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  1. Recently completed for the D-Day group build. The particulars: kit: AFV Club 1/35 M3A3 (Stuart V) AM parts: Royal Model PE #342 Bronco T-16 workable track links crew figure: Ultracast conversion decals: Archer and home made/printed grass: Gaugemaster Historical background: Juno Beach sector, around the vicinity of Secqueville-en-Bessin, June 7th 1944. Morning found the flanks of the Canadian Scottish infantry under heavy fire from German snipers. The 6th Canadian Armoured Regiment, also known as the First Hussars, were on hand in the infantry support role. A Lieutenant W.E.P. Smith was given the task to head out in his Stuart to recon the area. In a buttoned down tank, it was difficult to spot the enemy, so the lieutenant threw open his turret hatch for a better view. With his upper body fully exposed, he was instantly hit by a sniper round in the arm, followed seconds later by another hitting the side of his helmet. Luckily, that one deflected upwards and out the top, causing no injury. His crew quickly rushed their wounded commander back to HQ. On arrival, he refused medical aid until he could fully relay the sniper positions he had seen just before being hit. For this act of bravery, plus several others during the advance inland, Smith was awarded the Military Cross. Subsequently, two more Stuart recon tanks were sent to the area Smith had last been. There, they helped the Canadian Scottish unit to ferret out the Germans. More than thirty snipers were either killed or captured, resulting in a welcomed respite in the rear area. WIP thread can be found here> regards, Jack
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