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Friday, 25 May 2018

Yorktown, Memorial Day, 20,000 Students on Battlefields, and More

Yorktown, Memorial Day, 20,000 Students on Battlefields, and More

On October 19th, 1781, General George Washington accepted the surrender of General Lord Charles, Earl Cornwallis, ending the last major battle of the Revolutionary War at Yorktown. The nearly three-week-long siege prior to this moment was the culmination of the Patriots' alliance with the Kingdom of France, whose navy bested the British on the Chesapeake Bay and cut off Cornwallis' escape. Several of Washington's French colleagues, including the Marquis de Lafayette and the Comte de Rochambeau, were present at the surrender, and the alliance that won the day at Yorktown continues to this day with the modern French Republic.

Eight decades after Cornwallis' surrender, Yorktown witnessed the roar of cannon once again. Southern forces blocked General George McClellan's Army of the Potomac as it embarked upon the Peninsula Campaign during the American Civil War. After a month-long stalemate that bought the defending Southerners valuable time, McClellan used the town as the base of operations against the Confederate capital at Richmond, in an operation that he and President Lincoln hoped would bring a swift end to the war. Unfortunately for both men, as well as the Union cause, General Robert E. Lee launched an audacious counteroffensive that resulted in the defeat of McClellan's army and ultimately saved Richmond.

More than 150 years after McClellan’s duel against Lee's Army, American Battlefield Trust members will be descending on Newport News, Virginia, for our 2018 Annual Conference. From May 30 through June 3, our members will explore Yorktown and other historic battlefields that shaped the nation we are today -- battlefields that you and other Trust members have helped to save.

If you are not attending in person, we welcome you to join us on social media as we explore Revolutionary and Civil War sites on the Peninsula. We’ll visit places like Fort Wool, which witnessed the first battle between ironclad warships; Richmond-area battlefields, including Gaines' Mill, Malvern Hill, and Cold Harbor; and historic Yorktown. There will also be tours through Fort Monroe, Seven Pines, and many more. Follow the action with the hashtag #BattlefieldsConference2018 or see live updates on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Commemorate Memorial Day

Each May, Americans gather to remember the fallen soldiers from throughout our country’s history, from the Revolutionary War to the present day. We have compiled a list of programs, events, and activities at some of America’s most famous battlefields and historic sites, from Georgia to New York.

20,000 Students on Battlefields!

Our Field Trip Fund has helped 20,000 students visit battlefields and historic sites! This fund allows students to experience the places where history was made, including sites like Gettysburg, Independence Hall, and Antietam. Because of our remarkable members, 20,000 students were able to experience some of the most important places in American history. We are deeply thankful for your support, and honored to reach this remarkable milestone.

Military Unit Lineage

We have compiled a collection of articles tracing the lineage of some of the most famous units in American military history. You can read about the 21st Infantry Regiment (the “Gimlet” regiment), Alexander Hamilton’s own 5th Field Artillery Regiment, the 7th U.S. Infantry ("Cottonbalers" Regiment), and more.

Clara Barton Collection

We recently met with the National Museum of Civil War Medicine to explore the museum’s Clara Barton collection. Watch our new War Department video to peek at artifacts found at Clara Barton’s office in Washington, D.C., including a book containing the names of Union soldiers who died at Andersonville prison.

A Message from Jim Lighthizer

This month, we announced the American Battlefield Trust an umbrella organization that encompasses the Civil War Trust and the Revolutionary War Trust. If you haven’t viewed the video yet, watch Jim Lighthizer describe this exciting new chapter in battlefield preservation story.

Amazon Smile

If you have used Amazon Smile to contribute to the Trust in the past, thank you! Your purchases have contributed more than $14,000 to battlefield preservation. You can continue to support battlefield preservation through your purchases under the American Battlefield Trust umbrella. Visit our site for instructions on how to change your charity selection, or how to sign up for Amazon Smile today.

Seminary Ridge

We have launched an effort to save 18 acres at Seminary Ridge at Gettysburg. This land saw fierce fighting on July 1, 1863, and is some of the largest and most significant unprotected acreage remaining at Gettysburg. Learn more about this initiative an effort of the Civil War Trust and help save Seminary Ridge today.

American Battlefield Trust

Thursday, 24 May 2018

12mm Australian M113 Medium Reconnaissance Vehicle (MRV) from Butlers Printed Models

One Australian M113 Medium Reconnaissance Vehicle (MRV).  Available in 6mm (1/285), 12mm (1/144), 15mm (1/100), 20mm (1/76) and 28mm (1/56).

An M113A1 mounting a Scorpion turret.  (Official designation Carrier, Fire Support, Full Track M113A1 (FS) Scorpion Turret)

 Australian M113 Medium Reconnaissance Vehicle (MRV)

Australian M113 Medium Reconnaissance Vehicle (MRV) picture 1

Australian M113 Medium Reconnaissance Vehicle (MRV) picture 2

Australian M113 Medium Reconnaissance Vehicle (MRV) picture 3

Pictures shown are for 15mm models

All models supplied unpainted, unbased and without crew (figures)

3D printed to order

Butlers Printed Models

12mm Australian M113 with T50 turret from Butlers Printed Models

One Australian M113 with T50 turret.  Available in 6mm (1/285), 12mm (1/144), 15mm (1/100), 20mm (1/76) and 28mm (1/56).

