It wasn’t just the Germans fighting the Russians on the Eastern Front…German allies like the Italians, Rumanians, Hungarians and Finns were there too.

Here’s a link to the translated recollections of an Italian artilleryman who served on the Eastern Front from August 1941 right through until early 1943. It’s a first-hand account of the terrible mud, extremes of temperatures and some of the events that he witnessed. Wargamer readers may get some ideas for scenarios.

I came across this as I’ve twice bought loose collections of ESCI/Italeri’s Italian Mountain Troops (Alpini) at Swap & Sells this year – at NWA’s Autumn sale night and at Little Wars. I’m going to add to them with some Airfix Italians and one day may get a company of infantry on the table.

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Tonight is the Leningrad Oblast game, using the rivers and thickets I’ve made. I’m hoping to beat Peter’s Russians, but they’ll be dug in and waiting for me, which will make the job hard.

While at Little Wars Melbourne 2010 yesterday morning, I was pleased to see Mike from Battlefield Accessories in attendence and trading.

He explained that he is “between ISPs” at the moment, which explains why his internet site brings up a ‘Server not found’ error when you try to access it. He’s very much in business, however, producing his excellent wargaming terrain products and hopes to have his website back online in the next couple of weeks or so.

I bought a couple of barbed wire fence sets from him and will put a couple of pics of them here soon, so you can see how good his stuff is.

Oh, and no, I’m not being paid by him to write this.