Monday, 17 September 2018

10mm Russian T-34s from Lancer Miniatures

Lancer Miniatures growing range of war figures and vehicles.

T-34 Model 1940 comes with separate fuel tanks to add or not

T-34 1940 comes with separate fuel tanks to add or not

T-34 Model 1941

T-34 Model 1941/42

T-34 Model 1941/42

T-34-85 Model 1944

T-34-85 Model 1944

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On This Evening in 1862: Remembering Antietam

On This Evening in 1862: Remembering Antietam

On the eve of September 16, 1862, two armies prepare for battle near the small town of Sharpsburg, Maryland. General Robert E. Lee's army invaded Maryland earlier in the month with the hope of winning the state for the Confederacy, demoralizing the Union and perhaps gaining European recognition in the bargain. The invasion hasn't gone as Lee planned, but he decides not to give up without a fight. He has 21,000 men to General George B. McClellan's 60,000, but reinforcements are on the way. Tomorrow, September 17, Lee's army will stand against the Union.

McClellan has been studying Lee's numbers and positions for two days. Despite his careful reconnaissance, McClellan reports to Washington a gigantic Rebel army "amounting to not less than 120,000 men," outnumbering his own army "by at least twenty-five per cent." He's commanded the Union army for nearly a year, but this will be the first and last time he'll command his army in battle on this scale. 

Confederate General Lafayette McLaws marches his hungry, weary men to Sharpsburg, during the night, losing about a third of his force to straggling. They arrive before daylight, bringing Lee's force to about 35,000 men. The armies are ready as they'll ever be...

This is part 1 in a 3-part series on Antietam. Look for parts 2 and 3 of the battle in your inbox tomorrow.

Getting to Antietam: Lee's Maryland Campaign

National Park Service veteran and historian Scott Hartwig describes the events that led to Antietam – the bloodiest single-day battle on American soil. Learn about the strategy behind Lee's Maryland Campaign, President Lincoln's reaction and the twist of fate that changed the course of the war.

Civil War In4: Robert E Lee

Son of George Washington's preeminent cavalry commander during the Revolutionary War. Second in his class at West Point. Living historian Frank Orlando describes the life and accomplishments of the Confederate army's revered commander, Robert E. Lee.

Biography of George B. McClellan

George Brinton McClellan is often remembered as the great organizer of the Union Army of the Potomac. Learn more about the man who commanded the Union army at Antietam in our biography of "Little Mac."

Video: Battle of South Mountain

Before the pivotal Battle of Antietam, there was the Battle of South Mountain. The Trust's own Garry Adelman recounts the events that paved the way for the brutal fighting at Sharpsburg just three days later.

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On this Afternoon in 1862: One Last Confederate Hope at Sharpsburg

On this Afternoon in 1862: One Last Confederate Hope at Sharpsburg

While the battle has been raging west of Antietam Creek, General Ambrose Burnside has waited sullenly on the creek's east side for General George McClellan's permission to enter the fray. Finally, the order arrives, and Burnside sets about getting his men across the water. He plans to force a crossing with most of his troops at a stone bridge and send the remainder to cross at a ford downstream. After two attempts to cross the bridge under close-range enemy fire, the third one succeeds. Now, 10,000 men cross the bottleneck. It takes them 2 hours.

Around 3 p.m., the bulk of Burnside's men are across the creek. Burnside makes strong progress against Lee's right flank until suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, Confederate General A.P. Hill's "Light Division" emerges on the Union left flank and rear. Hill's men have charged directly into battle after marching 17 miles from Harper's Ferry. At that moment, Burnside is on the cusp of victory; he has the spires of Sharpsburg in his sights, but with his forces in danger, he pulls back to the bridge—a bridge that will forever bear his name. By sunset, some 23,000 men are casualties of this single day of fighting. 3,654 Americans are dead - more than at Pearl Harbor, on D-Day, or on 9/11.

Both armies tend their wounded, consolidate their lines and skirmish through the following day. McClellan writes to his wife, "Those in whose judgment I rely tell me that I fought the battle splendidly & that it was a masterpiece of art." The night of the 18th, Lee's army retreats across the Potomac River to Virginia. While the Battle of Antietam is considered a draw from a military point of view, it gives President Lincoln the "victory" he needs to deliver the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, setting the United States on the path to "a new birth of freedom."

Antietam Today

If you visit Antietam National Battlefield Park today, you can see the Dunker Church, Burnside's Bridge and the Sunken Road. Thanks to our generous supporters, the American Battlefield Trust has been able to preserve 461 acres of hallowed ground at Antietam. With the help of our local partner, Save Historic Antietam Foundation, much of this land has been fully restored. While many parts of the battlefield have barely changed since they witnessed these brutal events 156 years ago, more preservation work remains to be completed, and the Trust will continue to make Antietam a top priority.

This is part 3 in a 3-part series on Antietam.

Ready to See Antietam for Yourself?

If you're inspired to explore the beautifully preserved Antietam National Battlefield, our one-day itinerary can help you make the most of your time. From the Cornfield to the Dunker Church to Burnside's Bridge and beyond, this tour includes all the most significant and compelling features of these hallowed grounds.

The Full Battle of Antietam - Animated

Want the really short version? The Trust's own Garry Adelman provides an overview of the 1862 Maryland Campaign and the Battle of Antietam - the bloodiest single day of the war - in just a little over two minutes.

Civil War In4 - Emancipation Proclamation

The Emancipation Proclamation would forever change the lives and prospects of millions of slaves. Historian Hari Jones describes the series of events that led President Abraham Lincoln to issue this pivotal document.

