Now I’ve done all the searches I can. Exhausted all combinations. There are only three useful titles left worth looking at for wargaming the Eastern Front and they are:

THE HUN ON THE RUN video newsreel film  Film ID: 1350.11.  A German 2cm flak machinegun in rapid-firing action against Soviet planes, as well as 88mm guns firing against the same; Stukas in ground-attack roles.

UNTERNEHMEN KRETA ( GERMAN INVASION OF CRETE ) video newsreel film  Film ID: 2753.01.  Good shots of Paratroops getting ready for the drop and then in combat on Crete. (Okay, so this isn’t really Eastern Front. But it was the only vid I could recall finding that involved the Fallschirmjäger).

GERMANY INVADED video newsreel film Film ID: 1125.10.   Some US AFVs and softskins advancing into Germany. Good shots of German towns, railway stations and various buildings – very useful so that you can select the right terrain and lay out gaming boards appropriately. Or even better, purchase or build and then paint up the right terrain!

So, that’s it from British Pathe for now. If they digitise more content like those I’ve pointed you to in the future, then that will be great. What I might do is check in every year or so to see if they have added new content to the collection.

They do have films showing the liberations of concentration camps and death camps, all of it extremely graphic stuff. I am glad that this is available for the public to see. May no-one say it didn’t happen.

Best link of 2010

December 20, 2010

There have been some great discoveries and resources that I’ve linked to over the year. With Christmas almost upon us and my hobby-work time almost entirely on hold until Boxing Day and the few days off that I have between Christmas and New Year, I thought that I’d write a brief review of some of the best things I’ve linked to over the year.

There were eight links that I felt were good finds or great resources this year. They are as follows:

Italeri’s poll for feedback about what model kits they should make;

The Ultimate Model Paint Conversion Chart;

Tim’s Wargaming Stuff blog post on how to base trees that come with no bases;

On the Volkhov – a blog with German & Russian soldier reminiscences of action on the Volkhov front;

HistoryNet’s Operation Barbarossa: Albano Castelletto Recalls His Time with the Voloire Regiment on the Russian Front webpage;

Gary Kennedy’s Battalion Organisation during the Second World War website where I was able to learn about German reconaissance forces;

British Pathe’s website where you can see newsreels and film footage from the time; and lastly

Paul’s “Plastic Warriors” blog posts where he instructs how to model figures in trenches & foxholes.

While I’m strongly tempted to give the award for best overall link to British Pathe (who nicely commented on this blog and thanked me for using their content in a novel way), I’m actually going to give it to Skoblin’s On the Volkhov blog. As well as translations of reminiscences he also provides suitable photos when he can get them. It was very useful for understanding the terrain of the area and led to strengthening the detail I applied to a game this year. He wrote to me and said there will be more content someday, too.

Still, please have a look through all the others – there may be something there that you find particularly brilliant too.

If I don’t write another post between now and Christmas, I’d like to wish you all the wargamer’s Christmas blessing: “Peace on Earth, war on the table”.

While doing various searches for information to recreate scenarios for games of Panzerfaust: Armoured Fist, I’ve been extremely fortunate to stumble across British Pathe’s film archives.

Four films of footage recorded by German cameramen during Operation Barbarossa have lots of great material for both wargamers and modellers. Here they are, with my notes:

GERMAN INVASION OF RUSSIA Film ID: 1669.02 –  Great footage of towns, bridges, rivers as the Germans fight forward or advance forward. Plenty of town shots, both of outskirts and inside them too. The Horch heavy car! Panzer IIIs and a Panzer IV short-barrel.

GERMAN INVASION OF RUSSIA Film ID: 1669.03 – towards the end you can see PaK 36’s, IG-18’s and Flak 88’s all being used against ground targets.

GERMAN INVASION OF RUSSIA Film ID: 1669.04 – StuG IIICs or some other early models in action! Converted AA flak trucks engaging ground targets! Infantry flamethrowers! German psychological warfare infantry team with portable AV equipment calling for Russians to surrender from the buildings they are defending!

GERMAN INVASION OF RUSSIA Film ID:  3259.07 – Camouflaged 88mms in action; 50mm infantry mortars in action; field artillery (not sure of what they are) ,  SdKfz 11 towing Leichte Feldhaubitze Mundungbremse 18 artillery piece (105mm artillery piece).

Some have sound, some don’t.

In the words of Fred Moriarity from “The Goon Show”, “There’s more where that came from!”

So this post is the first of a series.