanation. They were either paint jobs or basic ground work, nothing I haven’t covered before in the previous posts on this diorama. With this in mind and before I share with you the photo’s I have taken I thought I ought to give you the background to the diorama to set the scene so to speak.
The original interest in doing this period piece was driven by the Plymouth Model Club, of which I am a member, and their 2019 show which will have a D-Day display. I fancied a diorama with a couple of buildings and decided in the end to go with what you have seen unfold during the previous 5 posts.
The 101st Airborne parachuted into Normandy France in the very early hours of D-Day, the 6th June 1944. Their mission was to secure the eastern half of a town called Carentan from German reinforcements. Doubtless they had other objectives along the way. I figured their journey would have taken them through outlying villages en-route and this is essentially what this diorama sets out to portray.
The way I see the diorama is this. France, although occupied was running as business as usual. Street lights might or might not have been on in the small hours of the morning but a business such as a Baker would quite possibly have been baking at that time. Noise and explosions would get people to put their bedroom lights on and of course some destruction would be inevitable.
An accurate portrayal? Probably not, it’s a representation and intended to be nothing more.
Various images appear below, with and without lights on. I hope you like the end result.
I wan’t able to submit anything mechanical for the November challenge, to committed to this project. However, the December challenge set by Azazel lends itself to this model so with Christmas coming up and various time constraints with it this will be my submission.