McClellan at Antietam
The Union declared victory at Antietam, yet General George McClellan was relieved of his command just seven weeks later. Find out why McClellan succeeded in not losing the battle, but failed to win it, in this article by historian and author Stephen Sears.

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On this Day in 1862: The Battle of Antietam Is Raging

On this Day in 1862: The Battle of Antietam Is Raging

The battle begins at first light of morning with an attack from General Joseph Hooker's Union First Corps, heading south against Lee's left flank toward the Dunker Church. The troops face heavy resistance from General "Stonewall" Jackson's forces. Just as Union troops begin to make progress, they're driven back by General John Bell Hood's powerful counterattack. Assisted by Twelfth Corps reinforcements, Union forces finally make it to the Dunker Church and hold a position deep within Confederate lines, but a Confederate counterattack in the West Woods and other factors convince McClellan to stand firm where he is.

It's mid-morning and fighting has shifted south, where veteran Confederate troops under General D.H. Hill hold a defensive position in a sunken road. When Union soldiers under General William "Blinky" French attack, 1,700 of them are killed and wounded before reinforcements arrive. At 10:30 am, French's division is reinforced by General Israel Richardson, and Lee sends the last of his local reserves under General Richard H. Anderson.

Amid the chaos and bloodshed, Union forces gain a position that allows them to shoot down the sunken road. An officer accidentally shouts, "about face" and the Confederates begin to fall back, weakening Lee's center. With horrendous Union casualties, small but desperate Confederate counterattacks and the wounding of General Richardson, Union troops are on the defensive here as well.  Some 5,600 men have been killed, wounded, or captured at what will come to be known as the Bloody Lane.

By 1:30 pm, the battle has claimed 17,500 casualties. But it's not over...

This is part 2 in a 3-part series on Antietam. Look for part 3 of the battle in your inbox this afternoon.

Your Antietam Pocket Tour Guide

The Antietam Battle App® is the perfect touring partner for your exploration of the Antietam battlefield. Our GPS-enabled application will guide you to all the historic spots on this 1862 Civil War battlefield. Onboard historian videos, audio accounts of soldiers from the battle, photos, orders of battle, chronologies, key facts, and more are just a click away.

Video: Antietam and the 1862 Maryland Campaign

Want the really short version? The Trust's own Garry Adelman provides an overview of the 1862 Maryland Campaign and the Battle of Antietam - the bloodiest single day of the war - in just a little over two minutes.

Greene's Brave Moment at Dunker Church

For nearly two hours, two brigades of General George S. Greene's division held a salient deep within the Confederate lines at Sharpsburg, Md. Unfortunately, the soldiers' sacrifice was for naught. Read a play-by-play of the Federal attack that almost broke Lee's left flank on the morning of the Battle of Antietam.

Civil War In4: Civil War Battlefield Preservation

How did battlefields like Antietam get so well-preserved? Timothy B. Smith, an author and professor at the University of Tennessee, gives a brief overview of the history of preserving Civil War history and battlefields.

American Battlefield Trust

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Sculpting Update, The Unseen from Laran Miniatures

So, I have been busy sculpting.

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Thanks a lot.


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Join Us Live from Chickamauga and Chattanooga

Many of you have asked us to show off some western Civil War sites for our next “Battlefield Live” event, and we listened. The American Battlefield Trust education team is heading west to the battlefields of Chickamauga and Chattanooga on Sept. 18, 19 and 20, as we bring you virtually to the must-see sites associated with these famous actions.

Chickamauga, known to many as the “Gettysburg of the West,” stands as the second bloodiest battle of the Civil War.  For three days, the armies of Generals Braxton Bragg and William Rosecrans grappled with each other in north Georgia. In the end, Bragg earned his one-and-only major battlefield victory as Rosecrans’ Federal army was sent reeling back to Chattanooga, Tennessee.

At Chattanooga, the Union Army of the Cumberland found itself in a desperate situation—a river and inhospitable terrain to its rear, and a determined enemy in its front. Yet, the Federals endured. A new Union commander, a sense of renewed determination, and a little bit of luck conspired to thwart the Confederates as they looked to recapture the vital rail center at Chattanooga.

Experience the story of these two epic battles with us live on Facebook. We will visit the banks of West Chickamauga Creek, trek across Snodgrass Hill, experience the “Battle Above the Clouds,” and take you to out-of-the-way sites in between.

Please join us and learn how these two battles reshaped the combatants’ respective war efforts, and how they influenced strategy in 1864. Tune in via the American Battlefield Trust Facebook page for this exclusive Battlefield Live event throughout Sept. 18, 19 and 20.

If you can’t join us, don’t worry! You can watch the program later, on our Facebook page or on the "Battlefield Live" playlist on our YouTube channel.

Are you curious about what happens during a Battlefield Live? This video offers a look at some of our live events, from Antietam to Alcatraz! 

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Better is the Proud Plaid: The Clothing, Weapons, and Accoutrements of the Jacobites in the '45

Better is the Proud Plaid: The Clothing, Weapons, and Accoutrements of the Jacobites in the '45

One of the most celebrated moments in Scottish history, the Jacobite Rising of 1745 is often romanticised. Drawing on the work of historians and a wide range of contemporary sources, this book seeks to strip away some of the myths surrounding the Jacobite's and the Highland army by looking at what they really wore, what they fought with, and what items they used to show their allegiance to the Prince and the Jacobite cause. Prince Charles Edward Stuart's army and the Jacobite's are examined in detail from their clothes, weapons, and material culture.

This lavishly-illustrated book will appeal to anyone interested in the Jacobite Risings: reenactors, wargamers, fans of Outlander, and the Scottish diaspora who, thanks to a growing interest in family history, are keen to know more about their Scottish heritage.