Available armed with either twin 30 cal machine guns or one 30 cal and one 50 cal machine gun

Australian M113

Australian M113 picture 1

Australian M113 picture 2

Australian M113 picture 3

Pictures shown are for 15mm models

All models supplied unpainted, unbased and without crew (figures)

3D printed to order

Butlers Printed Models

12mm Keiler (Leopard 2 prototype) from Butlers Printed Models

One West German Keiler (Leopard 2 prototype).  Available in 6mm (1/285), 12mm (1/144), 15mm (1/100), 20mm (1/76) and 28mm (1/56).

This version of the Leopard 2 prototype is circa 1969

Keiler (Leopard 2 prototype)

Keiler (Leopard 2 prototype) picture 1

Keiler (Leopard 2 prototype) picture 2

Keiler (Leopard 2 prototype) picture 3

Pictures shown are for 15mm models

All models supplied unpainted, unbased and without crew (figures)

3D printed to order

Butlers Printed Models

Making Stalingrad Ruined Buildings

Me and Malcolm Taylor are going to be building individual buildings for my Stalingrad baseboards

Making Stalingrad Ruined Buildings Pictures

18 April 2018

The Brick Works, I made this up using a Heljan N gauge kit and a kiln I managed to buy from eBay. unfortunately while I was building this my glue gun went pop I need to replace it before I make the next one

The Brick Works picture 1

The Brick Works picture 2

The Brick Works picture 3

The Brick Works picture 4

The Brick Works picture 5

Tools

Pencil
Tape measure
Wood saw
Rasp
Glue gun
Cutters
Drill
Paintbrushes

Materials

Hardboard
Noch Summer Meadow Grass
PVA
Foam Board 

Colours

Valspar

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

1:144 V-1 Launch Ramp Full Length with Accessories from Combat Group Dynamix

1:144 V-1 Launch Ramp Full Length with Accessories from Combat Group Dynamix

This 1:144 V-1 Launch Ramp Full Length with Accessories model includes a.) eight modular sections, b.) one base support, c.) four bipod supports, d.) one adaptor module for connecting the steam generator, e.) one gas generator, f.) one starter device, g.) one compress air cylinder set for the starter device, h.) one Fi 103 F-1 (V-1), i.) one Fi 103 A-1 Reichemberg II twin seater, j.) and two trolleys for the Fi 103s.

V-1 Launch Ramp Full Length with Accessories






You will be able to complete a full eight section launch ramp. The ramp takes up approximately 344mm/13.5in X 25mm/1 in of floor space excluding the accessories.

The model is fabricated with state of the art "3D Printing" technology. Highly detailed. Product of Hong Kong.

Combat Group Dynamix

Save 18 Acres at Gettysburg: Seminary Ridge


I recently shared one of the biggest Civil War preservation opportunities we have had in recent years: an eight-month campaign to save Seminary Ridge at Gettysburg.

This initiative – an effort of the Civil War Trust under the American Battlefield Trust umbrella – will be no small feat. Due to the location of the land, we are unable to apply for our usual matching grants. So I’m asking you to help save this crucial part of history and raise the $3.5 million needed to preserve these 18 acres.

This land witnessed fierce fighting on July 1, 1863. Here, in the late afternoon, Union troops made a final, desperate defense of Seminary Ridge and were met with a renewed attack from the Confederates.

Historians, including Jim McPherson, Gary Gallagher and Bob Krick, have lauded our effort to save this land - many calling it among the most historically significant land at Gettysburg still in private hands.

Licensed battlefield guide Wayne E. Motts remarks that on or near this ground stood some of Gettysburg’s most recognizable personalities including Robert E. Lee, James Longstreet, J.E.B. Stuart, John Reynolds, John Buford and so many more. Here, on July 1, heavy fighting raged. On July 2 and 3, Lee used these grounds as his part of his headquarters complex and on July 4 the Confederate defensive line was here as the Southern army began its retreat.

Col. Doug Douds, U.S. Marine Corps (retired), adds: “[o]n this ground occurred the end of the beginning of the Battle of Gettysburg and the beginning of the end of the Civil War ... To preserve it is an act of faithful stewardship. It preserves another link for future generations to understand the Battle of Gettysburg, and the great sacrifices made by earlier citizens on our behalf.”

Every inch of these 18 acres is covered with undeniable history. I hope you’ll agree with me when I say that should be protected so current and future generations can understand the costliest battle ever on American soil, and preserve the land where hundreds of troops made the ultimate sacrifice.

Remarkably, this parcel is relatively unchanged from its wartime appearance, thanks to meticulous stewardship by the United Lutheran Seminary. However, its future as an open space cannot be guaranteed. This is why I am asking you to help contribute to the effort to protect it, forever.

Because without Seminary Ridge, you cannot tell the full story of Gettysburg, and without Gettysburg, you cannot tell the full story of the Civil War.

Please help save Seminary Ridge today.

When you commit $49 or more, you will receive an “I helped Save Seminary Ridge at Gettysburg” T-shirt as our thanks.

American Battlefield Trust